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David Christie: an appreciation

01 May 2002
Comments Main paper David A. Christie first joined British Birds on 1st February 1973. On that same date, James Ferguson-Lees relinquished his post as Executive Editor of BB, that position being taken over by P. F. Bonham, to whom David acted as Assistant Editor. At that ...
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Bird Photograph of the Year

01 May 2002
Comments Main paper Judging for this year's competition was as difficult, but just as enjoyable as ever. Even though the number of entries was slightly lower than in recent years, the overall standard was felt to be just as high. A protracted initial selection brought the...
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Looking back

01 May 2002
Comments Other `HOMING INSTINCT IN ROBINS. FOLLOWING my experiments in homing with Hedge-Sparrows [Prunella modularis] (Vol. XIX., p. 24), I have always hoped to investigate the same with Robins (Erithacus rubecula). `Unfortunately, I have never had a Robin which was...
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Conservation research news

01 May 2002
Comments News and comment The Willow Tit Parus montanus is a declining woodland species in the UK which is likely to be included in the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern at the next revision (RSPB, in prep.). In Scandinavian forests, however, it is one of the m...
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Looking back

01 May 2002
Comments Other GREAT GREY SHRIKE IN KENT IN SPRING. ON April 6th, 1927, my son, W. H. Hale, and I saw a Great Grey Shrike (Lanius e. excubitor) at Hothfield. It is well known that as an autumn and winter visitor this bird occurs almost every year in Kent, bu...
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Letters

01 May 2002
Comments Letters The trouble with debates about the identity of potential `firsts' (e.g. Brit. Birds 95: 12-16) is that they may delay the recognition of new species deserving special attention. In July 1989, for example, two dark-rumped storm-petrels caught at Tynemou...
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Obituary

01 May 2002
Comments Obituaries On 31st January 2002, Professor Dr K. H. Voous, a winner of the Gold Medal of the British Ornithologists' Union, an Honorary Member of the BOU and an Honorary Subscriber to British Birds, died at his home in Huizen, the Netherlands. He was in his 81st ...
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News and Comment

01 May 2002
Comments News and comment Most readers of British Birds will be familiar with the name Richard Richardson. Many older readers will also have fond memories of happy hours spent in his company at the seaward end of the East Bank at Cley in Norfolk, either overlooking Arnold's Mar...
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Rarities Committee news

01 May 2002
Comments News and comment At the recent Annual General Meeting of the BBRC, held on 9th-10th March at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, we discussed a number of species whose records it might be appropriate for the Committee to consider. These included White Stork Ciconia ciconia, S...
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Monthly marathon

01 May 2002
Comments Other Given that the closing date for the first three stages of the twelfth `Marathon' was extended to 30th April, the solution to the first two stages, photos 185 and 186, will appear in the June issue of British Birds.155. `Monthly Marathon'. Photo no. 188...
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Reviews

01 May 2002
Comments Reviews PHEASANTS, PARTRIDGES AND GROUSE By Steve Madge and Phil McGowan, with Guy M. Kirwan. Illustrated by Norman Arlott, Robin Budden, Daniel Cole, John Cox, Carl D'Silva, Kim Franklin and David Mead. Christopher Helm, A & C Black, London, 2002. 488 pag...
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