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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America

by (author) Chris Earley

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2003
Birdwatching Guides, Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2003
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2003
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Grade: 7 to 12


Thanks to their distinctive colors and lively calls, warblers are a favorite among birders. However sightings can be rare due to the warbler's migratory nature, feeding habits, and sometime-endangered status.

Warblers is a handy reference for watching these fast-moving and elusive birds. It explains why warblers are difficult to spot and what you can do to see more of them. It accurately identifies 42 species found in the Great Lakes region and eastern North America. By focusing on this one family within a defined geographical area, the book's format is compact yet packed with information.

Photographing these highly spirited birds is never easy. Birders will appreciate the crisp, clean images of the warblers in their natural environment. Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single spread for quick reference. Each species is presented in accurate, full color to ensure precise identification. Species are presented in taxonomic order to show how one relates to the next. The information is concisely organized and includes:

  • Common names
  • Biological classification
  • Distinctive markings
  • Seasonal plumage changes
  • Song description
  • Behavioral habits


About the author

Text by Chris Earley ; Photography by Luke Massey

Chris Earley's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Excellent information, more than 200 quality color photographs and delightful prose make these must-have guides.

Montreal Gazette

Highly illustrated with exquisite color photographs in a natural setting... a welcome addition to my library.

New Hampshire Wildlife

Well-done, birder-friendly guides that fit easily into any field pack and are recommended for both beginning and advanced birders.

BirdWatcher's Digest

This book gives birders an excellent resource for enjoying these colorful and much beloved birds.

International Hawkwatcher

Excellent field photographs and a text of precise identification notes ... handy and attractive ... Highly recommended.


Makes identifying these remarkable and diverse families of birds as easy as possible.

Princeton Times of Trenton

Essential field guide ... packed with crisp, clean full-color photographs and precise identification notes to clearly define 35 species.

Essex Free Press

Colorful photographic guides... delightful companions for beginning birders in eastern North America.


Excellent coverage of all North American warblers. This is an outstanding publication and supplement to standard field guides.

Science Books and Films

The author of these guides is a naturalist/teacher who clearly knows how to present bird-identification information in an organized, attractive, and educational format.

American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35

Less can be more. That's the case with [this book]... two pages are devoted to each species of warbler, which allows room for multiple photos, range maps and informative text.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

These tidy little books provide nice introductions ... terrific primer.


The most comprehensive information on several targeted species, packed in a colorful, convenient format.

Bird Times

Lovely books ... the range maps are the first I've seen in any guide that fully delineate both breeding range and wintering range.

Toronto Ornithological Club

Intended to help birders... they generally succeed, accurately portraying sexual and seasonal differences in plumage.


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