=A guide to the best birdwatching locations
Very good paperback. Goodwin profiles 20 birding hot spots, 16 of which can be found in North America and the rest in Spain, Britain, Kenya, and Trinidad. He provides descriptions of such birding meccas as southern Arizona, as well as lesser known locations like Reelfoot Lake (Tennessee). Several local hotels and restaurants are listed for each entry, as well as helpful information tourists should heed regarding a particular area (e.g., what noxious insects to expect). The result is more of a smorgasbord similar to George Harrison's Roger Tory Peterson's Dozen Birding Hot Spots ( LJ 11/15/76) than an inclusive bird-finding guide. Goodwin's colorful bird descriptions, written in a readable style, are certain to appeal to anyone serious enough about bird watching to spend a vacation chasing after birds. While the details may change with time, this book has a wealth of inspirations for the world's best birding trips.