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A Field Guide to Warblers of North America [Paperback]

Kimball Garrett , Jon Dunn , Roger Tory Peterson , Larry O. Rosche , Sue A. Tackett , Thomas R. Schultz , Cynthia House
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Sept. 24 1997 Peterson Field Guides
The first comprehensive field guide to North American warblers describes all 60 species in detail, from field marks and vocalizations to mating habits and preferred habitats. The 32 color paintings use the unique Peterson Identification System to indicate what distinguishes one bird from another. 141 color photographs show various plumages for each species, and 60 large color maps show species' ranges.

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The Peterson Field Guides series has added another weapon to its considerable arsenal of bird-identification guidebooks: a field guide devoted solely to the warblers of North America. Warblers, those small, sprightly, colorful songbirds that move north through the continent for the breeding season, have always delighted and simultaneously frustrated birders around the country. This field guide won't cure any cases of "warbler neck"--a condition brought on by extensive peering into the treetops--but it will help you to better decide just which species has your craned-neck attention. With color plates (including the "Peterson System" of arrows indicating important field marks), photographs, distribution maps, and textual information on species description, habitat, behavior, song, plumage variations, and migration patterns, this is an essential resource for birders.

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"The Peterson Field Guides series has added another weapon to its considerable arsenal of bird-identification guidebooks: a field guide devoted solely to the warblers of North America. Warblers, those small, sprightly, colorful songbirds that move north through the continent for the breeding season, have always delighted and simultaneously frustrated birders around the country. This field guide won't cure any cases of "warbler neck"--a condition brought on by extensive peering into the treetops--but it will help you to better decide just which species has your craned-neck attention. With color plates (including the "Peterson System" of arrows indicating important field marks), photographs, distribution maps, and textual information on species description, habitat, behavior, song, plumage variations, and migration patterns, this is an essential resource for birders." Amazon.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second to None! Oct. 16 2001
Format:Paperback
Several years ago, while watching the bird feeders at Muskatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour, Indiana, I heard a voice behind me pointing out that there were two races of White-crowned Sparrow at the feeder. He went into detail about the subtle differences between the two. At first I thought to myself, who is this guy? Later, I realized that it was Jon Dunn! I have had a high respect for him ever since.
Years later, he was the guest speaker at our bird club meeting. He presented some of the plates from his, at the time, upcoming new field guide to warblers. I fell in love with the plates from the very start. Thomas R. Shultz and Cindy House did a remarkable job, and the detail that was carefully gathered from museum specimens is second to none. I knew from the beginning that I had to have this new field guide and I couldn't wait until it appeared on the shelves.
When I bought my copy of the finished product, it was even more than I expected. Aside from the detailed plates making fall and female warbler identification easier, the text is filled with information on virtually every aspect of life history of each species, with cross-references that will aid any serious researcher. More than just a field guide for identification purposes, this book belongs on the shelf of beginners and experts alike who share a passion for warblers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Sept. 18 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is a must for any birder. The authors have included a large number of plates showing differences between and within warbler species based on the sex and age of the birds. Confused with fall warblers? Then you must buy this book. Both obvious and suttle field mark are well illustrated.
A reasonable number of photos have also be included in this guide, but they do not compare to the hand-painted plates. The text is also very useful, but not so overwhleiming that the book is a lengthy, overbearing pain to carry in the field. While it may be a little heavy in the pocket, it's still a must have if you love warblers.
No other filed guide tackles the variation that occurs in warbler plumages and behaviors like this one. A great gift for serious birders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I have been a bird-watcher (not a "birder," a term I find too trendy) since 1961, and have loved warblers perhaps more than any other group of avian friends. Spring each year means for me the delight of finding warblers--most of which are only transient visitors to the area where I have lived most of my life (the Middle Atlantic region). Thus, when I learned about this new Peterson's guide in Bird Watcher's Digest recently, I jumped at the chance to acquire it and improve my knowledge base. I had previously found the Peterson guides on "Hawks" and "Advanced Birding" especially helpful, and had used an old edition of Roger Tory Peterson's "Field Guide to the Birds" when I first learned about birds in the field. This field guide is quite unlike anything else in the Peterson series in appearance and content. It offers a great deal of specialized information, including very useful range maps (quite detailed), illustrations of each warbler species in a variety of plumages (not by RTP, but his successors are quite worthy), great photos interspersed in the text, and a vast amount of detail about habits, songs, range, current ecological status, and more than most people would ever want to know about subspecies. So the book does add a great deal to the knowledge base of even an experienced old timer like me.

What I miss in this volume, however, is the spirit of (for want of a better word) "fun" or enjoyment of the subject. This volume lacks the poetry of A.C. Bent, Frank Chapman, or Hal Harrison, in their excellent books on warblers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference Aug. 5 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a great reference for those looking to id warblers specifically. Great images and helpful tips. I keep this handy with my other bird id books since I'm not very good at warblers yet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supplemental reference May 12 2003
Format:Paperback
This book provides good color plates of the warblers in various stages of plummage. The distribution maps are easy to read and color coded. I bought the book because of the multiple pages of natural history information on each species. The birding guide I use in the field has excellent illustrations but totally lacks in the supplemental information. So, when I get home, I grab this book to learn the biology of the species.
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