As a member of the local fire brigade I was able to make some close observations on the behaviour of birds at a big oil-tank fire at Pembroke Dock in August and September, 1940. The fire blazed for many days and gave rise to intense heat and an immense column of smoke, rising to about 1,000 feet. One would hardly credit that birds should be found around this terrifying inferno and even apparently...

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