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This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These...

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Overview

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

  • Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder
  • A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author's photographs
  • Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors
  • Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color
  • Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills
  • Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best
  • An interactive website--www.crossleybirds.com--includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates
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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

This 544-page flexibound book is unlike any other bird guide that we have seen. This Crossley ID Guide presents Eastern birds not through one to two images; instead, it features each of its 680 subjects in scenes composed of 12 to 20 color images showing the birds in a full range of natural views. By displaying the birds as you will see them in various natural settings, it will enable you to better identify their species and also remember their most salient characteristics. The book's accurate, concise text reinforces the worth of this unique, attractive guide. Editor's recommendation.

Hawks Aloft
Richard Crossley has conceived and actually implemented a breakout idea for a general field guide to bird identification. . . . [W]hat (my old friend) Richard Crossley is doing with his idea of image, gestalt, wordlessness and recognition is mind-blowing. And it will revolutionize bird ID practice, discussions, and the scope of what each species is. Whether you have seen a bird and want to figure it out or you have been perusing his intuitive selection of what/how a bird looks and then you see it and know it too, I think you'll find Richard's guiding eye a game-changer for your birding endeavors.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Crossley's book features large, lifelike scenes for each species. The beautiful montages are almost like mini-dioramas, with a 3-D quality, showing how birds look up close, at a distance, in flight and other contexts. . . . I like the emphasis on bird habitats, and plan to study them for a sense of which conditions suit which birds. . . . The Crossley book brings alive the importance of appropriate habitats to birds, and perhaps will encourage some birders to go beyond merely identifying and counting the birds they see. This new guide helps us get to know the birds.
— Val Cunningham
Birder's Library
I really can't wait to get my eyes on this thing.
— Grant McCreary
Pittsburgh Birdwatching Examiner
Richard Crossley, in his forthcoming book, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, has used photography to aid pattern recognition. He has created scenes that depict the way birds actually appear in their natural habitats and by emphasizing the context, he hopes to make it easier for us to perceive the shape and size of birds.
— Fannie Peczenik
Wall Street Journal
The biggest new entry into the field is The Crossley ID Guide, which has turned the traditional field guide on its ear. Anyone who has birded regularly in Cape May, N.J., has seen Richard Crossley and his giant zoom lens stalking at dawn, dusk and in between. He has, a la Kenn Kaufman, digitally lifted the birds out of those photos and then dropped them—perched, walking, flying, diving, swimming—into a habitat that is one big photographic background, thus creating a picture window onto each species. Simultaneously we see the species up close, far away, in flight, at a feeder, in flocks, sitting, singing. Scale is up for grabs, with some of the birds so small and hidden that you don't see them until a second or third look. But the effect is engaging, exciting and akin to the real experience of birding, where so much happens on the wing, at difficult distance and in odd light.
— Laura Jacobs
American Scientist
[Richard Crossley] tries to squeeze in as much reality as he can onto every printed page.... Why put such images in an identification guide? Crossley calls it reality birding. He believes that you can become a better birder by studying the distant birds and comparing them to the larger close-up images. By noticing the similarities between the different images, you will learn to focus on the features that remain constant for a particular species. The rationale is compelling, and I think Crossley's approach might actually work.... And, in case you were wondering, I love [this book].
— Michael Szpir
Audubon blog
A major innovation in identification guides in that it is designed to teach you to see differently. If you follow the program, this book will make you a better birder. Following the British practice, the Crossley Guide is intended for study at home—not as a field guide. . . . This is for anyone who wants to improve his or her birding skills.
— Wayne Mones
Audubon.org
What's so different about the Crossley ID Guide? Everything. Crossley has designed his guide to reflect the way we see and identify birds. We identify birds by their size, shape, structure, behavior, habitat, and field marks. We [see] birds at close range, at middle and long distances, on the ground, in flight, in trees, and on the water. . . . If you want to be a better birder you will find the new Crossley ID Guide to be [a] major innovation and a valuable tool.
— Wayne Mones
Another Bird Blog
[The Crossley ID Guide] is innovative, exciting even, in the way the reader can interact with what is in effect a real-life method to bird identification, reality birding, unlike the traditional pointed arrow, look-and-learn approach. . . . I have to say that each bird scene page contains a wealth of detailed visual information that made me look at not only the overall montage of birds, but also each of the subtly different individuals, and to even then search again through the page for more birds to look at. Just like a birding trip in fact.
— Phil Slade
Urban Birder
Believe the hype! The plates are incredible. . . . [People] will absolutely love it, especially people new to birding the main part of the book's target audience. . . . For me some of the plates were good enough to stick on the wall in a frame as a work of art. . . . I salute Richard Crossley's bravery. I think it's a brilliant, innovative idea and everyone should get a copy.
Steve Blain Presents "Bird Porn"
An impressive piece of work and one I fell in love with after a few minutes. It has set the standard for modern photographic bird guides. Buy it.
— Steve Blain
Birdchaser
With The Crossley ID Guide we can linger on each picture, read the brief captions which make up most of the text, and really get to know the birds. . . . The sheer number of images makes this guide much more useful than a standard photo field guide. . . . The Crossley guide is to old photo field guides what a top of the line roof prism binocular is to an old out of alignment pair of Tasco brand binoculars. You can use one of these all day, but the other one will eventually give you headaches. . . . I think all birders would benefit from making a regular study of [The] Crossley ID. Get a copy and start having fun with it.
— Rob Fergus
Ivory Bills Live
Every birder (of eastern N. America anyway) will likely want a copy of this luscious volume for their shelves. . . . Every birder knows there is no such thing as a perfect bird guide—each has different strengths and weaknesses (and much depends on personal preference). Over recent times we've witnessed a long string of new guides, each tweaking one thing or another, yet really not all that different from those preceding. . . . HELLO Richard Crossley!! Here, we really do have an innovative, almost startlingly different approach. The volume is a joy just to leaf through! . . . Showing birds as one might actually see them in the wild, is at one-and-the-same-time an obvious, yet unique, approach—especially I think illustrative for beginning-to-intermediate birders.
Wavetamer Adventures
What a fantastic book. I realized at once what all the other great books were lacking. This IS an 'ID' book, not an in-depth reference on bird data but a unique way of expressing easy ID in the field. It's perfect. The multiple positions in the pages are phenomenal—why hasn't this been done before? This is totally unlike any other bird book out there ever!
— Tom Watson
Fat Birder
What do all fieldguides and ID handbooks have in common? Obviously the answer is the presentation of distinctive fieldmarks, unique ID features that separate difficult species. Wrong! Because the Crossley Guide breaks the mould. The author has used every birder's experience to present a unique aid to ID—a guide that sees what the birder does, obscure views, distant views, birds in trees, in flight, in the distance on a flat marsh. . . . Anyone who reads the text and looks at the composite pictures will gain something and most will get a great deal from this book.
— Bo Beolens
Utah Birders
[The Crossley ID Guide] isn't a 'field guide' so much as an at home reference, or a learning guide. Looking more into it and thinking back to my early days I realized this is the perfect guide to give someone that is going to get into birding. . . . Seeing pictures and poses that you will actually see of these birds adds a new dimension to the bird guide book.
— Tim Avery
Nature Remains
Crossley's intent is to create an interactive experience—involve a birder of any skill level in the active practice of field skills without their ever having to leave home. . . . Learning to look at the size and shape, behavior, probability and color of these stationary birds develops in the reader, a skill in seeing which later can be transferred to experiences in the field. . . . While the photography is clearly center stage in this new Guide, I especially appreciated lengthy sections within the introductory text on bird topography, molt, and a discussion of eclipse plumage! . . . It's not just another bird book. It's an inexpensive birding vacation.
— Nina Harfmann
Somewhere in New Jersey
[The Crossley ID Guide] is a really cool guide; [Crossley's] approach is unconventional and that's exactly what excites me most about it. . . . This is a book I want to spend time with and get to know better. I think Richard Crossley can make me a better birder.
— Laura Hardy
Birdzilla
First impression: Wow! I love it. . . . The number of images in different plumages and postures will help the intermediate level birder move to the next skill level. . . . There is a lot of content for a $35.00 (list price) guide book. It's a buy recommendation from me.
Travel Editor
I can't help feeling that The Crossley ID Guide, and the others set to follow in its wake, will have as major an impact on bird identification as the silicon chip has had on photography in recent years. . . . Crossley deserves nothing but praise for what he has achieved. I, for one, can't wait for the other bird ID books that are in the pipeline.
— Ron Toft
This.Great.Planet
A fantastic learning tool. Since my copy arrived, I have referred to it, almost daily.
Avian Review
The most outstanding feature of this book is the wide selection of excellent color photos of the 660+ eastern birds of USA/Canada, including rarities. The 10,000 photos used to compile this book show vibrant colors and nearly all the plumage variations (gender, age, season, race) one would expect to see in the field.
Towheeblog
Princeton University Press has just published the first Crossley ID Guide in the U.S. This one is for birds in the eastern U.S. That means all species found regularly east of the Rockies. If you're visiting or birding in that part of the U.S., this book's for you.
— Harry Fuller
Mon@rch's Nature Blog
This is an amazing reference guide in helping identify birds. . . . Every birder needs a copy of this book in their library and another copy on the dining room table for when you're having those 'bird' talks with friends. Congrats Richard Crossley for starting a movement to a new wave of ID Guides. I can't wait to see what you can come out with next!!
Reading the Markets blog
For anyone who is a birder in North America, since many of these birds are found across the continent, I can't imagine being without Crossley's book and its more than 10,000 images.
Manchester Bird Watching Examiner
