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We saw a hint of it right before Melanie enters the pet shop in San Fransisco. Then while rowing across Bodega Bay Melanie is dive bombed by a seagull who puts a gash in her head. Melanie wants to get home, but Cathy and Mitch want her to say. Lydia however would like her to leave as soon as humanly possible. While they are sitting down to eat in the living room having tea and a bit to eat, Cathy remarks that the Lovebirds sound so agitated. Suddenly Melanie notices a little finch by the fireplace. The use of the bird sounds and electronically enhanced flutter of winds is so deafening that it creates a powerful effect during this unexpected attack inside the safety of home….

We all love the extraordinarily macabre and menacing sightings of the birds congregating like a collective war counsel on the monkey bars outside the schoolhouse. Once she recognizes the full import of their presence she walks carefully into the schoolhouse where Annie and the children are. A farmer Dan Fawcett, is savaged in his home, and lay posed for the camera as if half eaten by zombies. Lydia has completely had a shock after finding Dan so horribly mutilated. She is resting in bed, which give she and Melanie a chance to talk a bit. Lydia opens up about missing her husband Frank, how he understood the children better, and mostly she revealed the great fear she experiences about being left alone.

An unknowing smoker drops his lit match into the puddle of gasoline and sets the place ablaze. Melanie is talking to her father relating the horror story him on the pone. The entire diner is listening to her phone call. Especially the hysterical mother. With that Mrs. Bundy the ornithologist turns and looks at Melanie. Melanie continues to talk to her father on the phone. Deke Lonnie Chapman tells Mrs. Birds are not aggressive creatures Miss, they bring beauty into the world. Bundy is interrupted by Helen calling to Sam the cook for an order of three plates of Southern Fried Chicken.

Behold I, even I shall bring a sword upon you. And I will devastate your high places.. Helen and Mrs. Or we find it just plain crazy… take your pick. Even the drunk goes back to his vice, drinking his whiskey…. Famous last words… Mrs. These are gulls, crows swifts…! The very concept is unimaginable. How could we possibly hope to fight them? Now Mitch and the sheriff Al Malone come in and tell everyone that Dan Fawcett has been killed by birds the night before.

Yet your heavenly father feeds them. The hysterical mother is waiting for the salesman to finish his drink so he can give her a ride to San Fransisco. She urges him to finish his drink already. She clutches at her kids closely. He starts telling everyone that something like this happened in Santa Cruz last year, the place was covered with seagulls. Most birds are. Get yourselves guns and wipe them off the face of the earth!

Get rid of the messy animals. While Mitch and Sebastian are hashing it out, Melanie hears a seagull and looks toward the window. Suddenly they see the gas station attendant across the street getting knocked down by a gull, dropping the pump spilling gasoline. This conveys such a powerfully contemplative sequence because we are not distracted by a dramatic musical score to describe the terror that is spreading. With no obvious motivation behind it, we are witness to an avian apocalypse leaving open so many questions up for grabs.

Out of sexual desire and deception arises a leveling force of nature that exposes it all and all is punished. Do The Birds tell us to wake up before the impending Armageddon comes because of our own thoughtlessness? The sheer narcissism and stubborn provincialism as with the mannish ornithologist who refuses to believe that birds would attack. Everyone seems to exhibit a self-serving style, except for the children who are innocent bystanders, mere sacrificial lambs to the slaughter getting in the way of the true targets.

The film is rife with a queasy lack of civility between all three women— who all want a piece of Mitch… the cunning Melanie, his possessive mother Lydia Brenner Jessica Tandy and his brooding ex-girlfriend schoolteacher Annie Hayworth played pitch perfect by the wonderful Suzanne Pleshette. The scene where the children are running away from the schoolhouse utilized extra footage shot at the Universal sound stages to make the scenes more intense and terrifying. A few of the children were brought back and put in front of the process screen on a treadmill.

They would then run in front of the screen while fake crows were attacking them.

