BIRDWATCHBMG: AN INTRODUCTORY GUIDE FOR YOUNG CANADIANS
Volume 11 Number 2.
John Rodgers is a keen birder and has written a weekly column on birds in the Vancouver Sun since 1966. The first thirty-five pages of the book are by far the most interesting for the novice birdwatcher. They offer an introduction (giving a brief history of birds) followed by information on bird anatomy, nests and eggs, songs, and migration. The remainder of the text deals with families of birds or birds with like environments and gives brief descriptions and some peculiar feeding or nesting habits of those species common to Canada. Forty-four black-and-white sketches are distributed throughout. At the end are fifty-four "Bird Brain Twisters" questions and answers followed by an index.
The title and introduction suggest that the book is written for young readers. The lack of coloured sketches or photographs seriously detracts from the book's appeal to the young. I believe it is of more interest to those who have some bird knowledge and can already visualize the birds under discussion. This book's value is to be found in the anecdotes given about some of the habits of some of the birds. These little tidbits of information are really what add spice to the birder's enjoyment of bird-watching.
Hugh A. Cook, Spenvalley P. S., Downsview, ON.
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