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Our Favorite Bird Books of 2023

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What a bountiful year it’s been for birding books! In putting together this list of Notable Books, we thought about gift-giving and the holidays and, especially about what books would be appreciated by beginning birder friends and relatives. There are plenty more book reviews, as well, on the 10000 Birds blogsite.)

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Birding Under the Influence: A Book Review

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This added layer elevates Birding Under the Influence: Cycling Across America in Search of Birds and Recovery from a book of fun birding and travel adventures to a more complex memoir about the ways in which birding spurs self-reflection, motivates life change, feeds a need for wonder, and creates community. This is a smartly written book.

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Terns of North America: A Photographic Guide–A Book Review

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A new book about the angelic-looking, identification-stumping birds of the oceans, rivers, and marshes has finally been published! That would be Terns of Europe and North America by Klaus Malling Olsen and Hans Larsson, published in 1995, another fantastic book, but out-of-print and in need of an update. Tern lovers rejoice!

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Learning the Birds: A Book Review

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It’s the subject of the eleventh essay in this collection, almost smack in the middle of the 22 pieces that comprise the book. and then the life and writings of Harriet Mann Miller, a New York State native who under the name Olive Thorne Miller wrote eleven books and hundreds of articles about nature in the mid- and late 19th century.

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Galápagos: A Natural History, Second Edition–A Book Review

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I wish I had read this book. The book was originally published in 2006 as Galápagos: A Natural History with John Kricher as the sole author. Kricher is well-known in naturalist book circles as a scientist who can write about complex scientific topics in engaging smart prose touched with just the right amount of dry wit.

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Sentient: a book review

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The subtitle of Jackie Higgins’ book Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses , aptly sets forth her thesis – though the “wonder” it refers to could equally well be used to describe animal (not just human) senses, as she shows in fascinating detail. Atria Books, New York, $28 (U.S.); $37 (Canada).

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Vagrancy in Birds: A Book Review

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Schulman [not from the book!]. ” are the big questions at the heart of Vagrancy in Birds by Alexander Lees and James Gilroy, an impressive, fascinating book about what ornithologists and wildlife biologists have found out about avian vagrancy so far and their theories explaining this phenomenon. Don’t worry.

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