Date: 2/4/20 9:28 am
From: James Pike <jimpike444...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] News from the CBRC
Birders,

Although the record of a potential European Golden-Plover from Devereux
Slough, SBA, 21-29 Jan 2017, came within one vote of passage on its third
round, it ultimately fell short of acceptance on the fourth and final
round. European experts that had been consulted were uniformly supportive
of the identification, but key details of structure and plumage were
difficult to discern in the relatively low-quality photos that had been
obtained. Further, the diagnostic white underwings weren't definitively
seen or studied, a significant omission for such an important record. Thus,
while most members thought the identification correct, the committee
prefers better documentation accompanying a first state record. Additional
details on this record can be found when the 44th report of the California
Bird Records Committee is published in Western Birds later this year. Note
that recent committee decisions are updated regularly on the CBRC website (
www.californiabirds.org) and are available either by querying the database
or by viewing the Table of Updates to Rare Birds of California.

Jim Pike
Huntington Beach

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