Illinois Ornithological Records Committee

About IORC

The Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC), founded in 1985, evaluates the evidence for records of birds that are rare or unusual in Illinois. As a standing committee of the Illinois Ornithological Society, IORC strives to improve the quality of submitted ornithological field data in Illinois both through example and dissemination of pertinent information and techniques.

The members of IORC for 2017 are

  • Geoff Williamson (Secretary)
  • Josh Engel (Vice Secretary)
  • Matt Fraker
  • Walter Marcisz
  • Keith McMullen
  • Doug Stotz
  • Paul Sweet

IORC is responsible for publishing and maintaining the official checklist of Illinois birds. Also, in the IOS journal Meadowlark, it publishes reports on records of rare birds, indicating whether or not the evidence warrants their acceptance as part of Illinois’s ornithological record. The Committee houses all bird records and evaluations of evidence thereof (including the evidence itself) in its archives at the Field Museum of Natural History, located in Chicago. Students and professional ornithologists are welcome to inquire regarding, or to review, any bird records housed there.

A link to the current bylaws of IORC may be found toward the bottom of this web page. Also at that location is a listing of the published reports of IORC, with links to web-accessible copies of the reports when these are available.

Documenting Rare Birds

Observers are encouraged to submit documentation of rare and unusual birds to IORC. The Committee maintains a review list of birds that require documentation in the state; see below. Documentation is best prepared using the documentation forms provided below. The completed form plus any supporting materials (such as photographs and sketches) should be sent to the IORC secretary at

Geoffrey Williamson, IORC Secretary
4046 N Clark St Unit K
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773.935.8439
email (iorcommittee [at] gmail [dot] com)

IORC’s preference is to receive materials electronically when possible. For questions about IORC or the documentation process, please contact the IORC Secretary.

Documentation Forms

  • On-line web-based form (complete and submit on-line; upon web submission it is sent electronically both to IORC and to the email address provided on the form)
  • Documentation form (pdf version) (print, complete and submit either electronically or by U.S. postal service to the Secretary at the addresses above)
  • Documentation form (MS Word version) (download, edit and print, or print and complete, then submit either electronically or by U.S. postal service to the Secretary at the addresses above)

 

How to Document Rare Birds

Many resources are available on the internet that provide information and guidance about how to document rare birds. Some suggested resources for consultation are listed below.

  • “How to Document Rare Birds” by Donna Dittmann and Greg Lasley (web version of an article that originally appearing in the American Birding Association’s magazine Birding, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 145-159, June 1992)

Review List

IORC accepts for review bird records which, in general, do not occur annually in Illinois, or which are extremely rare in all but a few counties in the state. The committee also is interested in receiving documentation of other records of significance including first state nesting records, unusual dates or locations of occurrence, etc. The review list is based on the current checklist of Illinois state birds and additional rare species accepted since publication. Any species not included on the Illinois IORC checklist should be documented. The committee welcomes evidence* in the form of a written documentation, sketch, photograph, video or specimen for any of the following species:

Order Anseriformes

Family Anatidae

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Brant
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Mottled Duck
  • Cinnamon Teal [females only]
  • Garganey
  • Tufted Duck
  • King Eider
  • Common Eider
  • Harlequin Duck [except Lake Michigan]
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye

Order Podicipediformes

Family Podicipedidae

  • Clark’s Grebe

Order Columbiformes

Family Columbidae

  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Inca Dove
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • White-winged Dove

Order Cuculiformes

Family Cuculidae

  • Groove-billed Ani

Order Apodiformes

Family Trochilidae

  • Mexican Violetear
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Allen’s Hummingbird
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird

Order Gruiformes

Family Rallidae

  • Black Rail

Family Gruidae

  • Whooping Crane [documentation should address why the record is thought to be from the naturally occurring population and not the migratory population whose reintroduction is being attempted]

Order Charadriiformes

Family Charadriidae

  • Snowy Plover
  • Wilson’s Plover
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • Mountain Plover

Family Scolopacidae

  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Ruff
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Purple Sandpiper [except Lake Michigan]
  • Wandering Tattler

Family Stercorariidae

  • Pomarine Jaeger
  • Parasitic Jaeger
  • Long-tailed Jaeger

Family Alcidae

  • Dovekie
  • Ancient Murrelet

Family Laridae

  • Ivory Gull
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Little Gull
  • Ross’s Gull
  • Black-tailed Gull
  • Mew Gull
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Sooty Tern
  • Large-billed Tern
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Arctic Tern
  • Royal Tern
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Black Skimmer

 

 

 

