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Get Ready for the Fall Migration August 27, 2009

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Louisa County, Nature.
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Some 250 different species of birds pass through Louisa County every fall. The list includes a large variety of waterfowl and also many smaller birds (warblers for example) that pass through on their routes from Canada to the Caribbean and South America.

To identify birds that are just passing through and some of the rarer summer or winter residents, you’ll need a book called a field guide. This week I found a helpful comparison of current field guides by Harry Fuller, a professional bird guide and author of Towheeblog.

Because Fuller lives on the west coast, some of the books he reviews and recommends are smaller volumes dedicated to western birds. When I asked how he would modify his recommendations for Louisa county, Fuller recommended that you purchase  the corresponding Eastern volume for use here.  That’s because the central states are usually combined with eastern North America in bird books.  Several of the books also come in comprehensive editions that list all birds native to North America. They are, of course, correspondingly heavier. All are readily available from Amazon.com.

I invite you to check out Fuller’s comments and encourage you to take advantage of the unusually fine opportunities Louisa County offers bird watchers.

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