Letters

Published on 01 June 1911 in Letters

SIRS,–As albinistie varieties of birds are so seldom examined as t o their condition, it may be worth while to record t h a t some years ago, when shooting young Rooks in Denbighshire, I found t h a t all, or very nearly all, of those shot h a d t h e feathers r o u n d t h e base of the beaks white. These birds (thirty-one in number) proved so full of tapeworms, that the keeper buried them all. I was inclined to infer t h a t t h e white facial feathers were co-related with t h e weakening caused b y t h e parasites. The rookery is the largest I ever remember to have met with.SIRS,–Mr. Eric B . Dunlop records (Vol. i v . , p . 370) the disappearance of immature Rooks from the Windermere district during October, and the reappearance of a small percentage of them about the beginning of April. That is exactly what has taken place in the Blantyre district. During September last, after the a u t u m n moult h a d taken place, lots of feathered-faced birds were to be seen, b u t before the end of October they were all gone, and only some half a dozen–the first, on March 29th–have returned. They are n o t breeding, b u t are to be seen in the fields all day consorting with flocks of Jackdaws. Regarding Her Grace t h

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