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Hawks and Owls of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America [Paperback]

Chris Earley
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March 6 2004

Birds of prey can be particularly difficult to track for a variety of reasons: - Nocturnal behavior - Remote habitats - Migratory patterns - Swift flight speeds

Hawks and Owls depicts both the subtle differences and rich diversity among these awe-inspiring birds. With crisp, clean photographs and precise identification notes, this guide makes quick and accurate classifications easier.

The families of birds includes:

  • New world vultures
  • Osprey, kites, eagles, hawks and allies
  • Caracara and falcons
  • Barn and bay owls
  • Typical owls

The information on each species is concisely organized and includes the differences between male and female, seasonal and immature plumage, morphs and distinctive markings. Color pictures and range maps accompany the text. The 180 photographs from award-winning photographers show these birds in their natural environments through the seasons. Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single page for quick reference.

Hawks and Owls is a sturdy, pocket-sized field guide that will be indispensable to naturalists, students and birders at all levels of experience, from Florida to Ontario.


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An excellent identification guide... the photos are well chosen... the text is clear and concise. (Jim Williams Minneapolis Star Tribune 2004-08-18)

A nice handy guide to hawks and owls, especially for beginners and less experienced birders... valuable reference. (Robert E. Hoopes Wildlife Activist 2004-06-00)

Attractively illustrated with numerous excellent photographs, range maps, and brief descriptions of each age and sex class of the species considered. (Timothy C. Williams Science Books and Films 2004-09-00)

Well organized and beautifully illustrated with many half-page images of the birds perched and in flight. (Pierre R. Gauthier Canadian Camera 2004-09-00)

[Author] excels in teaching bird identification... especially helpful for the identification of hawks in flight... Recommended. (C. Leck Choice 2004-10-00)

The clarity of the photographs is astounding... highly recommended without reservation... charming and highly useful. (Lynn C. Westney E-Streams 2004-10-00)

Essential reading for birders in Ontario, especially the Niagara Peninsula. (Globe and Mail 2004-03-20)

Very quickly found a new home with my special books... greatly enhance ones ability to identify hawks and owls. (Bill Carney New Hampshire Wildlife 2004-05-00)

Remarkably concise but information-packed guide... fabulous photos of each species show the difference between a young bird and an adult, between males and females, and how to spot a particular bird type when looking up from the ground to a bird soaring high above. (Linda Turk Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal 2004-04-11)

A great book... Everything is just superb in an handy package that slips easily into my backpack. (Valerie Hill Kitchener Record 2004-04-24)

For those enthralled by birds of prey [this book] provides an invaluable guide. (Greensburg Tribune-Review 2004-03-28)

Comprehensive information on North American birds of prey, packed in a colorful, easy-to-use format. (Nature Society News 2004-05-00)

Excellent... Earley's concise volume is well constructed and worth adding to any falconer or birder's library. (Matthew Mullenix Hawk Chalk)

This is an excellent and useful raptor identification field guide. (Donald S. Heintzelman International Hawkwatcher 2005-06-00)

Superb field guide... perhaps the most useful items are the comparison charts.... near-perfect photographs of a number of similar species. (Ibis [British Ornithologists' Union] 2005-12-00)

[This book] is one of the best I have come across for identifying the species and learning something about them.... The 128-page book packs in much information and yet doesn't overwhelm the reader. I use it constantly when you call to ask about a hawk or owl identification.

