When it comes to field guides pertinent to the United States and Canada, while the massive full country editions are often very helpful for study and reference, the breath-taking variety of eco-regions to be found within the continent’s temperate zone renders such volumes often far too large and cumbersome for field use.
I’ll be honest; I’m not particularly keen on bird racing. I find it troubling on a number of levels – most prominent among them economic and environmental. However I am also willing to acknowledge when a bird racer goes above and beyond the traditional big year in pursuit of their goal.
When it comes to identifying raptors on the wing – or for that matter most any North American bird in the midst of more or less any other activity – there are few who can rival Pete Dunne in accuracy. His “Hawks in Flight; The Flight Identification of North American Migrant Raptors,” written with David Sibley and Clay Sutton, has become veritably canonical for bird watchers.
Planning a trip to, or presently living in, Spain? (Goodness knows I certainly wish I was!) If so – as you’re reading this publication – chances are you’ll likely be wanting to include at least a little “naturalizing” in your activities.