SUMMARY: Eugene S. Hunn’s classic Birding in Seattle and King County — first published in 1982 — cast attention on Seattle’s urban environs, rich shorelines, farms and fields, and the little-known wilderness of the flanking Cascade Mountains, inspiring a tsunami of birding by a new generation of skilled and passionate birders. This radically renovated edition documents 377 species, a twenty-three percent increase from the original edition, thanks to intensive exploration along the Cascade crest, dedicated scanning offshore, and frequent coverage of favored parks and open spaces. Today’s birders will find entirely new maps showing time-tested birding sites as well as recently discovered “hotspots”; a comprehensive inventory of rarities; updated seasonal bar graphs; and analyses of Christmas Bird Counts, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and recent changes in the dynamic local bird life — along with a stunning set of color photographs by leading local photographers.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those birding the region! The only thing I would have done differently is that I would have had a Glaucous-winged Gull photo on the cover instead of a Savannah Sparrow. This title is available from the Seattle Audubon Society here.