About the Author

Chris G. Earley is the Interpretive Biologist at the University of Guelph's Arboretum and author of Sparrows and Finches... and Warblers... both books are for the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition to a Crowded Field July 8 2004
Format:Paperback
A lingering perk: Some publishers still have my name listed as editor of the NAFA Hawk Chalk. Evidently Firefly Books is one, and I'm thankful for that. Some very good natural history and reference titles are available from this company, and they recently sent me one for review.
Chris G. Earley (the Canadian biologist who produced similar regional guides to sparrows & finches, and warblers; both titles with Firefly) makes an excellent addition to the growing list of photographic guides to North American raptors. There are some heavy hitters in this field already (e.g., Clark and Wheeler's 1995 guide and subsequent editions), which raise the bar for any newcomers. But Earley's concise volume is well constructed and worth adding to any falconer or birder's library.
Earley presents the raptors (diurnals first, then the owls) in their basic taxonomic groups or genera. He opens with a brief discussion of the guide's conventions (size comparisons, the standard icons he uses for quick reference, etc.) and good, basic advice for hawk watchers (to wit: watch the hawk first, as long as you can, then look it up). He completes his introduction with diagrams of avian anatomy as they relate to field identification, adding notes on common "hawk look-alikes" and a chart for best raptor viewing by season and species.
The following species accounts are brief, each covering two to four pages with large, well-composed color photos illustrating. A short note on natural history is typically accompanied by viewing and ID tips (some include literary quotes), and capped with the book's standardized set of icons and field notes. The author's selection of images is especially helpful, with color morphs and age-appropriate plumages displayed in easy-to-compare views.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawks and Owls July 9 2010
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Hawks and Owls is a wonderful book. It has numerous photos that are of excellent quality. There are numerous photos of each type of bird showing the bird at rest, in flight, and at different stages of its life. I have numerous bird books, and this is the best one that I have used to help me identify which type of birds that I have been seeing. Another good aspect of this book is that there is a range map included on each bird on the same page where the bird write up is. I was so impressed, that I bought four other books on birds that were written by Chris Earley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition to a Crowded Field July 8 2004
By Matthew R. Mullenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A lingering perk: Some publishers still have my name listed as editor of the NAFA Hawk Chalk. Evidently Firefly Books is one, and I'm thankful for that. Some very good natural history and reference titles are available from this company, and they recently sent me one for review.
Chris G. Earley (the Canadian biologist who produced similar regional guides to sparrows & finches, and warblers; both titles with Firefly) makes an excellent addition to the growing list of photographic guides to North American raptors. There are some heavy hitters in this field already (e.g., Clark and Wheeler's 1995 guide and subsequent editions), which raise the bar for any newcomers. But Earley's concise volume is well constructed and worth adding to any falconer or birder's library.
Earley presents the raptors (diurnals first, then the owls) in their basic taxonomic groups or genera. He opens with a brief discussion of the guide's conventions (size comparisons, the standard icons he uses for quick reference, etc.) and good, basic advice for hawk watchers (to wit: watch the hawk first, as long as you can, then look it up). He completes his introduction with diagrams of avian anatomy as they relate to field identification, adding notes on common "hawk look-alikes" and a chart for best raptor viewing by season and species.
The following species accounts are brief, each covering two to four pages with large, well-composed color photos illustrating. A short note on natural history is typically accompanied by viewing and ID tips (some include literary quotes), and capped with the book's standardized set of icons and field notes. The author's selection of images is especially helpful, with color morphs and age-appropriate plumages displayed in easy-to-compare views. It is noteworthy that unlike some of the less qualified sources of raptor photo ID (especially those on the Web), the Cooper's hawks shown herein are actually Cooper's hawks; the Sharp-shins actually Sharp-shins. One particularly fine image (by Brian Wheeler) shows an adult male and female Cooper's standing together and dramatically captures their size dimorphism.
Earley closes this small volume with notes on how the public may help and observe raptors in their area, some suggested reading and a very helpful photographic "summing up" of included species that allows, via a series of charts, direct comparisons of similar species: the accipiters to each other, buteos to other buteos, and so on, which saves the reader the task of flipping pages to note the differences. Of course, I happily flipped between the pages anyway.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide for the Beginner March 15 2005
By K Scheffler - Published on Amazon.com
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Birds of prey are regarded with particular fascination by many birders, but their identification presents a number of problems that can daunt the beginner. Hawks & Owls of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America, therefore, is an excellent introductory guide.

Each species has between two to four pages devotes to it. The majority of this space consists of photographs, depicting the species in flight and perched; save for a few, the photographs are crisp and clear. Aside from the brief introductory note and the more brief "nature notes," text is devoted to pointing out key features of the given species. Size, characteristics while perched and in flight, differences between males, females and juveniles, flight traits, and distinguishing calls are dealt with for each species, while relevant information concerning morphs and second year plummage, etc. is included when applicable.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this guide and highly recommend it to the beginning birder.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for beginners. Sept. 17 2005
By S. Kral - Published on Amazon.com
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The excellent quality of this field guide matches others by Chris Earley. Being able to study the large, clear, color closeups of these species will enhance your identification skills. Seasonal range maps, special notations, calls and sounds made, plus additional comparison charts in the back make this another must have. It's lightweight, easy to carry and worth adding to your collection of field guides!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for Jan. 12 2011
By Jacob Aicholtz - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like to identify raptors as I do, this book is perfect. Other books have pictures separate from the bird information, this book keeps everything in order as it should be. The book is concise enough to be small, but still very informative.
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly Aug. 26 2013
By Chas. M. Humphrey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was exactly what we wanted, and has seen a great deal of use. Had I known it existed, I would have purchased it long ago.
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