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A Field Guide to Hawks of North America (Peterson Field Guide Series) Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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The diurnal raptors – Hawks and their kindred species present unique identification challenges to birders. Success requires a tailored and studied approach.
This field guide is “just what the doctor ordered”. The introduction is actually a well-developed “primer” that prepares the birder very well to tackle the task of identifying the raptors in a relatively easy and efficient manner. The plate pages and species accounts are extremely well-presented thus enabling the hawk aficionado to make rapid progress.
I will add a simple observation. In any given area of North America the number of species likely to be found on a resident basis, is relatively few. Thus if a birder will thoroughly familiarize themselves with the raptors just in their home area - perhaps even choosing the most common to study in depth and use as a “reference species”, they will soon have developed a mental framework that is of great help in identifying raptors in other areas and/or migrants passing through their “home skies”.