Recent years of reading British Birds, during an era in which field identification sometimes gives way to the DNA profiling of discarded feathers and droppings, have made me glad that I was warden of Fair Isle Bird Observatory in the 1960s. Then I could call a Subalpine Warbler a Subalpine Warbler, while relishing the challenge to nail down the subspecies. The March issue of BB had


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