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American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America Eastern Region Paperback – January 31, 2011
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I selected this one for a few reasons:
- The photos make it very easy to identify birds, esp for beginners
- I liked how each bird had its own page, with tons of information (migration map, similar species, male/female variation, points of emphasis for identification)
- Each bird has an area for notes - date seen, where, comments
- Best index of all the guides. For example, the Yellow-rumped warbler is listed under both "yellow" and "warbler," whereas in the other guides it's only listed under "warbler".
This guide does have a few downsides:
- It's pretty large
- It doesn't have as much information on differences due to age or season. For example, some birds are much more muted in the winter and therefore look pretty different. Or, most juvenile birds look very different from adults. Peterson's does a great job of illustrating these differences.
- Sometimes I found the species grouping in Peterson's to be helpful in identification.
Conclusion: This is a great reference, especially for beginners. If you need something more portable or more detailed for very specific identification, then Peterson's may be a better choice for you.
If there were more stars for the ratings then I would have given them for this guide. It's been my "never leave home without it" guidebook whenever I go afield to look for birds. I never thought you could get so much information into a pocket sized guidebook that you could carry with you, but it sure looks like the publishers have done it with this one.
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A great Christmas gift for my wife. Has detailed photograph and descriptions by bird.Published 5 months ago by Richard Nelson
This is a great bird guide with great photos and information.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quality book. Lovely photos. Although some of the birds around my property are nowhere to be found.Published 11 months ago by Melissa Miller