It looks like the issue of Ontario Birds containing the 2011 OBRC report should be in your hands... Mine arrived last week in the snailmail..
Which means those of us on the committee who dealt with these records 10 months ago can now freely talk about public knowledge!
Some things I noticed in the printed version:
--- generic message of "the bad trend of photo-only reports continue" --- maybe this time it'll help solve the problem? Wait, I actually doubt that...
--- I have made my contribution to the "creepy photos of OBRC members collection" in the team pic..
--- Changes to the checklist - that Pyrrhuloxia issue has been dealt with and added to the list! Exciting, right? ***remember this point, by the way*** ... Also added Least Tern to the "north" review list..
--- The subspecies/forms review list has finally been updated.. It was terrifying before... Like, really bad...
Want to see how bad it was? It's still the "old version" online... Hopefully we can get this updated soon...
--- "colour morphs are not to be reviewed" - is a cool point, although there is no note that says we make an acception for any reports/records of "Cory's" Least Bittern (still reviewing)
--- Added "Oregon" Junco to the review list.. That should make everyone happy.. right?
--- we're still doing that stupid idea of putting (adult) or (immature) beside the proper plumage terminology...
--- Brett Fried makes a personal appearance in the "records" section handling a Northern Gannet!
A bird that appears here in the 2011 report.. Needed something to break up the endless text..
--- One record that really surprised me was the JUVENILE Ibis sp from Cornwall that arrived on July 23rd... This bird looks rather mature as well (based on bill growth) which made me think this bird must have arrived from a breeding colony that was exceptionally far south (meaning a very early start to the nesting season).
--- The best report of 2012 went to the "Western" Red-tailed Hawk record ... This report was beautiful... Just beautiful... Although there is also a lot of confusion surrounding it from he committee point of view, as myself (and some others ) were pretty sure we didn't review records of this subspecies, that is rare but regular in Ontario..... Report was just awesome though.... And now we officially no longer review this subspecies
--- That Least Tern pic from Atikokan has to be one of the most beautiful rarity pics I've ever seen taken in Ontario... What a bird...
--- Now is the time to remember and be happy that the Pyrrhuloxia record has been accepted, right?! Because we deferred the Smew record from Whitby..... Whoops...... I fully expect the 2012 committee to make a decision on this record, so hopefully you'll have less than a year before it is totally dealt with! (if any of you REALLY care what the OBRC decides ;) )
--- Strange story for you to read about some 1961 F. Whistling Ducks near the end of the article!
And that's just about all she wrote..
What do you think.... Good article? Happy with everything?? Anything you'd like to say about the 2011 report (or anything else) to the OBRC? Because I can make sure it gets to the next meeting.