[CT Birds] Crossley ID Guide

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 21:45:00 EDT 2011

No one field guide does it all. Crossley offers a range of potential views for the species included.  Contrary to what you opined, I believe Sibley does an excellent job of portraying an accurate average of what a species looks like and often captures important nuances of ID in a very clear and direct way.  I lik


On Aug 17, 2011, at 11:23 AM, Robley Evans <rjeva at conncoll.edu> wrote:

> 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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