Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Rare Bird Reporting Form
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Online Reporting Form
Rare bird Reporting form
Please consult the list of rare birds to ensure that it is on the list of reportable species before filling out this form
Species Name of the Bird
Number of birds
Please fill in the details of the people who observed the bird
Please add your contact details here including phone number and e-mail address
List the names anyone else who observed the bird
Date of observation
Please provide an accurate written location of where you saw the bird(s). If you are unable to provide map or GPS co-ordinates, please provide enough written detail to allow us to map the precise location. Let us know if you require the precise locality to be confidential.
Grid reference/GPS co-ordinates
Decimal degrees is the preferred format, otherwise explain the format used
Approximate distance from the bird in metres
Optical aids used
Did you use binoculars/telescope and if so what magnification
Duration of observation(s)
In hours and minutes
List and books that you consulted to verify your identification
How well do you know the species?
List previous experience with this bird
How confident are you about the identification?
State any relevant weather or sea conditions that helped or hindered the observation:
State weather conditions in the days before first observation that may explain the bird’s presence:
Description of Bird(s)
In the following pages please give a full description of the bird from your field notes and impressions gained at the time of the sighting. Please start with an account of how the bird was discovered and what other birds it was with. If you easily identified the bird to family level, e.g. Albatross, penguin, duck, tern, etc, you can start your description by saying so. Then lead into a description and produce evidence for the elimination of similar species. Use sketches throughout, wherever possible (the notes at the sides of the following pages are prompts, if you need them). If the bird was caught, banded, photographed or tape recorded please provide measurements, photographs or tapes in support. Whenever you make comments that have been prompted by books you consulted, state clearly that you have done so.
Bare parts (e.g. colour of eyes, bill and legs; shape and length of bill and legs)
Elimination from other species
Reaction to other birds
Reaction to humans
Note that if you have more than one photo you need to put them into a zip file and upload it. Max filesize is 4Mb. File extensions allowed are: bmp, gif, jpg, png, gz, tar, zip
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