Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

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Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. One of the reasons I wanted to review Antpittas and Gnateaters was that I was curious about whether it could stand as a model for future bird family books.

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

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The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.” That sentence will do for this review and this book, too: it’s unavoidable. Reviews Blue jays book review wildlife rehabilitators

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Huskup – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks.

Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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There are actually two types of quizzes–those in the formal Quiz and Review in the back of the book, and quizzes scattered through the Introduction and some of the species accounts, whose answers are given in a separate back-of-the-book section. Reviews book review gulls

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Sprout Lands – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan Published by W W Norton, April 2019 Hardcover 165 x 244 mm / 384 pages ISBN 9780393609417 Price: £19.99

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Futurekind – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Futurekind Design for and by the People by Dr. Rob Phillips Published by Thames & Hudson, May (16) 2019 240 pages 900 illustrations Hardback 25.5

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ARS-UVR-32PRO – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ARS-UVR-32PRO from Sorbus International Pro pruning saw with sheath, curved blade 4mm pitch, rubber grip. Blade high-Carbon Steel with hard-chrome plating. Curvature ground teeth (SUPER TURBOCUT®) and impulse hardened. 4mm tooth pitch with 1.5 mm tooth thickness. Blade length 320 mm and overall length 480 mm with a weight of 430 grams.

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Paper Saver – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Paper Saver is – probably – the most eco-friendly notebook ever The Paper Saver comes without paper inside, because it's meant to be stuffed with old, discarded printouts from your home office.

Birding Without Borders: A Review

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But it would be unfair for a book review to reveal how much further he got on his tally, or what his final extraordinary total was. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer and birder, is a frequent and appreciated reviewer for 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review listing Noah Strycker

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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Reviewing it also brought up some questions, which will be explored throughout this review. The one on the left is from the book being reviewed here, Birds of Central America , and the plate on the right is from Birds of Peru. Reviews book review Central America field guide

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Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

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Last year I reviewed The Feather Thief , an enjoyable tale centering on the use of feathers in the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying, and how that led to the theft of priceless bird skins by one obsessed young man. Reviews book review HistoryA feather is a magical thing.

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Churchill & Orwell – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Churchill & Orwell – The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E. book review Churchill Orwell politicsRicks Published 1st June 2017 Royal Hardback, £25 352 pages, with 26 b/w photographs ISBN 9780715652374 Liberty and truth have never been so topical.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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My review copy (well, actually a contributor’s copy—more on that later) was waiting for me when I returned from the ABA birding tour of Thailand and Malaysia (more on that in a separate post) in early March. since I normally would receive a review copy. I like sparrows.

Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

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I knew that reading one chapter would not affect my critical reviewer’s opinion of the book, and Marie knew that too. This review is based on a reading of the eBook format, and I have mixed feelings about it. Reviews bird photography book review

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The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review

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As Donna pointed out in her review of the latest (seventh) edition of the NatGeo field guide, they usually, but not always, succeed). The post The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review national geographic

The Book of Trees – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Book of Trees by Piotr Socha (Author), Wojciech Grajkowski (Author) Published by Thames and Hudson (Big Books) (13 Sept. book review trees wood

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Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

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The post Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding book review migration warblers Wind turbinesHow blessed can one guy be?

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Growing Self-Sufficiency – Book Review

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A simple way to grow your own Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Growing Self-Sufficiency Realize your dream and enjoy producing your own fruit, vegetables, egg and meat. book review gardening green living grow your own Sally Nex self-sufficiencyEnjoy chicken, eggs, fruit, veg?

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Animals of Kruger National Park: A Book Review

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Reviews book review Kruger NPI’ll never forget my introduction to the mammals of Kruger National Park, South Africa. We –participants of the ABA South Africa Safari—were on a small plane when one Lori Conrad looked out the window and screamed, “There are elephants down there!”

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The Happy Hero – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Happy Hero Solitaire Townsend Published by Unbound October 2017 Paperback 192 pages £8.99 book review green living Solitaire Townsend The Happy Hero

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The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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I can’t end this review without talking about how impressed I am by Johnson’s research and documentation. Reviews book review fly tying museums

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Spear & Jackson Precision Snips – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spear & Jackson PRECISION SNIPS SK5 steel blades for lasting sharpness with a built-in locking catch for safe transportation and storage SRP: £6.49 garden tools gardening gardening tools green living product review product test Spear & Jackson

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ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw Length approx. I purchased this saw, more or less, to try it out as to how it would perform and not, like often, given this as a review sample.

