Any common bird name changes to the annual American Ornithological Union (AOU) Check-List, Warbler Guy? In turn, does the American Birding Association (ABA) adopt these new bird name changes, including splits that create two new species?
that's a great question.
recently published July issue of The Auk (published by the AOU)
has the answer.
R. Terry Chesser, Richard C. Banks, F. Keith Barker, Carla Cicero, Jon L. Dunn, Andrew W. Kratter, Irby J. Lovette, Pamela C. Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen Jr., James D. Rising, Douglas F. Stotz and Kevin Winker)
do NOT get too excited. Sit back in your chair. The ONLY new landbird split for
the entire 2013 list centers on the SAGE SPARROW. It's a GREAT,
handsome bird species, no doubt.
The newly split Bell's Sparrow, this one from Baja California, Mexico, photo by Jorge Montejo via flickr BUT
not a wood-warbler.
ho-hum, here are the details on the split: The old, you're-sooooo 2012 version
of the SAGE SPARROW
now the Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) and Bell’s
Sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli).
Bell's species includes the intermediate-looking, interior-California-breeding
subspecies called canescens as the scientific name trinomial. Some
experts believe this population may eventually be split from Bell’s Sparrow and
become a species of its own. Most if not all vagrant records of “Sage Sparrow”
in the central and eastern parts of North America relate to Sagebrush Sparrow.
now back to the edge of your chair and out the door with your binoculars as you
enjoy the southbound wood-warbler migration. Pinch me, as I'll soon enjoy seven
days in WI while searching for wood-warbler dispersers and migrants as I head
to the Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Door County area for birding by myself and with
I must admit, some day soon, I'll again be able to lead tours there in the
spring and fall....For now, it's a mere personal foray and no tours or classes
scheduled, BUT feel free to tempt me by contacting me, if you wish:
danieledelstein at att dot net....and warblerwatch dot com)
to the ABA's Michael Retter who helped me read and learn about the
aforementioned split. He's a treasure and his writing is easily found at the
ABA birding blog: http://blog.aba.org/michael_retter