Christmas Presents

I received some wonderful presents this year, most of which were birding-related. My mother bought most of my presents from Etsy, (since we are in Canada),, and Book Depository. Here’s a list:

:: My favorite presents this year are five letterpress prints by Dutch Door Press, a letterpress and design studio in San Francisco. These are the five prints I received (I was able to find links to only three of them):

American Goldfinch

Hermit Thrush

Western Meadowlark (see below)

Northern Cardinal

Black-capped Chickadee

:: My mother went a little calendar crazy this year. I received

Charley Harper 2012 Calendar which isn’t all birds but has some beautiful pictures,

* and also a small desk calendar, “little birds” by artist Bill Semann, from his Etsy shop,

:: I received the following books:

aaaaw to zzzzzd: The Words of Birds by John Bevis (I think my mother got this from Book Depository)

Popular Mechanic’s How to Charm a Bird: Create A Backyard Haven with Bird Houses, Baths & Feeders

The Geese of Beaver Bog by Bernd Heinrich

National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States by Mel White

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen

In the Field, Among the Feathered: A History of Birders & Their Guides by Thomas R. Dunlap

Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Them by photographer Sharon Beals; this book has such fabulous photos

Global Birding: Traveling the World in Search of Birds by Les Beletsky, published by National Geographic


:: One book I received that isn’t birding-related is I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, a Flavia de Luce mystery novel by Alan Bradley. I’ve read Mr. Bradley’s three other books, and I can’t wait to read this one.

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