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Shades of Gray (and Brown)

I wrote recently that I admire authors who shake things up, who take us outside our comfort zones, who upset the apple cart. Hence, my admiration for Jerry Liguori, Brian Sullivan, and Peter Pyle. All three are well known in the birding community. All three have written for Birding magazine. In fact, all three have [read more…]

Oceania and Beyond

A review by Alan McBride

Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, by Guy Dutson

Princeton University Press, 2011

448 pages, $49.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13581

A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand, by Julian Fitter and Don Merton

Princeton University Press, 2012

288 pages, $24.95—softcover

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Charismatic, Colorful, Diverse

A review by Edward H. Burtt, Jr.

The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle

Princeton University Press, 2013

560 pages, $29.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13877

This is a book that every serious birder should own.

There. Now that I’ve stated my conclusion, let me tell you why.

Tom Stephenson and Scott [read more…]

Right Brain, Left Brain, Crossed Eyes

Soheil Zendeh offers a review of Richard Crossley’s exciting new ID Guide to Raptors. [read more…]

Spot Check

Bill Schmocker offers some tips on using your camera to get accurate counts of birds. [read more…]

Do You See What I See? A New Visual Search Tool from Google

Google is a remarkable resource for many things, but can it help us identify birds? Ann Nightingale investigates. [read more…]

Let’s zoom in, shall we?

Bill Schmoker cranks up the zoom on his digi-scoping rig and makes a cool discovery. [read more…]

Dunne, Sibley, and Sutton: Hawks in Flight

Hawks in Flight, second edition

by Pete Dunne, David Sibley, and Clay Sutton

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

335 pages, $26–hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13648 As a young hawk watcher at Cape May in the early 1990s, I thought the authors of Hawks in Flight were magicians. Pulling identifications out of thin air, they [read more…]

Burton and Croxall, eds.: A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia

A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia

edited by Robert Burton and John Croxall

Princeton University Press, 2012

200 pages, $24.95–softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books #13701

A scant dozen years after its foundation at the turn of this century, WildGuides is a small and active non-profit publisher producing natural history guides covering [read more…]

Kaufman and Kaufman: Field Guide to Nature of New England

I used to dream of a field guide that would let me identify everything I saw, a childish fantasy I gave up long ago: no book, no library can ever come close, not even for so relatively circumscribed and so relatively uniform a landscape as New England. Those six states are a big place, and [read more…]