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  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 5:01pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Tom
    The part about people deleting their eBird records/photos makes sense!
    Tom
    
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 3:28 PM Thomas Benson tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Tom, eBird and the CBRC are two separate entities. Submitting documentation to one does not mean you have submitted documentation to the other. The CBRC reviews records
    of statewide significance, and we maintain our own archives so that we or others are able to review that documentation at a later date if necessary. If we relied on eBird to archive our documentation, there is the possibility that a user could delete his/her
    photos or checklists, or alter the descriptions, defeating the purpose of an archive. There is no plan to merge these processes in the future. Tom
    Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee From: T.G. Miko [mailto: tgmiko@... ]
    
    Sent: Friday, June 1, 2018 3:11 PM
    
    To: Thomas Benson < TBenson@... >
    
    Cc: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation Tom et Al, I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
    If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or written descriptions Is there a plan to merge these processes in the future
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson
    tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    California birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. 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
    
    King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete)
    Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete)
    Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete)
    Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete)
    
    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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  3. Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 3:10pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Tom et Al, I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
    If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or written descriptions Is there a plan to merge these processes in the future
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. 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 King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete) Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete) Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested) Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete) Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested) Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete) Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete) Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete) 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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  5. RE: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 3:27pm, 18 day(s) ago
    Tom, eBird and the CBRC are two separate entities. Submitting documentation to one does not mean you have submitted documentation to the other. The CBRC reviews records
    of statewide significance, and we maintain our own archives so that we or others are able to review that documentation at a later date if necessary. If we relied on eBird to archive our documentation, there is the possibility that a user could delete his/her
    photos or checklists, or alter the descriptions, defeating the purpose of an archive. There is no plan to merge these processes in the future. Tom
    Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee From: T.G. Miko [mailto:tgmiko@...]
    
    Sent: Friday, June 1, 2018 3:11 PM
    
    To: Thomas Benson
    
    Cc: CALBIRDS
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation Tom et Al, I apologise for this question if I, or others have asked this in the past:
    If we posted photos into our eBird entries, why do you need our photos or written descriptions Is there a plan to merge these processes in the future
    Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    On Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 2:51 PM Thomas Benson
    tbenson@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    California birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. 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
    
    King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete)
    Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete)
    Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete)
    Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested)
    Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete)
    Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete)
    
    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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  7. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:48pm, 18 day(s) ago
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late June. 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 King Eider 2018-008 4 Jan 2018 Sutro Baths SF (single observer, documentation complete) Buff-collared Nightjar 2018-029 28 Mar 2018 Corona RIV (single observer, documentation complete) Marsh Sandpiper 2018-033 15-21 Apr 2018 Yolo Bypass YOL (documentation from 4 observers, addl doc. requested) Thick-billed Murre 2018-004 9-19 Mar 2018 Redwood Natl Park DN (single observer, documentation complete) Black Vulture 2018-012 22-29 Jan 2018 Doran Reg. Park SON (no documentation received, documentation requested) Black Vulture 2018-023 15 Feb-6 Mar 2018 Davenport/Ano Nuevo SCZ/SM (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Black Vulture 2018-024 12 Feb 2018 Bolinas MRN (single observer, documentation complete) Blue-headed Vireo 2018-027 14 Feb-27 Mar 2018 LA River LA (documentation from 3 observers, addl doc. requested) Golden-winged Warbler 2018-04522 May 2018 Zzyzx SBE (single observer, documentation complete) Graces Warbler 2018-042 5 May 2018 Blue Ridge LA (single observer, documentation complete) 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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  9. RE: [CALBIRDS] News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2018 @ 2:56pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Tom,
    
    Thanks. I am interested in this question. One thing to consider is the interplay between age and the white on the central rectrices. I posted a bunch of photos on the Facebook Advanced ID site some time ago about this. But in some **juvenile** Nazca Boobies in the Galapagos, the white is showing in the central tail feathers before fledging. I am not sure if you need to be a member to see this:
    
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=10155071688133520 < https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=10155071688133520&set=pcb.1417872404975626&type=3&theater&ifg=1 > &set=pcb.1417872404975626&type=3&theater&ifg=1
    
    regards,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:49 PM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] News from the California Bird Records Committee
    
    Alvaro,
    
    The committee reviewed a number of photos of Masked Boobies, a couple of which showed extensive white on the tail. I do not recall where those photos were from, but perhaps other committee members can chime in with the source of those photos.
    
