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of a Feather - Which field guide is best for you? By
Winkler for a comparative review of North American Field Guides.
Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America -
Sibley Guide to Birds - by David Allen Sibley. The beautiful
illustrations (6,600, covering 810 species in North America) and clear,
descriptive text place Sibley and his work squarely in the tradition of
John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson; more than a birdwatcher and
evangelizer, he is one of the foremost bird painters and authorities in
the U.S. Descriptive passages on identification are more detailed than
those in most other field guides. Slightly larger than the National Geographic
guide, it's less portable than most field guides and will likely spend
more time in cars and desks than on a birder's person while in the field.
Bird-Finding Guide to Canada - by J.C. Finlay. Paperback
(February 2001). Editor
J. Cam Findlay has drawn on the expertise of birders from every region
of the country to tell you what birds to look for and where to find them
across each province and territory, including major cities as well as national,
provincial and municiapal parks and, for the very adventurous, the wilderness
of the high Arctic.
Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field
Marks of All Species Found
in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico - by Roger
Tory Peterson (Illustrator). Paperback - 431 pages (1990). Often called
the birdwatcher's "bible," Roger Tory Peterson's Field Guides revolutionized
bird identification and started a series of books on everything from Atmosphere
to Wildflowers. It is still one of the best tools for bird identification,
especially for those just learning how to recognize different birds.
Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds
Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) - by Roger
Tory Peterson. Paperback 4th edition (June 1998). The updated volume of
the bestselling Peterson Field Guide Series features the unique Peterson
Identification System covering all birds of eastern and central North America,
shown in full color and described in detail. Summer and winter ranges,
breeding grounds, and other special range data are shown on 390 complete,
easy-to-read range maps.
Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region (Stokes Field Guides) -
by Donald Stokes, Lillian
Stokes (Contributor). Paperback (January 1996). Notable for its numerous
identification keys including a quick, full-color visual guide to the most
common backyard birds, a quick alphabetical index on the inside covers
(as well as a complete one within) and a color tab index to bird groups.
Superb color photographs include relevant plumage variations.
Field Guide to Bird Songs : Eastern Region (Three
compact discs and 64-page
booklet) - by Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes, Lang Elliott. (May 1997).
This guide to bird songs covers over 370 species and comes in cassette
and compact disc versions, both retailed at the same price. For some
RealAudio samples of ten species soundprints from the Stokes Field Guide
to Bird Songs, visit Lang Elliott's
website and follow the links for the Stokes Guide.1
Field Guide to Bird Songs : Western Region - by Kevin
Colver, Donald Stokes, Lillian
Q. Stokes. (April 1999) This historic collection of 552 species of bird
songs and calls contains nearly all bird species likely to be heard in
western north America. From Brownsville to Barrow to your own backyard,
from ocean waters to desert canyons to arctic tundra, you can now learn
the birds you will encounter on nearly any western birding adventure.
of North America : A Guide to Field Identification by Chandler
S. Robbins, Bertel Bruun,
Herbert Spencer Zim (Contributor). Hardcover - 360 pages (November 1983).
This is commonly known as the "Golden" Guide. Brief descriptions and illustrations
help to identify 650 species of birds in North America, with information
on characteristics, range maps, and song patterns. (There are particularly
nice sections on comparative head patterns for sparrows and warblers -
Birder's Handbook : A Field Guide to the Natural History of North
Birds;Including All Species That Regularly Breed North of Mexico -
by Darryl Wheye (Contributor), Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin (Contributor).
Paperback - 785 pages (June 1988). Compact and yet filled with information,
this portable encyclopedia of North American bird behavior is a complement
to field guides. Learn more about the species you see in the field, and--when
in doubt--use this handy reference as another tool for identification.
Visitor's Guide to the Birds of the Rocky Mountain National
: A Birder's Guide to Planning North American Trips
(ABA Birdfinding Guide)
- by Jerry A. Cooper, Paul J. Baicich (Editor) Hardcover - 374 pages. Spiral
edition (January 1996). A do it yourself guide to birding trips around
the country including detailed itineraries. Professionals in the nature
tours trade may want to keep this book a secret since it allows anybody
to reproduce many of their trips at a significant cost saving.
the Birds Are : A Guide to All 50 States and Canada - by
to go Bird Watching in Canada - by David Stirling