The Birds of the West of Scotland, Including the Outer Hebrides: With Occasional Records of the Occurrence of the Rarer Species Throughout Scotland Generally (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Birds of the West of Scotland, Including the Outer Hebrides: With Occasional Records of the Occurrence of the Rarer Species Throughout Scotland Generally

In addition to local advantages of this nature, I have had the satisfaction of seeing and examining the greater number of the collections, public and private, in Scotland - a privilege which while it has enabled me to trace the distribution of some of the less common species, gives me an opportunity of estimating the correctness of previous records Of their occurrence. Thus the Grey Shrike, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and Shore Lark, formerly represented as rare, are now found to be almost regular winter visitants in considerable numbers, and scattered over a large tract of country, although making their first appearance in the north eastern districts of Scotland; while the Hobby, Wryneck, Tree Sparrow, and some other species formerly looked upon as mere stragglers into Scotland, are now known to occupy breeding stations even in the western counties.

I have also carefully looked into the records of the Older Scottish writers, scientific and otherwise, from some of which it is evident that birds recently announced as new to Scotland were long ago found in different localities north of the Tweed. In Don's 'fauna of Forfarshire,' for example, several species such as the Red-backed Shrike, Nuthatch, etc., are catalogued as having occurred in that county as far back as the beginning Of the present century records which appear to have been entirely overlooked by those writers who have of late years alluded to the distribution of species in the British islands.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Robert Gray

Hardback

Published Date - August 26 2019

ISBN - 9780331326338

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm

Page Count - 563

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