    Tom
    
    Tom Benson
    
    Secretary, CBRC
    
    
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  11. RE: [CALBIRDS] News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2018 @ 2:15pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Kimball,
    
    Are there well documented (photos/specimens) Masked Boobies with
    
    extensive white on the tail
    
    Thanks,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf
    
    Of Kimball Garrett kgarrett@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:03 PM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] News from the California Bird Records Committee
    
    Birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting in Los Gatos
    
    19-20 January. Steve Rottenborn, CBRC Chair, has provided the following
    
    highlights of that meeting along with some recent CBRC decisions.
    
    COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
    
    Dan Singer, Peter Pyle, and Jim Pike were elected as voting members. Steve
    
    Rottenborn, Dan Singer, and Tom Benson were elected as Chair, Vice Chair,
    
    and Secretary, respectively. The terms of Lauren Harter, Kristie Nelson, and
    
    Scott Terrill expired.
    
    STATE LIST
    
    Recently accepted additions to the California list are all from offshore
    
    islands - Jouanin's Petrel (1 Jun 2016, Santa Barbara Island, SBA), Kermadec
    
    Petrel (8 Sep 2017, Southeast Farallon Island, SF), and Eurasian Wryneck (25
    
    Sep 2017, San Clemente Island, LA). With these additions, the state list
    
    stands at 668 species. Other potential first state records awaiting CBRC
    
    review include Band-rumped Storm Petrel (10-11 Nov 2017, Southeast Farallon
    
    Island, SF), Citrine Wagtail (15-16 Dec 2017, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area,
    
    YOL), and Tropical Parula (5 Jan 2018-present, Huntington Beach, ORA).
    
    REVIEW LIST
    
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher was removed from the Review List on the basis of the
    
    number of accepted records (110 at the time of the meeting, with an average
    
    of 4.3/year over the last 10 years) and relatively high acceptance rate
    
    (89%). All five current wintering Dusky-capped Flycatchers that were first
    
    recorded in 2017 will still be reviewed; please send your documentation for
    
    these individuals, or any other review species, to the CBRC secretary at
    
    secretary@... or by
    
    using the online form at
    
    http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html.
    
    OTHER DISCUSSIONS/DECISIONS
    
    Identification of adult Masked and Nazca boobies is straightforward given
    
    adequate views, but identification of subadults is more challenging. Along
    
    with the recent increase in numbers of adult Masked and, especially, Nazca
    
    boobies in California, the Committee has wrestled with the identity of a
    
    number of subadult birds. To supplement information in the identification
    
    literature, the CBRC reached out to experts Robert Pitman and Mike Force for
    
    information on how quickly subadults start to acquire the "adult" bill
    
    color, how reliable the presence/extent of white on the central rectrices is
    
    for identification, and how frequently hybridization between the two species
    
    occurs. More information on all these issues is needed, but it appears that
    
    some immatures begin to acquire the greenish (Masked) or pinkish (Nazca)
    
    bill color after about a year, and the presence of those colors is the most
    
    reliable field character. Until those colors are apparent in the bill,
    
    reliable identification may not be possible. Presence of extensive white in
    
    the central rectrices is suggestive of Nazca, but some Nazcas lack extensive
    
    white, and a small percentage of Masked Boobies can show extensive white.
    
    Hybridization between the two species does occur, but hybrids are apparently
    
    infrequent enough that the probability of encountering one is very low.
    
    Using these ID criteria, the CBRC is accepting a number of records to
    
    species, but juveniles, as well as subadults that are not well seen or that
    
    lack expression of some "adult" bill color, may be accepted only as
    
    "Masked/Nazca Booby".
    
    The Committee discussed photos of a California Blue-headed/Cassin's Vireo
    
    that looked quite good for Blue-headed in lower-light exposures (with
    
    apparently sharp demarcation between dark auriculars and white throat) and
    
    much better for Cassin's in more strongly lit or better exposed images,
    
    which blurred the demarcation between the auriculars and throat. The images
    
    of this individual emphasized the importance of obtaining as much
    
    documentation of putative Blue-headed Vireo records as possible (in this
    
    case, recordings of the song matched Cassin's well) while reiterating how
    
    difficult the identification of some Blue-headed/Cassin's Vireos can be.
    
