Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist 41(1/2): March/June 2009, pp 29-53


Since 1979, North Dakota's bird records committee has collected, evaluated, and archived documentations of rare bird occurrences in the state. In 2004 and 2005, this committee resolved 189 rare bird records. On the basis of these record reviews, six species were ad~ed to the North Dakota state bird list: mottled duck (Anas fulvigula), yellow-billed loon (Cavia adamsii), white-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus), little stint (Calidris minuta), glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens), and great black-backed gull (Larus marinus). Four species were added to the list of nesting species within the state: snowy egret (Egretta thula), tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor), violet-green swallow (Tachycineta thalassina), and house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus). Based on the records reviewed, we recommend changes in the recognized status of 27 avian species.