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The Pleasures of Collective Nouns and Murder — a Review

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Reviews book review hummingbirdsIf you like birds and you also like. Oh, wait. I already know that you like birds — that’s why you’re at this blogsite. Let me start again.

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Abundant Living – Book Review

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Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

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Reviews book review hawks raptorsThere are birders who watch hawks and there are hawk watchers who bird.

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Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Our Review

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Book Reviews Food book review food and healthEvery Turkish kitchen produces dishes that began somewhere in Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe or the Balkans. Even with natural regional variations, there’s something characteristically Turkish in every bite you take.

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How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

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The post How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Reviews book review“Get a field guide!” ” That’s what novice birders are told, over and over.

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Birding for the Curious: A Book Review

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I usually put the author’s biography near the end of a review, but I wanted to get the disclaimers out of the way. Not only is Nate a birding and blogging colleague, but Mike Bergin, 10,000 Birds co-publisher, has written the Foreword and I have been threatened with all sorts of birder-type punishment if I give this book a bad review. But, as we say in the book review world, you can’t keep a critical mind down. Reviews beginning birding book review

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The Australian Bird Guide: A Review

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So, I welcomed the opportunity to review The Australian Bird Guide. Scientific names have been reviewed by the Working Group on Avian Nomenclature of the International Ornithologists’ Union. Reviews Australia book review field guide

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The Big Year Review

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Reviews movies The Big YearThe Big Year was alright. It was neither horrible nor outstanding, neither fully factual nor completely made-up, neither completely engaging nor totally alienating. I would give it a solid “B-” as a birder whether I was grading on a curve or not.

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A Review of 101 + Common Birds of Costa Rica- A Birder’s Companion

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Since I have been checking out, studying, and marveling over birds in Costa Rica for more than twenty-five years, I was pleased to hear about a new e-book, “101 + Common Birds of Costa Rica” and even more pleased to be asked to review it. Reviews book review Costa Rica

The Scent of Time – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The scent of time A Philosophical Essay on the Art of Lingering By Byung-Chul Han Published 1st September 2017 by Polity Books (Part of Wiley) Paperback 146 pages Price: £9.99 book review green living living simple living slow life spirituality

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Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White: A Book Review

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This is probably the part of the review where I should talk about the fact that Corey Finger—our 10,000 Birds Corey—is one of the authors published in this collection, and how that will not deter me from writing a balanced review.

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Birds of Prey of the East & Birds of Prey of the West: Review of Two Field Guides

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I have quite a few on mine, but for this review I’ll focus on the major hawk guides that cover hawks regionally or for North America. Meanwhile, having proofread my review and realizing that I ignored the falcons, here is a plate of my favorite, the American Kestrel.

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Burgon & Ball container weeder – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This container weeder, with a compact head and inwards-facing blade to protect plant stems from accidental damage, is ideal for scraping off moss, weeding and turning over the soil.

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Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide: A Gull Book Review

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fall down, so I will be scanning the Internet for reviews by some of our tribe’s gull experts and enthusiasts. Birding Reviews book review gullsGulls make my head spin. You know why.

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Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Book Review

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Reviews book review CubaCuba is on my mind. It’s probably on your mind too, especially if you live in the United States. 26 endemics! Bee Hummingbird, the smallest hummingbird in the world! Cuban Black Hawk, split in 2007 from Common Black Hawk! Fernandina’s Flicker, a tongue-twisting alliterative name for one of the most endangered woodpeckers in the world! Cuban Trogon, the national bird who wears the colors of the Cuban flag!

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl–A Book Review

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I informed Crossley before the conversation that it would inform my review, but would not influence it.) All of these are relatively minor errors and, sadly, this is not unusual in reference publications I’ve reviewed lately. Reviews bird identification book review ducks geese

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

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Two reactions on receiving my review copy from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: (1) Small book, colorful design, (2) There really are 12 steps and they are not in the order I expected. Reviews bird identification book review

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Mokuru – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This new toy is expected to overtake fidget spinners to become the next big craze – a fidget stick.

Beyond flying – Book Review

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Pets Aplenty – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Pets Aplenty by Malcolm D. I laughed a great deal with the first book that I reviewed by this author, namely “Pets in a Pickle” but this one has topped it. book review Malcolm Welshman Pets Aplenty

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