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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other Breeding status of Goosanders in Wales Roger Lovegrove `In their account of the spread of the Goosander Mergus merganser in Britain and Ireland, Meek & Little (1977) [Brit. Birds 70: 229-237] referred to proved breeding in Wales in 1972, and the po...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other DECREASE OF BLACK GAME IN SCOTLAND. SIRS,--With reference to the note on this subject (Brit. Birds 21: 206-207), I have had occasion to observe on some moors in Holstein, north Germany, that Black Grouse [Tetrao tetrix] are extremely susceptibl...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other EARLY NESTING OF THE SHAG IN DONEGAL. ON March 20th, 1927, Mr. C. B. Horsburgh reports having seen two Shags (Phalacrocorax a. aristotelis) sitting on nests, containing one egg each, on the north-west coast of Donegal. This is by far the earli...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other FLOOD-DAMAGE AT HAVERGATE ISLAND. SIRS ,--One of our most important bird-reserves, Havergate Island, Suffolk, was severely damaged by the exceptional tide which swept down the East Anglian coast on February 1st. This island is not only unique i...
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Conservation research news

01 May 2003
Comments News and comment The Dutch Wadden Sea is of international importance for Common Eiders Somateria mollissima, with between 102,000 and 173,000 individuals spending the winter there. In the winter of 1999/2000, beached bird surveys detected a mass mortality even...
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Notes

01 May 2003
Comments Notes Northern Gannet thermalling White Pelican taking Feral Pigeon Egg weight and growth of nestling Merlings in Dumfries & Galloway Pair-hunting in large falcons Juvenile Herring Gulls picking up pebbles Unusual ...
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News and Comment

01 May 2003
Comments News and comment As the culling frenzy grips the official agencies (Brit. Birds 96: 205), it appears to be catching on with unofficial agencies too. Defra is targeting Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis, the Environment Agency is gunning for American Mink Mustela vison, wh...
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Reviews

01 May 2003
Comments Reviews PIPITS & WAGTAILS OF EUROPE, ASIA AND NORTH AMERICA By Per Alstrom and Krister Mild, illustrated by Per Alstrom and Bill Zetterstrom. Christopher Helm, A&C Black, London, 2003. 496 pages; 30 colour plates; 250 colour photographs; line-drawings ...
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Monthly marathon

01 May 2003
Comments Other The bird in photo number 196 (Brit. Birds 96: plate 59, repeated here as plate 186 is partially obscured by foliage and branches, which does not help us at all in our quest to identify it. Nevertheless, the photograph is quite realistic, being just the...
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Looking back

01 May 2003
Comments Other `Rarities Committee: new secretary Following the resignation of John M. O'Sullivan for professional reasons, Michael J. Rogers has taken on the secretaryship of the Rarities Committee. Submissions should now be sent to him at 195 Vicarage Road, Sunbury...
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