Sibley’s Birding Basics

Sibley’s Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and Sounds
David Allen Sibley

David Sibley, is the author of perhaps the most popular guide to birding in the U.S. Sibley’s Guides. Gorgeously illustrated with his own renderings and written in a wonderfully dense, descriptive way, my Sibley is one of my favorite books.

This is his complementary guide for getting into birding. Calling this a book about the “basics” of birding is a bit of a stretch. This includes detailed information on plumage, changes in appearance based on age, determining size and color and more. Absolutely fascinating for a beginner birder like myself and written in the most wonderful, hyper clear, prose.

Recommended for the enthusiast.  

Koeppel’s To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession

To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession 

Dan Koeppel

A wonderful little memoir of a father and son relationship where the son is a professional journalist and the dad has seen more birds than almost anyone else on earth. This is partly about coming to adulthood and trying to understand the man who helped raise you and its also about the world of “big listers” i.e. folks who travel the world to see new and rare birds. As a dad, and a bit of a birder myself, I really enjoyed this book. Not high literature, but well worth the budding birders time.

Recommended for the enthusiast.