Looking back

01 January 2004
Comments Other `An unrecorded occurrence of a probable Redflanked Bluetail in Lincolnshire.­­The extract quoted below is from page 82 of the typescript of an as yet unpublished book by the late G. H. Caton Haigh entitled "Birds of a Lincolnshire Parish being A List...
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Monthly marathon

01 December 2003
Comments Other Every so often, this competition includes something which initially defies identification. The bird depicted in plate 213, repeated here as plate 403, is one such individual, since it lacks any clear or familiar plumage features that would normally all...
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Monthly marathon

01 October 2003
Comments Other At one time or another, we have all been faced with unsatisfactory, and often brief, rear-end views of an apparently unfamiliar bird disappearing into cover. Most will be common birds seen badly, but occasionally the views suggest that something more e...
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Looking back

01 June 2003
Comments Other As in previous years, I send a number of observations made between October, 1927, and April, 1928, at the most westerly of the large Staffordshire reservoirs, and include a few made at Gailey Pool. `There is not a great deal new to report. Ducks have, ...
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Looking back

01 June 2003
Comments Other `Black-headed Wagtail in East Lothian.--On July 2nd, 1952, at Aberlady Bay, East Lothian, we came across what proved to be a Black-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava feldegg). The bird was watched for nearly ten minutes on an area of grassy salti...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other DECREASE OF BLACK GAME IN SCOTLAND. SIRS,--With reference to the note on this subject (Brit. Birds 21: 206-207), I have had occasion to observe on some moors in Holstein, north Germany, that Black Grouse [Tetrao tetrix] are extremely susceptibl...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other Breeding status of Goosanders in Wales Roger Lovegrove `In their account of the spread of the Goosander Mergus merganser in Britain and Ireland, Meek & Little (1977) [Brit. Birds 70: 229-237] referred to proved breeding in Wales in 1972, and the po...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other FLOOD-DAMAGE AT HAVERGATE ISLAND. SIRS ,--One of our most important bird-reserves, Havergate Island, Suffolk, was severely damaged by the exceptional tide which swept down the East Anglian coast on February 1st. This island is not only unique i...
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