The California Bird Records Committee recently reached decisions on two significant records that may interest California birders. The record of an Oriental Greenfinch ( Chloris sinica ) in Arcata, Humboldt County, 4 Dec 1986 – 3 Apr
1987, was deliberated during four rounds of voting between 1988 and 1992. The committee ultimately did not accept the record on the grounds of questionable natural occurrence (see
http://wfopublications.org/Rare_Birds/SUPPLEMENTAL/Supplemental.html ), although several members at the time indicated
that the record should be reconsidered if a pattern of vagrancy to North America away from the western Aleutians were to develop. Based on more recent records from St. Paul Island in Alaska and southwestern British Columbia, the committee recently voted to
re-evaluate the Arcata record, and it has been accepted. This species is moved from the Supplemental List to the official California list, which now stands at 669 species.
In addition, the committee accepted a record of Jouanin’s Petrel ( Bulweria fallax ) 16 km off Strawberry Beach, Santa Cruz County, 12 Sep 2015. Although Jouanin’s Petrel had already been added to the state list based on acceptance of the individual
on Santa Barbara Island, Santa Barbara County, 1 Jun 2016, the Santa Cruz County individual becomes the first/earliest state record of the species.
Additional details of both records will be published in an upcoming CBRC report.
Kimball L. Garrett
[occasional CBRC spokesperson] Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@...