The BBRC is the official adjudicator of rare bird records in Britain. It publishes its annual report in the monthly journal British Birds. These web pages supplement the Annual Report and also enable birders worldwide to keep abreast with the latest committee news.
An updated WIP file has details of latest BBRC decisions and submissions (at 04 Apr 2019).
Please can all interested parties check the file carefully and send in any currently non-submitted records, either to the relevant county/national recorder or direct to BBRC. Good progress is being made with 2018 records which will ensure the annual BBRC report, published in BB, is as comprehensive as possible.
This file lists ‘active’ records, and so does not feature those published in previous annual Rarities Reports (most recently that for 2017, in the October 2018 issue of BB).
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and ARCTIC WARBLER have been removed from the BBRC list. Both these species now satisfy the relevant criteria for change of status, i.e. they both average more than 10 records per year over the most recent decade and show sufficiently low variation in annual totals. Records of Lesser Yellowlegs and Arctic Warbler from 1 January 2019 will therefore now be assessed by county records committees.
However we now ask for all records of ‘SUBALPINE WARBLER’ and ‘ARCTIC REDPOLL’to be sent to BBRC – regardless of identification of birds to sub-specific level. Clearly, where possible, records should always continue to be identified and submitted to the appropriate taxonomic level – i.e. Western Subalpine Warbler / Eastern Subalpine Warbler; and Coues’s Arctic Redpoll / Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll, respectively.
Requesting all records of those left as generic ‘Subalpine Warbler’ or generic ‘Arctic Redpoll’ should prove simpler for everyone than the current situation. All these submissions will be assessed by BBRC and published annually – following further discussion with submitters if necessary concerning sub-specific identification. This change only applies to records of birds from 1 January 2019 onwards (although there may be a review of historic generic ‘Subalpine Warbler’ records in the future).
An updated WIP file has details of latest BBRC decisions and submissions (at 09 Dec 2018).
Please check the file carefully and send in details of any currently non-submitted records either to the relevant county recorder or direct to BBRC. We especially look forward to receiving submissions for any 2018 records that are not listed here – that will help ensure that the annual BBRC report for the year, published in BB, is as comprehensive as possible.
The file lists ‘active’ records, and so not those recently published in the 2017 Rarities Report in the October issue of BB.
Steady progress is being made on assessment of historic Cackling Geese, North American Canadas, and Little Shearwaters. When completed, the results will appear in the next BBRC report.