January 1979 – vol. 72, issue 1, pp 28–30 It was probably in 1961 that Britishers first became aware of a rather enthusiastic young birdwatcher by the name of Merne. This was during the heyday of Great Saltee Bird Observatory, when Oscar was persuaded to ring his first bird. Today, some 20,000 birds later, Oscar's name is well known throughout Europe and, through his presence at British and European bird conferences, hundreds of bird peopl... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.