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A notable gathering of wintering Common Chiffchaffs at Nigg Bay, North-east Scotland, forms the basis of this short paper. In addition to field observations, six of the seven birds were trapped and ringed…

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Three subspecies of Common Chiffchaff have occurred in Britain. ‘Siberian Chiffchaff’ P. c. tristis is now recognised as a scarce but regular migrant…

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The islands of St Kilda are remote, spectacular and alive with many thousands of birds…

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Observations of two mixed-singing Willow Warblers in Surrey indicated that both birds were interspecifically territorial with Common Chiffchaffs…

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An unstreaked Acrocephalus warbler found freshly dead near Jenny Brown’s Point, Lancashire & North Merseyside, on 11th December 2011 proved to be an unseasonal Reed Warbler A. scirpaceus…

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The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the most threatened waders in the world. Its population declined dramatically in the decade to 2010, and without concerted conservation action it would now have been on the cusp of extinction…

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Separating Common and Pallid Swifts in autumn in a vagrant context can be one of the more difficult challenges for birders in northwest Europe…

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The term ‘jizz’ was introduced to ornithology by T. A. Coward in 1921. In this paper we explain the origin and spread of the word…

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The most common plumage abnormalities in birds involve some form of white feathering, ranging from birds with just a few white feathers to individuals that are completely white. The causes of aberrant white feathers are diverse…

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This paper highlights strong associations between intensive grouse-moor management, persecution of raptors and negative population impacts on both Goshawk and Peregrine in the Dark Peak; and provide further support for proposals that driven grouse-moor management should be regulated…

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