The Crossley ID Guide is my brand new favorite birding field guide. Its unique photographic presentation, visual species index, and inclusion of many species that other eastern bird guides lack allow the birder to quickly and easily identify not only resident east coast birds, but also many of the common vagrants that may be seen here.
— Brad Sylvester
Gardening with Binoculars
Given that there are already a half-dozen excellent field guides to birds of the US, is this new book useful to me? I answer, enthusiastically, yes! . . . Another feature of this birding guide that Peterson and Pearson never dreamed of; it's interactive! I can try to soak it all the images on the printed page, but if I need more information, I can find it with a click on the website. The web version has labels, comments, and questions not included in the book.
— Anne McCormack
Two-Fisted Birdwatcher
The best-looking bird book I ever saw. Too big to carry around for some people, but a two-fisted lug can manage it. This book's not a field guide anyway; it's an ID guide. It's made for birding at home. You can read it like a novel. With pictures. A million pictures of a million birds from a million angles in their actual surroundings.
Magnificent Frigatebird Blog
The introductory pages clearly state the purpose of the book: to make the reader a better birder. As I first paged through the scenes, one of my initial thoughts was that this is more like a study book for birders, rather than a traditional guide to be used in the field. . . . The scenes themselves are a pleasure to study. The photographs . . . are arranged to show as many different plumages and positions for each species as possible. Birds are shown in flight, swimming, perching, hunting, socializing, feeding, preening, even mating. . . . I give The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds 5 Goldfinches out of 5.
— Amy Evenstad
Wildlife Conservation Examiner
Remember those Highlights for Kids magazines you used to read in waiting rooms, the ones where there was a background picture with dozens of strategically hidden images throughout, and you had to find them all? Well, that's actually what birding is all about, and that's exactly what this ground-breaking new book gives you; numerous photos of each Eastern bird species, birds of different sexes, ages and plumage, in real life poses and situations, tucked into the habitats or settings in which you're most likely to see them. In real life, you rarely get a perfect clear view showing all field markings—instead you get a speck, an impression, a fleeting glimpse. This Crossley ID Guide gives you a chance to make sense of those glimpses.
— Cathy Taibbi
Surfbirds
Photo-guides are becoming increasingly commonplace but it is safe to say that this new guide is unlike any you have seen before! . . . It is no exaggeration to say that this book has revolutionised photo-guides. . . . For anyone living in or visiting eastern North America this is a 'must-buy.'
— Andy Stoddart
The Drinking Bird
[The Crossley ID Guide] is, bar none, the closest anyone has gotten to actually showing what the birds look like in life short of a video recording, and there's no better way to train yourself to be a better birder than by seeing birds in life.
Bird Education Network
Educators are most successful when properly prepared for their mission. The requisite tools for leading our 'students' from novice to competence include appropriate resources, an effective pedagogical approach, and a learning environment that fosters independence. The Crossley ID Guide can supply these tools to bird educators. . . . Crossley's 'outside the box' qualities make the guide a worthy addition to the bird educator's toolbox. Given the plates' backgrounds, bird educators will be able to not only teach identification skills but simultaneously deliver critical bird conservation messages related to habitat loss, degradation, and other threats. This is not just another field guide. The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds can be a transformative resource for birders and bird educators at any level.
— Dave Magpiong
Birdchick
I get books sent to me all the time and the words, 'innovative' and 'revolutionary' and 'amazing' get tossed around. The books are good, but rarely live up to the hype. Richard Crossley's new Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds is a guide lives up to those words. . . . I do really like this book, it's interactive, it challenges you to think of birds in their habitat and it gives you so many ways to prep for how you might observe the birds in the wild. Many of the pages can serve as a quiz to help you age and sex each species. . . . This book is definitely worth having your bookshelf.
— Sharon Stiteler
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Crossley ID Guide is the perfect book for beginning birders, and even experts will marvel at its thoroughness. Each plate is a landscape of appropriate habitat, and the images of each bird are positioned to give a feel for what it's like to see the birds in nature. . . . The scope of The Crossley ID Guide is almost unimaginable.
— Scott Shalaway
JPM Photography Blog
A visual masterpiece, I'd recommend it to any birder of any level of experience.
— Jim McCoy
Feathers and Flowers blog
When I received a review copy of a this new field guide I immediately lost my next half hour, absorbed completely in paging through plate after plate of birds found in the eastern U.S. and Canada. . . . After spending a little time with this guide, a simple, direct statement sums up the general consensus: 'This is wow!'
— Mike Powers
Pittsburgh Bird Watching Examiner
We've all been eagerly waiting for The Crossley ID Guide, slated to be an innovative field guide. In fact, it's more than that—it's a whole new species of book for birders. . . . The birds are seen at various stages of life, in various states of molting, in close-up and at a distance (which is how most of us see birds most of the time), and displaying characteristic behavior. The last is perhaps the most striking feature of the Guide. Of course, most field guides will show a nuthatch walking head first down a tree trunk. But what of other species, say Fulica americana? The Crossley ID Guide is the first guide I've seen that shows two American coots engaged in fisticuffs, that is, kicking wildly at each other. Only someone who has a keen eye for coots knows they're quick to deploy their large green feet to settle disputes.
— Fannie Peczenik
DC Birding Blog
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds is a guide that all birders will want for study and reference. Its large and detailed plates come closer than those of any bird guide to replicating the experience of seeing birds in the field. It should be especially useful for intermediate birders who want to move beyond puzzling out field marks to identifying birds according to size, shape, and behavior.
— John Beetham
About.com Guide to Marine Life
My most dedicated birding is usually done on the water, when I'm trying to point out and talk about various seabirds while working on a whale watch boat. So my perspective in reviewing this book is from a person looking for a good guide to have aboard the boat. And for that, this book is perfect. . . . This is a great birding study guide and reference book, with helpful images and interesting text covering Eastern waterbirds and landbirds. . . . You'll love it.
— Jennifer Kennedy
Dig Deep
Each fresh page is a birder's Utopia—a bush bursting with warblers, a sky full of raptors, a seascape crammed with seabirds. The plates invite us to pore over them—there's so much to see and notice—and to interact with the images, building up an impression of the characteristics of each species from the many images. . . . Does the book live up to all the superlatives that have been lavished upon it? I'd have to say, 'Absolutely!' This book really will change the way many people approach birding.
OC Warbler
If his plate of Cedar Waxwings doesn't give you a pretty good grip on what the bird can look like, both close up and at a distance, in flight and standing still, nothing will.
Dreaming Tree
All in all, this is a beautiful, informative and well-made book, available for a good price. It would make a great addition to any naturalist's collection.
— Lana Gramlich
ABA Blog
Though the guide covers only the 'eastern' states and provinces, it includes a great many more typically western species, too, among them the specialties of the Black Hills and Pine Ridge, which are given short shrift (if any shrift at all!) in competing titles. Crossley's texts—both the brief species accounts and the prose introductions to larger groups—are engaging and accurate, and the half dozen pages 'How to Be a Better Birder' will encourage beginners and many, many others to start looking at birds in fresh new ways. This wealth of information, verbal and visual, should make The Crossley ID Guide absolutely essential to any birder's bookshelf.
— Rich Wright
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
This is not your father's bird guide. Crossley's book utilizes multiple photographic images of each species to depict aspects of appearance, behavior, life stages and habitat.
— Paul Smith
BrdPics blog
I had discussed the book a few times with the energetic author, Richard Crossley, and knew it would be groundbreaking, unique, & valuable. It didn't disappoint! . . . I congratulate Richard on this monumental effort and for coming up with a bird guide concept so new and yet so potentially helpful to birders across the spectrum of ability and experience.
— Bill Schmoker
North American Birding blog
Crossley has done a wonderful job conveying his method of birding. Look, see and recognize. Sometimes known as birding by GISS or General Impression of Size and Shape. With the addition of habitat, probability and a few field marks here and there, one can identify any bird in the world. . . . In opening this book, you're taking an interactive journey into the field, studying what each bird looks like in various plumages, angles, positions, etc.
— Chris West
Round Robin
The Crossley ID Guide pulls on many of these threads. The in-your-face assortment of poses and sizes . . . tries to recreate the sense of being out in the field. Crossley champions an approach to identification that values close observation but doesn't reduce birds to a collection of field marks.
— Hugh Powell
Nerd Birder
This ID guide is really practical in many ways and will definitely make identifying birds so much easier. It is definitely unique in its approach and the author clearly loves what he does and it shows through in every aspect of this guide. It is a guide all people living in or visiting the Eastern United States should have.
— Meg Smith
The Flying Mullet
I like that Crossley states in the introduction that this guide's aim is 'to both serve and expand the world of birding, make it more fashionable, current, and exciting.' Boy, did he knock that one out of the park. . . . It's stimulating and challenging all at once.
Portland Press Herald
The many images provide a rich resource for even the most seasoned birders. My wife pointed out the red lores of a snowy egret in one of the photographs. This color appears briefly early in the breeding season. I had never seen this feature nor even been aware of it. . . . A wonderful addition to the birding literature.
— Herb Wilson
Birding is Fun
His guide is rather a study workbook that prepares a birder for the test in the field. This workbook is a useful tool to birders of all levels, and will increase your skills and ability to look at birds closely.
— Robert Mortensen
Pacific NW Birder blog
This book represents a revolutionary paradigm shift in the design and presentation of a bird identification guide. . . . A splendid addition to your birding library . . . or coffee table.
Vancouver Sun
Here is the brilliance of [Crossley's] idea: it makes you look for the birds as you might do while out birding. Look closely and you might see a tiny brown creeper on a tree trunk, a flock of snowy egrets fishing along a marsh edge or a least flycatcher on a far away branch. This guide teaches you how to see birds while it identifies them for you.
— Rob Butler
The Nature of Things
If you love birds, whether you are a dedicated and obsessive birder, a backyard birder, or just someone who enjoys birds and wants to know more about them, you need to check this book out on your next trip to the bookstore.
n Tilmouth

