Resources for Birders

Web Sites & Mobile Apps


  • A Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies by Roger Tory Peterson – Provides precise drawings that no photograph can do justice to, and the size is perfect for carrying in the field.
  • National Geographic Guide to Birds of North America, 4th edition by the National Geographic Society – Excellent illustrations and it covers all of the United States.
  • Sibley’s Birding Basics. A short (150-page) introduction to bird physiology and behavior. A good resource to start learning about birds in general.
  • Birds of Eastern North America (Helm Field Guides) by David Allen Sibley – A great field guide in a format small enough for easy use in the field. If you buy only one guide, this is a good one to choose.
  • Sibley’s Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley – A excellent and complete reference but  large for carrying into the field
  • The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior by David Allen Sibley. Detailed articles on behavior of various bird genera and family groupings by David Sibley and other experts.
  • Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior, Vol. 1,2,& 3 by Donald W. and Lillian Q. Stokes – Excellent text and illustrations.
  • A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors by Brian Wheeler and Bill Clark – It has great photographs of hawks in different plumages which is very helpful