Mystery bird update

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Subject: Mystery bird update
From: Trevor Hardaker <>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 09:45:02 +0200
Hi All,

Thanks very much for all the comments sent through so far. Just a quick
update on the responses received up until now.

Mystery Gull:
Larus dominicanus (Kelp), marinus (Greater Black-backed) and cachinnans
(Caspian) seem to have dropped by the wayside. The camp is fairly evenly
split between Larus fuscus (Baltic Lesser Black-backed) and heuglini
(Heuglin's). However, there seems to be slight majority vote for nominate
fuscus at this point in time.

Mystery Starling:
The following suggestions have been made - Ashy Starling, an aberrant Meve's
Long-tailed Starling or an aberrant Burchell's Starling. The majority, for
now, seem to favour an aberrant Meve's Long-tailed Starling.

Mystery Raptor:
There are 2 main suggestions so far - Steppe Buzzard and Long-legged
Buzzard. Again, the camps are fairly evenly split at this point in time with
just a slight majority for Steppe Buzzard.

We will be posting some of the comments received up until now to the web
page in the next few days. The quality of the responses has been absolutely
superb so far with some of the top experts in the various fields (gulls and
raptors in particular) having already passed their judgement on these birds.
Why not go and have a look for yourself at and
let us know what you think.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards
Trevor and John
Trevor Hardaker and John Graham
Cape Town, South Africa

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