Revised list of Description Species for Angus

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Revised list of Description Species for Angus

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In order to maintain a high quality of accuracy in bird records there is a system in place to ensure that records of rarities are expertly assessed prior to publication. This operates at three levels, British, Scottish and local. The British Bird Records Committee (BBRC) assesses the rarest of species; the list is too long to reproduce here but can be found at
Birds rare in Scotland are assessed by the Scottish Bird Records Committee (SBRC) whilst locally rare species are dealt with by the Local Bird Records Committee (LBRC). Angus & Dundee Local Bird Records Committee has recently revised the list of species which it considers to include species recorded less than 20 times in Angus. The current Scottish and Angus rarities lists are given below, CAPITALS indicates an SBRC species, lower case an LBRC species.

Bewick’s Swan, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, FERRUGINOUS DUCK, Surf Scoter (female only), Capercaillie, WHITE-BILLED DIVER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREAT SHEARWATER, Balearic Shearwater, WILSON’S STORM PETREL, Leach’s Petrel, Bittern, NIGHT HERON, CATTLE EGRET, Little Egret, GREAT WHITE EGRET, PURPLE HERON, White stork, Spoonbill, Honey-buzzard, BLACK KITE, MONTAGU'S HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD, RED-FOOTED FALCON, Hobby, Spotted Crake, Corn Crake, Crane, Avocet, STONE-CURLEW, Little Ringed Plover, KENTISH PLOVER, American Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, CASPIAN GULL, WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN, Black Guillemot, Little Owl, Nightjar, ALPINE SWIFT, Bee-eater, LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, WOODCHAT SHRIKE, SHORT-TOED LARK, WOOD LARK, Shore Lark, RED-RUMPED SWALLOW, Richard's Pipit, TAWNY PIPIT, RED-THROATED PIPIT, WATER PIPIT, NIGHTINGALE, Bluethroat, CETTI'S WARBLER, AQUATIC WARBLER, MARSH WARBLER, Icterine Warbler, MELODIOUS WARBLER, Barred Warbler, DARTFORD WARBLER, Pallas's Warbler, SUBALPINE WARBLER, GREENISH WARBLER, RADDE'S WARBLER, DUSKY WARBLER, Firecrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Golden Oriole, WOODCHAT SHRIKE, Chough, Rose-coloured Starling, EUROPEAN SERIN, ARCTIC REDPOLL, Scottish Crossbill, PARROT CROSSBILL, Common Rosefinch, Hawfinch, CIRL BUNTING, ORTOLAN BUNTING, RUSTIC BUNTING, LITTLE BUNTING.
Plus: Any other species not previously recorded in Angus.

Please submit descriptions for these species to the County Recorder (Jon Cook - on the SBRC form, giving as much detail on the appearance of the bird as possible. They will be forwarded to the correct committee and the observer advised of the outcome. If the bird was photographed it is most helpful to include one or more images. For Crossbills a sound recording, sonogram or biometric data is likely to be required.

It is important that local birders get back into the habit of submitting descriptions for those species that require them otherwise valuable records will be lost.

Thanks :P
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