New York State Avian Records Committee

a committee of the New York State Ornithological Association

 Last updated 8/2/14
Photo & Sketch Documentation of Rarities

NYSOA/NYSARC actively solicits photos (or field sketches) of New York State rarities for inclusion NYSARC Annual Reports and NYSOA's quarterly journal, The Kingbird. If you can help, please contact . Digital jpeg image files are ideal; however, you can send slides or prints which we will scan and return to you.

In particular, if you submit a report of a rare bird to NYSARC, please include an image if possible. The gallery of images listed below is intended to emphasize the value of taking and submitting 'field photos' for documentation purposes, regardless of their ultimate photographic or artistic quality. Relatively crude images are often sufficient to illustrate the criticial identification features that rule out other common possibilities and thus validate sight reports. Through enlargement of digital images or electronic scanning of slides or prints, very small images can produce useable results. For example, the Cave Swallow photographed at Riis Park is little more than a pepper dot in the original slides in spite of being taken with a 400 mm lens. With scanning and enlarging, a lot more information becomes visible. Also many of the photos in the gallery have been digiscoped (captured using a spotting scope) to magnify the image and as you will see, the results can be very satisfactory for documenting rare birds.

Please note that all images are copyright of the photographer and cannot be used without their written permission.

Black Brant, 31 January 1999, near Riis Park, Queens Co.
Black Brant, 28 March 1999, Floyd Benett Field Riis, Brooklyn Co.
Barnacle Goose, winter 1996, Montauk Horse Farm, Suffolk Co.
Barnacle Goose, 22 April 2000, Lysander, Onondaga Co.
Small races of Canada Goose, winter and spring of 1998, Ingraham, Clinton Co.
Yellow-billed Loon
, 23 January 1999, Hinckley Reservoir Spillway, Oneida/Herkimier Co.
American White Pelican, April 2000, Ellenville, Ulster Co.
American White Pelican, 14 May 2002, Niagara Falls, Niagara Co. / Ontario
White-faced Ibis, 27 May 2000, Jones Beach, Nassau Co.
Sandhill Crane, 22 April 2000, Town of Alabama, Genesee Co.
Black-necked Stilt, Two on 3 June 1999, Jamaica Bay NWR, Brooklyn Co.
Northern Lapwing
, 4 February 1995, near Watermill, Suffolk Co.
Broad-billed Sandpiper, August 1998, Jamaica Bay NWR, Brooklyn Co.
Black-tailed Gull, 31 January 1999, Jones Beach, Suffolk Co.
Common Gull, (Larus canus canus, subspecies of Mew Gull) 28 February 1999, Shinnecock Inlet, Suffolk Co.
    See also The Kingbird article about this sighting.
Arctic Tern, 10 June 2000, Democrat Point, Fire Island, Suffolk Co.
Sandwich Tern, summer 1996, Montauk Point, Suffolk Co.
Anna's Hummingbird
, 15 November 1998, Binghampton, Broome Co.
Gyrfalcon, 25 December 1995, Centerport, Suffolk Co.
Ash-throated Flycatcher
, 3 November 1993, Jones Beach, Nassau Co.
Cave Swallow, 28 November 1998, Fort Tilden/Riis Park, Queens Co.
Mountain Bluebird, 22 December 1998, SUNY Purchase, Westchester Co.
Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler, 27 April 2002, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, Niagara Co.
Lark Bunting, 21 April 2000, near Town of Alabama, Genesee Co.
Harris's Sparrow, 14 March and 11 April 1999, Bridgehampton, Suffolk Co.
Painted Bunting, 15 May 2002, Town of Greece, Monroe Co.
Western Meadowlark, 21 April 2000, near Dryden, Tompkins Co.}
Yellow-headed Blackbird, 9 March 2000, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Co.
Brewer's Blackbird, February 1999, Staten Island, Richmond Co.


The above images were generously provided by Mike Cooper, Willie D'Anna, Andy Guthrie, David Hoag, Alex Pirko, Betsy Potter, and Angus Wilson.

Please note that all images are copyright of the photographer and cannot be used without their written permission.

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