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CBC Compilers: The Unusual Species (US) flag
Use the "US" (boldfaced entry) flag for birds whose occurrence
you consider surprising or unexpected or significant.
- Refer to the
New Mexico Ornithological Society State Checklist
for the best information about the status of bird species
in the state. Clearly, you should flag any records of
species whose status is `Review species' or `Hypothetical'
on this list, and species that do not appear on the list at all.
- You should also apply the "US" flag to unusual winter
records, even if the bird is not unusual in other seasons.
- If your circle has a long history (say, 15 years or more),
flag records that are new to the circle, or that have
appeared very rarely in the history of the circle.
- If your circle has not been long-established, use your
own best judgement. The "US" flag should be used only for
records that are quite out of the ordinary.
The judgement of those familiar with the area is the best guide.
If you are familiar with the circle's avifauna,
feel free to flag any record you think is significantly unusual.
If you are unfamiliar with the area or season, please
contact me and I'll put you in
touch with appropriate experts.
Next: CBC Compilers: When to submit details
See also: Christmas Bird Counts in New Mexico
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John W. Shipman,
Last updated: 2000/05/04 18:11:59