 Order Gaviiformes

Family Gaviidae

  • Pacific Loon
  • Yellow-billed Loon

Order Ciconiiformes

Family Ciconiidae

  • Wood Stork

Order Suliformes

Family Fregatidae

  • Magnificent Frigatebird

Family Sulidae

  • Northern Gannet

Family Phalacrocoracidae

  • Neotropic Cormorant

Family Anhingidae

  • Anhinga

Order Pelecaniformes

Family Pelecanidae

  • Brown Pelican

Family Ardeidae

  • Tricolored Heron
  • Reddish Egret

Family Threskiornithidae

  • White Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis [any fall or immature (non-alternate) plumage]
  • White-faced Ibis [any fall or immature (non-alternate) plumage]
  • Roseate Spoonbill

Order Cathartiformes

Family Cathartidae

  • Black Vulture [except southern Illinois]

Order Accipitriformes

Family Accipitridae

  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Ferruginous Hawk

Order Strigiformes

Family Tytonidae

  • Barn Owl [except established breeding locations]

Family Strigidae

  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Boreal Owl

Order Piciformes

Family Picidae

  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker

Order Falconiformes

Family Falconidae

  • Gyrfalcon
  • Prairie Falcon

Order Passeriformes

Family Tyrannidae

  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Gray Kingbird
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Family Corvidae

  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven

Family Hirundinidae

  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Cave Swallow

Family Paridae

  • Boreal Chickadee

Family Sittidae

  • Brown-headed Nuthatch

Family Troglodytidae

  • Rock Wren
  • Bewick’s Wren [except established breeding location at Siloam Springs State Park]

Family Muscicapidae

  • Northern Wheatear

Family Turdidae

  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Townsend’s Solitaire

Family Mimidae

  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Sage Thrasher

Family Bombycillidae

  • Bohemian Waxwing

Family Motacillidae

  • Sprague’s Pipit

Family Fringillidae

  • Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Hoary Redpoll

Family Calcariidae

  • Chestnut-collared Longspur

Family Parulidae

  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • MacGillivray’s Warbler
  • Kirtland’s Warbler
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Hermit Warbler

Family Emberizidae

  • Green-tailed Towhee
  • Cassin’s Sparrow
  • Bachman’s Sparrow
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow

Family Cardinalidae

  • Hepatic Tanager
  • Western Tanager
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Painted Bunting

Family Icteridae

  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Scott’s Oriole

 

Publications of IORC

Official Illinois State List of Birds

  • The official list of The Birds of Illinois is maintained online by IORC. Please follow the hyperlink to view the list.

IORC Bylaws

IORC Reports

Decisions regarding bird records since the last published IORC report

Information about IORC decisions for bird records since the last published IORC report will be provided below as it becomes available. The official reporting of decisions is via the published reports. The listing of decisions below may not be entirely complete and up-to-date, but IORC strives to have it be as comprehensive as possible.

Starting in 2016 and going forward, the format for updates about records is as follows, with formatting similar though slightly different for earlier updates. For each record we indicate the species or form, with number of individuals in parentheses if greater than one, followed by date or date range, location, and county. At the end, the record number is indicated in parentheses, followed by, for accepted records, names of the documenters.

Update on 8 June 2017

Records Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 25 November 2016, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County (2016-087; Mike Ingram)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 26 February 2017, Emiquon Preserve, Mason County (2017-003; Corey Lange; Davida Kalina)
  • Ruff, 16 July 2016, El Paso Sewage Treatment Plant, Woodford County (2016-097; Ted Hartzler; Ben Murphy)
  • California Gull, 30 November 2016 through 15 February 2017, on the Illinois River at Peoria, Peoria County and Tazewell County (2016-093; Mike Ingram; Colin Dobson)
  • California Gull, 4-14 February 2017, along the Calumet River in Chicago, Cook County (2017-001; Andrew Aldrich; Jake Cvetas, Matthew Cvetas)
  • California Gull, 23-25 February 2017, Channel Lake, Lake County (2017-004; Adam Sell)
  • Barn Owl, 25 December 2016, Burnham Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-099; Ethan Gyllenhaal).
  • Say’s Phoebe, 9 November 2016, outside of Savanna, Carroll County (2016-096; Cindy Brown, Ethan Brown)
  • Vermilion Flycatcher, 6 November 2016, Goose Lake Prairie State Park, Grundy County (2016-094; Tim Balassie)
  • Mountain Bluebird, 9 November 2016 through 17 February 2017, south of Savanna, Carroll County (2016-088; Cindy Brown, Ethan Brown; Ed Anderson, Anne Straight, Dan Williams)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 5 November 2016, Sag Quarries, Lemont, Cook County (2016-095; Mike Daley)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 15 November 2016, Stockton, Jo Daviess County (2016-086; John P. Jankowski)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 25 November 2016 through 2 January 2017, Rock Cut State Park, Winnebago County (2016-089; Barbara Williams, Dan Williams)
  • Bohemian Waxwing, 1 January 2017, Shaw Woods, Lake Forest Openlands, Lake County (2017-002; Eric Lundquist; Emil Baumbach, Oliver Burrus)

