California birders, This has been a record year for boobies off the California coast. The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in mid November.
Despite the fact that many of these birds were well seen and photographed, we have little or no documentation for most of these records. 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 MASKED BOOBY 2018-098 17 Aug 2018 Approx. 42.8 km W of Pt. Loma SD 2018-099 19 Aug 2018 Thirty Mile Bank SD 2018-107 24 Aug 2018 Approx. 4.1 km WNW of Pt. Pinos MTY 2018-108 25 Aug 2018 Approx. 9.5 km W of San Clemente Island LA 2018-139 6 Sep 2018 Cortes Basin LA 2018-160 25 Sep-2 Oct 2018 Anacapa Island VEN NAZCA BOOBY 2018-101 5 Jul 2018 Approx. 8 km SW of SE Farallon Island SF 2018-081 15 Jul 2018 Approx. 10.5 km SW of Sutil Rock SBA 2018-077 15 Jul 2018 Anacapa Island VEN 2018-084 19 Jul 2018 Approx. 4 km SE of Pt. Fermin LA 2018-088 6-7 Aug 2018 County Line Beach VEN & Leo Carillo State Beach LA 2018-089 10 Aug 2018 10.5 km W of San Diego River mouth SD 2018-100 19-23 Aug 2018 Los Angeles Harbor LA 2018-105 20 Aug 2018 Approx. 16.3 km WSW of Dana Point Headlands ORA 2018-116 28 Aug 2018 Approx. 12 km off San Diego SD 2018-114 29 Aug-4 Sep 2018 Sutil Rock SBA 2018-136 4 Sep 2018 Condor Bank SBA 2018-137 5 Sep 2018 Rodriguez Dome SBA 2018-138 7 Sep 2018 near San Clemente Island LA 2018-132 8 Sep 2018 Los Angeles Harbor LA 2018-159 23 Sep 2018 Nine Mile Bank SD 2018-177 6 Oct 2018 near Santa Barbara Island SBA MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY 2018-104 29 Jun 2018 Estero Bay SLO 2018-102 8 Jul 2018 Approx. 27.8 km WSW of Bodega Head SON 2018-087 1 Aug 2018 Farallon Escarpment SF 2018-106 22 Aug 2018 Approx. 4 km S of Pt. Fermin LA 2018-115 29 Aug 2018 Tijuana River mouth SD 2018-117 31 Aug 2018 Santa Monica Bay LA 2018-149 13 Sep 2018 Platform Eureka ORA (2) 6 Oct 2018 Platform Ellen ORA (record number not yet assigned) RED-FOOTED BOOBY 2018-085 23 Jul 2018 Approx. 6 km WSW of Dana Point Headlands ORA 2018-090 9-10 Aug 2018 Mission Bay SD 2018-091 9 Aug 2018 Approx. 17.5 km offshore from San Diego River mouth SD 2018-092 12 Aug 2018 Approx. 10 km SW of Huntington Beach Pier ORA 2018-093 12-13 Aug 2018 Moss Landing MTY 2018-094 17 Aug 2018 Mugu Rock and Santa Barbara Channel VEN 2018-095 17 Aug 2018 Approx. 48 km W of La Jolla 2018-096 18-21 Aug 2018 Pt. Loma SD 2018-097 19 Aug 2018 Approx. 45 km WSW of La Jolla 2018-109 25 Aug 2018 Approx. 10.4 km S of Newport Pier ORA 2018-110 25 Aug 2018 Pt. Pinos MTY 2018-111 25 Aug 2018 Approx. 4 km WNW of San Clemente Island LA 2018-112 26 Aug 2018 Imperial Beach SD 2018-113 29 Aug 2018 near Santa Barbara Island SBA 2018-127 1 Sep 2018 Approx. 12 km SW of Huntington Beach Pier ORA 2018-133 1-9 Sep 2018 Oceanside Pier SD 2018-126 3 Sep 2018 Approx. 19 km SW of Huntington Beach Pier ORA 2018-134 3 Sep 2018 Offshore San Diego County SD 2018-135 4 Sep 2018 near Santa Barbara Island SBA 2018-125 5 Sep 2018 Southeast Farallon Island SF 2018-150 17 Sep 2018 Los Angeles Harbor LA 2018-153 18 Sep 2018 Seacliff State Beach SCZ 2018-164 29 Sep 2018 Platform Eureka ORA 2018-168 30 Sep 2018 Approx. 30 km SSW of Four Mile Beach SCZ 2018-178 6 Oct 2018 near Anacapa Island VEN 2018-179 7 Oct 2018 Don Edwards NWR ALA 6 Oct 2018 Platform Eureka ORA (record number not yet assigned) 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.