ON December 16th, 1945, there were approximately two thousand geese on the saltings at the New Grounds on the Severn, near Berkeley, Gloucestershire. These were examined almost bird by bird, mostly in good light with occasional sunshine, by four observers --John Winter, Clive Wilson and the two authors--the scrutiny lasting five hours. The vast majority were White-fronted Geese (Anser a. albifrons...

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