""Fresh adult" plumage appears in the big Sibley guide. I added "very colorful" as the photo shows the bird more colorful than the guide - this could be normal variation in the bird or the point-and-shoot camera enhancing the…"
"I apologize for the delay in thanking you for your help. I had wondered about the Wimbrel, but the coloration you describe as “very colorful fresh adult plumage” did not occur in any of my field guides. Thank you very much…"
"I'm with Bill on this, except insofar as I carry the pocket-sized Sibley Field Guide to Western Birds (I need the book a lot more than Bill, I suspect). I went so far as to buy cargo pants with an extra-big pocket for the book. :-)
"It is my favorite guide for identification and is used by many as "the reference" for North American birds. It is a bit big to carry into the field, so I also have Sibley's Field Guide to Western Birds which is smaller, lighter, &…"