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Birds of Ohio Field Guide, Second Edition
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2011
I bought this field guide as a present, and when it arrived, I was extremely pleased with it. It is easy to navigate and a quick aid in identifying birds, since many are most easily identified by color. It is the right size for a field guide, small enough to store without taking up much space but big enough to handle easily. I am impressed immensely by this guide because of its layout, with the left page being a color picture of the male bird (female and/or juvenile in smaller box on that page)and on the opposing page a description. A lot of field guides have hand drawn pictures, which are utterly unhelpful in identification, but this guide is terrific, which makes sense because it is by a wildlife photographer who understands the importance of detail. The fact page opposite the picture is wonderful too, not overloading the reader with information. It tells you basic information, such as nesting behavior and sounds. It does a great job of being concise while stilling being completely informative. There's also a picture of Ohio that is color coated that signifies when the bird is in Ohio (i.e. migration, summer....). It is a wonderful book that I can't say enough good things about.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
I am a novice bird enthusiast. I love to watch them at my feeders. This book is great for identifying Ohio birds and is dog-eared now from how many times I've pulled it out and looked it. I love it so much I bought them as gifts for some family members who are also bird enthusiasts. It is organized by color with color tabs at the top of each page, which makes it very easy and fast to flip through and find a bird you are trying to identify.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2011
This is the greatest little book for the young and old. Allows quick and easy reference to the most common birds in Ohio. Easy to carry, easy to read and easy to use. This book provides just the right amount of information without overwhelming the reader with unneccesary scientific jargon. This book is perfect for beginners who are interested in learning about the birds in thier own backyards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2009
This is a small (about 4" x 6") but thick book, which is a great format for taking along on hikes. Ours usually stays in our kitchen drawer so we can pull it out when a new type of bird visits our feeder.

The best part of the book is the way it's organized - by color. So if you see a bird, you pick it's primary color and flip to that colored section of the book. Birds of more than one color are listed under each color, so you really can't mess it up. I love that every page is color coded, which means there is absolutely no need to look for chapter headings or at the index. It's a "field guide" in the truest sense. Plus, photos of male and female birds, plus winter and summer appearance (if different) are included for each species.

We have several bird-identification books, and they've been relegated to the bookshelf because this book is so useful, quick, and accurate. Birds of Ohio always leaves us confident we've identified each bird correctly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2010
This is a great book for those wanting to identify birds in their backyard. One thing to note is that some birds are listed in multiple color categories if the male and female are different colors. This is either helpful or annoying depending on your perspective. I, personally, find it helpful. Can't wait for spring to come to i.d. more birds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2008
Birds of Ohio is an excellent field guide. The book is organized by bird color (excellent for beginners, whether in the field or in your back yard) and devotes one text page and one full page picture per bird. The pictures are excellent and when appropriate, inserts depicting close-ups of distinguishing features or the plumage of juvenile or the opposite sex are included. Each page includes the range chart, size, description of the male, female, and juvenile (where needed), nest description, number and description of eggs, incubation period, fledging period, migration, food and some comparison notes. The "one page per bird" label is deceptive in that, since the book is organized by color, birds with different color plumage based on sex are actually included twice in the book. So regardless of whether you are looking at the male or female of the species, you can still identify the bird by the color of its feathers. The "Stan's notes" section at the bottom of each page provides the additional information you would otherwise turn to a more detailed book for. I encourage you to take a look at the sample pages.

My husband and a young friend of ours (13) found this book so much easier to use than any of our other resources. Often we would identify the bird using Birds of Ohio and then look it up in our Smithsonian and Audubon guides to see if there was any additional or different information in those sources. (There was actually little additional information in these other sources and differences were generally small and limited to either the size-range of the bird or the number of eggs in a clutch.) We were also impressed with the listings of ranges and migration patterns, which was more up-to-date than some other very good sources, and included birds other sources failed to recognize as residing in (or migrating through) Ohio.

I looked through so many books before I purchased this one - and I'm glad I waited until I found it! This is an excellent book for anyone trying to identify the vast majority of birds in Ohio. I hope Stan Tekiela publishes this same information for other states. Initially we did not buy the Audio CD, I believe we'll pick that up before next spring...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2009
I had originally purchased this book for my 8 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. She had shown interest in nature and birds and I thought it would be a great book for her. Together, her and I have learned about the different birds that are right in our very own backyard. It has been a staple piece in our learning experience about the world around us. We have branched out into getting bird feeders for our backyard and sitting at the window and watching the birds come in, then looking them up in our book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2007
I have the one with the Audio CD as well which works well and sounds a lot better than some other audio books (and sounds a lot better than those cute stuff birds you can buy). It narrows down the bird choices and makes a fine guide for beginners. Not something to write a report on since it is short information but enough to get you started if looking for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love the way the book is listed by majority color. Birds mostly brown. Birds mostly blue. Etc... It is small for the pocket. Great for the person that wants to keep a list of what birds they've have seen with a easy format for the non professional birder.
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on December 25, 2010
Our 5th grade class has bird feeders and a bird house outside the window. We get lots of activity, but the students don't always know what birds are visiting. The Birds of Ohio Field Guide will make it much easier for them.

I love that the guide starts off with a color coding reference. Birds are grouped by "mostly black" or "prominent green" making searching easy for inexperienced, young bird-watchers. Each entry shows pictures of both genders, as well as physical descriptions, habits, and general information.

Apparently, there is a cd of bird songs that companions this guide. I will have to research its availability as I think it would be another good resource for my students.
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