“The biggest new entry into the field is “The Crossley ID Guide” (2011), which has turned the traditional field guide on its ear. Anyone who has birded regularly in Cape May, N.J., has seen Richard Crossley and his giant zoom lens stalking at dawn, dusk and in between. He has, a la Kenn Kaufman, digitally lifted the birds out of those photos and then dropped them—perched, walking, flying, diving, swimming—into a habitat that is one big photographic background, thus creating a picture window onto each species. Simultaneously we see the species up close, far away, in flight, at a feeder, in flocks, sitting, singing. Scale is up for grabs, with some of the birds so small and hidden that you don’t see them until a second or third look. But the effect is engaging, exciting and akin to the real experience of birding, where so much happens on the wing, at difficult distance and in odd light.
Mr. Crossley advises birders to stop making plumage their criterion for identification and to go by size and shape, which is truer. His guide attempts to give the reader a sense of what birders call “jizz,” that ineffable quality of posture and kinesis whereby a bird can be recognized instantly, almost through feel, as if you’d grown up with it. The Crossley imagery has a childlike quality about it and reminds me of those old Time-Life nature books of the 1960s, brimming with color photography and delivering the natural world to your doorstep.”
— Wall Street Journal, wsj.com
"The Crossley ID Guide To Eastern Birds would make a beautiful gift that anyone would love to receive (at a very affordable price, in these stringent economic times). Birds are very similar to humans socially (they live in flocks, mate and stay in pairs, and vocalize to each other as they take care of each other and their entire communities), and seeing these remarkably-composed photographs underscores this point. Most people would find this serious compilation that’s housed in beautifully composed visuals very hard to resist, whether you’re a birder or not!"
— Christina Zawadiwsky, http://www.bookroomreviews.com/
"Having already confined that other bird guide to the pile of unloved books that lives in the corner of the room, I turned to polarizingly beautiful Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds. When I first bought this guide a few months ago – just out of sheer interest – I was mesmerized by the beauty of the plates and all the detail hidden, just waiting to be discovered. But it was only in the last couple of days that I really discovered just how useful this guide could be to a learning birder."
— DaleForbes, BirdingBlogs.com
"My identification of birds has improved significantly since I got The Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds...Crossley’s new guide has added immensely to my enjoyment of birding"
— George Smith, Down East.com
“Richard has not only gone outside the box, he has created an entirely new box. He chose to march to a different beat, and offers this novel approach of showing various views of birds in their environment. This should help interested birders learn what to expect and more importantly help them relate to what they actually observe, and this should apply to all, no matter whatever level of prior experience.”
— Mardi Dickinson, kymry.wordpress.com
"The Crossley ID Guide combines the realism of photographs with the usefulness of showing different plumages and angles. It actually takes it further by showing the birds at varying distances -- another unique feature of this guide. [..]
The guide is a great tool to have in the field and really does make identification easier. It's too big for a back pocket, but creative birdwatchers will figure out how to bring it afield."
— The hour online, thehour.com
"The book — which covers birds occurring east of the Rockies, commonly called Eastern birds — pushes the boundaries of bird identification guides. As a professional educator, I can’t think of a better guide to teach bird identification, because it draws you into an interaction with bird scenes, as you would experience in the field."
— Gary Clark, chron.com
"The Crossley ID Guide, published by Princeton University Press, is an awesome, major achievement, a stunning contribution to ornithological field identification."
— John Thaxton, Albany Times Union
"A guide that is unapologetically innovative....Treat yourself to some of the most interesting bird art you will find. It is also a great way to introduce kids to birding and nature. The visual nature of the book is a kid magnet. The potential to play games within the plates is great too. For instance, my daughter and I try to find all the birds within a plate....The Crossley ID Guide becomes a great way to connect kids to birds. So for birding parents ( or grandparents ) that want to subtly promote the activity with their child, the Crossley ID Guide may be a really good option!"
