[CT Birds] NHBC and COA Bring Authors of "The Warbler Guide" To CT

Craig Repasz crepasz at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 9 21:23:47 EDT 2015



The New Haven Bird Club and the Connecticut Ornithological
Association has teamed up to bring the authors of the Warbler Guide, Tom Stephenson
and Scott Wittle to Connecticut for a two part series on Warbler song and
Warbler identification.

New Haven Bird Club Indoor Program – Tom Stephenson & Scott
Wittle – The Warbler Guide

March 12 @ 7:30 pm

http://www.newhavenbirdclub.com



Identifying warblers and other species singing in the field is one of the most
satisfying aspects of birding, but learning and remembering the important ID
points of bird vocalizations can be a challenge. At this meeting, Tom and Scott
will cover some new techniques that make it easier to identify singing birds. They
will cover how to understand and use sonograms to learn what makes a
vocalization unique and how to differentiate similar-sounding species. Based on
a system outlined in his new book, The Warbler Guide, Tom and Scott will
demonstrate how the vocalization ID process can be sped up by understanding a
song’s structure, the elements and phrases that make up the song. They will also
discuss how to make a quick ID using the objective, easy-to-hear qualities of a
song and will explain a simple 3-step memorization system he has used many
times to memorize 300 or more songs for a trip to a new country.



COA Meeting 21Mar2015 

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Tom and Scott, the authors of The Warbler Guide (Princeton
University Press), illuminate us with The Overlooked ID Points that Make
Identifying Warblers Easy. This talk discusses many of the very important but
often overlooked identification points, such as overall contrast, subtle facial
features, color impressions, feather edging, rump contrast, and foraging style,
location, and behavior. Sharpen your warbler ID skills just in time for those
arriving warblers!

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under
the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and
photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding,
Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the Birds, Handbook of the Mammals of the
World, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil. As a musician, Tom played concerts
and did studio work for many years, working with several Grammy and Academy
Award winners, including the Grateful Dead and Phil Collins. > 

Scott Whittle has 20 years’ experience as a professional
photographer and educator. He has birded throughout the United States, and he
lives in Cape May, New Jersey, where he leads workshops and pursues his passion
for birds and photography. With spring migration on our doorstep, Tom and
Scott, the authors of The Warbler Guide (Princeton University Press),
illuminate us with The Overlooked ID Points that Make Identifying Warblers
Easy. This talk discusses many of the very important but often overlooked
identification points, such as overall contrast, subtle facial features, color
impressions, feather edging, rump contrast, and foraging style, location, and
behavior. Sharpen your warbler ID skills just in time for those arriving
warblers!

  		 	   		  


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