This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The BOU

The following taxonomic decisions have been made by Brett's Ornithological Committee. The current members of the committee are as follows:

Me

and.........?

No, that's it, it's just me.

The following species have now been split. For now, only species with a British context are considered in this posting.

White-fronted Goose - A.a flavirostris, known as Greenland White-fronted Goose, is now considered as a species in it's own right.

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Greenland Goose Anser flavirostris 

White-winged Scoter - M.d stejnegeri, known as Stejneger's Scoter, is now considered as a species in it's own right.

White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi
Stejneger's Scoter Melanitta stejnegeri

Hen Harrier - C.c Hudsonius, known as Northern Harrier, is now considered a species in it's own right.

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
Marsh Hawk Circus Hudsonius

Lesser Sand Plover - C.c mongolus, known as Mongolian Plover, is now considered a species in it's own right.

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius atrifrons
Mongolian Plover Charadrius mongolus

Black-tailed Godwit - L.l islandica, known as Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, is now considered a species in it's own right.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Icelandic Godwit Limosa islandica

Black Tern - C.n surinamensis, known as American Black Tern, is now considered a species in it's own right.

European Black Tern Chlidonias niger
American Black Tern Chlidonias surinamensis

Oriental Turtle Dove - S.o meena, known as Rufous Turtle Dove, is now considered a species in it's own right.

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia meena

White Wagtail - The current forms on the British list will now be considered species in their own right.

White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Pied Wagtail Motacilla yarrellii
Amur Wagtail Motacilla leucopsis

Yellow Wagtail - The current forms on the British list will now be considered species in their own right.

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flavissima
Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava
Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla thunbergi
White-throated Wagtail Motacilla cinereocapilla
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis

Nightingale - L.m golzii is now considered a separate species.

Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Eastern Nightingale Luscinia golzii

Redstart - P.p samamisicus is now considered a separate species.

Common Redstart Phoenicurus pheonicurus
Ehrenberg's Redstart Phoenicurus samamisicus

Black Redstart - Now becomes two species.

Western Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
Eastern Black Redstart Phoenicurus pheonicuroides

Siberian Stonechat - Now becomes two species.

Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus
Caspian Stonechat Saxicola variegatus

Lesser Whitethroat - Now becomes three species.

European Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia blythi
Desert Whitethroat Sylvia halimodendri

Subalpine Warbler - Becomes three, not two species.

Western Subalpine Warbler Sylvia inornata
Eastern Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
Moltoni's Warbler Sylvia moltonii

Chiffchaff - P.c tristis, known as Siberian Chiffchaff, is now considered a species in it's own right

Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus tristis

Greenish Warbler - P.t plumbeitarsus, known as Two-barred Greenish Warbler, is now considered a species in it's own right.

Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Two-barred Warbler Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus

Isabelline Shrike - Now becomes two species.

Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Turkestan Shrike Lanius phoenicuroides

Woodchat Shrike - L.e badius, known as Balearic Woodchat Shrike, is now considered a species in it's own right.

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Balearic Shrike Lanius badius

The following species will be lumped

Common, Lesser and Arctic Redpoll are now considered a single species.

Redpoll Carduelis flammea

Common, Scottish and Parrot Crossbill are now considered a single species.

Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Obviously, I'm open to comments and abuse on this arrangement, but the committee, that's me by the way, has made it's decisions, so there. :-)

Redpoll of the form Carduelis flammea hornemanni. Even though it's just a Redpoll, still a great bird to see and well worth the trip from Dorset to Suffolk to see it.

2 comments:

Steve Groves said...

Five armchair ticks on my Swannery list! Cool!

Steve Smith said...

Hi Brett
Can you limp all immature big Gulls into Seagull. It will make many blogs less tedious to read :-)
Steve S