My opinion would be just the opposite of Bill's. I think this book is
great. I use it all the time to help explain to people in emails and
on the phone how to get to specific places. I use the appendix of
bird timing and occurrences in Vermont as a quick reference all the
time. I would challenge anyone to make a better book for the entire
state in a readable format in that amount of space. While I still
occasionally use Walter's ground breaking book, my copy of Ted and
Bryan's book is dog-eared and ragged now. I can't recommend this book
enough for Vermont.
At 12:00 AM 3/11/2006, you wrote:
>Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 13:48:10 -0500
>From: William Barnard <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: birders new to Vermont
>The book Terry mentioned is worth purchasing for people new to the
>state. However, after looking forward to its publication I found it so
>disappointing in its content I have not bought a copy.. I much prefer
>the older book, A Guide to Bird Finding in Vermont by Walter Ellison
>(Vermont Inst. Nat. Science, publisher). Might be hard to find but it
>gives very specific directions where to go and what to expect. I'll bet
>VINS still carries it.
>In my opinion, Ted and Bryan's book is too general. Its been a while
>since I picked up a copy to look at but I was very pleased that they
>did such a superficial overview of this important site. Keeps the place
>less visited. Victory Bog, an area that I have been doing research in
>for 20 years has some great trails that should have been mentioned.
>Ellison's book gives good directions that will enable you to find the
>hot spots that are regularly mentioned on this list.