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Product Details

  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: R. W. Morse Company; 1 edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964081083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964081086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimball Garrett, a life-long resident of Southern California, is the Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, past President of Western Field Ornithologists, member of the California Records Committee, and co-editor of the Southern California regional reports for North American Birds. With Jon Dunn co-authored Birds of Southern California, Stauts and Distribution, the Peterson Field Guide to Warblers and Birds of the Los Angeles Region. Jon Dunn grew up in the Los Angeles area and is a bird tour leader for WINGS, chief consultant to the National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, host/writer for the Advanced Birding Video Series. Serves as a member of the California Records Committee, the American Birding Association Checklist Committee, and the Ornitologist's Union' Committee on Classification and Nomenclature. Brain Small is a Southern California based professionl wildlife photographer, co-author of two photographic guides (Birds of Eastern North America and Birds of Western North America), Photo Editor of Birding, and co-author of a bird identification column in BirdWatching. Thousands of his images are featured in books, magazines, calendars, websites, and smartphone apps.

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My husband and I both love this book.
Rhonda Stevenson
The writing is excellent and concise while the photographs are beautifully done.
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This is so helpful for me, a learning birder.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By peter thomas on October 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent regional bird guidebook. Although directed toward newer birders, it yet has good value for the more experienced, and especially for those who lead local birding field trips.

It is 4.5x6 inches in size, and easy to carry in a pack or in the leg pocket of a pair of cargo pants.

The sections for each bird on behavior, voice, and similar species are concise and very specific. Of greatest interest to me are the paragraphs on seasonal occurrence, questions about which often make me pause while trying to recall.

The photo images are remarkably clear. I might only wish for more images, especially of immature forms. The occasional picture of similar species on the same page is very welcome. It is an easy volume to use with a short index on the inside back cover, and is especially helpful in showing a species to newer birders, who may have only gotten a glimpse of a rapidly disappearing warbler.

As a frequent birding field trip leader in San Diego County, this will be the guide that I will now most often carry and recommend for this area. Thanks to the authors.

Peter Thomas
San Diego
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon G. on August 6, 2013
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A solid listing with accurate descriptions and beautiful pictures of Southern California birds.

I would recommend it as long as you don't own any previous volumes of this book, for the "new" version" hasn't really changed much from the old one except for a new cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon F on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Though now three decades old, this book still offers a huge amount of useful information on the status and distributuion of southern California birds. The status of some species has changed since the time this book was written, and records of vagrants have increased dramatically, but the detailed information on ranges and migration timing is still very useful. Range maps for are included for some species and there is a good discussion of habitats and migration in the region. For a reference book, this one is extremely well written and in fact very readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Hergert on October 17, 2013
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This book has very accurate pictures and great coverage of the birds seen in my So Cal backyard. Excellent!

Dennis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Q. Blackstone on July 29, 2013
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I bought this for the colored illustrations because I do bird art ... the colors are nice enough and you can improvise somewhat
as far as what an actual bird would look like. Information is also handy...especially for the bird watching crowd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregs of Wrath on July 29, 2013
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I live in Ventura County and have been curious as to what birds fly in and out of my backyard. This book is exactly what I needed! I've already identified a couple species just by quickly flipping through the pages. I like the way this book groups the different types of birds together, and the pictures and descriptions are very helpful. Plus, it makes a great addition to my coffee table. If you're interested in learning more about the birds in your backyard and live in Southern California, this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on July 28, 2013
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This is so helpful for me, a learning birder. I got it last week and I've used it several times since.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Stevenson on May 26, 2013
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My husband and I both love this book. It is small enough to be portable when we are out taking pictures but big enough in content to help us identify the birds we are photographing. One drawback is it doesnt really show the baby pictures, does show juveniles but not babies. Otherwise it is great!! Beautiful pictures, nice identification markers.
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