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 25 November 2016, Big Lake, Brown County (2016-090)
  • Anhinga (7), 13 October 2010, Evergreen Lake, McLean County (2010-030)
  • Anhinga, 13 October 2016, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County (2016-077)
  • Gyrfalcon, 6 November 2016, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County (2016-081)
  • Cave Swallow, 28 October 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-092)

Update on 31 January 2017

Records Accepted

  • Brant, 8 November – 11 December 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-082; Steve Huggins; Matthew Cvetas, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Common Ground-Dove, 23 October 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-079; H. David Bohlen)
  • White-winged Dove, 10 November 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-083; Matthew Cvetas). Originally discovered by Luis Muñoz.
  • Common Ringed Plover, 13-14 September 2016, Iroquois County (2016-069; Gary Soper; Nick Block, Matt Fraker, Jed Hertz, John Kendall, Jeff Timmons). First state record.
  • Ruff, 2 June 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-044; Colin Dobson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 10 September 2016, on Lake Michigan off Chicago, Cook County (2016-070; Scott Judd, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 24 September 2016, on Lake Michigan off Chicago, Cook County (2016-071; Jon Grainger, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 24 September 2016, on Lake Michigan off Chicago, Cook County (2016-072; Jon Grainger, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • California Gull, 19 September & 5 November 2016, Moline, Rock Island County (2016-074; Steve Freed, Jo Ann Whitmore)
  • California Gull, 16 & 18 October 2016, Moline, Rock Island County (2016-078; Jim Forde, Steve Freed)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 30 April 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-035; H. David Bohlen)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 9-27 September 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-068; Andrew Aldrich; Matthew Cvetas)
  • Anhinga, 21 April 2013, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2013-079; Colin Dobson)
  • White Ibis, 7 September 2016, Alma, Marion County (2016-067; Richard Day)
  • Roseate Spoonbill, 25 August & 22 September 2016, Scott Air Force Base and a nearby location, St. Clair County (2016-064; Brian Smith; Matt Schamberger, Sydney Oliveira)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 29-31 August 2016, Champaign, Champaign County (2016-065; T.J. Blakeman; Carl Giometti)
  • Gray Kingbird, 5 November 2016, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2016-080; Dan Kassebaum)
  • Cave Swallow, 19 November 2016, Waukegan, Lake County (2016-084; Carl Giometti, Steve Huggins)
  • Varied Thrush, 21 October 2014, Champaign, Champaign County (2014-058; Patricia Dickerson)
  • Bohemian Waxwing, 26 December 1919, Waukegan, Lake County (1919-001; S.S. Gregory, Jr.)

Records Not Accepted

  • California Quail, 3 September 2016, Sullivan, Moultrie County (2016-066)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 3-5 June 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-039)
  • Ferruginous Hawk, 20 November 2016, Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County (2016-085)

Update on 25 November 2016

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (4), 7 May 2016, Carbondale, Jackson County (2016-038; Henry Detwiler)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2), 14 May 2016, Oakwood Bottoms, Jackson County (2016-056; Henry Detwiler)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (6), 28 May to 27 July 2016, Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-042; Colin Dobson, Dan Williams). First found by H. David Bohlen.
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (4), 2 July 2016, Big Muddy wetlands, Jackson County (2016-057; Henry Detwiler)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (3), 17 August 2016, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-062; Robert D. Hughes; Joseph W. Lill)
  • Tundra Swan, 18 June through 20 November 2016 (and continuing), Lemont, Cook County (2016-047; Linda Padera)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 1-11 July 2016, Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County (2016-050; Frank Holmes, Doug Hommert). First found by Keith McMullen.
  • Neotropic Cormorant, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-054; Matthew Cvetas)
  • Anhinga, 28 April 2016, Oakwood Bottoms, Jackson County (2016-055; Henry Detwiler)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 31 July 2016, Evergreen Lake, McLean County (2016-058; Dave Weth)
  • Snowy Plover, 30 May 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-041; Colin Dobson). First found by Jim Mordacq.
  • Ruff, 15-17 May 2016, Glacial Park, McHenry County (2016-048; Marty Hackl; Annette McClellan, Dan Williams)
  • Ruff, 5-10 July 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County and Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County (2016-053; Matthew Cvetas). First found by Kevin Richmond.
  • California Gull, 22-23 February 2016, Winthrop Harbor, Lake County (2016-043; Annette McClellan). First found by Andy Stewart.
  • White-winged Dove, 2 July 2016, Momence, Kankakee County (2016-052; Susan Zelek)
  • White-winged Dove, 25 July 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-059; H. David Bohlen)
  • White-winged Dove, 8 August 2016, River Grove, Cook County (2016-060; Susan Szeszol)
  • White-winged Dove, 16 August 2016, Ft. Sheridan Forest Preserve, Lake County (2016-061; Adam Sell)
  • Bewick’s Wren, 28 June 2016, Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area, Schuyler County (2016-051; Ted Hartzler)
  • Painted Bunting (4), 29 May to 30 July 2016, East St. Louis, St. Clair County (2016-040; Dan Kassebaum, Travis Mahan, Dan Williams). First discovered (the male) by Aaron Gyllenhaal and Ted Wolff.

