Notes

01 September 1971
Comments Notes Moorhen walking underwater.--In view of the controversy mentioned in a footnote in The Handbook (5: 198-199) and the various records of Moorhens Gallinula chloropus submerging or swimming underwater which have been published in British Birds since that ti...
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Notes

01 December 1965
Comments Notes The feeding range of Shags.--Feeding movements by sea-birds are difficult to measure as they often take the form of a seaward or coast wise spread. Occasionally, however, when the feeding area is separated from the roost by obviously unsuitable water, def...
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Letters

01 November 1956
Comments Letters T H E R E A C T I O N S O F MAN A N D B I R D T O A S C O R P I O N S I R S , -- I n his letter on " T h e effects of model scorpion and lizard on a bird t a b l e " (antea, vol. xlviii, pp. 556-557), Col. R. Meinertzhagen suggested that the fear-reaction...
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01 April 1956
Comments Notes Purple Heron in Surrey.--On 18th September 1955 I disturbed a juvenile Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) in a patch of rather close-growing reeds at the south end of Frensham Little Pond, six miles N . W . of Haslemere, Surrey. First seen indistinctly in the ...
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01 December 1955
Comments Notes Peregrines rearing young Kestrels.--On n t h April 1963 W. N. Charles and I flushed a Peregrine {Fako peregrinus) from its eyrie in an old Raven (Corvus corax) nest in the Dumfriesshire hills. There were four eggs, one of which we took (under licence) for...
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01 December 1955
Comments Notes Goshawk in Middlesex.--On the afternoon of 20th March 1955 B. P . Pickess, I. G. and K. Johnson and I were standing beside the River Colne at Harefield Moor in Middlesex, when a raptor was seen approaching at a height of 200-250 ft. from the Buckinghamshi...
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01 November 1955
Comments Notes Gull-billed Terns in Sussex.--On 29th May 1955, I saw two Gullbilled Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica) flying- slowly eastward together just off shore at Langney Point, Sussex. I w a s able to note the short, thick and completely black bills, the stocky shape...
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Notes

01 May 1954
Comments Notes 24th, 1947, Mr. D. H. Brown and I saw at Rye Harbour, Sussex, a Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps griseigena) still in almost complete summer plumage. This bird was seen at very close range and we noted, rather casually at the time, that the whole of the bill wa...
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01 July 1953
Comments Notes Birds with abnormal bills.--With reference to previous notes on this subject (antea, vol. xliv, pp. 60, 349-50; vol. xlv, p. 402), we have received several more records of bill deformities and the following are worth quoting :OYSTERCATCHER (Hcetnatopus os...
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