New York State Avian Records Committee

a committee of the New York State Ornithological Association

Recent NYSARC Decisions - Summary
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This is a compilation of past actions by the New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) gathered from the annual report published in the New York State Ornithological Association's journal, The Kingbird.

Species are catergorized as follows:

  • 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.
  • A   Documentation should be submitted to NYSARC only when observed outside the Adirondacks.
  • S   Spring observations (especially upstate) should be submitted to NYSARC.
  • 'Nested'   Species known to breed, to have bred, or to have established breeding in New York State
  • *   Record rejected following NYSARC review


Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya (N)

1995-50-A, Albany Sewage Treatment Plant, Colonie, Albany Co., 12/28/95, KB48(4)

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus (N)

Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens (N)

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis (U)
As this species is a scarce visitor to coastal New York (especially in fall), only reports from Upstate New York are reviewed.

1996-61-A, Ellenville, Wawarsing, Ulster Co., 11/13/96, KB49(2)
1992-46-A, Mount Pleasant Observatory, near Varna, Town of Dryden, Tompkins Co., 3/13/92
1984-38-A, Little Sodus Bay, Fairhaven, Cayuga Co., 9/23/84, (22nd from upstate NY)

Gray Kingbird T. dominicensis (N)

Reports not accepted:
*1996-64-A, Voorheesville, Albany Co., 10/1/96, KB49(2)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher T. forficatus (N)

Fork-tailed Flycatcher T. savana (N)

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus (N) 'Nested'

Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii (N)

1996-62-A, Central Park, New York Co., 11/18/96, KB49(2)

Reports not accepted:
*1996-78-A, Ponquogue Bridge, Southampton, Suffolk Co., 10/26/96, KB49(2)

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis (A) 'Nested'

Black-billed Magpie Pica pica (N)

Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus

Observations outside known nesting areas reviewed.

1984-22-A one, Derby Hill, Oswego Co., 4/28/84

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva (N)

Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla (N)

Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus (N)

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii (N) 'Nested'

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Occasional winter records reviewed.

1984-45-A, Croton Point, Westchester Co., 12/15/84

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (N)

1996-63-A, James Fitzpatrick Power, Scriba, Oswego Co., 11/19/96, KB49(2)
1995-37-A, Central Park, New York City, Manhattan Co., 11/8/95, KB48(4)
1995-39-A, Inlet Pond Pk, Greenport, Long Island, Suffolk Co., 10/29/95, KB48(4)
1992-28-A, Jones Beach, Long Island, Town of Hempstead, Nassau Co., 9/24/92
1988-12-A, Rye, Westchester Co., 5/7/88
1984-46-A/D. imm. Town of North Elba, Essex Co., 9/28-29/84, (22nd State record and 10th upstate)

Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides (N)

Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi (N)

Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli (N outside known breeding area)*

Veery Catharus fuscescens (wintering) 'Nested'

1996-80-A, Wurtsboro, Mamakating, Sullivan Co., 12/30/96, KB49(2)

Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

Reports not accepted:
*1984-19-A immature, Fredonia, Erie Co., 8/11/84

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris (N)

Redwing T. iliacus (N)

Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus (N)

"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata auduboni (N)

1995-10-A, Cornell University, Ithaca, Tompkins Co., 5/4/95, KB48(4)

Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens (N)

1992-22-A, Fire Island, Long Island, Suffolk Co., (Ph), 9/14/92, (10th State Record)
1991-37-A/B, Flushing Meadow park, Queens Co., 12/14/91

Townsend's Warbler D. townsendi (N)

1988-13-A, Forest Park, Queens Co., 5/14/88

Yellow-throated Warbler D. dominica (U) 'Nested'

1996-26-A, Webster, Monroe Co., 5/5/96, KB49(2)
1996-32-A, Erie Canal Park, Camillus, Onondaga Co., 5/10/96, KB49(2)
1996-36-A, Enfield, Tompkins Co., 5/22/96, KB49(2)
1996-37-A, Snowshoe Pt, Henderson, Jefferson Co., 5/28/96, KB49(2)
1996-76-A, Mechanicville, Halfmoon, Saratoga Co., 12/10/96, KB49(2)
1992-44-A/B, Clove Valley Cemetery, Town of Union, Dutchess Co., 5/7/92 (see, KB (1992) 42:143).
1988-14-A, Constructing nest at Science Lake, Allegany State Park, Cattaraugus Co., 6/12/88
1984-16-A/B, pr at nest, South Cairo, Greene Co., 6/6/84 to 7/1/84, nest in A.M.N.H., KB 34: 221
1984-35-A, pr at nest, Allegany State Park, Cattaraugus Co., 7/9-21/84, nest in B.M.S., KB 34: 221
1984-26-A, 2, Hamburg, Erie Co., 5/1/84

Reports not accepted:
*1992-36-A, Fishkill, Town of Fishkill, Dutchess Co., 5/18/92

Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus
While very rare upstate, this species is not on the list of reports normally reviewed by the NYSARC.

