Kansas Bird Records Committee Review List

This review list is intended to be a guide for all potential contributors to the Kansas Bird Records Committee (KBRC), as it indicates the species of birds which are in need of documentation in Kansas. Additionally, any species NOT on the current checklist should always be documented. Instructions for documentation, and links for getting the checklist, report forms, or submission of an electronic report can be found at the bottom of this page. An excellent HTML document, "How to write convincing details," including instructions on taking field notes and making sketches, is available from Mike Patterson. If you have had a report "rejected" and are feeling "dejected" about it, you NEED to read this article.

The species listed below need to be documented for various reasons.

Species are listed in taxonomic order according to the most recent edition of the AOS (American Ornithological Society) checklist, and updated according to the most recent (2018) round of records accepted by the KBRC.

Species that have a notation in the column "Documentation not required from these counties" have a clickable link to show a map of counties where those species do not need to be reported. Species with without a notation in this column should be reported if seen anywhere in the state.

To help you understand why we are asking for records on these species there is a column labeled "Justification for reporting". There is a letter code in that column and an explanation of what each code means at the end of the table. Some species are simply rare in the state, others are rare in certain parts of the state or at certain times of the year. Some species have ranges that are expanding or contracting and we are trying to document these changes.

The last column refers to the most recent accepted KBRC record that is on file OR most recent confirmed record from Birds of Kansas (Thompson, et. al., 2011). Some species are expected annually in certain parts of Kansas. The most recent record for these species are usually from outside the expected areas - and refer to column #2, (Documentation not required from these counties). Some species are relatively new additions to the Review List and while there may be many sight or historical records, there are no KBRC records to date.

For a listing of only species with fewer than ten records (including hypothetical species) click here.
 

Common Name
Documentation not required from these counties:
KBRC accepted
records

Justification for reporting* (codes explained at end of table)

Most
recent
record or valid report

Fulvous Whistling-Duck  

1 record since 1968

R

2007

Garganey  
6
R 2008
Eurasian Wigeon  
10
R 2019
American Black Duck

East of US 183

  RE  
Mottled Duck

Barton & Stafford counties

  RE  
[Tufted Duck]  
1
R 1996
King Eider  
1
R 1947
Common Eider  
1
R 1891
Harlequin Duck  
1
R 2001
Ruffed Grouse    no recent record R 1991
Sharp-tailed Grouse    no recent record R 1886
American Flamingo  
2
R 1972
Band-tailed Pigeon  
3
R 2005
Common Ground-Dove     R 2015
Groove-billed Ani  

no recent record

R 1992
[Lesser Nighthawk]  
2
R 2003
White-throated Swift  
7
R 2013
Mexican Violetear  

1

R 2011
Rivoli's Hummingbird  
2
R 2004
Black-chinned Hummingbird

SW Kansas

13
X 2018
Anna’s Hummingbird  
8
R 2010
Costa’s Hummingbird  
3
R 2005
Broad-tailed Hummingbird

West of I135/US81

16
X 2016
Allen’s Hummingbird  
1
R 1992
Calliope Hummingbird

West of I135/US81

15
X 2016
Broad-billed Hummingbird  

3

R 2011
Purple Gallinule     R 2003
Common Crane  

1

R 2008
[Wilson’s Plover]  
 3
R 2007
Mountain Plover

Western two tiers of counties

  X 2009
Hudsonian Godwit (fall)

to ascertain fall migration

M 2015
Ruff  
11
R 2014
Curlew Sandpiper  
7
R 2002
Red-necked Stint  
1
R 2012
Purple Sandpiper  

1

R 2015
Little Stint  

2

R 2018
White-rumped Sandpiper (fall)

to ascertain fall migration

  M 2014
Spotted Redshank  
1
R 1988
Pomarine Jaeger  
6
R 2015
Parasitic Jaeger  
14
R 2018
Long-tailed Jaeger  
6
R 2001
Long-billed Murrelet  

2

R 2015
Black-headed Gull  
10
R 2016
Ross's Gull  

1

R 2009
Mew Gull  
12
RE 2013
[Glaucous-winged Gull]  
2
R 1998
Gull-billed Tern  
2
R 2002
[Arctic Tern]  
3
R 2005
Black Skimmer  
3
R 1977
Yellow-billed Loon  
5
R 2012
Wood Stork  
12
RE 2019
Magnificent Frigatebird  
6
R 2010
Brown Booby  

1

R 2017
Anhinga     RE 2009
Reddish Egret  
4
R 2017
Roseate Spoonbill  
12
R 2017
Black Vulture

