Rare Bird Report

Please check the PA Review List before submitting a report if you are unsure whether or not the species is rare:

All information submitted through this form (including photographs) will become publicly available on the PORC website.
Your address and phone number will NOT be displayed publicly.

Refer to this webpage for tips on how to document your sightings.


* = Required




Species (Common Name) *

e.g., American Robin


Species (Scientific Name) *

e.g., Turdus migratorius. If you are unsure, check here:



Subspecies (if known)



Number of individuals *


Observer's Name *

First Name

Last Name



E-mail *


So that we can get back to you if there are additional questions



Observer's Address

Street Address


Street Address Line 2






Zip Code




Names of additional observers

Leave blank if there was only one observer (Full first and last names)


Submitter's Name (if you are not the original observer)


First Name

Last Name



Sighting Details


Age(s) and Plumage(s) and Sex (if known)

(E.g. Immature; Adult in Breeding Plumage; Year for Gulls; Basic or Alternate If You Prefer Those Terms; State of Molt If Applicable)


Observation Date and Time *

Month Day Year

Hour Minutes AM/PM

Non-specific date

(mid-October, etc.)


Did you submit this sighting to eBird?

If so please include the link to the checklist.

Link to eBird checklist

Be sure to enter the entire link, not just the checklist number

Example: https://ebird.org/checklist/S116208028

You can copy/paste the following lead-in:




eBird Hotspot


County *

Location (City, Borough, Township) *

Exact Site (E.g. Name of park, lake, road) *


GPS coordinates of sighting

If you have this it provides a more precise location for each record. You can quickly get the coordinates by going to Google Maps.

Right-click on the location of the bird and select "What's here?" The coordinates will now appear in the search box.





Distance to bird


Viewing conditions


Optical equipment used


Description *

Include as much detail as you observed – size relative to other species present; “jizz”= e.g. posture, body shape, and proportions;
colors and patterns of plumage; bill, eye, and leg characteristics; other features relevant to this individual:




Behavior (be as detailed as possible about what the bird was doing)


Separation from similar species (How you eliminated others)


Discussion – anything else relevant to the observation that will aid the committee in evaluating it


Are you positive of your identification? (Why or why not)

References Consulted






Supporting evidence (check all that apply)




Photos, Drawings, Field Notes, etc. (jpg, jpeg, tiff, png, gif only)


Video Recordings (mp4, mov, avi only)


Audio Recordings (wav or mp3 only)



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