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My late husband and I had a blast using this book while observing the birds at our backyard feeders when we lived in the country Highly recommended for bird watchers.
[[ Free E-pub ]] ☠ A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America ↙ Features the unique Peterson Identification System, which has never been surpassed as a tool for field identification and is available only in Peterson Guides The Birder s Bible for over sixty years All the birds of eastern and central North America including accidentals, exotics, and escapes shown in full color and described in detailcomplete, easy to read range maps showing summer and winter ranges, breeding grounds, and other special range information Easy to use facing page format This is the famed Peterson s Guide It is illustrated using paintings by Roger Tory Peterson In a nice touch, the incomplete plate page with the painting of birds that he was working on when he died is found in the preface by his wife, and the forward references the completed version that was completed by a friend for inclusion in this Fifth edition.The plates include lines that indicate field marks The actual mark descriptions are in the short paragraph that is with each bird Between 4 and This is the famed Peterson s Guide It is illustrated using paintings by Roger Tory Peterson In a nice touch, the incomplete plate page with the painting of birds that he was working on when he died is found in the preface by his wife, and the forward references the completed version that was completed by a friend for inclusion in this Fifth edition.The plates include lines that indicate field marks The actual mark descriptions are in the short paragraph that is with each bird Between 4 and 6 birds are in every pair of facing pages, with between 1 and 5 poses for each bird The illustrations are fairly large, and clear The text covers several categories, visual description included differences between male, female and juvenile, similar species, description of the range, voice, and habitat With this much to cover, the wording is terse.Also, there is a thumbnail range map A larger range map is in the back There are many reviewers who complain about the range maps being in the back of the book, presumably they are discussing a previous edition.What Peterson introduced with this guide was a way to identify species in the field, without having to capture or shoot the specimen In this case, the field marks For each species, he gives marks distinctive markings that distinguish one bird from others of the same family For example, if a woodpecker is small and has a red spot on the nape of the neck with a white stripe down the back, it could be Downy woodpecker But if its bill is as long as its head and the outside tail feathers are all white no black spots it probably is a hairy woodpecker If it is large, has a red crest that extends to its bill, and the wing has a white leading edge and black trailing edge, it is a Pileated If the trailing edge is white, the red crest does not go all the way to the front of the head and you are in a southern old growth forest, well, that could very well mean something else, especially in 2005 2006.I suppose that a true birder does not memorize field marks, instead has an intuitive understanding just by looking as to what species a given bird is But for those of us who have not attained enlightment, we identify the basic type, then use the marks to home in on the species, or note things to look for when we hit our field guide And the Peterson s does a good job of that.For identiying what is in the air around us, this is a delight to use, and the order gets intuitive after not long There is something thrilling of paging through a field guide and realizing you just figured out what that bird you could not identify was, and going out in the field again and wondering if you will see it again.This is a field guide, and its purpose is identification It is not a guide of ornithology If the goal is to understand birds, look elsewhere But it serves its purpose well, and its cover and construction give me confidence it should survive many walks stuffed in my jacket pocket and thumbed through in the field This book was owned by my mother who was the nature lover and birder in the family She foundto watch then you might expect living in New York City We lived near Central Park, which is something of a bird sanctuary This book taught her a lot that she passed on to me, Though I m by no means the naturist she was, I do appreciate the way this book made meaware of the birds around me I was oblivious before to all but the pigeons rock doves in this book and sparrows After this I This book was owned by my mother who was the nature lover and birder in the family She foundto watch then you might expect living in New York City We lived near Central Park, which is something of a bird sanctuary This book taught her a lot that she passed on to me, Though I m by no means the naturist she was, I do appreciate the way this book made meaware of the birds around me I was oblivious before to all but the pigeons rock doves in this book and sparrows After this I wasaware of the occasional American Robin, Cardinal and Blue Jays I d see around the streets, let alone the Mourning Dove, Chickadees, Mockingbird, Oriole, Tufted Titmice among others I could spot in Central Park Somehow it all made New York City a friendlier andmagical place Talk about definitive There are others, but this was the first that was intended to provide specific identification aids in the field It still rules It is often fun just to do some armchair browsing through its gorgeous plates and recall what I have seen and where, and what I have not seen Birding is such a sweet pastime, and is fun either alone or in the company of others, especially highly skilled observers. Great book for birding Use it often The tips that each color plate has to help point specific unique characteristics for each bird are extremely helpful This book came to me by way of a friend who was pointed to it by someadvanced bird watchers Definitely a must have book for those who enjoy bird watching. This is THE book my parents taught me with on our hikes I ve carried it with me all over the continent When a mysterious bird drops by our bird feeder it s the book my children reach for It rarely spends time on the shelf. For me this is the quintessential bird guide My copy has little bits of post it sticking out all over I recommend it to anyone