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 15 January 2016, East Fork Lake, Richland County (2016-008)
  • Mottled Duck, 24 May 2016, southeast of Jacksonville, Morgan County (2016-046)
  • Anhinga, 16 May 2002, Massac County (2002-051T)
  • Arctic Tern, 7 June 2016, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County (2016-045)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 24 May 2016, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-033)
  • Baird’s Sparrow, 23 May 1989, Jackson Park, Chicago, Cook County (1989-151T)

Update on 5 August 2016

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (3), 29 May 2016 (with one staying to 5 Jun 2016), Sauget, St. Clair County (2016-034; Frank Holmes)
  • Mottled Duck, 11 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, Clinton Power Station outflow channel, DeWitt County (2016-060; Matthew Fraker; Matthew Cvetas, Ted Hartzler, Alyssa Rod, Dan Williams)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove, 6 Jun 2016, Urbana, Champaign County (1998-094; Gregory S. Lambeth)
  • White-winged Dove, 27 May 2016, south of Lewisburg, Menard County (2016-036; Colin Dobson)
  • White-winged Dove, 28 May 2016, Harrisburg, Saline County (2016-037; Rhonda Kaylor)
  • Purple Gallinule, 2 Apr 2016, Chicago, Cook County (2016-020; Yvonne LaGrone; Josh Engel, Annette Prince)
  • Ruff, 8-9 May 2016, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2016-026; Roger Hayes, Dan Kassebaum)
  • Little Gull, 13-30 Mar 2016, Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, Mason County (2016-015; Ted Hartzler)
  • Little Gull, 23 Apr 2016, Winthrop Harbor, Lake County (2016-021; Andrew Stewart, Paul Sweet)
  • California Gull, 2 Jun 2015, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2015-068; H. David Bohlen)
  • Brown Pelican, 23 Apr – 19 May 2016, in the area surrounding Mel Price Dam, Madison County (2016-028; Frank Holmes, Bill Rowe)
  • Burrowing Owl, 26 Mar 2016, northeast of Chauncey, Lawrence County (2016-016; Julie St. John, Mark Crowley)
  • Say’s Phoebe, 7 May 2016, Savanna, Carroll County (2016-025; Cindy Brown, Ethan Brown)
  • Say’s Phoebe, 16 May 2016, Montrose Point in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-029; Ron Blazek, Bob Hughes)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 9-16 Apr 2016, Silver Springs State Park, Kendall County (2016-019; Ryan Jones)
  • Swainson’s Warbler, 1 May 2016, LaBagh Woods Forest Preserve, Cook County (2016-024; Matthew Cvetas)
  • Kirtland’s Warbler, 11 May 2016, Montrose Point in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-027; Rob Curtis)
  • Townsend’s Warbler, 28-29 Apr 2016, Millennium Park, Chicago, Cook County (2016-023; Matthew Cvetas; Rob Sall)
  • Western Tanager, 27 Apr – 2 May 2016, Elmwood Park, Cook County (2016-022; Jill Anderson, Matthew Cvetas, Greg Neise, Geoffrey Williamson)

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck, 20 July 2015, CIPS Lake, Jasper County (2016-066)
  • Slaty-backed Gull, 16 Feb 2016, Horseshoe Lake, Madison County (2016-013)
  • Neotropic Cormorant, 5 Apr 2016, Lake Jacksonville, Morgan County (2016-017)
  • Swainson’s Warbler, 7 May 2016, near Lake Jacksonville, Morgan County (2016-030)
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 5 Apr 2016, Sand Ridge Township, Jackson County (2016-018)
  • Hooded Oriole, 11 May 2016, near Lake Mauvaisterre, Morgan County (2016-031)

Update on 26 June 2016

Records Accepted

  • Eurasian Wigeon, 29 Mar 1969, Stump Lake, Jersey County (1969-003; William C. Rowe)
  • Little Gull, 6 Mar 2016, Horseshoe Lake, Madison County (2016-014; Frank Holmes)
  • California Gull, 11 Feb 2016, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County (2016-011; Corey Lange)
  • Gyrfalcon, 4-6 Feb 2016, north of Colfax, McLean County (2016-009; Mabel Lux; Elizabeth Hart)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 7 Nov 2015, Crabtree Nature Center, Cook County (2015-047; Andrew Steinmann)

Records Not Accepted

  • Parasitic Jaeger, 30 Sep 2012, Gillson Park, Wilmette, Cook County (2012-050)
  • Herring Gull X Glaucous-winged Gull, 28 Jan 2016, Elgin, Kane County (2016-010)
  • Brewer’s Sparrow, 12 Dec 2015, near Braidwood Power Plant Cooling Pond, Will County (2015-063)

