Pals of a feather # 1

H.J. Ruiz - Avian101

Starting TODAY I will post “Pals of a feather” on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The posts are not for individual birds per se, instead it will depict groups of birds which could be of the same species or mixed. I want the readers to see how the birds share in Nature and their behavior in conjunction with other species.

About names: To avoid any confusions, I will name  the birds that have bigger numbers in the group.

It would be difficult and tedious to name every bird in a mixed group of birds!

I hope that you will like my idea and enjoy it.  I’d appreciate it if you let me know! ~ H.J.

Pals of a feather # 1

Royal Terns – Laughing Gulls – Black Skimmers

Royal Terns – Laughing Gulls – Black Skimmers

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Book Review # 55 – British Birds

H.J. Ruiz - Avian101

British Birds

A Pocket Guide

Author (s):

Rob Hume, Robert Still, Andy swash, Hugh Harrop and David Tipling.


Princeton University Press

Brief Review:

What a delightful pocket guide this is.  Let me tell you what you will find in the 272 pages:

1600 color illustrations.

248 maps.

More Info.

259 silhouettes.

This guide clearly has given great importance to help achieve a quick process for identifying the different species of birds. The authors have separated the species in similar groups, based according to size and behavior. 

Each of the 248 species listed in the guide is described in a clear and comprehensive way. Part of the identification  information includes the following:

  • Name, scientific name. 
  • Size.
  • Inflight.
  • Voice.
  • Comparison spreads and tables.
  • Image annotations and labels.
  • Status.
  • Observation tips.
  • Maps.

This pocket guide has a lot to offer to birdwatchers at all levels. I…

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