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This review is from: The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America (Stokes Field Guides) (Paperback)
As one who has nearly two entire bookcases full of bird books, I believe it's fair to say that I'm not easily impressed; however, the Stokeses have done what I did not think was possible: blow me away with a field guide to birds. What I love best about the new Stokes Field Guide is the photography, of which there is an exceptional amount (more than in any other field guide) that is, furthermore, of eye-poppingly outstanding quality. I'd call it a visual smorgasbord--particularly the section on warblers!
And, as usual, the Stokeses provide a wealth of information in a sensible, uncluttered layout. The guide is comprehensive and fully up-to-date with newly split species (e.g. Pacific Wren, formerly a subspecies of Winter Wren); subspecies (if any) for each species; and current range maps that reflect breeding/winter range extensions and retractions.
As if all that weren't enough, a CD with the sounds of 150 species is enclosed to get the reader started learning to identify birds by ear. Bravo, Don and Lillian!
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2011 2:24:00 PM PDT
Kenneth Field says:
Thanks to this marvelous and thorough review, we now own what I would call the "Best" book on birds to date... Thank you...
Posted on Dec 2, 2013 4:54:45 AM PST
D. S. Jackson says:
It sounds like a wonderful gift!
Birders may also enjoy this new Holiday narrative poem,The Secret of Santa's Songbird.
Part One of the story is right in the book's listing for everyone to read.
A look inside the book reveals stanzas in large print and proper form.
The story offers a gift to remain at heart as surely as wild birds sing.
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