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.

Sunday, 22 November 2015


The BOU has now replaced the Taxonomic Sub-committee with PRATS, People's Rebellious Avian Taxonomic Society. It's designed to piss off the listing fraternity and also keeps those individuals, who are perplexed with the latest splits, happy too.

These are the latest taxonomic recommendations from PRATS that affect the British List.

Cackling Goose to be lumped with Canada Goose.
Black Duck to be lumped with Mallard.
Green-winged Teal to be lumped with Teal.
Black Scoter to be lumped with Common Scoter.
White-winged Scoter to be lumped with Velvet Scoter.
Pacific Diver to be lumped with Black-throated Diver.
Scopoli's Shearwater to be lumped with Cory's Shearwater, though Cape Verde Shearwater to remain split.
Yelkouan Shearwater to be lumped with Balearic Shearwater and to be called Mediterranean Shearwater.
Zino's Petrel to be lumped with Fea's Petrel and to be called Northern Soft-plumaged Petrel.
The forms formally known as Madeiran Storm Petrel are to be lumped as one species and known as Band-rumped Storm Petrel.
Macqueen's Bustard to be lumped with Houbara Bustard.
Semipalmated Plover to be lumped with Ringed Plover.
Hudsonian Whimbrel to be lumped with Whimbrel.
Wilson's Snipe to be lumped with Snipe.
Short-billed and Long-billed Dowitchers to be lumped and called American Dowitcher.
The "Southern" Skuas to be lumped with Great Skua.
American and Caspian Gulls to be lumped with Herring Gull.
Yellow-legged Gull to be lumped with Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Cabot's and Elegant Terns to be lumped with Sandwich Tern.
Water Pipit to be lumped with Rock Pipit.
Siberian Stonechat to be lumped with Stonechat.
Bicknell's Thrush to be lumped with Grey-cheeked Thrush.
Red- and Black-throated Thrushes to be lumped and called Dark-throated Thrush
Naumann's Thrush to be lumped with Dusky Thrush.
Western and Eastern Orphean Warblers to be lumped.
Asian and African Desert Warblers to be lumped.
Western and Eastern Bonelli's Warblers to be lumped.
Iberian Chiffchaff to be lumped with Chiffchaff.
Green Warbler to be lumped with Greenish Warbler, but Two-barred Warbler to be split from Greenish.
Collared Flycatcher to be lumped with Pied Flycatcher.
Short-toed Treecreeper to be lumped with Treecreeper.
Hooded Crow to be lumped with Carrion Crow.
Spanish Sparrow to be lumped from with House Sparrow.
Arctic and Common Redpolls to be lumped with Lesser Redpoll and be called Redpoll.
Parrot, Scottish and Two-barred Crossbills to be lumped with Crossbill.
Pine Bunting to be lumped with Yellowhammer.
Red- and Black-headed Buntings to be lumped and called Dark-headed Bunting. 

Excellent, so, it's birding made easy. Brilliant! No more worrying about those poxy sub-species, eh? Yippeeee!!!

It's just a fucking Herring Gull.

It's just a fucking Redpoll.

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