The Crossley ID Guide is an interesting, multi-dimensional, unique take on a bird guide that delivers to a high standard for a specific target audience.
Birding Mongolia
The scenes capture the birds as one would see them in reality, contrary to most other field guides, which present birds in an idealised style. . . . Studying the scenes will certainly help to prepare for the field, or to appreciate what one has just encountered outdoors.
— Axel Bräunlich
Birdfreak.com
I really love this book. . . . It is magnetic: it draws everyone to it with its energetic scenes of birds.
Greg Laden's Blog
The Crossley ID Guide is a large format systematic bird identification resource with a number of unique features that make it well worth its remarkably low price. . . . The very strong features of the Crossley guide, however, prompt me to add it without reservation to the list of bird books you must have on hand if birding in the Eastern US or Canadian region is your thing.
A Charm of Finches
An excellent resource to supplement any birder's library.
The Cerulean
The Crossley ID Guide does a good job of illustrating what birds look like under field conditions. And that, after all, is where we see birds, and try to identify them. So if you are willing to invest the effort by using this guide as intended—as a study guide—The Crossley ID Guide is bound to improve your identification skills.
— Ned Keller
Cleveland Plain Dealer
While the plethora of pretty pictures ultimately will make The Crossley ID Guide a best seller, it's the author's candid and conversational writing that I find most appealing. . . . Purists prefer drawings, arguing that there are too many variables in a bird's plumage to depict them all in a set of photographs. But after a few hours with Crossley's guide, I disagree. I like the images—they just take a little getting used to. The book strives to capture nearly every permutation, presenting shots of different poses, angles and plumage.
— James McCarty
BUBO Listing
Richard Crossley's book is an incredible piece of work. There have been several field guides over the years that have claimed to present a new approach, but this one really does so. . . . There's such a lot of information in here that I'm sure one would go on learning from it for years. The range of photos really allow an appreciation of jizz, but also of the appearance of the species in real-field conditions, sometimes distant, sometimes partially obscured, sometimes with heavily-worn plumage.
— Andy Musgrove
Nature and Scenery
The photos are great, depicting true to life colours, with dozens of images of every species of bird, crammed into each page which also has an emphasis on habitat. I highly recommend you add it to your collection.
— Saskatchewan Birds
The Cardinal
The photos are beautiful and show the birds like no other guide has.
— Scott Arvin
Green Life
This is truly a birder's bird book. . . . Crossley is a well-known birder, and his guide reflects his experience: it is organized to be as practical and useful as possible.
— Tim McDonnell
Birds and Words
Contains more than 10,000 of Crossley's photographs (!) of Eastern birds of every type imaginable and in their natural environment. The effect is amazing, especially for a novice birder such as yours truly, since I often have a hard time imagining where a particular bird might hang out or what it would actually look like in flight rather than in the form of a hand drawing.
Donald the Birder
In my opinion, Richard Crossley does an excellent job of portraying the jizz of the species being studied. . . . The Crossely ID Guide is definitely one that both beginning and seasoned birders will want to add to their library, as it goes beyond the typical field guide in that it actively invokes the birder to hone in their observational skills.
Zen Birdfeeder
The Crossley ID Guide is an enjoyable guide and will be used most probably for trying to make tough calls at home. . . . Crossley also challenges readers to use his book interactively, 'like a workbook'. . . . Crossley's stated goals are that his guide will be 'visually striking, educational, innovative, entertaining, and comprehensive.' I think he's succeeded on all counts and I look forward to using it for years to come.
— Nancy Castillo
Montreal Gazette
Like no other bird identification guide that has come before . . . an excellent reference book to look over before going into the field to refresh one's memory of what to look for. It also provides new angles and identification tips that could help remove the biases a bird-watcher tends to accumulate or even inherit from others. Finally, it might serve as the "final say" on a mystery bird seen during a particular outing. . . . I heartily recommend this novel book.
— David Bird
n Thaxton

