13/03/2009
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3rd Extremadura Bird Report - request for records

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The third Extremadura Bird Report (Anuario Ornitol√≥gico de Extremadura) is in preparation, and all records of observations in the region for 5-year period from 2004–2008 inclusive are requested. While published and unpublished trip reports would certainly be welcomed as they are, it would be far preferable if all records could be sent in on a standardised Excel spreadsheet (the English version is currently available at www.seocaceres.org/documentos or from me, but I hope for it to be openly accessible elsewhere very soon). Please note that only Spanish and English versions are currently available, but any records in any of the major European languages would of course be welcomed. Please send any records to avesdeextremadura@gmail.com and not me, please!

Great Bustard
Great Bustard, Spain (Photo: Steve Fletcher)

While the Spanish version (Ficha Citas Anuario EX 2003–2008) requests inclusion of the municipality of the record, given that this is a complex issue and rarely well shown on maps, where possible please use the closest location name on a decent scale map, or e.g. on Google Earth, and in all cases the name of the nearest town or village.

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In order to assess whether records are likely to be of interest or not (though clearly, the final decision will be made by the species' authors), please consult the most up-to-date list available on the web: EX Bird List July 08.

A few new species have been reported since then, including e.g. Sabine's and Ring-billed Gulls, and requests may be made for further details of national and regional rarities (or any species not yet on the list). The provisional closing date for records is the end of this month — March 2009.

Written by: John Muddeman