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Wild Birds in City Parks Being hints on identifying 145 birds, prepared primarily for the spring migration in Lincoln Park, Chicago   By:

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Wild Birds in City Parks by Alice Hall Walter is an excellent guidebook for bird enthusiasts, particularly those residing in or visiting Lincoln Park, Chicago. This well-researched publication provides comprehensive information on 145 different bird species, with a primary focus on spring migration.

One of the greatest strengths of this book is its user-friendly format. Walter organizes the species alphabetically, making it easy to locate a specific bird or browse through various sections. Each bird profile includes a detailed description, highlighting key physical characteristics that aid in identification, such as plumage, beak shape, and size. The inclusion of clear and concise information, along with vibrant illustrations and photographs, greatly enhances the guide's practicality.

Moreover, the author’s knowledge and expertise shine through in the meticulously written descriptions. She offers valuable tips on distinguishing between similar species, as well as identifying distinctive behaviors and vocalizations. Walter's firsthand observations of birds in Lincoln Park make her insights particularly relevant and applicable to readers in this specific region. Additionally, the author's passion for birdwatching is evident, which adds a delightful personal touch to the book.

Another commendable aspect of Wild Birds in City Parks is its emphasis on conservation. Walter emphasizes the importance of protecting birds and their natural habitats, underscoring the need for responsible birdwatching. She provides guidance on ethical birding practices, raising awareness about potential disturbances and dangers that humans may pose to these delicate avian populations.

While the book primarily caters to birdwatchers within Lincoln Park, its value extends beyond this specific region. The description of each species includes information on their preferred habitats, diet, and nesting behaviors, making it an informative read for bird enthusiasts in diverse urban environments. Furthermore, the inclusion of a handy index at the end allows for quick referencing and easy navigation.

If there is any drawback to this otherwise exceptional guide, it would be the limited scope of locations covered. While the focus on Lincoln Park is understandable, readers from different cities or regions might feel left out. However, the knowledge and skills acquired from this book can still be applied to various urban settings, allowing for flexibility in bird identification and observation.

In conclusion, Wild Birds in City Parks is an invaluable resource for bird lovers, particularly those with an interest in spring migration and residing in or visiting Lincoln Park, Chicago. Alice Hall Walter's book stands out for its detailed species accounts, user-friendly organization, and emphasis on conservation. Whether you are a novice or seasoned birder, this guide is a must-have companion for exploring the avian wonders of urban parks.

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Wild Birds in City Parks

Being hints on identifying 145 birds, prepared primarily for the spring migration in Lincoln Park, Chicago

BY Herbert Eugene Walter AND Alice Hall Walter


Chicago A. W. Mumford & Company, Publishers 378 Wabash Avenue 1906

Copyright 1901, 1902 and 1904 by Alice Hall Walter

Note to Third Edition.

With the continued success of this little booklet the authors have been led to revise and enlarge the present issue in the hope that it will prove more helpful and complete to those beginning the outdoor study of birds.

The new features of this edition are the addition of forty five birds the majority of which are shore and water birds and a simple field key. The number of each bird as given in the check list of the American Ornithologist's Union has also been inserted after its scientific name as an aid in referring to larger bird books... Continue reading book >>

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