— A Birding Parent blog
"Vibrant and bursting with life, this revolutionary bird guide’s big virtue is its hundreds of photographic color plates...For its richness of color illustration and affordability, this makes an excellent supplement to standard field guides (although they do have the big advantage of portraying many similar species on the same page). Highly recommended for medium-sized to large public and academic libraries and for any avid birder."
— Henry T. Armistead, Library Journal
"The buzz around Richard Crossley's The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds turned out to be well earned in my opinion...This was never meant to be a field guide. Crossley mentions his experience in British birding culture, where taking a guide into the field is looked down on. This book was intended to sit down and study before going out into the field....I think that the Crossley ID Guide will make birding more accessible and lessen the learning curve for many people....Get this guide, you won't be taking it out into the field but you'll find it hard not to page through it each time you pick it up. There are a lot of good ID tidbits to find in the text and always something new to learn from the plates."
— Nemesis Bird
"The Crossley ID Guide, is unlike any field guide I’ve ever seen before....You see real photos of eastern birds and lots of them! Using a photo editing technique, [Crossley] combined several different photos of a specific bird. So a northern mockingbird, for instance, might be shown flying, perched, with its back turned, etc. This is impressive as far as field guides go. Now you’ll have an even better chance at identifying the birds in your backyard because you’ll have something concrete to compare it to."
— Birds and Blooms
"This book deserves special attention because it represents a very different display of bird photographs. Each page is a collage of photos of an individual species in its normal surroundings: creepers and nuthatches on tree trunks, gulls and pelicans at the beach, warblers and vireos on branches among leaves...I am impressed by this book and I recommend it, especially for beginners."
— Gerry Rising, Buffalo News
"[Richard Crossley] tries to squeeze in as much reality as he can onto every printed page....Why put such images in an identification guide? Crossley calls it reality birding. He believes that you can become a better birder by studying the distant birds and comparing them to the larger close-up images. By noticing the similarities between the different images, you will learn to focus on the features that remain constant for a particular species. The rationale is compelling, and I think Crossley’s approach might actually work...And, in case you were wondering, I love [this book]."
— Michael Szpir, American Scientist
"In my opinion, Richard Crossley does an excellent job of portraying the jizz of the species being studied...The Crossely ID Guide is definitely one that both beginning and seasoned birders will want to add to their library, as it goes beyond the typical field guide in that it actively invokes the birder to hone in their observational skills."
— Donald the Birder
"Contains more than 10,000 of Crossley’s photographs (!) of Eastern birds of every type imaginable and in their natural environment. The effect is amazing, especially for a novice birder such as yours truly, since I often have a hard time imagining where a particular bird might hang out or what it would actually look like in flight rather than in the form of a hand drawing."
— Birds and Words
"The photos are great, depicting true to life colours, with dozens of images of every species of bird, crammed into each page which also has an emphasis on habitat. I highly recommend you add it to your collection."
— Saskatchewan Birds, Nature and Scenery
"Crossley's guide deserves to be your essential resource for definitive species identification."
— Jerry Uhlman, Richmond Times-Dispatch
"It is unlike any [guide] you have seen before. It contains not single images but, for each species, large life-like scenes containing multiple images, some close but many distant, from a variety of angles, in flight and showing typical habitat and behaviour. This montage approach enables all aspects of a bird's size, shape and structure, plumage and behaviour to be displayed to best effect....This book as undoubtedly revolutionised photo guides, representing a huge advance over anything seen previously....For anyone living in or visiting eastern North America this is a 'must buy'."
— Andy Stoddart, Birdwatch
"The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds has an innovative approach to bird identification that uses thousands of photos of birds in typical habitats and behaviors to immerse birders in the avian world, and even casual birders can quickly become lost in this richly visual book."
— Melissa Mayntz, About.com
"A big, beautiful bird book."
— Wannabe Birder
"Richard Crossley's book is an incredible piece of work. There have been several field guides over the years that have claimed to present a new approach, but this one really does so....There's such a lot of information in here that I'm sure one would go on learning from it for years. The range of photos really allow an appreciation of jizz, but also of the appearance of the species in real-field conditions, sometimes distant, sometimes partially obscured, sometimes with heavily-worn plumage."
