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30 review for The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

  1. 4 out of 5

    M. Sarki

    A guidebook certainly to find its lofty place within my other treasures. My good friend in Florida remarked yesterday, "Birds offer free entertainment", and I could not agree more. A little late in life for me to find a new interest in identifying birds, but owning a cabin in northern Michigan and a small house near the Indian River estuary here in Melbourne provides ample opportunities for a budding familiarity. Filled with detailed information and illustrations, this book should offer years of A guidebook certainly to find its lofty place within my other treasures. My good friend in Florida remarked yesterday, "Birds offer free entertainment", and I could not agree more. A little late in life for me to find a new interest in identifying birds, but owning a cabin in northern Michigan and a small house near the Indian River estuary here in Melbourne provides ample opportunities for a budding familiarity. Filled with detailed information and illustrations, this book should offer years of delight and even wonder, I suppose.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    Have this as a reference

  3. 4 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    I did a side by side comparison of this, the Peterson field guide, and the Audubon field guide, and I liked this one the best. The illustrations are clear and, for the birds I knew, seemed to capture the spirit of the bird in an easy-to-identify way. Important features and field marks are pointed out in the illustrations. There are pages with helpful comparisons for similar or easily-confused birds, like hawks and warblers. It's compact and densely packed with useful information. The Peterson gu I did a side by side comparison of this, the Peterson field guide, and the Audubon field guide, and I liked this one the best. The illustrations are clear and, for the birds I knew, seemed to capture the spirit of the bird in an easy-to-identify way. Important features and field marks are pointed out in the illustrations. There are pages with helpful comparisons for similar or easily-confused birds, like hawks and warblers. It's compact and densely packed with useful information. The Peterson guide is very similar, and another good choice, but I just liked the Sibley guide's je ne sais quoi better. The Audubon guide, with its photographic illustrations, sometimes seemed to have non-representative images which made identification difficult. I also didn't like having to look up plates and text separately. Together with the Merlin app, I feel like this book covers my bird identification needs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is my primary field guide, the one I take with me when I'm birdwatching.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I love Sibley's illustrations, and I realized my Western Field Guide was not quite as useful on the other side of the Rockies. I am looking forward to some more travels with this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    January

    Nice size for a big back pocket. Illustrations are extremely detailed. I'm new to birding and found it fairly easy to identify birds within groups using the summaries at the beginning of each group and the accompanying seasonal maps. I also had fun checking birds off in the checklist index in the back. And, I ran into some real birdwatchers in the Everglades and they complimented me on this book. So there.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)

    If you don't want to pack around the big comprehensive Sibley with you on your outdoor jaunts, then having the western and eastern guides is the way to go. These are excellent field guides and hold up pretty well over the years.

  8. 4 out of 5

    S̶e̶a̶n̶

    Sibley is indispensable. This is my everyday field guide while birding in the Eastern U.S. My only complaint is that the binding did not hold up very well. But that can be said for most books published these days.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessie (saxgrl1)

    Always my go to book for bird ID. The different seasonal plumage illustrations as especially helpful for shorebirds and seabirds.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    One of the best field guides I've tried. The introductory material is hugely helpful and the illustrations and descriptions are well done. Highly recommended for beginning birdwatchers!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lowery

    My favorite field guide, and I have many.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Pretty much the perfect bird book. David Sibley is a miracle.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    For a field guide that actually works in the field a few things seem to me to be important, and this book satisfies. It is a sturdy book with sewn binding. The front and back covers have flaps that allow you to book mark pages. The pages themselves are thicker paper. The print easy to read. Beyond that, I think this field guide would work best for a non-beginning birder. There are illustrations of birds, not pictures. So far, I’ve not found any to be truly accurate to what I’ve seen in the field For a field guide that actually works in the field a few things seem to me to be important, and this book satisfies. It is a sturdy book with sewn binding. The front and back covers have flaps that allow you to book mark pages. The pages themselves are thicker paper. The print easy to read. Beyond that, I think this field guide would work best for a non-beginning birder. There are illustrations of birds, not pictures. So far, I’ve not found any to be truly accurate to what I’ve seen in the field. There birds are grouped by genus with Latin names given. Maybe one day that will be important to me. For now it’s TMI. The book was highly recommended by Audubon Society and they know more about this than me. I side by side compared this field guide with the three or four others in my local bookstore. This one was better in every respect. It gave more detail, was better organized, and had the best feel. Now get out there and bird, baby!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Liles

    My go-to bird ID book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gale Turco

    Excellent field guide for identification of birds.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Awesome reference!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber Vallotton

