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  1. GMK

    Thinornis rossii

    Some people might be interested in a recent paper published in Notornis on a mysterious shorebird taxon: Kirwan, G. M. & Collar, N. J. 2020. Reflections on Thinornis rossii. Notornis 67(4): 773–781. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347469567_Reflections_on_Thinornis_rossii
  2. GMK

    Taxonomic ‘impediment’, ‘gap’, ‘inflation’ and ‘anarchy’

    Perhaps of interest to some readers of this forum. Fairly recently published. Marcos A. Raposo , Guy M. Kirwan, Ana Carolina Calijorne Lourenço, Gisela Sobral, Flávio Alicino Bockmann & Renata Stopiglia (2020). On the notions of taxonomic ‘impediment’, ‘gap’, ‘inflation’ and ‘anarchy’, and...
  3. GMK

    Audubon's Bird of Washington: the fraud that launched his Birds of America

    Widely known as one of the most famous and valuable of all bird books, Audubon’s The Birds of America, brought its author fame that lasts to this day. In a new paper in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, Matthew Halley reveals that the book might never have been published but for...
  4. GMK

    Alec (Alexander) Forbes-Watson (1935–2013)

    As quite a few visitors to this forum are interested in eponyms, I see, it may interest some of those people to learn that Alec Forbes-Watson died in Kenya yesterday, following a long illness (per Bob Dowsett). He is celebrated in the English name of the swift Apus berliozi while Dillon Ripley...
  5. GMK

    Mindy Baha

    Some people on the forum may have known Mindy Baha el Din (neé Rosenzweig), who died this morning (http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-s-environment-loses-one-its-most-ardent-supporters-mindy-baha-el-din). She was a somewhat outspoken personality, but cared passionately for the...
  6. GMK

    Dorst's Cisticola

    Anyone know why IOC continues to recognise the above species under the name Cisticola dorsti, when it was demonstrated already seven years ago (to the satisfaction even of one of its describers) that the name dorsti is a synonym of C. ruficeps guinea? (see attachment). Or is it just an...
  7. GMK

    Otus senegalensis vocals

    Richard Porter, Nik Borrow and myself are working on vocalisations of African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis). We are very interested in acquiring additional recordings (i.e. not on xeno-canto or other similar sources) of the species from NE Africa (especially Ethiopia and Somalia, most...
  8. GMK

    Bboc 132(2)

    I am attaching the contents of the forthcoming issue of BBOC 132(2), which is due to be published in early June. If you are interested in subscribing to the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, then please visit the BOC website for details on how to join and subscribe. Individual print...
  9. GMK

    Ecuador Oct 2012

    Three friends and I are visiting Ecuador this October. Unfortunately, two other people who were joining the trip have had to drop out. Below is our fixed itinerary (including some appetite-whetters). We will have a vehicle and driver throughout, and our accommodation varies from the best...
  10. GMK

    Bull. BOC 132(1)

    I am attaching the contents of the forthcoming issue of BBOC 132(1), which is due to be published in early March. If you are interested in subscribing to the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, then please visit the BOC website for details on how to join and subscribe. Individual print...
  11. GMK

    Jamaican endemics: photos required

    To accompany an article in a forthcoming issue of Neotropical Birding, I am searching for high-quality images of any of the Jamaican endemic birds. Regrettably, no money can change hands in return for any images used, but if you are a photographer with a website, we'd be pleased to include your...
  12. GMK

    Bull. BOC

    It's that time again, more or less. I am attaching the contents of the forthcoming issue of BBOC 131(4), which is due to be published early in December. If you are interested in subscribing to the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, then please visit the BOC website for details on how...
  13. GMK

    Bull. BOC 131(3)

    It's that time again, more or less. I am attaching the contents of the forthcoming issue of BBOC, which is due to be published in about two weeks. Several taxonomy and nomenclatural papers of reasonably wide interest will appear in this part. If you are interested in subscribing to the Bulletin...
  14. GMK

    Bulletin of British Ornithologists' Club 131(2)

    I am attaching the contents of the forthcoming issue of BBOC, which is due to be published in about ten days time. Several taxonomy and nomenclatural papers of reasonably wide interest will appear in this part. If you are interested in subscribing to the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists'...
  15. GMK

    Dutch Harbor & Tolsona Campground

    In an effort to get out to the Baby Islands for Whiskered Auklets in early June, I've tried contacting a bunch of boat people in Dutch Harbor, to date without any success. They're either busy at the end of the first week of June or don't answer (or perhaps receive) my e-mails. Does anyone here...
  16. GMK

    Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 131(1)

    I am attaching the contents of the forthcoming issue of BBOC, which is due to be published next week. There's more distributional than taxonomy papers in this part. If you are interested in subscribing to the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, then please visit the BOC website for...
  17. GMK

    Polar Bear at Barrow

    I’m currently planning a trip to Alaska in June 2011, and am trying to make a choice as to where to go to see Spectacled Eider; Barrow or Deadhorse. What has this to do with mammals? My choice could be influenced based on current information as to the relative likelihood of seeing Polar Bear at...
  18. GMK

    Alaska Airlines airpass?

    I finally got it together to arrange to visit my no. 1 Holarctic destination, Alaska, next spring. Does anyone know if Alaska Airlines still operates an airpass system? I can't see any mention of it on their website. As I'll visit Nome, Barrow and Dutch Harbor, saving some bucks on flights...
  19. GMK

    Zoological Bibliography

    This new journal might interest some. Info is taken from a message I received from Edward Dickinson earlier today. "Dear colleagues/friends This is just a short note to draw your attention to a new periodical which is available free of charge as a downloadable PDF. Just go to...
  20. GMK

    Bull. BOC 130(4)

    Bull. BOC 130(4) should be mailed in c.2 weeks or less, so I am posting the contents (attached to this message). As usual, there is plenty to interest taxonomy and nomenclature "geeks".
  21. GMK

    updates to Turkey book

    I've just posted an extensive series of 2010 updates to my Turkish avifauna book (Kirwan et al. 2008), covering the spring raptor migration and records of many rarities, with reference to many unpublished observations (appropriately credited to the observers concerned) as well as sightings...
  22. GMK

    Fernandina's Flicker and Black-and-tawny Seedeater

    Photos of these two species recently uploaded by Will Price represent improvements (especially for the flicker) on the images presented in OPUS. The male seedeater uploaded by Will represents very fresh plumage, whereas Arthur's photo is in very worn plumage.
  23. GMK

    Bull. BOC 130 (3)

    As promised, well in advance of publication, I have attached a .pdf of the cover of the September 2010 issue, which shows the contents of this part. Plenty to occupy those interested in taxonomy, but also distribution. More information concerning the Bulletin is available at...
  24. GMK

    Caprimulgiformes splits

    Listers will take note of the latest Nigel Cleere offering on the Caprimulgiformes, just published by WildGuides (http://www.wildguides.co.uk/forthcomingtitles). I enjoyed looking at Nigel's copy last week and received a copy of my own two days ago. Compared to Cleere's earlier monograph, which...
  25. GMK

    Contents of Bull. BOC 130 (1 & 2)

    As Bull. BOC always contains much of interest to many who post within this forum, it seems appropriate for me to initiate a series of posts to update folks with the contents of each issue. Not all papers deal with taxonomic or nomenclatural issues, but so many do that it is easier to simply post...
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