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Reposting froM CALBIRDS Eastern Towhee – request for documentation

Reposting froM CALBIRDS Eastern Towhee – request for documentation
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Date: 1/24/22 12:13 pmFrom: Thomas Benson <tbenson…>Subject: [CALBIRDS] Eastern Towhee – request for documentationGreetings birders, Within the next few months, the California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing a potential first state record of an Eastern Towhee that was seen in Jacumba, San Diego County, 6-8 Nov 2021. We are soliciting documentation from observers that will assist us in reviewing this record: 1. The bird appears phenotypically like a pure Eastern Towhee, but if you have one or two high quality images you would like to share, we would appreciate having them for our records. 2. The bird was reported giving calls characteristic of both Eastern and Spotted Towhees. We would appreciate having copies of any recordings of this individual. 3. There has been some discussion of whether or not calls are learned or innate in towhees. If you have direct experience with this aspect of Eastern/Spotted Towhee biology, or you can provide a well-supported argument related to this issue, we would like to hear from you. Please send your documentation to me via email or via the CBRC’s web form: https://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html. Thank you, Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee <secretary…> I noticed this today and thought our group should be aware. Just reposting. Dan Jehl  San Diego