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Birds of field and shore : grassland and shoreline birds of eastern North America
Eastman, John (John Andrew)
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-292) and index.
Format :


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QL683.E27 E36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"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.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Pheasant Familyp. 1
Ring-necked Pheasantp. 1
Sharp-tailed Grousep. 8
Greater Prairie-Chickenp. 17
Chapter 2 Northern Bobwhitep. 24
Chapter 3 Typical Owl Familyp. 31
Snowy Owlp. 32
Short-eared Owlp. 40
Chapter 4 Common Nighthawkp. 46
Chapter 5 Sandpiper Familyp. 52
Upland Sandpiperp. 53
Greater Yellowlegsp. 59
Spotted Sandpiperp. 63
Chapter 6 Plover Familyp. 69
Killdeerp. 69
American Golden-Ploverp. 74
Chapter 7 Gull Familyp. 80
Ring-billed Gullp. 82
Herring Gullp. 90
Common Ternp. 97
Chapter 8 Northern Harrierp. 106
Chapter 9 Falcon Familyp. 114
American Kestrelp. 115
Peregrine Falconp. 120
Chapter 10 Eastern Kingbirdp. 128
Chapter 11 Loggerhead and Northern Shrikesp. 136
Chapter 12 Eastern Bluebirdp. 148
Chapter 13 Sedge Wrenp. 158
Chapter 14 Swallow Familyp. 164
Tree Swallowp. 164
Bank Swallowp. 174
Chapter 15 Horned Larkp. 180
Chapter 16 Finch Familyp. 186
Common Redpollp. 186
Subfamily Emberizinaep. 193
Sparrow-Buntingsp. 193
Lapland Longspurp. 193
Snow Buntingp. 198
White-crowned Sparrowp. 205
Savannah Sparrowp. 212
Grasshopper Sparrowp. 218
American Tree Sparrowp. 224
Clay-colored Sparrowp. 230
Field Sparrowp. 235
Vesper Sparrowp. 242
Wood Warblersp. 247
Blue-winged Warblerp. 248
Golden-winged Warblerp. 254
Prairie Warblerp. 258
Dickcisselp. 262
Blackbirdsp. 269
Eastern Meadowlarkp. 270
Bobolinkp. 278
Selected Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 293