NYSARC

New York State Avian Records Committee

a committee of the New York State Ornithological Association


 
Species List
All Reported Sightings (pdf)  UPDATED 11/18/15Last updated 11/18/15


NYSARC Reports & Decisions Summary

INTRODUCTION

This page provides a gateway into a database or inventory of submissions to the New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) since our inception in 1977. It should be stressed from the outset that this not a database of all 'reported occurrences' in New York State. In an ideal world, these should be one and the same but in reality there are many instances where adequate documentation of important sightings has not been submitted to us. We strongly encourage all observers to browse the individual species entries by following the links or downloading the PDF file and where possible help us to fill the obvious gaps. Think to yourself, what rare or uncommon birds have I seen over the years? Are they already represented in the database or not? There is no 'statute of limitations' on submission to NYSARC and we are happy to receive descriptions of birds from years gone by, especially if you can refer to some form of documentation (field notes, photos, sketches etc.) rather than rely on memory alone. As any student of psychology, or crime novels for that matter, can tell you, it is all too easy for memories to become 'contaminated' by later sightings or images from books and magazines. Thus contemporaneous notes are an invaluable tool for accurately recalling past events.

BRIEF NOTES ON FORMATTING OF INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES - See below

FEEDBACK PLEASE

We would like to hear from users of this database and other components of the NYSARC web site. Your feedback will help us arrange the information in such a way as to be most useful to birders and ornithologists alike. We very much want to hear from you if there are errors - spelling mistakes, dates, incorrect county assignments etc. - some of which may trace back to the original committee reports. One beauty of the Internet is that things can be readily corrected and updated. So please with your comments and corrections.

Lastly, these pages would not exist without the unstinting efforts of Jeanne Skelly and Carena Pooth - we owe them both our deep-felt thanks and appreciation!

New York State Avian Records Committee, May 2005

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To see the list of reports submitted to NYSARC for any species below, click on the name of the species.

Number of reports shown for each species are as of NYSARC Annual Report for 2012
 Listed in AOU Check-list order as of 55th Supplement, July 2014

