Until the early i95o's, leading British and Irish ornithologists were notoriously reluctant to admit the possibility of natural transatlantic crossings by landbirds. This was the attitude of Howard Saunders, one of the most influential ornithologists of the Victorian era, and the same line was followed by, among others, R. J. Ussher in Ireland and Dr E. Hartert and H. F. Witherby in Britain. Record...

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