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The Illiterate Birder

Yikes, that ain’t English! And what on earth is that strange reptilian creature on the cover?

It’s easy sometimes for us Americans to forget that there is a whole vast birding literature out there that is not published in the US or the UK. On those rare occasions when we are reminded, it’s often by [read more…]

Paper, Pixels, Potentials: Endangered Genres?

A review by Rick Wright

Birding Trails: Montana, by Chuck Robbins

Sandhill Crane Press, 2014

508 pages, $29.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 1365MT

The Robertson and Woolfenden Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List, by Jon S. Greenlaw, Bill Pranty, and Reed Bowman

Florida Ornithological Society, 2014

435 pages, $24—softcover

There’s a good chance that [read more…]

Extraordinary Birds, Extraordinary Book

A review by Elwood D. Bracey

Extraordinary Birds: Essays and Plates, by Paul Sweet

Sterling Signature, 2013 144 pages and 40 unbound prints, $50—boxed ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14254 As a longtime collector of antiquarian bird books, I am delighted to review this publication, the second in a series joining solid science with [read more…]

Reading Birdsounds, Listening to Print

A review by Don Torino

Bird Song: Defined, Decoded, Described, by Ernie Jardine

Bird Song Press, 2011

448 pages, $21.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13629

Our lives are bombarded by new technologies every day, from phones to drones. The changes they have wrought on our world are astonishing. It’s no different in the [read more…]

Check Marks and Blank Spaces

A review by Brooke McDonald

The Wallcreeper, by Nell Zink

Dorothy, 2014

200 pages, $16—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books

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

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14301P

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

ABA Sales–Buteo Books 14335

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

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14402

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

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