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There were three rows of children and the treadmill would be regulated to ramp up the speed at a very fast rate to simulate running. A few times the children in the front row would fall, causing the children in the back to fall. It took some time to get this effect right, using trained birds, mechanical birds and hand puppets. So when you see those kids falling to the ground, you can now think to yourself, wow Hitchcock wound up getting the realism he wanted by torturing Tippi Hedren, children and birds alike! Watching Melanie, waiting for their impending onslaught that is to follow.

The way I experience it, the film plays like a dark fairy-tale, not just a cautionary tale about ornithological monsters seeking revenge on humankind, but a down right metaphor about the fear of strong sexually independent women and the dangers they threaten to unleash upon the world. The cinematic attacks she endured were by real birds not the mechanical ones she was told they would be, causing her to need a week of rest from the set.

This is unbelievable to me, but some of the birds were actually tied to her clothes by long nylon threads so they could not get away. I think not only Hedren was traumatized by this ordeal but I imagine those poor birds were too! It seems pretty poetic that the exquisite Hedren would emerge an animal lover who turned a calculated and horrifying bird attack into a mission of mercy for those beloved large cats. You are my hero Tippi Hedren! From Wikipedia — Her strong commitment to animal rescue began in while she was shooting two films in Africa and was introduced to the plight of African lions.

In an attempt to raise awareness for wildlife, she spent nearly eleven years bringing Roar to the screen. Originally Pleshette wanted to play the lead as Melanie Daniels, but was happy to take the role of Annie Hayworth, as she wanted the chance to work with Alfred Hitchcock. The role of the schoolteacher was intended for an older woman, so Hitchcock revised the part to be a younger woman and added the back story that she had once been in a relationship with Mitch and was now the jilted jealous ex-girlfriend.

Pleshette does an incredible job of personifying the eternally hungering lover, the unrequited woman who will yearn for her love but remains solemnly beaten down and lonely. The marvelous Ruth McDevitt as Mrs. Macgruder who owns the local pet store. Thomas; Oaklands, Aborkinfig, Glam. Lloyd, Lieut.

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Kitts, Wych Hill, Woking, Surrey. Urwick, D0UGL. Valentine, Ernest ; 7 Highfield, Workington. Van Oort, Dr. Van Someren. Harterfc, Tring, Herts, June, Wait, Miss L. Walker, Miss H. Frederick; 39 Eaton Terrace, S W 1. Waterfield, Mrs. Noel E. Waud, Capt. Reginald ; Knightsbridge, S. Waud, Mrs. Weir, J. Joseph I. Williams, Mr. Maurice A. Workman, William Hughes, M. Yealland, James; Binstead, Lsle of Wight. Young, Rev. Hali'ord ; The Vicarage, Stone, Aylesbury. Rules of the Avicultnral Society. As amended January, Poultry, Pigeons, and Canaries shall be outside the scope of the Society.

Unless the candidate shall, within two weeks after the publication of his name in the Magazine, be objected to by at least two Members, he shall be deemed to be duly elected. If two or more Members but less than five shall object to any candidate, the Secretary shall announce in the next number of the Magazine that such objections have been lodged but shall not disclose the names of the objectors , and shall request the Members to vote upon the question of the election of such candidate. Members shall record their votes in sealed letters addressed to the Scrutineer, and a candidate shall not be elected unless two-thirds of the votes recorded be in his favour ; nor shall a candidate be elected if five or more votes be recorded against his election.

At the expiration of the term of five years in every case it shall be competent for the Council to nominate the same officer, or another Member, for a further time of five years, unless a second candidate be proposed by not less than twenty-five Members of at least two years' standing, as set forth below. In the September number of the Magazine preceding the retirement from office of the Secretaries, Editor, or Treasurer, the Council shall publish the names of those gentlemen whom they have nominated to fill the vacancies thus created ; and these gentlemen shall be deemed duly elected unless another candidate or candidates be proposed by not less than fifteen Members of at least two years' standing.

