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GCRC Current Activity

The GOS Checklist and Records Committee (GCRC) reviews approximately 40 rare bird reports of Georgia review species every year. Generally, after 12 -15 reports have accumulated, the Secretary will review and vote on each of the reports, then submit the group of reports to the rest of the Committee for review.  Each of the remaining five Committee members reviews the reports and votes independently during the first round.

A report is considered "Accepted" (i.e., becomes an official record) if it receives no more than one "non-accept" vote.

If a report receives two "non-accept" votes, it proceeds to a second round of voting with the comments of each of the Committee members (but no names associated with the comments) included with the report. If the second circulation of a report still results in two "non-accept" votes, the report is discussed among and voted by the Committee members as a group until a final decision is made.

A report is "Rejected" if three or more "non-accept" votes are cast.  Reports generally receive "non-accept" votes if details are lacking, if the observer misidentified the bird, if the origin is in question, or if the location is in question (for instance, bodies of waters along state lines).

The table below depicts the recent and future activity of the GCRC and is divided into five sections:

    • Completed Records: Reports for which the GCRC has reached a final decision

    • Current Round: Reports that are currently in circulation within the Committee.

    • Next Round: Reports to circulated after the current round voting process is completed.

    • Reports Received: Reports to be presented to the Committee during future rounds.

    • No Reports Received: Review species that have been gleaned from various sources but for which no documentation has been submitted.

Note: On 26 Jan 2013, the GOS Checklist & Records Committee (GCRC) met to discuss, among other items, the pelagic boundaries that are used for record keeping for Georgia's birdlife. The GCRC unanimously voted to adopt the  "Closest Point of Land" rule (CPOL), which has become the de facto standard for other nations, states, provinces and even counties when determining pelagic boundaries.

 

 CURRENT ROUND

GCRC Record # Species Location County Initial Sighting Date Initial Sighting Obs. Report Author Ph?
2019-01 Common Eider Tybee I. Chatham 1/3/2019 Andrew Theus Andrew Theus Y
2019-02 Ash-throated Flycatcher N. Turkey Rd. Mitchell 1/11/2019 Wayne Schaffner Bob Zaremba Y
2019-03 Lazuli Bunting private residence Dougherty 3/2/2019 Larry Gridley Larry Gridley Y
2019-04 Little Gull Lake Lanier Hall/Forsyth 4/14/2019 Keegan Corcoran Keegan Corcoran Y
2019-05 Lark Bunting Altamaha WMA McIntosh 4/25/2019 Nathan Farnau, Adam Betuel, Shannon Fair Nathan Farnau N
2019-06 Cave Swallow Columbus Muscogee 3/28/2016 Andrew Dreeelin Andrew Dreelin Y
2019-07 Northern Saw-whet Owl Jekyll I. Glynn 5/28/2019 Gregory Kosik  Gregory Kosik  Y
2019-08 Hudsonian Godwit St. Catherines I. Bar Liberty 8/20/2019 Tim Keyes Tim Keyes Y
2019-09 Ash-throated Flycatcher St.. Simons I. Glynn 2/25/2019 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y
2019-10 Snowy Plover Cumberland I. Camden 10/29/2019 Pat & Doris Leary Pat & Doris Leary Y
2019-11 Ash-throated Flycatcher Echeconnee Creek WMA Bibb 11/27/2019 Gabriel Germann Gabriel Germann Y
2019-12 Ash-throated Flycatcher Youmans Pond Liberty 12/3/2019 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y

 

 

NEXT ROUND

GCRC Record # Species Location County Initial Sighting Date Initial Sighting Obs. Report Author Ph?
2020-01 Scott's Oriole private residence (Warner Robins) Houston 1/30/2020 homeowners names withheld Jim Gilreath Y
2020-02 Pacific Loon Lake Lanier Hall 2/17/2020 Keegan Corcoran Keegan Corcoran Y
2020-03 Ash-throated Flycatcher Ft. Pulaski NM Chatham 3/10/2020 Jim Ferrari Jim Ferrari Y
2020-04 Brown Booby Lake Lanier Gwinnett 9/10/2020 Keegan Corcoran Keegan Corcoran Y
2020-05 Sooty Shearwater Jekyll I. Glynn 6/2/2020 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y
2020-06 Curlew Sandpiper St. Simins I. Glynn 9/17/2020 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y
2020-07 Hudsonian Godwit Andrews I. Glynn 9/20/2020 Eliot VanOtteren, Gene Keferel, Bob Sattelmeyer,  Michelle Kelly Eliot VanOtteren Y
2020-08 Common Eider Sea I. Glynn 11/11/2020 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y
2020-09 Ash-throated Flycatcher Sea I. Glynn 11/19/2020 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y
2020-10 Great Cormorant West Point Dam Troup 12/13/2020 Malcolm Hodges, Jamie Vidich Malcolm Hodges Y
2020-11 Northern Saw-whet Owl Paulks Pasture WMA Glynn 12/13/2020 Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren N
2020-12 Pacific Loon West Point Dam Troup 3/5/3018 Rodney McCollum Rodney McCollum Y

