Book Reviews

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

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: 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 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...

Book Review: The Warbler Guide

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Book Review: The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds

The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Donald & Lillian Stokes. First published 2010. As reviewed and pictured: Softcover, 792 pages. The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America is an amazingly comprehensive new photographic guide. Over 850 species are covered, ranging from...

Book Review: Beware the Tufted Duck

Beware the Tufted Duck: A Lucy Wayles Mystery by Lydia Adamson. First published 1996. Tufted Ducks are probably my favorite species of duck. I might even prefer them over any other kind of fowl. Who can resist a cute little black and white duck with an adorable tuft of...