Wednesday, 11 March 2009

I like my parrot done rare...

So its come to this? I have decided in light of the BBRCs decision to remove Parrot Crossbill, Cattle Egret and White-billed Diver from their remit to not submit the 1,162 documented records of Parrot Crossbill that myself and eBirder managed in Speyside last June. This has probably saved my reputation somewhat (ha!) as nobody would belive that I documented them...
So the new non-rares, what of them - well Parrot Crossbill appeared the 2nd most cmmon (not Common) crosser when we were there and may well have a 3 figure breeding population so it seems very justified to come off the list. Cattle Egret now seems to be a wintering species in low numbers (c100 for the last couple of winters) and has bred twice last year so also seems to colonising and White-billed Diver is a regular passage migrant off Lewis and many records occur each year in other locations. All in all 3 fairly safe decisions.

2 comments:

mark horner said...

Don't want to sound thick but are they now added or removed.

mark.

James said...

they are no longer BBRC description species as they have become too common.

How brains and birds become mutually exclusive