eWestern BirdsThe Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists
Vol. 37, No. 2
Western Field Ornithologists
The 30th Report of the California Bird Records Committee: 2004 Records
Luke W. Cole, Kristie N. Nelson, and John C. Sterling
ABSTRACT: The California Bird Records Committee reached decisions on 220 records involving 87 species and one species pair reported in 2004, endorsing 161 of them. New to California were the Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) and Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus). Adjusted for these additions and the species-level merger of the White and Black-backed Wagtails within Motacilla alba, California’s bird list stands at 629 species, ten of which are nonnative. A potential first state record of the Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) was not accepted on grounds of questionable natural occurrence, and potential first state records of Parkinson’s Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) and Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) were not accepted on grounds of identification. Other significant records reported here include the state’s second accepted records of the Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) and Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens), third of the Common Black-Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) and Red-legged Kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris), fifth of the Greater Shearwater (Puffinus gravis), fifth and sixth of the Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway), a returning fifth Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), and the sixth Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). This report also includes an appendix reporting the results of the committee’s review of historical records accepted for statistical purposes, previously unpublished committee decisions, and resolution of contentious records from earlier periods.