This past month my local library came through with two birding books I’d had on hold. The libraries were slow to open but once curbside service started, my books came flying in. Pun intended 🙂
If you enjoy reading about bird species populating our earth, Noah Stryker’s book Birding without Borders may capture your interest. In 2015 Noah set off with a backpack, binoculars and series of one-way tickets, the plan being to travel the full year and see as many birds as he could in as many countries as he could travel.
He managed all seven continents, 42 countries and …are you ready…6,042 species of birds! This list is captured as one of his references at the end of the book, meticulously labeled by date, country and species.
1) Cape Perel (9 – 10) Date 1/1 Place Antarctica
2) Southern Fulmar Date 1/2 Antarctica – this list goes all the way to the last entry which reads
6042 Silver Breasted Broadbill date 12/31 India
Personally I enjoy looking at birds, love seeing visiting species as well as those unfamilar to me when we travel, but I don’t have this much interest or enthusiasum to consider such an epic venture. It was an interesting book to read about his extreme focus and travels.
Noah Stryker is an associate editor of Birding magazine. More about his books HERE.
Next up is Wesley the Owl.
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien is a wonderful book. I learned so much and probably bored my husband to tears by constantly quoting from the book. Did you know baby owlets smell like maple syrup or butterscotch? They bond with their caregivers for their lifetime. That they mate for life and just die of sadness when their mate dies? They are very playful, problem solvers and intelligent.
I loved this book, it was very informative, engaging and I cried near the end. You won’t hear me admitting that too often, doesn’t actually happen often. This was written by the biologist who cared for Wesley all his life.