Basics of Identifying Fall Warblers
with Kenn Kaufman
In springtime, warblers are among the most popular and celebrated of birds, filling the trees with variety and color. In fall, however, they’re often regarded with less enthusiasm. Many warblers wear fall plumages that are less colorful than their spring attire, and young warblers on their first southbound migration may be drabber still, leading some birders to lump them all as “confusing fall warblers.”
Date: Saturday, September 12
Time: 07:00 PM EDT
Duration: 45 mins with a 15 min Q&A
A lifelong naturalist, Kenn Kaufman did not really focus on birds until the age of six, but since then he has tried to make up for lost time, pursuing birds in all fifty states and on all seven continents. Now working as a freelance editor, writer, and book producer, he and his wife Kim make their home in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Kenn is a field editor for Audubon magazine, and writes a regular column for Birder’s World magazine. Most of his energy currently goes into book projects, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston. This series now includes volumes on North American birds, butterflies, mammals, insects, a field guide to Advanced Birding, and a regional guide to Nature of New England and Field Guide to the Nature of the Midwest, which was published in April 2015. In spring 2005, Kaufman Field Guides published the first Spanish-language guide to North American birds. Kenn’s other books include Lives of North American Birds, Kingbird Highway, and Flights Against the Sunset. His latest book, A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, was published in spring 2019. He has also written scores of magazine articles and columns on I.D. topics, and has taught I.D. workshops all over the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about the Kaufman Field Guide series, click here.
In this program, heavily illustrated with photos, Kenn Kaufman will review the best methods for identifying fall warblers, including patterns of variation and which details to focus on first. After an overview of the whole family, he’ll discuss the few species that are genuinely challenging, with specific field marks for telling them apart. By the end of the program, he hopes you’ll agree that fall warblers are beautiful in their own way and not so confusing after all.