Book reviews

For many people, their first encounter with birds is through feeding them – probably ducks or pigeons in a local park as a child – and for that reason alone, bird feeding is an important social activity…

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The deceptively slim volume packs a mass of information about one of our most familiar birds into its pages. Martyn Stenning studied Blue Tits and Pied Flycatchers at the University of Sussex…

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We are blessed with a large literature on bird names, much of it quite recent. It is easy, for example, to discover the meanings behind the Latin or Latinised nomenclature, to investigate eponyms and to find long and fascinating lists of obsolete or dialect names. What, then, is the point of this new book?

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The Keyhaven area in southwest Hampshire is well known for its nationally important breeding concentrations of gulls and terns, a substantial list of vagrants, and its fine seawatching in favourable conditions in spring…

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The latest in a series of occasional publications produced by Carlisle Natural History Society is a collection of four articles relevant to the ornithological history of Cumbria…

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To the surprise of everyone except, perhaps, the authors and the publishers, Volumes I and II of the long-awaited Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds (HWPB), covering the passerines, was released over the summer…

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Is there space on your shelf for another book on gulls? For any ‘gull freak’ the answer will always be ‘yes’…

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The front cover image is of resting Oystercatchers, the back cover of Ringed Plovers. Their bold plumage patterns are a gift to printmakers but even so, as book jackets go, this is a stunner and an indication of the quality of artwork by Robert Gillmor…

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This new book provides a comprehensive review of all the rare birds, both breeding species and vagrants, to have occurred in Poland…

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It seems that every few weeks a bird species is announced as being ‘new’ to science. In some cases (such as the Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch) this is simply achieved through the promotion of a well-known subspecies to full species status. By comparison, the discovery of a completely new species that has gone undetected is still quite rare…

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