ON June 4th, 1940, on a common in Cheshire I found a nest of a Tree-Pipit (Anthus t. trivialis) with recently hatched young. The parent bird sat very close after going down with food, whilst I was searching for the nest; when it left the nest it fluttered along the top of the heather, lay quiet with spread wings and again fluttered along for a distance in all of some 20 yards just in front of me....

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