New York State Avian Records Committee

a committee of the New York State Ornithological Association

List of Species to be Reported to NYSARC
Last Updated 7/18/17

The New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) will review reports of:

1. Any species new to New York State (not included in the current checklist).

2. Any addition to the list of species proven to nest in New York State (not having an '*' in the current checklist).

3. Any of the species listed below, according to the notations:

  • N   Documentation should be submitted to NYSARC for observations anywhere within New York State.
  • U   Documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed in upstate New York.
  • D   Documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed in downstate New York.
  • A   Documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed outside the Adirondacks.
  • S   Spring observations (especially upstate) should be submitted to NYSARC.

4. Reports of rarely-documented subspecies (for example, Audubon's Warbler Dendroica coronata auduboni) or extreme out-of-season records (for example, wintering Veery, Catharus fuscescens), may also be reviewed at the committee's discretion. In such cases, documentation should be accompanied by a cover-letter outlining the potential significance of the record.


If you are in doubt as to whether a record for a species that is not listed on this page should be reviewed by NYSARC, please don't hesitate to contact the NYSARC chairperson at the address given below.


All documentation should be submitted to the New York State Avian Records Committee at:
     Gary Chapin, Secretary for NYSARC
     125 Pine Springs Drive
     Ticonderoga, NY 12883

or email:


A reporting form is available but not required.  Use our convenient online reporting form, which allows you to fill out the entire report and submit any digital files directly from this website.  Alternatively, you can print a paper form, fill it out, and send it in, or just send the required documention to the postal address or email address specified above.


Other notations

* Species known to breed, to have bred, or to have established breeding in New York State

(list updated on 10 July 2016 to incorporate AOU 57th Supplement changes)


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis (N) ADDED 5/24/11
Fulvous Whistling-Duck D. bicolor (N)
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (N)  
Black Brant Branta bernicla nigricans (N)
Ross's Goose Chen rossii (N)   REMOVED 9/2005
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis (N)
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator (D) ADDED 2011
Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera (N)
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (U)
Common Eider Somateria mollissima (U) *
Smew Mergellus albellus (N)

Spruce Grouse Falcipennis canadensis (A) *
Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus (N) ADDED 2015

Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis (N)


Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata (N)
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto (N)
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina (N)   ADDED 5/24/11
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica (N)


Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis (U) *


Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna (N)
Rufous Hummingbird S. rufus (N)
Calliope Hummingbird Selasphorus calliope (N)
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris (N)


Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis (N)
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis (U) *
Corn Crake Crex crex (N)
Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans (U) *
King Rail R. elegans (N) *
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus (N)
Azure Gallinule P. flavirostris (N)
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis (N) *   REMOVED 2000


Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus (N) ADDED 2000
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana (U)   REMOVED 9/2005
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus (U) *
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus (N)
Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva (N)
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia (N)
Common Ringed Plover C. hiaticula (N)
Piping Plover C. melodus (U) *
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus (N)
Eurasian Curlew N. arquata (N)
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica (N)
Black-tailed Godwit L. limosa (N)
Marbled Godwit L. fedoa (U)
Ruff Calidris pugnax (N)   ADDED 9/2006
Broad-billed Sandpiper C. falcinellus (N)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper C. acuminata (N)
Curlew Sandpiper C. ferruginea (N)  ADDED 9/2005
Red-necked Stint C. ruficollis (N)
Baird's Sandpiper C. bairdii (S)
Little Stint C. minuta (N)
Western Sandpiper C. mauri (S,U)
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus (N)
Wood Sandpiper T. glareola (N)
Great Skua Stercorarius skua (N)
South Polar Skua S. maccormicki (N)
Long-tailed Jaeger S. longicaudus (N)
Dovekie Alle alle (U)
Common Murre Uria aalge (N)
Thick-billed Murre U. lomvia (N)
Razorbill Alca torda (U)
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle (U)
Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix (N)
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus (N)
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (N)
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea (N)
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini (S)
Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus (N)   ADDED 10/2011
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea (N)
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan (N)
Black-tailed Gull L. crassirostris (N)
Mew Gull L. canus (N)
Western Gull L. occidentalis (N)
California Gull L. californicus (N)
Thayer's Gull L. thayeri (N)   DELETED 7/10/17 per AOS 58th supplement
Slaty-backed Gull L. schistisagus (N)
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus (N)
Bridled Tern O. anaethetus (N)
Least Tern Sternulla antillarum (U) * ADDED 9/2010
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica (U) *
White-winged Tern C. leucopterus (N) *
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (U) *
Arctic Tern S. paradisaea (N)
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus (U)
Sandwich Tern T. sandvicensis (N)
Elegant Tern T. elegans (N) ADDED 2015
Cayenne Tern T. sandvicensis eurygnatha (N)
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger (U) *


