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Notes for Contributors 

Records are welcomed from both casual and regular contributors, whether or not they receive copies of the Report or are members of the Teesmouth Bird Club. For inclusion, records should be sent to the Teesmouth Bird Club Recorder. Please check your records in the published Report as all significant errors and omissions should be rectified later.

Which Species do we require records for?

We are always interested in receiving records for all species. However, the following categories are of particular interest:

1. Records of abundant, common or fairly common species which are out of the ordinary because they refer to unusual behaviour, birds away from their usual habitat, large flocks or birds seen out of their normal season.

2. Evidence of changes in population levels of any species

3. Regular counts from a specific locality

4. Records of species which are on the Red and Amber Lists.

5. Arrival and departure dates for both summer and winter visitors.

6. All records of breeding referring to nationally rare or nationally scarce breeding birds

7. All records of breeding referring to rare breeders in Cleveland

8. All records of uncommon, scarce, irregular, rare, vagrant or previously unrecorded species.

9. Exotic species which have escaped from captivity

The species included in each category can be determined by referring to the status statement at the beginning of each species account in the Cleveland Bird Report from 2003 onwards or in the Cleveland List published on the TBC website.

Species for Which Descriptions Are Required

Records of less rare birds are passed directly to the compilers for inclusion in the Report but for records of unusual birds, rather more information is required. Descriptions these species are requested in order that the record is available to, and will stand up to scrutiny by, anyone reviewing records in the future. Full descriptions for the following species should be submitted to the Recorder.

1. British Birds Rarities
Full descriptions should be submitted to the Recorder who will collate all the available evidence before forwarding to the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) for assessment. The decision to accept or reject the record lies entirely with the BBRC and it is the policy of the TBCRSC to abide by their decision. No records of such birds are published in the Bird Report unless accepted by the BBRC. The BBRC has a strong preference for detailed descriptions for the records it assesses supported by photographs or video.

2. Other species which are rare in Cleveland or present special identification problems.
TBCSRC is happy to accept photographic or video evidence in addition to or in lieu of descriptions. Records of these species are assessed by the TBCRSC. If there is more than one member unwilling to support the record it will not be accepted for publication. It must be stressed that species in these records have not necessarily been misidentified, but usually that there is not enough detail in the record to convince the committee. These species are:

Bean Goose, Snow Goose, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Surf Scoter, Black Grouse, Cory's Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Leach's Petrel, Night Heron, Purple Heron, White Stork, Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Montgu's Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Hobby, Spotted Crake, Corncrake, Common Crane, Stone Curlew, Kentish Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua (non adults), Sabine's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Black Guillemot, Ring-necked Parakeet, Bee-eater, Short-toed Lark, Woodlark, Richard's Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Nightingale, Aquatic Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Barred Warbler, Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Chough, Raven, Rose-coloured Starling, Serin, Common Rosefinch, Cirl Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Little Bunting

The TBCSRC may ask for an account of sightings other species where the bird has not been seen by several observers, the sighting is outside the pattern of occurrence for the year in question, a known confusion species was also present at the same time or the record is in some other way exceptional. A detailed record of these records may preclude the TBCSRC from asking for more details at a later stage. If you are in any doubt as to whether a description is required then any member of the Records Sub-committee will be able to advise you. In the case of well watched birds, please do not assume that the record has been submitted by others. The submission of supporting records adds weight to the finders’ record and often helps in reaching a decision quickly. Conversely, if consensus is not reached amongst observers at the time of a sighting it is unlikely there will be a positive outcome for the record without very detailed submissions.


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