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CBRC adds Winter Wren to California state list

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  • Kimball Garrett
    Birders, The California Bird Records Committee has unanimously accepted the record of a Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) from Montecito, Santa Barbara Co.,
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2010
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      Birders,



      The California Bird Records Committee has unanimously accepted the
      record of a Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) from Montecito, Santa
      Barbara Co., 3-21 January 2009. This record, which was documented with
      excellent photographs and with sound recordings, adds a new species to
      the state list, which now stands at 643. Other Winter Wren records will
      soon be reviewed by the CBRC.



      Joe Morlan has updated the CBRC web site, adding Winter Wren to the
      state list (inserted after Pacific Wren and before Sedge Wren) and to
      the review list. See:

      http://www.californiabirds.org/list.html

      The CBRC site also hosts Larry Sansone's photo of the Montecito Winter
      Wren:

      http://www.californiabirds.org/photos/index.html



      To refresh the current situation for those who do not closely follow
      taxonomic changes, in July 2010 the AOU "split" what was formerly known
      as the Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) into three species:

      Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) [which, in turn,
      may comprise more than one species]

      Pacific Wren (T. pacificus) [often referred to as
      "Western Winter-Wren"]

      Winter Wren (T. hiemalis) [often referred to as "Eastern
      Winter-Wren"]

      Pacific Wren is the breeding species in California and the "expected"
      migrant and wintering bird. Careful attention to vocalizations of fall
      and winter birds occurring well outside the normal coastal and montane
      woodland range of Pacific Wren may well show that (Eastern) Winter Wren
      is regular in California at those seasons, but this remains speculative
      until a body of well-documented records develops.



      Kimball 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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