About the Author: Frank Izaguirre

Birds and Mishap!

By |July 27th, 2021|Birds and...|

I learned about Snake Bight after reading about it, like so many dangerous things, on the internet: it was a recommended spot for the mangrove cuckoo. Snake Bight is a really good birding spot. Perhaps most famously, it used to offer decent chances for American flamingo, but is well known for offering spectacular views of hundreds and sometimes thousands of wading birds and shorebirds feeding on the mudflats, especially when exposed. But there’s a catch. The trail that leads out to Snake Bight is fairly long, a little under two miles, and notoriously mosquito-y—many birders will not make the trek for that sole reason, and it’s common for people to turn back in terror after just a hundred meters once the blood-sucking hordes descend.

No. 3: Birds and Resistance to Corporate Aesthetics

By |July 13th, 2021|Birds and...|

The biggest thing was the way the swallows made that place theirs, disrupting the sameness—however soothing—of corporate aesthetics with…mud. And homes. And baby birds. Seeing that brought me real joy. And although I knew cliff swallows, which traditionally build their nests on cliffs, have adapted to also nest under bridges, I wouldn’t have expected a colony on the side of a hotel. So what birds have you seen disrupting human architectural aesthetics?

No. 2: Birds and the Surprise of the Uncommon

By |June 29th, 2021|Birds and...|

Some birds are like that, I think. You’ll live your life, and while you’re living, the bird will intersect with your own lifepath, shocking and delighting. A ballast during both the good and the bad. Not a common bird, but not a once-in-a-lifetime find either. Just a bird that always surprises you.

No. 1: Birds and the Surprise of the Common

By |June 15th, 2021|Birds and...|

A few weeks ago, my wife, Adrienne, quizzed me. “There’s a new study on what the four most common bird species in the world are…want to guess? One is pretty hard I think.” These four birds are the only wild bird species estimated to have populations above one billion.

The Wingspan Franchise Changes the Game

By |March 28th, 2021|Book Reviews|

A review by Adrienne and Frank Izaguirre Wingspan (2019), Wingspan European Expansion (2019), Wingspan Digital Edition (2020), Wingspan Oceania Expansion (2020), by Elizabeth Hargrave Stonemaier Games Available from Buteo Books: Original, European Expansion, and Oceania Expansion. Reviewers’ Note: The reviewers thank Bryan Alukonis and Cristine Izaguirre for testing the game with them. Birds are well represented in nearly all forms of media: books, music, film, even video games. It’s rare for birds to make a big debut in a realm of media in which they weren’t previously portrayed with any amount of prominence, making read more >>

The Great, Global Quest for Penguins

By |December 4th, 2020|Book Reviews|

Here is a highly anecdotal, engaging story of the quest by Bergman and his wife to see the world’s 18 penguin species. Intensely personal, his quest is full of adventure, challenges, serious medical issues, danger, and descriptions of some of the most remote areas anywhere.

A Worldwide Look at How Birds Respond to Winter

By |December 3rd, 2020|Book Reviews|

This book drives home from multiple angles just how pervasively winter influences almost all parts of the life cycle. Birders of all backgrounds are likely to find that Birds in Winter greatly expands their appreciation of the season's influence, and will no doubt enjoy learning more about the lives of both familiar species and those they may have never heard of before.

On the Surface, a Most Unlikely Book of Interest to Birders

By |October 2nd, 2020|Book Reviews|

A review by Daphne Gemmill  Mrs. Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury, and Feminism—Women’s Fight for Change, by Tessa Boase Aurum Press, 2018 320 pages, hardcover ABA Sales–Buteo Books 15094 I was shocked when I was asked to review a book with the subtitle of Fashion, Fury, and Feminism—Women’s Fight for Change. Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden, 1858-1928) is best known for her militant tactics in organizing the United Kingdom’s suffragette movement and gaining the right to vote for (property-owning) women. She was not a birder or even a backyard feeder watcher. I could not help read more >>

A Profound Look at an Overlooked Bird

By |September 30th, 2020|Book Reviews|

A review by Carrie Laben Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, by Katie Fallon Brandeis University Press, 2020 256 pages, softcover ABA Sales–Buteo Books 14711 One of my earliest bird-related memories is hanging out with a neighbor kid, lying on our backs on a picnic table, staring up at a blue summer sky. I must have been four or five, and he was a little bit older. Far above us, a Turkey Vulture tilted gently through the air. “Buzzard,” the other kid said, pointing up. “They eat chickens.” My family had chickens read more >>

A Textbook with Opportunities for Birderly Learning

By |March 12th, 2020|Book Reviews|

The 21 chapters of text encompass all of ornithology and address the obvious topics, covering the evolution of birds, anatomy and flight, physiology, brain structure, social behavior, genetics, the annual cycle, migration, courtship, vocalizations, nesting, population and community dynamics, and speciation.

A Must-Have Resource for Global Seabirding

By |March 10th, 2020|Book Reviews|

Howell and Zufelt have undertaken a monumental task. Not only have they compiled a worthwhile collection of striking photographs of our global assortment of seabirds, they have also taken the time to wade through the most vexing taxonomy and put it all into a sensible, useful format.

Embracing Birds of the Pacific Northwest

By |March 8th, 2020|Book Reviews|

Birds of the Pacific Northwest is a comprehensive field guide that all users can enjoy, from casual birders and backyard birders to hardcore enthusiasts. The details specific to the region make it a valuable resource to study at home, toss in a backpack, or keep in the car while on a birding trip.

The Impulse to Sing: Birders and Music

By |March 6th, 2020|Book Reviews|

Birdsong is one of the most enchanting aspects of avian behavior, and birders especially love the times of year when birds can’t help but sing from dawn until dusk and even through the night. The impulse to sing seems just as strong in two passionate birders who are also talented and prolific musicians.

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