In October 'News and comment' (Brit. Birds 88: 489), Shelley Hinsley's letter in the New Scientist about feeding peanuts in the summer was quoted. Readers may feel that this reference indicated the wholesale death of nestling tits Parus nationwide through choking on peanuts. In fact, the letter reported three dead chicks dissected which had a gut blockage caused by peanuts. These three birds had cate

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