BRC Round 13 Accepted Records – October 2016

Note: Rare bird reports and submissions, along with documentation and with photographs where available, are circulated to all committee members for written response in advance. During the subsequent conference call, and after all written responses have been circulated, each submission is discussed in detail. Recommendations are made by consensus.

A total of 18 submissions involving 18 species were reviewed through written submissions for Round 13.

The committee is continuing work to clear the backlog of earlier submissions and this round contains both recent records, and older ones not previously reviewed.

Reflecting the evolution of rare bird reporting and the now wide-spread use of digital photography by birders, the older submissions mostly consist of written field notes; the newer submissions are frequently supported by photographs. However, the committee encourages observers to continue to make careful field notes to support all submissions. These field notes often prove extremely important to the committee’s decision making.

A full account of all the decisions made by the committee, including records not accepted, will be published in an upcoming issue of our journal British Columbia Birds.

 The following species were accepted to the Main Provincial List:

Little Stint (8 Oct. 1999 – Iona Island)
BCBRC #2016–017 Rick Toochin
Record submitted by Craig Roberts
(no photos)

Brambling (3-28 Dec. 1998 – Prince George)
BCBRC #2016–018 Mark Phinney

BRC 2001 Pending06 BRAM 4-18

Photos: Mark Phinney


Lesser Goldfinch (11-16 May 1999 – Princeton)
BCBRC #2016–019 Tom and Linda Henderson, R. Jerry Herzig
Photo by Herzig appears in Birds of BC vol. 4 p. 617

Red-faced Cormorant (20 June, 1999 – Dixon Entrance)
BCBRC #2016–020 Michael Force
(no photos)

Manx Shearwater (6 June 1998 – Hecate Strait)
BCBRC #2016–021 Michael Force
(no photos)

Indigo Bunting (2-3 August 1998 – Martindale Flats, Victoria)
BCBRC #2016–022 David Allinson, Devon Anderson
(no photos)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (19 August 1998 – near Quesnel)
BCBRC #2016–023 Gary Davidson
(no photos)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (19-20 July 1998 – Giscome)
BCBRC #2016–024 Cathy Antoniazzi

BRC 2001 Pending13 STFL 7-42

Photo: Cathy Antoniazzi


Yellow-billed Cuckoo (19-22 October 1999 – Duck Lake, Creston)

BCBRC #2016–025 Ed McMackin et al.

BRC 2001 Pending02 YBCU 8-8

Photo: Maurice Murphy


Blue Grosbeak (Aug. 25, 2015 – Metchosin)
BCBRC #2016–027 Ann Nightingale
First provincial photographic record


Photo: Ann Nightingale


Lucy’s Warbler (May 5, 2016 – Castlegar)
BCBRC #2016–028 Craig Sandvig
First provincial record


Photo: Craig Sandvig


Orchard Oriole (Sep. 28-30, 2015 – Balaklava Island)
BCBRC #2016–029 Ivan Dubinsky

Orchard Oriole-3

Photo: Ivan Dubinsky


Loggerhead Shrike (Apr. 5, 2016 – Creston)
BCBRC #2016–030 Marc-André Beaucher
Record submitted by Craig Sandvig


Photo: Craig Sandvig


Cattle Egret (Oct. 18-23, 2015 – Creston) dates TBC
BCBRC #2016–031 Marcia Long
Record submitted by Craig Sandvig


Photo: Craig Sandvig


Lesser Black-backed Gull (Nov. 6-18, 2015 – Castlegar)
BCBRC #2016–032 Craig Sandvig


Photo: Craig Sandvig

End of Round 13 accepted records