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Birds of the Pacific Northwest (A Timber Press Field Guide) Flexibound – March 1, 2017
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From the Back Cover
- Detailed accounts of nearly 400 bird species, including common favorites and rare curiosities
- More than 870 spectacular photographs of relevant plumages and birds in flight
- Precise descriptions of voices, behaviors, and habitats
- Top birding sites in the Pacific Northwest
- Individual range maps, showing seasonal and migratory patterns
- Easy to use for beginners and experts alike
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The introduction of the book provides a descent overview of tools for birding, identification tips, confusing regional lookalike species, and of course, highlights some birding hotspots in the PNW.
Each of the nearly 400 species (300 breeding) are given at least a page, including photos, description, species' dimensions (size), voice, behaviors, habitat, status, and distribution map. Maps are a bit too small, despite having page space available. However, they are detailed when it comes to temporal changes (season movements) to species' ranges.
This book at 559-pages long is perhaps unnecessarily bulky, considering it's dedicated to one region within the world's smallest (by species) avifaunal region, the Neararctic. Unallocated white space is commonplace on pages and it lacks the intense detail in distribution maps I would like to see from a regional guide. Whist the seasonality in the maps is appreciated, species' status (where common or uncommon) should be included when dealing with a small region, as one might find in a birding atlas.
Notwithstanding, this is a great regional guide. If a little more attention was given to species' accounts spatial allocations, map sizing and distribution detail therein, then a subsequent edition may be rendered utterly unparalleled.
The book has so many things done right that I have virtually set aside every other book I have previously relied on for birding in the backyard and back country alike.
Layout- Easy to use, easy to quickly search and reference. Easy. Period.
Photos- High quality, great shots and real shots that help me reference what I am really seeing in the field. With multiple aspects of most birds in a range of plumages when appropriate.
Descriptions- A perfect blend of technical data and language that is appropriate to the lay-person and expert alike. I purchased this book for multiple family members and some of the more beginner birders find the best aspect to be-- 'they understand it'.
I would consider myself to be a Novice birder but spend more than an average amount of time in the outdoors observing. This is a great reference tool, and incredibly reasonable in price for all it provides.
It may not replace your entire birding library as it did mine, but I assure you it deserves a place in it.
I've referred to this thing endlessly this year. I will be watching this one for future revision/additions if they ever come. This is the bird guide for PNW, hands-down. My 5 stars stand.
I've only just gotten into this guide and already I am simply impressed. The photography is outstanding and without being overly contrast-laden, heavily edited as several other guides tend toward (I believe editors believe this adds clarity to the markings and colors, but really it only muddies the waters since no bird appears this way naturally). The descriptions, ranges and behavioral notes are excellent, marvelous really for a book of this size. The organization is well done and the cover and binding are strong. Not much more to ask for. My previous favorite for our region is "Birds of the Puget Sound Region Coast to Cacades" Paulson, Morse, Aversa and Opperman ... but I have to admit, except for the physical size of this book, its a bit better in most ways. It's naturally larger as is covers a much larger region, but even still I'm happy to have picked it up. A new favorite.
Great detail in the photos. Not quite as detailed as, say, the Peterson Field Guides but very good for the beginning or intermediate bird-watcher.