The mere mention of that particular type of bird used to annoy me. At my house, they've been labeled as the "feathered phantoms," because of their jittery movements and the fact that they NEVER stick around long enough to be identified. Oh, the frustration! I was about to give up hope of ever identifying one particular black and yellow bird that observed me from the safety of a privet hedge bordering the property when a miracle happened. (At least, it certainly felt like one!)
I discovered "The Warbler Guide" at Barnes and Noble. Imagine the relief when I could finally go outside with my handy guide and, even if the warbler tried its best to slip into the privet unseen, I could identify it by the smallest glimpse of its coloring. Written by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, this book is a must-have for backyard bird enthusiasts and hardcore birders alike. It is full of accurate illustrations and pictures of birds, as well as sonograms to identify the bird by its song pattern. Down below is a video that walks you through this easy-to-use guide:
As you can tell by the video, this book is a well-written, easy-to-use guide that tells exactly how to identify those "phantoms" that so often haunt the woodland edge. They can be tricky to identify, but with the right "tools," it can be made easier.
P.S. This book would make a great gift!
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