I received Rare Birds of North America, by Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington and Will Russell, from Princeton University Press a few weeks ago and am just getting a chance to sit down with it. I spent several hours pouring over the species descriptions and plates.
This book will be most enjoyed by the bird geek among you, although those with less obsessive birding tendencies will get a lot from it. The thorough treatment of bird topography, for example, would be welcomed by even beginning birders.
The species accounts of the 262 rare species identified at one time or another in North America are extensively researched. The identification plates are exceptional, with clear identification of differences with similar species.
If you are someone who likes to chase rarities, this would be a much appreciated addition to your birding library.
Published just a couple of weeks ago, this book is available from Princeton University Press for $35.00 (hardcover) or you can order it from Amazon.com for $23.35 (and don't forget to log into your account through smile.amazon.com and designate Wild Bird Rescue, Inc. as your charity.)