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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 Ornithologys Macaulay Library by using the link at www.TheWarblerGuide.com

Synopsis:

Each spring, formations of sandhill cranes crisscross the skies along Nebraskaandrsquo;s Platte River in one of the last great migratory spectacles on the North American continent. From across the globe, tens of thousands of visitors gather to witness a land transformed, andldquo;wild with birds.andrdquo; But the central Platte River system is witness to even more than this wondrous annual event. It is also an abiding source of natural, agricultural, and economic life in three states as an icon of western history and as a place of wonder. In This River Beneath the Sky, Doreen Pfost seamlessly blends memoir and nature writing, tracking the Platte River valley for one calendar year, ushering readers through its diverse and changing landscape and the plants, animals, and humans that call the ecosystem home.

From serving as a tour guide for visitors who come to see the sandhill crane migration to monitoring the population count on a bluebird trail, from exploring the human settlements surrounding the Platte River to wading the river with biologists, Pfost immerses herself in the rhythm and life of the area. Along with Pfostandrsquo;s personal experiences of the river, she explores the riverandrsquo;s history, the land- and water-use choices that were made decades ago and their repercussions that must now be mitigated if cranesandmdash;and other speciesandmdash;are to survive and flourish, and the legislative and scientific efforts to preserve the diverse species and their essential habitat.

About the Author

Tom Stephensons articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watchers 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.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 6

Icons and Key Terms 8

How to Use the Maps 10

Topographic Tour 12

What to Notice on a Warbler 16

Aging and Sexing Warblers 56

Understanding Sonograms 62

How to Listen to Warbler Songs 68

Learning Chip and Flight Calls 90

Visual Finder Guides 100

Warbler Song Finder Charts 116

Chip Call Finder 130

Flight Call Finder 134

Species Accounts 138

American Redstart Male 138

American Redstart F/1yM 146

Audubon's Bright 476

Audubon's Drab 480

Bay-breasted Bright 150

Bay-breasted Drab 156

Black-and-white 160

Blackburnian Bright 166

Blackburnian Drab 172

Blackpoll Spring 176

Blackpoll Fall 182

Black-throated Blue Male 186

Black-throated Blue Female 192

Black-throated Gray 196

Black-throated Green 202

Blue-winged 208

Brewster's 214

Canada 216

Cape May Bright 222

Cape May Drab 228

Cerulean 232

Chestnut-sided Bright 238

Chestnut-sided Drab 244

Colima 248

Common Yellowthroat AdM 254

Common Yellowthroat F/1yM 260

Connecticut Bright 264

Connecticut Drab 270

Crescent-chested 498

Fan-tailed 500

Golden-cheeked 274

Golden-crowned 502

Golden-winged 280

Grace's 286

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat 504

Hermit 294

Hooded 300

Kentucky 306

Kirtland's 312

Lawrence's 214

Louisiana Waterthrush 318

Lucy's 324

MacGillivray's Bright 330

MacGillivray's Drab 336

Magnolia Bright 340

Magnolia Drab 346

Mourning Bright 350

Mourning Drab 356

Myrtle Bright 476

Myrtle Drab 480

Nashville 360

Northern Parula 366

Northern Waterthrush 372

Olive Warbler 522

Orange-crowned 378

Ovenbird 384

Painted Redstart 390

Palm 396

Pine 402

Prairie 410

Prothonotary 416

Red-faced 422

Rufous-capped 506

Slate-throated 508

Swainson's 428

Tennessee 434

Townsend's 440

Tropical Parula 510

Virginia's 446

Wilson's 452

Worm-eating 460

Yellow 466

Yellow-breasted Chat 520

Yellow-rumped Bright 476

Yellow-rumped Drab 480

Yellow-throated 492

Similar Non-warbler Species 512

Hybrid Warblers 524

Quiz and Review 526

Warblers in Flight 534

North American Warbler Taxonomy 540

Measurements 542

Silhouettes 544

Habitat and Behavior 546

Glossary 549

Resources 555

Acknowledgments 557

Photo Credits 558

Index 559

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691154824
Author:
Stephenson, Tom
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Pfost, Doreen
Author:
Whittle, Scott
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birds and Natural History
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Popular science
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Subject:
Rivers
Edition Description:
Flexibound
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1,000+ color illus. 50 maps.
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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Each spring, formations of sandhill cranes crisscross the skies along Nebraskaandrsquo;s Platte River in one of the last great migratory spectacles on the North American continent. From across the globe, tens of thousands of visitors gather to witness a land transformed, andldquo;wild with birds.andrdquo; But the central Platte River system is witness to even more than this wondrous annual event. It is also an abiding source of natural, agricultural, and economic life in three states as an icon of western history and as a place of wonder. In This River Beneath the Sky, Doreen Pfost seamlessly blends memoir and nature writing, tracking the Platte River valley for one calendar year, ushering readers through its diverse and changing landscape and the plants, animals, and humans that call the ecosystem home.

From serving as a tour guide for visitors who come to see the sandhill crane migration to monitoring the population count on a bluebird trail, from exploring the human settlements surrounding the Platte River to wading the river with biologists, Pfost immerses herself in the rhythm and life of the area. Along with Pfostandrsquo;s personal experiences of the river, she explores the riverandrsquo;s history, the land- and water-use choices that were made decades ago and their repercussions that must now be mitigated if cranesandmdash;and other speciesandmdash;are to survive and flourish, and the legislative and scientific efforts to preserve the diverse species and their essential habitat.

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