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From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 01:27:34 +0000
That assumes that the aim of bird watching is somehow connected to what is a
number on a "current life list". That would be a very sad state of the
interest in birds. That approach misses out that there is not much variety
of behaviours between subspecies. So in terms of learning about birds,
regarding two subspecies as equalling interesting (if someone chooses to
call them different species) is not going to expand you knowledge of birds
very much. For example someone decided to call our Osprey the Eastern
Osprey, is it really a different creature from whatever the other Ospreys
are called that are not Eastern Ospreys?

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I began to lose interest in actually going to various parts of the world
when I realised that I could increase
my current life list without leaving home just by looking at the latest
world checklists.  Subspecies become
species at the blink of an eye.  Absurd when you consider that scientists
can't even agree what a species is.
David Robertson

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