Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other EARLY NESTING OF THE SHAG IN DONEGAL. ON March 20th, 1927, Mr. C. B. Horsburgh reports having seen two Shags (Phalacrocorax a. aristotelis) sitting on nests, containing one egg each, on the north-west coast of Donegal. This is by far the earli...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other `Rarities Committee: new secretary Following the resignation of John M. O'Sullivan for professional reasons, Michael J. Rogers has taken on the secretaryship of the Rarities Committee. Submissions should now be sent to him at 195 Vicarage Road, Sunbury...
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Monthly marathon

01 May 2003
Comments Other The bird in photo number 196 (Brit. Birds 96: plate 59, repeated here as plate 186 is partially obscured by foliage and branches, which does not help us at all in our quest to identify it. Nevertheless, the photograph is quite realistic, being just the...
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Monthly marathon

01 April 2003
Comments Other Although different species of grass vary in size, the vegetation around the bird in photo number 195 (Brit. Birds 96: plate 28, repeated here as plate 149 is a pretty good indicator of scale and suggests that we are dealing with a small bird. The size ...
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Looking back

01 April 2003
Comments Other `WHITE-TAILED EAGLE IN BEDFORDSHIRE. ON February 20th, 1928, "a very large Hawk" was reported to me as having been seen in our park at Woburn for the first time. On the 22nd I had a very good view of it for myself, and it has been seen daily by other o...
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Monthly marathon

01 March 2003
Comments Other For most participants, the bird featured in Monthly Marathon photo number 194 (Brit. Birds 95: plate 347, repeated here as plate 97 was immediately apparent as a skua (Stercorariidae). Only a gull (Laridae) has similar structural proportions and overal...
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Monthly marathon

01 February 2003
Comments Other I think most people will recognise the slim, brownish passerine with heavily streaked underparts in photograph 193 (Brit. Birds 95: plate 322, repeated here as plate 58) as some kind of pipit Anthus. That much is easy, but pipits are one group...
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Looking back

01 January 2003
Comments Other ON THE DECREASE OF BLACKGAME IN SCOTLAND.­ Miss L. J. Rintoul and Miss E. V. Baxter have collected a valuable series of comparative observations, derived from a large number of correspondents and published records, on this subject... From the reports ...
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Monthly marathon

01 January 2003
Comments Other Bird identification, just like certain modern technologies, has developed immensely in the last decade, and keeping up with either can often be a real struggle. Thankfully, thoughts of having to use new `fieldcraft' techniques such as scanning or resiz...
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