Thursday, September 21, 2017

Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2013-2014

TitleVagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2013-2014
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMiskelly, CM, Crossland, AC, Sagar, PM, Saville, I, Tennyson, AJD, Bell, EA
JournalNotornis
Volume62
Issue2
Pagination85-95
Type of ArticleFull Article
Keywordsblack falcon, buff-breasted sandpiper, dusky woodswallow, extra-limital, first record, New Zealand bird, vagrant, white-winged black tern
Abstract

We report Records Appraisal Committee (RAC) decisions regarding Unusual Bird Reports received between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2014. Among the 126 submissions accepted by the RAC were the 1st New Zealand records of buff-breasted sandpiper (Tringites subruficollis) and dusky woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus), the 2nd accepted record of American golden plover (Pluvialis dominicus), and the 3rd accepted record of Franklin’s gull (Larus pipixcan). Other notable records included a breeding record of white-winged black tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) from Marlborough, the 1st accepted records of little black shag (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) from Stewart Island and the Snares Islands, the 1st accepted records of nankeen night heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) and Australian coot (Fulica atra) from the Snares Islands, and the 1st accepted record of eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) from Campbell Island. In addition, notable influxes of Pacific heron (Ardea pacifica), little egret (Egretta garzetta), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and white-winged black tern occurred during 2013-14. The RAC also reconsidered New Zealand’s only previously accepted sighting of black falcon (Falco subniger, reported from Gisborne in 1983), and determined that the record can no longer be accepted and that this species should be removed from the New Zealand list.

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