The Warbler Guide: Gear You Need To Be A Birder

When one pictures a person birdwatching, they probably picture someone with a wide-brimmed hat, binoculars glued to their face, and a camera with a huge lens attached to the front. Maybe that lens is tapping against some sort of bird-call whistle, or maybe said whistle is still sticking out of his mouth. In any event, this birder is ready for some serious birdwatching. Right?

Just a moment: we forgot the most important tool! In this age of technology, it may not even seem ironic that one of the best tools a birdwatcher can have is a smart phone. According to, there are a lot of useful Apps that one can get to enhance their birding abilities. Here is a list of helpful Apps they recommend:

  • Sibley Guide App – currently the best guide on the iPhone for North American birds
  • Bird Tunes – a good collection of bird songs and vocalizations for North America
  • Weather Bug – our favorite weather app from
  • BirdsEye – a useful way to find local birds, powered by eBird
  • BirdsEye BirdLog – great for creating on-the-fly ebird lists in the field
  • BigRadar – Shows an overall view of radar in the US – useful for looking at migration at night
  • U.S. Nexrad Radar – Shows local radar in realtime, good during migration
  • Fire – A great app for recording audio, either with the iPhone mic, or with an external mic like the Senheisser ME 66

The Warbler GuidePlus, don’t forget to check out our Rafflecopter giveaway event!

Our prize package includes a copy of The Warbler Guide, The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, and How to Be a Better Birder, a pair of Zeiss TERRA binoculars, and the audio companion for The Warbler Guide.

How to win? Visit this post for details, but there are numerous ways to win, including liking any of the three books Facebook pages, emailing us at, signing up for our email alerts for Bird and Natural History Titles at,or tweeting at @PrincetonNature or at any of the author’s Twitter pages (@IDCrossleyGuide or @The WarblerGuide). The winner will be selected at the beginning of October.

And to check out the free downloads we’re currently offering, check out the links below:
Crossley ID Guide Raptors : A sampler raptor guide in PDF format
Quick Finders from The Warbler Guide : A ‘quick finder’ designed to help you identify over 50 warblers faster with targeted color photos.

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  1. It pays to be able to tell a warbler from other ambient sounds. Back in the days of the crop-circle craze in Wiltshire England, a night-time observation team with infrared cameras and sensitive microphones was on the look-out for whoever (aliens, humans) made these circles in the wheat. One night they picked up an eerie sound which soon was touted as “not from this earth”. It rumbled on for several minutes (the remote microphone was hidden, no one could see the actual causation). Until an ornithologist recognized it as a … warbler.