[Tweeters] Bird-finding guides (was: Field guide needs)

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Thu Mar 1 18:30:39 PST 2012

Jeremy (and Tweeters),

Apparently, you don't own-- and perhaps have never seen-- the Pettingill
bird-finding guides. I have copies of all 4 guides (the eastern and western
guides, 1st and 2nd editions), and was a contributor to the 2nd edition of
the western guide. I found these guides invaluable, and they set the tone
for many of the statewide and local bird-finding guides that came afterward.

Obviously, a book that covers half a continent cannot cover the area in as
much detail as a book that covers a single state. Nevertheless, the
Pettingill guides did a superb job of covering all of the U.S. in a
standardized fashion, not leaving out any states.

The alternative is buying 50 separate guides for the U.S., plus 10 for
Canada (or 13 if you include the Territories), which gets to be a pretty
expensive proposition. And that's assuming that there are guides available
for every state and province, which there are not (e.g., no recent guide for

As for Oregon, everyone on Tweeters should be aware of the excellent ONLINE
bird-finding guide put together by the East Cascades Audubon Society, which
is available at http://birdingoregon.info . This guide lists MORE THAN 1000
birding sites in Oregon, although info on some of them is quite brief. The
only problem is that you have to have online access to use it when away from
home, which I don't, although that may change in the near future.

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus at telus.net

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jeremy Kimm
Sent: March-01-12 3:53 PM
To: tweeters
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Field Guide needs

Hi All,

Is it even possible to "adequately" cover an area bigger than a state in a
single book? I would argue not.

In terms of birdfinding guides, an Opperman-calibre guide to Oregon would be
a must have (and I haven't found one yet).

Jeremy Kimm

Victoria, BC

From: Wayne Weber <contopus at telus.net>
To: TWEETERS <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 1, 2012 2:36:37 PM
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Field Guide needs

Ian and Tweeters,

I would say to the editor, don't bother-- there are too many good field
guides out there already, what with the National Geo guide, Sibley's guides,
Peterson's guides, Crossley's guide, etc. Any new field guide trying to
compete with these is likely to fall flat on its face. What we really could
use is a continent-wide, or eastern and western, BIRD-FINDING GUIDES to
replace the long-out-of-date Pettingill guides (published in 1977 and 1981).
There is nothing on the market right now that adequately covers an area
larger than a single state.

Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus at telus.net

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ian Paulsen
Sent: March-01-12 12:32 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Field Guide needs

I just received an email from an editor at a publishing house that is
looking for suggestions for publishing a bird field guide. So I'm asking
for suggestions!


Ian Paulsen
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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