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Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion: A Comprehensive Resource for… (2006)

by Pete Dunne

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    Sandydog1: This is not a basic book. It also provides very useful information on logistics, techniques, ettiquette, equipment, etc.
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In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School," or GISS, method of identification, which focuses on a bird holistically, giving more weight to the general impression of the bird than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Excellent book--entertaining descriptions and details, keeps you laughing while you learn essential items for field use. ( )
  Asata | Feb 14, 2011 |
There is no longer any need to assemble a birding library. Buy a Sibley Guide, add this wonderful door-stop, and you are all set. There's not a single illustration here. It is just full of Dunne-isms, observations and winsome, quaint nicknames of all of North America's birds. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Sep 12, 2010 |
Dunne's book provides all the exhausting detail that the other field guides don't have room to include, without one glaring detail (photographs or paintings of the birds themselves), hence the "companion" part of the title. This book should be part of the library of any serious birder. ( )
  birdsetcetera | Nov 30, 2009 |
As the title implies, this is not a field guide. There are no illustrations and no maps. Rather, this is the next best thing to going birding with an expert -- the little details and intangibles that experts use to identify birds, as well as textual descriptions of the appearance and range. (The descriptions aren't the reason to buy the book, though it's interesting to see Dunne's interpretations, as he often stresses different things than does the author of your favorite field guide.) The reason to buy this book are the other details -- accounts of behavior, general appearance, other birds (and, when relevant, other animals) found in the same locations, etc.) I've found this book both useful and fun, and recommend it to anyone wanting to go beyond field marks for bird identification. ( )
  lorax | Jul 6, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618236481, Hardcover)

In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks.

After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance.

This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:28 -0400)

In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding," an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Dunne combines playfulness with the work of identification.--From publisher description.… (more)

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