Birding Book Club: Best of 2020

December 10, 2020

It’s finally December of 2020, the month of annual superlatives. It was a pretty interesting year for bird books and we convene the Birding Book Club crew to talk about them. 10,000 Birds book review columnist Donna Schulman and Birding media review editor Frank Izaguirre join host Nate Swick to run down our favorites for 2020, including new field guides, books on bird behavior, and lots of fantastic narrative prose in both memoire and essay form.

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Nate’s Top 5

1) Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior – John Kricher

2) Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist – Donald Kroodsma

3) ABA Field Guide to Birds of Hawaii – Helen & André Raine

4) Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 2nd ed – R.T. Peterson, et al

5) All the Birds of the World – Josep del Hoyo

Frank’s Top 5

1) Vesper Flights – Helen McDonald

2) All the Birds of the World – Josep del Hoyo

3) Owls of the Eastern Ice – Jonathan Slaght

4) Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, 2nd ed – R.T. Peterson, et al

5) Field Notes From an Unintentional Birder – Julia Zarankin

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