[Tweeters] New AOU check-list changes and Washington birds

Larry Schwitters leschwitters at me.com
Sun Aug 4 12:48:07 PDT 2013


So Bell's Sparrows are non-migratory in costal California and Baja. Can any of the many Tweeters sparrow specialists give us any tips on how to ID the winter ones in Arizona?

But I guess thats not Washington State.

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah
On Aug 4, 2013, at 11:03 AM, Matt Bartels wrote:


> Hi all -

> Passing along a couple links with info on the latest AOU check-list committee decisions, released yesterday. The 54th supplement is out in print, though not on the website yet:

>

> These two blogs talk at length about the decisions:

> http://blog.aba.org/2013/08/2013-aou-check-list-changes.html

> http://birdaz.com/blog/2013/08/02/the-fifty-fourth-supplement-to-the-aou-check-list/

>

> I haven't yet seen the supplement itself, but from those blogposts, here's what I could glean:

>

> For Washington, the changes and non-changes of note look to be:

>

> 1. Say hello to our newest name for the WA list: Sagebrush Sparrow --- Sage Sparrow was split into Bell's and Sagebrush -- 'our' Sage Sparrows are now "Sagebrush Sparrow"

>

> 2. Lots of re-re-organization and re-categorization of the shorebirds -- no lumps, no new common names, but a lot of new genus assignments and shuffling for the shorebirds.

>

> 3. Jaegers & Skua , along with Alcids are now listed ahead of gulls & terns

>

> 4. Flammulated Owl gets its own genus [no more a screech-owl]

>

> 5. Mimids reorganized [for us , the Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Sage Thrasher & Northern Mockingbird, in that order].

>

> 6. Re-organized order for : House, Purple & Cassin's Finch [of the genus Haemorhous, recently pulled out of Carpodacus].

>

>

> Non-changes mentioned but not adopted:

>

> a. No lumping of the Rosy-Finch

>

> b. No splitting of White-breasted Nuthatch

>

> c. No splitting into smaller groups of the Canada/Cackling Geese.

>

> I think that about covers it -- gonna take some work to update the checklists for the next round!

>

> Matt Bartels

> Seattle, WA_______________________________________________

> Tweeters mailing list

> Tweeters at u.washington.edu

> http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters





More information about the Tweeters mailing list