Such proposal, duly seconded and containing the written consent of the nominee to serve, if elected, in the capacity for which he is proposed, must reach the Business Secretary on or before the 15th of September. The Council shall also publish yearly in the September number of the Magazine the names of those gentlemen nominated by them for the posts of Auditor and Scrutineer respectively.

The names of the two Members recommended shall be printed in the September number of The Avicultural Magazine. Should the Council's selection be objected to by fifteen or more Members, these shall have power to put forward two other candidates, whose names, together with the signatures of no less than fifteen Members proposing them, must reach the Hon. The names of the four candidates will then be printed on a voting paper and sent to each Member with the October BuJcs of the AvieuUiiral Society. Should no alternative candidates be put forward, in the manner and by the date above specified, the two candidates recommended by the Council shall be deemed to liave been duly elected.

In the event of an equality of votes the President shall have a casting vote. If any Member of the Council does not attend a meeting for two years in succession the Council shall have power to elect another Member in his place. These three, together with the Secretaries, Treasurer, and Editor, shall form a Committee known as the Executive Committee. Members of the Council shall be asked every year whether there has been an election of that body or not if they wish to stand for the Executive, and in any year when the number of candidates exceeds three there shall be an election of the Executive.

The duties of the Executive Committee shall be as follows : — i To sanction all payments to be made on behalf of the Society. In the case of the office being one which is held for more than one year e. Secretaries, Editor, or Treasurer the appointment shall be confirmed by the Council at its next meeting. The decision of any matter by the Executive to be settled by a simple majority five to form a quorum.

In the event of a tie on any question, such question shall be forthwith submitted by letter to the Council for their decision. It shall not be lawful for the Treasurer to pay anj- account unless such account be duly initialled by the Executive. Should a Member wish any matter to be brought before the Council direct such matter should be sent to the Business Secretary with a letter stating that it is to be brought before the Council at their next meeting, otherwise communica- tions will in the first place be brought before the Executive.

A decision of a majority of the Council, or a majority of the Executive endorsed by the Council, shall be final and conclusive in all matters. The Business Secretary and Editor shall respectively refer all matters of doubt and difficulty to the Executive Committee. Five to form a quorum at any meeting of the Council. Priority shall be given to those who apply first.

The Medal may be awarded at the discretion of the Committee to any Member who shall succeed in breeding, in the United Kingdom, any species of bird which siiall not be known to have been previously bred in captivity in Great Britain or Ireland. Any Member wishing to obtain the Medal must send a detailed account for publication in the Magazine within about eight weeks from the date of hatching of the j'oung, and furnish such evidence of the facts as the Executive Committee may require.

The Medal will be awarded only in cases where the young shall live to be old enough to feed themselves, and to be wholly independent of their parents. The account of the breeding must be reasonably full so as to afford instruction to our Members, and should describe the plumage of the young and be of value as a permanent record of the nesting and general habits of the species.

The parents of the young must be the bona fide property of the breeder. An evasion of this rule, in any form whatever, will not only disquahfy the breeder from any claim to a Medal in that particular instance, but will seriously prejudice any other claims he or she may subsequently advance for the breeding of the same or any other species. In every case the decision of the Committee shall be final. The Medal will be forwarded to each Member as soon after it shall have been awarded as possible.

The Medal is struck in bronze but the Committee reserve the right to issue it in silver in very special cases and measures 2J inches in diameter. It bears on the obverse a representation of two birds with a nest containing eggs, and the words "The Avicultural Society — founded ". On the reverse is the following inscription : " Awarded to [name of recipient] for rearing the young of [name of species], a species not previously bred in captivity in the United Kingdom. The Society's Prize. The Prize is open for competition by foreign members only, as they are not eligible for the Medal.