The Crossley ID Guide, published by Princeton University Press, is an awesome, major achievement, a stunning contribution to ornithological field identification.
Wildlife Activist
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds deserves a place in any birder's library. Everyone can learn something from this new guide and can enjoy using it.
— Fritz Brock
Booklist
Birders and casual backyard bird-watchers will find a new species of bird guide in The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds. The book is more a reference book and instructional guide.
— Linda Scarth
DownEast.com
My identification of birds has improved significantly since I got The Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds. . . . Crossley's new guide has added immensely to my enjoyment of birding.
— George Smith
Rosyfinch Ramblings
This is not a field guide, nor is it meant to grace the cocktail table. Rather, it is a unique tool for learning how to better identify the birds. . . . Aside from the visual delight of the plates, Crossley's captions are packed with identification tips that address not only size, shape and plumage, but also voice, behavior, and similar species.
— Ken Schneider
Bird Watcher's Digest Staff
For those of you in eastern North America, particularly if you are a visual learner, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley is a great way to begin learning the visual cues that are important in identifying birds.
Keene Sentinel
The guide is a great tool to have in the field and really does make identification easier. It's too big for a back pocket, but creative birdwatchers will figure out how to bring it afield.
— Chris Bosak
Bird Watching
Crossley has created an inventive bird identification scheme that closely simulates the actual experience of observing a bird in the field. Even more importantly, he has revived the idea that a field guide should help a birder develop identification skills, rather than replace them. . . . There is much to say about the Crossley guide and doubtless it will be exhaustively debated in the birding community, but it is gratifying to see the field guide revitalized. Beginners and advanced birders alike can use it to build their identification skills, and those who prefer other guides for that purpose may simply appreciate it for its stunning photography and creative imagery. With so much to offer, it seems certain that this book will become a classic of the bird lover's library.
— Emily Rondel
Picoides
This is how birders see birds in the field. . . . I found the bird views in the composite scenes to be sharp, clear, accurate and relatable to my birding experience. . . . Before using this guide, first-time users should read the how to use this guide section as it contains key information about the book and its organization. . . . Crossley's attractive volume strongly complements both existing traditional bird guides and Thayer's birding software and has the great potential to improve identification skills of birders at all levels. Therefore, I recommend this guide to birders looking to further their identification skills.
— Rob Warnock
The Fledgling
If you want to be a better birder—and don't we all strive to increase our skill level?—you must add this volume by internationally known birder and photographer, Richard Crossley, to your short list of 'must have' birding field guides.
— Mona Bearor
British Birds
[A] very impressive, attractive, thought-provoking book which has quickly established itself as a must-have for many birders. Is it the best photo guide ever produced?: almost certainly. And there is a companion volume on the Birds of Great Britain in the pipeline, something that will be eagerly anticipated by most birders.
— Mike Pennington
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Crossley's guide deserves to be your essential resource for definitive species identification.
— Jerry Uhlman
Pennsylvania Birds
Oh yes, my autumn field seminars and workshops this year will use the ideal field guide at last.
— Gene Wilhelm
About.com
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds has an innovative approach to bird identification that uses thousands of photos of birds in typical habitats and behaviors to immerse birders in the avian world, and even casual birders can quickly become lost in this richly visual book.
— Melissa Mayntz
Birdwatch
It is unlike any [guide] you have seen before. It contains not single images but, for each species, large life-like scenes containing multiple images, some close but many distant, from a variety of angles, in flight and showing typical habitat and behaviour. This montage approach enables all aspects of a bird's size, shape and structure, plumage and behaviour to be displayed to best effect. . . . This book as undoubtedly revolutionised photo guides, representing a huge advance over anything seen previously. . . . For anyone living in or visiting eastern North America this is a 'must buy'.
— Andy Stoddart
Wannabe Birder
A big, beautiful bird book.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Crossley's book features large, lifelike scenes for each species. The beautiful montages are almost like mini-dioramas, with a 3-D quality, showing how birds look up close, at a distance, in flight and other contexts. . . . I like the emphasis on bird habitats, and plan to study them for a sense of which conditions suit which birds. . . . The Crossley book brings alive the importance of appropriate habitats to birds, and perhaps will encourage some birders to go beyond merely identifying and counting the birds they see. This new guide helps us get to know the birds.
— Val Cunningham
Alan Tilmouth
The Crossley ID Guide is an interesting, multi-dimensional, unique take on a bird guide that delivers to a high standard for a specific target audience.
John Thaxton
The Crossley ID Guide, published by Princeton University Press, is an awesome, major achievement, a stunning contribution to ornithological field identification.
Steve Blain Presents "Bird Porn"
An impressive piece of work and one I fell in love with after a few minutes. It has set the standard for modern photographic bird guides. Buy it.
— Steve Blain
Wall Street Journal - Laura Jacobs
The biggest new entry into the field is The Crossley ID Guide, which has turned the traditional field guide on its ear. Anyone who has birded regularly in Cape May, N.J., has seen Richard Crossley and his giant zoom lens stalking at dawn, dusk and in between. He has, a la Kenn Kaufman, digitally lifted the birds out of those photos and then dropped them—perched, walking, flying, diving, swimming—into a habitat that is one big photographic background, thus creating a picture window onto each species. Simultaneously we see the species up close, far away, in flight, at a feeder, in flocks, sitting, singing. Scale is up for grabs, with some of the birds so small and hidden that you don't see them until a second or third look. But the effect is engaging, exciting and akin to the real experience of birding, where so much happens on the wing, at difficult distance and in odd light.
American Scientist - Michael Szpir
[Richard Crossley] tries to squeeze in as much reality as he can onto every printed page.... Why put such images in an identification guide? Crossley calls it reality birding. He believes that you can become a better birder by studying the distant birds and comparing them to the larger close-up images. By noticing the similarities between the different images, you will learn to focus on the features that remain constant for a particular species. The rationale is compelling, and I think Crossley's approach might actually work.... And, in case you were wondering, I love [this book].
Audubon blog - Wayne Mones
What's so different about the Crossley ID Guide? Everything. Crossley has designed his guide to reflect the way we see and identify birds. We identify birds by their size, shape, structure, behavior, habitat, and field marks. We [see] birds at close range, at middle and long distances, on the ground, in flight, in trees, and on the water. . . . If you want to be a better birder you will find the new Crossley ID Guide to be [a] major innovation and a valuable tool.
Another Bird Blog - Phil Slade
[The Crossley ID Guide] is innovative, exciting even, in the way the reader can interact with what is in effect a real-life method to bird identification, reality birding, unlike the traditional pointed arrow, look-and-learn approach. . . . I have to say that each bird scene page contains a wealth of detailed visual information that made me look at not only the overall montage of birds, but also each of the subtly different individuals, and to even then search again through the page for more birds to look at. Just like a birding trip in fact.
Birder's Library - Grant McCreary
I really can't wait to get my eyes on this thing.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Jim Williams
Crossley's text is well written. It's informative. It avoids the stiff, style-bereft prose almost all other field guides contain. . . . Crossley's text is worth reading. He'll make you a better birder if you do. . . . We've been buried in ID books in recent years, flocks of them descending on book stores, all of them easily recognizable variations on the same theme. Crossley has given us a different kind of ID book, a book much more useful and helpful. He's found a new way to do it. Hurrah for him, and hurrah for us!
Pittsburgh Birdwatching Examiner - Fannie Peczenik
We've all been eagerly waiting for The Crossley ID Guide, slated to be an innovative field guide. In fact, it's more than that—it's a whole new species of book for birders. . . . The birds are seen at various stages of life, in various states of molting, in close-up and at a distance (which is how most of us see birds most of the time), and displaying characteristic behavior. The last is perhaps the most striking feature of the Guide. Of course, most field guides will show a nuthatch walking head first down a tree trunk. But what of other species, say Fulica americana? The Crossley ID Guide is the first guide I've seen that shows two American coots engaged in fisticuffs, that is, kicking wildly at each other. Only someone who has a keen eye for coots knows they're quick to deploy their large green feet to settle disputes.
Steve Blain Presents "Bird Porn" - Steve Blain
An impressive piece of work and one I fell in love with after a few minutes. It has set the standard for modern photographic bird guides. Buy it.
Birdchaser - Rob Fergus
With The Crossley ID Guide we can linger on each picture, read the brief captions which make up most of the text, and really get to know the birds. . . . The sheer number of images makes this guide much more useful than a standard photo field guide. . . . The Crossley guide is to old photo field guides what a top of the line roof prism binocular is to an old out of alignment pair of Tasco brand binoculars. You can use one of these all day, but the other one will eventually give you headaches. . . . I think all birders would benefit from making a regular study of [The] Crossley ID. Get a copy and start having fun with it.
