Just to let you know: I just ordered both books. I especially look forward to seeing the Kaufman book that is edited to highlight key features. I have enjoyed the Petersens but it is tough as there is not much color, it being a small field book and all, aside from also being about 40 years old. Hell, they may have discovered 3-4 new species in that time!
Thanks a bunch. Until moving here about 5 years ago, i had quit birding for a good while, but living on the lake and near Tensas NWR, I have started up again. Many thanks for that post!!