Order ANSERIFORMES
Reports
  Family Anatidae — Geese, Swans, and Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis (N)
9
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (N)
6
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (N)
8
Greater White-fronted Goose A. albifrons
9
Ross's Goose Chen rossii
49
Brant Branta bernicla nigricans (N)
8
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis (N)
31
Cackling Goose B. hutchinsii
28
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
26
Tundra Swan C. columbianus
1
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera (N)
4
Green-winged Teal A. crecca crecca (N)
6
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (U)
21
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
1
Common Eider S. mollissima (U) *
14
Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
1
Order GAVIIFORMES
  Family Gaviidae — Loons
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
1
Pacific Loon G. pacifica (N)
29
Yellow-billed Loon G. adamsii (N)
5
Order PODICIPEDIFORMES
  Family Podicipedidae — Grebes
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
1
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis (N)
28
Order PROCELLARIIFORMES
  Family Diomedeidae — Albatrosses
Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos (N)
5
Family Procellariidae — Fulmars, Shearwaters and Petrels
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis (U)
4
Fea's/Zino's Petrel Pterodroma feae/madeira (N)
1
Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata (N)
9
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis (U)
2
Audubon's Shearwater P. lherminieri (N)
7
Family Hydrobatidae — Storm-Petrels
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (U)
5
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina (N)
14
Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (N)
15
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel O. castro (N)
7
Order PHAETHONTIFORMES
  Family Phaethontidae — Tropicbirds
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus (N)
5
Order CICONIIFORMES
  Family Ciconiidae — Storks
Wood Stork Mycteria americana (N)
6
Order SULIFORMES
  Family Fregatidae — Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens (N)
13
Family Sulidae — Boobies and Gannets
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (N)
4
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
34
Family Phalacrocoracidae — Cormorants
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
14
Family Anhingidae — Darters
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga (N)
9
Order PELECANIFORMES
  Family Pelecanidae — Pelicans
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (D)
38
Brown Pelican P. occidentalis (U)
18
Family Ardeidae — Bitterns, Herons, and Allies
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis *
1
Western Reef-Heron Egretta gularis (N)
1
Little Blue Heron E. caerulea *
1
Tricolored Heron E. tricolor (U) *
23
Reddish Egret E. rufescens (N)
3
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis *
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax *
1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea *
23
Family Threskiornithidae — Ibises and Spoonbills
White Ibis Eudocimus albus (N)
10
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi (N)
20
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja (N)
2
Order ACCIPITRIFORMES
  Family Cathartidae — New World Vultures
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus *
26
Family Pandionidae — Osprey
Osprey Pandion haliaetus *
1
Family Accipitridae — Kites, Eagles, Hawks, and Allies
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus (N)
15
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus (N)
2
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis (N)
37
Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni (N)
42
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis harlani (N)
1
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis calurus (N)
4
Rough-legged Hawk B. lagopus
2
Order GRUIFORMES
  Family Rallidae — Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis (N)
10
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis (U) *
5
Clapper Rail Laterallus jamaicensis (U)
1
King Rail Rallus elegans (N) *
13
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus (N)
8
Azure Gallinule P. flavirostris (N)
1
Family Gruidae — Cranes
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis *
60
Order CHARADRIIFORMES
  Family Recurvirostridae — Stilts and Avocets
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus (N)
10
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana  
13
Family Charadriidae — Lapwings and Plovers
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus (N)
4
American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
2
Pacific Golden-Plover P. fulva (N)
1
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia (N)
14
Common Ringed Plover C. hiaticula (N)
1
Piping Plover C. melodus (U) *  
9
Family Scolopacidae — Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus (N)
5
Willet T. semipalmata *
2
Willet T. semipalmata inornatus
1
Wood Sandpiper T. glareola (N)
2
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus (N)
2
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa (N)
1
Bar-tailed Godwit L. lapponica (N)
2
Marbled Godwit L. fedoa (U)
24
Ruff Calidris pugnax (N)
12
Broad-billed Sandpiper C. falcinellus (N)
1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper C. acuminata (N)
5
Stilt Sandpiper C. himantopus
4
Curlew Sandpiper C. ferruginea (N)
10
Red-necked Stint C. ruficollis (N)
6
Dunlin C. alpina
1
Baird's Sandpiper C. bairdii (S)
5
Little Stint C. minuta (N)
3
Buff-breasted Sandpiper C. subruficollis
1
Western Sandpiper C. mauri (S,U)
5
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
1
Long-billed Dowitcher L. scolopaceus
1
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor *
2
Family Stercorariidae — Skuas and Jaegers
Great Skua Stercorarius skua (N)
1
South Polar Skua S. maccormicki (N)
10
Pomarine Jaeger S. pomarinus
2
Parasitic Jaeger S. parasiticus
1
Long-tailed Jaeger S. longicaudus (N)
19
Family Alcidae — Murres, Puffins, and Allies
Dovekie Alle alle (U)
3
Common Murre Uria aalge (N)
10
Thick-billed Murre U. lomvia (N)
14
Razorbill Alca torda (U)
6
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle (U)
5
Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix (N)
3
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus (N)
1
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (N)
6
Family Laridae — Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
1
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea (N)
10
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini (S)
13
Gray-hooded Gull Chroicephalus cirrocephalus
1
Black-headed Gull C. ridibundus
1
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
1
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea (N)
12
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla *
2
Franklin's Gull L. pipixcan (N)
11
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris (N)
2
Mew Gull L. canus (N)
19
Western Gull L. occidentalis (N)
1
California Gull L. californicus (N)
47
Thayer's Gull L. thayeri (N)
57
Lesser Black-backed Gull L. fuscus intermedius (N)
1
Slaty-backed Gull L. schistisagus (N)
11
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus (N)
18
Bridled Tern O. anaethetus (N)
13
Least Tern Sternula antillarum (U) *
2
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus (N) *
6
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (U) *
4
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea (N)
69
Forster's Tern S. forsteri *
3
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus (U)
1
Sandwich Tern T. sandvicensis (N)
31
Sandwich Tern T. sandvicensis eurygnatha (N)
1
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger (U) *
