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Request for Wedge-rumped Strom-Petrel documentation

9:49 am

Good morning birders,
Tropical Storm Hilary brought a number of rare and exciting birds to southern California just over a week ago, and I hope you were able to get out and see at least a few of them. Among the species pushed north and inland by the winds was Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel
with at least 32 occurrences of 70 or more individuals from August 20-23. This is a California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species for which there are only 15 prior endorsed records for the state. If you were lucky enough to see any Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels,
the CBRC would appreciate it if you took the time to submit documentation for your sightings. In fact, the CBRC would like documentation for any white-rumped storm-petrels encountered, as Wedge-rumped appears to be the only species of white-rumped storm-petrel
to have been pushed inland by the storm. (This is not meant to imply that the CBRC will endorse all white-rumped storm-petrels as Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels, only that we want to review them.) The best ways to submit documentation are by using the web form
(https://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html) or by emailing photos and written descriptions to the secretary at secretary@….
You can see a basic summary (dates, locations, number of individuals) of Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel reports from Tropical Storm Hilary here: https://www.californiabirds.org/queryDatabase.asp?species=Wedge-rumped+Storm-Petrel&county=&STARTDATE=08%2F20%2F2023&enddate=08%2F30%2F2023&partial=on&sort=date
Thanks to those of you who have already submitted documentation.
Tom 
Thomas A. Benson
Secretary, California Bird Records Committee