In October 1962, while travelling from New York to Southampton in R.M.S. Mauretania, I was fortunate to witness a fall of over 130 American landbirds of 34 species (Durand 1963). This was the highlight of five years of voyaging across the North Atlantic in the four biggest 'Cunarders'. Making up to twelve round trips each year, I found the total number of landbird sightings quite a revelation. In vi...

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