I note that you say "Northern Wheatear - very few around", I would also say that there are very few people who call them that. I've looked on the internet and can't find a Southern Wheatear so why do we need a name change from Wheatear to Northern Wheatear. Was it just to satisfy the needs of those birdwatchers who feel that they are a cut above the rest of us and therefore invent more important sounding names.
There is more than one wheatear species, so the use of 'Wheatear' to differentiate it from any other wheatear species would be obviously flawed. Not a case of being 'a cut above' at all.
Don't agree Steve, the other Wheatears all have their own individual names that identify them, so my not simple Wheatear as a stand alone species. That name was OK for countless years before it changed and let's face it, most people still refer to it as a Wheatear, even the KOS Annual report, so why do you among a minority of people, still use Northern Wheatear.
Derek, I respect your decision not to call it a Northern Wheatear - please respect mine to do so.
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