Essex Naturalist; Being the Journal of the Essex Field Club Volume 14-15

Essex Naturalist; Being the Journal of the Essex Field Club Volume 14-15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...BUZZARD (BUTEO VULGARIS) NEAR MALDON IN THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES OF LAST CENTURY. HE auction sale of birds' eggs and skins held by Mr. CStevens, of King Street, Covent Garden, on 30th October 1906, was advertised to contain the following item: "Lot 48z.--Tvo eggs of Common Kite; British; taken near Maldon, Essex, 1854. Two ditto Common Buzzard; British; taken near Purleigh, Essex, 1865." Vhen my attention was called to this fact by various friends, I decided, naturally enough, to attend the sale and secure the eggs if possible. Unfortunately, however, when the time came, I was prevented by press of work, and the eggs in question were purchased by some one else. Probably I should have made a greater effort to attend the sale but for a lurking suspicion that the data given with the eggs were unreliable and probably incorrect. I could not help asking myself whether it was possible that such large and interesting raptorial birds as the kite and buzzard were still breeding near Maldon--scarcely forty miles from London--so recently as half a century ago, or even less. The thing seemed, I admit, almost incredible. Reference to my work on The Birds of Essex (1890) will show (pp. 164 and 169) that, though both species bred commonly in the county at one time, they had almost ceased to do so and had become practically extinct, except in a few localities, by the end of the first quarter of last century. There are, however, as will be seen, several records of their breeding in the county at a slightly later date, as will be noted hereafter. Soon after the sale, I heard that the eggs had been purchased by one ofonr best-known and most active English ornithologists--Mr. O. V. Aplin, F.L.S., of Stonehill House, Bloxham, Oxfordshire, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741838
  • 9781236741837