In the last ten years, the IRBC has removed a considerable number of species and subspecies from the list of species requiring descriptions and the Committee is aware that observers are now frequently uncertain as to which records require substantiating material. To clarify matters, a list of all species and subspecies recently removed from the rarity list is given below, arranged in systematic order and with the dates from which records no longer require assessment by the IRBC :-

Species Name Scientific Name Date Removed
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus 1st January 1986
Fulmar ('blue' phase) Fulmarus glacialis 1st January 1986
Mediterranean Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan mauretanicus 1st January 1986
Leach's Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa 1st January 1991
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 1st January 1993
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus 1st January 1986
* Brent Goose Branta bernicla bernicla 1st January 1994
Gargany Anas querquedula 1st January 1994
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca 1st January 1987
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 1st January 1989
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 1st January 1994
Buzzard Buteo buteo 1st January 1993
Quail Coturnix coturnix 1st January 1994
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 1st January 1986
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus 1st January 1986
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini 1st January 1994
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis 1st January 1994
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 1st January 1994
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 1st January 1986
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 1st January 1989
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 1st January 1994
** Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 1st January 1987
Firecreat Regulus ignicapillus 1st January 1989
Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus 1st January 1989

* Note that the Black Brant, B. b. nigricans, is still regarded as a rarity and records should be submitted to the IRBC.
** This applies to birds in breeding habitat only - birds on migration still need descriptions.

Observers are reminded that regional and national recorders may require substantiating evidence for records of species or subspecies removed from the list whenever they deem it necessary.

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