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10179News from the CBRC

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  • Kimball Garrett
    Aug 3, 2012
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      The California Bird Records Committee has accepted the recent well-documented record of an adult Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) at Southeast Farallon Island, San Francisco Co., 25 April to at least 25 June 2012. Along with the gain of one species with the recent split of Xantus's Murrelet into Scripps's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S. hypoleucus), this brings the California state list to 648 species.

      As noted in an earlier message on 25 June, the Committee has also voted to accept the Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose from the Salton Sea; in addition, the Common Crane at Lake Earl, Del Norte Co. 5-8 May 2011 was accepted (but with two members questioning the natural origin of this bird). The acceptance of the latter and the implementation and acceptance of a mechanism to add non-species such as Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose would bring the state list to 650 species (including one species-pair). Requests have been made by CBRC members to further discuss the goose situation and to discuss (and possibly re-review) the crane record at the January 2013 CBRC meeting, so their acceptance at this point should be considered provisional. Concerns about the goose center on the desirability of adding a species pair as an entity on the state list, and as noted above concerns about the crane center on the question of natural origin.

      Northern Gannet is inserted in the state list after Red-footed Booby, and is also placed on the review list. Provisionally, Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis/serrirostris) would be placed on the list before Greater White-fronted Goose, and Common Crane (Grus grus) after Sandhill Crane, with both also added to the review list. Stay tuned about those species.


      Kimball L. Garrett
      Ornithology Collections Manager
      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
      900 Exposition Blvd.
      Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

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