3
Order COLUMBIFORMES
  Family Columbidae — Pigeons and Doves
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata (N)
1
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto (N)
11
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica (N)
15
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina (N)
1
Order STRIGIFORMES
  Family Strigidae — True Owls
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
1
Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula (N)
22
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia (N)
1
Great Gray Owl Strix nebulosa (N)
36
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus (N)
17
Order CAPRIMULGIFORMES
  Family Caprimulgidae — Goatsuckers
Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis (U) *
3
Order APODIFORMES
  Family Apodidae — Swifts
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica *
1
Family Trochilidae — Hummingbirds
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris *
1
Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna (N)
2
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus (N)
39
Calliope Hummingbird S. calliope (N)
4
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cyanthus latirostris (N)
3
Order PICIFORMES
  Family Picidae — Woodpeckers and Allies
Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis (N)
6
Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus (N)
1
American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides dorsalis (A) *
6
Black-backed Woodpecker P. arcticus (A) *
8
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus *
1
Order FALCONIFORMES
  Family Falconidae — Falcons
Merlin Falco columbarius *
2
Gyrfalcon F. rusticolus (N)
56
Order PSITTACIFORMES
  Family Psittacidae — Parrots
Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus (I) *
4
Order PASSERIFORMES
  Family Tyrannidae — Tyrant Flycatchers
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii *
1
Hammond's Flycatcher E. hammondii (N)
2
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher E. difficilis/occidentalis (N)
1
Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya (N)
13
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus (N)
1
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens (N)
18
Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans (N)
2
Western Kingbird T. verticalis (U)
21
Gray Kingbird T. dominicensis (N)
9
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher T. forficatus (N)
21
Fork-tailed Flycatcher T. savana (N)
9
Tyrannus Flycatcher T. ...
1
Family Laniidae — Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus (N)*
12
Northern Shrike L. excubitor
1
Family Vireonidae — Vireos
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus *
2
Bell's Vireo V. bellii (N)
6
Cassin's Vireo V. cassinii (N)
1
Blue-headed Vireo V. solitarius
1
Warbling Vireo V. gilvus swainsonii
1
Family Corvidae — Jays, Magpies, and Crows
Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis (A) *
3
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus *
1
Family Hirundinidae — Martins and Swallows
Purple Martin Progne subis *
1
Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva (N)
30
Family Paridae — Chickadees and Titmice
Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus *
4
Family Troglodytidae — Wrens
Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus (N)
1
House Wren Troglodytes aedon *
1
Family Polioptilidae — Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea *
2
Family Turdidae— Wheatears, Bluebirds, and Thrushes
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (N)
21
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides (N)
13
Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi (N)
14
Veery Catharus fuscescens *
5
Bicknell's Thrush C. bicknelli (N outside known breeding area) *
5
Swainson's Thrush C. ustulatus *
1
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina *
2
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris (N)
1
Redwing T. iliacus (N)
2
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius (N)
14
Family Motacillidae — Wagtails and Pipits
'Yellow' Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis/flava (N)
1
American Pipit Anthus rubescens
1
Family Bombycillidae — Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
1
Family Calcariidae — Longspurs and Snow Buntings
Chestnut-collared Longspur Calcarius ornatus (N)
4
Smith's Longspur C. pictus (N)
1
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
1
Family Parulidae — Wood-Warblers
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla *
1
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera *
1
Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii (N)
9
Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina *
1
Orange-crowned Warbler O. celata
1
Virginia's Warbler O. virginiae
4
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
4
MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei (N)
4
Mourning Warbler G. philadelphia *
1
Kentucky Warbler G. formosa *
2
Common Yellowthroat G. trichas chryseola (N)
1
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina *
1
Yellow Warbler S. petechia *
1
Palm Warbler S. palmarum *
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's S. coronata auduboni (N)
7
Yellow-throated Warbler S. dominica *
40
Grace's Warbler S. graciae (N)
1
Black-throated Gray Warbler S. nigrescens (N)
9
Townsend's Warbler S. townsendi (N)
11
Hermit Warbler S. occidentalis (N)
2
Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla *
1
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus (N)
1
Family Emberizidae — New World Sparrows and Allies
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus (N)
1
Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii (N)
1
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida *
1
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla arenacea (N)
1
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus (U)
18
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys (N)
9
Baird's Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii (N)
1
Le Conte's Sparrow A. leconteii (N)
21
Nelson's Sparrow A. nelsoni
32
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca &
              Passerella iliaca unalaschensis or fuliginosa
(N subsp)
3
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii *
1
Harris's Sparrow Zonotrichia querula (N)
19
White-crowned Sparrow Z. leucophrys gambelii
2
Golden-crowned Sparrow Z. atricapilla (N)
4
Dark-eyed Junco subspecies: Junco hyemalis mearnsi,              oreganus, montanus, shufeldti (N subsp)
5
Family Cardinalidae — Tanagers, Cardinals, and Allies
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra (U) *
25
Scarlet Tanager P. olivacea *
1
Western Tanager P. ludoviciana (N)
20
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus *
2
Black-headed Grosbeak P. melanocephalus (N)
5
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea (U) *
23
Lazuli Bunting P. amoena (N)
1
Indigo Bunting P. cyanea *
1
Painted Bunting P. ciris (N)
19
Dickcissel Spiza americana *
1
Family Icteridae— Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, and Orioles
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta (N) *
2
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (N)
21
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus *
1
Brewer's Blackbird E. cyanocephalus (N)
38
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major (U) *
4
Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii (N)
6
Scott's Oriole I. parisorum (N)
1
Family Fringillidae — Finches and Crossbills
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla (N)
2
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis (N)
2
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea rostrata (D)
2
Hoary Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni (D)
67
Hoary Redpoll Acanthis hornemanni hornemanni (N)
1

