In fall, many warblers wear plumages that are drab, not their colorful breeding plumages, and consequently, they have been tagged as difficult to identify. They have become so notorious that birders who eagerly seek them out in spring often avoid them in fall.
But autumn is the best time to watch warblers. A bird that appears in a drab fall plumage presents an opportunity to study structure and subtle ID marks that are often overlooked in spring. In this guide, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, authors of the 2013 book The Warbler Guide, present tips for identifying Pine, Blackpoll, and Bay-breasted Warbler. Close-up photos of tails, wing bars, and facial patterns will help you learn to identify these birds with confidence.
Plus, David Sibley offers his advice for finding birds that you can hear singing but can’t quite locate visually.
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