Bird Life in Cornwall

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LOCAL ornithoiogies to be of value must be precise, and they therefore tend to become lists ; how. ever, Lieut.-Colonel B. H. Ryves in his volume dealing With bird life in the most southerly counties of England has cleverly avoided this by dividing his book into two parts. The first includes an account of Cornwall and its bird haunts and has chapters on such outstanding Cornish birds as the chough, raven, peregrine, common buzzard and Montagu‘s harrier. In the second part we have a guide to the birds of Cornwall with notes on behaviour, etc. The whole is adrnirably illustrated with pen-and-ink sketches by R. A. Richardson, his pintails, showing a duck and drake floating on still water, being a particularly satisfying picture.

Bird Life in Cornwall

By B. H. Ryves. Pp. 256 + 16 plates. (London and Glasgow: Wm. Collins, Sons and Co., Ltd., 1948.) 10s. 6d. net.

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PITT, F. Bird Life in Cornwall. Nature 162, 7–8 (1948) doi:10.1038/162007d0

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