Birds of Prey by Alfred Hitchock

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Alfred Hitchcock was a professional naturalist who lived in Wiltshire, England. It was his scientific interest in birds that led to him becoming one of the leading ornithologists and researchers of the late Victorian era. He was interested in the variety of natural species that roamed the countryside, especially at night. He set up a collection of about eighty different species, including the popular “nightingale” or “blue-throated” bird.

His book, “The Forest of Flyways,” is an account of the research he had done on the subject. Of particular interest to readers of this day are the illustrations of various species that he described. The images are clear and cheerful and show the comforts and enjoyment that he and his wife, Emilee, had as they camped and went walking through the woods. A young woman who knew Mr. Hitchock from his early days as a student of birds and who later became a lady of leisure, George Taylor, took some of these pictures and created a beautiful album entitled “Offsets and Strays of the West Highlands.”

Mr. Hitchock is not only a lover of birds, but he is also a keen traveler and a lover of art. This was shown in “cologne,” which included such not-so-usual items as the very rare and hard-to-find “champagne de Blanc” or champagne with cherries. There is also a coffee table-style book entitled “The Peripheral Elegance of Bird Songs” that features all of his recorded songs, together with the translation and notes of each.

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One of the most important points that he stressed in his writing is the need to give all birds the protection and comfort that their physical needs require. He wrote that young birds should be kept away from poisonous snakes, while old birds need to be fed. If you eat too little, your body will not retain the necessary nutrients, and there will be a tendency toward obesity. On the other hand, if you overfeed, your body will become malnourished, and it will have difficulty extracting the calories that it needs.

The most common birds in this book are the swallow, blackbird, blue jay, darter, wheeler, white stork, and woodpecker. Unlike most books, this one includes some photographs of real birds and even several pictures of birds feeding. It is a very large book and quite heavy. The leather-bound edition has an additional page of essays addressing common bird problems. Mr. Hitchock also includes a number of recipes for foods that are especially suited to the needs of specific birds.

Things To Know

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Of course, like any good naturalist, Alfred Hitchock takes things a step further and becomes a birdwatcher too. He provides a wealth of information about bird species all over the world, including details about some that are indigenous to North America, such as the Black-Headed Woodpecker, a member of the woodpecker family that is only found in the southern states. He describes and gives a lot of information about rarer birds too, which he has seen on more than one occasion. Finally, there are some sections on fish and marine life, including the predatory fish, that can be a problem for some birds.

Birds of prey are also addressed in this very valuable book. Mr. Hitchock has spent considerable amounts of time studying various types of birds of prey, and he provides detailed descriptions and illustrations of how these animals take down their prey. There are sections on the methods of hunting birds of prey, and there is also a short article on the habits of some birds of prey. Mr. Hitchock also includes a field guide to birds of prey, and this provides a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the subject. Other important topics include methods of preserving the wildlife that is currently available and the problems that can be caused by habitat loss.

Bottom Line

All in all, Birds of prey is an excellent book to help people understand the needs of our feathered friends. We need to appreciate their thinking and physical abilities if we are to continue to have a wide variety of birds in our communities. Mr. Hitchock’s expertise provides a refreshing perspective on this beautiful and important topic. The reader will benefit from his clear writing style and from the wealth of information provided.

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