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  • Robert J. Keiffer
    21 September 2007 - The 31st report of the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) was just published in the Western Birds Vol.38, No. 3. The CBRC ACCEPTED
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      21 September 2007 - The 31st report of the California Bird Records
      Committee (CBRC) was just published in the Western Birds Vol.38, No.
      3. The CBRC ACCEPTED the following observation records that were
      submitted for this time period. Note: The CBRC only reviews species
      that are on the "California Bird List denoted as Review Species"
      (these are mainly rare vagrants or rarely observed pelagic species to
      California).

      Mottled Petrel - single bird at 37.92 N. 125.50 W., 103 n. miles sw
      of Pt. Arena MEN. 4 November 2005 observers RP,TS; record # 2005-184

      Stejneger's Petrel - The NOAA oceanographic cruise (research vessel)
      recorded one at 39.25 N. 125.83 W., 92 n.miles sw of Punta Gorda,
      MEN/HUM on 18 October 2005,
      observers Peter Pyle, record # 2005-147

      Eastern Yellow Wagtail - one first fall bird seen along the beach
      (Virgin Creek Beach) at MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg MEN,
      16-17 September 2005. This bird was first discovered by "Toby"
      Tobkin (mistakenly not reported as such in the report) and seen by
      many other observers. Record # 2005-118.

      One species observation was NOT ACCEPTED by the CBRC during this
      period... it is:

      Solander's Petrel - A Pterodroma photographed at 40.02 N, 128.01 W.,
      173 miles west of Cape Mendocino, HUM on 9 August 2005. This was
      first reported to me by the observer, P.Pyle as being in Mendocino
      County waters ...but it appears that the closest point of land was in
      fact Humboldt County waters. P. Pyle photographed the bird, but the
      majority of CBRC members voted to not accept it because current
      knowledge on the species identification is limited and the photos
      were to distant to confirm identification. In the photo, the bird
      appeared broad-winged and thick-set in the field and showed extensive
      white on the face extending over the bill... characteristics favoring
      Solander's over Murphy's Petrel or other dark Pterodroma species
      found in the Pacific. Solander's Petrel remains unconfirmed for North
      America however 12-18 of them were seen and photographed within 180
      n. miles of Alaskan waters in 2006 and others have been suspected
      sightings within N.A. waters.

      Another Note:

      In the same Western Birds Vol. 38, No.3 publication is a great
      article on the "Identification at sea of Hawaiian and Galapagos
      Petrels by Force,Webb, & Howell. These two populations of
      "Dark-rumped Petrels" have recently been elevated to species rank by
      the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU). Single "Dark-rumped
      Petrel" birds have been seen on three occasions in MEN waters. One
      of these birds is portrayed in two photographs in the article, and is
      considered to be a Hawaiian Petrel as discussed in the article.

      For more information you can refer to: www.wfo-cbrc.org

      Good Birding. Bob Keiffer

      Robert J. Keiffer
      Principal Supt. of Agriculture
      UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
      4070 University Road
      Hopland, CA 95449
      (707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
      HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

      "It is not the critic who counts... not the one who points out how
      the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have
      done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the
      arena." Theodore Roosevelt

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