Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Warbler Guy, I heard about you overseas and I'm coming to the USA to find warblers in May. Which warbler field guide do you recommend?

Norman (in England)......There's two essential field guides:

1. The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, Princeton Univ. Press, 2013

It's an exquisite, comprehensive treatise that hosts a dizzying array of excellent features that will edify both beginning and advanced warbler watchers.

Beyond the typical features hosted in a field guide, The Warbler Guide format highlights new ways to identify species via clever comparison photos; close-ups of body parts not usually shown in field guides; information to age and sex individual birds; "quick ID" pages to reduce the steps to identify an unknown species; and much more.

You won't be disappointed in ordering this field guide that is easily obtained at amazon.com,
americanbirding.org, and several other online bookstores.

2. Warblers, by Kimball Garrett and Jon Dunn, Houghton Mifflin Publishing, 1997

As a complement to The Warbler Field Guide, Garrett and Dunn's field guide remains a masterpiece.

Although some information and map-related data is outdated and/or needs updating, this
amazing field guide remains one of the finest bird-specific publications ever created.

I'll write more about this guide soon.

For now, suffice to know: Buy this field guide....and, better, buy both of the aforementioned.

With these two publications, warbler enthusiasts are well endowed with the best bedtime reading they could imagine.


Anonymous said...

I have the Dunn one.....Great guide.


Anonymous said...

I got both on abebooks.com....Vito

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff here....but I still think the w's are hard to find and hard to hear for id.....Lots to learn I guess....Myra V in IN

Anonymous said...

Do you think one or the other is the best one to buy, sir?