I present: The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Edition by David Allen Sibley
This is a full size book, measuring in at 9.5x6x1...inches. It is beautifully illustrated, we loved the paintings of all of the birds. It's great how the author did multiple paintings for each type of bird to show the many wing positions that you might see when they are flying and also how the feathers look at different life phases. The descriptions of each breed of bird are very descriptive and easy to understand. He includes a map at the bottom of the page that shows where the birds live, however it would be nice if the birds were categorized based on regions so it might be easier to find one if you were wanting to know what kind of bird you had in your yard. However, the birds are listed by their groups, such as Eagles, Grouse, Owls, Warblers, even Wading Birds, etc. So, if you have an idea of what type of bird it is, you can find that group in the index and locate them that way.
We are very impressed with this book, and we have seen many bird books. This one is very nice, the quality is excellent with heavy paper and secure bindings, lovely pictures and we liked the descriptions. He does a great job of sounding out and writing words for the bird songs and calls, about the Common Loon, Sibley writes, "Voice: Low, melancholy yodeling or wailing cries" This is very accurate LL says, she grew up on a lake in Maine where they had many melancholy loons.
If you are in the market for a bird book, The Sibley Guide to Bird second Edition is Buckwheat approved and recommended.
Here is a page on Red Shouldered Hawks.