Birds of Field and Shore: Grassland and Shoreline Birds of Eastern North America

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Stackpole Books, 2000 - Nature - 297 pages
  • "This is one of the most invaluable bird guides to be published in quite some time." --Booklist
  • "Presented in a readable, easy to follow narrative . . . a well-researched look at the birds and their lives." --Eirik Blom, Bird Watcher's Digest

    Birds of Field and Shore describes how 42 common grassland and shoreline birds nest, mate, and rear their broods in spring; how they feed in summer; whether, how, and where they migrate in fall; and how they survive in winter. This seasonal approach, together with an emphasis on ecological niches, distinguishes Eastman's books from other field guides. Precise illustration complements informative text, making Birds of Field and Shore an appealing and educational guide for birders of any skill level. Entries are arranged in taxonomic order based on DNA testing. Selected bibliography and index are included.

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    Contents

    Introduction
    ix
    PHEASANT FAMILY Phasianidae order Galliformes
    xv
    Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
    20
    TYPICAL OWL FAMILY Strigidae order Strigiformes
    27
    Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
    42
    SANDPIPER FAMILY Scolopacidae order Ciconiiformes
    48
    PLOVER FAMILY Charadriidae order Ciconiiformes
    65
    GULL FAMILY Laridae order Ciconiiformes
    76
    FALCON FAMILY Falconidae order Ciconiiformes
    110
    Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
    124
    Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes Lanius ludovicianus L excubitor
    132
    Eastern Bluebird Sialia stalls
    144
    Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
    154
    Swallow Family Hirundinidae order Passeriformes
    160
    Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
    176
    FINCH FAMILY Fringillidae order Passeriformes
    182

    Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
    102

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    About the author (2000)

    John Eastman is the author of Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (978-0-8117-1367-2), as well as numerous other books and articles about the natural world.

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