Book Reviews Revisited 2011

My birding library grew by leaps and bounds in 2011, with a high number of books acquired and a very short list of books traded out. In 2011 I only managed to review 11 books (out of a goal of 20) and got rid of less than that. *gulp!* Here's where those 11 came from, and where they are now.

Purchased new or used [1/3 remain in library]
* Flyaway (new) [January blog giveaway]
* The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds (new) [remains in library]
* Wesley the Owl (used) [March blog giveaway]

Received from publisher [4/4 remain in library]
* The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds [remains in library]
* The Birding Life [remains in library]
* Hawks at a Distance [remains in library]
* The Atlas of Birds [remains in library]

Received via PaperBackSwap or BookMooch [1/4 remain in library]
* The Feather Quest (PBS) [traded out via PBS]
* Pigeons (PBS) [signed book remains in library]
* Dial B for Birder (PBS) [traded out via PBS]
* A Supremely Bad Idea (PBS) [traded out via PBS]

Book Review: Birds of the West Indies

Birds of the West Indies by Norman Arlott. First published 2010. Norman Arlott's Birds of the West Indies is part of Princeton University Press' Illustrated Checklist series, but the compact, fully illustrated book seems more like a full guide to me. More than 550 bird species are covered, each...

Book Review: Pigeons

Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew D. Blechman. First published 2006. As reviewed and pictured: hardcover, 239 pages. Rock Pigeons are thought to be native to Asia, though they are among the most widely distributed bird species on the planet...

Book Review: The Search for the Pink-headed Duck

The Search for the Pink-headed Duck by Rory Nugent. First published 1991. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 223 pages. The Search for the Pink-headed Duck is Rory Nugent's memoir of his travels in eastern India and his search for a duck believed to be extinct and which was last...

Book Review: How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher

How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes. First published 2005. Look out the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a bad birdwatcher. Throughout How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher, Simon Barnes shares his premise that birdwatching should simply be done for the joy...