FIFTY YEARS AGO On 8th October 1949, a bird shaped like a Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia, but with plumage tones recalling a Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, was watched in a turnip and cabbage patch at Leogh on Fair Isle, Shetland - Britain's first ever Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler L. certhiola. (Brit. Birds 43: 49-50).

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