The Kent List
The Kent List has been affected by recent changes to the British List. At the beginning of 2018, the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) aligned itself with the International Ornithologists’ Union’s IOC World List. Changes affecting Kent are:
- the splitting of Bean Goose into Taiga Bean Goose and Tundra Bean Goose
- the splitting of Isabelline Shrike into Daurian Shrike and Turkestan Shrike
The Bean Goose split is likely to affect most listers and so will the split for Isabelline Shrike. However, the latter poses problems with the new specific identification. The situation seems, to me at any rate, confused. As far as I know, the only decision that has been made by the BBRC concerns the phoenicuroides at Worth Marshes in 2014. However, the KOS Kent List lists six records as referring to isabellinus whilst one at Dungeness in 2011 , referred to in the KBR as phoenicuroides, is omitted from that list. I am seeking clarification but, as it stands, it seems that no-one would be able to claim both species at the moment!
The table of Kent listers was last published at the end of September 2015 (shortly after the occurrence of the Acadian Flycatcher). However, a revision of the KOS website caused problems with updating this. Since then that, combined with only a scarcity of major finds, a lack of updates from listers, and some apathy on my part, has meant that the list has become dated.
Since then, there have only been two additions to the Kent List: Rufous Turtle Dove at Otford in 2016 and Pine Bunting at Murston in 2017. However, both were long-stayers that most committed listers will have seen. In addition, the Forster’s Tern at Hythe in 2016 and the White-billed Diver at Foreness in 2018 were both required by most listers.
Rather than attempt a full update before publishing a revised list, I decided to publish a list revised to the extent that I can. It will then be for listers to provide updates if and when necessary.