Went looking for the Mealy again today. Saw three Lesser Redpolls, 40+ Linnet, 30+ Goldfinch, a Little Egret and 2 Peregrine. There was a bit of stake out going on for the Mealy. Various factions of the BFBG were covering various positions. It is always inconvenient when a rare turns up because it means that various factions have to run the risk of 'being near' each other. Needless to say I was enjoying the anthropology more than the Redpolls.
Redpoll taxonomy also popped up as a topic of conversation which led us to discussing the rationale behind those on the BOURC, which then as usual ended up on the Booted Eagle and then the Slender-billed Curlew. Basically in conclusion those of us who haven't seen the Mealy are anti-BOURC and support a redpoll lumping and those of us who have seen it, support the BOURC and this particular split.