What’s in the latest BB? December 2016

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  • – News & comment
  • – Great bird reserves: Cley Marshes
  • – Scarce migrant report 2014: non-passerines
  • – Notes
  • – Book reviews
  • – Recent reports

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    British Birds December 2016, summary of contents

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    libya

    This is the fourth major work on North African birds to be published by SEOF, with previous volumes having covered Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia. The link between each of these has been Paul Isenmann of the French institute CNRS. This time he has used several collaborators to produce a much-needed avifauna of the country, effectively the first since the BOU Checklist The Birds of Libya, written by Graham Bundy in 1976…

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    Every birder should know what a Lapwing is, and most will know what a Loon is too – but what about a Lousy Jack? It is an Australian species, the Apostlebird: just one of the many new things I learned from this intriguing book…

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    Pink-legged and orange-legged Greylag Geese Anser anser, Poole, Dorset, June 2016. R. A. Hume

    When J. N. Hollyer pointed out that Continental Song Thrushes had a flight call rather like that of the Redwing, Richard Fitter, who had mentioned this (somewhat obliquely) in his Collins pocket guide, wrote that he should have taken advice given him long before by David Lack: ‘new facts should always be recorded in papers, not books, which obviously nobody ever reads!’…

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    Common Redshank, Norfolk; Richard Chandler

    Some bird species take it in turns to do the night shift of parental care, whilst others leave it to the female look after the nest after dark, says the largest study of its kind into understanding parental behaviour in shorebirds…

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