    The Committee decided to re-evaluate the 4 Dec 1986-3 Apr 1987 record of
    
    Oriental Greenfinch from Arcata, HUM. This record was previously not
    
    accepted by the CBRC on the grounds of questionable natural occurrence, as
    
    there were no North American records away from the western Aleutians at the
    
    time and the Committee was concerned about the potential for the bird to
    
    have escaped (or been released) from captivity. The species was then placed
    
    on the CBRC's Supplemental List. With more recent records from the
    
    Pribilofs and British Columbia suggesting a pattern of occurrence, the CBRC
    
    will re-evaluate the record.
    
    The Introduced Birds Subcommittee (IBSC), headed up by Kimball Garrett, will
    
    continue to monitor whether any introduced species warrant addition to the
    
    State List. Research into distribution, habitat associations, breeding
    
    biology, and trends in abundance of introduced species is needed before the
    
    CBRC is likely to add any new introduced species to the state list.
    
    Please feel free to visit the CBRC's webpage at
    
    http://www.californiabirds.org/ for updates and additional information. If
    
    you have any questions about the CBRC, please contact Steve Rottenborn
    
    ( chair@... ) or Tom
    
    Benson ( secretary@...
    
    ).
    
    Finally, I (KLG) will continue to serve as the occasional CBRC
    
    "spokesperson" on Calbirds for the coming year.
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    
    kgarrett@...
    
    
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  13. News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: Jan 24, 2018 @ 12:02pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting in Los Gatos 19-20 January. Steve Rottenborn, CBRC Chair, has provided the following highlights of that meeting along with some recent CBRC decisions.
    
    COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP Dan Singer, Peter Pyle, and Jim Pike were elected as voting members. Steve Rottenborn, Dan Singer, and Tom Benson were elected as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, respectively. The terms of Lauren Harter, Kristie Nelson, and Scott Terrill
    expired.
    
    STATE LIST Recently accepted additions to the California list are all from offshore islands - Jouanin's Petrel (1 Jun 2016, Santa Barbara Island, SBA), Kermadec Petrel (8 Sep 2017, Southeast Farallon Island, SF), and Eurasian Wryneck (25 Sep 2017,
    San Clemente Island, LA). With these additions, the state list stands at 668 species. Other potential first state records awaiting CBRC review include Band-rumped Storm Petrel (10-11 Nov 2017, Southeast Farallon Island, SF), Citrine Wagtail (15-16 Dec 2017,
    Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, YOL), and Tropical Parula (5 Jan 2018-present, Huntington Beach, ORA).
    
    REVIEW LIST Dusky-capped Flycatcher was removed from the Review List on the basis of the number of accepted records (110 at the time of the meeting, with an average of 4.3/year over the last 10 years) and relatively high acceptance rate (89%). All
    five current wintering Dusky-capped Flycatchers that were first recorded in 2017 will still be reviewed; please send your documentation for these individuals, or any other review species, to the CBRC secretary at
    secretary@... or by using the online form at
    http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html .
    
    OTHER DISCUSSIONS/DECISIONS Identification of adult Masked and Nazca boobies is straightforward given adequate views, but identification of subadults is more challenging. Along with the recent increase in numbers of adult Masked and, especially, Nazca boobies
    in California, the Committee has wrestled with the identity of a number of subadult birds. To supplement information in the identification literature, the CBRC reached out to experts Robert Pitman and Mike Force for information on how quickly subadults start
    to acquire the "adult" bill color, how reliable the presence/extent of white on the central rectrices is for identification, and how frequently hybridization between the two species occurs. More information on all these issues is needed, but it appears that
    some immatures begin to acquire the greenish (Masked) or pinkish (Nazca) bill color after about a year, and the presence of those colors is the most reliable field character. Until those colors are apparent in the bill, reliable identification may not be
    possible. Presence of extensive white in the central rectrices is suggestive of Nazca, but some Nazcas lack extensive white, and a small percentage of Masked Boobies can show extensive white. Hybridization between the two species does occur, but hybrids
    are apparently infrequent enough that the probability of encountering one is very low. Using these ID criteria, the CBRC is accepting a number of records to species, but juveniles, as well as subadults that are not well seen or that lack expression of some
    "adult" bill color, may be accepted only as "Masked/Nazca Booby".
    
