My favorite beginner’s field guide

Still my favorite field guide for beginning birders!

The Waterthrush Blog

Few people are familiar with this little guide, but it is a gem! (James Coe’s Eastern Birds, a Golden Guide.)

I’ve been birding more than 35 years, so I’ve had lots of experience with field guides. I’ve also spent a lot of time introducing beginners to birding, so I think I have a pretty good sense of what helps to get them started. To that end, this guide has several things going for it.

First, it’s small: 4.5 X 7.5 X 0.3″. This is a thin, lightweight, easy-to-take anywhere guide. I love my massive Sibley guide, but a lot of beginners are turned off by its heft. No such problem with Coe‘s guide.

The guide owes its lean and mean profile to restricted coverage. This is an eastern birds guide that will serve people well from the Atlantic Coast to the High Plains. For beginners, this…

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