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Old Wednesday 4th January 2012, 09:16   #1
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Extremely rare birds in the WP

Hadn't noticed this before...

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Hadn't noticed this before...
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Is there a cited species list, or a sample list available?
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Richard, Is there a cited species list, or a sample list available?
Mike, all I've seen are the details on the Lynx website.
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I'll post a species list tonight. Basically, it lists all species that have occurred in the WP ('sensu BWP') less than 10 times up to and including 2008. Records from 2009 and the first half of 2010 are mentioned as well, but not listed with details. Due to deadlines, I couldn't update it to include the second half of 2010 and 2011...

I am sure Lynx will publish sample pages when the book is ready to be printed (which is in its final stages now).
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Thanks, Marcel. Should be a very interesting and useful book.
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2012, 13:44   #6
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Extremely rare birds in the WP - species list

Attached is the species list of the book. Only species currently in category A and/or B are featured in the book.

I tried to publish one photo for each actual record, if available, which means that many have never been published before (mostly photos of museum skins).

Indeed, it should be useful, although already out of date... But that's the thing with these types of books anyway. Nevertheless, the documentation still functions of course!

I'll let you know once I know the book is available.

(I'm already working on another book which lists all records of North American passerines in Europe...)
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I'll post a species list tonight. Basically, it lists all species that have occurred in the WP ('sensu BWP') less than 10 times up to and including 2008. Records from 2009 and the first half of 2010 are mentioned as well, but not listed with details. Due to deadlines, I couldn't update it to include the second half of 2010 and 2011...

I am sure Lynx will publish sample pages when the book is ready to be printed (which is in its final stages now).
Marcel,
Thanks from me, too!
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Personally I think Ross's Goose probably is that rare, but plenty of people would disagree I would have thought.

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Personally I think Ross's Goose probably is that rare, but plenty of people would disagree I would have thought.

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Ross's Goose is included because I only list category A and/or B records. At the moment, Ross's Goose is only accepted on the Dutch list...
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Fork-tailed Flycatcher in the western Palearctic? That is a shocking record, as is Swallow-tailed Kite.

The records for such short distance migrants as Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Red-breasted Nuthatch is also impressive.

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What's up with this Swallow-tailed Kite record? I saw photo(s) in British Birds soon after a sighting in one of the Atlantic archipelagos in 1998, but the latest Collins edition (first USA printing) doesn't include the species at all.

Red-breasted Nuthatch is a medium-distance irruptive so I'm not surprised to learn that it has reached the WP.
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What's up with this Swallow-tailed Kite record? I saw photo(s) in British Birds soon after a sighting in one of the Atlantic archipelagos in 1998, but the latest Collins edition (first USA printing) doesn't include the species at all.
See: http://birdingazores.com/?page=swallowtailed The March 2005 record on Flores has not been accepted.

The record you mention (actually in 1993) has not been accepted as a wild bird but accepted in the so-called category D (simply put: all records that might be genuine but treated with doubts 'at the moment').
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Ross's Goose is included because I only list category A and/or B records. At the moment, Ross's Goose is only accepted on the Dutch list...
Thanks Marcel. I had realised that. Good luck with the book.

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See: http://birdingazores.com/?page=swallowtailed The March 2005 record on Flores has not been accepted.

The record you mention (actually in 1993) has not been accepted as a wild bird but accepted in the so-called category D (simply put: all records that might be genuine but treated with doubts 'at the moment').
Thanks, Marcel. My British 1st edition Collins gives the year as 1998. Remarkable records, for that species and for the Fork-tailed Flycatcher.
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Ross's Goose is included because I only list category A and/or B records. At the moment, Ross's Goose is only accepted on the Dutch list...
And a one record of Poland is a category A (Dutch-Polish bird in autumn 2009/spring 2010)
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And a one record of Poland is a category A (Dutch-Polish bird in autumn 2009/spring 2010)
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Cheers Lukasz! Unfortunately this record will not be in the book as it is published too recently ...
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I have just been informed that the book is at the Lynx office and ready for distribution.

Sample pages and contents are published on the website: http://www.lynxeds.com/producto/extr...ern-palearctic
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It might be worthwhile complement to records from the years 2010 and 2011, published jointly in the article as an update to the book (in Dutch Birding?). Then we had the current status in January 2012, the day when the book came out.
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It might be worthwhile complement to records from the years 2010 and 2011, published jointly in the article as an update to the book (in Dutch Birding?). Then we had the current status in January 2012, the day when the book came out.
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Good idea Lukasz! I'll look into it. I noticed that Ornithos very recently published an update to the 2008 French avifauna book by Dubois et al. Dutch Birding seems an obvious choice for me...
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Just received my copy.

Well done, Marcel. It's a very useful compilation indeed - no more lengthy and frustrating searches of multiple sources for details of historic records!

Acquiring all the images of these mega-rarities must have been a considerable task. The shots taken in the field are gripping of course, although sometimes of rather poor quality for obvious reasons. But equally fascinating are the numerous photographs of actual museum specimens.

An essential reference for anyone interested in WP rarities.

PS. For anyone with a few hours to spare – it would be interesting to collate the total number of extremely rare species and the total number of extremely rare records for each WP country...

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Good idea Lukasz! I'll look into it. I noticed that Ornithos very recently published an update to the 2008 French avifauna book by Dubois et al. Dutch Birding seems an obvious choice for me...
I can now confirm that indeed I will be publishing an update in Dutch Birding, to be published later this year.
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Just received my copy.

Well done, Marcel. It's a very useful compilation indeed - no more lengthy and frustrating searches of multiple sources for details of historic records!

Acquiring all the images of these mega-rarities must have been a considerable task. The shots taken in the field are gripping of course, although sometimes of rather poor quality for obvious reasons. But equally fascinating are the numerous photographs of actual museum specimens.

An essential reference for anyone interested in WP rarities.

PS. For anyone with a few hours to spare – it would be interesting to collate the total number of extremely rare species and the total number of extremely rare records for each WP country...
Cheers Richard. Indeed acquiring those photos was a huge task... And I still didn't manage to get them all...
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I can now confirm that indeed I will be publishing an update in Dutch Birding, to be published later this year.
Hello Marcel,
Very good news! Add Polish Ross's Goose in 2010 (category A). In the report Polish RC for details and photos:
http://www.komisjafaunistyczna.pl/ob...-raport_KF.pdf
Both records relate to the same, individually identifiable individual, who in addition was the same bird that was in the autumn of 2009 a group of four birds in the Netherlands.
In addition, in 2010 were Poland, two further records, but both have been classified in category D (uncertain origin). Judging from the chronology observations, a record from the Mietkowski Reservoir can apply the same individual, who records was then accepted to Category A, although no conclusive evidence for this. The other two observations in category D relate to another individual of unknown origin.
More photos of all the individuals of Polish you can find here:
http://www.clanga.com/index.php/gall...e%BFyca+ma%B3a
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Wasn't there a record of Wire-tailed Swallow from Egypt in the '90s? ( + just a quick gloat - I've seen some of them, in the WP ).

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