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The bestselling photographic field guide--a birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts. 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. It features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arrang The bestselling photographic field guide--a birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts. 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. It features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arranged for quick access and definitive text, including information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying range maps; overhead flight silhouettes; sections on bird-watching, accidental species, and endangered birds make the National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Birds the most comprehensive available. Note: the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it.


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The bestselling photographic field guide--a birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts. 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. It features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arrang The bestselling photographic field guide--a birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts. 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. It features a durable vinyl binding and brilliant full-color photographic identification pictures arranged for quick access and definitive text, including information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range, and interesting behaviors. Accompanying range maps; overhead flight silhouettes; sections on bird-watching, accidental species, and endangered birds make the National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Birds the most comprehensive available. Note: the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    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. 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    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 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 relative to each other, or their geographical region, habitat, behavior, etc. Also, with typically only one photo per bird, it was difficult to ID variants or even the bird in another position (e.g. flight). Some of the photos don't even really look typical of the bird IMO. For eastern North America bird ID, I prefer The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America or, if you prefer photos, The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region. Or if weight/packspace is at a premium, download Merlin onto your phone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard J. Naylor

    I bought to replace an old dog eared copy I had. Great reference for any bird watcher. The best out there!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Great pictures but poorly organized

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Helpful reference.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hill

    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 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 of the Rocky Mountains. Validity: The Audubon Society is reputable society that has published many reference materials. Format: 508 bird species east of the Rocky Mountains are covered with well over 600 photographs. Arrangement and Presentation: The birds are described in the text with their appearance, range, and habitat. Diversity: There didn’t seem to many materials about region. While this could have been more specific to the region of Kentucky, this is a good material to start with to help students identify birds in their area. Professional Review: McNamee, G. (n.d.). Review: National Audubon society field guide to north American birds. Retrieved from http://www.abebooks.com/9780679428527...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    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 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 information and then hunt for that page to see if that matches the bird you are trying to identify. This takes valuable time away from observation and the bird you are watching may fly away before you can identify it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J Gary Palmer

    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 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 in combination to arrive at an ID.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marie Gray

    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 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 photographs of females and fledglings.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Brock

    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. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jadwega

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerry M

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Genee

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Korpela

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    GoldenjoyBazyll

    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!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily Crow

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa P.

    I have been birdwatching and checking birds off in this guide since the 1980's. Can't imagine not owning a copy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Cole

    General reference guide

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric Disegno

    Great book to carry on birding adventures.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    great informational resource a good field resource for children, and parents driven to distraction with questions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Wendel

    photographs rather than illustrations

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meltha

    Excellent guide.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann M

    Best bird book -- organized by type and color for beginners trying to id birds in the field.

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