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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Maryland and DC Records Committee News

The Maryland/District of Columbia Records Committee is a branch of the Maryland Ornithological Society and has the final word on official sightings and birding records in the area.

Phil Davis, Secretary of the MDCRC, sent an email to the MDOsprey listserv with a summary of the Committee's recent activity. Here are some of the highlights.

The Official List of Maryland birds has grown by 5 species, up to 429.
-Neotropic Cormorant. This bird spent some time on the Potomac last October and November.
-Cave Swallow. A couple Cave Swallows were seen as part of last November's huge irruption.
-Calliope Hummingbird.
-Northern Lapwing. March, 05 in Frederick, MD
-Townsend's Solitaire. First Maryland record in the spring of 1996.

The Dusky Flycatcher was the only species added to the Official DC list, bringing it up to 326 (my DC list? 101).
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