British Columbia Field Ornithologists – Bird Records Committee

The BRC welcomes Rare Bird Reports from all observers. Membership in BCFO is not a requirement for submissions to the committee. The Bird Records Committee is operated as a service to all British Columbia birders, ornithologists, and members of the public.

– Rare Bird Report Form –

To submit a rare bird report to the Bird Records Committee please complete the form below, and click the submit button at the bottom of the form.

If you have photographs, video, sound recordings, or other media, please send them as separate files via email to the chair of the committee.

Electronic submissions are preferred.

An MS Word version of the above form may be downloaded below.

BCFO-BRC Rare-bird-report-form3

Mailed documentation should be sent to:

Nathan Hentze
British Columbia Field Ornithologists

P.O. Box 61670 RPO Brookswood
Langley BC
V3A 1K0


– Review List –

07 November 2016

The sequence of birds on this list follows the 7th edition of the A.O.U. Check-List of North American Birds and updates through to the 57th supplement.

The BC Bird Records Committee solicits information on the following 157 species on the review list, as well as species unrecorded in the province. In general, review species average two or fewer occurrences per year over the past ten year period. Given that the committee is relatively new, some species exceed this threshold, but are included so that we can get a better idea of occurrence in the province. Documentation should be sent to Nathan Hentze, BRC Chair, by email to bcbrc DOT chair AT gmail DOT com

Note: This review list will be updated periodically as new species are added to the Provincial and/or Provisional lists, and as our understanding of annual occurrences increases. Check the BCFO website to ensure you have the latest version.

Review List 2016 (rev April 2018)
(pdf) for download

Family: Anatidae – Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
Emperor Goose Chen canagica
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
Falcated Duck Anas falcata
Garganey Anas querquedula
Baikal Teal Anas Formosa
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Steller’s Eider Polysticta stelleri
Spectacled Eider Somateria fischeri
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
Smew Mergellus albellus

Family: Columbidae – Pigeons and Doves
Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Family: Cuculidae – Cuckoos
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Family: Caprimulgidae – Goatsuckers
Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
Eastern/Mexican Whip-poor-will Antrostomus sp.

Family: Trochilidae – Hummingbirds
Mexican Violetear Colibri thalassinus
Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilocus colubris
Costa’s Hummingbird Calypte costae
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
Xantus’s Hummingbird Hylocharis xantusii

Family: Rallidae – Rails, Gallinules and Coots
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

Family: Gruidae – Cranes
Common Crane Grus grus
Whooping Crane Grus americana

Family: Charadriidae – Plovers
Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus
Mountain Plover Charadrius montanus

Family: Scolopacidae – Sandpipers and Allies
Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis
Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmea
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Little Stint Calidris minuta
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Family: Alcidae – Auks, Murres and Puffins
Dovekie Alle alle
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
Kittlitz’s Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris
Scripps’s Murrelet Synthliboramphus scrippsi
Guadalupe Murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus
Parakeet Auklet Aethia psittacula
Least Auklet Aethia pusilla
Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella

Family: Laridae – Gulls and Terns
Red-legged Kittiwake Rissa brevirostris
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnean
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ross’s Gull Rhodostethia rosea
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleuticus
Least Tern Sterna antillarum
Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans

Family: Phaethontidae – Tropicbirds
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda

Family: Diomedeidae – Albatrosses
Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus

Family: Procellariidae – Shearwaters and Petrels
Murphy’s Petrel Pterodroma ultima
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata
Hawaiian Petrel Pterodroma sandwichensis
Cook’s Petrel Pterodroma cookii
Great Shearwater Ardena gravis
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Black-vented Shearwater Puffinus opisthomelas

Family: Ciconiidae – Storks
Wood Stork Mycteria americana

Family: Fregatidae – Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

Family: Sulidae – Boobies
Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

Family: Phalacrocoracidae – Cormorants
Red-faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax urile

Family: Ardeidae – Herons
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Family: Threskiornithidae – Ibises
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Family: Cathartidae – New World Vultures
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Family: Accipitridae – Hawks, Kites, Eagles and Allies
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

Family: Strigidae – Typical Owls
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia1

Family: Picidae – Woodpeckers
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
White-headed Woodpecker Picoides albolarvatus

Family: Falconidae – Caracaras and Falcons
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Family: Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus
Thick-billed Kingbird Tyrannus crassirostris
Gray Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Family: Laniidae – Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Family: Vireonidae – Vireos
Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis

Family Corvidae – Crows and Jays
Pinyon Jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Family: Alaudidae – Larks
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis2

Family: Hirundinidae – Swallows
Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Family: Troglodytidae – Wrens
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

Family: Polioptilidae – Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Family: Muscicapidae – Old World Flycatchers
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Family: Turdidae – Thrushes
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Dusky Thrush Turdus naumanni
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Redwing Turdus iliacus

Family: Mimidae – Mockingbirds and Thrashers
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum

Family: Prunellidae – Accentors
Siberian Accentor Prunella montanella

Family: Motacillidae – Wagtails and Pipits
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Sprague’s Pipit Anthus spragueii

Family: Fringillidae – Finches and Allies
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

Family: Calcariidae – Longspurs
Chestnut-collared Longspur Calcarius ornatus
McCown’s Longspur Rynchophanes mccownii
McKay’s Bunting Plectrophenax hyperboreus

Family: Parulidae – Warblers
Lucy’s Warbler Oreothlypis luciae
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor
Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus

Family: Emberizidae – Sparrows and Emberizid Buntings
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata
Sagebrush Sparrow Artemisiospiza nevadensis
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys
Baird’s Sparrow Ammodramus bairdii
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica

Family: Cardinalidae – Cardinals and Allies
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Dickcissel Spiza americana

Family: Icteridae – Blackbirds
Great-tailed Grackle – Quiscalus mexicanus
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

1 Records of Burrowing Owl are being solicited for birds that are outside of known re-introduction areas. In most cases it will not be possible to know if individuals are from the re-introduced population or wild vagrants from other populations unless origin can be determined from band results.

2 Eurasian Skylark records are being solicited for all areas outside of the Saanich Peninsula where a long-established introduced population persists. Records from within the Saanich Peninsula are sought for any birds that are suspected of being of the Asian pekinensis subspecies.


Page last updated 10 April 2018

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