— Andy Musgrove, BUBO Listing
"while the plethora of pretty pictures ultimately will make The Crossley ID Guide a best seller, it's the author's candid and conversational writing that I find most appealing....Purists prefer drawings, arguing that there are too many variables in a bird's plumage to depict them all in a set of photographs. But after a few hours with Crossley's guide, I disagree. I like the images -- they just take a little getting used to. The book strives to capture nearly every permutation, presenting shots of different poses, angles and plumage."
— James McCarty, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The Crossley ID Guide does a good job of illustrating what birds look like under field conditions. And that, after all, is where we see birds, and try to identify them. So if you are willing to invest the effort by using this guide as intended – as a study guide – The Crossley ID Guide is bound to improve your identification skills."
— Ned Keller, The Cerulean
"An excellent resource to supplement any birder's library."
— A Charm of Finches
"The Crossley ID Guide is a large format systematic bird identification resource with a number of unique features that make it well worth its remarkably low price....The very strong features of the Crossley guide, however, prompt me to add it without reservation to the list of bird books you must have on hand if birding in the Eastern US or Canadian region is your thing."
— Greg Laden's Blog
"I really love this book....It is magnetic: it draws everyone to it with its energetic scenes of birds."
"The scenes capture the birds as one would see them in reality, contrary to most other field guides, which present birds in an idealised style....Studying the scenes will certainly help to prepare for the field, or to appreciate what one has just encountered outdoors."
— Axel Bräunlich, Birding Mongolia
"The Crossley ID Guide is an interesting, multi-dimensional, unique take on a bird guide that delivers to a high standard for a specific target audience."
— Alan Tilmouth
"If you love birds, whether you are a dedicated and obsessive birder, a backyard birder, or just someone who enjoys birds and wants to know more about them, you need to check this book out on your next trip to the bookstore."
— The Nature of Things
"Crossley’s text is well written. It’s informative. It avoids the stiff, style-bereft prose almost all other field guides contain....Crossley’s text is worth reading. He’ll make you a better birder if you do....We’ve been buried in ID books in recent years, flocks of them descending on book stores, all of them easily recognizable variations on the same theme. Crossley has given us a different kind of ID book, a book much more useful and helpful. He’s found a new way to do it. Hurrah and him, and hurrah for us!"
— Jim Williams, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Here is the brilliance of [Crossley's] idea: it makes you look for the birds as you might do while out birding. Look closely and you might see a tiny brown creeper on a tree trunk, a flock of snowy egrets fishing along a marsh edge or a least flycatcher on a far away branch. This guide teaches you how to see birds while it identifies them for you. "
— Rob Butler, Vancouver Sun
"This book represents a revolutionary paradigm shift in the design and presentation of a bird identification guide....A splendid addition to your birding library... or coffee table."
— Pacific NW Birder blog
"His guide is rather a study workbook that prepares a birder for the test in the field. This workbook is a useful tool to birders of all levels, and will increase your skills and ability to look at birds closely."
— Robert Mortensen, Birding is Fun
"The many images provide a rich resource for even the most seasoned birders. My wife pointed out the red lores of a snowy egret in one of the photographs. This color appears briefly early in the breeding season. I had never seen this feature nor even been aware of it....A wonderful addition to the birding literature."
— Herb Wilson, Portland Press Herald
"I like that Crossley states in the introduction that this guide's aim is 'to both serve and expand the world of birding, make it more fashionable, current, and exciting.' Boy, did he knock that one out of the park... It's stimulating and challenging all at once."
— The Flying Mullet
"This ID guide is really practical in many ways and will definitely make identifying birds so much easier. It is definitely unique in its approach and the author clearly loves what he does and it shows through in every aspect of this guide. It is a guide all people living in or visiting the Eastern United States should have."
