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I found a very cool bird book today at my local Sr Center...the Center has a book room and anyone can take books for free. The book is titled Birds of America , copyright 1936; editor-in-chief,  T. Gilbert Pearson; published by, Doubleday, Doran, & Company, Inc, Garden City, NY. This book is really neat...it has 5 color plates of bird eggs, 100+ color plates of birds, black and white drawings / photographs and  a wealth of information on each bird. Some of the birds in this book no longer exist today so it is an awesome find in my opinion. The hardback book measures 8'' x 11'' and weighs almost 5 pounds.  So I looked it up on a popular bidding website :) to see if it is worth anything. I was really surprised to find that there is 6-8 copies for sale for under $10 with free shipping so thought I'd pass this info on in case  anyone is interested in the book.  Happy Birding my friends!  :) 

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5 hours ago, creeker said:

I love older books like that with their Marsh Hawks, Duck Hawks, and Pigeon Hawks.

That is how this book is. I have several different field guides and have never seen one like this. I would call it more of an encyclopedia...it has some really cool features like ~ an egg chart, drawing of different types of tails, bills and feet,  a color key to water birds, land birds and warblers, a glossary plus all of the pictures and drawings. One of the things I like is that the pictures are a nice size and states the ''scale'' ~ like ½ natural size ~ which is very helpful and easier for me to actually visualize a bird's size for some reason. 

So when the Western Scrub Jay was split into two different birds and named California and Woodhouse's I thought those were new names but  according to this book that was their former names...there is so much fascinating  info in this awesome book.  :)

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