A New County Bird-Book

Abstract

A BOOK on the birds of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight fills up a blank in the list of English county avifaunas, and is a particularly interesting instalment of the series. Few, if any, districts in Great Britain surpass this in the attractions it possesses for the field naturalist, its natural features presenting a greater variety than is usually to be found in an area of similar limitations, large though this county is. If it boasted of nothing more than the far-famed New Forest, the happy hunting-ground of so many naturalists, Hampshire would furnish material for a good bird-book. But in addition to its woodlands it embraces open downland and hills, culti. vated country and a varied coast-line including the muddy estuaries and harbours of the mainland and the famous cliffs of the “Island.” It is not, there- fore, surprising to find the district credited with a list of 127 resident birds and summer visitors, which remain to breed, in addition to 70 winter visitors, 36 occasional visitors, and 6i species of so rare occurrence that the authors are obliged to attribute their appearance to accident. With regard to the occurrence of rare visitors on migration, the authors point out that the lighthouses and vessels (to which are due the discovery of so many waifs) on this coast are not good stations for observation.

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