The arrival of the postman at our doorstep, just before noon, is always a welcome event, more so when he brings something always awaited by us: a book or a magazine, or even the rare letter. Today, he brought the latest issue of Indian Birds, volume 8 number 5 of our subscription to this excellent bird journal, which we have in our little library from the very first issue. The latest issue promised interesting reading over a quiet weekend indoors, tucked away from melancholy mists and monsoon rains. Opening the issue, I was delighted to see the first paper titled ‘Notes on Indian rarities—1: Seabirds’, by three leading ornithologists, J. Praveen, Rajah Jayapal, and Aasheesh Pittie. It was the first part of a very welcome series on Indian birds, a critical review of all bird species reported from India, especially rare birds with few records, all as a prelude to making a systematic checklist of Indian birds that I will much look forward to. Their task is not an easy one, to sift through reports and publications, examine records …