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Winging It: A Beginner's Guide to Birds of the Southwest [Hardcover]

Catherine Coulter , Cynthia Coulter , James Coulter , Vivian Coulter

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Book Description

Nov. 15 2004

Why are some house finches so red? How do chickadees and nuthatches survive the winter? Where does the great horned owl spend the day? Winging It answers these and other questions about bird behavior. This introductory bird book includes descriptions of forty-two species found in the Southwest, from hummingbirds to bluebirds to sharp-shinned hawks, from birds in your backyard, to birds in the mountain forest or driest desert.

Every page is filled with photographs, drawings of feathers, nests, and tracks, and true stories of kids and birds. Learn how to attract birds to your yard and how to make nectar for your hummingbird feeder. Turn to any page to learn something new about a favorite bird or use the index for easy identification of one you don't recognize.

"Winging It is kid-friendly and easy to read, yet the text can be enjoyed by all ages. It ought to be read by parents to their children, as children are the future when it comes to protecting birds and their habitats. I especially liked the short personal stories that accompany each chapter. These stories made me want to know more about that particular bird. My hope is that kids reading this book will pass it on to their own kids."-Ron Duffy, Audubon Society bird guide

"As an avid birder and educator (5th grade teacher), I recommend this book as a must for any young naturalist. The text takes the reader a step beyond mere bird identification, introducing behavior, folklore, and habitat. Winging It is an excellent text as a field guide, but the book also lends itself to research. The accuracy of the drawings helps a reader to understand bird behavior, as well as providing vivid clues for bird identification."-Janie Chodosh, birder and elementary school teacher.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 135 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (Nov. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826330681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826330680
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 18.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,907,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


"A kid-friendly beginner's book that will delight bird lovers of all ages. . . . The design of the book is pleasing and comprehensive, and includes striking, clear photographs, engaging drawings of birds, nests, eggs, and tracks, bird-related quotations, amusing stories of child-bird backyard encounters, and even a mini-glossary at each chapter's end."

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A beginner's field guide to birds of the mountains, valleys, and deserts of the Southwest. Ages 10 and up.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal guidebook, especially for the novice birdwatcher March 6 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The collaborative work of Catherine Coulter, Cynthia Lucina Coulter, James Coulter, Vivian Coulter, Jennifer Owings, Entire families and all ages with Southwest residence or affiliation will discover a treasure trove of detail in Winging It: A Beginner's Guide To Birds Of The Southwest, an ideal guidebook, especially for the novice birdwatcher, to birds of the Southwest pairing realistic. Enhanced with lovely drawings by Jennifer Owings Dewey, along with photos and discussions of birds, kids, and birdwatching, covering such issues as how to attract birds to making hummingbird nectar or identifying birds, all the basics are here, with a Southwest orientation. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Go-to Bird Book Jan. 17 2012
By Chester42 - Published on Amazon.com
There is little shelf space in my house so I must be selective about which books I keep, but Winging It has a permanent spot. The sheer quantity of beautiful, detailed illustrations and photos allow me to confidently match up what I see outside, rather than just guess from a small photo or two. Fun, informative stories complete the picture, making 'Winging It' a pleasure to use.
3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a kids book. April 29 2014
By J. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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This book doesn't have a whole lot in it, seems to be more suited for children. So, keep that in mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for children. May 24 2013
By Cynthia Coulter - Published on Amazon.com
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The brief stories have captivated the kids, especially since they become acquainted with the same children in all the stories. The drawings are almost works of art. The information on each bird is interesting and not dry or overwhelming. A wonderful buy.

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