Book Reviews

These are personal book reviews of a variety of bird- and birding-related titles.

Book Review: Nightjars of the World

Before going into species accounts, which make up the bulk of the book, the author provides general information about the bird families covered, including coverage of plumage types and camouflage, body typography, breeding information and feeding behaviors. This section is full of photographs, showing the camouflage strategies, actual...

Book Review: In the Company of Birds

In the Company of Birds by Linda Johns. First published 1995. As reviewed and pictured: hardcover, 122 pages. I've never had a pet bird, or had more than short...

Book Review: Flyaway

Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings by Suzie Gilbert. First published 2009. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 340 pages. As a nature lover, I believe in helping wildlife any way I can. When it comes to rescuing wild animals in trouble, in...

Book Review: The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

Next, the introductory pages clearly state the purpose of the book: to make the reader a better birder. As I first paged through the scenes, one of my initial thoughts was that this is...

Book Review: Kingbird Highway

Kingbird Highway: The Story of a Natural Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand by Kenn Kaufman. First published 1997. The back of my Mariner Books copy of Kingbird Highway indicates the category as Travel and Adventures, which perfectly suits this extremely enjoyable, exciting and well-written memoir...

Book Review: The Birding Life

  In the prologue, the author outs himself as a non-birder, not that there's anything wrong with that. He joins a field trip at the Prairies and Potholes Birding Festival and describes both birder and...