[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.
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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