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UPDATED 2 October 2020

The Massachusetts Avian Records committee met on 26 September 2020 at Westborough Wildlife Management Area. This year we evaluated 234 records involving 91 species, breaking our previous high by 80 records. The previous high was 154 records in the 22nd annual report (2018), which itself was record breaking by about 50 records (107 records in 16th annual report; 2011). One species was added to the state list, which now stands at 505 species.

State list additions: Gray Heron.

Review list additions: Black-necked Stilt.

In addition, Sandwich Tern was moved to the “full review” list to assure that all Sandwich Tern records are scrutinized to subspecies, which later may be important if the European and American subspecies are split. Bell’s Vireo was moved to the “eBird review” list to reflect its recently increased occurrence and relative ease of identification. A record of a species on the “eBird review” list qualifies for an expedited review process if that record is photographed and accepted in eBird. Full details on our actions will be available in the 24th Annual Report in the December 2020 issue of Bird Observer. Major results from the meeting are highlighted below:

Outgoing members of 2020: Ryan Schain and David Sibley. The committee thanks Ryan and David for their service and expertise.

Incoming members of 2020: Lisa Schibley and Jeremiah Trimble.

Jessica Johnson was voted as MARC Chair. Sean Williams was reappointed as Secretary and should be contacted with documentation or other committee inquiries.

 

 

UPDATED 25 September 2019

The Massachusetts Avian Records Committee (MARC) met on 22 September at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Since our previous report, we voted on 113 records, 97 of which were accepted. One species was added to the state list, which now stands at 504 species. The searchable database has been updated to include these accepted records. Full details on our actions will be available in the 23rd Annual Report in the December 2019 issue of Bird Observer. Major results from the meeting are highlighted below:

State list additions: Black-whiskered Vireo.

Review list additions: Cave Swallow.

Outgoing members of 2019: Tim Spahr. Tim Spahr retired as Chair and Jessica Johnson was voted as the new MARC Chair.

Incoming members of 2019: Maili Waters.

Sean Williams was reappointed as Secretary and should be contacted with documentation or other committee inquiries.

 

 

UPDATED 21 January 2019

The committee met in September 2018 and published its decisions in Bird Observer in the December 2018 issue. We voted on 154 records in the past year. The full report can be read here. Major results from the meeting are highlighted below:

State list additions: Trumpeter Swan, Western Meadowlark.

The state list stands at 503.

Outgoing members of 2018: Ian Davies, Jeremiah Trimble.

Incoming members of 2018: Marshall Iliff, Jim Sweeney.

Sean Williams was reappointed as Secretary and should be contacted with documentation or other committee inquiries. Tim Spahr was voted as chair.

The official state list and review list pages have been updated. The database was updated as well.

 

 

UPDATED 7 December 2017

State list additions: Common Greenshank.

State list removals: Thayer’s Gull, Monk Parakeet.

The state list stands at 501.

Review list additions: Tundra Swan, Ruff.

Outgoing members of 2017: Mark Faherty, Scott Surner.

Incoming members of 2017: David Sibley, Larry Therrien.

 

Common Greenshank news

On December 8, 2014, Stan Deutsch photographed an odd shorebird in Gloucester and uploaded the photo to his Flickr site. The photograph remained unidentified for 2.5 years until Tim Spahr and Brian Harris discovered the image, which most certainly showed Common Greenshank! Stan Deutsch confirms that he indeed took the photograph in Gloucester in December 2014. This a 1st state record for Massachusetts, one of very few in eastern North America!


Common Greenshank. Gloucester, MA. 8 December 2014. © Stan Deutsch


Common Greenshank. Gloucester, MA. 8 December 2014. © Stan Deutsch

UPDATED 1 May 2017

Explore the various new features of the site, including:

1) searchable database for all currently accepted records
2) online submission form
3) species account pages for all review list species (at minimum a list of all accepted records)
4) updated taxonomy according to the 57th supplement of the American Ornithologists’ Union

Please keep checking back as new content will be flowing. Comments and questions should be directed to the current secretary, Sean Williams.