[The Editor regrets t h a t owing to an unfortunate period of ill-health a number of reviews and notices of local reports have been considerably delayed. It is hoped to get up to date with these in the numbers immediately following]. Bird Recognition. Vol. I. Sea-birds and Waders. By James Fisher (Pelican Books, 1947). 2s. 6d. In spite of the existence of various more or less inexpensive field identification books there was still room for a good cheap and comprehensive pocketbook devoted to this subject. Mr. Fisher would not we think, claim to be an authority on the finer niceties of field identification, but his flair for clever compilation has resulted in the production of a book which represents a big advance on any other of its type and compresses into a comparatively small compass a really remarkable amount of information. I t is in fact good enough to merit a critical and fairly full appraisal of its contents. The present volume, which is to be followed by two others, covers all the sea-birds and waders except for about fifty very rare species, which are listed a t the end. Under each species there are paragraphs on recognition, breeding, distribution and movements, all based mainly on The Handbook, the writer's debt to which is freely acknowledged (and without which it must be admitted such a book could not have been produced), and a useful feature is a paragraph indicating some of the more important papers or other publications on
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