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A Field Guide to Western Birds: A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico

A Field Guide to Western Birds: A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico - Roger Tory Peterson, Virginia Marie Peterson The Peterson series is my favorite series for birdwatching guides. Roger Peterson's illustrations faithfully depict...WAIT!! WHERE IS EVERYBODY GOING?? YOU DIDN'T LET ME FINISH!... See, these are VAMPIRE birds! That's right! everybody just sit back down... Yes! SEXY TEENAGE VAMPIRE BIRDS... who, ahhh.... CAN NEVER REVEAL THEIR FORBIDDEN LOVE for the sexy... teenage... ...um, human birds?Well, anyhow, what sets Peterson's guide apart from most other birdwatching guides is that the illustrations feature birds commonly mistaken for one another together on the same page, so their differences may be more easily spotted! Genius! I don't know why other publishers don't do this-it really reduces misidentifications. Take page 345, for example...HOLD IT!!! DON'T GO!!! DON'T GO!! THESE FINCHES ARE LIKE... SEX IN THE CITY!YEAH! THAT'S RIGHT! SIT BACK DOWN!...See the American Goldfinch is like SAMANTHA!!... all flamboyant, with her bold and bright yellow plumage! Yes, yes! And the Evening Grosbeak is like... um, Carrie. Because...she... ...likes shoes (??? God, this is harder than it looks) What was the other one's name? Kelly? Laura? Anyhow, starting on page 360 is another helpful tool. There are 400 color plate illustrations which organize the migration patterns of the birds, cross referenced...NO! NO!!! COME BACK! THIS IS THE PART WITH THE WIZARDS!!!IT'S THE MIGRATION PATTERN OF THE WIZARDS! ...See, each season they fly off to their WIZARD SCHOOL to learn magical spells, and have interesting contests, and grow breasts. Anyhow, you can look up these migration patterns according to bird, location, or season. Thus, if you happen to spot, say, a Carolina Wren in Idaho in October, you can go to the index in the back...HEY! PLEASE STAY!!!HEY!!!I MADE AN LOLBIRD! hello? *crickets*anybody?*crickets*there's warblers on page 355....