NOTATIONS

The following notations denote species for which documentation should be submitted to the New York State Avian Records Committee, NYSARC, at the following address:

Gary Chapin
Secretary for NYSARC
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

N
Species for which documentation should be submitted to NYSARC for sightings anywhere within New York State.
U
Species for which documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed in upstate New York.
D
Species for which documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed in downstate New York.
A
Species for which documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed outside the Adirondacks.
S
Species for which spring records (especially upstate) should be submitted to NYSARC for review.


BRIEF NOTES ON FORMATTING OF INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES

Each database entry contains (i) the NYSARC reference number, (ii) the first date of the sighting, (iii) the county involved, (iv) the status ('accepted' or 'not accepted' by the review committee), (v) the issue of The Kingbird (KB) that contains the relevant NYSARC Annual Report with more details (plus a link to the online Annual Report) and lastly, (vi) the names of the persons who contributed 'accepted' reports (we rarely include the names of contributors of reports that were not 'accepted' after review). The NYSARC number provides the least ambiguous way to refer to a given submission and should be used in any correspondence. When written or photographic materials are received, the NYSARC Secretary - currently Gary Chapin - assigns a unique identifier number (e.g. 1986-3-A) representing the year of observation (1986), an arbitrary number (36) reflecting the order of receipt and a single letter code (A) that is used to keep track of multiple submissions that pertain to the same bird or birds. The majority of entries represent species that are truly rare in New York State and the committee expects documentation of all occurrences (see Review List for details). In some cases, the sightings become frequent enough for us to drop the species from the official review list. Good examples are Sandhill Crane and Black Vulture, which have become sufficiently regular across much of the state that they no longer require NYSARC review although they may still require documentation at the local level. Other entries (e.g. Wilson's Phalarope) reflect species that are not as rare but are extremely irregular breeders. Lastly there are species that are occasionally recorded outside the usual seasons. Examples of this loosely defined category include wintering Neotropical migrants (e.g. Veery) or summering arctic breeders (e.g. Rough-legged Hawk). As a general rule these correspond to sightings made at least four weeks before or after normal range of occurrence as described in Bull's Birds of New York edited by Manny Levine.

These web pages are very much a work in progress and we will soon add data for species that are not currently on the New York State Checklist or were submitted but not reviewed. In time, it is hoped that members of the committee will prepare short commentaries discussing the status of each species in New York State, in some cases including appropriately documented pre-NYSARC records. Our ultimate goal is to provide an expansive summary of the rare or uncommon species that have occurred in the state that will be accessible to everyone. We hope this database will also encourage birders to document their rarity sightings as a matter of course and step forward to plug holes in our archive of materials. In general, we wish to encourage all birders to take a greater role in documenting the avifauna of our state, in particular the rare and uncommon visitors.


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