A number of people have asked me about the gold book, so I'll pass on what I was told. Feel free to correct me, those of you who gave this info to me! The book in question is published by the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO). The last published edition, the third, is titled "Virginia's Birdlife an Annotated Checklist", has a blue cover and is known as the "blue book". (Thanks, Charlotte, for passing on the blue book to me.) The book lists the birds officially recognized as having been seen in Virginia, indicates whether they are year round or migrant; the early and late dates for appearance in VA and results from bird counts. The blue book has VA divided into three areas, the coastal plain; the Piedmont; and the Mountains and Valleys. A new updated edition, which will have a gold cover, is due out this year (May?) It will be available through the VSO at www.virginiabird.net There is a similar book for MD, known as the Yellow Book, available through the Maryland Ornithological Society at: http://www.mdbirds.org/publications/yellowbook/yellowbook.html. Hope this helps. Betsy True Alexandria, VA Check out my website: http://www.betsytruedesigns.com You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.