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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 34, No. 1
March 2003
Western Field Ornithologists

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Report of the California Bird Records Committee: 2001 Records
Kimball L. Garrett and John C. Wilson

ABSTRACT: In 2001, the California Bird Records Committee reached decisions on 194 records of 66 species, accepting 161 of them. New to California were the Greater Sand-Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), and Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), bringing California’s bird list to 619 species, nine of which are not native. Potential first state records of the Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Nazca Booby (Sula granti), and Black-backed Oriole (Icterus abeillei) were not accepted, the first on grounds of identification and the last two because of concerns about natural occurrence. Other significant accepted records include California’s second Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and Red-legged Kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris), second and third Greater Shearwaters (Puffinus gravis), and the strongest annual showings in California of the Galapagos/Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia/sandwichensis), Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens), and Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) on record.

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