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Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America Paperback – February 1, 2003

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This tidy little book provides a nice introduction. Warblers are the most colorful family of birds found in North America. One of the true harbingers of spring, the return of the warblers on their northern migration is eagerly awaited by birders of all levels of experience. Earley, a Canadian naturalist, here presents a wonderful precis on each of 37 species of warblers found in the eastern half of the continent. Concise information is provided for each species: common and scientific names, a short account (with quotes from early ornithologists), plumage descriptions (including any seasonal changes), similar species, song description, nature notes, and a range map. A minimum of two photos illustrate male and female, showcasing the beautiful plumage of these birds, and a box on the top left of each bird's spread illustrates the male's throat color.

Nancy Bent
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Colorful photographic guides... delightful companions for beginning birders in eastern North America. (Diane C. Schmidt E-Streams)

Well-done, birder-friendly guides that fit easily into any field pack and are recommended for both beginning and advanced birders. (W.H. Gross BirdWatcher's Digest)

These tidy little books provide nice introductions ... terrific primer. (Nancy Bent Booklist 2003-07-01)

This book gives birders an excellent resource for enjoying these colorful and much beloved birds. (Donald S. Heintzelman International Hawkwatcher)

Essential field guide ... packed with crisp, clean full-color photographs and precise identification notes to clearly define 35 species. (Essex Free Press 2003-05-21)

Excellent field photographs and a text of precise identification notes ... handy and attractive ... Highly recommended. (C. Leck Choice)

Excellent coverage of all North American warblers. This is an outstanding publication and supplement to standard field guides. (William H. Adams Science Books and Films 2003-12-15)

Makes identifying these remarkable and diverse families of birds as easy as possible. (Princeton Times of Trenton 2003-12-14)

The author of these guides is a naturalist/teacher who clearly knows how to present bird-identification information in an organized, attractive, and educational format. (Charles Leck American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35)

Lovely books ... the range maps are the first I've seen in any guide that fully delineate both breeding range and wintering range. (George Bryant Toronto Ornithological Club)

The most comprehensive information on several targeted species, packed in a colorful, convenient format. (Bird Times 2003-10-15)

Less can be more. That's the case with [this book]... two pages are devoted to each species of warbler, which allows room for multiple photos, range maps and informative text. (Jim Williams Minneapolis Star Tribune 2003-07-09)

Highly illustrated with exquisite color photographs in a natural setting... a welcome addition to my library. (Bill Carney New Hampshire Wildlife)

Intended to help birders... they generally succeed, accurately portraying sexual and seasonal differences in plumage. (Charles F. Thompson Ibis)

Excellent information, more than 200 quality color photographs and delightful prose make these must-have guides. (David Bird Montreal Gazette 2004-01-11)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552977099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552977095
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Knowledgeably and accessibly written by Chris G. Earley (an interpretive naturalist who regularly teaches bird identification workshops), Warblers Of The Great Lakes Region & Eastern North America is a superbly organized and presented ornithology field guide which packed from cover to cover with brilliant color photographs of various warblers, including separate photographs to show seasonal, gender, and juvenile versus adult variations in species plumage. Basic information about each species is provided with a strong slant toward concerning how to identify and distinguish it from similar species. Simply put, Warblers Of The Great Lakes Region & Eastern North America is a "must-have" for those birdwatchers with a special interest in tracking, sighting, and recognizing Upper Midwest and Eastern North American warblers.
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Format: Hardcover
Basics: 2003, hardcover, 131 pages, 245 color photos of 44 species, range maps

This is a good, easy to use, compact guide for anyone wanting to learn or to practice the warblers found in the eastern US and Canada. The book is straight forward, offers quick easy descriptions, and excellent photographs for each bird. Although the book focuses on the eastern warblers, some photos are included for the infrequent stragglers from the West.

The 245 color photos do a superb job of showing each bird in multiple photos. At least 3-7 photos are shown for each bird, except for the western species and a couple of the eastern birds (Worm-eating and Kirtland's), which receive only one or two photos. An additional bonus is the inclusion of 5 photos of hybrids between Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers (2 Lawrence's and 3 Brewster's).

A few other nice additions are found in the back of the book. A table presents 9 different characteristics that help to differentiate the two waterthrushes. Two other tables do the same for 11 of the fall-plumaged warblers. Lastly, 29 smaller photos at the back focus on comparing the confusing plumages of the fall warblers. And, 35 photos show the colorful spring plumages.

The text for each bird does its best to simply present the key identification notes. Brief sections with concise information are offered for each of the male and female spring plumages, the male and female autumn and, where relevant, the first fall plumage. Additional notes are sometimes offered for the voice or for other behavioral comments.

The range maps use a standard template showing all of North and South America. Red depicts the summer range while yellow denotes winter; orange is for the year-round resident.
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A invaluable guide to help identifying those pesky and wonderful jewels of North America. Easy to use, beautifully organized, and helpful indeed. And the small size is a joy when oneis carrying other stuff!
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This book puts it all together and now travels with us between home and cottage. The photographs are very good, and helpful as an alternative or supplement to more traditional bird guide illustrations. The written descriptions capture the characteristics (and characters) of the species. We especially appreciate the supplementary materials included in the book, such as the Spring and Fall comparison tables and the chart of "seasonal status" of the species calibrated to Point Pelee National Park.

It may be time to purchase a second copy . . .
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What birder owns just ONE field guide? The more, the better, and each book has its purpose. I routinely look at Chris Earley's collection (four books--warblers, sparrows, hawks/owls, and waterfowl) to pore over seasonal status charts found in the beginning of each book, and the cheat sheets and handy comparison picture charts located in the back of each book. The seasonal status charts are based on birds found/migrating through Point Pelee, Canada. I live close enough (MI) to utilize that data--it has helped on many an occasion to zero in on which bird might be in my neck of the woods on any given month. Likewise, the cheat sheets and comparison pictures will help narrow down confusing look-alike birds, particularly sparrows and warblers which can be difficult to identify. Are these all you need in your birding book collection? No, but they offer invaluable information I can't find in other field guides, or at least not in handy chart form. Best of all, they can be bought dirt-cheap, so all four really belong in every Eastern birder's collection of books.
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Format: Paperback
Very heplful feld guide for a very challanging subject. I found it very useful. It will be a great addition to my birding field tools.
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If you are new to birding and are planning to spend some time with the warblers this is a great introduction. The only thing missing is their melodic songs.
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Early's photos are stunning. These birds are some of the most colorful in nature and Early's book will add the avid birders in quickly identifying each one.
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