White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus (N)
Red-billed Tropicbird P. aethereus (N)


Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica (N)
Yellow-billed Loon G. adamsii (N)


Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos (N)
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis (U)
Trindade Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana (N)  NAME CHANGED FROM HERALD PETREL PER AOU 7/2015
Mottled Petrel P. inexpectata (N)
Black-capped Petrel P. hasitata (N)
Fea's Petrel P. feae (N) Fea's/Zino's ADDED 2011; CHANGED to Fea's 2015
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea (U)
Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea (U)  GENUS SPLIT FROM PUFFINUS PER AOU 7/2016
Great Shearwater A. gravis (U)  GENUS SPLIT FROM PUFFINUS PER AOU 7/2016
Manx Shearwater P. puffinus (U)
Audubon's Shearwater P. lherminieri (N)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (U)
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina (N)
Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (N)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel O. castro (N)


Wood Stork Mycteria americana (N)


Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens (N)
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (N)
Northern Gannet Chen rossii (U)   REMOVED 9/2005
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus (N) ADDED 2015
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo (U)   REMOVED 2000
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga (N)


American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (D)
Brown Pelican P. occidentalis (U)
Western Reef-Heron Egretta gularis (N)  
Tricolored Heron E. tricolor (U) *
Reddish Egret E. rufescens (N)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea (U) *   REMOVED 9/2010
White Ibis Eudocimus albus (N)
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi (N)
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja (N)


Black Vulture Coragyps atratus (N) *   REMOVED 2000


Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus (N)
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus (N)
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis (N) *
Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni (N)


Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula (N)
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia (N)
Great Gray Owl Strix nebulosa (N)
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus (N)


Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis (N)
Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus (N)
American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides dorsalis (A) *
Black-backed Woodpecker P. arcticus (A) *


Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus (N)
Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii (N)
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis/occidentalis (N)
Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya (N)
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus (N)
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens (N)
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii (N) ADDED 2015
Cassin's Kingbird T. vociferans (N)
Western Kingbird T. verticalis (U)
Gray Kingbird T. dominicensis (N)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher T. forficatus (N)
Fork-tailed Flycatcher T. savana (N)


Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus (N)*
Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii (N)
Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii (N)
Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis (A) *
Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia (N)
Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva (N)
Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla (N)
Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus (N)
Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii (N) *
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (N)
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides (N)
Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi (N)
Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli (N outside known breeding area) *
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris (N)
Redwing T. iliacus (N)
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius (N)  ADDED 9/2005
Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus (N)
'Yellow' Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis/flava (N)  
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla (N)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis (N) ADDED 2011
Hoary Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni (D)
Chestnut-collared Longspur Calcarius ornatus (N)
Smith's Longspur C. pictus (N)

Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus (N)
Spotted Towhee P. maculatus (N)
Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii (N)
Bachman's Sparrow P. aestivalis (N)
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus (U)
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys (N)
Baird's Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii (N)
LeConte's Sparrow A. leconteii (N)
Nelson's Sparrow A. nelsoni (N)   REMOVED 9/2005
Saltmarsh Sparrow A. caudacutus (U) *
Seaside Sparrow A. maritimus (U) *
Harris's Sparrow Zonotrichia querula (N)
Golden-crowned Sparrow Z. atricapilla (N)
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (N)
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta (N) *  ADDED 9/2005
Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii (N)
Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum (N)
Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus (N)
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major (U) *

Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii (N)
Virginia's Warbler Oreothlypis virginiae (N) ADDED 2014
MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei (N)
Kirtland's Warbler S. kirtlandii (N) ADDED 2015
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica (N) *  REMOVED 9/2006
Grace's Warbler S. graciae (N) ADDED 2011
Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens (N)
Townsend's Warbler S. townsendi (N)
Hermit Warbler S. occidentalis (N)   ADDED 5/24/11
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus (N)
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra (U) *
Western Tanager P. ludoviciana (N)
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus (N)
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea (U) *
Lazuli Bunting P. amoena (N)
Painted Bunting P. ciris (N)

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