FACT: “The Red Knot (Calidris canutus) is a High-Arctic breeder, with roosts often numbering in the hundreds. Their traditional stopovers on migration in late spring include the Delaware Bay, where they feed on horseshoe crabs, which have suffered a 90% decline in the last 20 years.”

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds
by Richard Crossley

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes—640 in all—are composed from more than 10,000 of the author’s images showing birds in a wide range of views—near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live. These beautiful compositions show how a bird’s appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually—in a single image—and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text. Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

By making identification easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever before, The Crossley ID Guide will completely redefine how its users look at birds. Essential for all birders, it also promises to make new birders of many people who have despaired of using traditional guides.

Revolutionary. This book changes field guide design to make you a better birder

A picture says a thousand words. The most comprehensive guide: 640 stunning scenes created from 10,000 of the author’s photographs

Reality birding. Lifelike in-focus scenes show birds in their habitats, from near and far, and in all plumages and behaviors

Teaching and reference. The first book to accurately portray all the key identification characteristics: size, shape, behavior, probability, and color

Practice makes perfect. An interactive learning experience to sharpen and test field identification skills

Bird like the experts. The first book to simplify birding and help you understand how to bird like the best

-An interactive website——includes expanded captions for the plates and species updates

“What’s so different about the Crossley ID Guide? Everything. Crossley has designed his guide to reflect the way we see and identify birds. We identify birds by their size, shape, structure, behavior, habitat, and field marks. We [see] birds at close range, at middle and long distances, on the ground, in flight, in trees, and on the water. . . . If you want to be a better birder you will find the new Crossley ID Guide to be [a] major innovation and a valuable tool.”—Wayne Mones,

Don’t miss our Q&A with acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley:

We invite you to read the Introduction here:

Don’t forget—Richard Crossley will make his second appearance on Bird Calls Radio this Sunday, March 18, from 1-2 pm. Tune into Bird Calls Radio on 1490 WGCH or use the “Listen Live” feature on their website:


  1. Response…I love taking nature pictures and I’ve always wanted to get a nice zoom lens and go take pictures of birds, I really enjoyed this and Im thinking about getting a lens now and getting this guide so I can id the birds i shoot! With a Camera of course!!!