    The Committee discussed photos of a California Blue-headed/Cassin's Vireo that looked quite good for Blue-headed in lower-light exposures (with apparently sharp demarcation between dark auriculars and white throat) and much better for
    Cassin's in more strongly lit or better exposed images, which blurred the demarcation between the auriculars and throat. The images of this individual emphasized the importance of obtaining as much documentation of putative Blue-headed Vireo records as possible
    (in this case, recordings of the song matched Cassin's well) while reiterating how difficult the identification of some Blue-headed/Cassin's Vireos can be.
    
    The Committee decided to re-evaluate the 4 Dec 1986-3 Apr 1987 record of Oriental Greenfinch from Arcata, HUM. This record was previously not accepted by the CBRC on the grounds of questionable natural occurrence, as there were no North
    American records away from the western Aleutians at the time and the Committee was concerned about the potential for the bird to have escaped (or been released) from captivity. The species was then placed on the CBRC's Supplemental List. With more recent
    records from the Pribilofs and British Columbia suggesting a pattern of occurrence, the CBRC will re-evaluate the record.
    
    The Introduced Birds Subcommittee (IBSC), headed up by Kimball Garrett, will continue to monitor whether any introduced species warrant addition to the State List. Research into distribution, habitat associations, breeding biology,
    and trends in abundance of introduced species is needed before the CBRC is likely to add any new introduced species to the state list.
    
    Please feel free to visit the CBRC's webpage at
    http://www.californiabirds.org/ for updates and additional information. If you have any questions about the CBRC, please contact Steve Rottenborn ( chair@... ) or Tom Benson ( secretary@... ).
    
    Finally, I (KLG) will continue to serve as the occasional CBRC "spokesperson" on Calbirds for the coming year.
    
    Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA kgarrett@...
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  15. Request for documentation for CBRC review species LINK
    DATE: Nov 17, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Greeting Calbirders,  As fall migration is winding down, I hope that you all got out and saw some good birds over the past few months. There were a number of reports on listservs and on eBird of California Bird Records Committee (CBRC)
    review species . If you saw any of these, I encourage you to submit your documentation (written descriptions, photos, and/or audio recordings) to the CBRC. In particular, I have included a list below
    for which the CBRC has received little or no documentation. If you have not submitted documentation to the CBRC previously and you dont know what to include, please visit the
    CBRC website where you can find
    submission guidelines as well as a
    report form . One of the CBRCs primary purposes is to permanently maintain documentation of rare birds in order to better understand the status and distribution of birds in California, as well
    as to preserve these records for future research. Your submission of documentation greatly facilitates the work of the CBRC in pursuing this goal.  Great () Frigatebird  Point Pinos MTY, 2 Nov: 0 reports Nazca Booby  Point Pinos MTY, 14 Nov: 0 reports Black Vulture  Bodega Bay SON, 22 Oct-8 Nov: 0 reports Bar-tailed Godwit  Shoreline Park ALA, 3-5 Sep: 1 report Little Stint  Tolowa Dunes DN, 1 Aug: 1 report Little Stint  Centerville Wetlands HUM, 31 Aug: 1 report Little Stint  San Jacinto Wildlife Area RIV, 9-15 Oct: 3 reports Red-necked Stint  Humboldt Bay HUM, 14 Aug: 3 reports Red-necked Stint  Eel River Estuary HUM, 1 Sep: 0 reports Red-necked Stint  San Jacinto Wildlife Area RIV, 5-9 Sep: 3 reports Thick-billed Murre  near Bodega Head SON, 9 Oct: 3 reports Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  Humboldt Bay HUM, 16-21 Sep: 2 reports Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Antonelli Pond SCZ, 4 Sep: 0 reports Dusky-capped Flycatcher  Point Pinos MTY, 14-16 Nov: 0 reports Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher  Carpinteria Creek SBA, 30 Sep: 0 reports Blue-headed Vireo  Fort Rosecrans Natl Cemetery SD, 18 Sep: 0 reports Winter Wren  Crystal Spring SBE/INY, 5-7 Nov: 1 report Dusky Warbler  Oyster Point SM, 24-26 Sep: 4 reports Rufous-backed Robin  Chiriaco Summit RIV, 13-14 Oct: 0 reports Rufous-backed Robin  Desert Center RIV, 12-16 Nov: 0 reports Mourning Warbler  Galileo Hill KER, 10-11 Sep, 3 reports Cape May Warbler  Point Reyes MRN, 11 Oct: 0 reports Cape May Warbler  Palo Alto SCL, 15-17 Oct: 1 report Rusty Blackbird  Smith River DN, 15 Nov: 0 reports Streak-backed Oriole  Desert Center RIV, 23-24 Oct: 3 reports Common Grackle  Smith River DN, 15 Nov: 0 reports  Thank you, Tom  Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee secretary@... 
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  17. Documentation for CBRC review species LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2015 @ 2:05pm, 3 year(s) ago
    California birders,
    
