Prompted by W. R. P. Bourne's letter (Brit. Birds 94: 209), I feel compelled to set the record straight on a more widely quoted incorrect date. The first British occurrence of the Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus is invariably given as 1796 (e.g. Yarrell 1843; Fisher 1966; Palmer 2000). Col. George Montagu, in his Ornithological Dictionary of British Birds (1802), notes that `this bird, which was r

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