Notes

01 November 1963
Comments Notes IT has long been known that, in the Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) the mandibles cross indifferently on either side in different individuals. Recently, however, for a special purpose, I desired to ascertain whether or not individuals having the man...
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Notes

01 May 1963
Comments Notes FOE some years now I have been paying particular attention to the nestlings of common birds. It is of course now known to all ornithologists that the parents keep the nest clean (as a general rule) by carrying away the excrement, and often by swallowing ...
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Notes

01 April 1963
Comments Notes W E have received a good many schedules relating to these two inquiries (see Vol. VI., pp. 296-311, and Vol. VII, pp. 4-6), but we sincerely hope that many more of our readers will send in particulars. This should now be done without delay, and if the fo...
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Notes

01 March 1946
Comments Notes O N March ijth, 1945, I was in a convoy moving slowly south through the'Irish Sea. The day was brilliantly fine, the sea quite calm. In the morning the Welsh Hills were visible, but otherwise we saw neither coast. There was no fog, however. There was a v...
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Notes

01 May 1942
Comments Notes walking along a ditch on an East Kent marsh, on April 5th, 1942, we came upon a Water-Pipit (Anthus s. spinoletta) and were able to get a view of the bird at about 10 yards range. We noticed the pale, almost unstreaked under-parts, and the greyish upper-...
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Notes

01 September 1941
Comments Notes A NEST of this bird (Muscicapa s. striata) was begun on May 27th, 1941 on the top of a nesting-box in an alcove of my house in Bucks, but was later abandoned, owing probably to the nesting material slipping off the smooth lid. The Flycatchers then turned...
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Notes

01 September 1939
Comments Notes PROOF of the sex of the bird choosing the nesting-site is generally so difficult to obtain that it seems worth while to record some evidence in the case of a House-Sparrow (Passer d. domesticus) in my garden in the spring of 1939. Early in March I notice...
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Notes

01 March 1939
Comments Notes THE particulars given in the following table though drawn from observations in one small area may be of some value if taken in conjunction with similar observations in other districts. All the nests detailed were observed in 1938 and, except for those of...
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Notes

01 November 1937
Comments Notes W E have received the following notes additional to those already published on this subject (cf. antea, p. 149). KENT.--A bird which from the description appeared to be an immature female was seen by Mr. J. R. Tart at Dungeness early in June. SUSSEX.--A ...
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Letters

01 September 1937
Comments Letters SIRS,--I think Mr. David Lack is clearly right in concluding from the scene he describes (antea, p . 82) t h a t the crest of the Goldcrest (Regulus r. anglorum) is an instance of ornamentation functioning as a " threatcolour", and used for t h a t purpo...
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