Date: 1/9/18 6:03 pm
From: Kirk Roth <kirkleeroth...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Indiana Bird Records Committee - 2017 summary
Hello Indiana Birders,

The following is a summary of the activity of the Indiana Bird Records
Committee (IBRC) in 2017.

Four species were added to the Indiana Checklist this year, which stands at
424 species. These were: Golden-crowned Sparrow, Wandering Tattler,
Mottled Duck, and Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker was
added based on historical documentations compiled by Benjamin Leese. The
Leese document will be kept in the IBRC archives.

An updated Indiana Checklist was produced this year which included these
additions but also brought the Checklist up to date with the recent
taxonomic changes enacted by the American Ornithological Society (AOS)
based on several studies of bird genetics and relationships. The changes
to species order are substantial and may be surprising to many Indiana
birders who are used to the “old sequence.” It is notable that the AOS
species sequence is already incorporated into the newest National
Geographic Field Guide (7th edition) but not yet into eBird. The updated
Indiana Checklist is expected to be incorporated into the Indiana Audubon
Society website in late January.

The IBRC approved some revisions for the state review list:

- Thayer’s Gull would be removed from the list, due to the recent American
Ornithological Society taxonomic decision

- Many other gulls are review birds under the “away from Lake Michigan”
category, but that may be ill defined or inappropriate in the cases of
Iceland, Glaucous, and Great Black‐backed Gulls which have been found at
the St. Joseph River and garbage dumps in counties nearby Lake Michigan. It
was decided to change the designation for these birds to “Away from a 50
mile radius from Lake Michigan” which would encompass these clusters of

- It was discussed that the review status of other Lake Michigan species
could be changed from “away from Lake Michigan” to “immediately away from
Lake Michigan.”

- Fish Crow was designated as reviewable “away from known locations” but
this was a non‐definitive category. It was decided that the Fish Crow
should be a review species “Away from southwest Indiana and Marion County.”

- The review designation for Least Tern was changed to “Away from Gibson,
Greene, and Spencer Counties” where breeding colonies exist.

- The review designation for Monk Parakeet was changed to “Away from Lake
County” where breeding is known to occur.

The committee acted on the following records in 2017. Dates refer to 2017
unless otherwise indicated. APE = Accepted with Physical Evidence; ANPES =
Accepted with No Physical Evidence, Single Observer; ANPEM = Accepted with
No Physical Evidence, Multiple Observers; NI = Not Accepted, Insufficient

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – Greene, May - APE

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – Boone, May - APE

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – Vigo, May – APE

Mottled Duck - Greene, May-June - NI

Mottled Duck - Gibson, May – APE

Cinnamon Teal - LaPorte County, February - APE, NI (1 bird accepted, 1
bird possible hybrid)

Cinnamon Teal – Greene, April - APE

Yellow Rail - Wabash, April – ANPES

Red Knot – Gibson, May - APE

Ruff - Greene, April - APE

Ruff- Warrick, April – ANPEM

Ruff - Gibson, April – APE

Wandering Tattler – LaPorte, July - APE

Long-tailed Jaeger - Lake County, August 2016 – ANPEM

Long-tailed Jaeger- Lake, August- APE

Little Gull – Union, November 2016 - APE

Glaucous Gull - St. Joseph, December 2016 – ANPES

Royal Tern – Lake- July - NI

Magnificent Frigatebird -Lake, August – NI (Accepted as “frigatebird sp.”

White Ibis – Vanderburgh, August 2016 - APE

White Ibis – Vigo, July – ANPES

Swainson’s Hawk- Porter, April – APE

Ivory-billed Woodpecker – historical - Add to List (Accept historical
evidence of occurrence in Indiana)

Prairie Falcon - Gibson, December 2016 - ANPEM

Western Kingbird - Vermillion, November 2016 - APE

Common Raven - Starke, February- NI

Townsend’s Solitaire - Lawrence , November 2016 - APE

Townsend’s Solitaire – Madison, January-April - APE

Golden-crowned Sparrow - Marion, April- APE

The committee thanks all those who submitted records for review.

Good birding,
Kirk Roth

IBRC Chair


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