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Letters // 13.03.2014

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White-throated Sparrows in captivity Sirs,–I read with interest Mr. J. T. R. Sharrock’s account of a Whitethroated Sparrow {Zonotrichia albicollis) at Needs Oar Point, near Beaulieu, Hampshire, in May 1961 (Brit. Birds,…

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I live in a built-up area away from any woodland so Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major is an infrequent visitor to my small garden. On previous occasions, visiting Great Spotted Woodpeckers have either been…

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I was very interested to read Phil Palmer’s letter as our local Barn Owls in North Somerset are almost entirely nocturnal. Barn Owls only returned to the area in 2002/03 following the…

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The occurrence of daylight hunting by Barn Owls Tyto alba (BB 106: 416) goes back to the beginning of the last century and is an important subject that has an interesting history…

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In global terms, the Barn Owl Tyto alba is one of the most widely distributed of birds. So I was surprised to hear from Tom Noah, a member of the German rarities…

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Last year Richard Porter wrote about the loss of the ability to hear high-pitched bird-song and its implications for bird surveyors (click here – also here and here).  It prompted me to wonder…

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I read with interest the news items on World Listing in the October and December issues of BB [see below], and the competition between world listers Tom Gullick and Jon Hornbuckle. The…

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In the March issue of BB, Richard Porter described his difficulties in hearing the calls of certain birds – and speculated about the potential effects of an ageing workforce on the results…

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Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1962, I took part in the first year of the BTO Common Birds Census, my patch being in the grounds and adjacent woodland of the…

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Following Andrew Harrop’s letter on this topic (Brit. Birds 104: 668-669), we have received correspondence from both of the main protagonists in the debate. The full version of this correspondence is published…

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