Connecticut's Birding Organization

The Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) is the only statewide organization dedicated specifically
to Connecticut's birds, birders, and birding.

Reporting Rare Bird Sightings in Connecticut

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For most birders there is nothing more exciting and rewarding than finding a rare bird. When a birder finds a rare bird the first thing he or she does is to identify it. That is to say, make sure it really is what you think it is. After that it is time to alert other birders (phone, email) so they can rush to see it (Obeying all traffic laws of course!). It is also very important to properly document the sighting so it can become part of the ornithological record, something that is all too often neglected. By documenting the rarity you can not only share this bird with other birders but you help write Connecticut's birding history.

Here is an outline of what one should record for any of the species listed on the committee's Review list or unrecorded for Connecticut ( See CT Checklist or COA Field Checklist, Birds of Connecticut species marked with an asterisk).

When you have finished the report, please send it - email or US mail - to either:

Greg Hanisek
175 Circuit Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708


Jay Kaplan
71 Gracey Road
Canton, CT 06019

You may download a report form as an MS Word file, a printable PDF, or view a web page.

The above guidelines are taken from the article Guidelines for Submission of Rare Records by Julian Hough published in The Connecticut Warbler, Jan 1996 Vol 16-1. Slight editorial changes included here.