— Meg Smith, The Nerd Birder
"Crossley's book features large, lifelike scenes for each species. The beautiful montages are almost like mini-dioramas, with a 3-D quality, showing how birds look up close, at a distance, in flight and other contexts....I like the emphasis on bird habitats, and plan to study them for a sense of which conditions suit which birds....The Crossley book brings alive the importance of appropriate habitats to birds, and perhaps will encourage some birders to go beyond merely identifying and counting the birds they see. This new guide helps us get to know the birds."
— Val Cunningham, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Crossley ID Guide pulls on many of these threads. The in-your-face assortment of poses and sizes...tries to recreate the sense of being out in the field. Crossley champions an approach to identification that values close observation but doesn’t reduce birds to a collection of field marks."
— Hugh Powell, Round Robin
"Crossley has done a wonderful job conveying his method of birding. Look, see and recognize. Sometimes known as birding by GISS or General Impression of Size and Shape. With the addition of habitat, probability and a few field marks here and there, one can identify any bird in the world....In opening this book, you’re taking an interactive journey into the field, studying what each bird looks like in various plumages, angles, positions, etc."
— Chris West, North American Birding blog
"I had discussed the book a few times with the energetic author, Richard Crossley, and knew it would be groundbreaking, unique, & valuable. It didn't disappoint!...I congratulate Richard on this monumental effort and for coming up with a bird guide concept so new and yet so potentially helpful to birders across the spectrum of ability and experience."
— Bill Schmoker, BrdPics blog
"There is so much to explore and look at in this book with all of the photos. It will definitely help birders of all experiences. You should not hesitate to pick it up, as it will be a helpful addition to your birding library."
— Scott Kruitbosch, Connecticut Audubon Society
“This is not your father's bird guide. Crossley's book utilizes multiple photographic images of each species to depict aspects of appearance, behavior, life stages and habitat."
— Paul Smith, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Though the guide covers only the “eastern” states and provinces, it includes a great many more typically western species, too, among them the specialties of the Black Hills and Pine Ridge, which are given short shrift (if any shrift at all!) in competing titles. Crossley’s texts—both the brief species accounts and the prose introductions to larger groups—are engaging and accurate, and the half dozen pages “How to Be a Better Birder” will encourage beginners and many, many others to start looking at birds in fresh new ways. This wealth of information, verbal and visual, should make The Crossley ID Guide absolutely essential to any birder’s bookshelf."
— Rich Wright, ABA Blog
"All in all, this is a beautiful, informative and well-made book, available for a good price. It would make a great addition to any naturalist's collection."
— Lana Gramlich, The Dreaming Tree
"If his plate of Cedar Waxwings doesn't give you a pretty good grip on what the bird can look like, both close up and at a distance, in flight and standing still, nothing will."
— OC Warbler
"Each fresh page is a birder’s Utopia – a bush bursting with warblers, a sky full of raptors, a seascape crammed with seabirds. The plates invite us to pore over them - there’s so much to see and notice - and to interact with the images, building up an impression of the characteristics of each species from the many images....Does the book live up to all the superlatives that have been lavished upon it? I’d have to say, 'Absolutely!' This book really will change the way many people approach birding."
— Dig Deep
"My most dedicated birding is usually done on the water, when I'm trying to point out and talk about various seabirds while working on a whale watch boat. So my perspective in reviewing this book is from a person looking for a good guide to have aboard the boat. And for that, this book is perfect....This is a great birding study guide and reference book, with helpful images and interesting text covering Eastern waterbirds and landbirds....You'll love it."
— Jennifer Kennedy, About.com Guide to Marine Life (5 star rating)
"The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds is a guide that all birders will want for study and reference. Its large and detailed plates come closer than those of any bird guide to replicating the experience of seeing birds in the field. It should be especially useful for intermediate birders who want to move beyond puzzling out field marks to identifying birds according to size, shape, and behavior."
