Birding in Barnes & Noble

While my family was in New York City in July, my parents found out that author Mark Kurlansky would be giving a talk on his newest book at the nearby Barnes & Noble near our hotel, so that evening we all had a night at Barnes & Noble. While my parents listened to the reading, I found the nature and bird sections, where I plunked myself down and created a pile of bird books around me to photograph to help me remember them when I returned (we had lots of my grandfather’s books to take home with us so no room for purchased books). Some of the books I’d heard about but had never seen in person, and others I’d never seen or heard about.

I spent most of my time looking through two of the newest birding books on the market — The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, with drawings by Catherine Hamilton; and The World’s Rarest Birds by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still. (This last book is great, but I wish it didn’t have to be published).

Here’s the bird identification shelf with lots of my favorites,IMG_0885

These are some of the books I’ve heard a lot about, but never had a chance to look at in person (there isn’t a good bookstore within two or three hours of our house),

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And here are some of my very favorite bird books, just because,

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