By John Eastman
"This is without doubt one of the so much helpful poultry publications to be released in particularly a few time." --Booklist "Presented in a readable, effortless to stick with narrative . . . a well-researched examine the birds and their lives." --Eirik Blom, fowl Watcher's Digest Birds of box and Shore describes how forty two universal grassland and coastline birds nest, mate, and rear their broods in spring; how they feed in summer season; even if, how, and the place they migrate in fall; and the way they continue to exist in wintry weather. This seasonal process, including an emphasis on ecological niches, distinguishes Eastman's books from different box publications. specified representation enhances informative textual content, making Birds of box and Shore an beautiful and academic advisor for birders of any ability point. Entries are prepared in taxonomic order according to DNA trying out. chosen bibliography and index are incorporated.
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One study listed 14 mammals, 9 birds, and 2 reptiles as known predators. Red and gray foxes are major predators in some areas. Great horned owls, Cooper's and red-tailed hawks, and northern harriers also capture some pheasants. American crows, blue jays, common grackles, skunks, raccoons, weasels, and domestic cats are known nest raiders. Some studies indicate that habitat enhancement, rather than predator control as such, most effectively counters predation. The pheasant's major predator is humansnot only hunters, who take up to 20 million pheasants per year in North America, but also farmers who mow hayfields and burn fencerows during pheasant nesting.
Great horned owls, Cooper's and red-tailed hawks, and northern harriers also capture some pheasants. American crows, blue jays, common grackles, skunks, raccoons, weasels, and domestic cats are known nest raiders. Some studies indicate that habitat enhancement, rather than predator control as such, most effectively counters predation. The pheasant's major predator is humansnot only hunters, who take up to 20 million pheasants per year in North America, but also farmers who mow hayfields and burn fencerows during pheasant nesting.
Birds of field and shore must contend these days with some major habitat problems. In the case of most shorebirds and gulls, water contaminantsmany of them initially airborneor toxic episodes such as oil spills or botulism outbreaks may result in devastating effects. Shorebirds, the feeders and waders of beach strands and mudflats, become especially vulnerable during their migrations. Most are long-distance migrants, and many assemble in enormous concentrationshundreds of thousandsat key staging areas along their routes; Delaware Bay in New Jersey and Delaware is one such critical area in the Northeast.