The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: What is your Favorite Birding Book?

What is your Favorite Birding Book?

What is your Favorite Birding Book?

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Way back in 2000 (when it was first published) I purchased National Audubon Society's The Sibley Guide to Birds because I felt my Peterson's Field Guide to Birds was a bit outdated (some of the "accidentals" in Peterson's were not listed as such in Sibley).  Okay, so my Peterson's Guide was about 20 years old at the time, but I just loved the pictures in The Sibley Guide to Birds!

While Peterson's Guide is great to take along birding--light weight and easy to flip through--Sibley's is the guide that is used at home.  We love it so much we have an upstairs copy (in the office) and a downstairs copy by the porch door (where we hang out watching the birds as time allows in the warmer weather).          

A few days ago Patricia Feager posted some great photos that she took at a local park in Flower Mound Texas about Seagulls and Ducks.  As I scrolled through her pictures, I thought "those are cool ducks--I wonder what they are."  Patricia mentioned that she really would like to know what the ducks with the blue-ish bills were.  So I grabbed my Sibley Guide and started looking.  I found that they were American Wigeons--so I let her know and asked her to put her post in the Birds group.  Well she was VERY appreciative (but didn't take my hint about the Birds group--even though I know she is a member).

Here are the next birds that I am hoping to see . . .

American Robin in Sibley Guide

So what is YOUR favorite Birding Book?

 

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, MRP, SRES 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718

 

 

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Comment balloon 28 commentsChris Canfield • February 22 2011 08:25PM

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Hi Chris, Well I enjoy the Peterson's Field Guide also.  I have a bluebird monitoring book around here somewhere that helped me when I was a monitor.  I will have to check out that Sibley Guide.  I am fortunate to have outings with people who know a lot more than me and will help me know what birds are what.

Sounds like you have a few great places to watch birds while sitting in the comfort of your home and office.
Those robins will be back soon!

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 7 years ago

Since I do not have a favorite birding book, I'll need to watch the answers to your post. I'll need to upgrade my camera equipment to take photographs of birds.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Chris--Well now you must be a serious birder!  My husband uses a very old, pathetic guide.  You have just given me a great idea for his birthday at the end of April!  Thanks for the suggestion!  Sorry I do not have any to contribute!!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) over 7 years ago

My trusty dusty favorite is The Birds of New Mexico Field Guide by Stan Tekiela. It sits open on a window ledge ready for a quick read. My four on the floor felines often enjoy sitting right next to it as part of their birdwatching ritual. Thanks for reminding me to open it to the robin page!

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) over 7 years ago

Hi Chris,

You can't imagine how surprised I was to read your blog and to discover that you mentioned me in your journal entry. Thank you Chris for being such a great friend to the ActiveRain community and an extraordinary Realtor© to CT. You have a gift for being resourceful and giving which is greatly appreciated.

I made several attempts to add my post, "The Seagulls Have Landed," to the Birds group but I couldn't figure out how to delete one of the other groups and add it to the Birds Group. I guess that's my weakness, I have a hard time asking for help. You're a great resource and someone who is knowledgeable and kind. Anyone looking to buy or sell in CT would be wise to hire you.

Thank you again.

Patricia 

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

Hi Gloria - YOU don't own a Sibley Guide!?  I am shocked!  You will love it.

Hi Roy - I am sure as soon as you upgrade your camera equipment, you will put our birding photography to shame.  Can't wait to see your results!!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Pat - My wife and I have been enjoying birding since we lived in Florida the first time--many years ago.  We take our birds seriously.  Your husband will love the Sibley book--but he won't carry it around while out looking for birds--to heavy.

Hi Emily - Glad you realize your cats are smart enough to read!  Wonder what they are turning to when you are not in the room!?

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Patricia - You are most welcome--your post inspired this one!  If you go to your seagull post and click edit, all you have to do is uncheck one of the other groups in order to add the bird group.  I bet Gloria will even feature it if it shows up there!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris, Sounds like a plan!

Yes, I do need more bird books....and a better camera!  Maybe next Christmas....

