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10658News from the California Bird Records Committee

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  • Kimball Garrett
    Jan 23, 2013

      The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo on 18-19 January 2013. Below is a brief summary of actions relating to committee membership, the state list, and the review list. The CBRC web site < www.californiabirds.org<http://www.californiabirds.org> > has been updated by webmaster Joe Morlan to reflect these actions.

      Joseph Morlan, Adam Searcy and Dan Singer were elected to three-year terms on the Committee. We welcome back Joe, who will serve as CBRC Chair, and Dan, who will be Vice-Chair; Adam will be serving his first term on the Committee. Rotating off the committee are Dave Compton, Kimball Garrett and Oscar Johnson.

      After discussion, the Committee let stand its final decisions to add Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (from Imperial Co.) and Common Crane (Del Norte Co.) to the California state list. Taiga/Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis/serrirostris) is placed on the California list between Fulvous Whistling-Duck and Greater White-fronted Goose, with a "P" symbol. Common Crane (Grus grus) is placed on the checklist after Sandhill Crane, also with a "P" symbol. Both the crane and the goose get an asterisk, indicating that they have been added to the review list. Acceptance of these two taxa brings the California state list to 651 species (including 10 established introduced species). An additional photographic record of Common Crane is under review.

      The following species will be removed from the review list:
      Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (regular breeding population in San Diego Co., possibly Ventura Co.)
      Harris's Hawk (regular breeding in s. San Diego Co.)
      Lesser Black-backed Gull (has averaged >7 accepted records of new individuals per year over the past 10 years)
      Parakeet Auklet (large numbers in recent years well off n. CA in winter, early spring)
      As always, records of these four species (and all rarities) should still be documented and sent to appropriate North American Birds sub-regional editors.

      Among the many additional topics discussed was the increasing and unfortunate trend toward "photo-only" submissions of records. We urge observers to provide written context with all photo submissions, including circumstances of the sighting, description of behaviors and vocalizations (and anything else not evident in photographs), and other pertinent details.

      The CBRC thanks its outgoing members for their service, Linnea Hall and Adam Searcy of the WFVZ for hosting our meeting, and all of the observers who have submitted documentation of records to the CBRC over the past year.

      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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