147th out of 198 books — 33 voters
A Field Guide to Western Birds: A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides #2)
"The Birder’s Bible" for more than 60 years, Roger Tory Peterson’s classic Field Guide to Western Birds includes all species found in North America west of the 100th meridian and north of Mexico. Featuring the unique Peterson Identification System, Western Birds contains 165 full-color paintings that show more than 1,000 birds from 700 species. Summer and winter ranges, br...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(first published 1941)
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My first bird guide and my old stand by. It has accompanied me on more hikes than my husband and been baptized in the waters of the West Walker River. Sure, the colors are often quite off , the owl pages are bad and it's a bummer it doesn't show the birds in their most likely habitat. But, like the husband, just because it has its faults, it doesn't make me want to toss it. Its frayed edges and waterlogged state become all the more endearing as the years pass. You will have to pry this bird guid...more
I like the content of the book, but the actual publication of it is terrible ! I am a living room bird watcher, and as such the book has never been outside, but the pages are falling out of it as if I had beaten it to an inch of its life. Poor, poor publication. For me, the living room birdwatcher, it is mildly inconvenient, but I can't imagine using it in the field.
This is our favorite bird identification book because it is the easiest one to use. All the pix of the birds are in the center, so you can flip through them to find the bird you're looking for, then look up the description.
Roger Tory Peterson was an American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator, and held to be one of the founding inspirations for the 20th century environmental movement.More about Roger Tory Peterson...