Wavetamer Adventures - Tom Watson
What a fantastic book. I realized at once what all the other great books were lacking. This IS an 'ID' book, not an in-depth reference on bird data but a unique way of expressing easy ID in the field. It's perfect. The multiple positions in the pages are phenomenal—why hasn't this been done before? This is totally unlike any other bird book out there ever!
Fat Birder - Bo Beolens
What do all fieldguides and ID handbooks have in common? Obviously the answer is the presentation of distinctive fieldmarks, unique ID features that separate difficult species. Wrong! Because the Crossley Guide breaks the mould. The author has used every birder's experience to present a unique aid to ID—a guide that sees what the birder does, obscure views, distant views, birds in trees, in flight, in the distance on a flat marsh. . . . Anyone who reads the text and looks at the composite pictures will gain something and most will get a great deal from this book.
Utah Birders - Tim Avery
[The Crossley ID Guide] isn't a 'field guide' so much as an at home reference, or a learning guide. Looking more into it and thinking back to my early days I realized this is the perfect guide to give someone that is going to get into birding. . . . Seeing pictures and poses that you will actually see of these birds adds a new dimension to the bird guide book.
Nature Remains - Nina Harfmann
Crossley's intent is to create an interactive experience—involve a birder of any skill level in the active practice of field skills without their ever having to leave home. . . . Learning to look at the size and shape, behavior, probability and color of these stationary birds develops in the reader, a skill in seeing which later can be transferred to experiences in the field. . . . While the photography is clearly center stage in this new Guide, I especially appreciated lengthy sections within the introductory text on bird topography, molt, and a discussion of eclipse plumage! . . . It's not just another bird book. It's an inexpensive birding vacation.
Somewhere in New Jersey - Laura Hardy
[The Crossley ID Guide] is a really cool guide; [Crossley's] approach is unconventional and that's exactly what excites me most about it. . . . This is a book I want to spend time with and get to know better. I think Richard Crossley can make me a better birder.
Travel Editor - Ron Toft
I can't help feeling that The Crossley ID Guide, and the others set to follow in its wake, will have as major an impact on bird identification as the silicon chip has had on photography in recent years. . . . Crossley deserves nothing but praise for what he has achieved. I, for one, can't wait for the other bird ID books that are in the pipeline.
Towheeblog - Harry Fuller
Princeton University Press has just published the first Crossley ID Guide in the U.S. This one is for birds in the eastern U.S. That means all species found regularly east of the Rockies. If you're visiting or birding in that part of the U.S., this book's for you.
Manchester Bird Watching Examiner - Brad Sylvester
The Crossley ID Guide is my brand new favorite birding field guide. Its unique photographic presentation, visual species index, and inclusion of many species that other eastern bird guides lack allow the birder to quickly and easily identify not only resident east coast birds, but also many of the common vagrants that may be seen here.
Gardening with Binoculars - Anne McCormack
Given that there are already a half-dozen excellent field guides to birds of the US, is this new book useful to me? I answer, enthusiastically, yes! . . . Another feature of this birding guide that Peterson and Pearson never dreamed of; it's interactive! I can try to soak it all the images on the printed page, but if I need more information, I can find it with a click on the website. The web version has labels, comments, and questions not included in the book.
10,000 Birds - Corey Finger
I like The Crossley ID Guide and I think it is absolutely awesome that someone has come up with a new way of presenting bird images in a guide format. . . . It is a great reference, a beautiful book, and I strongly recommend that birders buy a copy.
Magnificent Frigatebird Blog - Amy Evenstad
The introductory pages clearly state the purpose of the book: to make the reader a better birder. As I first paged through the scenes, one of my initial thoughts was that this is more like a study book for birders, rather than a traditional guide to be used in the field. . . . The scenes themselves are a pleasure to study. The photographs . . . are arranged to show as many different plumages and positions for each species as possible. Birds are shown in flight, swimming, perching, hunting, socializing, feeding, preening, even mating. . . . I give The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds 5 Goldfinches out of 5.
Wildlife Conservation Examiner - Cathy Taibbi
Remember those Highlights for Kids magazines you used to read in waiting rooms, the ones where there was a background picture with dozens of strategically hidden images throughout, and you had to find them all? Well, that's actually what birding is all about, and that's exactly what this ground-breaking new book gives you; numerous photos of each Eastern bird species, birds of different sexes, ages and plumage, in real life poses and situations, tucked into the habitats or settings in which you're most likely to see them. In real life, you rarely get a perfect clear view showing all field markings—instead you get a speck, an impression, a fleeting glimpse. This Crossley ID Guide gives you a chance to make sense of those glimpses.
Surfbirds - Andy Stoddart
It is unlike any [guide] you have seen before. It contains not single images but, for each species, large life-like scenes containing multiple images, some close but many distant, from a variety of angles, in flight and showing typical habitat and behaviour. This montage approach enables all aspects of a bird's size, shape and structure, plumage and behaviour to be displayed to best effect. . . . This book has undoubtedly revolutionised photo guides, representing a huge advance over anything seen previously. . . . For anyone living in or visiting eastern North America this is a 'must buy'.
Bird Education Network - Dave Magpiong
Educators are most successful when properly prepared for their mission. The requisite tools for leading our 'students' from novice to competence include appropriate resources, an effective pedagogical approach, and a learning environment that fosters independence. The Crossley ID Guide can supply these tools to bird educators. . . . Crossley's 'outside the box' qualities make the guide a worthy addition to the bird educator's toolbox. Given the plates' backgrounds, bird educators will be able to not only teach identification skills but simultaneously deliver critical bird conservation messages related to habitat loss, degradation, and other threats. This is not just another field guide. The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds can be a transformative resource for birders and bird educators at any level.
Birdchick - Sharon Stiteler
I get books sent to me all the time and the words, 'innovative' and 'revolutionary' and 'amazing' get tossed around. The books are good, but rarely live up to the hype. Richard Crossley's new Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds is a guide lives up to those words. . . . I do really like this book, it's interactive, it challenges you to think of birds in their habitat and it gives you so many ways to prep for how you might observe the birds in the wild. Many of the pages can serve as a quiz to help you age and sex each species. . . . This book is definitely worth having your bookshelf.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Scott Shalaway
The Crossley ID Guide is the perfect book for beginning birders, and even experts will marvel at its thoroughness. Each plate is a landscape of appropriate habitat, and the images of each bird are positioned to give a feel for what it's like to see the birds in nature. . . . The scope of The Crossley ID Guide is almost unimaginable.
JPM Photography Blog - Jim McCoy
A visual masterpiece, I'd recommend it to any birder of any level of experience.
Feathers and Flowers blog - Mike Powers
When I received a review copy of a this new field guide I immediately lost my next half hour, absorbed completely in paging through plate after plate of birds found in the eastern U.S. and Canada. . . . After spending a little time with this guide, a simple, direct statement sums up the general consensus: 'This is wow!'
DC Birding Blog - John Beetham
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds is a guide that all birders will want for study and reference. Its large and detailed plates come closer than those of any bird guide to replicating the experience of seeing birds in the field. It should be especially useful for intermediate birders who want to move beyond puzzling out field marks to identifying birds according to size, shape, and behavior.
About.com Guide to Marine Life - Jennifer Kennedy
My most dedicated birding is usually done on the water, when I'm trying to point out and talk about various seabirds while working on a whale watch boat. So my perspective in reviewing this book is from a person looking for a good guide to have aboard the boat. And for that, this book is perfect. . . . This is a great birding study guide and reference book, with helpful images and interesting text covering Eastern waterbirds and landbirds. . . . You'll love it.
Dreaming Tree - Lana Gramlich
All in all, this is a beautiful, informative and well-made book, available for a good price. It would make a great addition to any naturalist's collection.
ABA Blog - Rich Wright
Though the guide covers only the 'eastern' states and provinces, it includes a great many more typically western species, too, among them the specialties of the Black Hills and Pine Ridge, which are given short shrift (if any shrift at all!) in competing titles. Crossley's texts—both the brief species accounts and the prose introductions to larger groups—are engaging and accurate, and the half dozen pages 'How to Be a Better Birder' will encourage beginners and many, many others to start looking at birds in fresh new ways. This wealth of information, verbal and visual, should make The Crossley ID Guide absolutely essential to any birder's bookshelf.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - Paul Smith
This is not your father's bird guide. Crossley's book utilizes multiple photographic images of each species to depict aspects of appearance, behavior, life stages and habitat.
