Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Date of this Version



Nebraska Bird Review (March 1985) 53(1).


Copyright 1985, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


A Birdwatcher's Miscellany, edited by Rob Hume, 192 pp. 5.5 x 8.75, Blandford Press, UK, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, bibliography, indexed, hardbound.

This is a collection of short (about a three page maximum) comments on birds in the field, by British authors from 1836 to 1983, with many line drawings from similar sources. The instances are primarily from the British Isles, with a few from other parts of the world. These are grouped by Familiar Birds, Seabirds and Islands, Birds of Prey, Wildfowl, and Waders and Wilderness. Each individual selection can be read separately, so it is suitable for browsing. Sir Peter Scott's account of the recognition that Lesser White-fronted Geese came to Britain makes one wonder if there is a parallel with the sightings of Common Cranes and the Siberian geese in Nebraska.