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Old Thursday 10th February 2011, 12:13   #129
James Lowther
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Originally Posted by Mysticete View Post
Here is the summary of the new species (including vagrants now accepted) which are additions to the checklist

http://www.aba.org/checklist/
can anyone enlighten me why vagrants are "collected" on Attu island?
While i'd like to see it kept to a minimum I am a scientist myself and can understand the scientific and even conservation rationale behind collection of potential new taxa, but what do we find out from the collection of birds such as the solitary snipe and rufous-tailed robin mentioned?
as far as i know no-one is trawling round fair isle or the azores with a shotgun collecting migrants (at least not for scientific purposes....)
yours confused,
James
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