Looking back

01 October 2002
Comments Other Fifty years ago:  ‘Jays and Magpies eating wasps.–In reference to the notes on reactions of birds eating wasps (Brit. Birds 44: 406-407) it seems worth recording that my captive Jays (Garrulus glandarius) ...
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Monthly marathon

01 September 2002
Comments Other There are probably few BB readers who did not immediately recognise the bird in photo number 188 (repeated here as plate 276) as a goose. Its apparent bulkiness quickly rules out any thoughts of a duck, while its short legs do not fit an ibis Threskior...
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Monthly marathon

01 August 2002
Comments Other I have to admit that my first reaction upon seeing photo number 187 (Brit. Birds 95: plates 77 & 111; repeated here as plate 254) was `what an awful photograph!' and to feel a little pity for whoever would have the task of writing a solution. Littl...
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Rhynchokinesis in waders

01 August 2002
Comments Other One's first experience of a wader deliberately bending its upper mandible is a surprise; at first sight, birds' bills seem to be such rigid structures. The upper mandible has, in fact, some flexibility, and waders can occasionally be seen exercising th...
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Looking back

01 July 2002
Comments Other [From: Blue-cheeked Bee-eater in Scilly: a new British Bird] `Miss Hilda M. Quick, to whom full credit for the observation is due, sent us a short account of the bird immediately after she had seen it. At our request she has supplied the following deta...
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Monthly marathon

01 June 2002
Comments Other It is amazing just how many birds of prey seem to be flying away from you when you first see them. Picture the scene: you are wandering along some desert wadi, scouring the bushes for small migrants, when you take yet another glance upwards. And this t...
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Looking back

01 June 2002
Comments Other ON April 12th, 1927, we found a nest of the Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) about twenty feet from the ground in a Douglas fir, near Dumfries. It contained two eggs as well as one newly-hatched bird. W. & A. B. DUNCAN. `[About half a dozen cases are...
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Monthly marathon

01 May 2002
Comments Other Given that the closing date for the first three stages of the twelfth `Marathon' was extended to 30th April, the solution to the first two stages, photos 185 and 186, will appear in the June issue of British Birds.155. `Monthly Marathon'. Photo no. 188...
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