100 top bird books

Squeakyfiddle at aol.com Squeakyfiddle at aol.com
Sat May 8 19:19:40 PDT 2004


Three more:

"Birds of the Pacific States". Ralph Hoffman. Houghton Mifflen Company,
Boston, 1927. With lovely B&W line drawings and amusing color plates by Major Allan
Brooks, and the kind of detailed text one doesn't find in these days of ID by
color illustration.

"The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America". Francis H. Kortright.
Illustrations by T. M. Short. The American Wildlife Institute, Washington, D.C., 1943.
More highly detailed and well documented text, 1943 range maps and beautiful
color plates that include transitional plumages. My only source for color
illustrations of juvenile waterfowl.

"A Season of Birds - A Norfolk Diary, 1911". Vincent and Lodge. A&W
Publishers, NY, 1980. A beautifully edited version of the 1911 diary kept by
gameskeeper James Vincent of the birds he observed in the Norfolk village of Hinkling.
Illustrated by Victorian bird artist George E. Lodge, with photographs by Miss
Emma Turner.

excerpt:
"May 8th. Saw an immature male Montagu's Harrier. It is one of the poorest in
plumage I've ever seen, not much grey showing. Saw 2 Grey Plovers and 4 Knots
going in a N.E. direction about 30 yards high when on Hinkling Broad"

This book has the finest illustration of a Starling I've ever seen (June
27-30).

I also agree with Bruce Whittington that the Tavener books should be included.

Catherine Alexander
Lakewood Neighborhood
South Seattle



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