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The following sites are only here because I cannot think of anywhere else to put them… they are the miscellany or pot pouri of birding websites. The same can be said of the picture - it is so sharp and gloriously coloured that I've used it as a screen saver on my laptop - but I didn't have another appropriate page free to use it - lucky this lucky dip page is here!

Some are spoof sites which are deliberately humourous, others just odd.

I have also read a number of novels on a bird or birding theme that are well worth a look but not appropriate for other pages… have fun with them too.

Just to demonstrate that birders will twitch anything! Here is a list of UK beers with birding connections from a recent thread on UKBN:

Hardy & Hanson-Crazy Crow, Crowing Cock, Guzzling Goose, Swallows Rest, Harvey-Knots in May, Harviestoun-Ptarmigan 85/-, Hopback-Turkeys Downfall, Kelham Island-Golden Eagle Pale Ale, Lichfield-Black Swan, Loddon-Red Kite, Mallards Brewery, Marisco Tavern-John O's Puffin Purge, Marstons-Goose's Revenge, Mauldons-Cuckoo, Morland-Old Speckled Hen, Oakham-Cold Turkey, Old Cottage-Pheasant Plucker, Orkney-Raven Ale, Paradise-Speckled Parrot, Roosters Brewery, Scattor Rock-Kingfisher, Skinners-Penguin Stout, Swan Inn-Black Swan, Trumpeter, Whooper, Triple fff-Little-Red Rooster, Turkey Brewey, Vale-Black Swan, Watkins-Merlin Stout, Weltons-Old Cocky, West Yorkshire-Out for a Duck, White Hart-Tits Up Tits Down, Winfields-Raven Best Bitter, Woodbury-Green Goose, Woodfords-Spread Eagle Bitter, Woodhampton-Dipper, Jack Snipe, Ravenshead, Worldham-Harlequin – Contributed by Dave Parker

Useful Reading

A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching

by Stephen Moss Hardcover 320 pages Aurum Press 2004

ISBN: 1854109936

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A Tiger in the Sand

? Selected Writings on Nature by Mark Cocker Jonathan Cape 2006 ISBN See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 0224078828

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A-Z of Birds: A Birder's Tales from Around the World

by Bo Beolens | 236 pages | 26 Cartoons | Paperback | Aug 2013 | Brambleby Books

ISBN: 9781908241238

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Beguiled by Birds

by Ian Wallace Hardcover 304 pages Christopher Helm 2004

ISBN: 0713665351

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by Mark Cocker Paperback 240 pages Vintage 2002

ISBN: 0099289547

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Blokes and Birds

Ed. Stephen Moss, Robin Chittenden [Photographs] Hardcover 96 pages New Holland Publishers 2003

ISBN: 1843304848

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British Birds - names~tales~myths

by Geoff Green | Published by Geoff Green | 2015 | also available as e-book: ISBN 9780993334016

ISBN: 0993334032

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Fiction - A Bird in the Hand

by Ann Cleeves Century Hardcover - 200 pages (26 June, 1986) This is a murder mystery set in North Norfolk where twitchers get bumped off; it was the first in the series.

ISBN: 0712694765

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Fiction - A Murder of Crows: A Bob White Birder Murder Mystery

by Jan Dunlop - Paperback - 2012 - North Star Press - ISBN: 9780878398768 Instead of sighting a rarity for his new nieces first bird list, Bob White finds a murder of crows, along with the body of an old birding buddy, amid the October leaves at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum….

Fiction - A Prey to Murder

by Ann Cleeves - ISBN: 0449145751 Everyone turned out for birdwatching on Open Day at Old Gorse Hill Hotel, including a killer…

Fiction - A Rant of Ravens

Christine Goff, Berkeley Prime Crime 2000 ISBN: 0425173607 - A murder mystery with a birding background

Fiction - Another Man's Poison

by Ann Cleeves Paperback - 220 pages (25 September, 2000) Allison & Busby ISBN: 0749004363

Fiction - Beware the Butcherbird

A Lucy Wayles Mystery
by Lydia Adamson Signet June 1997; $5.99 paperback 219 pp ISBN: 0451191218

Fiction - Beware The Laughing Gull

A Lucy Wayles Mystery
by Lydia Adamson, Signet, August 1998, 256 pp. ISBN: 0451195981

Fiction - Beware the Tufted Duck

A Lucy Wayles Mystery
by Lydia Adamson, Signet, 1996 ISBN: 0451190246

Fiction - High Island Blues

by Ann Cleeves ISBN: 0708937888 - Set against the backdrop of the Texan spring fall of birds, an ornithological crime novel which sees George and Molly Palmer-Jones on either side of the Atlantic investigating the same murder until a second identical murder is committed.

Fiction - Macaws of Death

A Robyn Devara Mystery
by Karen Dudley, Ravenstone 2002 ISBN: 0888012748 - A murder mystery set at a Research Station in the jungle of Costa Rica

Fiction - Mill on the Shore

by Ann Cleeves ISBN: 0449149188 - In an English Wildlife Sanctuary, a celebrated environmentalist is one dead duck…

Fiction - Sea Fever

by Ann Cleeves Allison & Busby Paperback ISBN: 0749003642 - 202 pages new edition (28 February, 2000) is about pelagics and the murder of an ambitious and aggressive birder who will stop at nothing to get a tick! I wonder who she modelled him on?

