Rarity trends

There are now not many birdwatchers who remember the formation of the Rarities Committee and were birding in the years before it was formed, so a few comments may be timely.

In the 1940s and 1950s, every birdwatcher carried a notebook and pencil. That is how observations were noted and how records of rarities were documented, with written descriptions and drawings. None, or almost none


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