— John Beetham, A DC Birding Blog
"We’ve all been eagerly waiting for The Crossley ID Guide, slated to be an innovative field guide. In fact, it’s more than that –- it’s a whole new species of book for birders....The birds are seen at various stages of life, in various states of molting, in close-up and at a distance (which is how most of us see birds most of the time), and displaying characteristic behavior. The last is perhaps the most striking feature of the Guide. Of course, most field guides will show a nuthatch walking head first down a tree trunk. But what of other species, say Fulica americana? The Crossley ID Guide is the first guide I’ve seen that shows two American coots engaged in fisticuffs, that is, kicking wildly at each other. Only someone who has a keen eye for coots knows they're quick to deploy their large green feet to settle disputes."
— Fannie Peczenik, Pittsburgh Bird Watching Examiner
"When I received a review copy of a this new field guide I immediately lost my next half hour, absorbed completely in paging through plate after plate of birds found in the eastern U.S. and Canada....After spending a little time with this guide, a simple, direct statement sums up the general consensus: 'This is wow!'"
— Mike Powers, Feathers and Flowers blog
"A visual masterpiece, I'd recommend it to any birder of any level of experience."
— Jim McCoy, JPM Photography Blog
"The Crossley ID Guide is the perfect book for beginning birders, and even experts will marvel at its Thoroughness. Each plate is a landscape of appropriate habitat, and the images of each bird are positioned to give a feel for what it's like to see the birds in nature...The scope of The Crossley ID Guide is almost unimaginable."
— Scott Shalaway, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Educators are most successful when properly prepared for their mission. The requisite tools for leading our 'students' from novice to competence include appropriate resources, an effective pedagogical approach, and a learning environment that fosters independence. The Crossley ID Guide can supply these tools to bird educators....Crossley's 'outside the box' qualities make the guide a worthy addition to the bird educator's toolbox. Given the plates' backgrounds, bird educators will be able to not only teach identification skills but simultaneously deliver critical bird conservation messages related to habitat loss, degradation, and other threats. This is not just another field guide. The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds can be a transformative resource for birders and bird educators at any level."
— Dave Magpiong, Bird Education Network
"[The Crossley ID Guide] is, bar none, the closest anyone has gotten to actually showing what the birds look like in life short of a video recording, and there’s no better way to train yourself to be a better birder than by seeing birds in life."
— The Drinking Bird
"I get books sent to me all the time and the words, 'innovative' and 'revolutionary' and 'amazing' get tossed around. The books are good, but rarely live up to the hype. Richard Crossley’s new Crossley ID Guide to Eastern Birds is a guide lives up to those words....I do really like this book, it’s interactive, it challenges you to think of birds in their habitat and it gives you so many ways to prep for how you might observe the birds in the wild. Many of the pages can serve as a quiz to help you age and sex each species....This book is definitely worth having your bookshelf."
— Sharon Stiteler, Birdchick
"Photo-guides are becoming increasingly commonplace but it is safe to say that this new guide is unlike any you have seen before!...It is no exaggeration to say that this book has revolutionised photo-guides....For anyone living in or visiting eastern North America this is a 'must-buy.'"
— Andy Stoddart, Surfbirds.com
"Remember those Highlights for Kids magazines you used to read in waiting rooms, the ones where there was a background picture with dozens of strategically hidden images throughout, and you had to find them all? Well, that’s actually what birding is all about, and that’s exactly what this ground-breaking new book gives you; numerous photos of each Eastern bird species, birds of different sexes, ages and plumage, in real life poses and situations, tucked into the habitats or settings in which you’re most likely to see them. In real life, you rarely get a perfect clear view showing all field markings – instead you get a speck, an impression, a fleeting glimpse. This Crossley ID Guide gives you a chance to make sense of those glimpses."
— Cathy Taibbi, Wildlife Conservation Examiner
"The introductory pages clearly state the purpose of the book: to make the reader a better birder. As I first paged through the scenes, one of my initial thoughts was that this is more like a study book for birders, rather than a traditional guide to be used in the field....The scenes themselves are a pleasure to study. The photographs...are arranged to show as many different plumages and positions for each species as possible. Birds are shown in flight, swimming, perching, hunting, socializing, feeding, preening, even mating....I give The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds 5 Goldfinches out of 5."
