Wednesday, July 7, 2010
SUMMARY: A review and critique of Birds of Washington: Status and Distribution edited by Terence R. Wahl, Bill Tweit and Steven G. Mlodinow (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2005). Weber places particular importance on specimen records and is critical of Wahl et als uneven citation of the literature on Washington’s avifauna. The Supplement to Weber and Larrison’s Birds of Southeastern Washington (1977) reports on fieldwork in the Blue Mountains and updates to the species accounts from 1977 to 1984. The valuable discussion of taxonomic issues includes a critique of Bell’s 1996 paper on Glaucous-winged and Western Gulls. Included are reprints of five papers by Weber which originally appeared in Continental Birdlife and the Murrelet. Available from Buteo Books here:
RECOMMENDATION: Weber corrects errors of his work, among other things, that appeared in Wahl et al.. The reprints and the supplement might be useful to birders in southeastern Washington. The original Birds of Southeastern Washington can be found in the used book market for $15.00+ U.S.