[CT Birds] Awesome new book on Rare Birds available!

Julian Hough jrhough1 at snet.net
Mon Nov 30 10:35:09 EST 2009

This may interest birders on the list. A new definitive reference work for anyone interested in rare birds is receiving rave reviews in Britain and Ireland and beyond. This book is set to become a modern classic. It is sure to draw in long-distance interest from all those birders in North America who wonder at what journeys their backyard birds undertake when they leave in Fall.

It is a new book that I just finished designing and illustrating for a self-published author in the UK and as such hasn't been widely available until now.

Rare Birds, Where and When: An analysis of status and distribution in Britain and Ireland. Volume 1: sandgrouse to New World orioles is by Russell Slack comes in at 483 pages, is hardback with colour dustjacket, size 8.5 x 5.4 inches. It contains over 220 species and subspecies accounts, 114 graphs, 26 tables and a stack of black and white drawings by Julian Hough, Ray Scally, James Gilroy and Ian Wallace. (ISBN 978-0-9562823-0-9). The cost is $50, plus $11 postage and packing. 

This book is the most detailed interpretation of passerine and near-passerine rare bird records in Britain and Ireland yet undertaken. Rare Birds Where and When contains a bundle of interest for US and Canadian birders. Hundreds of records of Nearctic birds are listed and discussed; the number and variety of North American birds that make landfall in Europe during fall will amaze North American birders. There are details, too, of many Asian species that arrive as waifs in the Pacific states. This book not only provides a fascinating look into what birders are finding in Europe but also contains insight on identification, taxonomy and banding as revealed by the rarest species on the move over there. 

As well as all the facts and figures on individual species, there are historical perspectives by Ian Wallace (a great writer and a legendary pioneer of modern birding in Britain) and a fascinating chapter on the science behind vagrancy patterns by ornithologists Dr Alex Lees and Dr James Gilroy (Centre for Ecology, Evolution & Conservation, University of East Anglia) that birders everywhere will value. 

You can read reviews and explore more details about Rare Birds Where and When at: http://www.rarebirdbooks.co.uk/ There are sample pages you can browse on birds such as Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Ovenbird. Take a look beyond the border!

A full Birding World review is at: http://www.rarebirdbooks.co.uk/mall/rarebirdbooks/downloads/BirdingWorldReview.doc

Further online reviews can be found on:

Surfbirds: http://surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5863
BirdGuides: http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=1724

Order from website:   http://www.rarebirdbooks.co.uk/ whcih has secure online payment through paypal.

Julian Hough,
jrhough1 at snet.net


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