BrdPics blog - Bill Schmoker
I had discussed the book a few times with the energetic author, Richard Crossley, and knew it would be groundbreaking, unique, & valuable. It didn't disappoint! . . . I congratulate Richard on this monumental effort and for coming up with a bird guide concept so new and yet so potentially helpful to birders across the spectrum of ability and experience.
North American Birding blog - Chris West
Crossley has done a wonderful job conveying his method of birding. Look, see and recognize. Sometimes known as birding by GISS or General Impression of Size and Shape. With the addition of habitat, probability and a few field marks here and there, one can identify any bird in the world. . . . In opening this book, you're taking an interactive journey into the field, studying what each bird looks like in various plumages, angles, positions, etc.
Round Robin - Hugh Powell
The Crossley ID Guide pulls on many of these threads. The in-your-face assortment of poses and sizes . . . tries to recreate the sense of being out in the field. Crossley champions an approach to identification that values close observation but doesn't reduce birds to a collection of field marks.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Val Cunningham
Crossley's book features large, lifelike scenes for each species. The beautiful montages are almost like mini-dioramas, with a 3-D quality, showing how birds look up close, at a distance, in flight and other contexts. . . . I like the emphasis on bird habitats, and plan to study them for a sense of which conditions suit which birds. . . . The Crossley book brings alive the importance of appropriate habitats to birds, and perhaps will encourage some birders to go beyond merely identifying and counting the birds they see. This new guide helps us get to know the birds.
Nerd Birder - Meg Smith
This ID guide is really practical in many ways and will definitely make identifying birds so much easier. It is definitely unique in its approach and the author clearly loves what he does and it shows through in every aspect of this guide. It is a guide all people living in or visiting the Eastern United States should have.
Portland Press Herald - Herb Wilson
The many images provide a rich resource for even the most seasoned birders. My wife pointed out the red lores of a snowy egret in one of the photographs. This color appears briefly early in the breeding season. I had never seen this feature nor even been aware of it. . . . A wonderful addition to the birding literature.
Birding is Fun - Robert Mortensen
His guide is rather a study workbook that prepares a birder for the test in the field. This workbook is a useful tool to birders of all levels, and will increase your skills and ability to look at birds closely.
Vancouver Sun - Rob Butler
Here is the brilliance of [Crossley's] idea: it makes you look for the birds as you might do while out birding. Look closely and you might see a tiny brown creeper on a tree trunk, a flock of snowy egrets fishing along a marsh edge or a least flycatcher on a far away branch. This guide teaches you how to see birds while it identifies them for you.
Birding Mongolia - Axel Braunlich
The scenes capture the birds as one would see them in reality, contrary to most other field guides, which present birds in an idealised style. . . . Studying the scenes will certainly help to prepare for the field, or to appreciate what one has just encountered outdoors.
The Cerulean - Ned Keller
The Crossley ID Guide does a good job of illustrating what birds look like under field conditions. And that, after all, is where we see birds, and try to identify them. So if you are willing to invest the effort by using this guide as intended—as a study guide—The Crossley ID Guide is bound to improve your identification skills.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - James McCarty
While the plethora of pretty pictures ultimately will make The Crossley ID Guide a best seller, it's the author's candid and conversational writing that I find most appealing. . . . Purists prefer drawings, arguing that there are too many variables in a bird's plumage to depict them all in a set of photographs. But after a few hours with Crossley's guide, I disagree. I like the images—they just take a little getting used to. The book strives to capture nearly every permutation, presenting shots of different poses, angles and plumage.
BUBO Listing - Andy Musgrove
Richard Crossley's book is an incredible piece of work. There have been several field guides over the years that have claimed to present a new approach, but this one really does so. . . . There's such a lot of information in here that I'm sure one would go on learning from it for years. The range of photos really allow an appreciation of jizz, but also of the appearance of the species in real-field conditions, sometimes distant, sometimes partially obscured, sometimes with heavily-worn plumage.
Nature and Scenery - Saskatchewan Birds
The photos are great, depicting true to life colours, with dozens of images of every species of bird, crammed into each page which also has an emphasis on habitat. I highly recommend you add it to your collection.
The Cardinal - Scott Arvin
The photos are beautiful and show the birds like no other guide has.
Green Life - Tim McDonnell
This is truly a birder's bird book. . . . Crossley is a well-known birder, and his guide reflects his experience: it is organized to be as practical and useful as possible.
Zen Birdfeeder - Nancy Castillo
The Crossley ID Guide is an enjoyable guide and will be used most probably for trying to make tough calls at home. . . . Crossley also challenges readers to use his book interactively, 'like a workbook'. . . . Crossley's stated goals are that his guide will be 'visually striking, educational, innovative, entertaining, and comprehensive.' I think he's succeeded on all counts and I look forward to using it for years to come.
Montreal Gazette - David Bird
Like no other bird identification guide that has come before . . . an excellent reference book to look over before going into the field to refresh one's memory of what to look for. It also provides new angles and identification tips that could help remove the biases a bird-watcher tends to accumulate or even inherit from others. Finally, it might serve as the "final say" on a mystery bird seen during a particular outing. . . . I heartily recommend this novel book.
Wildlife Activist - Fritz Brock
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds deserves a place in any birder's library. Everyone can learn something from this new guide and can enjoy using it.
Booklist - Linda Scarth
Birders and casual backyard bird-watchers will find a new species of bird guide in The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds. The book is more a reference book and instructional guide.
DownEast.com - George Smith
My identification of birds has improved significantly since I got The Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds. . . . Crossley's new guide has added immensely to my enjoyment of birding.
Rosyfinch Ramblings - Ken Schneider
This is not a field guide, nor is it meant to grace the cocktail table. Rather, it is a unique tool for learning how to better identify the birds. . . . Aside from the visual delight of the plates, Crossley's captions are packed with identification tips that address not only size, shape and plumage, but also voice, behavior, and similar species.
Bird Watcher's Digest - John Riutta
[Crossley's] deliberately oversized guide relies heavily on nearly full-page montages of each bird depicted in as many poses as will fit into each background habitat image. . . . It is a book with which to spend time learning the shapes and sizes of the birds, and training one's mind to associate them with their most common habitat. . . . The key is to learn to recognize the birds through similar processes by which we learn to recognize our family members and friends.
Keene Sentinel - Chris Bosak
The guide is a great tool to have in the field and really does make identification easier. It's too big for a back pocket, but creative birdwatchers will figure out how to bring it afield.
Bird Watching - Emily Rondel
Crossley has created an inventive bird identification scheme that closely simulates the actual experience of observing a bird in the field. Even more importantly, he has revived the idea that a field guide should help a birder develop identification skills, rather than replace them. . . . There is much to say about the Crossley guide and doubtless it will be exhaustively debated in the birding community, but it is gratifying to see the field guide revitalized. Beginners and advanced birders alike can use it to build their identification skills, and those who prefer other guides for that purpose may simply appreciate it for its stunning photography and creative imagery. With so much to offer, it seems certain that this book will become a classic of the bird lover's library.
Picoides - Rob Warnock
This is how birders see birds in the field. . . . I found the bird views in the composite scenes to be sharp, clear, accurate and relatable to my birding experience. . . . Before using this guide, first-time users should read the how to use this guide section as it contains key information about the book and its organization. . . . Crossley's attractive volume strongly complements both existing traditional bird guides and Thayer's birding software and has the great potential to improve identification skills of birders at all levels. Therefore, I recommend this guide to birders looking to further their identification skills.
The Fledgling - Mona Bearor
If you want to be a better birder—and don't we all strive to increase our skill level?—you must add this volume by internationally known birder and photographer, Richard Crossley, to your short list of 'must have' birding field guides.
British Birds - Mike Pennington
[A] very impressive, attractive, thought-provoking book which has quickly established itself as a must-have for many birders. Is it the best photo guide ever produced?: almost certainly. And there is a companion volume on the Birds of Great Britain in the pipeline, something that will be eagerly anticipated by most birders.
Pennsylvania Birds - Gene Wilhelm
Oh yes, my autumn field seminars and workshops this year will use the ideal field guide at last.
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Jerry Uhlman
Crossley's guide deserves to be your essential resource for definitive species identification.
About.com - Melissa Mayntz
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds has an innovative approach to bird identification that uses thousands of photos of birds in typical habitats and behaviors to immerse birders in the avian world, and even casual birders can quickly become lost in this richly visual book.
Connecticut Audubon Society tt Kruitbosch

