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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. CBRC adds Eastern Whip-poor-will to state list LINK
    DATE: Jun 13, 2011 @ 6:55pm, 7 year(s) ago
    The California Bird Records Committee has unanimously accepted the
    record of an Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) from Point
    Loma, San Diego County 14 November 1970; this bird was netted and
    photographed, and also compared directly to specimens in the San Diego
    Natural History Museum before being released. See California Birds
    2:37-40, 1971, available here:
    http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/wb/v02n01/p0037-p0040.pdf
    
    This species is added to the checklist between Buff-collared Nightjar
    and Mexican Whip-poor-will with a "P" symbol [photograph, no specimen ]
    and is also added to the Review List. Acceptance brings the current
    California state list to 644 species.
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    
    213-763-3368
    
    kgarrett@...
    
    
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  11. California Review List LINK
    DATE: Sep 12, 2006 @ 3:24am, 12 year(s) ago
    The species listed below are on the California Bird Records Committee's
    Review List. These are the birds that should always be reported on Calbirds,
    along with any new State Records. This list was taken from the CBRC website
    @ http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/index.html
    
    Legend
    For species not supported by specimens (93 species):
    P - At least one record supported by identifiable photograph (91
    species)
    V - At least one record supported by identifiable videotape (23
    species)
    T - At least one record supported by identifiable taped vocalization
    (5 species)
    S - Supported only by sight records (3 species)
    
    Anatidae - Ducks, Geese, and Swans
    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis - P
    Emperor Goose Chen canagica
    Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator - P
    Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus - P
    Falcated Duck Anas falcata - P
    American Black Duck Anas rubripes
    Garganey Anas querquedula
    Baikal Teal Anas formosa
    Common Pochard Aythya ferina - P
    Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri - P
    King Eider Somateria spectabilis
    Common Eider Somateria mollissima - P
    Smew Mergellus albellus - PV
    
    Gaviidae - Loons
    Arctic Loon Gavia arctica - PV
    Yellow-billed Loon Gavia adamsii
    
    Podicipedidae - Grebes
    Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
    
    Diomedeidae - Albatrosses
    Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta - P
    Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata - PV
    Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans - P
    Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus
    
    Procellariidae - Shearwaters and Petrels
    Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera - PV
    Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata
    Dark-rumped Petrel Pterodroma phaeopygia/sandwichensis - PV
    Stejneger's Petrel Pterodroma longirostris - P
    Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii - P
    Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas
    Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea - P
    Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis - P
    Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus pacificus - P
    Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus - PV
    Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis - PV
    
    Hydrobatidae - Storm-Petrels
    Ringed Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma hornbyi - P
    Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tethys
    
    Phaethontidae - Tropicbirds
    White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus - P
    Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda - P
    
    Sulidae - Boobies and Gannets
    Masked Booby Sula dactylatra - P
    Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii
    Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
    Red-footed Booby Sula sula
    
    Phalacrocoracidae - Cormorants
    Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus - P
    
    Anhingidae - Darters
    Anhinga Anhinga anhinga - P
    
    Fregatidae - Frigatebirds
    Great Frigatebird Fregata minor - P
    
    Ardeidae - Herons, Bitterns, and Allies
    Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
    
    Threskiornithidae - Ibises and Spoonbills
    White Ibis Eudocimus albus
    Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus - P
    Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja
    
    Cathartidae - New World Vultures
    Black Vulture Coragyps atratus - P
    
    Accipitridae - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies
    Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
    Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus - P
    Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
    
    Falconidae - Caracaras and Falcons
    Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway - PV
    Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus
    
    Rallidae - Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
    Purple Gallinule Porphyrula martinica
    
    Charadriidae - Lapwings and Plovers
    American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
    Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus - P
    Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii - PV
    Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia
    Piping Plover Charadrius melodus - P
    Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus - PV
    
    Haematopodidae - Oystercatchers
    American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
    
    Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
    Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus - PV
    Gray-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes - P
    Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus - P
    Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - PV
    Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
    Little Curlew Numenius minutus - P
    Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis - PV
    Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica - P
    Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
    Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis - P
    Little Stint Calidris minuta
    Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta - P
    White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
    Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
    Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
    American Woodcock Scolopax minor - P
    
    Laridae - Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
    Little Gull Larus minutus
    Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus - P
    Belcher's Gull Larus belcheri - PV
    Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
    Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides - P
    Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus - PV
    Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus - P
    Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus - P
    Red-legged Kittiwake Rissa brevirostris
    Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea - P
    Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus -
    Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus - S
    White-winged Tern Gelochelidon nilotica - PV
    Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis - P
    
    Alcidae - Auks, Murres, and Puffins
    Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
    Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix
    Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris
    Parakeet Auklet Aethia psittacula
    Least Auklet Aethia pusilla
    Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella
    
    Columbidae - Pigeons and Doves
    Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis - PV
    
    Cuculidae - Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis
    Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
    Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris - P
    
    Strigidae - Typical Owls
    Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
    
    Caprimulgidae - Goatsuckers
    Chuck-will's-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis
    Buff-collared Nightjar Caprimulgus ridgwayi
    
    Apodidae - Swifts
    White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris - S
    
    Trochilidae - Hummingbirds
    Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus - P
    Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris - P
    Xantus's Hummingbird Hylocharis xantusii - P
    Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps - P
    Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae - P
    Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens - P
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
    
    Picidae - Woodpeckers and Allies
    Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
    
    Tyrannidae - Tyrant Flycatchers
    Greater Pewee Contopus pertinax
    Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens - PT
    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
    Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum -
    Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
    Nutting's Flycatcher Myiarchus nuttingi - PVT
    Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
    Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris - PV
    Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii - PT
    Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris - PVT
    Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana - P
    
