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Archive: February, 2013

Book Review: Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

Posted on February 26th, 2013 in Book Review, Books


Wisdom, The Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and other Disasters for over 60 Years by Darcy Pattinson and Kitty Harvill (art). Published 2012. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 32 pages.

It’s rather uncommon for an individual wild bird to be so well known that it becomes a media sensation, but that is what happened (again) earlier this month when a very special Laysan Albatross known as Wisdom successfully hatched an egg this breeding season. Why is she so famous? Wisdom was first banded as an adult bird back in 1956 — making her at least 62 years old in 2013. She is the oldest known living wild bird.

Wisdom has survived all of the threats facing a wild bird in the world today, and then some. She has flown at least 2 million miles during her lifetime. She has probably laid over 35 eggs, raising many chicks to fledge. For the last six years (and likely much longer), she has nested on Midway Atoll. She and her precious chick survived the destructive earthquake-triggered tsunami of 2011.

This remarkable bird is the subject of a wonderful illustrated children’s book, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross. The book, subtitled Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and other Disasters for over 60 Years, tells Wisdom’s story and spells out many of the man-made and natural threats that she has faced and overcome. Wisdom’s remarkable story is accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations.

Wisdom watercolor artwork by Kitty Harvill

The theme of the book is survival, with threats ranging from plastic pollution in the ocean and scary stormy weather explained in simple but scientifically accurate language appropriate for young children. The environmental message is especially very clear without being too overbearing. The conclusion to each interlude is always the same – the positive message that Wisdom has survived.

I think this is a great picture book with a positive message to share with children. I give Wisdom 5 Goldfinches out of 5.

Disclosure: This is my own original, honest review of Wisdom, a copy of which was provided to me free of charge by the publisher.

Contest Alert: Birdwatcher Mug

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 in Contest, Giveaway

Two-Fisted Birdwatcher is giving away a blog-branded mug. Find this month’s hidden bird (Bar-headed Goose) to be eligible for the drawing. This regular giveaway usually ends by the end of the month, so be quick and submit your answer before February is over! See the contest page for details.

What’s a nird? Funny typo

Posted on February 16th, 2013 in Birding Blooper, Books, Funny, Products

A while back I came across a funny typo on The title of the book RSPB British Birdfinder was instead indicated to be a Nirdfinder. The error has since been corrected.

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If you see an error in a product description or title on Amazon, it’s easy to submit editing suggestions. Just scroll down to the bottom of the product page to the blue Feedback box and click on the appropriate link to either update product information or provide feedback on images or price.

Contest Alert: Bird Photo Booth

Posted on February 9th, 2013 in Contest, Giveaway, Products

The Bird Photo Booth Facebook page is having a caption contest. The prize is a Bird Photo Booth; enter your best caption for this photo by February 24th. The top three “like”-getters will be entered in a bird-driven random drawing.

Deal Alert: BirdLog 99c sale

Posted on February 9th, 2013 in Birding App

Regional versions of BirdLog are on sale for just 99c each, through February 18th. The sale applies to both iPhone and Android versions. The promotion is in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count which takes place next weekend. I think BirdLog is a fabulous app and this is a great sale. Birders, take note!