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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Western Region Turtleback – September 27, 1994


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Product Details

  • Turtleback: 822 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Revised edition (September 27, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679428518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679428510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A favorite of birdwatchers (especially those who prefer photographs to illustrations), this field guide, revised for 2000, accounts for the 544 bird species that live in the region west of the Great Plains. The clearly printed color photographs capture birds at rest and in flight; preceded by black-and-white silhouettes, the plates are organized by visually based, intuitive categories--"hawk-like birds," "pigeon-like birds," and "perching birds," for example--that make on-the-fly identification a fairly simple matter. The images are matched by clearly written text that describes a given bird, gives an approximation of its voice, and details its habitat, range, nests, and behavior. Sized to fit in a jacket or backpack pocket, this is a valuable companion for any birding outing in the region. --Gregory McNamee

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Introduced in 1977 and completely revised in 1994, these bestselling photographic field guides have become the birding bibles of more than four million enthusiasts. Virtually every bird found in North America is brought to life in a full-color photograph and with textual information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying range maps; overhead flight silhouettes; sections on bird-watching, accidental species, and endangered birds make these the most comprehensive field guides to birds available.

Note: the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it, while the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains.

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This book is very easy to use and has beautiful photographs.
Rebecca H.
Each of the many birds included has a range map and very brief description of color, voice, habitat, and nesting behavior.
Deborah Collin
This field guide is excellent as books by Roger Tory Peterson, who illustrated the birds.
Tim

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. Swinney on September 28, 2002
Format: Turtleback
The saving grace of this bird book is its portable nature. It is small enough to fit in a back pocket when traversing over hill and dell tracking down that Northern Flicker. The cover is also of durable material to weather the dirt, grass, the weather, or whatever you put it through. Those are the good things.
The detractors are that when compared to other bird books, the format isn't the friendliest. To find all the scoop about a particular bird it is easy to locate the picture, however there is a separate section identifying habitat, range, behavior, etcetera. Then there is a numbering system separate from the page numbers that make all this cross-referencing and flipping back and forth between the pictures and the descriptions somewhat confusing. Another confusing thing about the picture sequencing is that two different views of the same bird aren't always placed together. For instance, on frame number 185 (not the page number mind you) we find the Pied-billed Grebe winter plumage and then a couple pages over oddly enough on frame 195 we find what the Pied-billed Grebe looks like the rest of the year. So now we want to know more about this feathered-floater, we are directed back to the back of the book...pg. 341 (we are back to going by page numbers) to find out that this little guy has earned the local name, "Hell Diver."
So for an easier to use guide to read from the comfort of your living room or from a car's passenger seat, I would point you to the Stokes Guide to Birds. Audubon's book does have some good info and unique details on particular birds that can't be found elsewhere, can be carried into the field with ease, and does include some pretty good pics. The two complement each other nicely, but if I had to choose one...it'd be the Stokes.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Cummings on May 4, 2000
Format: Turtleback
I see a new bird in town; I have to hurry and grab the binoculars and my trusty field book. The pages begin to slip out of the book and I fumble to try and retrieve them before the wind scatters them about. In the mean time, the not so patient bird flies away and I'm left disappointed having again missed a choice moment. I examine the loose pages and the worn cover of my trusty field book and decide it's not so trusty anymore. With mixed emotions, I reverently put away the old field book and buy me this new one.
I've yet to find a bird in the new addition that I couldn't identify, including, a few rare instances when we get visitors from the East. A common crackle is not so common in Utah. But this field book told me that from time to time they will cross the great divide to visit their cousins in the West.
If you like birding, you'll love this field guide; it's the best I've seen for a long while.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
Format: Turtleback
I have used the older edition of this field guide for years and have always been able to find the bird I am looking for. This newer edition has much improved pictures from the older edition and a slightly better layout. Enough of an improvement that I felt I had to buy the newer edition. Happy bird-watching!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By . on May 20, 2003
Format: Turtleback
The National Audubon Society has long been respected as, among other things, the publisher of a series of top-notch field guides to the natural world in North America. Their volumes include birds, trees, butterflies, insects and spiders, wildflowers, mammals, rocks and minerals, mushrooms, fish... you name it. Several of the books are specific to geographic regions. This review is of the National Audubon Society FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS - WESTERN EDITION.

This book is compact; it measures 4" x 7-1/2" x 1-1/2" thick, just the right size to fit into your pocket or day-pack if you're inclined to take it on a walk.
It's very thoughtfully and logically organized with four major sections, as follows:

INTRODUCTION
This includes a discussion of both the art and science of birding and the organization of the book. It includes a highly detailed rendering of a "typical" bird with all the anatomical points used in the book identified by their common names.

ORGANIZATION
The avian kingdom is broken down into categories (long-legged waders, gull-like birds, owls, pigeon-like birds, hawks, tree-clinging birds, hummingbirds, perching birds, and so on.) Each category is assigned a silhouette. The categories are further broken down into families. So, in the category of hawks, we have ospreys, caracaras, vultures, hawks, falcons, harriers, kites, and eagles. Each family has its own silhouette symbol.

COLOR KEY
Each color plate page has a thumb index with the silhouetted symbol for the birds on that page. The birds are arranged within their families by their predominant color, and the silhouettes are colored accordingly, to make it even easier to find your bird.

COLOR PLATES
This is a series of color photographs of 676 birds.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim on August 6, 2001
Format: Turtleback
I LOVE this field guide. This field guide is excellent as books by Roger Tory Peterson, who illustrated the birds. It's perfect for any age or any people who's interested in ornithology. This field guide only tells the birds in western regions of North America. This field guide have been helpful to me a lot of times. I've identified birds easily with this guide. Although this book was published a while ago, it looks as new as it was made these days! The photos are in full color. I think it shows all western region birds. Informations of each birds are also well written. So if you're intersted in North American birds, get this guide right now!
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