Update on 10 June 2016

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2), 22 May 2013, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Jasper County (2013-074; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (5), 29 May 2014, Bailey Wetland, Richland and Wayne counties (2014-056; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Black Vulture, 3 May 2015, Warbler Woods and Lake Charleston, Coles County (2015-064; Ron Bradley)
  • Black Vulture (3), 9 May 2015, Fox Ridge State Park, Coles County (2015-065; Tyler Funk)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 14 Aug 2014, Monroe County (2014-055; Carl DauBach)
  • Black-tailed Gull, 11-16 Jan 2016, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2016-001; William C. Rowe, Matt Rowe; Tyler D. Funk, C. Leroy Harrison, Fran R. Morel)
  • California Gull, 22 Dec 2013, Bloomington, McLean County (2013-077; Matthew Winks)
  • California Gull, 16 Jan – 17 Feb 2016, Wilmington, Will County (2016-003; Andrew Aldrich; Greg Neise, Matt Wistrand)
  • Slaty-backed Gull, 26 Jan – 20 Feb 2016, Wilmington in Will County and Montrose Point in Chicago’s Lincoln Park in Cook County (2016-005; Andrew Aldrich; Matthew Cvetas, Josh Engel, Kanae Hirabayashi, Bob Hughes, Fran Morel, Greg Neise, Matt Wistrand)
  • Barn Owl, 30 Jan – 11 Mar 2012, DuPage County (2012-055; Jeff Smith)
  • Barn Owl (2 to 4), 23 Apr – 8 Sep 2012, DuPage County (2012-056; Jeff Smith)
  • Barn Owl (1 to 5), 29 Jan – 15 Sep 2013, DuPage County (2013-078; Jeff Smith)
  • Barn Owl, 3-7 Jan 2014, DuPage County (2014-057; Jeff Smith)
  • Prairie Falcon, 15 Nov – 14 Dec 2013, Bailey Wetland, Richland and Wayne counties (2013-070; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 1 Dec 2013, between Prairie Ridge State Natural Area and Forbes State Park, Marion County (2013-071; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 6 Feb 2013, northern Wayne County (2013-072; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 6 Mar 2013, north of East Fork Lake, Richland County (2013-073; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 27 Dec 2013, northwest Douglas County (2013-075; Jeff Bryant)
  • Prairie Falcon (2), 3 Nov 2013 – 25 Feb 2014, northern Coles County (2013-076; Ron Bradley)
  • Prairie Falcon, 17 Jan 2016, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Jasper County (2016-004; Tyler Funk)
  • Prairie Falcon, 1 Jan 2016, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Jasper County (2016-006; C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Prairie Falcon, 3 Jan 2016, Butler Tract of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, Marion County (2016-007, C. Leroy Harrison)
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, 14-21 Jan 2016, Braidwood Lake, Will County (2016-002; Don Blecha)

Records Not Accepted

  • Mottled Duck (2), 26 Oct – 11 Dec 2015, Bailey Wetland, Richland and Wayne counties (2015-067)

Update on 3 April 2016

Records Accepted

  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, 6 Dec 2015 – 27 Feb 2016, Carpentersville, Kane County (2015-058; Anna Szal; Russ Goulding)
  • White-faced Ibis, 5-11 Nov 2015, Pingree Grove, Kane County (2015-049; Matthew Cvetas, Marion Miller)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 1 Sep 2012, Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake County (2012-053; Kathy Amberg)
  • Common Ground-Dove, 18 Oct 2015, Bloomington, McLean County (2015-050; Rod Mitchell)
  • Common Ground-Dove, 6-20 Nov 2015, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County (2015-045; Matthew Cvetas, Fran Morel, Geoffrey A. Williamson)
  • Parasitic Jaeger, 13 Sep 2015, Waukegan, Lake County (2015-037; Annette McClellan)
  • California Gull, 5 Dec 2015, Fulton, Whiteside County (2015-055; Dan Williams)
  • Slaty-backed Gull, 25 Nov 2015, Hampton, Rock Island County (2015-054; Jim Forde)
  • Barn Owl, 18 Apr 2015, Coles County (2015-062; J.E. Brown)
  • Barn Owl, 7 Nov 2015, Chicago, Cook County (2015-046; Steven J. Huggins)
  • Barn Owl, 29 Nov 2015, Urbana, Champaign County (2015-057; Greg Lambeth)
  • Burrowing Owl, 6-15 Oct 2012, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County, (2012-052; Jake Cvetas, Matthew Cvetas, Josh Engel)
  • Burrowing Owl, 19-20 Oct 2015, LaSalle County (2015-059; Don Coons)
  • Prairie Falcon (2), 8 Nov 2015 – 13 Mar 2016, Coles County (2015-051; Tyler D. Funk)
  • Cave Swallow, 8 Nov 2012, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County (2012-049; Richard C. Payne)
  • Cave Swallow, 7 Nov 2015, Illinois Beach State Park (north unit), Lake County (2015-048; Brendon Lake)
  • Cave Swallow, 20 Nov 2015, Illinois Beach State Park (south unit), Lake County (2015-052; Nat Carmichael, Al Stokie)
  • Cave Swallow, 20 Nov 2015, Illinois Beach State Park (north unit), Lake County (2015-053; John Leonard, Greg Neise, Andrew Stewart)
  • Swainson’s Warbler (2), 9 & 23 May 2015, Alexander County (2015-039; Ida Domazlicky, Rhonda Rothrock)
  • Green-tailed Towhee, 13 Dec 2015 – 2 Mar 2016, Monroe County (2015-061; Tim Enbring; Carl DauBach, Pen DauBach)

