Birds of Alaska: A Falcon Pocket Guide by Todd Telander

By Todd Telander

Birds of Alaska is a box consultant to the commonest and sought-after species within the kingdom. comfortably sized to slot in your pocket and that includes full-color, specified illustrations, this informative advisor makes it effortless to spot birds on your yard, favourite parks, and flora and fauna components.

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The eyes are bright green, the bill is thin and hooked, and the throat patch and lores are yellow. The breeding adult is illustrated. indd 22 1/17/13 2:42 PM Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus Family Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants) Size: 27" Season: Year-­round Habitat: Rocky coastal shores Herons The smallest of Alaska’s cormorants, the Pelagic Cormorant (which is not actually pelagic, as its name would suggest) is a slender coastal bird with a long, thin, flexible neck, short legs, and a long, thin, dark bill.

The breeding adult is illustrated. indd 33 1/17/13 2:43 PM Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca Sandpipers, Phalaropes Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Phalaropes) Size: 14" Season: Spring through fall Habitat: Marshes The Greater Yellowlegs is sometimes called the “telltale” bird, acting as the sentinel of a flock by raising an alarm when danger is near, flying off and circling to return. It has long, bright yellow legs, a long neck, a dark, slightly upturned bill, and a white eye-­ ring. The upperparts are dark gray and mottled, while the underparts are white with barring on the flanks.

Plumage is brown above and light below, with a white shoulder patch. There is a white eye-­ring and superciliary stripe above the dark eye-­line. In breeding plumage, it develops heavy spotting from the chin to lower flanks and barring on the back. The bill is orange, with a dark tip. It has short wings, and in flight the thin white stripe on the upper wing can be seen. To forage, it teeters about, picking small water prey and insects from the shoreline. The breeding adult is illustrated. 5" Season: Spring through fall Habitat: Rocky, mountainous streamsides The Wandering Tattler is a compact shorebird with a long, straight bill and short, yellowish legs.

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