Date: 8/12/19 11:52 am From: Nicholas Mrvelj <nickmrvelj...> Subject: [obol] Latest Records of the Oregon Bird Records Committee
Below is a list of records that came before the committee between March
2019 and July 2019, consisting of two separate batches of reports. The
number of reports received was a greater than average, owing to the fact
that many confirmed eBird checklists involving review list species were
finally submitted to the committee during 2019.* As a reminder, when
submitting a report to the OBRC, please use the Rare Bird Report Form
<https://oregonbirding.org/report-a-rare-bird/> and be as thorough as
possible*. This will greatly help the committee, as reports of confirmed
eBird submissions are not self evident in and of themselves.
ACCEPTED RECORDS:(Banding Code - Year - Number of Total Records Submitted
to the Committee)*
A BALTIMORE ORIOLE photographed on June 19, 2014 by Sharon Peters was
unanimously accepted after one round of voting. The bird was found visiting
a private residence in Crook County.
A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER seen briefly and photographed along the Bayocean
Spit in Tillamook County was accepted after three rounds of voting. The
bird, seen on September 29th, 2018 during an OBA field trip, was documented
and reported by Kai Frueh. Although this report was somewhat challenging
owing to the quality of the documentation and brevity of the sighting, the
committee finally came to a consensus during the third round of voting, and
felt the written description and picture of the bird adequately ruled out
similar species, namely a Blackpoll Warbler.
The committee unanimously accepted a report of a BROWN BOOBY that was seen
and photographed on October 27th, 2015 at Cape Cove in Lane County after
one round of voting. Although the description was rather sparse, the
committee felt the image submitted by Mike and Merry Lynn Denny, whom found
and reported the bird, was convincing enough to arrive at an ID of juvenile
A well written report of a sub-adult BROWN BOOBY flying off of Boiler Bay
in Lincoln County on April 30th, 2016 was unanimously accepted by the
committee after one round of voting. Thank you Christopher Hinkle for your
A deceased BROWN BOOBY was found near Newport, Lincoln County by COASST
participant Jill Marks on April 4, 2019 during a marine debris survey. It
was unanimously accepted by the committee after one round of voting.
Several diagnostic photos of the bird were taken and submitted to the
committee. Thank you to Charlie Wright for passing this report along to the
A BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER seen and reported by Mike Patterson at the
Seaside Cove in Clatsop County on October 11th, 2015, was unanimously
accepted by the committee after one round of voting. The report, which
included a hand drawn sketch and detailed description, was adequate enough
to rule out other similar shearwater species. The fall of 2015 was also a
period during which an unprecedented incursion of Black-vented Shearwaters
was detected in Oregon waters.
Several reports of the high profile CALIFORNIA THRASHER that turned up this
April in Talent, Jackson County, were accepted by the committee after one
round of voting. Many high quality, diagnostic photos aided in the process
of the committee. This individual was seen well throughout the spring and
into the summer near the original location. Thank you to all that submitted
reports to the committee.
A report of a COMMON GRACKLE was accepted after three rounds of voting.
Initially submitted by Greg Gillson, a second report was submitted to the
committee once the voting process was already under way by Hendrik Herlyn.
The second report proved to be sufficiently detailed, and swayed the
committee. The bird was seen by a few observers back on May 24-25th, 2003
at the Malheur NWR Field Station in Harney County.
A report of a juvenile DICKCISSEL submitted by Nels Nelson, initially
discovered on January 5th, 2019 by Cliff Cordy, was accepted after two
rounds by the committee. The bird was seen steadily up until February 8th,
2019. Although many individuals observed and documented this rarity, only
one report was submitted to the committee.
Oregon’s first DUSKY THRUSH was documented this past winter by Steve
deMoulin in Tigard, Washington County. The bird was seen three separate
times, February 26th, 27th, and March 8th by the aforementioned observer.
The accompanying photos and description provided the committee with enough
confidence to accept 9 to 0 during the first round of voting.
The committee received a report of an EASTERN PHOEBE seen on September 15,
2007 at the Malhuer NWR Headquarters in Harney County. Submitted by Alan
Contreras, this report was accepted unanimously by the committee after one
round of voting, with all voting members swayed by either the one low
quality photo, the adequate written description, or a combination of the
Very similar to EAPH-07-28, this report involved an EASTERN PHOEBE
accompanied by a single, low quality photo and an adequate written
description, with particular emphasis on the vocalizations this individual
made. The committee voted to unanimously accept after one round of voting.
