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 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)
Justification for reporting* (codes explained at end of table)
1 record since 1968
|American Black Duck||RE|
|Ruffed Grouse||no recent record||R||1991|
|Sharp-tailed Grouse||no recent record||R||1886|
no recent record
|Hudsonian Godwit (fall)||
to ascertain fall migration
|White-rumped Sandpiper (fall)||
to ascertain fall migration
|American Three-toed Woodpecker||
|Cape May Warbler||X||2020|
|Blackpoll Warbler (fall)||M||2011|
|Black-throated Gray Warbler||X||2004|
|*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 10/2021, 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.