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ICYMI: Open Mic: A New Field Mark for Differentiating Stints and Peeps

Artist Catherine Hamilton draws attention to a field mark for differentiating dark-legged Old World stints and New World peeps that hasn’t been illustrated in any field guide to date. [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: August 2017

The “Featured Photo” in the August 2017 Birding is timely! How so? Well, we’ll give you a huge hint: Earlier this summer, the bird formerly known as the Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus, was split by the American Ornithological Society into two species. One retains the vernacular name Northern Harrier but now goes by the scientific [read more…]

Will Birders Ever Learn to “See” Birdsong?

A review by Marky Mutchler

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America, by Nathan Pieplow

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

593 pages, $28—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14630

Songs and calls are very important in bird identification, in many cases as useful as the classic visual field marks, but they are often [read more…]

Listening Deep to America’s Birds

A review by Ernie Jardine

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific

by Donald Kroodsma

Princeton University Press, 2016

336 pages, $29.95–hardcover

ABA Sales–Buteo Books #14636

Anyone for a bike ride? How about a 4,200-mile bike ride across the continent? Count me out—I can feel that bicycle seat [read more…]

How We Identify Birds: The Backstory

A review by Don Jones

Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression, by Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

286 pages, $30—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14456

Have you ever been birding with someone, a local expert or a tour guide, who almost seemed to identify a bird before [read more…]

Owls in Context: Nature and Culture

A review by Alison Beringer

The House of Owls

by Tony Angell

Yale University Press, 2016

224 pages, $18–softcover

ABA Sales #14480P

One of the first bird sounds many children learn is the hoot of an owl—but not so often from the owl itself as from an adult’s mimicking the bird. How many children actually [read more…]

New Owl Books—and New Owls

A review by David E. Quady

Undiscovered Owls, by Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach

The Sound Approach, 2015

308 pages, $59.50—hardcover, with 4 CDs

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14512

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, by Scott Weidensaul

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

333 pages, $40.00—hardcover

ABA [read more…]

A New Classic for North American Waterfowl and Their Watchers

A review by Keith Betton

Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia, by Sébastien Reeber

Princeton University Press, 2016

656 pages, $45—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14588

This is the latest in the series of Helm Identification Guides, which includes such great titles as Robins and Chats, Woodpeckers of the World, and Owls of [read more…]

The Illiterate Birder

Yikes, that ain’t English! And what on earth is that strange reptilian creature on the cover?

It’s easy sometimes for us Americans to forget that there is a whole vast birding literature out there that is not published in the US or the UK. On those rare occasions when we are reminded, it’s often by [read more…]

Reading Birdsounds, Listening to Print

A review by Don Torino

Bird Song: Defined, Decoded, Described, by Ernie Jardine

Bird Song Press, 2011

448 pages, $21.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13629

Our lives are bombarded by new technologies every day, from phones to drones. The changes they have wrought on our world are astonishing. It’s no different in the [read more…]