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Rare Bird Report Form...

Accurately reporting what you see to the Idaho Bird Records Committee provides an integral benefit to the Committee's records-keeping process. This e-form is designed to facilitate reporting rarities to the Committee.

It's important that you do three things first:

1) Make sure the species you want to report is listed on the Review Species List or is a brand new species for the state;
2) Read Harry Krueger's article on how to document rarities.

Remember, the more complete the write-up, the better your report contributes to our understanding of bird status and distribution in the state. Don't be hesitant to go into detail, provide citations, etc., as applicable.

If you have trouble filling out the form below, click here to download a form in Rich Text Format (*.rtf), which is readable by a broad spectrum of word processors. You can fill that out and attach it to an email from your home computer. Or simply type out your own report being sure to include the information contained below. An abbreviated, printable CHECKLIST of report information to remember to include can be helpful. It's found here. Send any completed reports to the Committee.

Electronic submission of these reports expedites the whole process and is encouraged; use the form below for best results.

Idaho Bird Records Committee
Rare Bird Report Form

Fill out this form and click "SEND" to submit it straight to IBRC.
NOTE that reports submitted to IBRC will be posted in the public archive
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SPECIES:
Help
Be sure this species is on the Review List, or is a potential
first state record!

Quantity:

How many; what age(s) / sex(es), if known

DATE OF SIGHTING:

REPORTER:

Please include your:
name,
mailing address,
phone

Email Address:

Required

OTHER OBSERVERS:


Indicate the name of the person who found the bird, if known, as well as other people who saw the bird. Provide contact information if possible.

DATE REPORT PREPARED:

LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION:

Be specific: town, county, jurisdiction, park name, road intersections, latitude / longitude, etc., as applicable.

HABITAT:

Field, forest, desert, sage, water, backyard, etc.

SIGHTING DURATION
CONDITIONS &
EQUIPMENT USED:

How long did you observe the bird? Also describe weather, wind, temperature, distances to bird, location of sun, optics used, etc.

DID YOU TAKE NOTES?

Yes, during the observation
Yes, later the same day
Yes, another day after the observation
No, not at all
Select one.

DID YOU CONSULT A
FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER
REFERENCE WORK?

Yes, during the observation
Yes, later the same day
Yes, another day after the observation
No, not at all

Select one.

WHICH GUIDE(S)
OR REFERENCE(S)
DID YOU CONSULT?

Include at least title, author, and publication year for each reference used. Cite these references in your write-up below if you mention obscure field marks that may not be known by the average birder.

DESCRIPTION:

To which bird family does this bird belong? Why? Describe in detail all parts of body seen.

BEHAVIOR:

Fully describe feeding method, vocalization, flight pattern, preening, comparison to nearby birds, interactions with other birds, etc.

HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?

Remember to cite references if a critical field mark you mention may not be known by the average birder.

HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE
SIMILAR SPECIES?
WHAT WERE THEY?

Please be as specific as possible.

WHAT IS YOUR
EXPERIENCE WITH THIS
(AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?

How familiar are you with them, and where did you get that familiarity?

DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE:

How long have you been birding? How would you rate your level of expertise?

WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO,
AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED
FROM THIS SIGHTING?

None Photo Video Audio Check all that apply.
If you have electronic files (photos, video, audio, etc.) supporting your observation,
you'll have a chance to send them after you SEND the Rare Bird Report.

By submitting this information, I agree that all material submitted, relating to this record will become
the property of the Idaho Bird Records Committee or you can email the secretary to request otherwise.


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