[CT Birds] On This Day (10/7)
dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Oct 7 13:04:44 EDT 2009
I was wondering when someone was going to bring this up.
My policy is that I just report records without (much) judgement,
that is for the rare records committee.
As often as not a non-accepted record is likely accurate but does not
contain enough information to satisfy the committee.
By presenting those records on this list it makes people aware of the
possibilities they should pay attention to. In this way a prepared
mind might find these species and have them properly documented.
In addition, to amuse myself, and hope to educate people, I add some
old records that are not important today but have a historical
context, such as Passenger Pigeons, escaped Flamingos and the rarity
of Mockingbirds and Mourning Doves.
On Oct 7, 2009, at 11:01 AM, David F Provencher wrote:
> E.J. your right in your assumption. The records Dennis is working
> from are more than just the official CT State list maintained by
> the Avian Records Committee of Connecticut or the published reports
> of the ARCC. The official list of species accepted as having
> occurred in CT is based upon acceptable documentation being created
> and presented to ARCC (formerly CRRC). Many reported occurrences of
> species in CT are never documented beyond word of mouth. Many
> historical records were supported by specimens but even here the
> record is unacceptable if the specimen has no supporting evidence
> or vague, questionable provenance. There have been a number of
> species reported by Dennis that do not show up in the official
> state list. That is not a bad thing and in fact I find it a very
> good thing. Some of the reported occurrences will simply be wrong
> and others will simply have lacked convincing evidence. I find all
> of them interesting and once again laud Dennis for doing this for us.
> Dave Provencher
> Naturally New England<http://naturallynewengland.blogspot.com/>
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