Our September/October 2019 issue included reviews of two new Peterson guides, a book on the birds of New York City, and one on the health of our planet.
Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America, by Nathan Pieplow, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, vinyl bound, 2019, 648 pages.
Birding without knowing what birds sound like is like trying to walk when your leg is in a cast. You can get places, but you’re likely to stumble more often than not. This book, which complements the author’s guide to eastern bird sounds, is a new tool for learning songs, calls, drumming, wing flaps, wails, hoots, and other sounds. It presents spectrograms for the various sounds made by 537 western species, allowing readers to translate what they hear into visual recognition, without musical training or auditory memorization. An affiliated website, petersonbird sounds.com, features more than 7,500 bird sounds.