County Description Species

 

National Rarities

Descriptions of national rarities should be sent to the County Recorder who will forward them to the BBRC for appraisal. These descriptions should be submitted on BBRC forms that are available from the County Recorder and on the CBWPS and BBRC websites. Please enclose copies of field notes and photographs where possible. These species are in bold red in the daily sightings pages and often elsewhere.

County Rarities

This is for species that do not fall within the criteria for national rarities but are still rare enough at a county level to require verification before being accepted into the county database. The identification of most county rarities is quite easy for experienced observers and consequently we have tried to keep the list of Group A species requiring a full description to a minimum. However, new species are regularly being “downgraded” by BBRC, so the list grows. A full review is carried out regularly by the county rarity committee and the species requiring a description in either Group A or B may be significantly amended.

Descriptions are not required for sightings of Group B species, provided the bird or birds have been seen by three experienced observers who are known to the Rarities Committee the names of whom should be included when details of sightings are submitted. These arrangements have been introduced to eliminate the need for unnecessary descriptions of easy’ rarities, without compromising the integrity of the county records. In some cases, the County Recorder may require descriptions for other species, for example if reported for an unusual date or location.

County rarities (Groups A and B below) are in bold blue in the daily sightings pages and often elsewhere. 

Group A – Species requiring a full description

Bean Goose Rough-legged Buzzard Dusky Warbler
Black Brant Golden Eagle Lesser Whitethroat (except curruca)
American Wigeon (female/juv) Black-winged Stilt Subalpine Warbler (all sp)
Lesser Scaup American Golden Plover Icterine Warbler
Surf Scoter White-rumped Sandpiper Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Black Grouse Red-necked Phalarope Marsh Warbler
White-billed Diver Long-tailed Skua Bluethroat
Wilson’s Petrel White-winged Black Tern Yellow Wagtail (not flava/flavissima)
Night Heron Roseate Tern Citrine Wagtail
White Stork Caspian Gull Olive-backed Pipit
Honey-buzzard Red-footed Falcon Twite
Black Kite Penduline Tit Common (‘Mealy’) Redpoll
White-tailed Eagle Greenish Warbler Arctic Redpoll
Montagu’s Harrier Pallas’s Warbler Any unusual subspecies
Goshawk Radde’s Warbler

Group B – Species not normally requiring a description, provided the bird(s) has been seen by at least three experienced observers who are known to the Rarities Committee – please submit names of observers with the record details.

Bewick’s Swan Stone Curlew Bearded Tit
Pink-footed Goose Dotterel Shore Lark
Snow Goose Kentish Plover Short-toed Lark
Egyptian Goose Temminck’s Stint Red-rumped Swallow
Ruddy Shelduck Buff-breasted Sandpiper Wood Warbler
American Wigeon (male) Pectoral Sandpiper Siberian Chiffchaff
Green-winged Teal Black Guillemot Barred Warbler
Red-crested Pochard Sabine’s Gull Melodious Warbler
Ring-necked Duck Ring-billed Gull Waxwing
Smew Kumlien’s Gull Rose-coloured Starling
Ruddy Duck Little Owl Nightingale
Quail Long-eared Owl Red-breasted Flycatcher
Leach’s Petrel Alpine Swift Tree Sparrow
Cormorant (sinensis) Bee-eater Scandinavian Rock Pipit
Cattle Egret Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Hawfinch
Great White Egret Ring-necked Parakeet Common Rosefinch
Purple Heron Golden Oriole Serin
Glossy Ibis Red-backed Shrike Ortolan Bunting
Spotted Crake Great Grey Shrike Cirl Bunting (outside core range)
Corncrake Woodchat Shrike Little Bunting
Common Crane Hooded Crow Plus any uncommon races

 

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