eWestern BirdsThe Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists
Vol. 49, No. 1
Western Field Ornithologists
The 41st Annual Report of the California Bird Records Committee: 2015 Records
Adam J. Searcy, Brian E. Daniels, Jonathan S. Feenstra, James R. Tietz, and Thomas A. Benson
ABSTRACT: The California Bird Records Committee reached decisions on 185 records involving 192 individuals of 80 species and three species groups (Singer et al. 2016), endorsing 151 records of 157 individuals. The first accepted state records of the Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) and Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) are outlined in this report, bringing California’s total list of accepted species to 663, of which 11 are established introductions. Other notable records detailed in this report include the state’s second of Tristram’s Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) and Couch’s Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii), third and fourth of the Nazca Booby (Sula granti), fourth of the White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) and Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus), and sixth and seventh of the Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor).