We are sorry to report that S. C. Madge has decided to discontinue his joint authorship of this feature. We thank Steve for all his work on our behalf since August 1977. His successor is R. A. Hume, who will be joining Keith Allsopp as regular compiler. In future, all records should be sent to: 'Recent reports', R. A. Hume and K. Allsopp, do RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL. Please send

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