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Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast

Rich Stallcup
Jules Evens
Graphites by Keith Hansen
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition: 1
Pages: 380
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    Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast
    Book Description:

    The Northern California coast--from Monterey County to the Oregon border--is home to some of the richest avian habitats on the North American continent. Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast provides a comprehensive ecological overview of this extensive and diverse region. It features detailed discussions of the area's most common waterbirds, raptors, and landbirds and highlights the most productive birding sites in each Northern California coastal county.

    Accessibly written and user-friendly, this guide contains nearly 250 species accounts that focus on seasonal rhythms and behavioral characteristics of each species. More than 130 color photographs and hand-drawn sketches depict the birds in context, and maps and occurrence charts indicate when readers might spot each species.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-95838-8
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xii)
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
    (pp. 1-36)

    This contribution to the California Natural History Guide Series of the University of California Press follows a long tradition of books that explain, explore, and celebrate the natural riches of California and beyond. Our intent is to tell beginning birders, or curious naturalists, the how, what, when, where, and why of birding.

    Because birds are so mobile, some individuals of most species can wander far from their natal homes and appear anywhere. Here we have tried to include only those species most likely to be seen along the coast, from Big Sur to the Oregon border. This is not a...

    (pp. 37-182)

    Many members of this diverse group of waterfowl are familiar, even to the most casual observer. Most people can distinguish swans, geese, and ducks generically. As you become more familiar with waterfowl, the remarkable variety within the group becomes ever more evident. But first, let’s discuss the characteristics the waterfowl share. All members have heavy bodies, short tails, and broad wings. Wide, webbed feet adapted for swimming can be folded on the forestroke and opened on the backstoke to propel the birds through the water. Strong, laterally compressed legs can slice through the water with little resistance. The inner edge...

    (pp. 183-228)

    Contact information is given for each location listed here, when available, but it is advisable to check before your visit, because hours of operation, as well as phone numbers and websites, are always subject to change.

    This guide provides an overview of some of the most important and productive birding spots along the coast, from the south to the north, but there are numerous other locales to explore. Local knowledge is always your best source of information, and most local Audubon Societies or regional bird clubs post site guides and current information about bird occurrence and distribution for their specific...

    (pp. 229-260)
    (pp. 261-268)
    (pp. 269-274)
  11. Color plates
    (pp. None)
  12. INDEX
    (pp. 275-294)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 295-296)