 

 

REPORTS RECEIVED

GCRC Record # Species Location County Initial Sighting Date Initial Sighting Obs. Report Author Ph?
2021-01 Brown Booby Ft. Pulaski NM Chatham 8/25/2019 Malcolm Hodges Malcolm Hodges ?
2021-02 Mute Swan St. Simons I. Glynn 1/24/2020 Donald Thompson Eliot VanOtteren Y
2021-03 Brown Booby pelagic N/A 12/11/2020 Bob Zaremba, Mac McCall, Yve Morrell, Gene Keferl, Kevin Danchisen, Eliot VanOtteren Eliot VanOtteren Y
2021-04 Iceland Gull Lake Lanier Hall 1/8/2021 Keegan Corcoran Keegan Corcoran Y
2021-05 Lazuli Bunting Fitzgerald (private residence) Ben Hill 4/8/2018 Brian Brown et. al. Brian Brown Y
2021-06 Harlequin Duck Cumberland I. Camden 2/1/2018 John Patten Moss John Patten Moss Y
2021-07 Inca Dove Privett Store Rd. Miller 7/13/2019 John Patten Moss, Cody Pope, Jesse Artrip John Patten Moss Y
2021-08 Shiny Cowbird private residence Camden 5/5/2018 John Patten Moss John Patten Moss Y
2021-09 Scott's Oriolw Valdosta (private residence) Lowndes 3/27/2021 Margaret Harper Margaret Harper N
2021-10 Sabine's Gull West Point Dam Troup 10/29/2020 Malcolm Hodges Malcolm Hodges N
2021-11 American Tree Sparrow Lovers Lane Richmond 12/28/2017 John Patten Moss, Mac McCall John Patten Moss Y

 

 

REPORTS REQUESTED

GCRC Record # Species Location County Initial Sighting Date Initial Sighting Obs. Report Author Ph?
  Common Merganser Thomaston Lake Upson 1/1/2020 James White   Y
  Say's Phoebe Laramore Rd. Lee 1/1/2020 Wayne Schaffner   Y
  Trumpeter Swan unknown Floyd 1/1/2020 ? Bill Harbin fide Giff Beaton & Owen McKinney   Y
  Ash-throated Flycatcher Andrews I. Glynn 1/12/2020 Dan Vickers, Kris Bisgard   Y
  Snowy Plover Cumberland I. Camden 2/3/2020 Emily Reasor   ?
  Allen's Hummingbird private residence Gwinnett 2/3/2020 Karen Theodorou   Y
  Bullock's Oriole private residence DeKalb 2/15/2020 Robin Vinson   N
  Scaly-breasted Munia private residence Seminole 2/22/2020 Crystal Milner   Y
  Great Cormorant Richard B. Russell Dam Elbert 3/9/2020 Mark McShane   Y
  Bullock's Oriole private residence Chatham 3/22/2020 Steve Calver   Y
  Great Cormorant West Point Dam Troup 4/8/2020 Walt Chambers   Y
  White-faced Ibis Babcock Rd. Colquitt 5/9/2020 Wayne Schaffner   Y
  Snowy Plover Cumberland I. Camden 5/21/2020 Patrick Leary / Abby Sterling   Y
  Arctic Tern pelagic Chatham 5/24/2020 Steve Calver   Y
  Thick-billed Murre Grassy Pond RA Lowndes 5/26/2020 Sean McCool   Y
  Neotropic Cormorant WF George Dam Clay 6/7/2020 Walt Chambers   Y
  Ruff Naval Sub Base Kings Bay Camden 7/12/2020 Marie Chappell   Y
  American Flamingo Harris Neck NWR McIntosh 7/15/2020 Gary Elrod   N
  Snowy Plover Cumberland I. Camden 8/20/2020 Patrick Leary / Tim Keyes   Y
  Brown Booby Lake Eufaula Clay 8/30/2020 Mason Jarrett   Y
  Brown Booby Clarks Hill Dam Columbia 9/16/2020 Mike Montone   Y
  Black-capped Chickadee private residence Fannin 9/18/2020 Suzanne Zuckerman   Y
  Bicknell's Thrush Kennesaw Mt. NBP Cobb 9/21/2020 Leslie Curran   N
  Buff-bellied Hummingbird private residence Lowndes 9/21/2020 Linda Most   N