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Notes

01 March 2003
Comments Notes In late August 2001, I discovered an apparent communal roost of Black-throated Divers Gavia arctica at a loch in North Uist, Western Isles. Black-throated Divers are sociable birds, frequently gathering in flocks during the breeding season (Le...
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Letters

01 March 2003
Comments Letters In their account of the history of albatross classification, Sangster et al. (2002) omit to mention why Alexander et al. (1965) wrote on the subject, or the fact that these authors already recognised four main groups. The nomenclature of the tubinares ...
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Correction

01 March 2003
Comments Editorials The figures for the number of European Honey-buzzards Pernis apivorus breeding in the UK, published in the annual report of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel for 2000 (Ogilvie et al. 2002), considerably under-reported the number of pairs, especial...
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News and Comment

01 March 2003
Comments News and comment Following the untimely death of Chris Mead in mid January, the BTO has announced a memorial fund to refurbish the library at The Nunnery, in memory of the Trust's greatest ambassador. It will be renamed the Chris Mead Library in a dedication ceremony o...
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Reviews

01 March 2003
Comments Reviews STONECHATS: A GUIDE TO THE GENUS SAXICOLA By Ewan Urquhart, illustrated by Adam Bowley. Christopher Helm, A&C Black, London, 2002. 320 pages; 14 colour plates; 92 colour photos; distribution maps. ISBN 0-7136-6024-4. Hardback, £37.00. This...
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Monthly marathon

01 March 2003
Comments Other For most participants, the bird featured in Monthly Marathon photo number 194 (Brit. Birds 95: plate 347, repeated here as plate 97 was immediately apparent as a skua (Stercorariidae). Only a gull (Laridae) has similar structural proportions and overal...
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Recent BBRC decisions

01 March 2003
Comments News and comment This regular listing of the most recent decisions by the British Birds Rarities Committee is not intended to be comprehensive or in any way to replace the annual `Report on rare birds in Great Britain'. The records listed are mostly those of the rarest...
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