The recent full acceptance of the male Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica at Irvine, Strathclyde, from 4th November to 28th December 1979 (Brit. Birds 85: 519-520) ends a long period of uncertainty regarding the status of this species in Britain and Ireland. Other reported individuals have fallen into the 'presumed escape' category. On 4th November 1979, the Glasgow Birdwatchers' Club met shortly

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