Connecticut's Birding Organization

The Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) is the only statewide organization dedicated specifically
to Connecticut's birds, birders, and birding.

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The COA CT Email Lists are open to everyone.

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Reporting your sightings

The best place to report bird sightings in Connecticut is on CTBirds, the open discussion list. Posts to CTBirds must come from an email address that is subscribed to the list. Subscribers have a choice between: receiving each email as it happens; receiving a digest combining several messages up to a few times a day; or not receiving any messages at all and read posts here instead. Reports sent to CTBirds are sent immediately to everyone subscribed to the list, and appear on websites immediately too.

For those not subscribed to CTBirds we have an email address where you can send reports, We try to keep an eye on that so any special reports can be passed along on CTBirds as soon as possible, but there is always an unpredictable delay before the word gets out.

Keeping up-to-date on Connecticut sightings

The CTBirds email list is generally the fastest way to find out about bird sightings in Connecticut (though there is more to it than just sighting reports!) While anyone can read CTBirds posts on the web, you must subscribe to CTBirds to be able to post messages to the list.

There is also a second email list, the CT Daily Report. Subscribers to CTDaily get one message each night that summarizes sightings in a brief, structured format with many interesting details (and birds!) removed. Almost 100% of what appears there was on CTBirds earlier. For someone without the time to follow CTBirds this could be helpful.

CTBirds Email List

Join the CTBirds discussion list!!!

All subscription requests and changes are made at:

We created CTBirds, an open discussion email list, for the Connecticut birding community to discuss birds and birding in the state. Tell everyone about what you are seeing, ask questions about birds or places to bird, discuss bird conservation or details of bird identification, it is up to you. Anything about Connecticut birds or of interest to Connecticut birders is appropriate.

A few of the ways we hope it will be used include:

  • Timely information on bird sightings.
  • A beginner-friendly place for new members of the birding community to expand their knowledge.
  • A forum for the advanced birders to discuss the details of rare and difficult bird identification, particularly when something provocative has been seen in the state.
The actual value of the list will be determined by those who choose to participate,
and we hope that will include YOU!

Posting rules: All subscribers to CTBirds should know and abide by the posting rules.

When you sign up for this list you will begin receiving new messages immediately. There may be a short wait before you can post while a moderator tries to be sure you are a person and not a spambot. You can choose between receiving each message, or a digest of messages, and can even suspend receiving messages entirely.

All subscription requests and changes are made at:

After signing up you will receive an email with instructions on completing the process.

Messages to the CT Birds list may also be viewed on the web in a few places.

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CT Daily Email List

Rare sightings and compiled daily email reports

The CT Daily Report compiles updates of RARE sightings sent daily to your email at the end of the day. This list is primarily meant to include, but is not limited to, birds found on the CT Reportable Bird List. Rare sightings from surrounding state email hotlines are also passed on. Active birders who want real time information on rare bird postings should subscribe to the CTBirds listserv

The CT Daily Report is now handled through a mailing list. Subscribers should follow the subscription instructions at:

Subscription revisions:

Multiple individuals maintain these lists on multiple computers.
Therefore, all requests for revisions need to include:

  1. Which list(s) need to be revised and
  2. if an address change, both your old and your new email addresses.

Revision requests will be forwarded to the appropriate individuals.

CT Daily postings may also be viewed on the web at:
ABA's Birding News Connecticut Daily
CT Daily Archives

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Rare Birds Reporting Guidelines

Reports should be posted to CTBirds. For those not subscribed to CTBirds, send them to

Before CTBirds had been started we had some strict formatting rules for reports to make compiling the Daily Report manageable. Fostering the free discussion that is at the heart of CTBirds made requiring that format impractical, but many birders still use it, or include it as an addendum to their CTBirds posting. To all of you who do this, thank you from the bottom of my heart, it is much appreciated. For those who would like to share in that appreciation here is an outline of the standard format used in the CT Daily Report.

Required information for reports and other formatting guidelines are below.


The guidelines below have been developed to help the compilers and to minimize confusion. We ask you to remember that the compilers are volunteers who are using their precious spare time to enhance your birding experience. Please respect the compilers and follow the guidelines as best you can.  While the guidelines may appear daunting at first, one good way of learning them is to submit your sightings and then watch for how they are posted in the compiled report.


Reports should be submitted in paragraph format per the 4 W's of reporting listed below:

Here is an example:

From Dori Sosensky:
2/5 with Nick Bonomo - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meig's Point - female KING EIDER near the red buoy off the jetty. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 1 EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
Milford, Silver Sands State Park - 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS

  1. WHO: Reports should start with From your name (first then last): - When you don't include your name and it isn't in your email address we don't know from whom the email was sent. Additional viewers of the species may be included in the From portion or may be in the body of the report listed as With their names where ever appropriate in the body.
  2. WHEN: Include the numeric month and day. When reporting multiple days start each day on a new line.
  3. WHERE: The City or Town of the sighting is required. If it happens that we do not know the town, the sighting will not be included. Please start with the town, then a location within the town such as a park or street address, and where appropriate, and for less common birds only, a more specific location such as a part of the park. Each town may start on a new line.

    Here is an example:

    From Dori Sosensky:
    2/5 with Nick Bonomo - Madison, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meig's Point - female KING EIDER near the red buoy off the jetty. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 1 EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
    Milford, Silver Sands State Park - 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS
    2/4 Walllingford, North Farms Reservoir - female NORTHERN SHOVELER; farm fields at the corner of Cooke Rd and Northford Rd with Dave Provencher- 2 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in with the CANADA GEESE.

  4. WHAT - Rarities:
    This list is primarily meant for Rare to Uncommon bird sightings. If you are unsure if a bird is reportable include it. We will be happy to do the editing.

Please help the RBA compilers by capitalizing bird names.

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We understand that there seem to be a good many posting rules. Please do not let that stop you from reporting a sighting. If you do not follow a guideline or two the bird reporting police will not be sent to your home in the middle of the night.

Since we are doing the work, the editing is done with our best judgment, which has been known to be faulty on one occasion (o.k. 2 {;>). Additionally, while we readily admit to having small minds, consistency is not our strongest point. So please do not be insulted if we edit a species out of your report and not someone else's. There may be a good reason for it, such as it is common where you reported it and uncommon in the other location. Or the only reason may be that we are going cross eyed while trying to get the report out.

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Thanks to everyone who submits reports.
You each contribute to the increased quality of birding we now enjoy in CT.