After some 9 years of service, Neil Tovey has decided to stand down from EBRC duties. We are grateful to Neil for all the work over the years and wish him all the best for the future. We are pleased to announce that Khalifa al Dhaheri has agreed to join with immediate effect, to replace Neil.
The next circulation is not due for several months, in early spring. Thanks to work by Tommy and Mark, we have made a few changes in the last few weeks to make it easier for observers to see recent verdicts and to see which records require a submission. Recent decisions are now easily viewable at https://www.uaebirding.com/ebrc with a file of all decision over recent years available by clicking on the link or button at https://www.uaebirding.com/report. The same page has the most recent version of the Rare Bird Report form (see red link in second section) and two buttons have been inserted to link to two exemplar RBRs, to try and make it as easy as possible for observers to complete these efficiently.
Recent records that require an RBR are now listed most conveniently on the Recent News page of the website - see https://www.uaebirding.com/recent-news, where we have listed the observer(s) we believe are responsible for record; in addition there is an additional link to the RBR template. Please do not wait for the next circulation or urgent reminders beforehand to complete an RBR; we are grateful to receive them at any time and, as the exemplar material linked to above shows, they need take just a few minutes to complete and send.
It has been a rather good late autumn and winter so far and there are surely a few more good finds to be made out there over the next few weeks!