I have been so eager to get my hands on a copy of The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. I'm a big fan of Don and Lillian Stokes, their birding products, their bird song cd's, their blog, and especially their enthusiasm!...which you can follow with me @stokesbirding on Twitter!
There are no arrows pointing to key traits of the bird, so you actually have to read the descriptive text. I know that is shocking to those of us that have become accustomed to Peterson and Sibley. It is amazing how much you can learn by actually reading something. Stokes even provides descriptions of "perched" and "in flight" hawks!
This field guide is so chock-full of quality photos, complete descriptions, maps and so forth that it ain't small. Its one thick book. I weighed it on the kitchen scale and it comes in at a hefty 3lbs. ...solid muscle though and no fat! It's not the kind of field guide you'll be carrying in your vest or hip-pack, but you will certainly have it at-hand in your car and on your windowsill. The pages are color-coded by section for easy navigation. It has a nice weather-resistant cover. The Stokes prove that they know birder's needs as the "quick index" is right on the front inside flap...Perfect!
|The photos in the Warbler section are eye-candy!|
Don & Lillian, Thanks for the nice personal note on the title page! Well done. Every self-respecting birder will want to have a copy of this fantastic field guide. Yet another quality product from the Stokes, the endearing Ma & Pa of the birding world.
The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America is currently listed on Amazon for as low as $16.49. That's like half-a-cent per picture. What a bargain!!! Oh, don't forget the bonus CD which comes with 600 more songs and sounds to add to your Stokes Bird Song collection!