Birds of Missouri Field Guide by Stan Tekiela
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Since hanging a couple bird feeders outside, identifying the birds that show up has become something of a nagging obsession of mine.
A couple days ago, while struggling to identify a bird that turned out to be a white breasted Nuthatch, my girlfriend said "Honey, do you want one of your birthday presents early?"
"Is it a book about birds?" I asked.
"It might be," she said.
It was, in fact, this very book. For my uses, Birds of Missouri is a really good bird book. The pages are color coded by the primary color of the avian in question. Pretty soon, I could tell the difference between the red-headed woodpecker, the tufted-titmouse, and the bushtit.
Silliness aside, I found this book really easy to use. It could have used a few more photos of each bird but it's small enough to fit in my back pocket so that more than makes up for it. Four out of five stars.
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