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 2/10/18

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 Anywhere within New York State.
U In upstate New York.


In downstate New York.
A Outside of the Adirondacks.
P Outside of the pelagic zone but within New York State. The pelagic zone begins 3 [statute] miles from shore and extends to the 200 nautical mile mark, with state boundary lines calculated using the NPoL/CPoL (Nearest/Closest Point of Land) method
S Anywhere in New York State in spring. “D” or “U” following “S” indicates downstate or upstate the rest of the year as well.

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 23 October 2017 to incorporate NYSARC changes/additions/deletions)


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis (N) ADDED 5/24/11
Fulvous Whistling-Duck D. bicolor (N)
Ross's Goose Anser rossii (N)   REMOVED 9/2005
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (N)  
Black Brant Branta bernicla nigricans (N)
Barnacle Goose B. leucopsis (U) CHANGED FROM N, 10/2017
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator (D) ADDED 2011
Garganey Spatula querquedula (N) ADDED 10/2017
Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera (N)
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (U)
Common Eider Somateria mollissima (U) *
Smew Mergellus albellus (N)

Gray Partridge Perdix perdix (I, N) * ADDED 10/2017
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 Selasphorus rufus (N)
Calliope Hummingbird S. calliope (N)
Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris (N)


Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis (N)
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis (N) * CHANGED FROM U, 10/2017
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 Antigone 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)   REMOVED 10/2017
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 (P) * CHANGED FROM N, 10/2017
Dovekie Alle alle (U)
Common Murre Uria aalge (P) * CHANGED FROM N, 10/2017
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, D)   CHANGED FROM S, 10/2017
Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus (N)   ADDED 10/2011
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea (N)
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan (D)   CHANGED FROM N, 10/2017
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 Sternula antillarum (U) * ADDED 9/2010
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica (U) *
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus (N) *
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (U) *
Arctic Tern S. paradisaea (N except Cupsogue County Park birds) UPDATED 10/2017
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 Puffinus puffinus (U)
Audubon's Shearwater P. lherminieri (P) * CHANGED FROM N, 10/2017
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (U)
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina (N)
Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (P) * CHANGED FROM N, 10/2017
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel O. castro (N)


Wood Stork Mycteria americana (N)


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


American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (D)   REMOVED 10/2017
Brown Pelican Pelecanus. occidentalis (U)
Little Egret Egretta garzetta (N)
Western Reef-Heron E. 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 (N) * CHANGED FROM A, 2015
Black-backed Woodpecker P. arcticus (A) *


Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway (N)
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus (N)


Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii (N)
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher E. difficilis/occidentalis (N)   REMOVED 10/2017
Pacific-slope Flycatcher E. difficilis (N)  ADDED 10/2017
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 V. 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 I. parisorum (N)
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus (N)  ADDED 10/2017
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 Setophaga kirtlandii (N) ADDED 2015
Yellow-throated Warbler S. dominica (N) *  REMOVED 9/2006
Grace's Warbler S. graciae (N) ADDED 2011
Black-throated Gray Warbler S. 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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