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 February 1948
Comments Notes DURING the years 1946 and 1947 I have noticed several species singing outside what appears to be their normal song-period as defined in The Handbook charts. Some of these variations are considerable, others less so. The particulars are as follows :-- NUT...
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01 December 1946
Comments Notes ON April 26th, 1946, I found near Portchester, Hants., the nest of a Magpie (Pica p. pica) containing eleven eggs, all very round in shape and smaller than usual. Only one hen was observed at the nest, which is in a hawthorn and has been used for years ;...
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Notes

01 September 1946
Comments Notes THE habit of sun-bathing by passerine birds.is discussed in a note by T. S. Williams (antea, p. 152). As indicated in the Editorial comment thereto this is probably commoner than at first sight appears to be the case. To the list of species given I can a...
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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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Letters

01 May 1946
Comments Letters SIRS,--Mr. N. D. Pullen, Mr. H. G. Hurrell and Miss N. C. Hicks (antea, Vol. xxxviii, pp. 206, 300 and 360) have drawn attention t o an interesting problem of behaviour. I have observed t h e " digging " in the bottom of the nest, as described by the abov...
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Notes

01 May 1946
Comments Notes DURING a continuation of observations on migration in the Trent Valley near Nottingham in 1945, the following species were noted, most of the records being the first for the county and therefore worthy of-record. ICTERINE WARBLER (Hippolais icterina),--A...
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01 September 1944
Comments Notes As already reported in Brit. Birds (antea, Vols, xxxiii, p. 194, xxxv, p. 58, xxxvi, p. 143), a female Carrion Crow (Corvus c. corone) and a male Hooded Crow (Corvus c. comix) interbred in a wood in south Co. Dublin in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. In 1943 ...
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