I purchased a copy this morning from Foyles in London. I started reading it on the Underground journey home and continued to read it as I was sitting in the garden during the afternoon. I didn't put the book down until I had read it from cover to cover and then re-visited certain chapters a second time. Lovely book, especially the photos. Lots of general and more technical information are neatly presented alongside each other. It should prove informative to all readers. It is an excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in birds in general and Robins in particular. The Chris Mead volume 'Robins' is the nearest previous publication to this book, but it is out of print and has drawings rather than photos. RSPB Spotlight: Robins follows a logical thread and doesn't jump randomly from topic to topic, which I personally find really irritating in reference books. I have (as far as I know) all the available books on Robins and have downloaded dozens of online studies and papers, including the pioneering work of JP Burkitt which was undertaken in the 1920's. This volume easily deserves its place on the shelves amongst those tomes and papers. Good value for £9-99.
Here's the ultimate endorsement...
I'm pretty sure GR was checking out page 53 (Robins & Mealworms)
Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos
(One bush does not shelter two Robins)
Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)
Thank you for the lovely plug, MC, and the brilliant photo too! And I'd just like to add that a certain Robin well known to the forum appears in this book... :D
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In reply to aiki:
It took about 30 seconds for GR to investigate the book, thus confirming David Lack's observation that "...they come down to investigate anything unusual in their territories, including objects that could have no possible connection with food..."
In reply to monkeycheese:
Bookmarking this page, thanks MC for putting it up and well done Aiki on your achievment.
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
My copy duly arrived at 14.20 today, delivered by DPD & I had to sign for it .... to date have been too busy for more than a cursory read of the back cover but am looking forward to going to bed shortly so I can at least start to read properly .... looks to be a good & interesting book & now I will have to search for that famous Robin!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Let us know if you find him...
Your hand on P55 MC!
Yes it is. Found the Celebrity Robin yet?
Nope, fell asleep on the job!!
GR couldn't bring himself to look at the Causes of Death section, so I had to turn the page for him...
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