Records Not Accepted

  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, 22 Nov 2015, Peoria Lake, Tazewell County (2015-056)
  • Anhinga, 16 Sep 2012, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County (2012-051)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, 4 Aug 2012, Homer Lake Preserve, Champaign County (2012-054)
  • Ruff, 31 Aug 2014, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County (2014-010)
  • Little Stint, 13 Apr 2013, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County (2013-010)
  • Chimney Swift, 14 Nov 2013, Chicago, Cook County (2013-033) [accepted as Chaetura sp.]

Update on 18 January 2016

Records Accepted

  • Wood Stork, Sun Lake Forest Preserve, Lake County, 21 Oct 2015 (2015-044; Philip Willink)
  • White Ibis, Eldon Hazlet State Park, Clinton County, 12-13 Sep 2015 (2015-041; Keith McMullen, Al Smith)
  • Little Gull, Lake Shelbyville, Moultrie County, 18 Oct to 15 Nov 2015 (2015-043; Tyler Funk, Travis Mahan; Ron Bradley)
  • Barn Owl (2, found dead), Sharpsburg, Christian County, 7 Sep 2015 (2015-040; Kevin Veara)
  • Say’s Phoebe, Illinois Beach State Park (north unit), Lake County, 30 Aug 2012 (2012-048; Paul Sweet)
  • Bullock’s Oriole, River Forest, Cook County, 14 Oct 2015 (2015-042; Jill Anderson)
  • Hoary Redpoll, Oak Park, Cook County, 28 Feb 2008 (2008-054; Aaron Gyllenhaal)
  • Hoary Redpoll, Klehm Arboretum, Rockford, Winnebago County, 22 Dec 2012 (2012-047; Dan Williams)
  • Hoary Redpoll, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, Cook County, 6-16 Jan 2013 (2013.069; Matthew Cvetas)

Update on 5 December 2015

Records Accepted

  • Magnificent Frigatebird, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, 8 Jul 2015 [Josh Engel]
  • Black Vulture, Woodford County, 10 Jun 2013 [Ted Hartzler]
  • Swallow-tailed Kite, Champaign, Champaign County, 24 Aug – 7 Sep 2015 [Wendi Lindsay; Matthew Cvetas, Conner England, David B. Johnson, Dan Williams]
  • Purple Gallinule, Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, Hennepin-Hopper Lakes, Putnam County, 5-6 Sep 2014 [Doug Stotz]
  • Long-tailed Jaeger, Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County, 15-19 Jul 2015 [Keith McMullen, Dan Williams]
  • Slaty-backed Gull, Lake County Fairgrounds and Winthrop Harbor’s North Point Marina, Lake County, 14-23 Feb 2014 [Amar Ayyash; Nolan Lameka, Geoff Williamson]
  • Royal Tern, Waukegan Beach, Lake County, 19-20 Aug 2015 [Annette McClellan]
  • White-winged Dove, Chicago, Cook County, 12 May 2015 [Chicago Bird Collision Monitors; Josh Engel]
  • Barn Owl, Havana, Mason County, 9 Aug 2014 [Kristen Walter]

Records Not Accepted

  • Barnacle Goose, Lake Bloomington, McLean County, 29 Jan – 11 Feb 2013 (not accepted on basis of origin)
  • Mottled Duck, Sangchris Lake State Park, Sangamon County, 29 Oct and 16 Nov 2013
  • Common Eider, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Cook County, 22 Feb 2014
  • Neotropic Cormorant (2), Anderson Lake, Fulton County, 13 Jul 2015
  • Anhinga, Morton Arboretum, DuPage County, 21 Sep 2013
  • Anhinga, Oswego, Kendall County, 22 Apr 2014; 2014-043
  • Anhinga, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County, 6 Sep 2014
  • Broad-winged Hawk, McClaughery Springs Woods Forest Preserve, Cook County, 10 Mar 2012
  • Curlew Sandpiper, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County, 1 Sep 2014
  • Little Stint, near Havana, Fulton County, 9 Aug 2015
  • Black-headed Gull, Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County, 4 Sep 2015
  • Arctic Tern, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County, 14 Jun 2014
  • Royal Tern, Oak Brook, DuPage County, 22 Aug 2015
  • Great-tailed Grackle (2), Montgomery County, 10 May 2015

