Confusing Fall Warblers
It’s that time of year again when even the most experienced birder might be puzzled by the 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!
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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.