20-B-2018 Summer Tanager
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description supports the identification of Summer Tanager.
Well described and similar species eliminated
There's a decent chance I'd vote for this record in a second round, but the documentation seems a bit thin. There is little description of the structure, but we can largely infer it indirectly from the comparison to Western Tanager. I would have liked some discussion to eliminate Orioles, but the description implies no wing bars, I think. Hepatic Tanager is an very unlikely bird in Idaho, but separation of Summer from Hepatic is a frequent stumbling block for observers in other regions and should be approached cautiously and using more than a single field mark, and the same probably goes for Scarlet. The timing is good for Summer Tanager (almost every previous Idaho record is from mid May to mid June).
Description is light, but key field marks mentioned in separating from similar species. Observer experience definitely helps.
Brief, but good description that eliminates similar species.
Diagnostic field marks described (& inferring that no wing bars were observed on this bird)
SECOND ROUND VOTING:
With some reservation I'm going to change my vote to reject this record.
I am staying with my first round vote for the same reasons
I'm still convinced.
Description is very light, but I'm still comfortable with the identification.
Agreed this record could be better documented, but I continue to believe the record is good based on the few critical features notes, particularly relative size and bill coloration.
I would have preferred a more detailed write-up of such a rare bird including more careful elimination of other tanagers and orioles, but this is probably barely adequate.
No change from round 1 vote