On The More Important Additions To Our Knowledge of British Birds Since 1899

Published on 01 January 1908 in Main articles

(Continued from Vol. L, page 350.) FLAMINGO Phcenicopterus roseus Pall. S. page 395. [On November 22nd, 1902, a Flamingo was shot on the Wash ; on November 5th, 1904, another was seen in Norfolk ; and in August, 1906, three were shot in the same county. In December, 1904, one was killed in Kent; but so many have been turned out at Woburn with only cut wings (cf. Vol. I., p. 91), and probably at other places, that we cannot regard these as genuine migrants. We must here record our emphatic opinion that it is contrary to the interests of scientific ornithology to turn out birds of species which visit us or may be likely to visit us as genuine migrants.] GREY LAG-GOOSE Anser cinereus Meyer. S. page 397. SCOTLAND.–A young bird still unable to fly was obtained in the Tay area in the autumn of 1906, and the bird was considered to have been bred in the district (T. G. Laidlaw, Ann. Scot. Nat. Hist., 1906, p. 237). Mr. Harvie-Brown records a decided increase in the numbers of this species in many parts of Scotland, and a distinct expansion of range to certain new haunts (Fauna N. W. Highlands and Skye, p. 221). A bird received from Limerick November 23rd, 1901, has been assigned by Mr. F. Coburn (cf. Bull. B.O.C., XII., p. 80, and Zool., 1903, p. 46) to the supposed distinct eastern form which was separated by Hodgson under the name of Anser rubrirostris. Mons. S. Alpheraky,

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