1992-11-A, Aurora, Town of Ledyard, Cayuga Co., 5/22/92

Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis

Reports not accepted:
*1982-20-A, DeWitt, Onondaga Co., 5/25/82

Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culcivorus
There are currently no accepted records of this species for New York State.

Reports not accepted:
*1982-41-A, Hamlin Beach State Park, Monroe Co., 9/4/82

MacGillivray's Warbler Oporornis tolmiei

Reports not accepted:
*1983-39-A, 'female," Fredonia, Erie Co., 10/29/83. Trapped and measured in hand but escaped before photographed. One of the measurements used to separate it from the Mourning Warbler O. Philadelphia was taken "incorrectly," and can never be verified independently.

Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii (N)

Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus (N)

Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus

Records of wintering individuals are occasionally reviewed.

1987-4-A, Ithaca, Tompkins Co., 12/7/87

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra (U)

1988-15-A, Butts Hollow Road, Town of Washington, Dutchess Co., 5/14/88
1984-18-A, fem. Canastota, Madison Co., 5/11/84
1984-21-A, fem., Martisco, Onondaga Co., 5/27/84

Reports not accepted:
*1992-10-A, Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, Tompkins Co., 8/30/92

Summer/Hepatic Tanager Piranga rubra/flava (U)

1981-52-A. Fredonia, Chautauqua Co., (ph), late Nov-12/19/82

Western Tanager P. ludoviciana (N)

1996-60-A, Little Lake Colby, Saranac Lake, Franklin Co., 9/11/96, KB49(2)
1995-47-A, Robert Moses SP, Long Island, Suffolk Co., 11/19/95, KB48(4)

Reports not accepted:
*1984-27-A, male Lansing Village, Tompkins Co., 5/16/84

Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus (N)

Spotted Towhee P. maculatus (N)

Bachman's Sparrow Aimophila aestivalis (N)

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus (U)
Found most falls on Long Island, there are far fewer records from upstate New York.

1984-14-A, Point Peninsula, Jefferson Co., 5/14/84

Reports not accepted:
*1992-14-A, 4-5 Webster, Town of Webster, Monroe Co., 4/12/92

*1984-15-A, Webster, Town of Webster, Monroe Co., 4/30/84

Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys (N)

1992-18-A, Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island, Suffolk Co., (Ph), 9/14/92
1992-25-A, Jamaica Bay N.W.R., Queens Co., 9/9/92

Baird's Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii (N)

Reports not accepted:
*1996-4-A/B, Point Gratiot, Chautauqua Co., 5/15/96, KB49(2)

Le Conte's Sparrow A. leconteii (N)

1996-29-A, Battery Park, New York Co., (Ph), 3/17/96, KB49(2)
1995-12-A, Junct. Day Hollow and Gaskill Rds, Oswego, Tioga Co., 5/7/95, KB48(4)
1995-18-A/B/C, Jones R., Lisbon, St Lawrence Co., 7/2/95, KB48(4)
1992-41-A/B, Nine Mile Point Road, Town of New Haven, Oswego Co., (Ph), 5/7/92 (see, KB (1992) 42:130-132)

Reports not accepted:
*1996-28-A, Lime Kiln Lake, Inlet, Hamilton Co., 4/21-22/96, KB49(2)
*1992-8-A, Myers Point, Town of Lansing, Tompkins Co., 10/3/92

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow A. nelsoni (N)

1996-66-A, Ithaca, Tompkins Co., 10/27/96, KB49(2)

Reports not accepted:
*1996-57-A, Albany Airport, Colonie, Albany Co., 9/8/96, KB49(2)

Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow A. caudacutus (U) 'Nested'

Seaside Sparrow A. maritimus (U) 'Nested'

Harris's Sparrow Zonotrichia querula (N)

1982-11-A, imm. Gilgo Beach, Suffolk Co., 1/30/82 to early Apr.

