Date: 8/2/17 6:25 pm From: Kirk Roth <kirkleeroth...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Indiana Bird Records Committee activity - spring
The Indiana Bird Records Committee reviewed several records, including submissions through June 2017. There are many records from this summer which have not yet been looked at by the committee.
Cinnamon Teal - Greene Co., August 2016- Accept - physical evidence Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Greene Co., September 2016- Accept - physical evidence Black-bellied Whistling-Duck- Boone Co., November 2016- Accept - physical evidence Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Vigo Co., November 2016 - Accept - physical evidence Yellow Rail - Wabash Co., December 2016 - Accept - no physical evidence Red Knot - Gibson Co., December 2016- Accept - physical evidence Ruff - Greene Co., December 2016 - Accept - physical evidence Ruff - Warrick Co., January 2017 (through March 2017) - Accept - no physical evidence Swainson's Hawk - Porter Co., - Accept - physical evidence Mottled Duck - Gibson Co., - Accept - physical evidence Mottled Duck - Greene Co., - Not Accepted - documentation inadequate
A report of a Common Raven in Starke County is going to a second round of discussion, as is a report of two Cinnamon Teal in Laporte County, based on questions of potential hybridization.
Most of the committee felt that the Mottled Duck report from Gibson County did not show evidence of hybridization with five votes to accept and one not to accept, another vote was not counted for a committee member who observed the bird directly. Mottled Duck is a new addition to the Indiana State bird list.
Committee members were less certain about the Greene County bird being purely a Mottled Duck. There were three votes not to accept, two abstentions, and two uncounted because they were observers, which results in the record being not accepted. Although we understand that this result may be unsatisfying to some, it is in accordance with the bylaws under which the committee must operate, and is also a reflection of the difficulty involved with this unusual report.
The committee thanks all those who submitted documentations of their rare bird sightings and appreciates receiving formal documentation.