Bird Records Committee
The Delaware Bird Records Committee is an independent committee charged with maintaining the Delaware State List of Bird Species (updated September 2018), which consists of all bird species accepted as having been observed in Delaware.
The committee also reviews documentation of extremely rare species. The committee requests documentation from observers to support the occurrence of these species in the state. These rare species are listed in boldface on the Delaware State List of Bird Species.
Submitting Rare Bird Reports
Everyone is encouraged to submit records of unusual sightings in Delaware to Frank Rohrbacher, DBRC Secretary.
The easiest way to do this is to use the online Rare Bird Report form by clicking the button below. Alternatively, you can send reports to Frank by regular mail at Frank Rohrbacker, 5 Neva Court, Wilmington, DE 19810 or by e-mail. Good quality photographs, sound recordings and detailed descriptions with any sketches, no matter how basic, are important for documenting rare state birds particularly for difficult to identify species.
Recent Updates to the List
Trumpeter Swan and Monk Parakeet have been accepted by the DBRC and added to the Delaware Bird and Review Species Lists.
Thayer’s Gull has been removed from the list as Thayer’s Gull was lumped with Iceland Gull by the AOS.
Five species have been removed from the Review Species List: Black Rail, Sandhill Crane, Roseate Tern, Arctic Tern and Cave Swallow.
Elegant Tern and Western Tanager have been accepted by the DBRC and added to the Delaware Bird and Review Species Lists.
- Jim White (President)
- Frank Rohrbacher (Secretary, non-voting)
- Jean Woods
- Chris Bennett
- Anthony Gonzon
- John Janowski