Date: 6/23/18 11:13 am From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Extralimital: PA Black-Backed Oriole record ACCEPTED
Thought some of you would be interested to know that last year's Black-Backed Oriole which was seen in PA, CT and MA has been officially accepted by the PA Ornithological Records Committee. As many of you know, the bird was visiting a feeder in Sinking Springs PA for several weeks in February and was seen briefly in Stamford CT by only two observers in May. Afterwards it wound up at a feeder in MA but was rejected by the MA Records Committee as a natural vagrant. The PA committee however voted to accept it 6 to 1 and has released a statement regarding their research and decision which you can read below: http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1446900&MLID=PA01&MLNM=Pennsylvania
As far as I know, the CT Records Committee has yet to vote on the Stamford sighting and the American Birding Association still has not voted on its acceptance to the ABA checklist. I'd be curious to know if there are plans to vote on the CT record soon but I'm sure much discussion has been had already. Nonetheless this is a big advancement in the status of this record and I know a lot of us who drove to see it in PA are probably excited by this news.