London Bird Report for 1938. Compiled by R. C. Homes, is. 6d. (London Nat. Hist. Soc). BESIDES the classified notes this issue contains an interesting account of the effects on birds of the severe weather in December, 1938 as observed in the area and an article by Mr. W. E. Glegg on changes of bird-life in relation to the increase of London. The most striking effect of the cold spell was a great movement of Sky-Larks and their appearance in numbers in London and its suburbs. At the reservoirs eight Brent Geese appeared at Molesey on December, 17th and eleven Pink-footed at Beddington Sewage Farm on the 22nd, while there was a great increase of ducks of various species at different reservoirs, and single birds of the three scarce Grebes and also Red-throated Divers appeared, as well as a party of nine Knots (Barn Elms) and an unusual number of Dunlins. In his article Mr. Glegg has collected together some interesting facts regarding the presence and status of certain birds in London in the past, and although the species about which information is to be found are comparatively few one can get some sort of idea when one realizes t h a t a London bird observer a hundred years ago could watch Ravens in Hyde Park, Harriers in Deptford and Dartford, and Reed-Warblers at Wandsworth. On the other hand it would surprise that observer to see all the Wood-Pigeons, ducks and gulls of the present day. Many interesting appearances
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