A Field Guide to Warblers of North America Paperback – Jun 1 1997
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book is good. The images represent the birds well and the page on the underside feather colors of the birds is helpfulPublished on Oct. 8 2013 by Susan Wylie
My personnal opinion is that this is still the best Warbler's book ever published up to now. It will satisfy beginners, intermediates or advanced birders. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2011 by Yves Gauthier
An excellent complement to general bird guides. Shows pretty much all possible plumages from all North American warbler species, plus a mid-size relevant text description. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2009 by S. Guimond