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stevieb

Attempting to put Melksham on the map
Hi,

I am planning a driving holiday down the Pacific coast road from San Francisco down to San Diego, stopping over in various places en route including a detour to Yosemite.

What is the best field guide to take? Is it the Sibley Birds of Western North America or is it best to get specific guides for both North and South California?

Any advice greatly received. :t:
 

JeffMoh

Well-known member
Hi,

I am planning a driving holiday down the Pacific coast road from San Francisco down to San Diego, stopping over in various places en route including a detour to Yosemite.

What is the best field guide to take? Is it the Sibley Birds of Western North America or is it best to get specific guides for both North and South California?

Any advice greatly received. :t:

I think you'll be fine with Sibley.

BTW, when in the SF Bay Area, don't miss Arrowhead Marsh, which is right next to Oakland airport. Not the best time to visit it but there's always something interesting there.

Jeff
www.jeffincypress.blogspot.com
 

stevieb

Attempting to put Melksham on the map
Thanks for the prompt reply Jeff. Sibley it is then.
BTW cracking photo's on your blog.:t:
 

Jim M.

Choose Civility
Hi,

I am planning a driving holiday down the Pacific coast road from San Francisco down to San Diego, stopping over in various places en route including a detour to Yosemite.

What is the best field guide to take? Is it the Sibley Birds of Western North America or is it best to get specific guides for both North and South California?

Any advice greatly received. :t:

Specific ID guides for states are all inferior, at least in my experience, to guides to the west, east, or North America as a whole. If you want maximum info, you could have big Sibley to keep in car, and the more compact Western Sibley for the field. But the Western Sibley alone will be sufficient for most ID challenges you will encounter, and has a better layout if you're not that familiar with the birds (more textual explanation).

I assume, by the way, that you are talking about ID guides. For birdfinding you would want specific California guides. Sibley contains no birdfinding info (other than range maps).

Best,
Jim
 

DavidP

Well-known member
I would definitely go for the Western Sibley, lovely little guide and designed to be portable.
Joe Morlans site is a good general guide for California
http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/county.htm
Just click on each county map for specific details per county.

There's also some birding trails been set up
http://ca-ccbt.info/SLO.htm for the central coast trail.

Also when in SoCal, the Brad Schram site guide would be good and has sites for up the coast a bit as well
http://www.amazon.com/Birders-Guide-Southern-California-Birdfinding/dp/1878788175
 

albatross02

Well-known member
Hi,

I am planning a driving holiday down the Pacific coast road from San Francisco down to San Diego, stopping over in various places en route including a detour to Yosemite.

What is the best field guide to take? Is it the Sibley Birds of Western North America or is it best to get specific guides for both North and South California?

Any advice greatly received. :t:

Hello,

I used Sibleys Guide to.
Yosemite is great, but for accomodation ( also camping ) You have to reserve long time before.
Do not miss Sequioa national park and Kings Canyon ( depest canyon of US ).
Mono lake is also very interesting for birding.


Best regards
Dieter
 
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