We New York birders had a pretty good idea this was coming but Angus Wilson just let the cat out of the bag (Or did he put the crow in the bag?) on the New York State listserv. The Staten Island Hooded Crow will not appear on the New York State checklist because of its uncertain origins. In Angus’s own words:
the New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) has carefully reviewed the six reports we received documenting the Staten Island Hooded Crow from June 2011 (NYSARC-20-A/F), as well as other materials and unanimously voted to ACCEPT the identification but after much reflection, considered the ORIGINS UNCERTAIN. Thus we have NOT added the species to the NY state list.
The bird was also seen in New Jersey. Anyone know what their committee is planning to do?
Does “origins uncertain” pertain to “escape” or “ship-assisted”?