This section provides resources for reporting sightings of regionally rare and unusual species to the Maryland/District of Columbia Records Committee. Note that the MD/DCRC reviews only species that are new to MD or DC or appear on the MD/DCRC MD Review List or the DC Review List. Reports of other species can be posted on MDBirding, the local Maryland Birding email group, to eBird, or to the MDBirding Facebook page.

Sighting Reporting Form

There is no required format for a rarity sighting report to the MD/DCRC; however, the report format, below, is organized by key topics that should be addressed in a comprehensive rarity sighting report. Download the PDF form or report online below


The following resources may be helpful in preparing sighting reports:

Sighting Documentation Guide Checklist

Documenting Your Sightings — Tips and links

Not-Accepted Reports

This document provides some background information on “Not-Accepted” bird sighting reports.