My first encounter with Jeffery Boswall was at a meeting of the Junior Bird Recorders' Club in London's Caxton Hall in early September 1948, and resulted in my taking him to the bomb-devastated Cripplegate-Moorgate area to see his first Black Redstarts. Even then, he was an impressive, commanding and articulate figure, with a maturity of manner beyond his 17 years. He thoroughly enjoyed an intellect

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