Common Snipe added to California state list
The California Bird Records Committee has unanimously accepted the
recent record of Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), adding a new
species to the official state list. The California list now stands at
646 species (636 native). The snipe was obtained by a hunter in the San
Jacinto Valley, Riverside Co., on 11 Dec 2011; the specimen was
extensively photo-documented and measured prior to taxidermy, but it
currently remains in private hands.
Common Snipe is placed on the main checklist after Wilson's Snipe and
before American Woodcock. It is annotated with an asterisk and a "P"
(photographed) [since the specimen is not available in a curated
collection; the Committee will be further clarifying what it considers
to be a "specimen", so this annotation might change]. Common Snipe is
also added to the Review List.
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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