Annual Report of the North Dakota Birding Society's Bird Records Committee, 2000

by Dan Svingen and Ron Martin

In calender year 2000, the North Dakota Birding Society's Bird Records
Committee revised its bylaws, developed a new review list, and evaluated 40
rare bird records. The Committee's bylaws and review list are available
elsewhere at this same website. This report summarizes the results of the
records evaluation.

METHODS:

The North Dakota Bird Records Committee reviews material submitted to
document the occurrence of a rare bird. This material typically involves a
documentation form and a copy of field notes and sketches. Photographs, tape
recordings, and videotape are reviewed when available. The 5 member
committee then voted on whether the documentation was sufficient to
establish the record. The vote taken was on the adequacy of the
documentation, not on the skills of the observer, or even if the bird
claimed was actually present. A vote of 4 or 5 yeas was required to accept a
record. Conversely, a vote of 4 or 5 nays was required to reject a record.
Unresolved records were recirculated until resolved.

Committee members in 2000 included Ron Martin (Chairperson), Dan Svingen
(Secretary), Larry Igl (Voting Member), Bob O'Connor (Voting Member), and
Clark Talkington (Voting Member). Corey Ellingson and Jill Dechant served
as alternate members.

RESULTS:
The committee evaluated 39 bird records, accepting 28 (72%), and rejecting
11 (28%). Details on each record will be published elsewhere (Svingen and
Martin IN PREP). A summary of the records is given below.

Results of North Dakota Birding Society's Bird Records Committee votes in
2000.

Species BRC # Sighting Location Date of First Sighting Result
Little Blue Heron 01-29 Sargent County August 22,1999 Accepted
Yellow-crowned Night-heron 01-23 Grass Lake, Richland County July 13, 1996 Accepted
Glossy Ibis 01-19 Dewald Slough, Kidder County June 15, 1996 Rejected
White-faced Ibis 01-14 Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, Ramsey County summer 2000 Accepted
Trumpeter Swan 01-08 Devil's Lake, Ramsey County June 15, 1998 Rejected
Trumpeter Swan 01-17 McKenzie Slough, Burleigh County Oct. 29, 2000 Accepted
Eurasian Wigeon 01-04 near Lidgerwood,Richland County Oct. 2, 1998 Rejected
Surf Scoter 01-03 Grand Forks sewage lagoon,Grand Forks County June 21, 1998 Accepted
White-winged Scoter 01-27 Grand Forks sewage lagoon, Grand Forks County May 13, 1998 Accepted
Greater Prairie Chicken 01-02 near Harwood, Cass County Dec. 19, 1997 Accepted
Yellow Rail 01-05 near Ayr, Cass County May 11, 1999 Accepted
Snowy Plover 01-34 Grand Forks sewage lagoons, Grand Forks County May 1, 1999 Accepted
Snowy Plover 01-24 Palermo Lake Southwest, Mountrail County May 15, 2001 Accepted
Black-necked Stilt 01-13 Towner County June 16, 2000 Accepted
Western Sandpiper 01-30 Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Forks County Oct. 12, 1999 Accepted
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 01-38 West Fargo sewage lagoons, Cass County Sept. 28, 1997 Accepted
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 01-36 Sheyenne National Grassland, Richland County Aug. 25, 1999 Rejected
Ruff 01-26 Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Forks County May 6, 1998 Accepted
Red Phalarope 01-37 Grand Forks sewage lagoons, Grand Forks County Oct. 21, 1997 Accepted
Lesser Black-backed Gull 01-06 Devil's Lake, Ramsey County June 26, 2000 Rejected
Little Gull 01-07 Devil's Lake, Ramsey County June 15, 1998 Rejected
Mew Gull 01-11 Garrison Dam,Mercer County Nov. 3, 2000 Accepted
Glaucous Gull 01-25 Grand Forks sewage lagoons, Grand Forks County April 18, 1998 Accepted
Sabine's Gull 01-39 Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Burleigh County Oct. 1, 1997 Accepted
Caspian Tern 01-12 Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, Ramsey County July 13, 2000 Accepted
White-winged Dove 01-10 Bismarck, Burleigh County Sept. 29, 2000 Accepted
Eurasian Collared-Dove 01-31 near Rocklake, Towner County July 18, 1999 Accepted
Eurasian Collared-Dove 01-18 Mayville, Traill County Nov. 18, 2000 Accepted
Eurasian Collared-Dove 01-21 Bismarck, Burleigh County Dec. 14, 2000 Accepted
Boreal Owl 01-15 Icelandic State Park, Pembina County Jan. 28, 2001 Accepted
Rufous Hummingbird 01-16 near Buxton, Traill County Sept. 16, 2000 Rejected
Townsend's Warbler 01-09 Hettinger Cemetery, Adams County Sept. 16, 2000 Accepted
Townsend's Warbler 01-35 Fargo, Cass County June 2, 2001 Rejected
Pine Warbler 01-33 near Bismarck, Burleigh County Nov. 17, 1998 Rejected
Worm-eating Warbler 01-32 Fort Ransom State Park, Ransom County May 23, 1998 Rejected
Western Tanager 01-01 Fargo, Cass County June 27, 1997 Rejected
Sooty Fox Sparrow 01-22 Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks County Sept. 23, 2000 Accepted