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    Default North American Hawk ID books

    Living pretty close to several Pennsylvania Hawk Watches I do a bit now and then when work and other other household duties allow.

    I was wondering if anyone has any input on these books which seem to think I should have in my collection.

    Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors

    Hawks from Every Angle: How to Identify Raptors In Flight

    A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

    I was given a copy of the Eastern Bird Crossley Guide for Christmas and I like it a lot.



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    Mike, here are some brief thoughts, along with links to some more in-depth reviews.

    Hawks from Every Angle and Hawks at a Distance are complementary books. Though they can be used for more general-purpose birding, they are most valuable for watching hawks on migration (for instance, they don't include many non-migratory or range-restricted hawks). Angle is the more general of the two, so you might want to get that one first.
    Review of Hawks from Every Angle
    Review of Hawks at a Distance

    I don't have much experience with A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors. But the authors are renown hawk experts, and I love Wheeler's Raptor guides. Those are two books - Eastern and Western - that are fantastic. But they are out of print now, and relatively expensive. So the Photographic Guide might be a good way to go. It would be a good addition to the Liguori books since it (presumably) also shows perched birds, whereas the others only show hawks in flight.

    The classic book on hawks is Hawks in Flight, by Dunne, Sibley, and Sutton. It's pretty old now, but a new edition is coming out this fall. It's a good bet that it will be worth getting.
    Grant McCreary

    The Birder's Library - Bird book reviews and news

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    Thanks Grant,

    I've placed them on order. Thanks again for the advice''


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