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A Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

(Peterson Field Guides #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  19 reviews
With all-new range maps, updated text, and 40 new paintings, the completely revised editions of two classic Peterson Field Guides are sure to be valuable additions to any birder's pocket or daypack. At a trim size of 5 x 8, they are portable but also beautifully illustrated. Photographs, while modern looking and colorful, capture just one moment in time. The paintings in t ...more
Unknown Binding, 4th Edition, 512 pages
Published March 14th 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 1941)
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Dayna
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blaine
Written on the inside cover of my dog-eared copy of this book is, "Love to Blaine, (birthday) 1967, mom and dad." I grew up with this book, led by my dad who was a birding enthusiast, naturalist, and lover of the outdoors. Also inside are dozens of penciled bird lists of trips going back to the 1970s.

At the time, the book came with a couple dozen very small sticky-back index tabs for each of the colored plates which had to carefully be added by the owner. This made for quicker access to ID the
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PoachingFacts
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: novice and veteran birders, naturalists, campers
A Field Guide to Birds of Western North America (Fourth 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 Western North America 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 narr ...more
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Great guide for amateurs and beginners... excellent tour! Quite informative and well written!
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with many birders, I started with this guide to help identify common backyard birds in college (sure beat studying for exams!). I will always remember the old Peterson bird guide because it contained a separate section for "Introduced Hawaiian land birds." For the life of me I could not figure out an unidentifiable backyard bird until the Rare Bird Alert manager returned my message to tell me that the my "rare" bird was the female house sparrow, only illustrated in the Hawaii section of the f ...more
Guy
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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. ...more
Nancy
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Denise
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference-books, own
Getting old and raggedy just like all well loved guide books should...
Nathan
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, favorites
A great book for any birdwatcher
Lafcadio
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lafcadio by: Richard
Shelves: animalia, lukapier, hall
Oh, Peterson, oh...
Stacy Crandall
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ornithology, birds
Covers over 1,000 birds from over 700 species in the western United States; This full color reference book is great for bird watchers of all ages.
Bonnye Reed
Aug 07, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My copy, gifted by Clint, is the 1941 hard backed edition with a few missing pages at the beginning, but the black and white illustrations are great.
Jean Gt
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful. I use it often.
Katie
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Best bird identification system there is.
Joe
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever wonder what that little flying dinosaur was? Gorgeous illustrations, straightforward layout so you can easily ID the feathered friend in question.
Phillip
Tight Organization with lots of pictures. Seems cramped
Mike
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Never fully "read" a book like this, so marked as currently reading. Excellent field guide to birds. ...more
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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.

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