Date: 11/7/18 8:45 am
From: Cathy Nowak <Cathy.Nowak...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Latest Records of the Oregon Bird Records Committee
I agree with Chuck that increasing the transparency of the OBRC’s decisions is an excellent move. It will go far in helping birders understand what the committee is all about. I would like to add that in addition to using OBOL to share their findings, someone from the OBRC has given an update at each of the last two OBA Annual Meetings. They not only shared what the committee has been up to during the year but were able to answer questions from the audience. I, for one, really appreciate the effort and hope it continues into the future.

M. Cathy Nowak
Past President,
OBA Board of Directors

From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Charles Gates
Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 8:52 PM
To: <obol...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Latest Records of the Oregon Bird Records Committee

I would like to thank the Records Committee for increasing the transparency of the acceptance process and making this announcement. I look forward to more updates in the future. I've always wondered why the process was kept under wraps. I think that's what caused the widespread belief that Records Committee members met in dark corners, had secret handshakes and probably participated in sacrifices of some kind. Bringing these decisions into the daylight of obol will be beneficial to the committee and to the birding public. Thanks for this change and thanks to all Records Committee volunteers.

P.S. I never really believed there was a secret handshake. ;-)

On 11/6/2018 7:09 AM, Nicholas Mrvelj wrote:
Hello all,

I'd like to take a moment to share with you all the latest round of records that have come before the Oregon Bird Records Committee, between the dates of 08/26/18 through 10/28/2018.


A male CANADA WARBLER was unanimously accepted by the committee after two rounds of voting. It was seen by Casey Cunningham on 05/28/2018 in Fields, Oregon in Harney County. Seven members voted to accept the first round, and two voted not to accept.

A very striking HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen and documented by Mark Nikas on 05/24/18. The bird was discovered near the south jetty of the Siuslaw River in Lane County. It was accepted unanimously after one round of voting.

Noah Stryker found a pair of PLUMBEOUS VIREOS at the Page Springs Campground in Harney County on August 17th, 2018. His photographic documentation was rather convincing, and the committee voted to accept unanimously after one round of voting.

A wonderful immature SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS was seen and documented by Wink Gross on an Oregon Pelagic Tours's trip out of Newport, Oregon. The bird, seen in Lincoln County waters, was most adequately documented, and the committee unanimously decided to accept after one round of voting.


A bird that was well documented and submitted as an EASTERN PHOEBE was unanimously not accepted by the committee after two rounds of voting. The committee decided that the bird was a better fit for a either an aberrant or worn SAY'S PHOEBE or a young, female VERMILLION FLYCATCHER. Three members accepted the first round, and 6 did not accept. Thank you Jimmy Billstine for your submission.

A PLUMBEOUS VIREO was seen on 05/28/2018 by Casey Cunningham in Fields, Oregon, Harney County. Unfortunately, lacking photographic documentation, the committee deemed that there was not enough information provided to safely eliminate a dull Cassin's Vireo after two rounds of voting. The first round vote was two for accepting and seven for not accepting.

Finally, two pending records have gone to the 2nd round.


A HUDSONIAN GODWIT seen, documented, and submitted to the committee by Tye Jeske has received a vote of 7 to accept and 2 to not accept. The bird in question, seen at Fern Ridge Reservoir in Lane County, will now move on to a second round of voting. The committee members have an additional 60 days to deliberate over this bird and ultimately submit their vote.

A sight only record of an adult male LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH and four juveniles will move on to a second round of voting. These birds, seen at Provolt Pond in Josephine County by Anne Goff, received 8 votes to accept and 1 vote to not accept. We shall see what the next round of voting determines, which is scheduled to conclude on December 31st, 2018.


Roughly every 60 days, the members and alternates of the Oregon Bird Records Committee vote on a new batch of records, presented to them on Google Drive by the secretary, Treesa Hertzel. The OBRC consists of 9 members and up to 5 alternates. They are:

Tom Crabtree
Jeff Gilligan
Wink Gross
Hendrik Herlyn
Wayne Hoffman
Tim Janzen
Craig Miller
Nick Mrvelj
Stefan Schlick

Shawneen Finnegan
Owen Schmidt
Tim Shelmerdine
Jay Withgott

The latest batch of records, consisting of 13 first round records and 2 second round records, will be voted on and recorded by December 31st, 2018. If you have found a rare bird in the state of Oregon, that is currently on the OBRC Review List<>, please submit a Rare Bird Report Form<> and send any photos or sound recordings to Treesa Hertzel at <Autumn207...><mailto:<Autumn207...>.

Please note that the Oregon Birding Association’s url has changed, and is now More information about the OBRC can be found at

I've noticed a nice run of rarities on the review list reported in Oregon this past year, and not all of them have been submitted to the OBRC. If you have a bird to report, please fill out and submit the link provided above. We accept reports from years past as well, if something has been in your queue for a while running.

Thanks to all and great birding out there everyone!

Nick Mrvelj


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

Mark Twain

Chuck Gates

Prineville Bird Club


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Central Oregon Oregon Birding Site Guide

Oregon County Checklists

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