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on January 27, 2015
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When I started watching birds more seriously, I received this book as a gift and was generally quite happy with it. It has little arrows that point to features on a bird that might distinguish it from a similar bird. It has small quick reference maps next to the description for each bird (so, if a bird is not routinely found anywhere near my area I can probably rule it out as a candidate for the bird I'm trying to identify). And it has a check off list in the back where one can keep track of the birds they've seen. I repurchased it when I lost my first one. There are some faults that keep me from rating it higher. Like others mention, it's big and I didn't often take it with me when we were out in the field. Instead, we tried to make notes and/or take photos and then reference the book at home. When I did take it out and lost it, I lost my check off list for 'birds spotted'. I was able to replicate the list with some effort but I'm now leaving this book at home completely and taking another smaller birding book into the field. I don't find it really easy to find birds in the book by thumbing through the pages. Often I have to reference the index which may be the case for most books (and my level of expertise). Additionally, however, the check off list in the back is not ordered in the same way as the birds are in the identification pages. In the check off list, there's a section labeled "Ducks, Geese, and Swans." In the identification pages, those birds are broken into subsections and some birds in one section can be scattered about the check off lists with birds from other subsections in-between them. In the checkoff section, one family groups is named "Boobies and Gannets." In the identification pages, it's called "Gannets and Boobies" which is minor but just an added impediment to quickly referencing between the two sections. I'm guessing there is some reason (either scientific or book design) why one can find two birds next to each other in the identification pages but far apart on the check off list but it can make the check off process a bit unwieldy.
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on January 1, 2011
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It is a great guide for bird watchers but I feel that I would spend more time in pictures/images and less in maps.... I like the feature that you can cross out the species you have seen.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I had seen these on the shelves for a while. This follows the typeface and artwork of the previous one volume edition. While these are a good idea for the new birder, other field guides are available to compare these days. Also look at Sibley East and West, about the same size in hand. Peterson, Kaufman and Sibley use the arrow system.

I decided to stick with the one volume version, a little bigger, as a back up to other field guides, to keep mostly in the car. Also, a point in its favor, I put my life list in the one volume version, as it has the check list for the whole of the area. I have it at home too, of course, but here it is with me all the time.

It is good to see the work updated, though, I always liked Peterson for sparrows and warblers. For gulls, I use other books.
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This guide is "tried and true".

As a wildlife biologist, I have been using all the different guides since the early 70's. This Peterson is an old standby and this edition is better than it was back then. The content appears to be the same, although birds do change their ranges, so the range maps probably have changed.

It is the material that the book is constructed of. It appears to be much, much more durable than my original hardbound copy from the 70's.

I highly recommend this classic guide. The bird illustrations and range maps are outstanding: clear, large, colorful.

No, it is not losing ground.

Robert King
www.itsaboutnature.net
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on July 14, 2014
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There are many other books on North American birds but this is the best one. All the others field guides were inspired by Peterson Field Guide Series...Highly recommend this new edition to any amateurs and series birders.
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on July 11, 2014
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wonderful pictures and explanations
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on July 7, 2014
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Great field guide.
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on July 5, 2014
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good
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on July 4, 2014
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Beautiful photographs, beyond our expectations. Helps us identify new birds at our feeders.
Gave to my husband for his 84th birthday. He is from Jamestown, NY and appreciated Mr. Peterson
also from Jamestown.
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on June 15, 2014
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I bought this book and the Audubon Field Guide for my grandson, who is 8. This was the better of the two, as it shows clear pictures of the differences between the beaks, wing feathers, and other differentiators for similar bird species. It also breaks the picture sections up throughout the book, rather than all being in just one section, which Audubon does. Makes the entire book interesting, rather than just the picture section, and easier for my grandson to use.
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