— Amy Evenstad, Magnificent Frigatebird Blog
"The best-looking bird book I ever saw. Too big to carry around for some people, but a two-fisted lug can manage it. This book’s not a field guide anyway; it’s an ID guide. It’s made for birding at home. You can read it like a novel. With pictures. A million pictures of a million birds from a million angles in their actual surroundings."
— Two-Fisted Birdwatcher
"I like The Crossley ID Guide and I think it is absolutely awesome that someone has come up with a new way of presenting bird images in a guide format....It is a great reference, a beautiful book, and I strongly recommend that birders buy a copy."
— Corey Finger, 10,000 Birds
"Given that there are already a half-dozen excellent field guides to birds of the US, is this new book useful to me? I answer, enthusiastically, yes!...Another feature of this birding guide that Peterson and Pearson never dreamed of; it's interactive! I can try to soak it all the images on the printed page, but if I need more information, I can find it with a click on the website. The web version has labels, comments, and questions not included in the book."
— Anne McCormack, Gardening with Binoculars
"The Crossley ID Guide is my brand new favorite birding field guide. Its unique photographic presentation, visual species index, and inclusion of many species that other eastern bird guides lack allow the birder to quickly and easily identify not only resident east coast birds, but also many of the common vagrants that may be seen here."--
— Brad Sylvester, Manchester Bird Watching Examiner
"For anyone who is a birder in North America, since many of these birds are found across the continent, I can’t imagine being without Crossley’s book and its more than 10,000 images."
— Reading the Markets blog
"This is an amazing reference guide in helping identify birds...Every birder needs a copy of this book in their library and another copy on the dining room table for when you’re having those “bird” talks with friends. Congrats Richard Crossley for starting a movement to a new wave of ID Guides. I can’t wait to see what you can come out with next!!"
— Mon@rch's Nature Blog
"A fantastic learning tool. Since my copy arrived, I have referred to it, almost daily."
“I can't help feeling that The Crossley ID Guide, and the others set to follow in its wake, will have as major an impact on bird identification as the silicon chip has had on photography in recent years....Crossley deserves nothing but praise for what he has achieved. I, for one, can't wait for the other bird ID books that are in the pipeline."
— Ron Toft, The Travel Editor
"First impression: Wow! I love it....The number of images in different plumages and postures will help the intermediate level birder move to the next skill level....There is a lot of content for a $35.00 (list price) guide book. It's a buy recommendation from me."
"[The Crossley ID Guide] is a really cool guide; [Crossley's] approach is unconventional and that's exactly what excites me most about it....This is a book I want to spend time with and get to know better. I think Richard Crossley can make me a better birder."
— Laura Hardy, Somewhere in New Jersey
"Crossley's intent is to create an interactive experience--involve a birder of any skill level in the active practice of field skills without thier ever having to leave home....Learning to look at the size and shape, behavior, probability and color of these stationary birds develops in the reader, a skill in seeing which later can be transferred to experiences in the field....While the photography is clearly center stage in this new Guide, I especially appreciated lengthy sections within the introductory text on bird topography, molt, and a discussion of eclipse plumage!...It's not just another bird book. It's an inexpensive birding vacation."
— Nina Harfmann, Nature Remains
"[The Crossley ID Guide] isn’t a 'field guide' so much as an at home reference, or a learning guide. Looking more into it and thinking back to my early days I realized this is the perfect guide to give someone that is going to get into birding....Seeing pictures and poses that you will actually see of these birds adds a new dimension to the bird guide book."
— Tim Avery, Utah Birders
"With The Crossley ID Guide we can linger on each picture, read the brief captions which make
up most of the text, and really get to know the birds....The sheer number of images makes this guide much more useful than a standard photo field guide....The Crossley guide is to old photo field guides what a top of the line roof prism binocular is to an old out of alignment pair of Tasco brand binoculars. You can use one of these all day, but the other one will eventually give you headaches....I think all birders would benefit from making a regular study of [The] Crossley ID. Get a copy and start having fun with it."
