Posted by: atowhee | December 2, 2013


crossley-UKIf you are going to be birding Britain or Ireland, there’s anew gieldf guide you may want to check out. It is in the Crossley ID series being published by Princeton University. As with previous Crossley titles it places photographic images of birds in realistic habitat and at different angles and distances, from close-up to speck on the horizon. Just like you actually see birds in the field.bluetit_640h

This new book is great companion for BIRDS OF EUROPE by Svensson, et al. It’s also published here by Princeton, in Britain by Collins.

Did you know: Ireland has not a single woodpecker species? That we share Whimbrel with Northern Europe but they have three species of snipe different from our lone species (plus the cousin, Woodcock)?
Europe’s Common Kestrel is bigger than our American Kestrel (and the Merlin we share) but they have a Lesser Kestrel that is tiny and flies around in flocks like a swift or swallow catching insects?
The Eurasian Coot looks like ours but is much bigger?
We say “Common Loon” and they say “Great Northern Diver?”
We say “White-winged Scoter” and they say “Velvet Scoter?”
Europe has no vireo, no tanager, no hummingbird, no tanager, no wood warbler, no tyrant flycatcher, no Icterids and only a single wren species. They make up for it with plenty of larks, buntings, pipits and wagtails. Their warblers are drab little things with great songs.

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