[Tweeters] eBird guidance on Common vs Short-billed Gull; loss of NW Crow

J Christian Kessler 1northraven at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 10:43:20 PDT 2021

have to wonder what was wrong with the name "Mew" that neither side of the
split continues with that name.

Chris Kessler

On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:07 AM Steve Hampton <stevechampton at gmail.com>

> eBird's taxonomic updates finally rolled out this morning. Two things:


> 1) Mew Gull is now split into Short-billed Gull (North America) and Common

> Gull (Eurasia). 99.999% of the time, the correct entry will be Short-billed

> Gull. I assume county reviewers will be removing Common Gull if there are

> no prior records in their area (such as for "Kamchatka" Common Gull, the

> most likely Common Gull to reach the PNW).


> 2) Northwestern Crow is no more; it was lumped with American Crow last

> summer after a study showed a vast intragration zone between the two.


> Note the splitting and lumping is done by the American Ornithological

> Society each summer. It takes eBird a while to update their software.


> --

> Steve Hampton

> Port Townsend, WA

> *Qatay, S'Klallam territory*


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