    This fall is already shaping up to be an exciting one, with many rare birds found in September and through the first half of October. Some of these birds are not only unusual locally, but are quite rare throughout the state of California.
    As such, the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) requests documentation of these birds for evaluation and archiving. I have summarized below some recent records for which the CBRC solicits documentation; if you have photos, written descriptions, or other
    documentation for any of these birds, please consider taking the time to send them to the secretary at the email address below. I do realize that some of these birds were found very recently, so perhaps documentation is still forthcoming. Feel free to forward
    this message to local listservs as appropriate. The CBRC website has a complete
    list of review species as well as an
    optional form for submitting written documentation.
    
    Birds for which the CBRC has received no documentation:
    
    Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Roberts Lake, Sonoma County (documentation has been received for the bird at Howarth Park in August (CBRC #2015-076))
    Emperor Goose, Del Norte County
    Bulwer’s (or whatever) Petrel, Santa Cruz County
    White-chinned Petrel, San Mateo County
    Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Monterey County
    Bar-tailed Godwit, San Francisco County
    Blue-headed Vireo (possible), Los Angeles County
    Blue-headed Vireo (possible), Santa Barbara County
    Dusky Warbler, Marin County
    Common Grackle, San Bernardino County
    Common Grackle, Del Norte County
    
    Birds for which the CBRC has received minimal documentation:
    
    Red-footed Booby, Platform Eureka, Orange County (1 report)
    Glossy Ibis, Yolo County (1 report)
    Curlew Sandpiper (juvenile), Santa Clara County (2 reports)
    Curlew Sandpiper (adult), Santa Clara County (1 report)
    Broad-billed Hummingbird, Riverside County (2 reports)
    Blue-headed Vireo, Marin County (2 reports)
    Gray-cheeked Thrush, Kern County (3 reports)
    Worm-eating Warbler, Mojave Narrows Regional Park, San Bernardino County (2 reports)
    Worm-eating Warbler, Primm Valley Golf Club, San Bernardino County (2 reports)
    Mourning Warbler, San Francisco County (2 reports)
    Cerulean Warbler, Humboldt County (2 reports)
    
    Thank you,
    Tom
    
    Thomas A. Benson
    Secretary, California Bird Records Committee
    secretary@...
    
    
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  19. Blue-headed Vireo photos LINK
    DATE: Oct 3, 2015 @ 8:49pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Just posted two photos of the Blue-headed Vireo on my Recent Photos gallery. It was at Pine Gulch Creek near Bolinas in coastal Marin County. There was also a Tennessee Warbler and a few other migrants.
    This was my 460th native species in CA this year and my last vireo to see this year in the state, unless I or someone else is lucky enough to find a Black-capped Vireo!
    www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    enjoy!
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey Seabirdswww.montereyseabirds.com(831) 375-4658
    
    
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  21. Barbara Carlson record San Diego year: 387 species LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2013 @ 2:57pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Barbara Carlson has ended 2013 with a phenomenal 387 species in San
    Diego County. This is not only a new record for this county (former
    record was ca. 370), but it is undoubtedly a single-year record for any
    county in the U.S./Canada. Barbara was aided by an excellent
    rarity-winter of 2012-2013, good shorebirds in late summer, LOTS of time
    spent offshore throughout the year racking up a long list of tough
    pelagic species, a reasonably productive autumn filling in holes,
    and--most of all--pure diligence! A testament to her long list was the
    fact that very recent findings of species such as a new Blue-headed
    Vireo, Bay-breasted and Black-throated Green Warblers, Painted Redstart,
    Orchard Orioles, and even a Masked/Nazca Booby added no new
    species.....she'd seen them all already earlier in the year! Her only
    new bird since Thanksgiving was the Oceanside Glaucous Gull.
    
    In the near future, Barbara will make a list of all the rarities she saw
    in the county this year, with the date, location, and other observers
    who saw them with her, and will make that document available to anyone
    interested. When ready, she will post news of its existence on this
    listserve.
    