Breeding Records Not Accepted

  • Le Conte’s Sparrow, Kankakee County, 29 Aug – 11 Sep 2013

Update on 10 September 2015

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (2), Beardstown Marsh, Cass County, 7-13 Jul 2014 [Duane L. Brunk; Ted Hartzler]
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (9), Rochelle, Ogle County, 11-12 Aug 2014 [Karen Lund]
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County, 14 Mar 2015 [H. David Bohlen]
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 21-25 Mar 2015 [Dan Kassebaum]
  • White Ibis, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Champaign County, 14 May 2011 [Rob Kanter]
  • White Ibis, Bailey Wetland, Richland County and Wayne County, 10-22 Jul 2014 [Leroy Harrison, Bob Shelby]
  • Black Vulture (2), Marion County, 8 Mar 2015 [Leroy Harrison]
  • Black Vulture, near Iola, Clay County, 6 May 2015 [Leroy Harrison]
  • Snowy Plover, Montrose Beach, Chicago, Cook County, 3-11 May 2015 [Matthew Cvetas, Paul Sweet, Geoff Williamson]
  • Ruff, Bailey Wetland, Richland County and Wayne County, 6 May 2015 [Leroy Harrison]
  • Parasitic Jaeger, Waukegan, Lake County, 28 Sep 2014 [Annette McClellan]
  • Little Gull, Waukegan, Lake County, 25 Apr 2015 [Adam Sell]
  • Little Gull, Waukegan, Lake County, 6 Jun 2015 [Patrick Ricketson]
  • Great Black-backed Gull, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Mason County, 26 Sep 2014 [Sigurd Bjorklund]
  • Barn Owl, near El Paso, Woodford County, 2 Apr 2015 [Ted Hartzler]
  • Barn Owl, Romeoville, Will County, 10 Jan 2015 [Chicago Bird Collision Monitors; Josh Engel]
  • Gyrfalcon, north-central Coles County, 16 Jan 2015 [Ron Bradley]
  • Prairie Falcon, east of Buffalo, Sangamon County, 6 Jan 2015 [H. David Bohlen]
  • Say’s Phoebe, Miller Meadows Forest Preserve, Cook County, 31 Mar – 2 Apr 2015 [Karrin Burns; Geoff Williamson]
  • Fish Crow, Louisville, Clay County, 6 May 2015 [Leroy Harrison]
  • Violet-green Swallow, Northwestern University lakefill, Evanston, Cook County, 9 May 2015 [Josh Engel, Matthew Cvetas]
  • Bewick’s Wren, McLeansboro, Hamilton County, 20 May – 3 Jun 2015 [Leroy Harrison, Bob Shelby]
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, Waukegan Beach, Lake County, 14 Apr 2015 [Nat Carmichael]
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, near Schapville, Jo Daviess County, 15 Nov 2014 [Richard Mattas]
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Cook County, 13 Nov 2014 [Al Stokie]
  • Kirtland’s Warbler, Montrose Point, Chicago, 16-17 May 2015 [Matthew Cvetas, Geoff Williamson]
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler, Red Hills State Park, Lawrence County, 26 Apr 2015 [Leroy Harrison]
  • Gray-headed form of Dark-eyed Junco, Forreston, Ogle County, 26-27 Apr 2013 [Anne Straight; Steve Bailey]

Records Not Accepted

  • Parasitic Jaeger, Fulton County, 15 Sep 2013
  • Royal Tern, Fulton County, 4 Aug 2013
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird, La Salle County, 23 Aug – 21 Sep 2014

Update on 14 June 2015

Records Accepted

  • Mottled Duck (2), Montrose Point, Chicago, Cook County, 30 May 2013 [Luis Muñoz]
  • Mottled Duck, Chautauqua NWR, Mason County, 29 Aug 2014 [Andrew Aldrich]
  • Neotropic Cormorant, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 13 Apr 2013 [Dan Kassebaum]
  • Glossy Ibis, Woodford County, 24 May 2013 [Ted Hartzler]
  • Black Vulture, Ft Sheridan FP, Lake County, 19 Oct 2014 [Adam Sell]
  • Black Rail, Shelby County, 14 Jul 2013 [Travis Mahan]
  • Pomarine Jaeger, Weldon Springs SP, DeWitt County, 22-23 Nov 2014 [Ron Bradley, Dan Williams]
  • California Gull (immature), Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 6 Oct & 3 Nov 2013 [Dan Kassebaum]
  • Slaty-backed Gull, Illinois River at East Peoria, Peoria and Tazewell Counties, 11 Jan 2015 [Jim Mountjoy]
  • Slaty-backed Gull, Calumet Park, Chicago, Cook County, 7 Feb 2015 [Geoff Williamson]
  • Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher, Chicago, Cook County, 11 Sep 2010 [Matt Baughman]
  • Townsend’s Solitaire, Lost Mount Unit of Upper Mississippi River NWR, Jo Daviess County, 19 Dec 2014 [Dan Williams]
  • Bullock’s Oriole, near Joppa, Massac County, 21 Nov 2014 [John Schwegman]

