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 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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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 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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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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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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