Birding in British Columbia
A hub for birding information for British Columbia, Canada. Featuring Rare Bird Alerts, directory to nature clubs and online birding groups, birding forums, and more.
by K. Slagboom
When choosing your first birding book or field guide, choose one that goes into detail. There is nothing more frustrating then trying to identify a species when your book lacks the information you need.
Photographs can give a better three dimensional representation of a bird. Also, most photos include a look at the habitats associated with there particular bird (showing the bird active in that habitat.)
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Selected North America Birding Books
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National Geographic: Birds of North America is known as the field guide of choice. The 7th edition has been expanded and revised to account for recent species additions and name changes.
Sibley Birds West is a comprehensive colour plate guide that includes a good indexing system.
Sibley's Birding Basics
|Birds of North America
Kaufman's groundbreaking work combines the best of both approaches by digitally enhancing photographic images to show the characteristics that are sometimes not apparent in photographs.
Peterson's Western Birds is another very good colour plate guide and essential when it comes to learning birding.
The Birder's Handbook is a more in-depth choice if you looking for detailed species information. The book offers essays on various topics including species accounts, sport history, specific traits, aspect explanations, naming, and more. A must book for the amateur ornithologist.
|The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
This well done book fills in the gaps that field guides and bird identification books create.
Life of Birds (DVD)
|Western Birding by Ear
Learning the sounds, songs, and calls of a bird is often very important in correct bird identification.
For indepth information on some of our more difficult to identify species, try Peterson's Advanced Birding written by Ken Kaufman. Advanced Birding details a number of bird identificaion problems and offers clear methods to determine a species.
|A bird-finding guide to Canada
Editor J. Cam Finlay has drawn on the expertise of birders from every region of the country to tell you what birds to look for and where to find them across each province and territory (including a site guide submitted by Birding BC!)
|Joey Slinger's book Down & Dirty Birding is filled with great tips. This book contains easy to browse passages that offer a quick and humorous look at our leisure sport. Pick this book up if you want to add some spice to your birding adventures.
Local Birding Books and Publications:
These books are specific to Victoria, British Columbia however, look for similar books on your area.
Species Occurance List:
Area Bird Finding Guides:
Common Bird Books:
All these Birding books and other titles are available at local bookstores.
Check around for availability.