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

(National Audubon Society Field Guides)

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Virtually every bird found in eastern North America is brought to life in this portable guide, an essential companion in the field and a staple in any birdwatcher's library--a birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts!

This bestselling field guide features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arranged for quick acc
Paperback, Revised Edition, 800 pages
Published September 27th 1994 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published July 12th 1977)
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May 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nature
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. ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Logan Hughes
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: birds
This is the first bird guide I had, and it was better than nothing but not a great experience.

I know it's due to practical weight / expense limitations, but I find the organization of the National Audubon Society books - glossy full color photos in one section, text on plain paper in another - confusing and annoying. I wound up just using the photo sections to try to ID birds, and ignoring the text, which led me to not realize which birds were common and which rare, or what size they were relat
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This guide has a 300 page section of photographs and a 400 page section of text. While some people would prefer that the text and photos were all in one place, I like the organization of this book because it makes flipping through the pictures in search of a specific bird faster. Some of the photos in the copy I use are blurry, but it was printed in 1988, so it's possible they've been improved since then. ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually read this book cover to cover in case you are wondering if I am truly a reader who reads everything.

Deserves five stars except the pictures are photographs and not as helpful as a well rendered drawings (which more clearly illustrate the unique features requisite for accurate identification).

I ❤️ birds.
Richard J. Naylor
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought to replace an old dog eared copy I had.
Great reference for any bird watcher. The best out there!
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Helpful reference.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Great pictures but poorly organized
Anna Duca
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best bird reference book I've ever found. I used my Dad's growing up and have my own copy now. I have never seen a bird that I couldn't identify with this book. ...more
Mark Ennis
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very informated
Ashley Hill
Nov 26, 2012 marked it as to-read
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 east
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: birds
I like the full color photographs and durable cover. It is the perfect size to use while identifying birds in the field or to be carried in a backpack.

It pales in comparison to the Sibley guide because the photographs are one picture of the bird in whatever position that they have chosen. The Sibley guide has a few illustrations of in flight, seasonal/gender variants and perching positions.

Also I do not like that you must first find the image of a bird, find the page number of the written inform
J Gary Palmer
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Hands down the worst field guide I've ever tried to use. The birds are presented in an incomprehensible order, loosely based apparently on silhouette and color. For most species a single photo is the only visual depiction, with no inclusion of alternate plumages. To make this guide even more unusable, the photo plates and species descriptions are separated into the first and last half of the the book, respectively, making it nearly impossible to use range maps and visual depictions of the birds ...more
Marie Gray
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: field-guides
This field guide has been a close companion and invaluable tool in my newest quest to identify the birds who also call Vermont their home. With color photographs and concise descriptions of each species, I have found this particular guide to be helpful and user friendly--and that is saying a lot when the user is as novice a birder as myself! While it deserves a 5-star rating for the part it has played in my summer adventure, sadly I can only give this guide 4 stars as I often wished it included ...more
Oct 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 4-the-birds
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. ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Julie Brock
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
This contains great information from a very reputable source, but c'mon National Audubon Society. WHY would you show a photo of a given bird on one page and then refer the reader to another page hundreds of pages later to access the text about the same bird? First half of the book, all photos. Second half of the book, all text. Please put photo and text of each bird all on the same page, and then you'll have a 5-star review from me. :) ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jerry M
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: field-guides
This is still an excellent field guide. Well organized and small enough to carry into the field. I am giving it a 5 star rating because of its usability and the quality of production. None of the poorly printed birds as in the current Sibley. I keep on in my car.

It won't let you make perfect IDs of all birds in all plumages, but in the field it will get you to most.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirit
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. ...more
Emily Crow
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: birds-birds
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.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
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!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah Korpela
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I did not like how it was organized at first but now I find it extremely useful. I live in an area of NA that has seasons, so after I started using page flags to mark times of year I found it much simpler to use for ID purposes.
May 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: me
Shelves: non-fiction
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. ...more
Ann M
Nov 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Best bird book -- organized by type and color for beginners trying to id birds in the field.
Lisa P.
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have been birdwatching and checking birds off in this guide since the 1980's. Can't imagine not owning a copy! ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
great informational resource a good field resource for children, and parents driven to distraction with questions.
Joseph Wendel
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: birdnerd, reference
photographs rather than illustrations
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Incorporated in 1905, the National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that uses education and advocacy to advance its mission to conserve and restore natural habitats of birds and wildlife in the United States and across the Americas. Audubon also produces bestselling descriptive field guides on a wide variety of nature-related topics.

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