Birdsof the Scilly Isles. By Hilda M. Quick. Bradford Barton, Truro, 1964. 125 p a g e s ; line-drawings. 10s. fid. (paper-back); 21s, (hard-covers). This unpretentious little book is the first ever published on the birds of the Isles of Scilly. Primarily intended for the beginner and ordinary visitor noticing birds for the first time, it contains a large part devoted to hints on how to identify the birds most likely to be seen. With these interests in mind, the author has avoided the stylistic limitations of a systematic list; although this has resulted in a book which is eminently readable, the treatment of species tends, perhaps inevitably, to be uneven. Nevertheless, for many there are useful and original observations on behaviour and local habits, as well as brief details of distribution and status. Short chapters describe the main features of the islands themselves and trace the changes which have occurred among the breeding birds during the present century. The book ends with a useful check-list (which neither is nor claims to be complete) of 270 or so species recorded in the past 33 years. Written in an easy, rather anecdotal style, the book is pleasantly illustrated with Miss Quick's own highly original and lively linedrawings. The paper-backed edition represents especially good value and, with increasing numbers of bird-watchers now visiting Scilly on their annual holidays, is assured of the success it deserves.Birds of Prey. By Philip Brown. Deutsch, London, 1964. 124 pages; one colour and 21 black-and-white photos.