Date: 9/20/19 6:49 am From: Jim Hully <xenospiza...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] A question about birding England and Wales
There are no decent field guides that just focus on England & Wales. UK-centric ones are moving towards using photos rather than drawings/paintings. I like "Britain's Birds An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland" by Rob Hume et al. if you prefer photographs . "Birds of Europe", second edition, by Lars Svensson et al. is arguably the best overall guide and Svensson's illustrations are just amazing.
If by guides you meant bird-finding ones then I would start with Simon Harrop & Nigel Redmon's "Where to Watch Birds in Britain", second edition. It may be getting out of date (published in 2010) but it makes a great planning book with lots of maps and useful directions. Once you decided where you want to go there are more regionalized bird-finding guides that are more up to date. I've pretty much stopped using bird-finding books preferring to use services like eBirds or the various RBAs for planning and getting up-to-the-minute info on what is around.
Jim Hully <xenospiza...>
On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 9:18 AM Jon Damian <jongennarodamian...> wrote:
> Hi Massbird birding buddies! > > I am headed to England and Wales in late May for some concerts and of > course birding. > > Can anyone suggest a decent guide that focuses in to England and Wales. > > I appreciate your response. > > Jon Damian > Cambridge > <jongennardamian...> > 617-517-8706 >