I agree with Joseph. It's not just rare bird record committees, as has been pointed out several times already, eBird--which is likely to become the central repository of U.S. (perhaps even world) bird records in the not too distant future--is also affected. Can't really see any concrete advantage to retaining "Winter Wren" for a single species. Surely the goal of retaining "stability in English names" refers primarily to situations in which the underlying taxonomy is unchanged, and is trumped in this instance by the goal of avoiding chronic problems with ambiguity in English names in all future bird reports.
Last edited by Jim M. : Friday 30th July 2010 at 15:56.