The prayers of every birder who has seen a glimpse of yellow, black, and white and said, “If only that leaf wasn’t in the way, I’d know that warbler’s name.'...The Warbler Guide, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, is not just another bird identification book....The authors have thought long and hard about what makes an identification guide work and then approached it their own way. The auditory descriptions of bird song and chips, based on scientific analysis rather than a subjective translation of sound, present a very different approach to identifying birds by ear. The abundance of photographs, the plethora of charts and finding guides, all printed in brilliant color on lovely paper, the clarity of design, make this book a joy to look at and to use. --Donna Schulman
There will be no birder north of the Rio Grande who would turn down this book. There will be few who intend to visit North America that would not want to spend time familiarising themselves with the Wood Warblers, and there is no better way for them than to open these pages and get lost in their cornucopia of detail.
.. this fantastic and, yes, ground-breaking book. ...Everything from sonograms to seasonal variations, confusion species to aging and sexing and with pretty detailed distribution maps as well. The term ‘tour de force’ sits well upon its wide shoulders. -- Bo Beolens (The Fatbirder)
The Warbler Bible has come forth! This is easily the most comprehensive and fantastic warbler specific guide covering North American Warblers. I am amazed and impressed with each of its features....[A] must-have book. --Robert Mortensen
Warbler enthusiasts throughout the United States and Canada, as well as all bird watchers desiring to learn more about these often difficult-to-identify little birds, should be delighted to learn about the publication of Tom Stephenson’s and Scott Whittle’s massive new book from Princeton University Press simply titled The Warbler Guide. --John E. Riutta
The Warbler Guide is a must-have book for every birder. It is comprehensive, easy-to-use, and absolutely gorgeous.
The Warbler Guide is a stupendous new book by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle...This relatively inexpensive book will aid birders of all abilities in identifying the warblers of America. -- Dan Tallman
I’ve been quite impressed with the thoroughly detailed “The Warbler Guide” by authors Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle...I’ll keep this guide close to me and make my warbler identification a lot more simple. -- H.J. Ruiz
One of my most anticipated releases of the summer is The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle. It has been a long time since a book devoted to warblers has been released and it looks like they really went all out on this one. --Drew Weber
There’s never been an ID guide quite like this one. It’s as if the publisher told the authors to produce a book on warbler identification that includes everything a birder might ever need. But don’t be misled by my enthusiasm for The Warbler Guide. It will not make identifying warblers easy, it just makes it possible. It’s still up to every birder to find, see and hear the birds before they turn to this remarkable ID guide. -- Scott Shalaway
Extraordinary...Grab a copy of this guide in time to help with those confusing fall warblers. --Herb Wilson
This is one of the most remarkable books about bird identification that I’ve seen in recent years.
The quick summary:
- It has TONS of photographs — 38 photographs of Blackburnian Warbler in that species’ account, not counting the blown-up vignettes and comparison photos of similar species, or the photos in the wonderful flight comparison plates at the back of the book.
- It’s got spectrograms – illustrating an average of 4 song types per species, plus the “chip” and the “flight call.” At last, a field guide that gives bird sounds the attention they deserve!
- It’s groundbreaking. There’s more information here on warbler identification than you can learn in a year (if you don’t already know it) — and the authors have come up with multiple original ways to present it, many of them quite brilliant.
· The visuals in this book are tremendous. The quantity and quality of the photographs outstrips anything I’ve seen in a field guide.
· Maybe the best part is the comparison pages, most of which are called “finder guides”. You want all the warbler heads on one plate? All the undertails? All the side views? All the song spectrograms? All the flight shots? This book’s got comparison plates for all of these and more. These pages alone are worth the cover price. -- Nathan Pieplow
This is a beautiful book, chock full of pictures. The best part is that many of the pictures are what we usually see when we see a warbler--from underneath or in flight...An excellent work -- Penny Miller
When I personally dove into Warbler identification (the species that helped bring me to birding in the first place! Could those colorful birds really be in my backyard in Central New Jersey?!) I pieced together multiple guides that had information on undertail covert colors and tail patterns, as well as song detail and plumage specification. I had to use multiple sources then for what this guide accomplishes itself. That, to be honest, is putting it mildly....I obviously recommend this guide about as highly as I could and I look forward to utilizing it in my future birding adventures! --Dan Murray
The Greatest Book Ever Invented...Ever!...Really!
Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle have covered everything you would ever need to identify any North American warbler from visual clues to songs and calls, and placed in a very easy to work with format.
Stephenson and Whittle, using photos taken by dozens of photographers, offer you much better ID odds...[The Warbler Guide] certainly expands the information available in any single books on warbler ID. -- Jim Williams
Amazing book. It has a ton of information, photos, and, yes, even sonograms. I’ve only had it for a day, so I’m still a bit overwhelmed. If you want to check it out for yourself, here’s a sample species account (American Redstart) and a great series of videos from the authors going over all the guide’s features.
Once you own this book you will never need another reference on the North American wood warblers....Here the whole spectrum of our warblers is on display and wisely compared and contrasted in ways that will make field identification less of a trial for beginners or those seeing a warbler in new territory. In May I saw over 30 species in two weeks at Magee Marsh, Ohio. This book would have certainly helped me sort out what I was seeing, and what I probably missed.
Oh my gosh, get your hands on a copy! I'm a cynic and not easily impressed - this book has blown me away. The Princeton Press folks say that sometime later this year (month?) it will also be coming out as an eBook and I will buy it when it does. --Chuck & Jaye Otte
Between its covers is the most comprehensive catalogue of North American warblers. --Paul Nicholson