Letters

Published on 01 January 1908 in Letters

To the Editors of BRITISH BIRDS. SIRS,–On May 5th I found a Long-tailed Tit’s nest about five feet from the ground in an isolated hawthorn, and as I approached it a bird flew out. Wishing to see how many eggs there were, I began to remove some overhanging branches, and was surprised to see two more birds leave the nest, and I got my hand to the nest in time to capture a fourth as it was about to fly out. This last was an adult bird with incubation spots on the vent. I then examined the nest and found it contained ten eggs in an early stage of incubation. I have never heard of a similar case, and am rather at a loss as to how to account for i t ; perhaps some of your readers may be able to enlighten me. Hemel Hempstead, J. L. BONHOTE. May 9th, 1907. THE EAR OF THE WOODCOCK.To the Editors of BRITISH BIRDS. SIRS,–On my shooting a Woodcock last December (1906), the man, when he picked it up, said, ” You have shot him right through the h e a d ” ; and, on looking, there was indeed a hole, but not a shot hole–it was the orifice of the ear ! And I was astonished to find it placed in front of the eye–not behind it, as is the case with practically every other vertebrate. Consulting my bird books, I found no reference in any one of them

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