— Rob Fergus, The Birdchaser
"What do all fieldguides and ID handbooks have in common? Obviously the answer is the presentation of distinctive filedmarks, unique ID features that separate difficult species. Wrong! Because the Crossley Guide breaks the mould. The author has used every birder's experience to present a unique aid to ID - a guide that sees what the birder does, obscure views, distant views, birds in trees, in flight, in the distance on a flat marsh....Anyone who reads the text and looks at the composite pictures will gain something and most will get a great deal from this book."
— Bo Beolens, Fat Birder
"What a fantastic book. I realized at once what all the other great books were lacking. This IS an 'ID' book, not an in-depth reference on bird data but a unique way of expressing easy ID in the field. It's perfect. The multiple positions in the pages are phenomenal - why hasn't this been done before? This is totally unlike any other bird book out there ever!"
— Tom Watson, Wavetamer Adventures
“Believe the hype! The plates are incredible. . . . [People] will absolutely love it, especially people new to birding the main part of the book’s target audience. . . . For me some of the plates were good enough to stick on the wall in a frame as a work of art. . . . I salute Richard Crossley’s bravery. I think it’s a brilliant, innovative idea and everyone should get a copy.”
— Urban Birder
"Every birder (of eastern N. America anyway) will likely want a copy of this luscious volume for their shelves...Every birder knows there is no such thing as a perfect bird guide --- each has different strengths and weaknesses (and much depends on personal preference). Over recent times we've witnessed a long string of new guides, each tweaking one thing or another, yet really not all that different from those preceding....HELLO Richard Crossley!! Here, we really do have an innovative, almost startlingly different approach. The volume is a joy just to leaf through!...Showing birds as one might actually see them in the wild, is at one-and-the-same-time an obvious, yet unique, approach--especially I think illustrative for beginning-to-intermediate birders."
— Ivory Bills Live
"An impressive piece of work and one I fell in love with after a few minutes. It has set the standard for modern photographic bird guides. Buy it."
— Steve Blain, Bird Porn
"There's a lot of field guides out there. I don't always say this, but this is one you aren't going to want to miss.
Hold onto your optics boys and girls. The Bird Man Cometh!"
— Rob Fergus, The Birdchaser
"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, Audubon.org
“[The Crossley ID Guide] is innovative, exciting even, in the way the reader can interact with what is in effect a real-life method to bird identification, reality birding, unlike the traditional pointed arrow, look-and-learn approach...I have to say that each bird scene page contains a wealth of detailed visual information that made me look at not only the overall montage of birds, but also each of the subtly different individuals, and to even then search again through the page for more birds to look at. Just like a birding trip in fact.”
— Phil Slade, http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.com/
"Richard Crossley has conceived and actually implemented a breakout idea for a general field guide to bird identification . . . . [W]hat (my old friend) Richard Crossley is doing with his idea of image, gestalt, wordlessness and recognition is mind-blowing. And it will revolutionize bird ID practice, discussions, and the scope of what each species is. Whether you have seen a bird and want to figure it out or you have been perusing his intuitive selection of what/how a bird looks and then you see it and know it too, I think you’ll find Richard’s guiding eye a game-changer for your birding endeavors."
— Hawks Aloft
"Richard Crossley, in his forthcoming book, The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, has used photography to aid pattern recognition. He has created scenes that depict the way birds actually appear in their natural habitats and by emphasizing the context, he hopes to make it easier for us to perceive the shape and size of birds."
— Fannie Peczenik, Pittsburgh Birdwatching Examiner
"I really can’t wait to get my eyes on this thing."
— Grant McCreary, Birder’s Library
"Really cool and totally different. . . . Crossley gives us birds as we see them, in action. . . .. We’ve been inundated with ‘new’ birding field guide books in recent years, no single one of them offering a compelling reason for purchase. This book will offer such a reason."
— Jim Williams, Minneapolis Star Tribune