British rarities in a foreign perspective. In a letter (Brit. Birds 78:51 -52), Norman Elkins hypothesised on the possible route of a single Yellowbrowed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys which arrived on Fair Isle, Shetland, in October 1980. Contrary to Alan Kitson and Iain Robertson (Brit. Birds 76: 217-225), Elkins did not believe in a reverse great circle route across northern Siberia and Norw

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