For all those who have liked Richard Crossley’s unconventional approach to presenting his subjects in his three previous guides about the birds of eastern North America, of Britain and Ireland, and raptors respectively, it is entirely reasonable to assume that his most recently published fourth guide – The Crossley ID: Waterfowl – will also be received with similar appreciation and enthusiasm.
Mark has been particularly busy with his book reviewing over the past week as he’s published two new book reviews in his blog this Sunday: “Birdmania” and “A History of Birds.”
When it comes to field guides pertinent to the United States and Canada, while the massive full country editions are often very helpful for study and reference, the breath-taking variety of eco-regions to be found within the continent’s temperate zone renders such volumes often far too large and cumbersome for field use.
I’ll be honest; I’m not particularly keen on bird racing. I find it troubling on a number of levels – most prominent among them economic and environmental. However I am also willing to acknowledge when a bird racer goes above and beyond the traditional big year in pursuit of their goal.