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The Birdnester's Bedtime Book: An Anthology of Birdnesting Expeditions

By: William M Trobe (Editor)

411 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations

Peregrine Press

Hardback | Jan 2012 | #201377
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NHBS Price: £49.99 $61/€56 approx

About this book

This latest book by Bill Trobe represents the fruition of an idea he has had in mind for some years. He makes the point that when he began collecting omithological literature, the cost of books both new and secondhand amounted to only a pound or two and to pay more than a 'fiver' was exceptional. Times have changed and now the cost of sought after books in dealers' catalogues often runs close to or even exceeds three figures.

One of the pleasures of a specialised library is the opportunity to choose particular volumes at will and enjoy again favourite passages describing the exploits of others with similar interests to oneself. The convenience of having a number of such passages together in one volume is self-evident.

This book offers a selection of 34 pieces from various ornithological works, most of which are now expensive and/or difficult to obtain. Although a degree of personal preference is unavoidable in an anthology of this nature, every effort has been made to select a variety of accounts which will appeal to all with an interest in breeding birds and in particular birdnesting.

For instance, if one can imagine being in the company of Maud Haviland searching for nests of rare waders on the Siberian tundra just before the outbreak of the First World War, or be with Captain John McNeile seeking nests of the crimson-winged finch in a volcanic crater in Turkey, in addition to participating in various bird nesting expeditions in places between, then this is the book for you – the ideal Christmas


- Hobby, Crossbill & Dotterel (Norman Gilroy)
- Stormies & Shearwaters on the Scillies... and St. Kilda for Fork-tails (Arthur Whitaker)
- The John Walpole-Blond & Percy Bunyard confrontation (John Walpole-Bond)
- McNeile & the Crimson-winged Finch (J.H. McNeile)
- A Plover of Kent (Arthur Whitaker)
- The Ladder Nest (S. Sloan Chesser)
- North Rona Idyll (J.A. Harvie-Brown)
- A Remarkable Lady (Maud D. Haviland)
- Bird-nesting on Lancashire Moors (S. Sloan Chesser)
- The Ericht Eagle's Eyrie (Norman Gilroy and Arthur Whitaker)
- The Infamous 'Tour of Sutherland' (Charles St. John)
- Snow Bunting – at last (Arthur Whitaker)
- Dotterel on the Drumochter Hills (Douglas Meares)
- Learning the Hard Way (Norman Gilroy)
- A Little Bit of Luck! (Edward Simmons Steward)
- The Island of Handa (Charles St. John, J.A. Harvie-Brown, T.E. Buckley)
- An Evening's Entertainment (Arthur Whitaker)
- A Very Good Day with Thick-knees (John Walpole-Bond)
- An Epic Climb for a Black Vulture (Willoughby Verner)
- Wolley's Ernes (John Wolley & Alfred Newton)
- Ireland for Choughs (Norman Gilroy)
- Conceming the Greenshank (John Walpole-Bond)
- Estonia & Lapland (John McNeile)
- A Week in the Highlands (S. Sloan Chesser)
- Bonelli's Eagle (Willoughby Verner)
- Two Months on the Guadalquivir (H.F. Witherby)
- Edgar Chance: Oologist (Edgar P. Chance)
- Captain Gilbert's Nightmare (H.A. Gilbert)
- On the Breeding of the Honey Buzzard in Essex (Rev. F.C.R. Jourdain)
- Birds of Russian Lapland (Henry J. Pearson)
- A First Dusky Redshank (Norman Gilroy)
- Birdnesting in Orkney and Shetland (Lindsey Eccles)
- The Kite in South Wales (J.H. Salter)
- The Glen Garry Link-Man (Arthur Whitaker)

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