The Society's Certificate. Tliis Certificate is given for priority in breeding birds in cages, the dimensions of which must not exceed one cubic yard, the conditions of award to be the same as those for the Medal. Photo by Commander Rotch, R. The Avicultiiral Society, seeking some emblem to symbolize its activities, might well choose a Phoenix ; for as that legendary bird rose reborn from its ashes, so does our Science — now no longer in eclipse, no longer in pin-feather — soar upwards full-winged At the beginning of a new avicultural year, with abundant record of good work behind it, and free from the incubus of the War, the Society should adopt the Phoenix as its crest.

The Bateleur Eagle figured opposite has been supposed to be the original of the Phoenix. This smart little species, with maroon- coloured back and tail and coral-red cere and feet, may usually be seen and heard at the Zoo, uttering its cry in the early morning. Thus in shape, colour, and habits it really does resemble the Eagle- like Phoenix of Herodotus and others, which had golden or red plumage and saluted the rising sun with a song. The Phoenix was reputed to live for five hundred years ; perhaps this is a favourable omen for the Society!

Hehh — An Avkidtural Tragedy a Jackal — the hues of the bird thrown up by a brilliant background — will understand how this handsome Eagle would ajDpeal to the romantic fancies of the ancients. To us the Phoenix symbolizes not merely the beginning of a new zoological year, but also the revival of Aviculture. The renaissance of art and literature in the sixteenth century is being paralleled in minor degree by a renaissance of science in the twentieth.

Soon aviary and paddock will be vocal with song and bright Avith colour, as of old ; from the ends of the earth the bird riches of the world begin once more to flow towards us. The Editor thanks his contributors for the brilliant papers con- tinually offered him, for the donations to the Illustration Fund, and for the numerous avicultural notes supplied. His best thanks are likewise due to the eminent naturalists who have undertaken the reviewing of books for the Magazine.

Hebb Although I am fond of all birds, Australian sjjecies have been my favourites. I have kept almost every kind of Australian Parrakeet and Finch, and it has lately been my hobby to try to get them to nest.

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I have had Kings, Browns, Red and Mealy Rosellas, Hooded, Many- coloured, Pennants, Crimson-winged, Barrabands, Lorikeets, and many others — all lovely and interesting birds, most of which I have induced to nest, and they have reared young with me. The Blue Budgerigars have gone to nest, and I hope soon to see young birds of this much coveted colour. Quintin — Tlxe Mantchurian Crane 3 I called in at Gamage's the other day ; they had just received a wonderful consignment of African birds — Violet-eared Waxbills, liluebrcasts, Black-cheeks, Melba Finches, and all kinds of Whydahs, including the Queen, Pintail, Paradise, and Red-collared species.

They were the finest lot I had ever seen, and needless to say I came away with a parcel and a much lighter pocket, but happy. The Queen Whydahs were lovely, and at first all the lot did well. I soon had awful luck. One night the syphon-condenser gas-stove in the bird-room went wrong, fumed, and filled the room with black smoke, killing four hen Blue Budgerigars, four Queen Whydahs, four Pin- tail Whydahs, two Paradise Whydahs, some Blue-bred Budgerigars, and others. I was away at the time, and had the news on my return.

You may guess how I felt about the Blue Budgerigars after all my expense and trouble in getting them ; I felt like clearing out the survivors and never keeping another bird! Yet, strange to say, in a day or two I began to wonder how I could replace what I had lost, and found myself again at Gamage's and again writing after Blue Budgerigars.

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I am pleased to say that a lady Member has kindly let me have two hen Blues, and I now have two pairs again. Two cock Blues had survived, so that I now again have hopes of breeding them. Quintin Amongst the favourite birds that I managed to keep through the difficult years of the War is a fine pair of Mantchurian Cranes that I bought from Hagenbeck early in They were, I was told, caught in China in October of the previous year, and passed on to Calcutta till they were tamed and accustomed to captivity, and then deported to England in the March following, when I secured them.

On closer examination the male has some dullish red skin between the eye and the angle of the mouth, which is wanting in the female, and is probably a good sexual distinction. Quintin — The MantcJuinan Crane Though very demonstrative and noisy each spring, I had never seen any signs of nesting till last year , when the birds put together a platform of dry sedge on the edge of the water ; but there were no further results.

