This is the 33rd annual report from the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF). The majority of records treated here are from 2008, but more than 100 older records are also included. The Norwegian rarities committee follow advises given by the Taxonomic Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Association of European Records and Rarities Committees (AERC) on issues concerning taxonomy and nomenclature. The systematic list of accepted records is set out in the following system: (1) The bird's Norwegian name, (2) scientific name, (3) the numbers in brackets, e.g. (2, 30/32, 1), refers respectively to the (i) total number of records/total number of individuals up to and including 1974, (ii) total number of records/total number of individuals from 1975 (the foundation year of NSKF), except (iii) records/individuals in 2008, (4) any breeding, (5) year, (6) county, (7) number of individuals, age (1K = first calendar year etc.), sex (if known) and sometimes circumstances («rm.» means that the bird was ringed, «sy.» indicates a singing male), (8) site and municipality, (9) date, (10) * indicates if the record was complemented by positive evidence, and type of the evidence (F = photo, V = video-recorded, L = tape-recorded), (11) observers' names in brackets, main observer(s) is specified first and emphasized with *, (12) roughly gives the species' distribution and (13) comments concerning the records.
Species and subspecies new to the Norwegian list
Two new species were accepted to the Norwegian Category A list from 2008. Both of these were Nearctic waders, namely a Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica from Røstlandet on June 24th and a Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri from Jæren on July 12th-13th. In addition there were three new subspecies accepted: Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus (Karmøy, January to April), Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg (Utsira, 3rd to 5th June) and White Wagtail M. alba leucopsis (Lista, 1st-2nd November).
Record numbers for Norway was recorded for Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius (14/23) during 2008. Also the following species showed an occurrence above average during 2008: Great White Egret Ardea alba, Black Kite Milvus migrans, Pectoral Sandpiper C. melanotos, Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica, Citrine Wagtail M. citreola, Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum and Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus. Also published here are the 6th Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca (Cat. C), 3rd Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis, 8th Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus, 5th to 7th American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica, 4th Laughing Gull Larus atricilla, 6th Franklin's Gull L. pipixcan, 6th and 8th Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis, 8th Blyth's Pipit A. godlewskii, 2nd Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope, 5th Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina, 10th Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata, 4th Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta, 3rd Eastern Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis and 4th and 7th Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris.