Thursday, November 13, 2008

Additions to the ABA Checklist

The 19th published report of the ABA (i.e., American Birding Association) Checklist Committee (Pranty et al. 2008) adds 10 species to the list of birds documented from the ABA Checklist Area. With these additions, the ABA Checklist now stands at 957 accepted species. Details follow:
  • Graylag Goose (Anser anser): drill-ship in Atlantic Ocean 167 nautical miles off Newfoundland and Labrador; April 24-May 2, 2005 (Maybank 2005)
  • White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis): 2 miles north of Rollover Pass, Galveston County, Texas; April 27, 1986
  • Townsend’s Shearwater (Puffinus auricularis): Del Mar, San Diego County, California; August 1, 2007 (Unitt et al. 2008)
  • Tristram’s Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami): Southeast Farallon Island, California; April 22, 2006
  • Brown Hawk-Owl (Ninox scutulata): St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska; August 27-September 3, 2007 (Yerger and Mohlmann 2008)
  • Loggerhead Kingbird (Tyrannus caudifasciatus): Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West, Florida; March 7-26, 2007
  • Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus): Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska; September 30, 2007 (Rosenburg and Lehman 2008)
  • Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos): Saint-Fulgence, Quebec; November 11-17, 2006 (Auchu et al. 2007)
  • Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis): south Florida, where this exotic species—first noted in 1982—is now deemed established (Pranty 2008)
  • Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys): Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska; September 15, 2007 (Lehman 2008)
  • The Committee also announced that the 7th edition of the ABA Checklist is anticipated to be published in late 2008. This will be a welcome revision, as the 6th edition (published in 2002) has been out of print for two years.

    Literature Cited:
  • Auchu, C., C. Girard, and G. Savard. 2007. First record of Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) in North America. North American Birds 61:10-12.
  • Maybank, B. 2005. Atlantic Provinces and St. Pierre et Miquelon [spring 2005 report]. North American Birds 59:396-399.
  • Pranty, B. 2008. Status and distribution of the Common Myna in Florida. North American Birds 61:658-665.
  • Pranty, B., J. L. Dunn, S. C. Heinl, A. W. Kratter, P. E. Lehman, M. W. Lockwood, B. Mactavish, and K. J. Zimmer. 2008. Annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee: 2007-2008. Birding 40:32-38.
  • Rosenberg, G. H., and P. E. Lehman. 2008. First North American record of Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) at Gambell, Alaska. North American Birds 62:178-181.
  • Unitt, P., M. A. Faulkner, and C. Swanson. 2008. First record of Newell’s Shearwater from the mainland of North America. Western Birds in press.
  • Yerger, J. C., and J. D. Mohimann. In press. First North American record of Brown Hawk-Owl (Ninox scutulata) on St. Paul Island, Alaska. North American Birds 62:4-8.
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