However, at the end of March this last spring, and early in April, it was evident that they seriously contemplated breeding ; and on April 13 they were pulling sedge about, and made a fairly compact nest on a small promontory with water on three sides, just such a place as a Swan might choose. But this was rejected in favour of a more oj en position, also close to the lake-side.

The nest was more sub- stantial than that of any other Crane that has bred with me, but no material other than the dry sedge of the previous year was used. On the morning of April 28 we found the ground white with snow, which remained till midday, and we had 9 degrees of frost on the glass during the night.

The female Crane was sitting with snow all round her, and no doubt the first egg was laid that morning. Till May 15 the male Crane was never seen on the nest, but as he began to sit by day on that date and had always shown great interest in the pro- ceedings, I think it likely that he shared the duties of incubation all along, as other male Cranes do, but probably at night. These Cranes have always been delightfully tame and confiding, but though I often ventured within a few yards of the nest one or other of the birds was always on, and I only once got a sight of the eggs and that from a distance.

Once I saw a Jackdaw alight near the nest while the female was standing preening her feathers a little way off ; she instantly guessed his intentions, and rushing up with outstretched wings drove him away. On May 31 one egg was chipped in the morning. On the after- noon of the next day one young bird had left the shell, but remained in the nest. The male Crane was brooding at 7.

The female then relieved the male and took charge of the remaining egg, which was chipped, and the chick was struggling to free itself from the shell. On the 3rd, at 7 p. Qiiintin — The Manlchnrian Crane 5 brooded about 5 yards from tlie nest. On the next afternoon both were able to walk a little, and that evenitiff they were brooded quite 50 yards away. On June 9 my keeper found that the Crane family had crossed the water some 35 yards wide , and were exploiting a paddock where some stray sheep were running.

Later they had crossed back into their own territory. I watched them afterwards cross the water more than once, and it was pretty to see them make the passage. The parents all the time kept up a " honking '" note, like a distant motor-horn, the male leading and the female coming a few yards ehind, with a young one on each side of her.

The old birds could wade, but the little Cranes swan like young Geese. On July 10 the young Cranes looked well and had grown appreciably, especially as to their legs. They could walk slowly along between the parents, who caught flies ofi the long grass and dug up worms, etc.

I could see that the young Cranes regarded me uneasily, but the old ones took no notice, and the little ones were soon reassured. About this time we began to miss the ducklings of several species of Teal — Blue-winged, Cinnamon, Chestnut-breasted, Chilian, and Brazilian — which were being reared by their parents, and unaccountably disappeared while in the down.

The Cranes had lived amicably for seven years with the waterfowl, without ever interfering with them, and in the previous summer several broods grew up to maturity in the same enclosure ; but we soon had sufficient evidence to convict the Cranes. Although the young birds were getting, besides meal, chopped horseflesh and boiled rabbit, in addition to such animal food as the parents could collect for them, the latter evidently settled that the meat ration must be increased, and the results were disastrous.

One morning the old Cranes were found breaking up a half-grown Moorhen, and feeding the young with such i ieces as they could wrench oft", for, of course, they did not use their feet. I dared not confine the Cranes and found it impossible to catch up the young Teal with their jiarents, so I had to leave them to chance. It was sad to see the fine broods diminishing daily, and eventually I lost nearly forty ducklings of the above S2: ecies. Besides being very aquatic, 6 W. Quintin — The Mantchurian Crane these Cranes, even when adult, are considerable consumers of animal food. They have nearly cleared the water within their reach of Swan- mussels, and several times they have been seen to capture Eels, though they leave the Eoach and Perch alone.

Twice the old male, who is always the successful fisherman, whether of Mussels or Eels, has been seen feeding the young birds with bits which he managed to pinch off the carcase of an Eel, finally gulping down the remainder himself. On August 5 he was seen to bring a live Eel ashore, and after clumsy efforts to kill it, " handed " the fish to one of the young ones which came up, which swallowed it, still wriggling, just as a Stork might have done.

