Birds Australia Rarities Committee (BARC) - June 1998 Update

Subject: Birds Australia Rarities Committee (BARC) - June 1998 Update
From: "Tony PALLISER" <>
Date: 01 Jul 98 09:14:12 +1000

This column is intended to provide birding-aus readers with a regular
update of cases new, outstanding and completed.  This being the first of
what will hopefully be a regular monthly post to birding-aus. For those
that are interested a full account of each decision will be published as
part of the Birds Australia Report Series at a later date, it is also hoped
to have a summary published in Wingspan in the near future. Enquiries to
Tony Palliser (Chairman) or other committee members.

Other Committee members: Paul Andrew, Mike Carter, John Hatch, Bob
Patterson, Danny Rogers and Bob Swindley.  Current proxy members: Dion
Hobcroft, David James, Niven McCrie and Tim Reid.

Of the cases accepted below the Black-headed Gull is the second confirmed
record for Australia, the first being from Broome in October 1991 (Case
131). The House Swift has been widely reported in recent years, however,
this is only the third record to be accepted by the committee involving a
sight record close to the Broome Bird Observatory.  The Grey Wagtail record
relates to a sighting of three birds from Leanyer Sewerage works in Darwin
representing the sixth confirmed sighting for Australia.


CASES CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW  (Including those requiring expert
opinion or more than one round of voting).
187 Savanna Nightjar  Caprimulgus affinis: Christmas Island 30/05/94
193 American Golden Plover  Pluvialis dominica: Cairns,QLD 24/02/95
200 Black-backed Wagtail  Motacilla lugens: Derby,WA 30/12/95
206 Westland Petrel  Procellaria westlandica: off Sydney,NSW 08/06/96
207 Caspian Plover  Charadrius asiaticus: Cleveland bay,QLD 23/11/95
208 Red-rumped Swallow  Hirundo daurica: Mossman,QLD 19/02/96
216 Oriental Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus orientalis: Miallo,QLD 15/03/96
223 Matsudaira's SP  Oceanodroma matsudairae: nw of Dampier,WA 26/09/68
224 Matsudaira's SP  Oceanodroma matsudairae: nw of Lacepedes,WA 09/11/80   
225 Matsudaira's SP  Oceanodroma matsudairae: off nw WA 14/10/96
231 Westland Petrel  Procellaria westlandica: off Wollongong,NSW 28/07/96   
233 American Golden Plover  Pluvialis dominica: Pittown,NSW 22/11/97
238 House Swift  Apus affinis: Edgeworth,NSW 24/12/97
239 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus: Darwin,NT 04/03/98
240 Arctic Warbler  Phylloscopus borealis: Broome,WA 23/01/98
241 Blue-winged Pitta  Pitta moluccensis: Karratha,WA 06/11/94
242 Blue and White Flycatcher  Ficedula cyanomelana: Cossack,WA 05/12/95
243 Arctic Warbler  Phylloscopus borealis: Lacepede Islands,WA 17/12/97
244 Franklin's Gull  Larus pipixcan: Broome,WA 29/12/96
245 Black-backed Wagtail  Motacilla lugens: Glendale, NSW 04/04/98
246 Newell's Shearwater  P. aricularis newelli:, Norfolk Is 02/12/97

CASES ACCEPTED      (June 1998)
234 Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea: Darwin,NT 25/01/98+
235 House Swift  Apus affinis: Broome,WA 08/02/98
237 Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus: Darwin,NT 01/02/98


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