Seabirds of Eastern North Pacific and Arctic Waters, edited byDelphine Haley (Pacific SEarch Press, Seattle, 1984; $39.
95), is alarge-format, 214-page volume that covers the entire West Coast. Where afield guide offers a thumbnail sketch, this book takes you through abird’s daily feeding, grooming, fighting, breeding, and flying. The information and photographs are all the more remarkable becausethe subjects are sea birds, some of which rarely come within sight ofland. If you ever sighted a sooty shearwater on its annualtranshemisphere migration, you’d want to know more. This bookgives it to you. The research is impeccable, the writing clear and direct, and thephotography topnotch. The book is organized by bird family: you’ll find separatesections for tubenoses (albatrosses, fulmars, shearwaters, petrels),pelican-like birds, gull-like birds, phalaropes, and alcids.
Maps showdistributions; illustrations help you understand bird behavior. This is a book to read, not just to keep around for reference.