I saw an American Redstart female at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, Michigan. They are a medium sized warbler that are fairly easy to recognize once you’ve seen one. Their quick movements and bright yellow spots on the tail when they fan it open are obvious identifiers.
Then I saw an olive-yellow warbler. There are so many yellowish wood-warblers that look similar at first glance they are sometimes hard to identify. These small warblers that tend to live in woodland habitats are seen most often in our yards in the spring and fall as they stop over during migration. This is when it’s handy to have a good field guide to determine which bird is gracing you with their presence. I like the Birds of Michigan books, one by Ted Black and one by Stan Tekiela and now I just found an excellent book that helps me put a name to the infrequent birds that visit my yard.
Donald and Lillian Stokes have a wonderful Field Guide to Birds of North America or Eastern Region that we now carry at the Wild Birds Unlimited store. What I like the most about the book is that each bird species is identified with several clear photographs that show all feather coloration of each species of bird, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies, and birds in flight.
It is helpful in identifying confusing warblers, thrushes and sparrows. Then as we come up to baby season, I’ll be opening up this book quite often to show customers baby pictures of robins, starlings, cardinals and others babies that confuse people because they don’t look like their mommas and poppas at first.
Stokes Field Guide to Birds also gives detailed descriptions of songs, important behavioral information, key habitat preferences and much more. Whether you are a backyard birdwatcher or experienced birder, you will appreciate the excellent information provided in these books!
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