There is so much to explore and look at in this book with all of the photos. It will definitely help birders of all experiences. You should not hesitate to pick it up, as it will be a helpful addition to your birding library.
Birding Mongolia - Axel Bräunlich
The scenes capture the birds as one would see them in reality, contrary to most other field guides, which present birds in an idealised style. . . . Studying the scenes will certainly help to prepare for the field, or to appreciate what one has just encountered outdoors.
Sun Herald - Ronnie Blackwell
No other field guide comes close to giving the variety of plumage, habitat and behavior. For the armchair birder, there is no equal to Crossley.
From the Publisher

"If you want to be a better birder--and don't we all strive to increase our skill level?--you must add this volume by internationally known birder and photographer, Richard Crossley, to your short list of 'must have' birding field guides."--Mona Bearor, The Fledgling

"[A] very impressive, attractive, thought-provoking book which has quickly established itself as a must-have for many birders. Is it the best photo guide ever produced?: almost certainly. And there is a companion volume on the Birds of Great Britain in the pipeline, something that will be eagerly anticipated by most birders."--Mike Pennington, British Birds

"For those of you in eastern North America, particularly if you are a visual learner, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley is a great way to begin learning the visual cues that are important in identifying birds."--Bird Watcher's Digest

"Crossley's guide deserves to be your essential resource for definitive species identification."--Jerry Uhlman, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Oh yes, my autumn field seminars and workshops this year will use the ideal field guide at last."--Gene Wilhelm, Pennsylvania Birds

"The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds has an innovative approach to bird identification that uses thousands of photos of birds in typical habitats and behaviors to immerse birders in the avian world, and even casual birders can quickly become lost in this richly visual book."--Melissa Mayntz, About.com

"It is unlike any [guide] you have seen before. It contains not single images but, for each species, large life-like scenes containing multiple images, some close but many distant, from a variety of angles, in flight and showing typical habitat and behaviour. This montage approach enables all aspects of a bird's size, shape and structure, plumage and behaviour to be displayed to best effect. . . . This book has undoubtedly revolutionised photo guides, representing a huge advance over anything seen previously. . . . For anyone living in or visiting eastern North America this is a 'must buy'."--Andy Stoddart, Birdwatch

"A big, beautiful bird book."--Wannabe Birder

"No other field guide comes close to giving the variety of plumage, habitat and behavior. For the armchair birder, there is no equal to Crossley."--Ronnie Blackwell, Sun Herald

"[The Crossley ID Guide series focuses] on maximising your chances of correctly identifying species by ramping up the number and variety of species images within the guide and placing these images within typical habitats. . . . Each beautiful plate is painstakingly filled with images of hundreds of individual species in different settings or from different angles to help recreate how you might encounter it."--Kate Jones, New Scientist

"A must for the bookshelf though and I very much look forward to reviewing the other volumes of this pioneering series."--Lee G R Evans, UK400ClubRareBirdAlert

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Really cool and totally different. . . . Crossley gives us birds as we see them, in action. . . . We've been inundated with 'new' birding field guide books in recent years, no single one of them offering a compelling reason for purchase. This book will offer such a reason.
— Jim Williams
Pittsburgh Birdwatching Examiner
Richard Crossley, in his forthcoming book, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, has used photography to aid pattern recognition. He has created scenes that depict the way birds actually appear in their natural habitats and by emphasizing the context, he hopes to make it easier for us to perceive the shape and size of birds.
— Fannie Peczenik
Library Journal
Vibrant and bursting with life, this revolutionary bird guide's big virtue is its hundreds of photographic color plates, the majority full-page. For most species there are a dozen or more photos that place birds in diorama-style contexts and show them feeding, flying, perched, displaying, diving, singing, or otherwise behaving as one sees them in life. They almost seem to move. Acclaimed birder and photographer Crossley's text features identification tips, and maps show distribution. The use of four-letter alpha codes for similar species in the text saves space but will bewilder many, necessitating a look at the separate index for this shorthand. Outsized (8" × 10") and heavy for a true field guide, this is best kept in a car or at home. Crossley's boundaries for the east are expansive—they extend farther west than most guides—and include more rare species. VERDICT For its richness of color illustration and affordability, this makes an excellent supplement to standard field guides (although they do have the big advantage of portraying many similar species on the same page). Highly recommended for medium-sized to large public and academic libraries and for any avid birder.—Henry T. Armistead, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691147789
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 110,874
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer who has been birding since age 7 and who, by age 21, had hitchhiked more than 100,000 miles chasing birds across his native Britain and Europe. His love of the outdoors and his interest in teaching, design, and technology have shaped his unique vision for the future of birding and bird books. He is excited by the prospect of using new technologies to bring "reality birding" to a wide audience through many different media. He is a spokesperson for Nikon Sports Optics and coauthor of "The Shorebird Guide", and lives with his wife and two daughters in Cape May, New Jersey.

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Richard Crossley – My Philosophy of Birding

From The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

I firmly believe field identification of birds can be broken down into 5 key areas (in my personal order of importance): size, shape, behavior, probability, and color.

SIZE

Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, it turns out that we’re remarkably good at judging an individual’s height, in fact to within a 2% degree of accuracy on most occasions. The truth is that we spend most of our lives practicing. And practice makes perfect. So, not surprisingly, adults tend to be much better at judging height than children. We all judge relative size in birds to some degree, but often put little emphasis on this in the field. You should always focus on size and try to make as accurate an assessment of this feature as you can. Compare the bird you’re trying to identify with other nearby birds that you have already identified. With practice, you can become accomplished at determining size, which is critical since it is the least variable character that birds possess. Naturally we can also get this wrong, particularly when views are brief or distant, so the secret is to know your limits.

