BRC Round 29 Mar to Dec 2020, Accepted Records

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 10 submissions involving 8 species were reviewed through written submissions for Round 29.

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

Snowy Plover (23 September 2019 – Raft Cove Provincial Park, Vancouver Island)
BCBRC #2020–24 Benjamin Ivany

Photo: Benjamin Ivany

Lesser Goldfinch (7 August 2019 – Rocky Point Bird Observatory)
BCBRC #2020–25 David Bell

Photo: David Bell

Chestnut-sided Warbler (27 September 2019 – Rocky Point Bird Observatory)
BCBRC #2020–26 Connel Bradwell, Joachim Bertrands, David Bell

Photo: David Bell

Loggerhead Shrike (4 April 2020 – Colony Farm, Coquitlam)
BCBRC #2020–27 Andrew Boycott

Photo: Andrew Boycott


Black Phoebe (14-15 May 2020 – Carney Pond, Kelowna)
BCBRC #2020–28 Michael Force

Photo: Michael Force



Ash-throated Flycatcher (23-24 May 2020 – Osoyoos)
BCBRC #2020–29 Lucie Parker

Photo: Lucie Parker

Lesser Goldfinch (15 May 2020 – Mt. Tolmie, Victoria)
BCBRC #2020–30 Geoffrey Newell

Photo: Geoffrey Newell


Murphy’s Petrel (30 June 2018 – Pacific Ocean, off Vancouver Island)
BCBRC #2020–32 Christopher Hoefer

Photo: Christopher Hoefer


Murphy’s Petrel (30 June 2018 – Pacific Ocean, off Vancouver Island)

BCBRC #2020–33 Michael Force, Dawn Breese

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