[CT Birds] Crossley ID Guide

Tina and Peter Green petermgreen at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 17 12:09:59 EDT 2011

Richard Crossley will be one of the speakers at next years' COA Annual Meeting on Saturday March 24th at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Come see and hear him talk about the why and how of putting together his guide.
Note:I have several different guides in my car,but,I carry the Sibley's Guide with me while birding and I used it to help me ID the Western Meadowlark that I found in 2009 at Sherwood Island SP.
Tina Green
COA Annual Meeting Co-chair

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> Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:23:19 -0400
> From: rjeva at conncoll.edu
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Crossley ID Guide
> It has been several weeks since a review of the Crossley ID Guide was posted
> here. I want to note, however, that there is a review of the book in the
> August 5 "TLS" ("Times Literary Supplement") that makes an interesting
> point. This reviewer contrasts it with the Sibley guide as being closer to
> what he (the reviewer) considers a valuable, traditional kind of
> representation. He finds the Crossley too "theatrical" and perhaps
> confusing. The review reminded me of why I do not use the Sibley: I do not
> think the brilliant painted colors "authentic," and the poses seem as
> arbitrary as any in Petersen and followers. Also, I rarely see birds in
> flight as painted for every bird; this detail seems to me a space-filler
> only. The varied wings of the Crossley may make such detail worthwhile. I
> continue to prefer the Smithsonian guide to all others: I find the
> photographs most faithful in color (the off-shoot guide to Florida birds not
> so; some truly bad pics there) and the juxtaposition of several photos of a
> bird on the page most helpful. Any comments? Or has this topic been
> worn-out? Robley Evans North Stonington
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