It is well known that Cranes are devoted jiarents while the young are helpless. I was struck this summer by the intelligence shown by my birds. If a cold wind was blowing they were clever at finding some shelter for the chicks, under the lee of a belt of growing sedge. If a young one was unable to swallow a morsel of food that had been held out to it the old one would take it back and break it into fragments, and then offer the small bits one by one.

The juvenile Cranes, even when nearly full grown, uttered almost incessantly a low piping note, quite out of proportion to the size of the bird. On September 5 one of the young Cranes flew out of the enclosure, so I caught them up and shortened the primary feathers. They are, I think, undoubtedly male and female. By the same date the fawn colour of their plumage had been splashed with white, and the new feathers appeared rapidly during the succeeding weeks, so that by the end of November the general coloration of the young birds had become white, with a few fawn feathers here and there ; the plumes, some black, others a rich fawn ; the head and neck still fawn ; and, of course, there is no sign yet of the crimson forehead patch.

I have confined the young in an enclosure well out of sight of the old birds, and they are walked into a shed at night as a precaution, though even in this present inclement season they appear quite indifferent to the weather. It has been noticed that in captivity some of the Cranes do not moult their primaries which are shed altogether like those of waterfowl every year.

I am sorry that I have no note whether they moulted these feathers last year, but I have little doubt that they did so. Her connexion with the Society dates from April, , though it is the name of her elder sister, Miss E. Alderson now Lady Maud Robinson which appears in the lists of members in Vols. Ill and IV. A glance through the back volumes of our Magazine will show the variety of the subjects uj on which she wrote, and the many different classes of birds which she kept in her aviaries or tamed round her home ; but our Society probably owes most of all to her wise and thoughtful suggestions made during the many years she served so faithfully as one of its officers.

She was a member of the Council for three terms of office— from to , from to , and from to During the last dark years of the War, in spite of many pressing calls, she most kindly undertook the duties of Hon. Business Secretary ; this jiost she held until compelled to relinquish it owing to ill-health, as announced ih the Magazine for last November. Although it entailed a long journey, often at most inconvenient times, Miss Alderson never missed attendance at a Council meeting, unless unavoidably prevented : and as the writer can testify from having been present on many occasions, she always seemed to suggest just what was needed for the advancement of the Society, whose welfare she had so much at heart.

She seemed to share with Royalty the faculty of being able to say and do the proper thing just at the right time, indeed it is very largely due to her ability as Hon. Business Secretary during the War that our Society has emerged in such a nourishing state to-day. Her first paper seems to have been written about her Shamah, and was printed in the Magazine for June, ; this was followed by others on Parrots and Parrakeets, Finches and Waxbills, Cranes and Quails, to mention only a few of the subjects utilized. Her favourite group of birds were the Doves and Pigeons, of which probably no other private person has kept more species, and most of her writings deal with these birds.

In she wrote a little book entitled My Foreign Doves and Pigeons, in which some forty species are described, all of which she had kept; this is largely illustrated by many excellent photographs, which she herself took for the purpose. Miss Alderson was always most kind and anxious to help others. To give but one instance during the War, she offered to look after the birds of any one who was away on National Service ; she had a very large circle of correspondents among those whom she had so freely aided with her extensive knowledge of bird matters.

All those who had the privilege of knowing her personally will sincerely mourn the loss of a true friend, and will always cherish the memory of her example as a great inspiration. The world is indeed the j oorer without her presence, for surely can it be said that she spent her life in doing good to others. Contimced from the December Number, p.

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The woods and meadows abound with them ; the same applies to Iviza and Formentera. The Balearic Goldfinch has a remarkably small wing, mm. It is, howevei', not so dai'k on the back as C. If it is not C. I failed to see P. The song struck me as being much inferior to that of the British bird. In any case it is not the typical species.

