How to record rare birds
To ensure the Bird Report is an accurate and trusted record, rarities need to be described and are then assessed by the YNU Rarities Committee. The YNURC consists of:
Local birding area
Swillington Ings and Leeds area
Nosterfield and North Yorks
Flamborough and Tophill Low
Doncaster and Hatfield areas
Edderthorpe Flash and South Yorks
Hull Valley and Hornsea
Harrogate and Nosterfield
East Yorkshire Recorder
Please click here to download the YNURC Terms of Reference and Constitution.
If you would like to report a rarity, please complete the description form below and send it to the YNURC Secretary, Chris Robinson, whose e-mail address is shown on the form.
The work of the Rarities Committee can be aided if observers submit descriptions as soon as possible.
Details should include the description taken in the field, before reference to books; the locality; date and time; habitat; weather conditions; optical aids used; distance from the bird; period of observation; species present for comparison and previous experience of the species. If anyone disagrees with the identification should also be noted. The YNURC welcomes the electronic submission of records and photographs, with the provision that some detail is supplied about location, first/last dates and the name(s) of the finder(s).
We welcome the electronic submission of photographs, with the provision that some detail is supplied about location and the name of the finder, where known.
If the finder/identifier has not submitted the record, but a photograph has been published in a magazine or on the internet, then the magazine/website will be credited.
Submission of all descriptions will be acknowledged and the decisions on each published on the website, with all accepted records also detailed in the Bird Report. If a record has been deemed ‘unproven', it doesn’t necessarily mean that the bird has been mis-identified, but that there is not enough detail to be conclusive.