Birdlife: A Naturalist’s Guide to Birds of the Southeast

Univ. of South Carolina. Nov. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9781643363325. pap. $22.99. REF
Expressive writing (“The weak-winged grebe will skitter across the surface in a froth of flapping feathers and mad-paddling feet.”) and hand-designed calligraphy showcase Ballantine’s (Tideland Treasure: The Naturalist’s Guide to the Beaches and Salt Marshes of Hilton Head Island and the Atlantic Coast) storytelling ability and artistic talent. Almost 100 birds from Texas to Virginia are organized by habitat (fields and marshes; forests) with descriptive texts (color; migration pattern; song) and detailed pencil drawings that emphasize shape and silhouette. Focused sections on wading bird niches and beaks add to interest.
VERDICT A useful companion to classic guidebooks, rounding out collections for birders in the Southeastern U.S.
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