Date: 11/1/20 3:22 pm From: <aj...> Subject: [ia-bird] Rare Birds - New Records Committee Website/Application
With the influx of Evening Grosbeak records, I wanted to draw your attention to the updated Iowa Records Committee site - https://iowabirdrecords.org/. This recent upgrade has now been published and I hope you find it useful. Functionally, it is now useable on a cell phone so it should be much easier to even document a rare bird while you are in the field. Try it out sometime. The review list changes year to year as the status changes for some species. Be sure to review it from time to time - https://iowabirdrecords.org/ReviewList.aspx.
The site is also a treasure trove of information on the evidence that goes into the species and status of those species on the Iowa list. It includes all records that have been acted upon the Iowa committee since 2000 with the rest to be added hopefully this winter. The various reports - https://iowabirdrecords.org/Reports/ - will help the curious answer such questions as 1) how many recent records are there of Swallow-tailed Kite?; or 2) what records have been processed so far this year?; or even 3) what is the last species added to the Iowa list? Records Mapping gives you a good visual of the distribution of rare species in the state.