L. A. County Birders:
The FALL season for North American Birds has just ended; this is the
long and busy season that includes all of August, September, October and
Please send me your reports from Los Angeles County for the period 1
August to 30 November by 15 December at the latest. These reports may
include rarities and vagrants (with appropriate documentation, please),
notes on scarce and declining species, unusual numbers or early/late
dates, numbers and waves of migrants, irruptions (this has been a good
fall for many irruptive species), etc.
A number of rarities have been reported on LACoBirds and other venues
through the fall, but it is my experience that such records often are
not submitted to me or are submitted without documentation. Please err
on the side of inclusion - get me as much information as you can. And
please send rarity descriptions/documentation even if you know others
saw/found the bird.
Incidentally, I would like to publicly thank Bob and Darlene Johnson for
their help with the Los Angeles County bird record files here at the
Natural History Museum. Records from these files of quarterly seasonal
reports based on your sightings are being entered by Bob and Darlene
into an Access database and will ultimately be available and searchable
here at the museum (and perhaps ultimately on-line); documentation you
have submitted is also archived here at the museum (or with the CBRC if
a California review list species).
I look forward to receiving your L. A. County reports.
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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