The Crossley Raptor ID Quiz

Drew WeberBooks, Contests, General News and Info, Reviews3 Comments

In anticipation of the new Crossley Raptor ID guide release, we have this photo ID quiz made by Richard Crossley. See how many you can identify, leave your answers in the linked form, and we will post the answer next week. There are 11 birds in the photo, make sure you identify each one. Anyone who correctly identifies all the … Read More

Review: The Unfeathered Bird

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The Unfeathered Bird Katrina van Grouw 304 pp. | 10 x 12 Princeton University Press | 2012 The Unfeathered Bird is a new release from Princeton University Press that takes a very different look at birds. This large format book (read: perfect for a coffee table) has over 385 drawings of 200 species showing the anatomy of birds that they … Read More

Review- Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania

Drew WeberBooks, Field Work, Ranges and Distributions, Reviews, Science3 Comments

[dc]M[/dc]y first field job was working as a point counter for the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania. Not only did this give me a huge boost in my birding by ear skills, it also introduced me to the Pennsylvania birding community and was instrumental in starting my involvement in ornithology in PA. I ended working for three years … Read More

Review: How to Be a Better Birder

Corey HusicBooks, General News and Info, Reviews3 Comments

Have you ever wanted a book to go beyond a field guide and tell you how to find birds? This book does exactly that. With a huge variety of field guides on the market today, there is little problem finding a way to identify the birds that we see in the field. But how does a new birder learn to … Read More

Review: Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico

Drew WeberBooks, General News and Info, Reviews1 Comment

[dc]M[/dc]y first impression on skimming through Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey’s ‘Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico” was of a very modern book to birding the area. While many regional guides focus heavily on habitat descriptions and broader generalizations, this guide focuses much more on getting you to a good spot for birding and telling you what to look … Read More

Review: Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History

Justine WeberBooks, General News and Info1 Comment

[dc]T[/dc]here is no doubt about it. Spring is upon us in all of its glorious proliferation. Trees are leafing-out, yards are being mowed, and spring migrants are winging their way back to us in earnest. Frankly, I’m a bit worried about warblering season, as the unseasonably early tree leaves will make the little buggers impossible to see. (And let’s be … Read More

Review: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals

Justine WeberBooks, General News and Info, ReviewsLeave a Comment

Alright birders, let’s take a break from spring migration (if that’s even possible) and challenge your other-nature knowledge. Do you know the defining features of a mammal? Sure, the average person could provide the correct – if not complete – answer of “they have hair.” But I know second-graders who can do that. A more knowledgeable person might add “they … Read More

Review: Birds of India

Corey HusicBooks, General News and Info, Reviews1 Comment

I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but when I first opened the box and saw Birds of India: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and The Maldives (Second Edition), my initial reaction was wow. The shiny black cover with the stunning Indian Pitta makes this one of the most attractive field guide covers … Read More

Review: Birds of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire

Drew WeberBooks, Field Guide, General News and Info, Reviews1 Comment

Birds of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire by Bart de Boer, Eric Newton & Robin Restall introduced me to the avian life of an area I had never paid attention to before. If you are not familiar with these islands, they are off the north coast of Venezuela in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. The islands arose from the … Read More

Review: Cotingas and Manakins

Drew WeberBooks, General News and Info, Reviews2 Comments

I was very excited to get my hands on the newly released Cotingas and Manakins by Guy M. Kirwan and Graeme Green. Some of my favorite birds that I saw during a trip to Costa Rica in 2004 were Long-tailed Manakin and Snowy Cotinga. Snowy Cotinga’s are neat because, of course, they are all white which is a pretty unusual … Read More