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Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona is a non-fiction regional ornithology guide written by Garry Rogers. Rogers owns a 20-acre farm that borders on the Agua Fria River in Dewey-Humboldt. Since 1997, he's made a study of the wildlife species that are known to visit or inhabit the area, including insects, mammals, reptiles and birds. In 2014, he published The Arizona Wildlife Notebook, which contains the listings of those animals and other species. Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona is taken from that earlier publication, and the author has added commentary as well as photographs of the species he's observed in the wild. His book includes both the scientific and common names of each bird, and the index he includes in the back of the book is listed by common name for easy reference. He includes status listings for each bird as given by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and lists a key of status abbreviations in his introduction. Arizona is home to 551 of the approximately 1000 bird species and sub-species found in the United States, though 58% of Arizona’s native species are declining according to the AZGFD.
While I've long been a fan of the Peterson Field Guides for Eastern and Western America, I've not encountered a birding guide for Arizona before finding Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona. As a birder and wild-life photographer with especial interest in raptors, I was thrilled to find raptor species I hadn't known existed before in this comprehensive and detailed guide. The photographs Garry Rogers includes in this field guide are brilliant. While I'm very familiar with American Coots and their migratory patterns, I had never seen their offspring before, and it was a real eye-opener. And while many species are already on my life-list, the not-so-common Common Black Hawk, Crested Caracoa, Gray Hawk and Zone-tailed Hawk are birds I'll be watching for. Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona is most highly recommended.