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 7 years ago

I still use my trusty Peterson's, Chris. Hadn't looked in years to see if there was anything newer so now I know and will go looking for one. The problem is that as a see a bird, I note the date and location in the book so I hate to quite using it.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

Chris...I'm sad to say I don't have one...I may go pick one up this week. Nice post!
Hope you have a great day!---Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 7 years ago

Chris, you do seem very knowledgeable on birds!     I have a small guide, but I don't get too many different birds in my yard.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 7 years ago

Hi Gloria - The bird book can be helped along a little bit by going to your local library and giving Sibley's a test run!

Hi Toni - It was very tough to put down the Peterson's with all the notes written in it, and I still carry it when on nature walks; but I actually find it easier to identify birds with the Sibley Guide.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Rob - You get to some great rural places in your travels--I can only imagine the bird life in those areas!  Happy birding!

Hi Joan - Are you using the right bird food or is your cat wondering around the yard too much?  : )  Be sure to feed the hummingbirds when the time comes (not commercially--use sugar water--1/3 cup sugar to 1 cup of water to start, then after you have attracted them you can cut down to 1/4 cup sugar).  The Denver area has fabulous hummingbirds!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris, came across your blog by accident when searching Google. Thought your readers might be interested to know about an iPhone and iPad app my company just developed. We've licensed all of the Peterson Field Guides content and our first app, Peterson Birds of North America came out a couple of months ago to rave reviews.

 

The app has all of the birds in the latest edition of the PFG Birds of North America book, in addition to information from 7 other PFG guides. It also includes bird songs for most species, great search and index features, and the ability to record sightings and mark birds off a life list.

 

For folks who prefer guides like Sibley, National Geographic, and Audubon, they should know that all of these folks have iPhone guides available. However, none can compare to the Roger Tory Peterson classic. 

Posted by PetersonGuides.com over 7 years ago

Very interesting!  You are taking birding to a whole new level!  I can't imagine heading out into the wilderness equipped with my iPhone or iPad loaded with Peterson Field Guides, but I guess that is where we are headed!  Thanks for commenting--I will have to check this out!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris,

I finally got it! Thank you! I added it to the Bird Group. One of my goals for 2011 was to work on problem solving. It tooke me longer than I thought, but I'm glad that I now know how to do it!

Thank you again for this great post and the kindness you exhibited by referencing me. Wishing you all of life's blessings and goodness.

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

Hi Patricia - You are very welcome--you deserved the shout out!  Glad that you were able to work it out!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris, I haven't seen this book, I usually just go with the Audubon book series. Hope you remember to keep your bird feeder filled during these snowy days.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Hi David - The birds in my area are quite well fed thanks to me.  I think others have given up . . .

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris:

I have IBirds on my IPad and IPhone.  Its a great tool.  I don't always have my Sibley's with me.  Sibley's is my favorite guide now.  I loved the National Geographics guide  which I used for many years before Sibley's came out.  I have also used Peterson's guides but the pictures in Sibley's are wonderful.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Hi Evelyn - Sibley's is a bit heavy to carry around on a birding hike, but it is a great reference at home!  Today I saw a Pileated Woodpecker in my yard, but it was too far away to photograph.  I'm bummed!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris:

Thanks for your comment on my last post.  Also thanks for associating with me.  If I don't see a Pileated woodpecker in Yosemite this year I'm heading for Connecticut.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Hi Evelyn - Yes, I see one about every other year here, so you won't have long to wait!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Chris,

The National Audubon Society's  Sibley Guide to Birds would also make great client gifts, stocking stuffers or gifts for friends. Thanks for the endorsement!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 7 years ago

Hi Patricia - Another great gift is bird feeders! 

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Chris,  Had to FEATURE this in the BIRDS Group.  Nice to get the word out about good books on our feathered friends!   That's great that the Peterson's Guide picked up your post!

How you doing up there with the snow?  Still a bit on the ground or almost gone?

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 7 years ago

Hi Gloria - THANKS for the Feature!  The "snow" is still here (it is actually more like concrete).  One of these days spring will come!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

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