Birdwatching in Sydney
|with the Cumberland Bird Observers' Club
New South Wales Ornithological Rarities Advisory Committee
Unusual Record Report
This form is intended to aid observers in the preparation of a
submission for a major rarity in Australia. (It is not a mandatory
requirement) Please complete all sections ensuring that you attach all
relevant information including copies of your notes, photographs or
other supportive material. (PLEASE USE BLACK INK).
Species Name: Scientific Name:
Date(s) and time(s) of observation:
How long did you watch the bird(s)?
First and last date of occurrence:
Distance to bird:
Site Location(eg 3km SE of Lavers Hill, Victoria)
Habitat (Describe habitat in which the bird was seen, together with any neighbouring habitats):
Sighting conditions (weather, visibility, light conditions etc):
Were other observers present? Do any of the other observers disagree with your identification, if so, who? (Please give names, addresses and phone numbers):
How confident are you of your identification? eg 70%, 100%. If not 100% why not?
Other details: eg Do you have historical and or anecdotal
information/comments relating to the prior occurrence/status of the
species within or near this location? If more space is needed for any section, please attach with your notes.
Physical description of Bird - Please describe only what you saw:
(1) Number of individuals present (living or dead); (2) age (adult,
juvenile, immature) and sex; (3) size and shape; (4) plumage colour and
pattern (including any details of moult); (5) colour of bill, eyes and
legs/feet; (6) calls; (7) behaviour, movements, flight pattern and
anything else that might help to identify the bird eg feeding,
interactions with other birds, describe where the bird was - on ground,
in canopy, flying etc. Were comparisons made with other species? Please also state whether you saw the complete bird or only part of it? (eg upper/lower/front/rear of bird). (Attach a description and where possible a copy of your field notes)
Other species with which you think it might be confused and how these were eliminated? (Please append your comments/views following your description)
Was the description written from notes and/or sketches made
during the observation, shortly after the observation or from memory?
Please indicate supportive evidence available Was the bird photographed, taped or video taped? If yes, by whom?
What experience have you had with the species in question? Did you know it was a Rare bid when you first saw it?
Please forward all material to: Roger McGovern 1/67 Cremorne Road ,Cremorne, NSW 2090 firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also like to visit Birdlife Australia's Rarities Committee (BARC) site.
NSWORAC Review List
If you see any of these birds in NSW, please report your observation as described above.
||Struthio camelus 1
|Cape Barren Goose
|Cotton Pygmy Goose
|Green Pygmy Goose
||Phaps histrionica 2
|Pied Imperial Pigeon
|Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
||Puffinus assimilis 3
||Phalacrocorax fuscesens 4
||Sterna nereis 5
|Double-eyed Fig Parrot
||Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
||Amytornis textilis 6
||Pachycephala rufogularis 7
||Petroica rodinogaster 8
||Turdus philomelos 3
|Green-headed Yellow Wagtail
1 except for known population in the Barham region
2 except Upper and Lower Western NSW
3 except Lord Howe Island
4 except far South Coast
5 except south of Sydney
6 except for known population near Packsaddle
7 except Yathong, Nombinnie, Round Hill
8 except far South Coast and Southern Tablelands