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Birds of the Pacific Northwest (A Timber Press Field Guide) by [John Shewey, Tim Blount]

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“The field guide is for all levels of bird watchers. . . . All you need is a pair of binoculars and this book to become an expert.” —The Oregonian
--This text refers to the flexibound edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Introduction: Birdwatching in the Pacific Northwest
The corner of the world we know as the Pacific Northwest is home to an amazing array of bird life. From the southern borders of Oregon and Idaho, north to southern British Columbia, to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and east to the Rocky Mountains, almost 400 bird species occur. This includes nearly 300 breeding species, thanks to the region’s incredibly diverse habitat types: open ocean, beaches and bays, coniferous forest, deciduous woodlands, mixed forests, high mountains, deserts, shrub steppe, rivers and lakes big and small, just to name a few. Such a rich and varied assemblage of habitats assures an equally varied avian population, from bird species that occupy very small enclaves of the region, to widespread generalists that occur in many habitats. Birding strategies here are diverse, as well—from a casual interest to the near-addictive pursuit of certain species. Indeed, birdwatching enthusiasts from the far-flung corners of the United States and beyond routinely travel to the Pacific Northwest to pursue their passion—and for good reason: they can see birds found few other places and they can observe substantial numbers of species that are new to them.

We ourselves are Pacific Northwest lifers; we’ve lived in various parts of both Oregon and Idaho, and traveled substantially throughout the region. This is our home, and the amazing diversity of birds and habitats in the Northwest is a big reason why. This guide is the culmination of our passion for birds, the Pacific Northwest, and in particular, Pacific Northwest birds.

Our hope for Birds of the Pacific Northwest is to serve all levels of birdwatchers, whether you simply enjoy feeding songbirds in your backyard or are an ardent enthusiast who considers birding your primary hobby. Carry the book with you in the field, keep it handy on your bookshelf, study it and learn more about your favorite species and birds that are new to you. Above all, enjoy it and embrace the wonder of Northwest birds.

--This text refers to the flexibound edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MXONSK9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Timber Press (March 1, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 1, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 150177 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 1748 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Regional Guide Needing a Splash More Detail
By AMG de Wet on February 6, 2019
The handiness of this guide for birders in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) from Vancouver, BC to Boise, ID is undisputed. It photographs the majority of species beautifully, often including images of birds in flight, color morphs, appropriate subspecies, and sexual dimorphism. Some photos are not 100% perfect, like the dark image of the Black-billed Magpie, with no hint of its green and blue iridescence. However, these flaws are rare, and difficult to control with moving subjects like birds.

The introduction of the book provides a descent overview of tools for birding, identification tips, confusing regional lookalike species, and of course, highlights some birding hotspots in the PNW.

Each of the nearly 400 species (300 breeding) are given at least a page, including photos, description, species' dimensions (size), voice, behaviors, habitat, status, and distribution map. Maps are a bit too small, despite having page space available. However, they are detailed when it comes to temporal changes (season movements) to species' ranges.

This book at 559-pages long is perhaps unnecessarily bulky, considering it's dedicated to one region within the world's smallest (by species) avifaunal region, the Neararctic. Unallocated white space is commonplace on pages and it lacks the intense detail in distribution maps I would like to see from a regional guide. Whist the seasonality in the maps is appreciated, species' status (where common or uncommon) should be included when dealing with a small region, as one might find in a birding atlas.

Notwithstanding, this is a great regional guide. If a little more attention was given to species' accounts spatial allocations, map sizing and distribution detail therein, then a subsequent edition may be rendered utterly unparalleled.
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