Notes

Published on 01 July 1908 in Notes

I FIND I have omitted to place on record the occurrence of the Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria) in Lincolnshire in 1905. On September 4th in that year I shot an immature specimen of this species in a hedge near the coast at North Cotes. It is a shy and wild bird, and takes wing more readily than any of the other warblers.[This example is referred to in Vol. I., p. 56, of this Magazine, but as only the bare record was given by Mr. Gurney in the ” Zoologist,” from which the occurrence was taken, we are very glad to publish the details above.–EDS.] GOLDCRESTS FROM EAST COAST LIGHTHOUSES. HARTERT regards the British-bred Goldcrest as subspecifically distinct from the typical Regulus regulus of Continental Europe, and has described it under the name of Regulus regulus anglorum (cf. Vol. I., p. 218). This insular race he regards as resident (I.e., p. 209). The North European form, he remarks, frequently crosses over to Great Britain in flocks in autumn and winter (I.e., p. 218). If the above views be correct, Goldcrests occurring at lighthouses on our east coast during the migration seasons ought to belong to the Continental form and be recognisable as such. To test this, I recently examined a number of specimens obtained at the Isle of May and Barnsness lighthouses, at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, and could see no difference between them and examples from inland woods –in the north as well as in the

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