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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America [Flexibound]

David Allen Sibley
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Book Description

April 29 2003
The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new guide features 650 bird species plus regional populations found east of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include stunningly accurate illustrations—more than 4,200 in total—with descriptive caption text pointing out the most important field marks. Each entry contains new text concerning frequency, nesting, behavior, food and feeding, voice description, and key identification features. Accounts also include brand-new maps created from information contributed by 110 regional experts across the continent.

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
is an indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of the East.

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From Publishers Weekly

Providing birders the convenience of portability, Sibley's newest volume breaks down the information in The Sibley Guide to Birds into specific regions (The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America will be published the same month). The guide includes much of the basic information in the Guide to Birds, such as the parts of a bird and general color-coded maps, but focuses most of its attention on birds who make their home east of the Rocky Mountains, such as the Double-crested Cormorant and the Eastern Screech-Owl. The color-coded maps that accompany each bird show where the birds live throughout North America, so that birders in, say, Pennsylvania, will know to look for the Northern Mockingbird in California as well. And, of course, Sibley's beautiful full-colored paintings of birds jump out at every page-even in small format.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Not just spin-offs from the famed Sibley Guide to Birds, these field guides are specifically designed to tote along on outings. The maps are new.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent field guide Nov. 28 2003
This field guide is a nice size that's easy to carry around, has multiple drawn pictures of each bird as well as a short text and range map for each - The text generally starts out with saying if the bird is common or not and then goes into where they nest, winter etc. It talks about the typical foods, if they're solitary or not. One thing I like too is that it often tells if the bird is native or non-native to the US which I find particularly interesting. Voice/song is also discussed in the text. Excellent reference book. I keep one in the house and one in the car. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide in hand is worth two on your bookshelf May 16 2003
By A Customer
I started birdwatching a year and a half ago and the Sibley Guide to Birds was the first guide I purchased. Although I had been told it was for "expert" birders, I just thought the illustrations were much clearer than any other guide. It was a joy to look at, at home on my couch. But I never wanted to take it with me in the field because it's too darn heavy.
So the Sibley FIELD Guide is the exactly the guide I've been wishing for. The illustrations are just as clear, even though they've been scaled down, and the format is a managable size and weight. The original guide had many variations, by region, sex, age, etc., and I think they had to drop a few of these, but at my level of birdwatching I don't miss them. The guide DOES still show male and female, first year, etc. I took this guide with me to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, last weekend, and I saw and ID'ed 45 species. Not bad for an amateur!
Expert birders will already be familiar with Sibley and can make up their own minds, so I would like to say to beginning birdwatchers, give this guide a shot. I really think the illustrations are the best and most helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book for the serious birder. It provides most of the information one could wish for and does it in a reasonably compact form, that seems quite durable. Better than most other birding books on the market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - So happy with this one May 16 2008
I love the Sibley guides. The one criticism that I have heard and will agree with is that some of the drawings are a bit "dull" in comparison to other guides. Having said that, this has never deterred from my ability to identify a bird in the field. I both watch and study birds and absolutely adore these guides. Everyone who I've spoken to agrees that these books are excellent. Probably the best feature to me is how each species is depicted in flight as well as percing. Arrows highlight key features to look for. Juvelniles and females depicted. Other unique characteristics noted or depicted (e.g. diagnostic flight patterns or other movements). Wonderful! (Western edition too).
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best guide I've used Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
I own Sibley's larger guide, his "birding basics", and his guide to behaviour. I adore his plain, honest writing style, and his amateur-scientific approach. Not to say that Sibley, one of the big shots in the birding world, is an amateur -- just that he knows what the serious student needs and wants.
His paintings are amazingly accurate (and beautiful -- I wish you could buy offsets.) I've made tentative identifications (later more solidly confirmed) just based on, say, the density of stippling or the exact extent of a faint color wash. Even in the small-size guide, he includes helpful "in flight" sketches, notations about wing motion, and anything else that might be helpful.
His notations next to each species are fantastic. In addition to voice, they cover some identification problems (easily confused species, variable plumage, marks that are appear obvious in pictures but are hard to see in the field), some remarks on habitat and behaviour (especially when it helps identification), and some hints for identification that you might not pick up on at first. Subspecies and crossovers are depicted when necessary.
There are a lot of field guides that rely on photographs; Sibley's work will instantly convert you to drawings. They present the "idealized" bird; you can compare your rugged, flea-bitten specimen to the text and learn a lot more than just its name.
As a scientist myself, I appriciate Sibley's cautious approach to identification, as well as his ability to quickly synthesise what is know about a population even when it doesn't admit of a quick one-liner.
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I bought this book because I live in the Northeast. However, I was surprised to discover that this edition actually has most species of birds, including those that live in the West or South, with ranges through and including Mexico. This was a wonderful surprise as I actually travel quite a bit, so I don't have to buy additional editions of Sibley's bird books.
As to the content of Sibley's guide, there is none better. His illustrations are outstanding, and descriptions are just wonderful. He describes ranges, eating habits, whether the bird tends to be solitary or fly in groups (flocks), nesting, coloration, etc. Best of all, I really like how he shows the bird in a multitude of positions, from standing to flight, so that if you saw a glint of the bird in a different point of view, you can still identify it using this guide. Top ratings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Birder guide. Very informative.
This book was recommended to me by various birders of the Nova Scotia Birding Society. They were not wrong. It is an excellent book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by CD
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Published 1 month ago by M. Aikins
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth seeking out
I use this guide with others to give me a good rounding of birds and their behaviour. Multiple bird photos per page make pinpointing the correct bird is a great feature.
Published 2 months ago by Blaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birds in back yard
This book has helped me find out what kinds of birds are around my house. If you ever want to be a birder this is a good book to get started with.
Published 3 months ago by parrots
5.0 out of 5 stars husband very happy with this gift
My husband has taken up bird watching. We had one bird book at the cottage already (Stokes) but he wanted a second one for at home. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carol Ann Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information. Colour full illustrations.
Lots of great information. Weighty for a field guide. Colour full illustrations and anatomy photos. Would recommend to bird lovers novice or otherwise !!!
Published 6 months ago by Elle Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book!
I saw this book at a friend's house and knew right away I wanted a copy of my own. It is a wonderful book and I am very happy I bought it.
Published 23 months ago by Closer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great North America Field Guide - not a great discount
Great book. Buy it. Best range maps in any North America birding field guide out there.

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