I read with interest the letters from Bill Simpson and Paul Milne (Brit. Birds 92: 428-430), and the earlier one from Anthony McGeehan published alongside my own letter on behalf of the BOU Records Committee (BOURC) (Brit. Birds 92: 212-214). I have no wish to prolong the correspondence, but should like to deal with some of the points raised. We may have misjudged the response among British birder

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