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Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
technews
Birds
Adjustment of the rarity level of species
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Monday, August 1st, 2022
technews
Birds
New: form for rare bird observations

Forms for the Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) can now be submitted directly to ornitho.ch

We are pleased to announce that the first version of the form for documenting observations of rare birds and unusual sightings subject to approval has been put online. The observations concerned are marked with a yellow triangle on ornitho.ch. The documentation provided is examined by the Swiss Rarities Committee, a group of experts who examine whether the observation is sufficiently documented to be included in the scientific literature.

The online form appears automatically when a sighting needs to be documented. More concise than its paper predecessor, it revolves around the central piece of information, the "Description" field. If you are lucky enough to encounter a rare bird, take the time to document your observation. If possible, take photos, record the calls or songs with your smartphone (the video mode is usually sufficient for this). Even photos/videos of average quality are often sufficient to document the sighting. Photos showing the bird from different angles are very useful. Look at the bird in detail: the bill, its length, shape and colour, the pattern of the head, back, wings, underparts, tail, rump and undercaudals. Note also the length and colour of the legs.

Photos, videos and recordings are of course very useful evidence for documentation, but they are not mandatory. In the absence of these documents, or if they do not show the essential criteria, it is important to describe in detail what you have observed. Use the "Description" field to do this, noting first in a few words how you found the bird and what its behaviour was. If you are not the finder but know who it is, mention this. Then describe the bird, starting with its size in comparison with the species next to it or with common species. Then list any plumage details you have observed (see above, a sketch can also be very useful) and transcribe as much as possible of the calls or song. Also mention which identification criteria could not be seen. If the species is similar to one or more other species, make the differential diagnosis: note why it is the rare species and not the other similar species.

In the "Identification" section, mention in the "Experience with this species" box whether you have seen this rare bird before (if so, where and how many times?) or if it is the first time.

As a general rule, the responsibility for documenting an unusual sighting lies with the person who discovered the bird. If the bird is staying, it is also important to document the last date of observation. Similarly, it is necessary to document additional individuals if the number varies, as well as sightings of the bird at a new location.

Your observations to be documented will appear on your home page under the heading My records without rarity report. It is possible that already accepted records (yellow triangle with green V) will appear on the home page: you can simply ignore them by clicking on the X on the right to remove them from this section.

We hope that this new form will make it easier for you to document your unusual sightings and we wish you many pleasant surprises in the coming months.

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Friday, July 15th, 2022
technews
Birds
Important settings of the ornitho app NaturaList
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Friday, July 1st, 2022
tipnews
Birds
Atlas code in summer
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
avinews
Birds
Second Osprey Morning full of surprises
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Friday, June 24th, 2022
tipnews
Birds
Sightings from mountainous regions
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
tipnews
Birds
Jobs at the Vogelwarte
posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Friday, June 17th, 2022
tipnews
Birds
Young birds: Which atlas code to use and how to record birds age?
posted by Bernard Volet
 
Saturday, June 11th, 2022
technews
NaturaList maps: Switch from Google to Swisstopo now!
posted by Sämi Wechsler
 
Thursday, June 9th, 2022
avinews
Birds
Ospreys well on track
posted by Bernard Volet
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