Fiction - The Boreal Owl Murder

A Bob White Birder Murder Mystery by Jan Dunlap - North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.; 1 edition (July 2008) or Kindle Edition (30 Oct 2009) ISBN: 9780878392773
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Fiction - The Case of the Hook-billed Kites

by J S Borthwick, Penguin Crime 1982 ISBN: 014006785X

Fiction - The Goshawk

by T H White ISBN: 0140019316 - There story of training the bird…

Fiction - The Stonor Eagles

by William Horwood Arrow Paperback - 600 pages 1991 ISBN: 0099455404 - has a storyline of white-tailed eaglestrying to re-establish in Scotland, and a parallel storyline concerning the main lead, who learns his birdwatching skills in Kent, wandering the dunes as a lad between his home town of Deal and Sandwich point after the second world war…

Fiction - The Twitch

Birdwatching can be murder... by Kevin Parr | Unbound | 2014 | Paperback

ISBN: 9781908717986

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Hoot to Kill

A Robyn Devara Mystery
by Karen Dudley, Ravenstone ISBN: 0888012918 A murder mystery set searching for owls in a logging valley…

How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher

by Simon Barnes Hardcover Publisher: Short Books 2004 See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 190409595X

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The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life of New Zealand (Life of the Past S.)

by Trevor Worthy, Richard Holdaway, Rod Morris Hardcover 592 pages - Indiana University Press 2002

ISBN: 0253340349

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The Red Heron

A Robyn Devara Mystery
by Karen Dudley, Ravenstone ISBN: 0888012403

Travelogue - Bird of Life, Bird of Deatth

by Jonthan Evan Maslow - a naturalist's journey through a land of political turmoil

ISBN: 0140088776

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Other Links

A Field Guide to Hollywood Bird Songs

The wizards of Hollywood can duplicate a city street on a studio back lot, create convincing jungle warfare on a sound stage in Culver City, dazzle you with special effects. Technical advisors—scientists, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, computer gurus—insure that what happens on screen is plausible. And yet, one small but significant aspect of moviemaking is consistently overlooked. Hollywood is tone deaf to the songs of birds.

Bird Bits


Welcome all Bird and Critter Lovers! All of natures critters are so amusing and entertaining to watch, and very educational too. The birds are particularly amusing to me. You may be surprised to find what you could learn from the birds… I have been a bird watcher all my life, But I have spent the last 10 to 15 years living right on the 'Texas Coastal Bird Migration Trailways', which has given me the opportunity to see some rare and amazing sightings of many different species of Avian beauty

Birding Slang


Bored I put this list of birders slang together...

Birding tattoos


This is where I present a collection of cool birding tattoos. Send me a mail if there's one you'd like to add…

Collective names for birds


Collective terms

Collective names for birds


Long list

Fiddle Tunes


Cheeky but I couldn`t resist ading this! - This is one of the tastiest independent label albums you will come across any time soon. The eclectic mix of Texas fiddle and bluegrass to Celtic and jazz may raise an eyebrow or two, but the entire collection of songs is tied together by a single theme. All songs are tunes with bird names. The standards are wonderfully interpreted without losing the original integrity, and the originals Arvel composed are an incredible mastery of the music inspired by the calls and characteristics of our winged friends…

From the Canyons to the Stars


Tom McKinney's latest blog featuring music about birds. 52 posts in 2015. And then it's all over!

Jan Dunlop


To be honest, I didn’t start out wanting to write murder mysteries. I originally wanted to be a poet. Then I wanted to be a teacher. Then I wanted to be an astronomer. Then I wanted to be a priest. Finally, I thought becoming an ornithologist would be cool. I even collected little bird models that you snapped together and painted. They cost about twenty cents each and some had wings that, instead of laying flat against the tiny plastic body, stuck out like the bird was flying. Realism – what a wonderful thing! Then I started first grade and the next thing I knew, I had graduated from college in Denver, gotten married in California, moved to Minnesota and given birth to five kids. At that point, all I wanted was to get some sleep…

Kid Wings


Lots of fun stuff for young birders…

Making Bird Houses With Unused Material At Home


Here Are some creative ideas on converting unused or waste material into bird houses…

Maria's Duck Tales


Duck Tales is meant to be a happy, whimsical sight - one in which I am able to share my observations which are based upon years of watching my little wildfriends interact with each other and with me. Although, I tend to romanticize them in my stories, there is a very serious side to helping nature take care of them and, at times, a very sad side, which I would rather not write about.

Reality Birding League


This is the website of the Reality Birding League run for members of Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society.

The Amazing World of Birds


Welcome to the beautiful, the wonderful, the truly amazing world of birds. Birds are truly beautiful creatures, they are also fascinating and all around us, roosting and nesting on our buildings and feeding in our gardens and refuse dumps, they are easy to find and fun to observe…

Two-Fisted Bird Watcher


A man holds a pair of binoculars, one hand wrapped around each side. His fingers are curled like fists, and they come together making a strong symbolic statement. You’re looking at a two-fisted bird watcher, buddy…

World Birding Series


We would be delighted to welcome you into the special ranks of World Series Birders. There are several levels - Level I (Competitive Teams); Level II (Individuals or Non-Competitive Teams); Level III (School/Youth Teams); Level IV (Seniors). Levels vary in terms of intensity, skill and focus, but all have one thing in common. All draw upon your skills and your enthusiasm to raise money and public awareness levels for bird protection…