Rarities Committees

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Subject: Rarities Committees
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:18:37 +1100
Mike Carter wrote:
> So Keith, you cannot, well should not, argue that BARC should be more
> sympathetic to observers claiming Franklin's Gull or any other species,
> nor that we should be more lenient in our decisions. You see, unlike
> you, I do give a damn what BARC thinks and want the respect and
> authority commanded by that body to be maintained.

Well said, Mike.

While I've not yet had the fortune to submit a rarity report with BARC
(which admittedly would be a daunting task without a good photo), the
BARC decisions that I've read have been thorough and clear - and most
importantly, publicly available!

While not everyone may agree with the decisions reached (or not), the
transparency of the process - including the committee rules - should
leave little doubt as to why the decision was reached.  The various
local rarity panels could do far worse than follow the BARC model.


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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