The Montana Bird Records Committee was formed in 1991. It exists to serve Montana professionals and amateurs interested in bird distribution by promoting and maintaining a high degree of quality, integrity, and professionalism in evaluating reports of rare birds in the state.
The Committee has three main functions of equal importance: (1) to solicit, review, and verify reports, documentation, photographs, sightings, tape recordings, specimens, or other material relevant to the distribution of the birds of Montana; (2) to review at least once per calendar year the documentation submitted to the Committee for species new to the state or of sufficient rarity (locally, regionally, or statewide) to merit such review, and in so doing to offer an objective, scientifically based opinion of the validity of these reports, and to maintain an official list of the birds recorded for Montana and an official tally of the number of accepted records for each “rare” species (i.e., documented fewer than 20 times in the state); and (3) to act as ambassadors for the role that scientifically rigorous review of bird records plays in maintaining a meaningful list of Montana birds, and of the important role that birders can play in furthering our understanding of bird distribution.
Here is some helpful information:
Montana Bird Records Committee meeting minutes and annual reports:
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The following species are not on the official state list of Montana birds for reasons explained after each species’ name. For each of the modern reports, evidence was convincing, but the report was not accepted because of the conservative stance taken by the Committee on adding new species to the state list. See Part XI(B) of the Bylaws for more information on the state list.
For information contact Jeff Marks, Secretary, at 503-774-4783 or [email protected]
The following 102 species are on the State List but are scarce enough (fewer than 20 records) to require that a rare bird report be submitted for any sighting EXCEPT for locations noted in parentheses for a particular species (QLL = quarter-latilong, LL = latilong). The MBRC reviews such records before they can be included in Montana Bird Distribution. Any species not on the Bird List of Montana also needs documentation. Species not previously documented in the state will be added to the list only if the MBRC accepts written accounts from two independent observers, or if the record is verified by a photograph or specimen.
Montana’s Rare Birds:
Little Blue Heron
Yellow Rail (no report needed for LL 12)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (no report needed east of 108°W)
Anna’s Hummingbird (no report needed west of 111°W)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (no report needed for LLs 9, 10, 11, 12)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (no report needed for LL12)
Gray Flycatcher (no report needed for QLLs 36B, 36D, 37A, 37C, 46A, 46B)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo (no report needed for LLs 9-12 & 21-24)
Philadelphia Vireo (no report needed east of 108°W)
Sedge Wren (no report needed for LL 12)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (no report needed for QLL 41C)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (no report needed east of 108°W)
Bay-breasted Warbler (no report needed for LLs 10, 11, 12)
Blackburnian Warbler (no report needed east of 108°W)
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (no report needed east of 108°W)
Sagebrush Sparrow (no report needed for QLLs 36B, 36D, 37A, 37C)
Blue Grosbeak (no report needed for LL 41)