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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Sunday e book overview – The Vanishing Mew Gull by Ray Reedman – Mark Avery

I’ve to admire the writer for bringing collectively a taxonomic listing of 1100 birds discovered within the Western Palearctic (about 1 in 10 of the world’s birds) and explaining the origins of their English vernacular names and scientific names. If that’s the e book you need, then that is the e book for you.

I favored the writer’s dry humour and self-deprecation. His Preface endeared him to me as a person with a great appreciation of his topic. And afterward he writes (admits?) that he would most likely by no means have began this e book had it not been for the Covid lockdowns – how they modified our lives!

This can be a listing of 1100 species, and right here and there I discovered nuggets of worthwhile metallic, not fools’ gold, which I actually loved. For instance, take a look on the Chiffchaff and whence colybita derives. The issue with the e book is sorting the chiff from the chaff. By its very nature it’s important to learn each account to search out the comparatively few (in my case) that actually you. Guess the place the Cape Verde Warbler lives? Sure, you might be proper. Guess the place the Tennessee Warbler lives? No, probably not, besides on passage. The Black-browed Albatross account me rather a lot, the Yellow-nosed Albatross account much less so, however it has an amusing quip in it.

I’d recommend that each fowl membership within the nation must get a replica of this e book and mortgage it out to its members for a restricted interval in order that it’s learn by many individuals. If every particular person highlighted every passage they favored then that might be an attention-grabbing train and a information to the final readers of which bits to show to first.

How many individuals will desperately need this e book? Fairly few, I feel. Is it a formidable achievement – sure it’s.

The quilt? Yep, these are Mew Gulls, or perhaps Frequent Gulls. One of many nicer, friendlier-looking gulls. I’d give it 8/10.

The Vanishing Mew Gull: a information to the fowl names of the Western Palearctic by Ray Reedman is printed by Pelagic Publishing.




Signed copies of my most up-to-date e book e book, Reflections, can be found from me.


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Softback – £20 (incl UK P&P)

Hardback £26 (incl UK P&P)


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