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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Notes

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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Notes

01 December 1947
Comments Notes I AM indebted to the Rev. L. G. M. Sheldon, of Crowborough, Sussex, who is an experienced ornithologist and at whose vicarage these notes were made, for providing me with the following facts. In mid-April of this year, 1947, a cock Pied Wagtail (Motacill...
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Notes

01 September 1947
Comments Notes ON April 22nd, 1947, near Muthill, Perthshire, I caught a glimpse, from a car, of a commotion in some rough grassland near the edge of a wood. I stopped the car and my wife and I then saw that a pair of Carrion Crows (Corvus c. corone) was attacking some...
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Notes

01 June 1946
Comments Notes WITH reference to Lt.-Col. B. H. Ryves's statement (antea, p. 43) that all species of buntings are absent in the Scillies, it may be of interest to record that my husband and I saw and heard several Corn-Buntings {Emberiza calandra) in song on St. Agnes,...
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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 August 1939
Comments Notes EASILY the outstanding ornithological event in Sussex for the year 1939 was the accomplished breeding, for the first time since about 1895, of a pair of Ravens (Corvus c. corax) in a sea-cliff some miles removed from the one in which, in 1938, (?) anothe...
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