SE Kansas

  RE 2019
White-tailed Kite  
6
R 2017
Swallow-tailed Kite  
18 records since 1968
RE 2018
Northern Goshawk     RE 2017
Harris’s Hawk  
8
R 2017
Gray Hawk  
2
R 2005
[Flammulated Owl]  
1
R 2000
Western Screech-Owl

Morton County

5
R 2003
Williamson’s Sapsucker  
5
R 2017
Red-naped Sapsucker

Western two tiers of counties

10
R, M 2014
American Three-toed Woodpecker  

1

R 2005
Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Morton County

  X 2017
Crested Caracara  

2

R 2014
Gyrfalcon  
7
R 2011
Ash-throated Flycatcher

SW and west central Kansas

  X 2002
Great Kiskadee  
2
R 2013
Piratic Flycatcher  

1

R 2015
Cassin's Kingbird

Western two tiers of counties

  X 2016
[Fork-tailed Flycatcher]  

1

R 1979
Western Wood-Pewee

West of US281

  X 2016
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

East of I135/US81

  X  
Hammond's Flycatcher  
10
R 2016
Gray Flycatcher  
10
R 2018
Cordilleran Flycatcher

Morton County

4
R  
[Black Phoebe]  
1
R 2001
Vermilion Flycatcher

Morton County

  R 2017
Black-capped Vireo  
no recent record
R, C 1885
Gray Vireo  
2
R 2014
Cassin's Vireo     M 2018
Plumbeous Vireo     M 2018
Pinyon Jay

 

  M 2003
Steller’s Jay

 

  M 2018
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

SW Kansas

  M  
Mexican Jay  
1
R 1906
Clark's Nutcracker     R 2017
Chihuahuan Raven

 

  RE  
Common Raven  
 
RE 2016
Violet-green Swallow

Western two tiers of counties

  X 2012
Cave Swallow  

12

RE 2019
Mountain Chickadee

SW Kansas

  X 2000
[Juniper Titmouse]  
2
R 2001
Bushtit

SW Kansas

  X 2019
Pygmy Nuthatch     M 2017
Brown-headed Nuthatch  
1
R 1997
Canyon Wren  
5
R 2018
Pacific Wren  

2

R 2017
Winter Wren

East of K23

  M  
[Northern Wheatear]  
1
R 1997
Western Bluebird  
6
R 2008
Curve-billed Thrasher

SW Kansas

  X 2019
Sage Thrasher

Morton County

  X 2018
Phainopepla  
4
R 2005
Brambling  
1
R 2002
Pine Grosbeak     M 2004
[Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch]  

1

R 2006
Cassin’s Finch

SW Kansas

  X 2017
Canyon Towhee  
4
R 2016
Bachman’s Sparrow  
2
R 1949
Brewer’s Sparrow

Western two tiers of counties

  X 1961
Black-throated Sparrow  
11
R 2018
Sagebrush Sparrow  
3
R 1974
Hooded Oriole  
2
R 2016
Scott’s Oriole  
2
R 2012
Bronzed Cowbird  

2

R 2018
Blue-winged Warbler

Eastern two tiers of counties

  X 2018
Swainson’s Warbler  
9
R 2018
Virginia’s Warbler

Morton County

13
M 1999
Connecticut Warbler  
12
R 2019
MacGillivray's Warbler

West of I135/US81

  X  
Cape May Warbler

East of I135/US81

  X  
Cerulean Warbler

Eastern three tiers of counties

  X  
Blackpoll Warbler (fall)     M 2011
Prairie Warbler

Eastern tier of counties

  X 2016
Black-throated Gray Warbler

West of I135/US81

  X 2004
Townsend's Warbler

West of US183

  X 1996
Hermit Warbler  
1
R 1964
Painted Redstart  
7
R 2017
Hepatic Tanager  

2

R 2014
Pyrrhuloxia  
8
R 2018

*Justification for reporting
C - to better understand this species occurrence in the state for conservation purposes
M - to monitor spring of fall migration patterns for this species or wintering ranges
R - this species is rarely seen in the state
RE - to monitor changing range of this species within the state, either range expansion or range contraction
X - extralimital outside of certain areas of the state

 


A downloadable and printable Rare Bird Report form (12 kb), and a downloadable and printable KOS Checklist (updated 2/2016, 22 KB) are available for your use; you will need Adobe's free Acrobat reader software to view and print these files. The KBRC report form is also available in Microsoft Word, Rich Text (RTF), Web page (HTML), and ascii text format. If you just right-click on those links you will be able to save the file to your computer's hard drive for future use.

You can also submit your report electronically, if your web browser is capable of reading forms. If not, or if you just like to submit records the old-fashioned way (paper and pencil), then download and print out one of the forms mentioned above.


Chuck Otte, KBRC secretary
last updated 9/17/2019 - CEO