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 13 submissions involving 12 species were reviewed through written submissions for Round 27.
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. To support the taking of field notes see the guide linked here: A Guide for Taking Field Notes.
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
Ash-throated Flycatcher (25 May 2019 – Kelowna)
BCBRC #2020–02 Michael Force
Parakeet Auklet (24 March 2019 – ocean west of Tofino)
BCBRC #2020–03 Joachim Bertrands
Joachim Bertrands photos from eBird checklist:
Chestnut-sided Warbler (30 June – 06 July 2018 – North Vancouver)
BCBRC #2020–04 Quentin Brown
Snowy Plover (23 May 2019 – Wickaninnish Beach, Pacific Rim National Park)
BCBRC #2025–05 Lorraine Hall
Note: This bird was banded as a chick in 2018 from either Bandon or Floras Lake (both southern Oregon). The same leg band colour combo is used in both locations.
Acorn Woodpecker (4 July 2019 – Christmas Hill, Victoria)
BCBRC #2020–06 Robert Fraser
Hawaiian Petrel (21 August 2019 – NW of Graham Island, Haida Gwaii)
BCBRC #2020–07 Michael Turso
Note: Hawaiian Petrel is now elevated to the Main Provincial list from the Provisional list.
Garganey (18 – 19 September 2019 – Kelowna Landfill)
BCBRC #2020–09 Chris Charlesworth
Yellow-browed Warbler (18 – 24 October 2019 – Panama Flats, Victoria)
BCBRC #2020–10 Geoffrey Newell
First provincial record
Brown Shrike (1 – 3 October 2019 – Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Metchosin)
BCBRC #2020–11 Siobhan Darlington (extractor), David M Bell (bander), Joachim Bertrands, Ian Cruickshank
First provincial record
White Wagtail (10 – 15 November 2019 – Triple Island, north coast of BC)
BCBRC #2020–12 Erik Milton
White Wagtail (9 – 11 December 2019 – Green Island lighthouse ~ 32 km NE of Triple Islands Lighthouse)
BCBRC #2020–13 Jim Redden
Note: The committee accepted the above two White Wagtails as separate records, however, they may pertain to the same individual.