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Letters // 01.03.2009

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We agree with Sellers (2006) that published estimates of the size of the breeding population of Northern Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe in Britain (most recently Gibbons et al. 1993) are probably too low….

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Letters // 01.01.2009

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days later and some 385 km to the north 7 in Northeast Scotland. Here, amazingly, 6 the son of the Staffordshire finder was able to catch up with his dad’s bird within…

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Letters // 01.12.2008

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We who learnt our migrants from the Witherby Handbook and post-war observatories were told to be patient when the target was our first `Greenland Wheatear’ Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa. `None before the last…

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Letters // 01.11.2008

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The excellent and informative paper by Heaney et al. (2008) stated that `The [Isles of Scilly] Puffin Fratercula arctica population is of great regional importance and, along with colonies in the Channel…

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Letters // 01.09.2008

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In early May 2007, I had erected a hide overlooking the nest of a Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea in Ayrshire. The nest, hidden in a deep recess of a wall immediately above…

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Letters // 01.08.2008

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It is now over a decade since the first of three recent controversial large skuas turned up in Britain, and the debate on their identity continues to ebb and flow. Jiguet (2007)…

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Letters // 01.07.2008

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Collinson & Melling (2008) discussed the potential pitfalls of identifying vagrant Iberian Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus ibericus (Brit. Birds 101: 174­188). Some of their statements prompt a correction and a discussion. Their paper showing…

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Letters // 01.06.2008

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I wholly agree with Martin Woodcock and Chris Smout’s defence of the reputation of Arthur Newstead, and also their suggestion that once the unsupported implication of fraud is removed, there seems little…

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Letters // 01.05.2008

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The official account of BB’s first 100 years (Brit. Birds 100: 3­15) was full but, dare I say it, rather dry. As we approach the anniversary of the last issue of Vol….

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Letters // 01.03.2008

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The authors of the 2006 BBRC report speculated about the origins of White-billed Divers Gavia adamsii seen in Britain (Fraser et al. 2007, pp. 701­702). They suggested that spring birds seen in…

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