    The list of high-quality rarities she saw in San Diego County in 2013 is
    too long to give here in its entirety, but here are some of the best of
    the best:
    Red-necked Grebe
    Flesh-footed Shearwater
    Great Shearwater
    Manx Shearwater
    Masked/Nazca Booby
    Blue-footed Booby
    Lesser Sand-Plover
    Wilson's Plover
    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
    Franklin's Gull
    Glaucous Gull
    Guadalupe and Craveri's Murrelets
    Inca Dove
    Black Swift
    Broad-billed Hummingbird
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Thick-billed Kingbird
    Blue-headed Vireo
    Yellow-green Vireo
    Gray Catbird
    Grace's, Pine, Bay-breasted, Black-thr Green, Prairie, Mourning Warblers
    Painted Redstart
    Nelson's Sparrow
    Harris's Sparrow
    Scarlet Tanager
    Bronzed Cowbird
    Orchard Oriole
    
    And what were her biggest "misses" Long-eared Owl, Ancient
    Murrelet....the Le Conte's Sparrow, Sandwich Tern, and multiple 'dips'
    on Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
    
    Again, congratulations!
    
    Who's next to try!
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  23. BHVI (Humboldt) LINK
    DATE: Dec 8, 2011 @ 8:55pm, 7 year(s) ago
    > This morning there was a BLUE-HEADED VIREO at the end of Fowler Lane
    > near Alton. It was on the north side of the road at the junction just
    > before the river.
    >
    > For those not familiar with the site, you have to go through a gravel
    > yard to get there. If the gate is closed, it's not a very long walk.
    > Check in at the office if it's open.
    >
    > Ken Burton
    > Eureka
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  25. SE Farallon Bird Wave including Yellow-breasted Bunting LINK
    DATE: Oct 16, 2009 @ 6:30pm, 9 year(s) ago
    Hi Cal Birders,
    
    After several weeks of very few birds, we finally got a good migration wave.
    The wave started on 8 October with good number of western birds. On the 9th, we
    had ideal fallout conditions and the birds kept coming and coming. The
    Violet-green Swallows were the most obvious as everytime you'd try to count them
    there would be more. Also conspicuous were the Yellow-rumped Warblers which
    were flycatching off the rocks everywhere. A very drab BLUE-HEADED VIREO turned
    up early in the morning that I initially dismissed as a Cassin's Vireo, but I
    became more interested in it after I got some better looks, though, we still
    could not be certain of the ID until I examined some photos that Kristie Nelson
    took with my camera late in the day that showed the complete white edging to the
    outer rectrices. In the early afternoon, Ryan spotted a GRAY-CHEECKED THRUSH
    amongst the hordes of Hermit Thrushes on the, tough to view, northside of the
    lighthouse. We ended the
    day with an incredible 1332 landbirds seen on the island. Island high counts
    were set for Violet-green Swallow and Audubon's Warbler. See below for a more
    detailed list.
    
    The following day brought more ideal weather, but fewer birds. Today was the
    last day for Matt Brady, Kristie Nelson, and me, and we only had half a day to
    bird. Because we had to pack our gear and clean, we did not get much time to
    look at birds in the morning. Ryan Terrill, Jill Gautreaux, Mark Dettling, and
    Andrew Greene were staying behind and Pete Warzybok was coming out on the boat.
    After I went over some of our protocols with Pete at the lighthouse, he and I
    started heading down the trail. About halfway down, I flushed two birds from
    the side of the trail – one was a junco, the other was similar sized, but had
    a brown back with white outer rectrices. I thought it would be a Vesper Sparrow
    so I stopped to take a look at it. The bird did not have a Vesper-type eyering,
    and it had strong buffy lines down the back. I told Pete, “I’m not sure
    what this bird is.” I thought maybe a longspur, but quickly ruled them out
    for various
    reasons. The bird had a strong mustard-yellow wash across the chest, narrow
    (but distinct) streaking on the sides and flanks, conical bill larger than the
    junco's with a black maxilla and pink lower mandible, a dark line wrapping
    around the auricular and pale lores, short wings, and white outer rectrices on a
    moderately long tail. I then realized that I was looking at an Asian bunting; I
    was thinking Yellow-breasted Bunting, but didn’t want to say that because I
    didn't really know the field marks for this bird, and I wasn’t sure about
    other possibilities such as Yellowhammer. At that moment, I heard somebody
    mentioning on the radio something about the Black-throated Green Warbler that
    Kristie had seen just 20 minutes earlier. Over the radio, I said something
    like, “Drop whatever you’re doing, there’s a bunting from Asia up here.”
    Matt, Ryan, and Kristie then started sprinting up the hillside. Unfortunately,
    the bunting flew up Little
    Lighthouse Hill by the time they got there and we could not relocate it before
    leaving. On the boat, Matt showed me all the possibilities in the Birds of East
    Asia book, and it was undoubtedly a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING. It was certainly a
    good bird to see just before leaving, but I feel bad that nobody else saw it.
    Sadly, the rest of the crew still on the island were not able to relocate it
    either. So no photos and no resight does not bode well for CBRC acceptance, but
    I'll submit my description anyway.
    