who loves watching birds. Peterson s A Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America Sixth Edition , attributed to Roger Tory Peterson, was most recently published in 2010 Peterson Field Guides compete directly with The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Second Edition and Princeton Field Guides on similar areas of focus, although there may not be a direct equivalent for North American birds from Princeton Field Guides It also competes to a degree with the National Audubon Society s fiel Peterson s A Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America Sixth Edition , attributed to Roger Tory Peterson, was most recently published in 2010 Peterson Field Guides compete directly with The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Second Edition and Princeton Field Guides on similar areas of focus, although there may not be a direct equivalent for North American birds from Princeton Field Guides It also competes to a degree with the National Audubon Society s field guides, which are actually in a narrower format andportable in some cases If you ve read our review of Peterson s A Field Guide to Birds of Western North America Fourth Edition then the remainder of the review and our conclusion regarding the functionality of the book, is identical with only minor changes where appropriate relating to the number of species represented, color plates, and so on This Sixth Edition claims a few significant improvements compared to previous editions, though it s unlikely to be worth upgrading from the Fifth Edition Paul Lehman and Michael O Brien have gone to great lengths to improve the accuracy of the data and provide updated range maps for numerous species while Michael DiGiorgio improved the digitized plates where necessary, building on updates to the Fifth Edition Overall, the Field Guide offers a number of useful features, some duplicated for ease of access at the beginning of the book and at the beginning of the appropriate section, achieving an ease of use that will help novices quickly identify birds but may not provide enough detail or have a comprehensive enough format to satisfyexperienced birders.There are 333 color coded pages describing the size, voice, habitats, scarcity, classification, nomenclature, and similar species of over 500 species comprising over 30 families of birds with ranges within Eastern and Central North America, including eastern Mexico For those seeking the most comprehensive coverage of species, this does not compare favorably to the 650 species in the Sibley field guide for the same region The 159 color plates contained within the Peterson Field Guide primarily offer illustrations for adult plumages of males and females, with some species getting the requisite illustrations for adolescent plumage or seasonal changes which are essential to identification Over all, the color reproduction and clarity from the latest editions of Peterson Field Guides are on par or better than what is found in Princeton Field Guides, although we can t speak to the accuracy of the color reproduction with respect to actual bird plumage, since individual species plumage can vary significantly from one region to the next National Audubon Society field guides on birds have color photos which some people may appreciate , however the plates found in the Peterson Field Guides are so large and life like that there are unlikely to be many complaints beyond plumage accuracy Videos on the Peterson Field Guides YouTube channel are a free supplement to this guide.Towards the back of the book just under one hundred pages are dedicated to enlarged range maps depicting the same ranges accompanying nearly all of the bird species described, but with the benefit of being a larger size These range maps are fit 6 to a page and have both a map number and the page number of the corresponding species, making it incredibly easy to turn to the larger range map when wanting adetailed view or back to the species data This feature also makes it very easy to plan trips around what birds will be in their seasonal or year round ranges simply by looking at all the range maps side by side and deciding on what areas will help you check off your life list The last ten pages before the index feature a life list with a checkmark spot beside each species so readers can make a note of whether or not they ve observed this species with enough space to write in a state abbreviation to denote where they ve seen it Life lists are a key way for novice and veteran birders alike to keep track of what species they ve had the pleasure of observing and such a functional and essential element for birding enthusiasts is a great inclusion in this Field Guide.Like many field guides, the index lists all the bird species described within The Peterson Field Guide offers a functional twist on the traditional alphabetized index by providing an alphabetically sorted list of both scientific and common names together, making it very easy to find the page number, or range map, of a specific species regardless of which name springs to mind first 70 silhouettes of bird species are also included to round out the last pages of the field guide and make rapid or distant identification easier.The Field Guide is laid out in a way familiar to anyone who has used field guides from other publishers and provides a good entry level bird identification book with some features that may provide better subjective functionality in some areas while falling short in others The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America Second Edition and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America may offer a superior overall format andcomprehensive collection of individual species and illustrations depicting identifying features and seasonal or regional variations and should be the first consideration for those seeking to invest in a standard sized field guide For those looking for somethingcompact and portable with a similar coverage of information then National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds Eastern Region and National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds Western Region are great choices This is a must have guide if you live in or are traveling to the Eastern and Central North America area With numerous birds visiting daily to my backyard, this resource is always within arms reach, usually sitting next to a camera Pictures are bright making identification easy and the book is laid out in a very easy to use format.