The autumn of 1988 was remarkable for the arrival of eastern Palearctic vagrant passerines in Britain (Rogers et al. 1989), and second only to 1982 in numbers (see Howey & Bell 1985). Of those central Asian passerines whose breeding range is no closer to Europe than the Urals, approximately 100 individuals were recorded (excluding Richard's Pipits Anthus novaeseelandiae and Yellow-browed Warble

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