When invited into someone's home, it's important to check out their bookshelves, as what they read is a good reflection of who they are. The 'coffee table' book syndrome, where an impressive book is left lying about, ostentatiously, can be ignored.....you need to find the real books behind the owner.
Mrs K has hers neatly aligned on the bookshelves, but they give a good insight into her tastes.....mine, meanwhile (if not piled up half-read beside the bed) are more higgledy-piggledy.
If music is on show, this is also useful to place a person. Most of my LPs date form the annus mirabilis of 1973.
A correspondent recommended that I find another book by WH Hudson, called Adventures with Birds. I managed to find it (at Oxfam) and it's a great little pot boiler. There are chapters on Nightingales, Marsh Warblers and furze-wrens (Dartford warblers), and a number on his favourite place, Wells-next-the-Sea.
He also endured the usual difficulty in tracking the furze-wrens down, and writes that the best time to see them is at 'about five o'clock in the morning, when they are most excitable and vocal'.
The rest of the time, 'they vanish and refuse to come out'.
He calls it one of our 'minor songsters' which has 'a curious little jiggy song'. I expect the late great Percy Edwards could have given a good impression, who made a career in birdsong and apparently could imitate 600 species - a celebratory programme is here.