Book Review: Maine’s Favorite Birds

Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells
Illustrated by Evan Barbour
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Paperback, $15, ISBN 978-0-88448-336-6
6 x 9, 72 pages, 100+ color paintings

Maine’s Favorite Birds by Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Child Wells was written as a guide for beginner and intermediate birders as well those who are advanced. The Wells’ have extension personal knowledge and hands-on experience with birds that they share in easy-to-understand descriptions of each bird.

The book is small in size at 6″ x 9″. It fits easily into my pocketbook, backpack and glove box. It’s easy to hold the book in one hand, binoculars in another, and not lose your place.

Birds are grouped together in ways that make sense to new birders either because they are common in a particular habitat or look alike. This was very helpful to me because “it looks like” comes to mind often while I’m birding.

Also helpful, Tools of the Birding Trade tells us what we need to take with us on a birding trip and why we need these items. Learning the Field Marks explains bird anatomy with well labeled, clearly drawn illustrations. This information is contained to one page and eliminates flipping back and forth. It’s very handy. Five pages of birding hotspots cover the state, providing information on birds you’re likely to see and where you’ll see them.

The hand painted illustrations are exceptional. Evan Barbour brings birds to life on paper. His paintings are by far the best of any I’ve seen. The details are amazing and the colors beautiful.

Beginner to expert, I think most birders should have this book in their library.

Robin Follette

About Robin Follette

Maine Press Association award winner, 2013. Robin's Outdoors, Bangor Daily News, third place in Sports blogs. I grew up with a fishing pole in my hand and have always loved the outdoors. From gardening to hunting and fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and foraging, most of my time is spent outdoors. I teach outdoor skills as a volunteer instructor for Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Pro-staff at The Limb Grip. My personal blog is here. I'm currently working on my first book, a collection of short stories based on my outdoors experiences.