The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution
By William J Boyle | 308 pages | 202 colour photos | 460 maps | Princeton University Press Softcover | 2011 | ISBN:9780691144108
New Jersey provides some of the most varied and exciting birding in North America, and more than 450 species have been recorded in the state. Yet there has been no comprehensive and readily available guide to the status and distribution of all these species - until now. The Birds of New Jersey is the most up-to-date and succinct guide for the birds of New Jersey and includes all species known to the state from historical times to the present. Featuring over 200 color photos of rarities and regular species, this book authoritatively provides individual entries that include a summary of status and seasonal distribution, and comments on changes over time. Detailed color-coded maps accompany species accounts, and for species recorded five or fewer times, dates and locations of each record are noted. The introduction examines the state's geography, the history of bird records, and background information to species accounts, and the extensive bibliography guides birders to original sources used in the book. This is the essential resource for birders, ornithologists, and nature enthusiasts interested in the birds of New Jersey and the greater surrounding region.
Having said that I have a number of reservations about the treatment of the subject at the hands of this volume. I find the photographs extremely variable in quality and usefulness. If they are merely there to enhance the look of the book they fall short and if they are any sort of ID aid they fall even shorter as, as is usually the case with photos, birds are posed every which way. The key information is there but it left me wanting more detail.
Created: 09th Jul 2011