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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out 4 paws


Universal Pictures and Blinding Edge Pictures present a PG-13, 108-minute, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, written by Shyamalan and based on the novel “Sandcastle” by Pierre-Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters with a theater release of July 23, 2021.

Lionsgate, SKE Films, Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment present a 110 minute, PG-13, Drama, Romance, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz with a theater release date of April 24, 2015.


Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle

“The Warbler Bible has come forth!”* This book contains everything you need to identify warblers by sight or sound

Companion site: http://www.thewarblerguide.com/. 

“A warbler feast for the eyes. . . . THE WARBLER GUIDE, by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, is not just another bird identification book. . . . The authors have thought long and hard about what makes an identification guide work and then approached it their own way. The auditory descriptions of bird song and chips, based on scientific analysis rather than a subjective translation of sound, present a very different approach to identifying birds by ear. The abundance of photographs, the plethora of charts and finding guides, all printed in brilliant color on lovely paper, the clarity of design, make this book a joy to look at and to use.”—Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds

“The Warbler Bible has come forth! This is easily the most comprehensive and fantastic warbler specific guide covering North American Warblers. I am amazed and impressed with each of its features. . . . [A] must-have book.”—Robert Mortensen, Birding is Fun*

Warblers are notoriously tricky to find and identify. First, there is the timing—they are only here for a short period of time during their semi-annual migrations. Second, they tend to be tiny, fast, and hidden at the tops of trees. Third, there are many different kinds of warblers that look quite similar. Fourth, well, do you really need me to continue? Yet, in spite of these challenges, birdwatchers set out in droves each spring and fall to catch a glimpse or in most cases hear a trill of a song. There’s just something about warblers…

Warbler fans now have a new reason to rejoice, because finding and identifying these colorful little birds will be easier than ever thanks to THE WARBLER GUIDE by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle (pub date: July 24, 2013). This is truly the definitive guide to all things warbler and will be a welcome addition to any birder’s library.

So, what’s new in THE WARBLER GUIDE? Just about everything. The front portion of the book is a combination of a master class in bird-watching (chapters on What to Notice on a Warbler, Aging and Sexing Warblers, and How to Listen to Warbler Songs) and an introduction to visualizing and hearing songs and calls (Understanding Sonograms, Learning
Chip and Flight Calls). These sections are followed by a series of innovative Quickfinders that present side-by-side profiles, undertails, full body views, and song sonograms so readers can quickly and easily identify the warblers they’ve seen in the field.

And then it’s on to the species accounts section of the book. Helpful, clear icons appear at the top of each account to give an overall shape, color, and pattern impression, as well as basic map range and habitat type. The authors include dozens of photos for each species highlighting the overall jizz of the bird, as well as a Distinctive Views section that emphasizes identification markings. Bulleted text provides quick takes on identification from the side, below, and above. Additional photos show birds in flight, typical behaviors, and reveal interesting tidbits (Did you know the American Redstart’s nickname is the Halloween Warbler?). Separate sections consider Comparison Species and instruct readers on Aging and Sexing by season, while detailed seasonal distribution maps and bar graphs show where and when species are most likely to be found.

The final, and perhaps most unique, section of the species accounts is an in-depth look at songs, chips, and flight calls for the species and its comparison species. This section is particularly useful for bird-watching in the late spring when birds are more likely to be heard than seen. A companion audio package is available separately via http://www.thewarblerguide.com/. 

Rounding out the text is a list of similar non-warbler species, a quick overview of hybrid warblers, and a description of warblers in flight. Readers will appreciate a chance to test their new warbler id skills with a brief quiz section, as well as the informative appendices listing measurements, habitats, and behavior.

The publication of THE WARBLER GUIDE will be followed by the release of a companion app that includes 360˚ views and audio files in time for spring migration 2014 (details to follow). An eBook version of the book will be available on July 7, 2014.

About the Authors:
Tom Stephenson’s articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher’s Digest, at Surfbirds.com, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a onetime New York State Big Year record holder.
Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle
Drawings by Catherine Hamilton
Paper Flexibound | $29.95 / £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691154824
560 pp. | 6 x 8 1/2 | 1,000+ color illus. 50 maps.
eBook | ISBN: 9781400846863 (Available July 7, 2013)
Pub date: July 24, 2013

20th Century Fox, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Strike Entertainment present a 109 minute, PG-13, crime, sci-fi, thriller directed and written by Andrew Niccol with a theatrical release of October 28, 2011.