And a HUGE part is how you eliminated more common similar species.

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Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 2:22 PM

Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Reporting/documenting Rare Birds

Two more bits of advice:  Record as many details and impressions as possible about the bird BEFORE consulting field guides, because it's amazing how reading idealized descriptions of a species can influence your own perceptions of what you saw.  Also, get as many visual details as possible BEFORE running for a camera.  Too often the bird is gone by the time you get ready to take a photo, or lighting conditions, etc make getting key field marks in the photo difficult. All of the above based on much experience writing and reviewing rare bird reports!


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> On Jan 3, 2014, at 9:33 AM, Tyler Pockette <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> As I was filling out the rare species documentation form the other night
> for the (provisional) first VT Prairie Falcon, I realized that it would
> be beneficial for everyone to see what the form consists of BEFORE
> encountering a rare bird, so birders who are not familiar with the process
> can know exactly what to look for and take notes/photos of in order to get
> a record excepted. Going through past years annual rare bird committee
> reports, one can see that each year many rare bird reports are rejected due
> to insufficient information. As Tom posted in his previous email, many of
> us just aren't in that "rare bird mentality" and may overlook, or not quite
> know what is expected for documentation when we encounter something that
> may be potentially rare. If you see something that you aren't sure of, or
> something that you think may be a rare bird, the best advice is to take as
> many detailed notes about everything you possibly can about the bird,
> including behavior, habitat, posture, etc. And try to get photos. Photos
> make the committees job MUCH easier when deciding whether or not a record
> should be accepted. But for a full run-down of what is expected, I've
> posted a link to the Vermont bird records committee web page where you can
> open the Rare Bird Documentation form (bullet #2 in the list of how to
> report a rare bird).
> I hope this helps anyone in the future!
> Happy Birding,
> Tyler