It lives in small flocks in the open meadows and is very wary. Emheriza Jtortnlana. One specimen had a well-formed egg in its cloaca. A few were seen in the neighbourhood of the town of Iviza, but none at Santa Eulalia. They were present in fair numbers in Formentera.

This Lark was originally described from the Island of Iviza. Many of them seemed to spend their whole time amongst the branches of the stunted pines. The latter turned out to be a female. Both proved to be males. This Pipit was fairly common at Alcudia. A few were met with in Iviza, mostly close to the town. Others were also noticed in Formentera. I am doubtful whether they belong to the typical race or to the tSardinian subspecies P.

Its note is quite different to that of the British Great Tit, and on first hearing it I failed to recognize what bird the call belonged to. No other species of Tit was seen. It must be mentioned that this Titmouse from the Balearic Islands has been separated as distinct from P. In the meantime I tliink it wiser to use the name here employed. None were seen in Formentera. The occurrence of the Sardinian Woodchat in the Balearic Islands has not previously been recorded, and is of considera,ble interest.

Not identified in the other islands. Sylvia curruca. Sylvia atricapilla. Photo I'v H. Photo by H. Alcudia Bay, Mallorca. Although not obtained they were of course the typical species. When disturbed it flies straight up to some one hundred feet in the air, rising by a series of jerks, singing the while a shrill squeaking song. Turdus menda. Not observed in Formentera. It was common in Formentera. Liiscinia luscinia. It was singing a few notes.

It was not obtained. It is therefore impossible to say whether it belonged to the typical or the Eastern race. These birds were certainly migrating. Wheatears were more 12 AvicuUural Notes plentiful ill Iviza a few days later, and also present in Formentera. Two obtained from these islands seem to belong to the typical form, E. Muscicapa grisola. I did not succeed in procuring a specimen, which almost certainly was M. Muscicapa atricapilla. Willford tells me he saw a male Pied Flycatcher on April 19 in Formentera.

Hirundo rustica. The majority were probably H. Chelidon urhica. To be continued. Hamlyn asked me to go and see his collection on arrival, and it was a great pleasure to note the wonderfully good condition of the birds after their long voyage. Alario Finches, noted for their sweet song, were present in some numbers, as were also Paradise, Pintail, and Queen Whydahs, and the interesting little Scaly-fronted Weaver ; I must not omit to mention a cage full of Rosy-faced Lovebirds.

HaiiilNii i. Late Bkkeding of Partkidge. Kow on November 1, a bird with a ] erfectly shelled egg in it ready for laying! This beats a record of hen Partridge on eggs, Sei tember 9, in same district some years ago. The egg is large for the size of the bird, and is handsomely marked with pale yellowish-brown and leaden-grey on a pale buff ground. I have not seen any record that this Crane has laid in captivity before.


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By Gene Stratton Porter. London : John Murray. Any book from the pen of Mrs. Gene Stratton Porter will appeal to Nature-lovers as only her writings can. Homing with the Birds abounds in interesting details of bird-life in the Limberlost, recorded by one who from her childhood was gifted with a rare sympathy with all wild things. But from a photographic point of view this book is distinctly disappointing.

Most of the birds depicted in the full-page illustrations are either out of focus or are obscured by worrying surroundings. Li nearly all there is a lack of gradation in the plumage. Obviously many of the subjects were photographed in bright sunHght, hence the lack of soft detail in the results. In many cases the sitter has been much too near the camera, in consequence of which the surroundings are exaggerated and overpower the bird.

This is particularly noticeable in the male Indigo Finch p. There is a mystery surrounding the portrait of a Cardinal singing p. Except for the black chin, the plumage of this scarlet bird has come out pure white! The same ghostly result has been obtained 14 Beviews in the courtship of the Cardinals p. Porter gives the British Sparrow a truly terrible character- We in England do not hold him up as a model bird, but we have a sneaking liking for him because he is such a typical John Bull.

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