Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America

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9781552978030: Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America

Thanks to their distinctive colors and lively calls, warblers are a favorite among birders. However sightings can be rare due to the warbler's migratory nature, feeding habits, and sometime-endangered status.

Warblers is a handy reference for watching these fast-moving and elusive birds. It explains why warblers are difficult to spot and what you can do to see more of them. It accurately identifies 42 species found in the Great Lakes region and eastern North America. By focusing on this one family within a defined geographical area, the book's format is compact yet packed with information.

Photographing these highly spirited birds is never easy. Birders will appreciate the crisp, clean images of the warblers in their natural environment. Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single spread for quick reference. Each species is presented in accurate, full color to ensure precise identification. Species are presented in taxonomic order to show how one relates to the next. The information is concisely organized and includes:

  • Common names
  • Biological classification
  • Distinctive markings
  • Seasonal plumage changes
  • Song description
  • Behavioral habits

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About the Author:

Chris Earley is the Interpretive Naturalist at the University of Guelph's Arboretum. He is an active birder whose field guide to sparrows and finches is also available in this series.

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Welcome to the world of warblers

This book is designed to help you learn about the many warbler species that can be found in the Great Lakes region. Because there are many different learning styles, this book presents warblers in a variety of ways. It is designed for both beginners and the experienced, covering the relatively easy spring males as well as the more difficult fall plumages.

When trying to identify birds it is important to remember the following motto: I don't know.

Really, it's okay to say it! Too many birders will get an inconclusive view of a bird and then just guess. With practice, you can identify birds from incredibly short glimpses of them, but there will always be some "I don't knows." And even if you do get a good look and still can't identify the warbler, you will have learned from the process. The next time you see that species, it will be familiar to you and you may see another field mark or behavior to help in its identification. And don't forget to watch the warblers as well! Keeping a checklist is fun and a way to record your sightings, but careful observations will help you really understand these interesting birds. Watching warblers in their environment reveals interactions that link all of nature together.

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