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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region (National Audubon Society Field Guides)

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Introduced in 1977 and completely revised in 1994, these bestselling photographic field guides have become the birding bibles of more than four million enthusiasts. Virtually every bird found in North America is brought to life in a full-color photograph and with textual information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanyin ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 800 pages
Published September 27th 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published July 12th 1977)
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Corey
A surprisingly poor field guide from the Audubon Society. The main issue is the organization. I don't like having the pictures in one place and the information and geographical distribution in another part of the book. Too much flipping. Also, there is usually only a single photo of a species, typically standing or perching, so it is difficult to tell how the bird looks in flight. There are several other field guides out there that are much better, so I would avoid this one.
Jim
It's not the best, but I don't know of a better one for the price. We keep 2 copies at home & use it fairly often. The pictures are pretty good & sometimes contain second pictures where season or sex changes the look of a bird - not always, though.
John
Feb 15, 2011 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: birds
The text is good but the organization and illustrations leave a lot to be desired. Most people will do better with other field guides, such as the Sibley guide or the Peterson guide.
Ashley Hill
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APA: Bull, J. L., Farrand, J., & Society, N. A. (1996). The national Audubon society field guide to north American birds, eastern region. Alfred a Knopf Inc.
Citation by: Ashley Hill

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: 598.297

Description: This handbook covers birds found east of the Rocky Mountains.

Relevance and Relationship: This material helps students to identify birds in their region and would be a good point of reference for an inquiry project.

Purpose: Teach students about birds e
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Mark
Fantastic photographs and I like the extra details under the descriptions but most photos only cover the male plummage of the species, which is fine when a bird is not sexually dimorphic, which only few birds are. In the case of a bird like the sanderling the breeding plummage is shown on plate 193 but it's wintering plummage is on 229 and there is no photo for the immature sanderling. Just not practical in the field. Peterson or Sibley drawings give all looks of the individual species.
Jadwega
I love this guide! I was introduced to an older format of the guide when I started bird watching at the age of 9. It's easy to use, the pictures are accurate, and it includes not only the more colorful male birds, but also the females as well. Gives a lot of information about each species, including habitat, field markers, bird calls, nesting behavior, and a general roundabout description about the general behavior and lifestyle.
Genee
Jun 23, 2010 Genee added it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in identifyling and learning more about birds.
I picked up this book to identify a pair of birds that were living in our backyard. I loved that this book had tons of pictures, as well as, descriptions of all the birds. They were also broken down into categories, such as perching birds, duck-like birds, etc. My family and I really enjoyed looking up all the birds that we saw in our neighborhood and on outings.
Emily Crow
I used this guide extensively when I first started birding because it was divided into color, which helped me narrow down the selection of possible birds. I still prefer photos to drawings in field guides, but now I prefer Stokes or Crossley, which have much better photos.
julia
Its hard to say I "read" this book (past tense) as I read it all the time. What reminded me this time was seeing a beautiful Green Heron teaching a baby Green Heron to fish this weekend while I was canoeing; however, Green Herons are actually blue.
Brian
Jul 30, 2007 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: birds
I really like this book. It isn't a great one to use in the field, but I like to reference to it. It uses actual photographs of the birds instead of drawings which are a pleasure to look at and study, but not great for field identification.
GoldenjoyBazyll
The kindle version of this book is FANTASTICd! I used it this summer to id many birds while kayaking! You can hear their different sounds... and it offers GREAT information. A TOTAL MUST!!!!!!!!!!!
Ezra
im so into birds now that im living on long island and ive seen an amazing variety just sitting at the table eating breakfast in the morning. i want to know about them all.
Ellen Janoski
May 28, 2007 Ellen Janoski rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: me
Shelves: science, nature
I have spent more time looking/reading at this book than any other. This isn't the edition that I own, but this book has a special place in my heart.
Theresa
great informational resource a good field resource for children, and parents driven to distraction with questions.
Lisa P.
I have been birdwatching and checking birds off in this guide since the 1980's. Can't imagine not owning a copy!
Mel
Great for use at the back window. I can't even count the number of times I have referred to it over the years.
Ann M
Best bird book -- organized by type and color for beginners trying to id birds in the field.
Joseph Wendel
photographs rather than illustrations
Quinn Cole
General reference guide
Meltha
Excellent guide.
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