Princeton University Press is giving away a collection of six electronic versions of popular bird books. The books are The Crossley ID Guide, The Warbler Guide, The World’s Rarest Birds, Hawks at a Distance, The Birds of Peru, and The Unfeathered Bird. Hurry, entry ends tomorrow at 12PM Eastern. Visit the contest blog page for details.
ABOUT ME - My name is Amy and I'm a birder living in central Florida. On this blog I post book and birding product reviews as well as birder gift ideas and announcements related to my birder gift shop on this site. I also have a personal birding blog called Powered By Birds.
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The official trailer for the upcoming movie The Birder, starring Tom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, and Jamie Spilchuk, was just released! Check it out below.
Besides using MatchBook to fill your Kindle, another great way to find titles for your eReader is to keep an eye on Kindle sales and discounts. Here is a great example: best-selling author and naturalist Bernd Heinrich’s acclaimed memoir The Snoring Bird is deeply discounted in the Kindle Store right now. The title is on sale for just $1.99, down from the regular Amazon price of $8.99. Act fast, the price can go up at any time!
Did you receive a Kindle for Christmas? Then you should know about MatchBook, an Amazon program where you can purchase Kindle versions of books for a discounted price, if you have the print book in your library already. You can see if you already qualify for discounted purchases by checking on the Kindle Matchbook landing page. Just click on the Find your Kindle MatchBook titles to see a list of prior book purchases that are available at a discounted price for Kindle.
The program also works for future purchases. Bird books available in the program include:
Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly for $2.99 (current Kindle price $13.99)
Mind of the Raven for $2.99 (current Kindle price $9.78)
Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings for $2.99 (current Kindle price $8.00)
A Big Manhattan Year for $1.99 (current Kindle price $5.49)
Why We Bird for $1.99 (current Kindle price $4.99)
Enter by December 31, 2013 to be in the drawing. See Nancy’s review of the books and learn more about the giveaway via her post Book Review: Birds of the Midwest Adventure Quick Guide.
Celebrate Urban Birds is hosting a fun contest revolving around feathers! Submit photos, artwork, original writing, or videos in one of four categories. The contest closes on January 15, 2014. Prizes include binoculars, bird feeders, and more. Limit 5 entries per person. See the official contest page for details.
NOTE: Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the birdwatchers on your list? The Kindle version of The Warbler Guide is on sale for just $9.88, a savings of 67% off the list price and a significant discount from Amazon’s regular price of $16.17. Kindle Books can be gifted in moments via email – it’s easy! Act fast, the price can go up any time!
The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. Published 2013. As reviewed and pictured: Flexibound, 560 pages.
I used to read travel guides cover to cover. They aren’t really meant to be read that way, but I enjoyed planning future holidays so much that I couldn’t help myself.
When I started birding, I began to accumulate books on birding. Unlike the travel guides, I never read a field guide all the way through. With even my favorites, only the introductory sections got my full attention, while the species accounts were browsed through at leisure or certain sections studied only when I needed them.
New this year, The Warbler Guide turned out to be a genuine page-turner for this birder.
Before the species accounts begin, the authors delve into identification tricks and tips, first covering “What to notice on a warbler”. This goes deeper than the typical topographical bird maps found in most guides. A lot of pages are devoted to learning warbler songs, calls, and chip notes, including in-depth instruction on reading and understanding sonograms.
Before getting to the species accounts, there are some great “quick-finder” keys. These are available as independent free downloads from publisher Princeton University Press: Downloadable Warbler Guide Quick Finders. In the book and as separate print-outs they are an effective way to quickly scan for a bird, with several view choices available depending on how much of the bird’s body you managed to observe.
The species accounts themselves are as in-depth as you’d expect in a quality family-only guide. Photos of full and limited views are accompanied by detailed ID tips, including habitat, foraging technique, behaviors, and more. When plumage differences exist between sexes or ages, they are treated independently — with distinctive views and comparison species shared per plumage.
The Quiz and Review section at the back of the book is a great way to use the skills and techniques shared in the preceding pages. A couple of additional quick-finder style indexes are also found towards the back of the book: warblers in flight and warblers in silhouette. All of this and much more make The Warbler Guide an outstanding family-only resource for birders looking beyond their general field guide. I give The Warbler Guide 5 Goldfinches out of 5.
Disclosure: This is my own original, honest review of The Warbler Guide, a copy of which was provided to me free of charge by the publisher.
Many BirdsEye apps are on sale right now in the iTunes store and Android market. Hurry, this is a limited sale thru December 25th!
Check out these deals on BirdLog apps:
I absolutely LOVE BirdLog and I use it more than any other app on my iPhone BY FAR. I am going to pick up the international versions that I don’t already have for (hopeful) future use!
The BirdsEye bird-finding apps also appear to be on sale, with deep discounts similar to the BirdLog apps. I have never really gotten into using BirdsEye but word is that the app has recently been completely redone so I am definitely going to give it a try at this great sale price.