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Check Marks and Blank Spaces

A review by Brooke McDonald

The Wallcreeper, by Nell Zink

Dorothy, 2014

200 pages, $16—softcover

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Birding is a pastime of opposites: hedonism and asceticism, mysticism and materialism, passion and logic, meaning and anomie, wilderness and domesticity. It is a dialogue between inward and outward, and through birding, we create [read more…]

A New Gateway to Ornithology

A review by Laura Kammermeier

AmericanOrnithology.org, by the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society

Website—desktop and mobile access

Head to your PC and delete your old bookmarks for the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society. With a long history of cooperation behind them, these two organizations are now both housed under [read more…]

Listening and Hearing

A review by Peter Kennerley

The Sound Approach to Birding: A Guide to Understanding Bird Sound, by Mark Constantine and The Sound Approach

Sound Approach, 2014

192 pages and ca. 200 audio tracks, $23.99—eBook

We birders rely primarily on vision, and most of our encounters with birds are by sight. But bird sounds are all [read more…]

At the Nexus of Bird Life and People Life

A review by Donna L. Schulman

The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, by Richard J. King

University of New Hampshire Press, 2013

360 pages, $24.95—softcover

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Wherever you are, you have probably seen a cormorant.

Prehistoric in look, awkward in stature, there they are: sitting on a craggy rock with [read more…]

Birds We Ought to Know Better

A review by Keith Betton

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification: Comparing Confusion Species, by Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris, and Laurel Tucker

A & C Black, 2014

396 pages, $42.95—softcover

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The internet tells us that the term “game-changer” was not used outside of sports until 1993. But one of the best [read more…]

Peaceful Coexistence in the Suburbs

A review by Robert Gerson

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife, by John M. Marzluff

Yale University Press, 2014

303 pages, $30—hardcover

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In spite of the overwhelming evidence, it is still difficult for some to accept that our species has had an [read more…]

Pigeon Books and Book Pigeons

A review by Rick Wright

A Message from Martha, by Mark Avery

Bloomsbury, 2014

304 pages, $22—hardcover

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Pilgrims of the Air, by John Wilson Foster

Notting Hill, 2014

230 pages, £14.99—hardcover

The Passenger Pigeon, by Errol Fuller

Princeton University Press, 2014

184 pages, $29.95—hardcover

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New England’s Breeding Birds

A review by Matt Pelikan

The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, edited by Rosalind B. Renfrew

University Press of New England, 2013

576 pages, $75—hardcover

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The Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2, edited by Joan Walsh and Wayne Petersen

Scott and Nix, 2013

898 pages, $24.99—eBook

The phrase [read more…]

Not Your Grandparents’ Waterfowl

A review by Paul A. Johnsgard

Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, Fourth Edition, by Guy Baldassarre

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

1,027 pages in two volumes, $69.95—hardcover

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In 1942, the American Wildlife Institute published The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, a modest-sized book of 474 [read more…]

Guardians of the Forests

A review by Noel Snyder

Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide, by Gerard Gorman

Firefly Books, 2014

528 pages, $49.95—hardcover

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Gerard Gorman’s stunningly illustrated Woodpeckers of the World provides basic information on all of the species in the family Picidae, including the woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, flamebacks, piculets, [read more…]

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