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Friday, December 03, 2010

Peek Inside The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America


Our new The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America, the number 1 best-selling new bird guide, gives MORE photos and text for hard-to-identify species because that is what birders want and need. So the Cape May Warbler has 8 photos and 2 pages of text and shows the different sexes and ages in different seasons.

There are 23 photos and 4 pages for the Red-tailed Hawk because it has many subspecies and morphs that occur in different parts of the country.


There are 9 photos for Magnolia Warbler, one even shows what the undertail looks like!

In the front there is a flap that is a quick alphabetical index that helps you quickly find a bird. There is also a different color code bar, below each page, for each groups of birds.

The photos are at the top of the page and uncluttered, for optimum viewing.

The section on gulls has the most thorough clues of any national field guide and shows all the ages of each species of gull, both standing and in flight.

Under the back flap you will find photos with all the parts of a bird labeled. You will learn what "secondary coverts" and "auricular" mean, if you don't already know.

There are 8 photos for Short-billed Dowitcher in the extensive and thorough shorebird section, covering different ages and subspecies.

The Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America is more complete than other guides and covers over 100 more rare American Birding Association checklist species than Sibley, Peterson, and all the other photo guides. The Stokes guide has been getting rave reviews and called "a strong candidate for the title of best field guide ever." It's now available nationwide for holiday gift-giving online and in your local stores. At our book signings all ages and levels of bird watchers have been buying it.

6 comments:

Ruth said...

I just put this book on my wish list for Christmas.I think it would be perfect.
Blessings,Ruth

Birding is Fun! said...

I was studying warblers in the new Stokes guide on the plane. The gentleman sitting next to me was curious. Turns out he is a closet-birder. He says he's going to buy your guide as he was so impressed with the photo quality. It was fun to talk birds for a couple hours all the while looking up each species we discussed in your fantastic field guide.

Hilke Breder said...

It's a truly fabulous guide! I had preordered it from Amazon, based on a review in "Birding is Fun" in Sept., and was delighted when it arrived. Stunning photos and informative text! It's a must-have for all bird lovers.

Anonymous said...

Greetings to Phoebe from your brother Polo.
I miss seeing you & Abby on the blog! My Mom
loves the new book! The photos are incredible!!!

PalmerLakeGuy said...

This work brings field guides to an entirely new level! I have never been a fan of traditional guides with artist renderings and feel that photographs hold much more information about the size, posture and natural surroundings of the bird in question. Most field guides give you one photo to go by but this one gives you multiples and covers age and sex as well! I own many field guides to birds but doubt I will ever find any more useful than this! Very recently it helped me ID a Raptor I've seen only twice: http://palmerlakepark.blogspot.com/2014/03/good-sightings-with-good-friend.html

PalmerLakeGuy said...

This work brings field guides to an entirely new level! I have never been a fan of traditional guides with artist renderings and feel that photographs hold much more information about the size, posture and natural surroundings of the bird in question. Most field guides give you one photo to go by but this one gives you multiples and covers age and sex as well! I own many field guides to birds but doubt I will ever find any more useful than this! Very recently it helped me ID a Raptor I've seen only twice: http://palmerlakepark.blogspot.com/2014/03/good-sightings-with-good-friend.html