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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811731960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811731966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pete Dunne is one of the country's best-known birders and the author of numerous books on birding, bird identification, and natural history. He is director of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and a past recipient of the American Birding Association's Roger Tory Peterson Award. He lives in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

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PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, Pete Dunne on Bird Watching, and most recently Prairie Spring, the first in a four-book series on the seasons. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory.

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Dunne provides great tips on how to identify Birds.
Alexander Sapiens
Pete Dunne's informative style coupled with his sense of humor make this book a joy to read.
FrankB
The book is easy reading and provides a good deal of basic facts.
Jim Sandor

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2013
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I've recommended this book to several of my friends now, when they say, "How can you tell what that bird is when it's so far away?! I can hardly even see it." This book talks through the process of identifying birds not just by feather color (like most ID books) but by a whole gestalt picture of where the bird is, what it's doing, its mannerisms, its overall shape, etc. Super duper useful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darwin's Bulldog VINE VOICE on April 2, 2013
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At age 12, my daughter became a birder. After a few weeks reading through several birding guides, she was somehow able to ID and give accurate names to birds, and point out the field marks as well. I have not been able to keep up with her... she's 24 now... sigh!

So I turned this book on the art of bird identification. Pete points out how much you already know and how to take a systematic approach to birding. Along the way he shares his own missteps as he became a world authority; very entertaining and reassuring. It's a great help. I now spend time looking at the bird rather than jumping to the field guide. My mental note taking is getting better and along with it my accuracy.

Highly recommended ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EdF on March 2, 2013
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Like a lot of Pete Dunne's books, this provides some straight forward guidance and help in improving how you identify birds, and helps makes the keying through of the various probabilities more simple and diagnostic. I think it provides an approach that is adaptable to anyone's particular style of birding. I got serious late in the game, and I am hopeful this will help me this spring when I am out in the field. It is a book to read ahead of your field sessions and to review afterward and see what you have improved and what you can do better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Taylor on October 2, 2013
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Exactly what I would expect from Pete Dunne: an easy, enjoyable read yet pithy and profound in its insights. He describes a logical, easy to use step by step method for identifying birds. Any beginning or intermediate birder will benefit from reading the book and can benefit from using its techniques the next time they are in the field.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Sapiens on March 9, 2013
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This is a must-read if you are a birder. Dunne provides great tips on how to identify
Birds. If I had a criticism it would be that all the families of birds were not treated
equally. But then, not everyone is great at identifying all groups of birds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FrankB on August 23, 2013
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For anyone, including beginners, wishing to take their bird identification skills to the next level. Pete Dunne's informative style coupled with his sense of humor make this book a joy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Wieser on June 17, 2013
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When you are in the early stages of learning to identify birds, it is difficult to make the little guys hold still long enough to see field marks and subtle colorations. It is much easier to look at where the bird is, what the bird is doing and how his actions and posture and overall shape hit your brain and come up with something at least close to what it is. Add in general coloration, and you have a ton of information. I have been birding for quite a while and think this book is just delightful.

Try it! You will use it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Henderson on December 7, 2013
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Excellent for beginning or less field-savvy birders, very beneficial for intermediate birders, and provides a number of nuggets of wisdom for those who have beaten more than a few paths searching for that next bird. Easy to read in the way a patient teacher helps students learn how to learn, and the closing chapter was the kicker, encouraging birders to become better aware that they are enjoying an activity that relies on a healthy environment. In fact, I've never met a birder who was not sensitive to the environment and impacts to habitats.
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