Archive for the ‘Bird Books’ Category

The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer

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The Falcon Thief

Christopher Cokinos, _Hope is a Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds_ (2000)

On Sunday morning, I walked through the Claremont Farmers’ Market, where, at a book stall manned by volunteers, I found Christopher Cokinos’ book, Hope is a Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds (2000).

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The book is part natural history, part travel narrative, and part elegy for recently extinct avian species, including the Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, and Great Auk.

The title comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson:

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I find the book inspiring in the attention that it brings to the loss of birds from their native habitats due to human exploitation and in the strange but wondrous idea that we might be able to revive currently extinct avian species someday using the science of de-extinction (also called resurrection biology) and cloning.

From _The Feather Thief_ by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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Dr. Michael Warren – The Compleat Birder

Worthy and interesting …

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Michael Warren’s Interview on his book _Birds in Medieval English Poetry_

The Compleat Birder

Bit of a cheat post this one, but Boydell and Brewer have recently published an interview they conducted with me on my book, Birds in Medieval English Poetry, so thought I’d share it. Click here, or simply read the text below.

Thank you for assisting our discussion of your book, Dr Warren. To begin, could you tell us a little about how you came to write this book, which is now the second in our new series Nature and Environment in the Middle Ages. What first drew you to the natural world in literature? 
When I decided to return to medieval studies after some years in teaching, it was an obvious choice for me to pursue a subject that combined a personal love of mine with literature. I knew that there was plenty to say about birds, in fact, because I’d written on this subject for my…

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My Christmas Book: Noah Strycker’s _Birding Without Borders_


Pelican in a Book of Hours



Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey’s _Birds Through an Opera Glass _ of 1889: The First Field Guide

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Florence Bailey – Birds Through an Opera Glass – 1889 (PDF)

Audubon’s Barn Swallows

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Audubon on Alexander Wilson and the Small-Headed Flycatcher

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