Golden-crowned Sparrow Z. atricapilla (N)

1995-48-A, Jones Beach SP, Long Island, Nassau Co., 11/25/95, KB48(4)

Smith's Longspur Calcarius pictus (N)

Chestnut-collared Longspur C. ornatus (N)

1982-24-A male Bay County Park, East Rockaway, Nassau Co, (ph), 6/6-8/82, (5th State record) KB 32: p226-227

Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus (N)

1992-45-A, bhd. 152 West 77th Street, Manhattan, New York Co., 1/2/92

Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea (U) 'Nested'

1996-40-A/D, Fishkill, Dutchess Co., 5/18/96, KB49(2)
1995-13-A, Derby Hill, Mexico, Oswego Co., 5/21/95, KB48(4)
1995-17-A/B, Besaw Rd and Rt 264, Palermo, Oswego Co., 6/20-21,24/95, KB48(4)
1982-21-A, pr nesting Latourette Park, Richmond Co., 6/17/82-7/1/82, (1st state nesting) KB 32: p236-237.

Reports not accepted:
*1992-51-A, 2 Endicott, Town of Union, Broome Co., 5/15/92
*1984-33-A, pr, Steuben City, Steuben Co., mid-June 1984.

Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena (N)

Painted Bunting P. ciris (N)

1996-34-A, Beaver Lake, Lysander, Onondaga Co., 5/22/96, KB49(2)
1992-5-A, Lafayetteville, Wilbur Flats Road, Town of Milan, Dutchess Co., 8/10/92
1992-24-A, Montauk Town landfill, Town of Montauk, Suffolk Co., Long Island, 12/19/92
1984-13-A, ad. male, Town of Preble 3 mi. s. Tully, Cortland Co., (Ph), 5/5-6/84 (12th State record, and 6th upstate)

Reports not accepted:
*1984-39-A, Trumansburg, Tompkins Co., 5/16/84

Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus (N)
Despite the increasing frequency with which this species is reported in the state, observations still merit careful documentation.

1992-16-A/C, 1 or 2 Church Road area, Town of Hamlin, Monroe Co., 4/11/92 and 5/8,23/92
1992-48-A: three about 4 miles southwest of Mecklenburg, Schuyler Co., March (JG, SG). 1992-53-A, Beech Hill Road, Town of Andes, Delaware Co., 3/11,15/92
1992-54-A, Cayuga, Town of Aurelius, Cayuga Co., 3/24/92
1992-55-A, male Gates Road, Town of Pompey, Onondaga Co., 3/11-14/92
1990-37-A, 34 Pine Street, Saranac Lake, Essex Co., 10/24/90
1984-47-A/B, salvaged from cat, Essex, Essex Co., 12/6-14/84, (about 13th State record).
1982-35-A/B 2 males Hamlin, Monroe Co., 4/1-10/82 (10th State record).

Reports not accepted:
*1996-11-A, Mantiou, Monroe Co., 3/14/96, KB49(2)
*1996-12-A, Kendall, Orleans Co., 3/15/96, KB49(2)
*1991-17-A, 4 nr Maul Road and Hamlin-Parma Town Line Road, Town of Hamlin, Monroe Co., 4/20/91
*1991-40-A/B, 4 Point Rock, Town of Ava, Oneida Co., 12/29/91
*1987-47-A, Bellmont, Franklin Co., 10/29/87, KB49(2)
*1987-48-A, 3 Mountain View Lake, Franklin Co., 11/26/87, KB49(2)

Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major (U) 'Nested'

Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii (N)

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla (N)

1984-11-A/D/ male, Town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Co., (Ph), 3/13-27/84 (1st State record), KB 34: 214.

Reports not accepted:
*1962-1-A one, Tupper Lake Village, Franklin Co., 4/6/62

Cassin's Finch Carpodacus cassinii

Reports not accepted:
*1982-22-A, Cleveland Township, Columbia Co., 6/1/82

Hoary Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni (N)

1996-6-A, 2 Greece, Monroe Co., 1/1/96, KB49(2)
1996-13-A/B, Dryden, Tompkins Co., 3/17-20/96, KB49(2)
1996-14-A/B, Webster, Monroe Co., 3/21-24/96, KB49(2)
1996-47-A, Somerset, Niagara Co., 2/17/96, KB49(2)
1982-3-A to 1982-10-A, c.8 Pompey Township, Onondaga Co., (5 trapped and banded, several ph), 1/31/82 to 3/4/82
1982-12-A, male Onondaga, Onondaga Co., 2/4/82
1982-37-A, fem. Rochester, Monroe Co., 1/17/82
1982-38-A, 2 Irondequoit, Monroe Co., 2/4/82

Reports not accepted:
*1982-39-A, Hamlin Monroe Co., 2/20/82

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Literature cited

Report of the New York State Avian Records Committee for 1996. The Kingbird 1999 June 49(2): 114-121.

Report of the New York State Avian Records Committee for 1995. The Kingbird 1998 December 48(4): 301-308.


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