A Textbook Illustration

I have several birding books and an equal number of birding apps, but my go-to book is Bob Morse’s BIRDS of the Puget Sound.  It’s a small handbook (about the size of a hand) and contains short, but helpful, descriptions of the birds, where they are most apt to be found, and habits.  My experience with Black-Bellied Plovers at Ft. Flagler seemed an experience right out of a textbook.  

His book states that they can be found in “mudflats,”

short grass,

and beaches.

Under Diet and Behavior, the book states “Birds spread out to feed but roost in groups, often flocking with other shorebirds, especially Dunlin.

I’ll have to admit that I didn’t really see the Plovers mixed in with the Dunlin until I brought the shots up on screen. It’s a great place to get lost in a crowd.

3 thoughts on “A Textbook Illustration”

  1. Your post reminded me of rock climbing guides I used to use. The same challenge, in a a way. To succinctly describe something physical in such a way that the reader will easily recognise it. I was always amused by the way writers of such guides traditionally used the word ‘interesting’ to mean ‘terrifying’.

  2. I’m surprised that anyone who is a rock climber even knows the word “terrifying.” I, on the other hand, would more often than not use that word when engaged in climbing up a rock wall.

  3. The pictures are beautiful, not just the birds but the backgrounds! I really like the one where the bird is on the sand just ahead of the foam.

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