Date: 2/5/19 1:21 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation
For those who do not subscribe to CALBIRDS: The Bar-tailed Godwit of last
September at Ocean Beach County Park is in need of documentation.

Wim

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From: Thomas Benson <tbenson...>
Date: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 11:31 AM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] CBRC review and request for documentation
To: <calbirds...> <calbirds...>


California birders,



In early March the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin
reviewing the following records, for which we have little or no
documentation. 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





2018-182 Common Ringed Plover, 8-15 Oct 2018, Abbotts Lagoon, MRN
(documentation from 3 observers)

2018-142 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11-12 Sep 2018, Ocean Beach County Park,
SBA (no documentation)

2018-171 White-rumped Sandpiper, 5-12 Oct 2018, Centerville Wetlands,
HUM (documentation from 2 observers)

2018-034 Black Vulture, 22-29 Apr 2018, Pt. Reyes NS, MRN (no
documentation)

2018-076 Black Vulture, 15 Jul-10 Oct 2018, Pt. Reyes Station &
Inverness, MRN (no documentation)





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 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 can’t be obtained
or vocalizations can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted
in the field that aren’t 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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