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Items obtained through the Inter Library Loan service via Ludlow Library, sponsored by the Shropshire Ornithological Society with grateful acknowledgements to both. For copyright reasons the Items cannot be used as direct scans of originals but these are available to individual researchers on request to Histo.

Velvet Scoter in Salop

“Hitherto the only known instance … was an adult male found exhausted near Whitchurch on November 23rd, 1866 … preserved by John Shaw, of Shrewsbury, who recorded it at the time in the “Field.” Mr. F. Coburn of Birmingham, recently informed me of a second example which came into his hands – an immature female shot on December 12th, 1890 at Clungunford, near Ludlow, by Mr, Graham Williams. H. E. Forrest.”

Red variety of Common Partridge

“As the note in the last number of British Birds (p.311) [which Histo does not have a copy of; 20140306, Ed.] conveys the impression that Lord Forester’s specimens are the only examples of the rufous form of Partridge obtained in Shropshire, it may be of interest to state that it has been met with in several places. There is a specimen in the British Museum from Acton Reynald, near Shrewsbury. An example described in the “Field,” November 1902, was shot at Farncote, near Bridgnorth. Earlier in the same year Mr. H. L. Horsfall obtained four Partridges at Gatacre Park, Bridgnorth, one of which was sent for examination. It was of the same dark red hue as P. montana beneath, but the back was beautifully spangled with creamy-white, on a dark ground. It closely resembled the variety figured by Mr Frohawk in the “Field.” February 13th 1897. A similar bird in the museum at Whitchurch, Salop, was shot near that place in the autumn of 1902, by Mr. J. M. Etches, who informed me that there were several others like it in the covey. Three examples of the typical P. montana were shot at Albrighton, near Shrewsbury, on October 6th, 1905. H.E. Forrest.”