Records Committee News
Welcome to Ben Croxtall, who joins the Records Committee in place of John Hague, who has stepped down. Thanks to John for all his work on the committee in the past.
latest decisions by the Records Committee can be viewed in spreadsheet
form here. As usual, a few
records were considered to be Not Proven; this is almost always because
the description submitted did not fully rule out other similar species.
Please consider when submitting descriptions whether you have satisfactorily
ruled out all other confusion species, in some cases including rarer species
which may occur!
Changes to the Description List
Great White Egret is now removed from the list, while Turtle Dove, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Corn Bunting are added to the list of species for which a description is required if the bird is seen and reported by less than three observers. See the Bird Recording page for full details of description species.
Location, location, location!
In cases where photos or sound recordings are the sole proof of the identification of a bird (particularly in the case of sound recordings) these must be accompanied by satisfactory proof that the photos/recordings were obtained where they are claimed to have been obtained. This may take the form of additional photos clearly showing an identifiable location, or ideally files tagged with location information, which is possible with most modern imaging/recording equipment.
Please submit all records to help the Records Committee ascertain the species' true status in the counties. There are currently two known resident groups, in Birstall (4 birds) and Evington (up to 6 in the past, but only 3 for the past year), and odd singles elsewhere, but there may well be others in areas not usually frequented by birders. In particular, please look out for them in south-west Leics, which is very close to a concentration of birds genetically proven to have come from the established feral population in south-east England. It is inevitable (barring a national cull!) that this species will be added to Category C of the County List before too long, but we would like to know how many birds are around, and whereabouts they are, to make an informed decision on this.