Kent Listers Club

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!