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Upcoming bird books you don’t want to miss

Drew Weber|

There are many great bird books and field guides that were recently released, or are still going to be released this year. Check out our top list of our favorites and what we think are the most promising. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul Covering 39 species of owls, this book includes detailed …

Guest Review: Birding for the Curious

a guest blogger|

We are excited to post this review by Brooke McDonald, an avid reader of Nemesis Bird (or maybe not, but we like the sound of it). Brooke is a freelance writer and editor in Northern California. In her free time she birds, gardens, plays with her dogs, and researches an obscure Calvinist sect. Birding for the Curious by Nate Swick …

eBook Review: The World’s Rarest Birds

Charlotte Wasylik|

The World’s Rarest Birds by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still; published by Princeton University Press (April 2013). The World’s Rarest Birds began as an international photo competition held by BirdLife International, to assemble a collection of photographs and to document birds around the globe listed as Endangered, Critically Endangered, Extinct in the Wild, and Data Deficient on the International Union …

Review: Ten Thousand Birds – Ornithology Since Darwin

Steve Brenner|

There is nothing quite like going back to your roots. As avian enthusiasts, we have so much wonderful information available to us about birds that it can be convenient to take for granted the blood, sweat, and tears behind distribution patterns, breeding ecology, and behavior. Ten Thousand Birds recaps, in thorough detail, the course of ornithology over the past 150 …

Review: The Warbler Guide

Drew Weber|

The Warbler Guide Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle 560 pp. | 6 x 8 1/2 | 1,000+ color illus. 50 maps Princeton University Press | 2013 Get it on Amazon Ok, let’s just get this out of the way right now. The Warbler Guide is the coolest, most informative bird identification guide to be released since the original Sibley Guide …

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Preview of The Warbler Guide

Drew Weber|

The Warbler Guide cover

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. Release is in July and you can be sure we will get our hands …

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Review: Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians

Justine Weber|

As I sit at my desk on a very rainy Syracuse morning, I’m beginning to feel excited – and impatient – about spring migration. It has started right? I don’t have to worry about the 6 inches of snow I saw in a New York fen on Thursday to convince me otherwise, right? Right? If you’re feeling this same impatience …

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Review – The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

Alex Lamoreaux|

By now I am sure most birders have seen the Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, with its unique plates loaded with color photographs of birds set against natural backgrounds. No other field guide to birds is as interactive and innovative; allowing the reader to study each species in multiple plumages, at various distances, and in multiple lighting conditions. As Crossley …

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The Crossley Raptor ID Quiz

Drew Weber|

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 …

Review: The Unfeathered Bird

Drew Weber|

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 …