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Publications: Hawks of Holiday Beach, Second Edition

Hawks of Holiday Beach is for every level of birder.

The second edition of Hawks of Holiday Beach, by Allen Chartier and David Stimac, provides a quick reference for in-flight identification of raptors observed at Holiday Beach.

The book's sixteen sections cover ten regularly observed raptor species as well as six vagrant raptor species. Each section includes photos and beautifully detailed ink drawings that clearly depict the species' identifying marks.

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Each species chapter includes complete, well-written summaries of species identification marks, flight styles, and behavior.

The authors define and clarify those confusing similarities between different raptor species.

A two-page migrating hawk size and shape comparison chart provides an invaluable tool for the hawk watcher.

Hawks of Holiday Beach is an intelligent, objective and comprehensive examination of many important observed characteristics of each raptor species.

Covered species include:
  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  • Northern Goshawk (Acccipiter gentilis)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
  • Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo linneatus)
  • Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
  • Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
  • Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
  • Merlin (Falco columbarius)
  • American Kestrel(Falco sparverius)
  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaetus leucocephalus)
  • Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
  • Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
  • Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
  • Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)
  • Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
  • Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

No longer do hawk watchers have to thumb through several field guides. Hawks of Holiday Beach covers it all in a quickly accessible manner so you can get back to the skies!

Review of Hawks of Holiday Beach:

"Several raptor migration watchsites in North America now have published watchsite manuals describing the history, methodology, and statistical data generated by these places. This second edition of Hawks of Holiday Beach is the best of these manuals available thus far. It very concisely describes, and presents the history of, the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory. For each species regularly seen at that watch site, the authors provide the vernacular and scientific names of raptors, dates and numbers (high counts) for the top 10 days, a bar graph showing seasonal peaks, some limited (and not too useful) banding information, another bar graph showing years (back to 1974) and annual count totals for the species, helpful identification and behavior notes, and several excellent pen-and-ink drawings by Dave Stimac along with various black-and-white photographs. Two pages of large silhouettes of raptors in overhead flight are also provided. Brief mention of accidental sightings and charts with additional count data fore the watch site complete the book. It would have been helpful if a bibliography of all published papers and notes pertaining to the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory were included. The page layouts presenting information are outstanding, and extremely effective. This book is highly recommended reading for all North American hawk watchers, especially leaders of raptor migration watchsites."

  - Book Review by Don Heintzelman in International Hawkwatcher, January 2003, No. 7, p. 23.

Ordering copies of Hawks of Holiday Beach:

Copies of Hawks of Holiday Beach, Second Edition may be purchased from HBMO. Pricing is as follows:
Price per copy:$20.00$15.00
Shipping: 1-2 copies$6.00$4.00
Shipping: 3-5 copies$9.00$6.00
Shipping: 6-12 copies$15.00$10.00
Shipping: 13-24 copies$23.00$15.00
Shipping: 25+ copies$30.00$20.00

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