Book Reviews

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

Book Review: Going Wild

Going Wild : Adventures with Birds in the Suburban Wilderness by Robert Winkler. First published 2003. Robert Winkler's Going Wild is a collection of essays on the birds and wildlife found close to his Connecticut home. While the essays are well-written, I didn't find them to be particularly...

Book Reviews Revisited

As my birding library grows, I've acquired a lot of books via trading sites like PaperBackSwap (PBS) and BookMooch (BM), or via thrift shops, used book stores, and festival fundraisers. Acquiring books this way makes the obsessive book-collecting part of this hobby a bit more affordable....

Book Review: Birds of the Middle East

Birds of the Middle East by Richard Porter & Simon Aspinall. Second edition published 2010. As reviewed and pictured: Softcover, 384 pages. This new title from Princeton Field Guides covers over 800 species found in the Middle East (defined for this book as the Arabian Peninsula, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon,...

Book Review: The Beak of the Finch

The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner. First published 1994. I'll admit I hadn't heard of The Beak of the Finch when I picked it up at the Unclaimed Baggage shop in Alabama. Arthur had pointed it out to me; he knew I was looking for bird-related...

Book Review: A Supremely Bad Idea

A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All by Luke Dempsey. First published 2008. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 264 pages. I've been blogging about my birding "adventures" for a few years now. I started this blog way back in late 2005, but...

Book Review: Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

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...