The sighting took place on June 27th, 2017 in Klamath County, and was
originally located by "Professor Robinson”. Thank you Will Wright for your
Another report of an EASTERN PHOEBE was put before the committee, with this
individual occurring on April 24th, 2005 in Corvallis, Benton County. Two
written descriptions were individually submitted to the committee, one by
Jamie Simmons and one by Hendrik Herlyn. After two rounds of voting, the
committee came to a consensus and voted unanimously to accept.
The fourth and final report of an EASTERN PHOEBE that was submitted to the
committee during the previous two rounds of voting was also the most
recent. Originally detected and recorded on May 6th, 2019 by Beverly
Hallberg, and independently discovered, documented, and identified by Colby
Neuman on May 7th, this individual stuck around on Sauvie Island, Multnomah
County until May 23rd, 2019. The committee voted to unanimously accept
after one round of voting. Thank you Andy Frank for the report sufficient
A report of a HOODED WARBLER was accepted by the committee after two rounds
of voting. The bird was seen on September 20th, 2015 at Malheur NWR
Headquarters by Trent Bray. The committee voted 8-1 to accept during the
second round of voting.
More than 20 years after the fact, a report of a LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH from
the Arnold Lane area of Jackson County finally found its way to the
committee. Written reports submitted by both Dennis Vroman and Sylvia
Maulding were deemed to contain enough details to accept.
A LAUGHING GULL seen and photographed by Mike Patterson on August 30th 2007
at the Seaside Cove, Clatsop County, was accepted by the committee after
two rounds of voting. Additional photos of the bird, taken by the original
finder, David Bailey, were attached to Mike’s report, and provided
sufficient clarity to arrive at an ID. It was presumed that both sets of
photos were of the same bird.
Norm Donelson found and documented an adult LAUGHING GULL on May 11th, 2019
at Nye Beach, Lincoln County. The committee voted to accept the record
unanimously after one round of voting.
A report of a likely 1st cycle LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULL submitted by Dave
Irons and Shawneen Finnegan was accepted unanimously after one round of
voting. The bird was seen on January 26th, 2013 in McMinnville, Yamhill
County. The report was accompanied by a detailed sketch and description
provided by Dave.
A third cycle LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULL, found and documented by Jay
Withgott and Nick Mrvelj, was unanimously accepted after one round of
voting. The bird was seen near the mouth of the Deschutes River, straddling
Wasco County and Sherman County.
A MOUNTAIN PLOVER found and documented by David Lauten on December 6th,
2012 was unanimously accepted by the committee. The bird was seen at
Bullard’s Beach State Park in Bandon, Coos County.
A deceased RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was found and documented way back on March
5th, 1999. The bird was found on the north spit of Coos Bay, Coos County,
by Steven Holt. A thorough description, including photos, was submitted to
the committee by Theodore Buerger. This report was accepted unanimously
after one round of voting.
An adult SLATY-BACKED GULL in alternate plumage was found and documented by
Mike Patterson back on April 7th, 2017 on Wireless Road, Clatsop County.
The bird, which was present until April 9th, 2017, was accepted unanimously
by the committee during the second round of voting.
Several written reports with one accompanying photo of a male SUMMER
TANAGER were accepted by the committee after one round of voting. This
individual was seen by many back on May 21st, 2001, at Benson Pond, Malheur
NWR, Harney County. Many thanks to Tim Shelmerdine, Sylvia Maulding, and
Hendrik Herlyn for the reports.
Reports of the TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE that was present in Western Oregon from
October 27th, 2018 until March 15, 2019 were unanimously accepted by the
committee during the second round of voting. Seen by many at and around
Finley NWR, Benton County, this individual constitutes only the second
record of this species occurring in Oregon. Thank you to Isaac Denzer and
Sylvia Maulding for submitting reports with documentation.
A VIRGINIA’S WARBLER seen and photographed by Adrian Hinkle on December 19.
2018 was unanimously accepted by the committee after one round of voting. A
few diagnostic photos were sufficient to convince the committee of the ID.
The bird was seen in Brookings, Curry County.
Several reports of a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were unanimously accepted by
the committee after one round of voting. This individual was seen on August
8-9, 2017 on Del Rey Beach, Clatsop County. Thank you to Mike Patterson,
Bob Archer, Diana Byrne, and Dave Irons for the detailed reports and