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16 hours ago, Avery said:

That’s insane! Do people keep them as pets, or could it be another bird that hitched a ride on a boat?

I don't think they're kept as pets. There have been 4 other records of the species in California, and there hasn't been any discussion about this bird's provenance yet. 

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3 hours ago, IKLland said:

I don't think they're kept as pets. There have been 4 other records of the species in California, and there hasn't been any discussion about this bird's provenance yet. 

And of those other records, several of them have been within the last couple years. They're certainly getting more common in North America. 

Tundra Bean-Goose is probably the worst miss I've had since I started birding. We had one here in Sacramento in 2020, and I missed it by literal minutes. 

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10 hours ago, Aidan B said:

And of those other records, several of them have been within the last couple years. They're certainly getting more common in North America. 

Tundra Bean-Goose is probably the worst miss I've had since I started birding. We had one here in Sacramento in 2020, and I missed it by literal minutes. 

I had something turn up that day and had to cancel my trip out. Still mad about that one. 

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17 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Tundra Bean-Goose is probably the worst miss I've had since I started birding. We had one here in Sacramento in 2020, and I missed it by literal minutes. 

 

6 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I had something turn up that day and had to cancel my trip out. Still mad about that one. 

Next time!

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3 hours ago, Avery said:

So, there is a Ross’s Gull at one of the parks I birded at this week in Chicago… 🥲 

The birder who found it either hasn’t uploaded his checklist yet or doesn’t use eBird, so here’s the only list I could find with a photo as of now. https://ebird.org/checklist/S130666910

Bummer you missed the gull, Avery!

Here's another checklist with 'bigger' photos. It is a sweet bird.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S130676257

 

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17 minutes ago, PaulK said:

From November! First reported sighting in the lower 48! What a shame. 

Yeah, it's unfortunate it took this long. People checked out the location today but could not find the bird. They did find the camera trap and confirmed that the location is accurate, the bird is actually in the middle of the Google campus.

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9 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Yeah, it's unfortunate it took this long. People checked out the location today but could not find the bird. They did find the camera trap and confirmed that the location is accurate, the bird is actually in the middle of the Google campus.

Does the California Bird Committee accept camera trap records?  I know eBird doesn’t.  What a huge record.  

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On 3/13/2023 at 4:57 AM, chipperatl said:

Does the California Bird Committee accept camera trap records?  I know eBird doesn’t.  What a huge record.  

I think this maybe a first for the committee. I’m not sure if they have an official stance on remotely sensed birds. It will be interesting to see how they treat this record, especially given its significance.

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On 3/14/2023 at 9:09 AM, DLecy said:

I think this maybe a first for the committee. I’m not sure if they have an official stance on remotely sensed birds. It will be interesting to see how they treat this record, especially given its significance.

Just wondering-- why wouldn't they? I mean, if you've got solid proof that a certain rare species was in the area, it should be documented in some way, shape or form, no?

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2 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Just wondering-- why wouldn't they? I mean, if you've got solid proof that a certain rare species was in the area, it should be documented in some way, shape or form, no?

Well, eBird policy is to record birds in situ, meaning when one sees/hears a bird in real time, and they discourage camera traps and remote videos, for eBird purposes anyway.

I realize that the CBRC is a different entity, but I'm not sure what their policy is on this, or if they have one. Where does one draw the line? There are a variety of ways birds are tracked, such a MOTUS, and I could see it being a slippery slope as to how these sorts of records are assessed. If you are going to accept a camera traped bird, why not one that is remotely sensed via a tracking system flying thousands of feet overhead at night?

Not saying I have an opinion here or have looked into it much, but just trying to highlight some of the philosophical differences that may sway an argument one way or the other. I also realize that camera traps are vital in parts of the world where species may be critically endangered or thought to be extinct. But, I am more wondering abut official BRC stances here.

Anyone here know if their BRC has a remotely sense bird policy?

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5 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

Eurasian Blackbird has been refound: https://ebird.org/checklist/S132378299?view=photos

Western Spindalis in Monroe, Florida: https://ebird.org/checklist/S132384929?view=photos @dragon49

Man - I am going to Key west one of these days for lifers but will have family plans all week.  I'll keep my eye on this one though.

 

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