Bird Life in Devon. By W. Walmesley White. (Jonathan Cape.) Illustrated. 7s, 6d. net. MR. WALMESLEY W H I T E writes pleasantly and is evidently a lover of his subject as well as a keen observer. The chapters on Dartmoor, Exmoor, an estuary, a river valley and a sea-cliff give the reader a good idea of various types of country in Devon and their bird-life. Other chapters are devoted to studies of particular species -Raven, Red-backed Shrike, Wood-Warbler, Nightjar, Wood-Lark and C'irl Bunting. The best of these are perhaps the two first mentioned. The author makes some interesting observations on the feedinghabits of the Shrike and the use of the " larder", as well as the varied victims he has found impaled. In his experience the larder does not come into being until the young are a few days old and ceases to be used after they have left the nest and can get about freely. The author has frequently found field-voles and the common shrew impaled, and among other victims he mentions are once a lizard and once a small blind-worm, Linnet, Wren, Goldfinch, Sky-Lark, Great Tit and, one after the other, a whole family of Blue. Tits. We are sorry to hear t h a t Blackgamc are still on the down-grade on both Dartmoor and Exmoor. On the other hand, Red Grouse, which have been introduced on both moors, seem to be slightly increasing. The Raven has increased, and all the available sites on the cliffs
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