    Laniidae - Shrikes
    Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus - P
    
    Vireonidae - Vireos
    White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus - PT
    Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
    Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
    Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
    
    Corvidae - Crows and Jays
    Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
    
    Alaudidae - Larks
    Sky Lark Alauda arvensis - P
    
    Hirundinidae - Swallows
    Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva - P
    
    Troglodytidae - Wrens
    Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis - PT
    
    Sylviidae - Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers
    Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata - P
    Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
    Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis - P
    
    Turdidae - Thrushes
    Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus - P
    Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
    Stonechat Saxicola torquata - P
    Veery Catharus fuscescens - P
    Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
    Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
    Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus - PV
    Rufous-backed Robin Turdus rufopalliatus - P
    
    Mimidae - Mockingbirds and Thrashers
    Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
    
    Motacillidae - Wagtails and Pipits
    Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis - P
    Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - P
    White Wagtail Motacilla alba - P
    Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni - P
    Sprague's Pipit Anthus spragueii
    
    Parulidae - Wood-Warblers
    Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
    Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
    Golden-cheeked Warbler Dendroica chrysoparia
    Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica
    Grace's Warbler Dendroica graciae
    Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus
    Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea
    Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus
    Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
    Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
    Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia
    Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons
    
    Thraupidae - Tanagers
    Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
    
    Emberizidae - Emberizids
    Cassin's Sparrow Aimophila cassinii
    Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla - P
    Baird's Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii
    Le Conte's Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii
    Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus - PV
    Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla - P
    Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica - P
    Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
    
    Cardinalidae - Cardinals, Saltators, and Allies
    Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus - P
    Varied Bunting Passerina versicolor
    
    Icteridae - Blackbirds
    Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
    Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
    Streak-backed Oriole Icterus pustulatus
    
    Fringillidae - Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies
    Brambling Fringilla montifringilla - PV
    Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata
    White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera - S
    Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
    
    Thanks!
    
    Douglas Aguillard
    San Diego, CA
    doug@...
    http://sdbirds.basiclink.com
    
    
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  13. Re: [CALBIRDS] Request for ID assistance re. Nighthawk in Ventura LINK
    DATE: May 25, 2002 @ 12:01am, 16 year(s) ago
    At 03:35 PM 5/24/02 -0700, rycenga jennifer wrote:
    >Dear Calbirders - I hope this is an appropriate forum to ask this question.
    >I am in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area for a conference. Last night
    >(Thursday May 23) as I was parking at my hotel in Ventura (just at the
    >eastern boundary of the city, on Johnson Drive, off 101, close to the ocean)
    >at dusk (8:25 pm), there was a Nighthawk coursing through the parking lot.
    >I observed as closely as I could, without bins, for about 30 seconds before
    >it veered off to the NW. It did not call at all during that time, which I
    >took as further supporting evidence to my visual sense that this was a
    >female LESSER NIGHTHAWK. The wing bars appeared buffy rather than white,
    >and the flight pattern reminded me more of dusk-hour dispersals of Lesser
    >Nighthawks than of Common Nighthawks. Pleased with this unexpected
    >sighting, I then looked at the range maps in National Geo and Sibley, and
    >started to doubt myself. Then I further realized that whenever I've seen
    >Lesser Nighthawks, I've not had to distinguish them from Common Nighthawks,
    >so I felt even more slippery about my call, despite being quite familiar
    >with both birds. As I said, the two positive comments I can make are that
    >the bird was utterly silent (and I stayed listening and hoping it would
    >return for another two minutes after losing visual contact), and that the
    >wing bars did not look white at all - it took me a few seconds to detect
    >them visually, in fact.
    >
    >So my question is (since I am not on any of the SoCal lists that might cover
    >this area), what are the chances of either a Lesser or a Common Nighthawk in
    >this area, so close to the sea, and are these two features (in addition to
    >the general features that determined this to be a Nighthawk, of course),
    >enough for a positive ID
    
    Jennifer:
    
    You're correct that the identification of silent nighthawks can be
    quite tricky, but the characters you describe strongly suggest that
    your bird was a Lesser Nighthawk. Perhaps as importantly, this is
    the only expected species of nighthawk on the coast of southern
    California. There are a couple of coastal Ventura Co. records of
    Common Nighthawk (June, November), but the status of Common Nighthawk
    there is about the same as that of Buff-collared Nightjar, whereas
    Lesser Nighthawks are a scarce but regular migrant and actually breed
    in some of the drier washes in Ventura County.
    
    Sibley and NGS cover nighthawk identification well, but the scale of
    their maps does not allow for the level of detail you would need to
    tease apart their distribution in southern California.
    
    As for visual ID, I would concentrate on:
    1) position and shape of white wing patch
    2) color of wing patch (if buffy and obscure = Lesser)
    3) pattern of primaries/secondaries: buff-spotted/barred in Lesser,
    more solidly colored in Common
    4) more pointed wing of Common
    5) overall plumage color -- brown/buff in Lesser, gray/blackish/white
    in Common (but beware geographic variation and browner juv.
    in Common)
    6) flight style: deeper wingbeats, higher flight (on average) in
    Common.
    
    Calls of the two species, of course, are utterly different, but Lessers
    (in particular) are often quite silent away from nesting areas.
    
    Perhaps Walter Wehtje or somebody else with more direct knowledge of
    the status of nighthawks in Ventura Co. will wish to add some detail.
    
    Kimball
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    Kimball L. Garrett
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    (213) 763-3368
    (213) 746-2999 FAX
    kgarrett@...
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