Kentucky Ornithological Society

Seasonal Reports & The Kentucky Bird Records Committee  

Seasonal Reports

Reports of bird observations are reported in The Kentucky Warbler four times each year. Send reports of your bird sightings electronically to:
Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr. at: or via U.S. Postal mail to: Brainard Palmer-Ball, 8207 Old Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40222.

The Kentucky Bird Records Committee

The Kentucky Bird Records Committee serves to help determine the validity of records of rare birds in Kentucky, maintain the documentation for these records, and publish summaries of the committee's deliberations. All records of birds on the KBRC Review List (below) should be documented on the KBRC Report Form (Form in pdf format) and sent to the KBRC Secretary, Ben Yandell (email:; regular mail: 513 Lymington Ct., Louisville, KY 40243). Also, any bird not previously recorded in Kentucky requires documentation, and any bird that is 'out of season' or is observed in a part of the state where it does not normally occur should be documented. Photographs, sketches, and/or videos enhance the documentation of any bird and should be supplied when possible.

KBRC Review List
(Tables 1 and 2)

Table 1. These species have been documented in Kentucky with specimen(s) and/or photograph(s):

Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Black-capped Petrel
Band-rumped Storm Petrel
Northern Gannet
Brown Pelican
Tricolored Heron
White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Eurasian Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Tufted Duck
King Eider
Masked Duck
Swallow-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite
Prairie Falcon
Yellow Rail
Purple Gallinule
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Curlew Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Little Gull
Black-headed Gull
California Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull*
Great Black-backed Gull
Sabine's Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Gull-billed Tern
Sooty Tern
Long-billed Murrelet
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Groove-billed Ani
Green Violet-ear
Black-chinned Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Mountain Bluebird
Varied Thrush
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Bachman's Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow**
Harris's Sparrow
Smith's Longspur
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lesser Goldfinch
Eurasion Tree Sparrow

*Except in vicinity of Kentucky Lake/Dam, Barkley Lake/Dam, and lower Ohio River (from Smithland Dam, downstream)
**Except during established October fall migratory period

Table 2. These species have been documented only by sight records or are listed as extirpated (*):

Trumpeter Swan*
Greater Prairie-Chicken*
Black Skimmer

Whooping Crane*
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Current Members of the Kentucky Bird Records Committee:

Ben Yandell, Secretary
David Roemer
Hap Chambers
Roseanna Denton
Larry Peavler

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