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: The Big Year

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik. First published in 2004. I joined PaperBackSwap a few months ago. Having been a huge fan in a former lifetime, I had a very large collection of X-files-related books in which I was no longer...

Book Review: Birds of India

Birds of India by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp. Published March 7, 2012. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 528 pages. In early 2006, Arthur and I visited Rajasthan in India for a much-too-short 20 days. We were interested in visiting both cultural sights and natural wonders,...

Book Review: The Birding Life

The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield by Laurence Sheehan, William Stites, Carol Sama Sheehan and Katheryn George Precourt. First published 2011. As reviewed and pictured: hardcover, 240 pages. If birds are "God's nervous system," as someone once observed, bird watchers are their EKG,...

Book Review: The Curse of the Labrador Duck

The Curse of the Labrador Duck: My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction by Glen Chilton. First published September 2009. The Labrador Duck, Camptorhynchus labradorius, was a striking black and white eider-like sea duck that was never known to be common, and is believed to be the first...