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Recent content by MJB

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    AOS NACC/SACC taxonomic committee governance and structures (no discussions on patronyms)

    Your phrase "abounding infelicities and anachronisms" was both felicitous and timely...! MJB
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    Mallorca 2023

    That sounds a great idea, to attract raptors with pies...! Does it always work...? MJB
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    Latest IOC diary updates

    I was back-translating your "It's me" post as "C'est moi..", a reference to the likely apocryphal statement of Louis XIV...🧐 MJB
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    Latest IOC diary updates

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    Pied Wagtails Roosting

    It might be worth checking the roost for any White Wagtails... MJB
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    "Erasing history" in the WP

    That might just encourage birders to call it Grassbed Reedbird...!😮 MJB
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    Poll - Do you agree or disagree with the AOS's recent decision to abandon the use of eponymous bird names?

    Whereas I, having seen only Bonelli's Warbler in many places previously, found the modifiers Eastern and Western an ideal means of envisaging the separation of the distributions. I liked the fact that the new English names also provided a lasting reminder of the previous history of the pre-split...
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    Mallorca 2023

    An interesting 7-legged spider...! MJB
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    Current fuss in North America about eponymous English bird names

    John, there are these things called apps which don't make your mobile phone/cellphone any heavier...📱 MJB
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    Re-lumping of Common & GW Teal

    My view is that it is wholly admirable to keep such examples prominently in view and not force the outcome into the one species or two species category. Maintaining the 'don't know for certain' assessment by definition means that any unified taxonomy would have numerous examples as exceptions. MJB
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    Current fuss in North America about eponymous English bird names

    It worked wonders over the last 40 years while birding in remote areas of continental Europe, John...! The scientific names in many cases were the only way to communicate, the main problem being that people from UK pronounced scientific names in strangulated C of E fashion while birders from...
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    Clements 2023 Checklist Update

    Wagler's Intermediate Egret is one possible solution; it also would have the happy knack of setting the AOS in a tizzy... Another six years will celebrate the bicentenary of the OD... An alternative would be to peruse a selection of synonyms: Midpoint, Mean, Midway, Centre/Centermost...
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    Köyceğiz & Mugla area - SW Turkey

    IUCN map suggests it's extinct in most of Turkey except for the Mardin area and ESE into Iraq, though wary wanderers are always a possibility. It once, relatively recently, extended as far west as İzmir and Canakkale, east along the southern Sea of Marmara coast to Bezirci then inland as far as...
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    Durrell Foundation to rewild Dalnacardoch Estate Perthshire

    A strategic plan for the next hundred years is proposed to replace the current shooting estate: See Jersey's Durrell Wildlife Trust takes on Scottish estate See also: Land Ownership - Cairngorms National Park Authority MJB
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    Howard and Moore Checklist G. O. A. T.?

    Perhaps as a condition for receiving China-sourced funding? MJB