Quest for Birds. The Problems and Pleasures of an English Birdwatcher. By W. K. Richmond. (Witherby). 7s. 6d. ORNITHOLOGY would be a dull subject if it were not constantly being enlivened by the impact of fresh minds and fresh points of view, and this original and stimulating book will give pleasure to seasoned as well as to new and inexperienced bird-watchers. Mr. Richmond's name is hardly familiar among ornithologists yet, but it evidently will be, if the promise of this first excursion is fulfilled. As a substantial proportion of his space is given to criticisms, express or implied, of mv own work I cannot attempt to review this book in the orthodox manner, and propose, with the editor's approval, t o put down my personal reactions to it. One of Mr. Richmond's most emphatic opinions is t h a t the collection of scientific data about birds, and census-taking in particular, have no more value or justification in themselves than simply watching birds for the aesthetic pleasure which it gives. As a notorious census addict let me say t h a t I entirely agree, and t h a t I am very far from holding the view which the author appears to impute to me of neatly-tabulated data as the main or even the only objective of field observation. Of such d a t a I have already written in t h e final passage of my Art of Bird Watching:-- " . . . these, of course, represent
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