Lillian Stokes' acclaimed field guide. Just in time for Spring migration! My praise for their field guide from two and half years ago still stands firm which you can read here.
From personal experience, whenever I attend a public birding event, I often layout my entire arsenal of field guides. The Stokes field guide always gets the most attention and interest. People just love a photographic field guide that shows right amount of plumage diversity that we active birders need.
So what's new with "The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds" editions?
Portability - the "Big Stokes Guide" is a tank. It is a wonderful volume, but is too large to be considered practical in the field. The new regional guides are the perfect size and shape for tradition birding field use. Regional guides have the unique ability to help newer birders focus on birds more likely to be seen where they live.
Updated Information - since 2010, several common and scientific bird names have changed, sequencing on taxonomic lists have been modified, so too have maps*.
You can purchase The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds Eastern Region and Western Region for as little as $12.18 at Amazon.com.
The next step in portability I'd love to see from the Stokes is an app for smartphone and tablet which would combine their amazing photos and description with their wonderful sound files.
*With all due respect for the work of Paul Lehman, pretty much the go-to bird map guy in North America, these maps are still behind the times. I'm sure there are complicated protocols for when to adjust a species range map that I don't understand, but my impatient generation wants real-time information. I'd still love to see someone openly state that eBird data contributed to updating their maps. Bewick's Wren is the first example I can think of in which map changes are almost two decades behind the times for my region of Idaho. Shoot, I'll make myself available to do the leg work for any field guide creator that would like me to consult eBird sightings data in preparing range maps for their guides.