    Excellent guide!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Hands down this is the field guide I use in the actual field. Species are arranged in groups located based of (more or less) overall relatedness, but within groups arrangement keeps in mind what is likely to be confused for what else. Each species has a blurb that typically gives this info: How common it is; where you are likely to see it; is it likely to be alone or with other; Diet; physical description or behaviors of note; voice, as well as normal stuff like range maps and measurements. There Hands down this is the field guide I use in the actual field. Species are arranged in groups located based of (more or less) overall relatedness, but within groups arrangement keeps in mind what is likely to be confused for what else. Each species has a blurb that typically gives this info: How common it is; where you are likely to see it; is it likely to be alone or with other; Diet; physical description or behaviors of note; voice, as well as normal stuff like range maps and measurements. There are also several illustrations per species, to give different views and highlight variation. Most species get 1/2 page, but those with high variability get extra (I think Red-tailed Hawk and all it's morphs gets the most space). Each group also begins with a plate showing all species in the same plumage and pose, for easy quick comparison. As for usage level, I think to properly use this book you need to be able to identify a bird to group (for ex: know a mystery bird is a sparrow), if not beyond. If you cannot do that, it will take quite a while to find any mystery bird in this, and you might be better served by something organized by habitat or physical characteristics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne K.

    This is my "take with" bird book. One of the things I really like about it is that each group of birds has a overview page which shows smaller pictures of all the birds. It makes it very easy to compare sizes and prominent features so you can rule out some birds without having to flip through the book quite as much. Of course, Sibley's art is quite good, expressive without being distracting. Like most bird books, he creates a sort of mean or average picture of the bird. Recognized sub-species ar This is my "take with" bird book. One of the things I really like about it is that each group of birds has a overview page which shows smaller pictures of all the birds. It makes it very easy to compare sizes and prominent features so you can rule out some birds without having to flip through the book quite as much. Of course, Sibley's art is quite good, expressive without being distracting. Like most bird books, he creates a sort of mean or average picture of the bird. Recognized sub-species are given little boxes of their own on the appropriate page or following pages. I like how important bird features are given little pointers with text highlights. Those can really help when trying to separate similar species.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This is the bird book I use most often. I agree with the previous reviewer that its main flaw is that it's very liberal in its interpretation of "Eastern" and I often have to wade through several birds I have almost zero chance of seeing here to compare the similar ones that I am likely to see. However, overall the book is an excellent guide, and the one I am most likely to give as a gift to friends who want a good guide for identifying birds while hiking/etc.

  21. 4 out of 5

    A.D. Morel

    This is the field guide to beat most of my other field guides. I like it so much, and if I'm checking around through the bird books, this one is near the top of the pile if not on the top. For handy, the Golden Guide is more likely to go in my pack, but this one has such great illustrations and excellent information. It's a must-have for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This is a fine bird guide that you will refer to for years to come. It’s compact enough to carry with you outdoors, but comprehensive enough to keep on your bookshelf. Very nice illustrations accompany the entries.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    As someone who has recently become a birdwatcher, and loves to acquire books, I've got a couple (OK, more than a couple) other field guides. But this is my favorite and the one that I carry with my bins. The illustrations are just amazing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kidsbookworm

    I "grew up" on the Peterson guide and The Golden Guide to Birds, and I have those books also. But David Sibley's book is SO comprehensive, informative, and wonderful that I had to buy this one, also! If you are at all interested in birds, I think this book is a Must Own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    As I always say, photos are better than drawings; however, this series is so beautifully drawn and well notated that one doesn't need actual photos. Pair it with this site: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ and you have an excellent resource set for any level of enthusiast. As I always say, photos are better than drawings; however, this series is so beautifully drawn and well notated that one doesn't need actual photos. Pair it with this site: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ and you have an excellent resource set for any level of enthusiast.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

    This reference was recommended to me by an Audubon Society friend who knows - I'm new to the east coast and was without the tools. Lovely, beautiful renderings, understated, nicely produced and to the point. Best book of 2012 so far, I'd say. Oh, you don't FINISH a book like this.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I love the Peterson guides, but I tend to use Sibley's just a bit more than Peterson's "Eastern Birds". The main difference I prefer here is that the range maps are on each page alongside the bird descriptions and the drawings are very clear and detailed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    John

    I finally have this long-coveted field guide. It was a Christmas gift from my sister. I'm going to be good at spotting birds now. I will. I will ...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I completely suck at birding, but I still enjoy it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    I'll have this listed as currently reading forever. Best bird book I have ever seen.

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