Notes

01 February 1988
Comments Notes Occurrence of 'Russian' Bean Geese in Lancashire/Merseyside The small flocks of Bean Geese Anser fabalis which winter in Britain consist of individuals of the long-billed nominate race A. f. fabalis, known as the 'Western' Bean Goose (Ogilvie 1978). Strag...
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Letters

01 April 1986
Comments Letters Escapes? Some years ago, Derek Goodwin and the late Derrick England published some long comments on the problem for birdwatchers of escaped cage birds (Brit. Birds49: 339-349; 67: 177-197). Since those papers, a new generation of birders has appeared, ...
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Notes

01 November 1984
Comments Notes One Fulmar killing another At 10.34 GMT on 6th April 1982, at Linni Geo, Fair Isle, Shetland, I came across two Fulmars Fulmarus glacialis fighting in the sea at the base of a 30-m cliff. I was about 100m away, but had a clear view. Although I did...
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Notes

01 September 1979
Comments Notes Great Skua killing Sooty Shearwater During August and the first half of September 1977, passage of Sooty Shearwaters Puffinus griseus off Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, was well above normal. Consequently, they and Great Skuas Stercorarius skua w...
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Letters

01 May 1978
Comments Letters Field identification of Black-throated Diver in winter Mystery photograph 14 (Brit. Birds 71: 34) was very interesting and instructive. It illustrated clearly the distinctive white thigh patch of Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica, which I have...
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Notes

01 January 1975
Comments Notes Common and Black-headed Gulls flight-feeding over ragwort On the west coast of much of the Outer Hebrides is found the machair, a stretch of flat sandy soil used mainly for growing a mixed crop of rye and oats for animal fodder. Landward of thi...
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Letters

01 February 1971
Comments Letters Elusive species and the B.T.O. Ornithological Atlas project Some species are proving to be difficult to locate in fieldwork for the Ornithological Atlas. In order to prepare full maps for these species, we cannot rely solely on fieldwork carried out purel...
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Notes

01 January 1971
Comments Notes Male Pheasant accompanying female and brood On 8th June 1970, on the Airthrey Estate (University of Stirling), I came upon a pair of Pheasants Phasianus colchicus with small young. As I approached, the chicks hid, while the cock ran directy towards me fro...
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