Any decent birdfeeding store should have a few field guides to choose from; we aim for more. Introductory bird books, advanced field guides, local natural history, tree books, books about your favorite group of birds (hawks, owls, crows, hummingbirds, bluebirds. . .), bird-inspired literature - we aspire to have the best selection of nature books in the Bay Area. Are we there yet? Come in, pull down a book, take a seat, and let us know what you think.
We regularly write reviews on our favorite and new titles: see the growing list below.
Field Guides to Birds
Books for identifying birds
#1: Lone Pine's field guide to the Birds of Northern California
#2: A modern photographic field guide from Princeton University Press: Birds of Western North America
#3: National Geographic, 6th Edition: Scott's review of a classic field guide's latest incarnation
#4: The most complete photographic field guide: The "Big" Stokes, reviewed by Don
#5: Compact, cheap, local: Birds of Napa County
#6: The eagerly awaited second edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds
#7: National Geographic's take on a guide to backyard birds. It's a good one: Nat Geo Backyard
#8: Sibley for the casual birdwatcher: Sibley's Backyard Birds Poster
#9: The most local, accurate folding-guide: Laws Pocket Guide to Bay Area Birds
#10: Two new photo guides just for California
#11: Sibley enters the backyard folding guide arena: Sibley's Backyard Birds of Northern California
#1: A selection from William Leon Dawson's 1923 Birds of California, Dawson's Avian Kingdom
#2: Bernd Heinrich's engaging explanations of bird love and reproductive behavior, The Nesting Season
#3: Bay Nature magazine, the best periodical for local bird lovers
#4: Two books on California trees from the independent Cachuma Press
#5: Sibley's compact introduction to birdwatching skills, Birding Basics
#6: David Lukas' new field guide companion, Bay Area Birds.
#7: The now classic, but digitally revived Marin County Breeding Bird Atlas
#8: A new compact guide to local wildflowers
#9: Our self-published guide to Bay Area trees