Letters

01 May 1996
Comments Letters In October 'News and comment' (Brit. Birds 88: 489), Shelley Hinsley's letter in the New Scientist about feeding peanuts in the summer was quoted. Readers may feel that this reference indicated the wholesale death of nestling tits Parus nationwide thro...
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Letters

01 October 1985
Comments Letters Distinction between Mandarin and Wood Duck in female-type plumages. A comprehensive description of differences between Mandarin Aix galericulata and Wood Duck A. sponsa was given by C. Holt {Brit. Birds 11: 227-232). As he noted, however, some of the c...
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Letters

01 December 1984
Comments Letters Tufted Duck carrying young. In connection with the recent notes by Montse Carbonell and Stephen B. Edwards (Brit. Birds 77: 318-319), I should like to draw attention to a previous published account by my husband, the late Dr Jeffery Harrison, of a fema...
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Letters

01 August 1983
Comments Letters The origin of 'twitcher'. Richard Porter (Brit. Birds 75: 537) has traced 'twitcher' back to 1968, but what were 'people who chase rare birds' called before that? My recollection is that before the Second World War they were known as 'pot-hunters', and...
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Letters

01 March 1979
Comments Letters Field identification of Snowy Egret. When discussing the problem of distinguishing the Snowy Egret Egretta thula from the Little Egret E. garzetta in the field, Stanley Cramp (Brit. Birds 70: 206-214) and I. J . Ferguson-Lees (in...
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Letters

01 April 1978
Comments Letters Golden Eagle killing red deer calf I am prompted by C. J. Northeast's note (Brit. Birds 71: 36-37) to draw attention to A. Baxter Cooper's excellent first-hand account of an immature Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos killing and attempting to lift...
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Reviews

01 February 1971
Comments Reviews Signals for Survival. By Niko Tinbergen and Hugh Falkus. Drawings by Eric Ennion. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970. 80 pages; 88 photographs; many coloured sketches. £2. Based on the B.B.C. film which won the Italia Prize for documentaries in 1969, thi...
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Letters

01 February 1961
Comments Letters The Len Howard Appeal Sirs--All readers of Miss Len Howard's books Birds as Individuals and Living with Birds have been distressed to learn that her life's work is threatened by building on the land next to her garden sanctuary. For twenty-one years Miss ...
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Watching migration by radar

01 August 1959
Comments Main paper So FAR AS I know, the first time that radar echoes were definitely identified as coming from birds was in the spring of 1940, when an experimental equipment on a wavelength of 50 cm. at Christchurch, Hampshire, detected gulls (Larus spp.) (Shire, 1958). U...
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