BRC Round 14 & Additional Round 12 Accepted Records – December 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 7 submissions involving 7 species were reviewed through written submissions for Round 14.

Following the receipt of additional expert evidence on the birds concerned, two submissions, one each from Rounds 10 and 12, were reviewed and completed. The Round 12 submission was accepted to the main provincial list.

Reflecting the evolution of rare bird reporting and the now wide-spread use of digital photography by birders newer submissions are frequently supported by photographs. However, the committee strongly 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 even when apparently “good” photographs are provided.

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:

Round 12

Oriental Greenfinch (9 Nov. 2015 – Victoria)
BCBRC#2016–011 Geoffrey Newell
First Canadian record

Oriental Greenfinch_Newell_Victoria_2015_2

Photo: Geoffrey Newell


Round 14

Crested Caracara (20 July 2015 – Nanaimo)
BCBRC #2016–033 Graham Ford


Photo: Graham Ford


Field Sparrow (30 Oct. 2015 – Furry Creek, near Squamish)
BCBRC #2016–034 Ken Wright
First BC Record


Photo: Ken Wright

Great Shearwater – (13 August 2016 – ~15 km SSE of Triangle Island, 50 43.126 N 129 00.731 W )
BCBRC #2016–035 Jared Towers
No  photo


Lucy’s Warbler (Kelowna – 25 Sept. 2016, and 12 to 19 Nov. 2016)
BCBRC #2016–036 Michelle Lamberson


Photo: Michelle Lamberson


Short-tailed Albatross (7 June 2016 – 50.582614, -128.858638 ~15 miles SSW of Beresford Island)
BCBRC #2016–037 Joseph Morlan (no photos)


Ferruginous Hawk (Creston – 26 Nov. to 9 Dec. 2016)
BCBRC #2016–038 Carolee Colter, Paul Prappas, Terry O’Gorman


Photo: Paul Prappas


Costa’s Hummingbird (Burnaby – 3 May 2015)
BCBRC #2016–039 Pat Stephens


Photo: Pat Stephens