Records Not Accepted

  • Mexican Duck, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 23 Mar 2014
  • Eared Grebe, Lake Renwick, Will County, 4 May 2013
  • Reddish Egret, Crab Orchard NWR, Williamson County, 29 Jun 2013
  • Whooping Crane (2), near Ullin, Alexander and Pulaski County, 16 & 23 Nov 2013
  • Sprague’s Pipit, Bureau County, 5 May 2014
  • Sprague’s Pipit, Winthrop Harbor, Lake County, 27 Jul 2014

Update on 14 April 2015

Records Accepted

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (9), Yorkville, Kendall County, 21-30 May 2014
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Cook County, 21 Jun 2014
  • Cinnamon Teal, Spillway Marsh at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Madison County, 8-9 Apr 2014
  • Harlequin Duck, Fox River in Elgin, Kane County, 9 Nov 2014 – 31 Jan 2015
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, Kane County, 17 Jan – 28 Feb 2015
  • Neotropic Cormorant, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County, 12-23 Jun 2013
  • Neotropic Cormorant, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County, 19-29 Jul 2013
  • Tricolored Heron, Oakwood Bottoms, Jackson County, 27 May 2014
  • Roseate Spoonbill, Lake Springfield, Sangamon County, 29 Nov 2013
  • Swainson’s Hawk, Greene Valley Forest Preserve, DuPage County, 14 Oct 2013
  • Little Gull, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 3 Nov 2013
  • Little Gull (2), Carlyle, Clinton County, 8-11 Nov 2013
  • California Gull, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 27 Sep – 26 Oct 2014
  • Prairie Falcon, eastern LaSalle County, 14 Mar 2014
  • Prairie Falcon, Judson University, Kane County, 5 Oct 2014
  • Prairie Falcon (2), Coles County, 25 Oct 2014 – 8 Feb 2015
  • Mountain Bluebird, Lost Mound unit of Upper Mississippi River NWR, Jo Daviess County, 12 Dec 2012 – 23 Feb 2013
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, Montrose Point in Chicago, Cook County, 18 Jun – 1 Jul 2014
  • Bohemian Waxwing, Jackson Park in Chicago, Cook County, 15 Feb – 2 Mar 2015
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler, Judson University, Kane County, 5-6 May 2014
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, Chicago, Cook County, 8 Sep 2014
  • Lark Bunting, Montrose Point in Chicago, Cook County, 17 Oct 2014
  • Hoary Redpoll (2), William Powers Conservation Area in Chicago, Cook County, 6 Feb – 13 Mar 2015

Records Not Accepted

  • Swainson’s Warbler, Franklin Creek State Park, Lee County, 3 May 2014

Update on 24 March 2015

Records Accepted

  • Eurasian Wigeon, Banner Marsh, Fulton County, 4-12 Apr 2014
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, West Dundee, Kane County, 15-30 Mar 2014
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Lake County, 23 Mar 2014
  • Neotropic Cormorant, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 8 Sep 2012
  • Black Vulture (4), near Lake Springfield, Sangamon County, 21 Mar 2014
  • Black Vulture, Urbana, Champaign County, 7 May 2014
  • Snowy Plover, Emiquon Preserve, Fulton County, 6-7 Apr 2014
  • Little Gull, Dresden Cooling Pond, Grundy County, 26 Mar 2014
  • California Gull, Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 29 Sep 2012
  • California Gull, Rend Lake, Franklin County and Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, 15 Dec 2013 – 19 Jan 2014
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, Lincoln Land Community College, Sangamon County, 29-30 Sep 2014
  • Western Kingbird X Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, American Bottoms, Monroe County, 1 Jul 2014
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve, Kane County, 12 May 2014
  • Bewick’s Wren, Brown County, 28 May 2014
  • Sage Thrasher, Putnam County, 18 Dec 2014 – 3 Jan 2015
  • Bohemian Waxwing, Chicago Botanic Garden, Cook County, 6-9 Nov 2012
  • Bohemian Waxwing, Chicago Botanic Garden, Cook County, 22-27 Dec 2012
  • Townsend’s Warbler, Ewing Park, Bloomington, McLean County, 3 May 2014
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow, Wayne County, 19 Oct 2012
  • Western Tanager, Palos Heights, Cook County, 28 Apr – 5 May 2014
  • Painted Bunting (2), East St. Louis, St. Clair County, 16-20 June 2011