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

(National Audubon Society Field Guides)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Virtually every bird found in western 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
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Hardcover, Revised Edition, 832 pages
Published September 27th 1994 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published September 12th 1977)
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Ronda  Tutt
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Very informative and one of the best bird references I have found. The photographs of all the birds are real life photos. Absolutely beautiful. The birds are separated by category. I love birds and there are so many of them, actually some are so much alike that at times it may be hard to identify them because of their similar markings.

For instance there are several tree climbing birds. One we are all familiar with is the wood pecker but did you know there are several that look like wood peckers
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Deborah Collin
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent reference for studio use, but intended as a field guide, with photographs instead of paintings to identify the various species. Designed to encourage rapid visual classification, it is organized by shape, color and pattern, field marks, relative size, and behavior. There are 14 major groups, sorted by very descriptive headings, from “Long-Legged Waders” to “Chicken-Like Marsh Birds.”

Most of the 676 photographs are of adult males, but females, juveniles, and seasonal color phases are
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Jim
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have not used this as extensively as the Eastern edition, since I live in the east. It looks to be the same quality & I have found a couple of birds that strayed into our area, though.
LGandT
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: birding
A wonderful guide for a more experienced birder, not really something for good field use though, flipping back and fourth would get bothersome especially in a rough place.  Much better to leave at home and refer to at leisure.  The pictures in it are gorgeous though, of all the bird books I have I must say the images here are the best.  Information is good, a good hand sized book.  You could I suppose take it with you on a trip if you don't mind taking a moment to sit down and file through it.  ...more
Sarah
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great book for someone who doesn't know too much about birds (like me). The way the photos are all in the front and organized by type makes finding what you are looking for easy. Flipping to the back to get the descriptions can get annoying, but when you don't know what you're looking for having the pictures grouped together is really helpful. If only they could have both photographs AND illustrations of each bird... that could get a little thick, though. ...more
Oceanscape Network
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The Audubon Society Nature Guides are a staple of outdoor nature guides. This one's a fairly comprehensive guide to birds found west of the Rocky Mountains. Obviously, many of the included species can be found in the Pacific Northwest. It's a good reference guide, but cumbersome to use due to its layout of separating the photo plates from the animals' descriptions. Also, too large and heavy for fieldwork. ...more
Tiffany
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: birding
The pictures generally only show one plumage and what you see and what was photographed may not necessarily match. Most birders that I have talked to hate this book. However, when I was a very beginning birder and didn't know what the heck I was looking at, I found its non-traditional organization helpful. I could just compare the shape of the bird to the key and turn to those pages, and then search by color. ...more
Sheila
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is my "go to" guide whenever I see a bird that I don't recognize, and want to know what it is. I have the "Western Region" edition, and have always been able to find every bird I wanted to identify. This book has had a place on my shelf for many years, probably since I was a teenager, and I will continue to use it for many years to come. A wonderful reference book. ...more
Joelle Steele
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
This is an excellent field guide to birds of western North America. The photographs are clear and show quite a few similar yet different species. Male and female are indicated when known. The small maps indicate where the species are found. Nicely grouped photos for ease in locating a bird you've just seen. ...more
Carol
Sep 18, 2010 is currently reading it
I've been using this as an App reference.
very handy and has bird call examples as well to help you identify and familiarize with songs.
Could beef up the archives of photographs per species...but I'm really happy with this live image, beautiful reference.
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Christopher Newton
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Avid birders
Shelves: nature, guidebooks
Pretty good backup to your Peterson's, but a little hard to look birds up fast. I was slightly confused. The book uses photographs rather than drawing and strangely, I find the photos less helpful.

(I was using the Western Region edition.)
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Sutter Lee
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a book to take birdwatching ("birding"), as it's difficult to use. Info on the birds not on same page as photo, so lots of flipping back and forth. But great to have on my shelf of field guides and natural history books, especially because it has actual photographs, so good reference book. ...more
Karen
May 01, 2013 added it
Liked the book & gave it to my niece in California
Zack
May 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Photos aren't always that helpful, but the info is more extensive than most. Sibley is probably a better guide for IDing birds. ...more
Jadwega
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Easy to use with good information.
Nancy
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book uses photographs instead of illustrations, a nice feature making birds easier to identify.
Ellen
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous reference, and fits well in a large pocket. Have used it a lot in winter, to identify birds coming to the feeders and in the spring, when the migrates all come back.
G
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent guide.
Helen
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, to-do-books
This is an excellent reference book for beginning to advanced birdwatchers in the Western U.S. It has sections on how to birdwatch, looking up birds, and protected bird species.
Martine
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well illustrated with pictures instead of drawings. Easy to use, even if I still prefer the Peterson guide for its maps. A bit on the heavy side to carry on a trek. Bring a light notebook instead and check this guide once back at home.
Don Gubler
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mental-acuity
Excellent resource as long as you are not color blind.
BirdBuddy
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bird
I just wish they'd update it! Same since 1994! But, it is a good home reference. ...more
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Sheila Myers
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wildlife
A good field guide to help you identify birds throughout the western part of the United States.
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