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How To ID Owls By Sound

Friday, November 17th, 2017
Colder weather means Owls!  But while they may be around, its more
Barn Owl
Photo credit:Stan Tekeila

likely you will hear rather than see them. So, get a jump on owling this year by learning the sounds of some of the more common species of owls which may be in your area.  The best part about owl sounds is that they are very distinctive. Your kids might love learning them as the sounds are also pretty easy to replicate. And who doesnt want to hoot “who cooks for you?” They will love learning that Screech Owls don’t really screech at all, which owl makes a blood-curdling scream and which one makes that classic deep owl hoot.  


Check out this Audubon Owl ID guide for sounds and be ready when you make that first owling trip this winter.

ID Warblers With a Free Downloadable Guide

Friday, May 26th, 2017
ID Warblers With a Free Downloadable Guide

Warblers are in our midst right now and for some of us, every year it’s a similar challenge to make the correct ID of all the different species of this popular songbird migrating

A downloadable Warbler Guide from Princeton University Press

through, or nesting in our area.  The folks at Princeton University Press know exactly how to solve this problem. They published The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and  Scott Whittle, which is enormously helpful when identifying warblers.  For quick references, they have a Quick Finder section which has excellent visuals of all the warbler species in the book on one page for easy comparison – spring and fall plumage, east and west species and 45 degree views.  You can get free downloads of these in pdf form to print out and take with you in the field.  It’s a handy thing to have with you during migration and when used with the book can make warbler ID a breeze.

Confusing Fall Warblers

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Confusing Fall Warblers
It’s that time of year again when even the most experienced birder might be puzzled by thecommon_yellowthroat_female_fall fall plumage of warblers.  For new birders, fall warblers can be a real challenge as not only are they much quieter (so it’s often difficult to make the ID with sound), but their molt takes them into more subdued colors. During migration, some birds are still in the process of molting so you can see anything from a near fully (although worn looking) spring look, a patchwork mid-molt pattern or a fully drabbed-out fall/winter pattern.

Fortunately there are free tools to help with these ID’s. One of the best is from Princeton University Press, publishers of Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle’s “The Warbler Guide”.  Their free downloadable pdf of fall warbler plumage is a handy sheet to take with you birding as a reference to the more tricky plumages you might see.  Pack one in your backpack and may very find your ID confidence and bird count are improved this fall!

New Birdwatching Guide

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
New Birdwatching Guide

New York City’s Central Park was recently identified as one of the five most important places to see spring migration in the US by Smithsonian Magazine. Those of us who live in New York City know how amazing migration can be here, and I am excited to tell you about the release of a new book I


co-authored —  “Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island“.  It’s written by me, Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim, and is published by UPNE (University Press of New England).

This easy-to-use bird watcher’s guide gives seasonal information for both popular birding sites and those off the beaten path. Precise directions to the best viewing locations within NYC and Long Island’s diverse habitats enable birdwatchers to efficiently explore urban and wild birding hotspots.

Including the latest information on the seasonal status and distribution of more than 400 species, with 39 maps  and over 50 of my photographs, this full-color guide features information essential to planning a birding visit. It will become the go-to book for both the region’s longtime birders and those exploring the area for the first time.

And yes, it has detailed info on where to find birds in top hotspot, Central Park!

Here’s what the experts are saying about it!

Easily one of the best — maybe *the* best — regional birding guides anywhere.” Scott Weidensaul, author of “Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean”

“This terrific guide is all you need to go birding in New York.” David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society
“Phenomenally well done, beautifully organized and packed with useful information. I’ll be using this book every time I visit New York.” Kenn Kaufman, Author of the Kaufman Field Guides

“A practical Guide to finding birds, full of insider information”, Victor Emanuel, founder, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

Available online now and in bookstores May 3.

Please check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Indiebound. If you are in the area, we have a number of events taking place, so please join us!  Visit our website for more information.


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