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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

A Review of the Book “Birds of Connecticut: Field Guide”

Overview

Birds of Connecticut:  Field Guide is one in a series of books written by Stan Tekiela on birds of various states.  It contains almost 300 pages and covers close to 150 birds located in Connecticut.  It’s a very handy book to carry in the field because of it’s approximate size of 4.5 inches by 6 inches.

Structure of “Birds of Connecticut:  Field Guide”

Mr. Tekiela has taken a novel approach in the structure of Birds of Connecticut.  He’s divided the various birds found in Connecticut into the following colors:

  • Mostly Black
  • Mostely Black and White
  • Mostly Blue
  • Mostly Brown
  • Mostly Gray
  • Mostly Green
  • Have Prominent Orange
  • Mostly Red
  • Mostly White
  • Mostly Yellow

For each bird, there is a color photograph and the following information:

  • Size – approximate size of the species
  • Male – description of the male of the species
  • Female – description of the female of the species
  • Juvenile – description of the juvenile of the species
  • Nest – description of the nest of the species
  • Eggs – description of the eggs of the species
  • Incubation – period of incubation and related information
  • Fledgling – period of fledgling and related information
  • Migration – migration pattern for species
  • Food – what the species eats
  • Compare – other species with similar looks
  • Stan’s Notes – Notes and bits of information from the author

 My Thoughts on “Birds of Connecticut:  Field Guide”

My favorite part of Birds of Connecticut:  Field Guide is the photographs of each species.  Mr.  Tekiela has done a great job photographing each of the species in a manner that typically makes identification easy.

The information on each species is also very well laid out and makes it simple to find information on the species.  Mr. Tekiela’s note’s are very interesting and add to the overall sense of the species, without being too drawn out.

The one part of the book that I have a love/hate relationship with is the color coding system for the structure of the book as outlined above.  For most birds, it works very well;  however, sometimes it would be easier to divide the birds into different categories, such as waterfowl, raptor, woodpecker, etc.  For example, yesterday I was trying to identify a hawk.  It was obviously a hawk, but was it mostly gray, or white, or brown, or red?  I finally just went to the index in the back of the book and looked at all the hawk photos.

Conclusion

I find this book very helpful, especially when identifying birds in the field.  The size makes it very easy to carry and the photos are excellent for identification.  There are times when I find the system of identifying birds by their color distracting, but other times it works very well.  Overall, I highly recommend this book if identifying birds in Connecticut and, if you are in another state, it’s probably worth checking into Mr. Tekiela’s other books on bird identification.

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