Thursday, 9 September 2010

Changes to Category A of the British List

A joint BOURC and BBRC announcement

The British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee (BOURC) has accepted the following to Category A of the British List:

Amur Falcon Falco amurensis
Second calendar year, male, Tophill Low, East Yorkshire, 14 September – 15 October 2008.
It should be placed after Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus on the British List.

Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata
Adult, Oare Marshes, Kent, 16 September 2009.
It should be placed after Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica on the British List.

Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus
First-winter, Trow Quarry, South Shields, Co. Durham, 22–24 October 2009 .
It should be placed after Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus on the British List.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
Add subspecies sibirica.
First-winter, trapped, Filey, North Yorkshire, 16 September 1996.

Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella
Adult, male, Fair Isle, Shetland, 6–11 June 2008.
It should be placed after Greenfinch Carduelis chloris on the British List.

In addition:

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Adult or first-summer, Donmouth, North-east Scotland, 1819 August 1991.
The species has already been admitted to Category A but this individual has been accepted as the first record, predating the 1997 record from Pagham Harbour, West Sussex. It was accepted as attributable to the C. m. mongolus/stegmanni group.

Further details will be published as part of the BOURC’s 39th report due to be published in Ibis in January 2011.

Also considered:

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
First-winter, Nanjizal, Cornwall, 89 October 2008.
This file has been returned to BBRC.

The British List now stands at 592 species
(Category A = 573; Category B = 9; Category C = 10).