Best Little Book of Birds The Cascade Range and Columbia River Gorge
The Cascade Range and Columbia River Gorge
by Sarah Swanson
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 10 Oct 2023
Enter the amazing world of birding with this practical, pocket-sized, and beginner-friendly guide to the must-see species found in the Pacific Northwest.From the Olive-sided Flycatcher and Clark’s Nutcracker to Barrow’s Goldeneye and more, this easy-to-use book will help you identify the commonly occurring birds that help make the Cascades and Columbia River Gorge natural wonders. While following hiking trails and scenic byways, exploring riverside shorelines or remote forests, you’ll learn where and when to find the most beautiful birds by their sound, appearance, habitats, and migration habits. Perfect for experienced and budding birders alike, this sleek, compact guide is the ideal travel companion for every trip to the mountains.
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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book isn't organized the way I anticipated, but it's full of interesting bird facts to help you bird watch best. There's high level information about birds throughout the Oregon coast including some pictures, species information, seasonal information, and similar birds. The photos are really helpful and there's descriptions of things to look and listen for with the birds.
It's a helpful guide if you want to identify birds on the Oregon coast.
Sara Swanson has touched my heart with a home felt perspective on birding in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Best Little Book of Birds: The Cascade Range and Columbia River Gorge remind people about the natural wonders that encompass many backyards of the Northwest. After growing up in Portland and spending many days in the Cascades and Columbia Gorge, I never realized how many different types of birds fly by or feed nearby.
Sara gives great examples of how birds appear in the landscape. With differing regions, stretching from the southern part of the Cascades to the North Cascades, including segments of the Columbia River, she has cataloged places for regular sightings, seasonal differences, and approaches to identify. Her references to locations use general assumptions, though remote and wilderness locations seem to escape the focus. For a beginning birder, this text should motivate them to seek out and pay attention. The experts may find more discoveries beyond the locations listed.
Anyone can appreciate the respect and conservation that Sara uses in her descriptions and advice.
Thank you, Net Galley and Timber Press for this Advanced Reader's Copy.