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Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City

Leslie Day
illustrated by Trudy Smoke
photographs by Beth Bergman
foreword by Don Riepe

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New York City's favorite naturalist is back with a guided tour of the Big Apple that unveils the beautiful birds living in its midst.

Winner of the Hardcover Nonfiction (Design) of The New York Book Show, Illustrated Text of the Washington Publishers

Look around New York, and you’ll probably see birds: wood ducks swimming in Queens, a stalking black-crowned night-heron in Brooklyn, great horned owls perching in the Bronx, warblers feeding in Central Park, or Staten Island’s purple martins flying to and fro. You might spot hawks and falcons nesting on skyscrapers or robins belting out songs from…

New York City's favorite naturalist is back with a guided tour of the Big Apple that unveils the beautiful birds living in its midst.

Winner of the Hardcover Nonfiction (Design) of The New York Book Show, Illustrated Text of the Washington Publishers

Look around New York, and you’ll probably see birds: wood ducks swimming in Queens, a stalking black-crowned night-heron in Brooklyn, great horned owls perching in the Bronx, warblers feeding in Central Park, or Staten Island’s purple martins flying to and fro. You might spot hawks and falcons nesting on skyscrapers or robins belting out songs from trees along the street.

America’s largest metropolis teems with birdlife in part because it sits within the great Atlantic flyway where migratory birds travel seasonally between north and south. The Big Apple’s miles of coastline, magnificent parks, and millions of trees attract dozens of migrating species every year and are also home year-round to scores of resident birds.

There is no better way to identify and learn about New York’s birds than with this comprehensive field guide from New York City naturalist Leslie Day. Her book will quickly teach you what each species looks like, where they build their nests, what they eat, the sounds of their songs, what time of year they appear in the city, the shapes and colors of their eggs, and where in the five boroughs you can find them—which is often in the neighborhood you call home. The hundreds of stunning photographs by Beth Bergman and gorgeous illustrations by Trudy Smoke will help you identify the ninety avian species commonly seen in New York. Once you enter the world of the city’s birds, life in the great metropolis will never look the same.

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'Take this guide wherever you go,' [Day] implores readers in the introduction. And we hope many do, since it reveals a New York we long to see, the wild, beautiful city of birds known to Audubon, Chapman, and Griscom.

An excellent guide for New York City residents. If you have any interest in the birds around you (and there are plenty of birds around you, even in NYC), this guide will really open your eyes.

Day's deeply researched and richly illustrated Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City will be indispensable to locals and tourists alike.

Will fill a niche for beginning birders and backyard watchers in the northeastern US...

You don't have to live in or be visiting New York to enjoy this book.

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Book Details

Publication Date
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Available
Trim Size
5.25
x
8.25
Pages
384
ISBN
9781421416182
Illustration Description
354 color photos, 61 color plates
Table of Contents

Foreword, by Don Riepe
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Illustrated Bird, Wing, and Feather Anatomy
2. Bird Terminology
3. Birds
Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Waterfowl
Brant Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mall

Foreword, by Don Riepe
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Illustrated Bird, Wing, and Feather Anatomy
2. Bird Terminology
3. Birds
Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Waterfowl
Brant Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard Duck
Bufflehead Duck
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Gulls and Terns
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Common Tern
Wading Birds
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Shorebirds
American Oystercatcher
American Woodcock
Spotted Sandpiper
Ground Birds
Wild Turkey
Hawks
Red-tailed Hawk
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Falcons
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Owls
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Hummingbirds
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Parrots
Monk Parakeet
Doves
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Woodpeckers
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Flycatchers
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Vireos
Red-eyed Vireo
Jays and Crows
Blue Jay
American Crow
Swallows
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, and Creepers
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Wrens
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Kinglets
Golden-crownedKinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Thrushes
Veery
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Mimids
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Starlings
European Starling
Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing
Warblers
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Sparrows
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Cardinals, Tanagers, and Grosbeaks
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blackbirds and Orioles
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Finches and Old World Sparrows
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Birding Organizations and Resources
Birding Hotspots
Bibliography
Photography Credits
Index

Author Bios
Leslie Day
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Leslie Day, Ed.D.

Leslie Day is a New York City naturalist. The author of Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria's Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC, Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, and Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City, Dr. Day taught environmental science and biology for more than twenty years. Today, she leads nature walks, gives talks, and teaches at the New York Botanical...
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Trudy Smoke

Trudy Smoke is a professor of linguistics and rhetoric at Hunter College, City University of New York and a nature illustrator. She is the illustrator of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City.
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Beth Bergman

Beth Bergman is a photographer for the Metropolitan Opera who has been documenting nature for forty-one years. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Opera News, and Paris Match.