Species Requiring a Description by the YNU Rarities Committee

The following list of county rarities requires a description and/or photographic evidence to secure the acceptance needed from the YNURC  for publication within the Yorkshire Bird Report.

In addition, the Birds Section reserves the right not to publish records of scarce birds which cannot be attributed to a named observer and are unsupported by photographic evidence.

Taiga Bean Goose

Golden Eagle

Siberian Chiffchaff (inland only)

Black Brant

Black-winged Stilt #

Dartford Warbler

American Wigeon

American Golden Plover

Subalpine Warbler

Ring-necked Duck

Kentish Plover

Melodious Warbler

Ferruginous Duck *

White-rumped Sandpiper

Blyth’s Reed Warbler

Lesser Scaup

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Marsh Warbler

Surf Scoter

Ring-billed Gull

Rose-coloured Starling

White-billed Diver

Kumlien’s Gull

Red-flanked Bluetail #

Wilson’s Storm-petrel

White-winged Black Tern

Citrine Wagtail

Black-crowned Night Heron

Alpine Swift

Olive-backed Pipit

Cattle Egret

Red-footed Falcon

Red-billed Chough

Purple Heron

Woodchat Shrike

Arctic Redpoll

Glossy Ibis

Penduline Tit

Parrot Crossbill

European Honey-buzzard

Short-toed Lark

Cirl Bunting

Black Kite

Red-rumped Swallow

Little Bunting (inland only)

White-tailed Eagle

Greenish Warbler


Montagu’s Harrier

Radde’s Warbler


Rough-legged Buzzard

Dusky Warbler


* From 1st January 2017, this becomes a BBRC species

# From 1st January 2017 it is no longer a BBRC species.


Races and other unusual occurrences

The YNURC will require descriptions to support records of difficult to determine races, particularly those whose taxonomic status is under review. Many of these are now considered by BBRC and descriptions will be forwarded where required.  A full list of species and races considered by BBRC can be found here: https://www.bbrc.org.uk/main-information/species-taxa

The YNURC is also willing to assist in adjudicating any records for local groups and societies.

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