How to record rare birds

To ensure the Bird Report is an accurate and trusted record, rarities need to be described and are then assessed by the YNU Rarities Committee.  The YNURC consists of:

Name

Role

Local birding area

Craig Thomas

Chair

Flamborough

Voting members

 

 

Jack Ashton-Booth

 

York area

Mike Barnett

 

Swillington Ings and Leeds area

Steve Clifton

 

Nosterfield and North Yorks

Lee Johnson

 

Flamborough and Tophill Low

Tim Jones

 

Spurn

Chris Robinson

Secretary

Doncaster and Hatfield areas

Graham Speight

 

Edderthorpe Flash and South Yorks

Garry Taylor

Vice Chair

Hull Valley and Hornsea

Steve Worwood

 

Harrogate and Nosterfield

Geoff Dobbs

Ex-officio

East Yorkshire Recorder

Please click here to download the YNURC Terms of Reference and Constitution.

 

If you would like to report a rarity, please complete the description form below and send it to the YNURC Secretary, Chris Robinson, whose e-mail address is shown on the form.

 

A description form can be downloaded here.

 

The work of the Rarities Committee can be aided if observers submit descriptions as soon as possible.

 

Details should include the description taken in the field, before reference to books; the locality; date and time; habitat; weather conditions; optical aids used; distance from the bird; period of observation; species present for comparison and previous experience of the species. If anyone disagrees with the identification should also be noted. The YNURC welcomes the electronic submission of records and photographs, with the provision that some detail is supplied about location, first/last dates and the name(s) of the finder(s).

 

We welcome the electronic submission of photographs, with the provision that some detail is supplied about location and the name of the finder, where known.

 

If the finder/identifier has not submitted the record, but a photograph has been published in a magazine or on the internet, then the magazine/website will be credited.

 

Submission of all descriptions will be acknowledged and the decisions on each published on the website, with all accepted records also detailed in the Bird Report. If a record has been deemed ‘unproven', it doesn’t necessarily mean that the bird has been mis-identified, but that there is not enough detail to be conclusive.

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