    The highlights of our bird wave are listed below:
    
    --9 October: 87 spp of migrants, 1332 individual landbirds
    Intergrade Flicker: 1
    Least Flycatcher: 1
    BLUE-HEADED VIREO: 1
    Red-eyed Vireo: 1
    Violet-green Swallow: 250 - island high count
    GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH: 1
    Hermit Thrush: 100
    Tennessee Warbler: 1
    Audubon's Warbler: 400 - island high count
    Blackburnian Warbler: 1
    Blackpoll Warbler: 1
    American Redstart: 1
    Ovenbird: 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow: 2
    Brewer's Sparrow: 1
    Song Sparrow: 1 morphna
    White-throated Sparrow: 7
    Chestnut-collared Longspur: 1
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak: 1
    Bobolink: 1
    Lawrence's Goldfinch: 1
    
    --10 October: 85 migrant bird species, 692 individual landbirds
    Greater white-fronted Goose:1
    Band-tailed Pigeon: 1
    Common Poorwill: 1 (not an arrival)
    Horned Lark: 1
    Hammond's Flycatcher: 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet: 59 -island high count
    Ruby-crowbed Kinglet: 54
    American Pipit: 69
    Chestnut-sided Warbler: 1
    Magnolia Warbler: 1
    Black-throated Green Warbler: 1
    Palm Warbler: 1
    Black-and-white Warbler: 1
    White-throated Sparrow: 8 -island high count
    YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING: 1
    Orchard Oriole: 1
    
    --11 October--
    Northern Shoveler:1
    Tropical Kingbird:1
    Weird American Pipit (see IDfrontiers post, and this link:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/henicorhina)
    Black-throated Blue Warbler: 1
    Ovenbird: 1
    Lark Bunting: 1
    Yellow-headed Blackbird: 1
    
    James R. Tietz
    Davis, CA
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  27. INDIO BLUE-HEADED VIREO UPDATE LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2008 @ 8:50pm, 10 year(s) ago
    Howdy birders,
    
    Bill Haas, Alisa Zych and myself attempted to refind the potential
    BLUE-HEADED VIREO again this morning at the Indian Palms country club
    in Indio. At about 8:30 am we were joined by Andrew and Vernon Howe
    who showed up to look for the bird.
    
    A vireo-like squeal put us on high alert to what turned out to be a
    comparatively drab PLUMBEOUS VIREO which looked like a gray-scale
    version of the technicolor bird we saw yesterday. This unlikely spot
    was very birdy with 3 CACTUS WRENS, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, both
    ANNA'S and COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRDS, SAY'S PHOEBE and numerous VERDIN,
    WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES and NORTHERN
    MOCKINGBIRDS.
    
    We departed about 9am to get back to work without having refound the
    subject bird.
    
    Bird well,
    
    Scott Huber
    Forest Ranch
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  29. SUSPECTED BLUE-HEADED VIREO IN INDIO LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2008 @ 3:14am, 10 year(s) ago
    Howdy birders,
    
    While working on a bird surveying project in the Salton Sea area we
    found our best bird back at the hotel! At app. 7:30 am this morning
    12/19 Bill Haas and I had a very contrasty and brightly plumaged
    vireo which we believe to be blue-headed. Head was a very deep rich
    gray, olive back, deep yellow flanks, stark white throat. If this
    were a Cassin's it would be the brightest Cassin's that either of us
    has ever seen - which leads us to believe it is a blue-headed.
    
    We'd be delighted to have Imperial county birders re-find the bird.
    Take Monroe south from I-10 to Indian Palms Country Club, and turn
    left into the country club (gated with a security person but they are
    pretty easy going so think of a good reason to tell them you want
    in). The bird was in the trees in front of the south facing hotel
    rooms (109, 111, 113).
    
    Bird well,
    
    Scott Huber
    Forest Ranch
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