News from California Bird Records Committee
- California Birders:
The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting in
Camarillo 28-29 January 2005. Below I summarize some of the results of
The 3-year terms of Mike San Miguel, Mike Rogers, and Luke Cole (CBRC
Chair) have expired. They are replaced on the Committee by Kimball
Garrett, Joseph Morlan, and Dan Singer. Matt Heindel was elected to
replace Luke Cole as CBRC Chair, and Dan Singer was elected as
Vice-Chair. The remaining current CBRC members are: Jon Dunn, Marshall
Iliff, Peter Pyle, Todd McGrath, Kristie Nelson, and John Sterling. Guy
McCaskie continues as CBRC Secretary.
Records for two species which were potential additions to the California
list were brought to the meeting for further discussion, after tentative
acceptance during circulation. Following discussions at the Committee
meeting, the following species are now added to the California state
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway): Several records from 2001 to 2004
from the following counties have now been accepted: Los Angeles,
Ventura, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Riverside and Inyo. There
are additional records, previously non-accepted because of concerns
about natural occurrence, which may receive further review, so it is
premature at this point to summarize the accepted records of this
species in California. Because of its elevation to the regular state
list (placed before American Kestrel on this list), the Crested Caracara
is removed from the Supplemental List.
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis): A record from Bolinas,
Marin Co. 9-31 Dec 2002 has now been accepted, and this species is
placed on the state list before Eurasian Collared-Dove.
These two additions bring the California list to 628 species.
One change was made to the Review List: Painted Bunting has been
removed. As always, please continue to provide complete documentation
for records of this species (and all rarities) to County Sub-Regional
Editors for North American Birds.
The Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo), not accepted to the main list
because of concerns about natural occurrence, has been added to the
Supplemental List. This list includes species for which there are
documented records for the state in which the correct identification has
been accepted, and for which the Committee believes (through a vote at
an annual meeting) that there is a good chance of natural occurrence,
even though no record gained enough support (eight votes) to be
The CBRC thanks Linnea Hall and the other staff members and volunteers
of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology for hosting CBRC
meeting, for splendidly archiving the CBRC files, and for generally
going out of their way to be helpful at every turn. We also thank
Walter and Morgan Wehtje for graciously hosting the Friday evening
portion of the meeting.
Many other issues were discussed during the CBRC meeting. In
particular, a discussion of issues raised by the increasing submission
of digital photos took place; some guidance from the Committee on this
issue will follow in another posting.
California Bird Records Committee
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90007
(213) 746-2999 FAX
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