Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birding Bookshelf - Reading List

I'm not foreseeing many opportunities for birding over the next little while, but somehow or another I came across a few books about birdwatching. I mean, what better to do when it's dark, -30, and there are hardly any birds out? I trekked over to the library and couldn't believe the selection they had! Not just guides, but books on specific birds, fiction, entire books dedicated to specialized things like molting and mating and colouring and who-knows-what else. I'm a big fan of of OPL. So I did what I always do: get intrigued by way too much and take out way more than I can possibly read before they are all due.

And so, I'm just over halfway through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (due Monday) and I have now added these titles to the coffee table pile for once I'm done with Salander and Blomkvist:

Speaking of, did you know that there is a movie coming out lter this year based on this book? It's also called "The Big Year."
It's got an impressive cast (Rashida Jones, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Dustin Hoffman)! Ben Stiller is a producer.

Apparently the book has had really good reviews from birders and non-birders alike.
Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches?: And Other Bird Questions You Know You Want to Ask

Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips From North America's Top Birders
I saw this one at Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary this year but didn't buy it. Looks interesting!

Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips From North America's Top Birders; Lisa White (Editor), Pete Dunne (Foreword)

And here are a few more to mark down for later:
Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder; Kenn Kaufman
Flights of Imagination; Richard Cannings
To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession; Dan Koeppel 

Diary of a Left-Handed Birdwatcher: Leonard Nathan
Down and Dirty Birding: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Here's All the Outrageous but True Stuff You've Ever Wanted to Know About North American Birds; Joey Slinger

Hopefully these will keep me busy throughout the rest of the cold winter months. I suppose you guys can look forward to some book reviews in upcoming posts. Guess I'm branching out!

1 comment:

Funkysandman said...

after calculating how much time I spend on the bus, I might add some of these to my to-read list..btw, saw another shrike today but had no time to take a folks snapped a shot of a white-winged crossbill outside their window, but I still haven't seen there's still some birds around