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Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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From: "Kristi Mayo" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 2:54 PM
Subject: Missouri RBA - Your opinion please


> Rare Bird Alert Fans:
> 
> First of all -- Please make note that the RBA is for Jan. 6, 2006,  
> not 2005. I am paying attention, really.
> 
> Second -- You might notice that the Jan. 6 Rare Bird Alert is a bit  
> longer than most have been in the past. This is because this time I  
> tried something a little different: I included birds that are listed  
> as "rare" in the winter, but which are otherwise expected in warmer  
> seasons (such as the waterfowl, Double-crested Cormorant, Marsh Wren,  
> and Brown Thrasher).
> 
> In the past, I have edited out these lingering species or early  
> arrivals so that the RBA includes only species that are listed as  
> "rare" year-round (such as Merlin or Trumpeter Swan). The advantage  
> of doing this "editing" is that it's easy to scan the summary list  
> and pick out your potential year or life bird. The disadvantage,  
> especially this time of year, is that you might not see a report of  
> that "rare winter resident" Marsh Wren that you'd really like to get  
> in order to reach 100 by the end of January.
> 
> So, I'd like your feedback: Which do you prefer? A summary of year- 
> round rarities; or an all-inclusive report of anything that's rare at  
> that particular time of year in that particular part of the state?
> 
> Finally, below my signature is a brief summary of my method for  
> compiling the RBA, and the criteria that I use when deciding whether  
> to include a sighting in the Alert. This might come in handy for you  
> when reporting your sightings to MoBirds or directly to me.
> 
> Thank you to everyone who reports their sightings. Feel free to e- 
> mail me with any questions or comments.
> 
> Kristi Mayo
> Missouri RBA Compiler
> Kearney, MO (Clay Co.)
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> 
> It is my belief that the Missouri RBA is a tool for birders who are  
> looking for unusual birds. So, there are three basic guidelines that  
> I follow when decided whether to include a particular sighting:
> 
> 1) The bird must be listed as "rare", "casual", or "accidental" on  
> the Annotated Checklist of Missouri Birds.
> 
> 2) The bird must be present, or seen within a reasonable amount of  
> time prior to the release of the RBA. (In other words, a month-old  
> sighting of a fly-over, or even a two-week old sighting with no  
> subsequent followup sightings may not be included.)
> 
> 3) The bird must be in an accessible location (i.e. not on private  
> property) and the sighting must include reasonably specific  
> locations. (In other words, simply providing the county name or the  
> city name would not be enough for someone to chase the bird with any  
> degree of confidence.)
> 
> In short, the RBA is not a seasonal report. It's a listing of  
> current, "chase-able" birds.
> 
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