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  • Kimball Garrett
    California Birders, The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at H. T. Harvey and Associates in San Jose on 8-9 January 2010. The meeting
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 4, 2010
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      California Birders,



      The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at H. T.
      Harvey and Associates in San Jose on 8-9 January 2010. The meeting was
      chaired by Paul Lehman, CBRC Chairman, and Guy McCaskie, CBRC Secretary.
      Three members (Kristie Nelson, Jim Pike, and Peter Pyle) rotated off the
      Committee after having completed their three year terms. Elected to
      take their places were Dave Compton, Kimball Garrett and Oscar Johnson.
      The Committee particularly welcomes Oscar, who is serving his first
      term.



      There were two changes to the Review List: Elf Owl (Micrathene
      whitneyi) was added to the list; the Committee will review all records
      from 2010 onwards, as well as records from a yet-to-be-determined period
      prior to this year. American Golden-Plover was removed from the list;
      this species was reviewed during the period 2004-2009 because of
      concerns about its increasing rarity in the state and ongoing
      identification issues between it and the slightly more numerous Pacific
      Golden-Plover, but enough records were accepted during that review
      period to warrant removal from the list.



      The CBRC web site continues to be updated:
      http://www.californiabirds.org/

      In particular, we point out that all CBRC-reviewed records are now
      listed in the database query, not just the ones since the cutoff date
      for records in the 2007 CBRC book "Rare Birds of California." There is a
      new feature (many thanks to Joe Morlan and his son Jeff) that allows
      users to click on an accepted record and get a list of the observers and
      an annotation as to who submitted photographs.



      We hope to post occasional news items through the course of the year,
      and invite birders in California to communicate freely and frequently
      with members of the CBRC.



      Kimball Garrett

      CBRC Member and Internet Liaison



      Kimball L. Garrett

      Ornithology Collections Manager

      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

      900 Exposition Blvd.

      Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

      213-763-3368

      kgarrett@...





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    • Kimball Garrett
      The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting on 14-15 January at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Elected to the committee for
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 18, 2011
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        The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting on 14-15
        January at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Elected to the
        committee for three-year terms were Kristie Nelson, Jim Pike and Scott
        Terrill; they will replace outgoing members Jon Dunn, Brian Sullivan and
        Jim Tietz.



        No species were removed from the CBRC review list, but the following
        species were added: Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor and
        Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina

        The CBRC will review records of those species beginning 1 January 2011.
        Updates to the review list and Committee membership have been made on
        the CBRC web site: www.californiabirds.org



        The Committee will soon be announcing efforts to partner with eBird and
        the California birding community to more closely monitor certain species
        of interest, including Nutmeg Mannikin (a potential addition to the
        state list as an established introduced species) and Gilded Flicker (a
        potential addition to the Review List).



        The Committee wishes to thank the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum
        for allowing us to meet on their beautiful grounds, Dave Compton for
        serving as the local host, and Dunn, Sullivan and Tietz for their
        service . And we of course thank all the observers who submit
        documentation for CBRC archiving and review.



        Kimball L. Garrett

        California Bird Records Committee

        and

        Ornithology Collections Manager

        Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

        900 Exposition Blvd.

        Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

        213-763-3368

        kgarrett@...





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      • Kimball Garrett
        Birders, The California Bird Records Committee has accepted California s first record of Common Ringed-Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), a widely-seen bird
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 13, 2012
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          Birders,



          The California Bird Records Committee has accepted California's first
          record of Common Ringed-Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), a widely-seen
          bird present near Davis, Yolo Co. 19-26 August 2011.

          This species is placed between Wilson's Plover and Semipalmated Plover
          on the state checklist, with the symbol *PV (photo/video documentation),
          and added to the Review List. This record brings the California state
          list to 645 species.



          Joe Morlan has updated the state list and the review list on the CBRC
          web site: http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html



          Kimball Garrett

          CBRC Chair

          &

          Ornithology Collections Manager

          Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

          900 Exposition Blvd.

          Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

          213-763-3368

          kgarrett@...

          http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology





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        • Kimball Garrett
          Birders, The California Bird Records Committee has accepted the recent well-documented record of an adult Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) at Southeast
          Message 4 of 5 , Aug 3, 2012
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            Birders,

            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

            Kimball L. Garrett
            Ornithology Collections Manager
            Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
            900 Exposition Blvd.
            Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
            213-763-3368
            kgarrett@...
            http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology



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          • Kimball Garrett
            Birders, The California Bird Records Committee has accepted the record of a juvenile Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Co. 25
            Message 5 of 5 , Apr 8 10:54 AM
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              Birders,

              The California Bird Records Committee has accepted the record of a juvenile Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Co. 25 November 2012 to 15 March 2013. This adds a new species to the California State list, which now stands at 652. Gray Hawk is placed on the main list between Broad-winged Hawk and Swainson's Hawk, given a "P" code (photographs, no specimen) and is also added to the CBRC Review List.

              CBRC Chair Joe Morlan has also posted the minutes of the January 2013 CBRC meeting on the web site, and with the help of Jim Tietz has updated the searchable on-line CBRC database through 31 March 2013 and the tabular updates to the CBRC "Rare Birds of California" book through 5 April.

              All of this can be found at: http://www.californiabirds.org/

              Kimball Garrett
              (recent CBRC member and occasional CBRC messenger)
              Ornithology Collections Manager
              Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
              900 Exposition Blvd.
              Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
              213-763-3368
              kgarrett@...
              http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology



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