Synopses & Reviews
Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Petersons field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement.
By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Petersons magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless field guides to follow. They are still following year by year, but his is the standard by which all other field guides are judged.
On the morning of July 28, 1996, Roger Peterson was painting his final bird plate. He died peacefully in his sleep later that day. It is fitting that his final worka culmination of more than sixty years of observing, painting, and writingshould be this one, a revision of the guide that started his legacy.
Explore the Expanding Peterson Line. Leave your reading glasses behind. Now Roger Tory Peterson's classic Field Guide to Eastern Birds has been reissued in a larger format specially produced for those who don't want to take their reading glasses into the field. Peterson's treasured illustrations have been reproduced in beautiful color. Species descriptions include only the most important identification elements -- size, voice, and habitat -- in large, easy-to-read type. Color range maps, conveniently located next to the species accounts, have been updated specifically for this book. Roger Tory Peterson's original text has been revised and updated by Virginia Peterson, who worked closely with her husband and created the maps for the fourth edition of the Field Guide to Eastern Birds; Noble Proctor, a professor of biology who was a close friend of Roger Tory Peterson's and led natural history tours for twenty-five years; and Pete Dunne, vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, as well as the author of many books on birding. The maps have been updated by Virginia Peterson and Paul Lehman, past editor of Birding magazine and a bird tour leader who has traveled extensively around North America studying bird distribution and identification and has written many articles on these subjects.
The classic Peterson field guide has been designed in a larger format especially for those who prefer an at-a-glance guide for use in the field. Color plates. Updated color maps. This is the large format edition.
About the Author
Virginia Marie Peterson worked with her husband, Roger Tory Peterson, to research and create three-color range maps for several books in The Peterson Field Guide Series(R).Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the Peterson Field Guides®are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the Peterson Field Guides®are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.
Table of Contents
Introduction ix Map of Area Covered by This Book inside front cover How to Identify Birds 1 Ducks, Ducklike and Miscellaneous Swimming Birds 10and#150;51 Loons: Gaviidae 10 Grebes: Podicipedidae 12 Alcids (Auks): Alcidae 14 Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae 18 Darters: Anhingidae 18 Swans, Geese, and Ducks: Anatidae 20 Swans: Cygninae 20 Geese: Anserinae 20 Geese and Swans in Flight 24 Whistling-Ducks: Dendrocygninae 26 Dabbling Ducks: Anatinae 26 Diving Ducks: Aythyinae 32 Stiff-tailed Ducks: Oxyurinae 38 Mergansers: Merginae 40 Ducklike Swimmers (Coots, Gallinules): Rallidae (in part) 42 Flight Patterns of Ducks 44 Seabirds, Gulls, etc. (Aerialists) 52and#150;77 Shearwaters, etc.: Procellariidae 52 Rare Pterodroma Petrels 54 Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae 54 Pelicans: Pelecanidae 56 Frigatebirds: Fregatidae 56 Gannets and Boobies: Sulidae 58 Tropicbirds: Phaethontidae 58 Jaegers and Skuas: Stercorariidae 60 Gulls and Terns: Laridae 62 Gulls: Larinae 62 Terns: Sterninae 72 Skimmers: Rynchopidae 76 Long-legged Wading Birds 78and#150;89 Herons and Bitterns: Ardeidae 78 Storks: Ciconiidae 84 Cranes: Gruidae 84 Limpkins: Aramidae 86 Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae 86 Flamingoes: Phoenicopteridae 88 Smaller Wading Birds 90and#150;121 Rails: Rallidae 90 Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae 94 Avocets and Stilts: Recurvirostridae 94 Plovers: Charadriidae 96 Plovers and Turnstone in Flight 100 Sandpipers: Scolopacidae 102 Phalaropes: Phalaropodidae 114 Waders in Flight 116 Fowl-like Birds 122and#150;127 Turkeys: Meleagrididae 122 Grouse, etc.: Tetraonidae 122 Pheasants: Phasianidae (in part) 122 Quails and Partridges: Phasianidae (in part) 126 Birds of Prey 128and#150;155 Hawks, Eagles, etc.: Accipitridae 128 Kites: Elaninae and Milvinae 128 Accipiters: Accipitrinae 130 Harriers: Circinae 130 Buteos: Buteoninae (in part) 132 Eagles: Buteoninae (in part) 136 Ospreys: Pandionidae 136 American Vultures: Cathartidae 138 Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae 138 Caracaras: Caracarinae 138 Falcons: Falconinae 140 Birds of Prey Overhead 142 Owls: Tytonidae (Barn Owls) and Strigidae (True Owls) 150 Nonpasserine Land Birds 156and#150;171 Parrots and Parakeets: Psittacidae 156 Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae 158 Cuckoos and Allies: Cuculidae 160 Goatsuckers (Nightjars): Caprimulgidae 162 Hummingbirds: Trochilidae 164 Kingfishers: Alcedinidae 164 Woodpeckers: Picidae 166 Swifts: Apodidae (with Swallows, 182) Passerine (Perching) Birds 172and#150;267 Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae 172 Larks: Alaudidae 178 Pipits: Motacillidae 178 Swallows: Hirundinidae 180 Crows, Jays, etc.: Corvidae 184 Titmice and Chickadees: Paridae 188 Nuthatches: Sittidae 190 Creepers: Certhiidae 190 Wrens: Troglodytidae 192 Gnatcatchers and Kinglets: Sylviidae 194 Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae 194 Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae 196 Thrushes: Turdidae 196 Shrikes: Laniidae 202 Waxwings: Bombycillidae 202 Vireos: Vireonidae 204 Wood-Warblers: Parulidae 208 Blackbirds, Orioles, etc.: Icteridae 230 Starlings: Sturnidae 234 Tanagers: Thraupidae 238 Weaver Finches: Ploceidae 240 Grosbeaks, Finches, Sparrows, and Buntings: Fringillidae 240 Life List 268 Index 275