The purpose of this committee is to evaluate documentation for unusual occurrences of birds in Rhode Island and its adjacent ocean waters, through application of consistent, rigorous, and impartial procedures, toward the greater goal of preserving an accurate and reliable historical record of Rhode Island’s birds.

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23 November 2010


Fellow Rhode Island Birders,

We are pleased to announce publication of the first annual report of the Rhode Island Avian Records Committee, in Bird Observer, Vol. 38 (5), pp. 275-283. Highlights include the acceptance of several species new to Rhode Island, including Pink-footed Goose, Cackling Goose, Reddish Egret, Mew Gull, Bell's Vireo, Redwing, and Virginia's Warbler. The full annual report will be posted in the near future.

A link to the newly revised Checklist of Rhode Island Birds can be found at the top of this page.

All species currently requiring review are noted in the Checklist, and we encourage all Rhode Island birders to contribute descriptions, photos, and other documentation supporting reports of these species to Doug Wilson, RIARC Secretary. Electronic files such as Microsoft Word documents and jpeg image files are preferred and can be sent as email attachments to Secretary@RI-AvianRecords.org. Reports in other formats are also welcome and can be sent to Doug at 214 Posnegansett Ave., Warwick, RI 02888.


Many Rhode Island birders have experience preparing rare bird reports, but because RIARC is still very new, some RI birders might be unfamiliar with this sort of process. Suggestions for preparing strong reports can be found in many places, including the following websites





The usefulness of the historical record of Rhode Island’s birds depends mainly on the hard work of its amateur birders. The Rhode Island Avian Records Committee hopes to support this collective work by collecting, reviewing, archiving, and publishing summaries of the many remarkable bird observations occurring in Rhode Island.



Robert Emerson

Rachel Farrell

Richard Ferren

Shaibal Mitra, Chair

Christopher Raithel

Scott Tsagarakis

Doug Wilson, Secretary