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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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Geographic patterns of species richness for birds (1,558 species) in East Africa at 0.25° resolution (blue indicates low species richness, while brown indicates high species richness). This reserve has a list of 600 species, including the endemic Rufous-tailed Weaver.

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Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History from Cave Art to Conservation–A Book Review

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This is “the deep cradle of Western ornithology: the birthplace of bird study,” he tells us as he writes about gazing at the 8,000-year old depictions of “flamingos, herons, raptors, avocets and many other species” (p. Tim Birkhead loves to tell stories.

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North American Songbirds: A Book Review

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A little research revealed that these are old names of birds that have been split into different species. Water Pipit is now known as a European species; the American subspecies became the full species American Pipit in 1989. Scientific names don’t reflect the massive changes to species in the warbler family. I do hope that Noble Proctor and Cool Springs Press will re-visit this book and update it with 2014 taxonomy, species names, and distribution.

2014 76
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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

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The guide covers 520 species of birds regularly found in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, including, interestingly, a number of exotic species. Rather than the bird photos or drawings we expect in a field guide, the species accounts are focused on spectrograms, visual representations of sound frequencies, illustrating each species’ unique sounds in black-and-white squiggles and lines (though there are drawings of birds as well).

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The Plateau Effect

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The most typical example I have to offer is that of the perpetual sketchy birder…a birder who has been birding for many years, but can never be trusted when reporting an unusual species. Simply having a good knowledge base (in other words, a willingness to “study”) gives a birder a lot more tools to use in the field. People in this mindset may have extra motivation to be extra knowledgeable about bird ID. Birders can often be predictable.

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Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review

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This photographic guide by Rob Hume, Robert Still, Andy Swash, Hugh Harrop, and David Tipling was ten years in the making and is spilling over with photographs and identification-type information, giving weight to the claim that it is a “complete and authoritative photographic guide to the wild birds of Britain and Ireland” covering “all plumages likely to be recorded of every species accepted onto the British and Irish lists up to the end of March 2016, including rarities” (Introduction).

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The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland — A Review of the Book

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The images and text provide a context for understanding a bird’s appearance and habitat; the beginning and intermediate birder can then observe the bird in the field, and build on this knowledge base. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has documented 596 bird species in the wild as at 1 January 2013; 265 are listed as Accidental, 59 as Scarce Visitor, and 2 as Extinct. ” There are no range maps for a number of species. I needed a book showing a Linnet.

2013 61
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It’s the Holiday Season — Give Birding Books!

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Nate introduces the tools, skills, and knowledge base of birding with friendly encouragement, combining text with activities that range from field sketching to using eBird. Brit birder Goodie didn’t do an ordinary big year; he decided he would see every Pitta species in the world (32 at the time) in one year. It’s December and that means one thing—a great excuse to buy books on birding.

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