One hundred and fifty years ago: 'On the occurrence of the Australian Spine-tailed Swallow [Whitethroated Needletail Swift Hirundapus caudacutus] in England. It was shot about 9 p.m. on the 8th of this month [July 1846] by a farmer's son, named Peter Coveney, in the parish of Great Horkesley, about four miles from Colchester; he saw it first on the evening of the 6th--he tells me it occasionally fle

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