The Warbler Guideby Tom Stephenson, Scott Whittle
Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive/i>
Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls.
The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website.
- Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada
- Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle
- Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions
- Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species
- Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions
- New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior
- Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes
- A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at www.TheWarblerGuide.com
"This comprehensive book provides just about any view of the 56 North American warblers that you can imagine."Nature Conservancy
Little yellow birds with high-pitched melodies migrate every spring to confound many birders trying to identify them. Avid birders Stephenson (articles in Birder and Bird Watcher's Digest) and Whittle (photographer) pull together every distinguishing characteristic in this guide. The first 100 pages cover generalities of what to look and listen for, while the bulk of the material presents species individually, offering diagrams and bullet points that highlight major distinctions, multiple color photographs with views from every angle, comparison species, aging and sexing, a distribution and migration map, and sonograms for the species and similar sounding nonwarblers—in all, each species is covered in six densely packed pages. The "visual finders" pages may enjoy the book's heaviest use. The "Face Quick Finder," for example, presents side views of the heads of 80 species, displayed across a spread. Similar spreads depict views from other angles, as well as seasonal and geographic distinctions. Some "finders" cover sonograms, graphing songs, and chip and flight calls of various warblers, distinguished by pitch and quality of sound. Those unfamiliar with visualizing sound this way may be aided by comparing audio and sonograms of the same species; The Guide's Song and Call Companion is available for $5.99 at macaulaylibrary.org/guide/the-warbler-guide; free audio can be found at allaboutbirds.org/guide/search. The work closes with brief descriptions of similar nonwarblers, hybrid warblers, an eight-photo quiz and review, pictorial and narrative descriptions of various warbler species in flight, a taxonomy tree, a table of measurements, silhouettes, a table of habitat and behavior, a glossary, a list of resources, and an index by common and genus species names. Additional material can be found at thewarblerguide.com, which unfortunately is not the URL listed in the guide. Some will find this title too bulky to carry into the field, but dedicated birders will happily tote it along for the wealth of information contained or buy the ebook. VERDICT This is the book to get for warbler identification. Highly recommended for public libraries with bird-watching patrons and academic libraries with ornithology classes.—Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin
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Meet the Author
Tom Stephenson’s articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher’s Digest, at Surfbirds.com, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a onetime New York State Big Year record holder.
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