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Archive: December, 2013

Giveaway Alert: Birds of the Midwest Adventure Quick Guides

Posted on December 23rd, 2013 in Books, Giveaway

Blogger The Zen Birdfeeder is giving away a set of Quick Guides to Midwestern birds. The guides are Birds of the Midwest; Birds of Prey of the Midwest; and Water Birds of the Midwest

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.

Contest Alert: Fascinating Feathers

Posted on December 22nd, 2013 in Contest

Fascinating Feathers

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.

Book Review: The Warbler Guide

Posted on December 21st, 2013 in Book Review, Books

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

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.

Underview Quick Finder

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.

Find additional resources on the The Warbler Guide official site. Check out these informative videos on The Warbler Guide, too!

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.

BirdsEye & BirdLog Massive App Sale!

Posted on December 20th, 2013 in Birding App, Deals & Sales

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:

App Regular Price SALE
BirdLog North America IOS $9.99 $4.99
BirdLog North America IOS $19.99 $9.99
BirdLog Australia & New Zealand IOS $8.99 $0.99
BirdLog South America Android $9.99 FREE!
BirdLog UK & Europe Android $9.99 FREE!

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!

Find details on Android apps here: BirdLog apps in Google Play. Check iTunes for IOS apps; here is the page for BirdLog North America.

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.


Giveaway: Crossley ID Guide to Britain & Ireland

Posted on December 17th, 2013 in Books, Giveaway

The Prairie Birder is giving away a copy of the newest bird guide in the fabulous Crossley ID series: The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland. Enter by commenting on the contest blog post; leave your comment by December 19th to be in the December 21st drawing.

Crossley Britain Ireland

Giveaway Alert: Two-Fisted Birdwatcher mug

Posted on December 11th, 2013 in Giveaway

Two-Fisted Birdwatcher Mug

Two-Fisted Birdwatcher is once again giving away a blog-branded mug. Find this month’s hidden bird (Common Tern) to be eligible for the drawing. This regular giveaway usually ends by the end of the month, so HURRY and submit your answer before the year is over! See the contest page for details.

FREE APP: Larkwire – ACT FAST!

Posted on December 4th, 2013 in Birding App, Free


Two Larkwire birdsong learning apps are currently free for IOS in the iTunes store. This offer is limited and can end at any time — act fast!

Search for these in the App Store or click the following links for further information.

Larkwire Birdsong Master Birder: Land Birds of North America: FREE for a limited time! Regular price $14.99.

Larkwire Birdsong Master Birder: Water Birds of North America: FREE for a limited time! Regular price $19.99.

For more information visit Larkwire.