STRUCTURE / SHAPE

Along with size, structure and shape are fundamental to the identification of nearly all birds. Shape is remarkably consistent in individual species. Color and lighting have little or no effect in our determination of a bird’s shape and structure. Always try to describe a bird’s shape in language that makes sense to you. We each interpret or understand words such as’ fat’, ‘rounded’, ‘slim,’ and ‘long’ differently. While, as an author, I’m compelled to use these terms when describing a bird, ultimately you should create your own language and sense of scale to describe the same bird in terms that resonate with you.

BEHAVIOR

Learning the ‘personality’ of a bird is hugely important. This obviously takes longer to master than assessing a bird’s size and shape. Knowing the behavior of birds with which we are familiar is essential in the field. Behavior encompasses many aspects of identification, just as it does with our interrelationship with other humans. For instance, consider the type of habitat a species favors, how it moves, and whether it‘s a loner or gregarious. For example, a Sanderling is instantly recognizable when it relentlessly chases waves along the beach, a clinching identification feature regardless of color or shape.

PROBABILITY

We use probability in bird identification, sometimes more than we would credit. Does the bird usually or always occur in this location and in this habitat? When you go birding in an unfamiliar area you always start with this basic question, consciously or subconsciously. On your local patch you would naturally be more confident since you have built up experience of species’ occurrence and distribution. For instance, if you come from Massachussetts and find yourself birding on the Delaware River in New Jersey, you need to ask yourself: Is it Carolina or Black-capped Chickadee I’m likely to see here?

I estimate that I identify approximately 90% of the birds I see as silhouettes or simple black-and-white images — a flock of European Starlings swirling around, a Cooper’s Hawk chasing a Mourning Dove, a Northern Cardinal darting across a road, and a huge, dense flock of hirundines that will almost certainly be Tree Swallows. These are almost subconscious, reflex identifications built on years of careful field observation, and a just reward for learning to look.

COLOR

We love the myriad color of birds, and stunning photographs that capture them in all their astonishing beauty. Often we can’t help but be overwhelmed by a blast of color as we happen upon a stunning red-and-black Scarlet Tanager. The problem is that Scarlet Tanager (a bird that is consistent in size, shape, and behavior, and also spends most of its life in uniform habitat) changes its colors. In one season it is usually yellow, green, and black; but of course it has to change its feathers (molt), and so it has a period when it shows a complex combination of different feathers and therefore a changing pattern of colors. I won’t dwell on the challenge of learning plumages of females, juveniles, one-year-old males, and so forth! And there are other important factors that influence identification such as time of day, whether it is sunny or cloudy, position of the sun, amount of shade, feather wear and fading, aberrant (abnormal) plumage, and of course just the normal variation between individuals within the same species.

Of course, we are naturally attracted by color. Even so, always try to stick to identification basics: Is the bird in front of me the correct size and shape for the species I believe it to be? Does the species I’ve identified even occur here? Color can be extremely variable so it is important to focus less on the tone of the color itself and more on the overall pattern it creates, i.e. the relative colors of different parts of the body. For example, the shades of yellow in a Yellow Warbler are variable from bird to bird, but the lightest and darkest parts on each and every bird are remarkably consistent.

Ultimately, color is undeniably important in bird identification, and for beginners, in particular, it will almost always be the first feature to attract the eye. But the secret is to learn how to use color in combination with all of the other identification factors described above, and always to remember that most misidentifications are made because of a reliance on color as the key to successful field identification.

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Table of Contents

Preface 5
Quick Key to Species 6

Introduction 22
How to Use This Book 22
How to Be a Better Birder 25

Species Accounts Waterbirds 36
Swimming Waterbirds 36
Flying Waterbirds 98
Walking Waterbirds 144

Landbirds
Upland Gamebirds 219
Raptors 231
Miscellaneous Larger Landbirds 269
Aerial Landbirds 315
Songbirds 332

Acknowledgments 517
Index 518
Shorthand (Alpha Codes) 518
Scientific Names 522
Common Names 526

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

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    Gorgeous photos, more geared toward the expert

    I'm not a bird watcher, but I know people who do enjoy the hobby a great deal. The Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley bills itself as a "book for beginners, experts, and everyone in between." His stated goal is to "use unique photographs and page layouts to show birds as we really see them in the wild." I think this book will appeal more to the expert, as the information with the photos is very detailed, and probably more detailed than newbie birders are seeking. In the introduction, Crossley explains how to use the book to its best advantage, and has a section titled "How to Be a Better Birder", which explains what to look for and how to take field notes. The photos are spectacular, and I like how the photos are set in the habitat of the bird. For each bird, there is a description, along with a map showing where you will find the bird. The photos themselves almost seem 3D, like you can reach out and actually touch the bird. This book would make a fantastic gift for the more serious birder, but the beginner will be in thrall of the luscious photos. I could see someone absolutely losing themselves for hours in the stunning pictures and illustrations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    A Daring Idea

    Richard Crossley deserves credit for trying something new in bird identification. He takes Kenn Kaufmann's use of digital photos to its logical conclusion by useing multiple images at various distances and poses. Some of the plates work better than others and the effect can seem "busy." I think the scenes of smaller birds like warblers might be confusing if you were looking for a bird in fall plumage.I agree with the first reviewer the the book's size will keep it from being used as a field. Don't throw out your Sibley, Peterson, Golden. or National Geographic just yet but this book deserves a place on the serious birder's shelf.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Forget the books of the past and leave the artwork in the museum. This is the Book you need!

    Being new to birding I have collected a small library of field guides. They all have either photos and or drawings/paintings. Having each bird in a pose or a close up on a white background. I was having a hard time in the field using this style of guides. I finally picked up Crossley as my "last" guide. What a difference, this guide provides a virtual world of bird watching. Huge plates with each bird in a natural setting. Each has many phase and positions that the other books leave out.

    I was a bit iffy on this book as everyone says you need to get Sibley , Patterson or National Geographic field guides to be successful.. Total nonsense.

    This book will be a great addition if you are new to birding or another guide if you are an expert in field work.

    Get past the large size and get this book. It will make you actually "see" the bird and provide you with he confidence that you have been missing with your pocket guides.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    Get it!

    It doesn't matter how many other bird books you have, you want this one too.

    100,000 photos. Not one or two or three per bird. Not in an ideal setting.

    But pictures of real birds in setting such as you may find yourself and the Little Brown Job (LBJ) or whatever bird you see.

    Should be among the required guides for beginners to "pros."

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    Beautiful Photos!

    This lovely book improves bird recognition by providing real life photos. The birds are shown in real life situations to help you identify the shape, color, and size of birds while in the field. The only draw back to this book is it's size and weight. I wouldn't consider taking this out to the field to use, but instead I would use it upon my return home or to the classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    I'm a Backyard Birder now whose pleasures include a back yard fu

    I'm a Backyard Birder now whose pleasures include a back yard full of birds (And squirrels). This past winter was
    unusual for 3 snows in this area. I started feedng the birds. And the birds came. Many were birds I knew, but there were also birds I didn't. Saw the beautiful Crossley book. Got it and it has increased my knowledge and pleasure many times over.The size of the birds and the colors are a great help in identifying just who is who. Plus it is a stunningly beautiful book. It is close at hand now all the time. So glad I added it to my library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    having been an avid (hard-core) birder for over thirty years, I

    having been an avid (hard-core) birder for over thirty years, I am often asked what guides to get. I believe everyone should have the Peterson & National Geographic guides, but this book brings a certain "life" to the birds. I purchased it and thoroughly enjoy it. I find it a most excellent addition to any novice's ornithological library. My sister recently took up a more serious interest in bird observation and this guide has helped her tremendously. A unique concept that works. Highly recommend it!

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