Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Avian splendors ... human ignominy

1860 natural history print
Did you see the article in last week's New Yorker about the people caught stealing eggs from the nests of endangered birds in Britain? These remorseless felons are maniacs! Some of them were found to have thousands of eggs secured away in hidey holes. Sometimes humanity can be so depressing.
To calm myself down I'm going to share some vintage artwork of assorted lovely birds. And highlight books by people who know how to treat them properly. Respect the avian splendor!

Yikes ... we have three pages of books on birds. I'll let you browse to see what appeals!


  1. I can only speculate that the purpose of the thefts is to push a rare species into extinction in order to raise the price of what specimens the thieves or the buyers possess. I'm glad the British are trying to keep up with these scoundrels.
    Is the cuckoo the species born with a hollow on its back for the removal of its nestmates? The parents lay their egg in a smaller bird's nest, so the larger hatchling can soon enjoy the full attention of two unaware foster parents.

    But enough of cruelties natural and man-made. I hear Jane Austen is going to be featured on a ten-pound banknote! What would she say?

  2. I was shocked to hear this, Gioconda!! However, if we're to believe "Money is the best recipe for happiness..." from her masterwork Pride and Prejudice, I doubt she'd have had any problem with it:)

  3. What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World is worth checking out. I have to be honest, I never really gave much of a second thought to the Avian species until I read that book. In fact ever since seeing Jurassic Park I've been a little terrified by birds and all I can think about is Raptor claws.