I have several regional books. Ted and Bryan's book reminds me in many ways of
Sibley’s guide to Cape May. With both books the focus is on a detailed
species account augmented with the more popular locations.
It doesn’t list every hot / warm / tepid spot in VT, (such as my backyard
where I can count on 200+ redpolls every winter) but that’s ok. By having
the general habitat and areas in the state, I can look for likely habitats.
Using this guide, I know the general areas that I should look for Upland
Sandpipers - no VT guide could ever tell me that in VT “this field” is where I
should go. I can also learn that finding a Brant in Killington VT is a big
deal but seeing them in spring flying over Lake Champlain shouldn’t be a big
surprise – using the range maps of the popular guides I couldn’t get this.
I think that Ted and Bryan’s book should be a staple of anybody birding in VT.
Furthermore, we should thank them, and the many other members of our
community, who have donated their time and energy to help the community and