Decisions reached recently by the California Bird Records Committee add two new species to the California state list:
Townsend's Shearwater (Puffinus auricularis) was accepted on the basis of a bird found in Del Mar SD 01 Aug 2007 and taken to rehab where measured and photographed (CBRC #2007-156). The Committee agreed that this bird was assignable to the Hawaiian subspecies P. a. newelli (often called the "Newell's Shearwater" and considered a separate species by some authorities).
Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) was accepted on the basis of an immature seen and photographed near Arcata HUM 15 Jul 2007 (CBRC #2007-153)
With the addition of these two species, the California state list now stands at 635 species.
Potential additions to the state list currently under review are: Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Swallow-tailed Kite, Eurasian Kestrel, Wood Sandpiper, Great Black-backed Gull, Yellow Grosbeak and Common Rosefinch.
California Bird Records Committee
Kimball L. Garrett
Section of Ornithology
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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