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  1. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Nov 6, 2018 @ 11:04am, 9 day(s) ago
    California birders,
    
    In mid December the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records, for which we have little or no documentation. If you have any documentation
    to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you.
    
    Tom
    
    Thomas A. Benson
    Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
    
    2018-200 Broad-billed Hummingbird (1), 1-3 Oct 2018, Bishop, INY
    2018-121 Broad-billed Hummingbird (1), 2-6 Sep 2018, Bolinas, MRN
    2018-143 Tricolored Heron (1), 13 Sep-9 Oct 2018, Oceanside, SD
    2018-170 Tricolored Heron (1), 3 Oct-11 Oct 2018, Sweetwater Marsh & San Diego River, SD
    2018-062 Mississippi Kite (1), 13-15 Jun 2018, Alisal Road in Solvang, SBA
    2018-120 Greater Pewee (1), 2-3 Sep 2018, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, SD
    2018-053 White-eyed Vireo (1), 1-6 Jun 2018, Oceano Campground, SLO
    2018-145 White-eyed Vireo (1), 15 Sep 2018, Muir Beach, MRN
    2018-174 White Wagtail (1), 6-7 Oct 2018, Fiesta Island, SD
    2018-198 Rusty Blackbird (2), 26-28 Oct 2018, Baker sewage ponds, SBE
    2018-047 Common Grackle (1), 26 May-19 Jun 2018, Bridgeport Reservoir, MNO
    2018-128 Golden-winged Warbler (1), 5 Sep 2018, Bodega Bay, SON
    2018-175 Blue-winged Warbler (1), 8-9 Oct 2018, Carmel River, MTY
    2018-186 Blue-winged Warbler (1), 13-15 Oct 2018, Carpinteria Creek, SBA
    2018-055 Grace's Warbler (1), 24 May-29 Jul 2018, Bald Mountain Road near June Lake, MNO
    2018-078 Grace's Warbler (1), 15-28 Jul 18, Chilao Visitor Center, LA
    
    What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the
    CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ), or by using the online submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ).
    
    Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable)
    photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That
    really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people,
    then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively
    short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please
    contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email.
    
    Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location,
    at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally,
    this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate
    a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation,
    and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used,
    distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present.
    
    
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