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The New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas Project

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Rare Breeding Birds Report Form

Document number (for office use)  ________      

To be useful for the breeding bird atlas project, all sightings of rare breeding birds must be documented with a written description. This form will allow quick confirmation as well as provide a permanent record of one's sighting. Fill the form out thoroughly and get it to your regional organizer as soon as possible, or send the form to the New Mexico Breeding Bird Atlas Project, 947 Quartz Street, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544. It is important to complete this form at the time of the sighting or from your field notes. Avoid completing the form from memory.

Species ________________________________________ Atlas breeding code _________________
Number ______________ Age (adult-juvenile) ____________________ Sex ___________________
Date observed _________________ Time observed: From ________________ To _______________
Quad name (optional) ______________________ If in a block, give block # _____________________
County ______________________________ Elevation ____________________________________
Description of location (Lat/Long, UTM, or land marks.) _____________________________________
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Nearest town _____________________________________________________________________
Habitat __________________________________________________________________________
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Other observers ___________________________________________________________________
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Light conditions ________________________ Distance from bird _____________________________
Optical equipment used ______________________________________________________________
Notes taken: at time of sighting _____________ from memory after sighting ______________________
How well was the bird seen? __________________________________________________________
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On the back side of this sheet, describe the bird in detail including size, shape, color of bill, throat, breast, belly, flanks, wings, back, rump, tail, feet and so on. Include any features unique to this bird.

Describe all behaviors observed: _________________________________________________
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Describe songs or calls heard: ___________________________________________________
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Field marks seen: ____________________________________________________________
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Variations in expected field marks: ________________________________________________
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Describe your process of elimination for similar species. ________________________________
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What is your experience with this or related species? __________________________________
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What references did you consult for identification? ____________________________________
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What additional materials are included with this report? Drawings, photos, or tape recordings
are very helpful. _____________________________________________________________
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Name __________________________ Signature ___________________________________
Street address _______________________________________________________________
City ______________________________ Zip code _________________________________
Telephone number (     )_______________ E-mail ___________________________________


Go to the Atlas Forms page for a printable version of the Rare Breeding Birds Report Form.

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