Best Field Guide
Q: What’s the best field guide to birds? I’ve been using an
old Peterson guide and I’m thinking it may be time for a new one.
—Keith F. Louisville, Kentucky
A: Here’s another question that’s impossible to answer!
We are blessed with many excellent field guides to the birds of
North America, and they all have
advantages and disadvantages.
The Peterson field guides are still
excellent, though the updates in
the newer editions are reason
enough to get a new book. The
Peterson guides have always been
designed for beginners (though
there’s plenty for experienced
birders to learn in these books,
is available in three versions: a D A W
Mark Garland uses a field guide
to point out subtle differences in
thrushes at the 2017 New River
Birding and Nature Festival.