Date: 9/29/19 1:16 pm From: Teresa Hertzel <teresa.hertzel...> Subject: [obol] Submitting to the Records Committee
If you see an unusual bird when you are out birding, please don't hesitate to submit your sighting to the Oregon Bird Records Committee. EBird is an amazing resource and you should certainly submit your birding list to it, but submitting to the state records committee is important too. A records committee serves as the repository of evidence and documentation of rare species known to have visited the state.
Don't assume that someone else will submit the report. Do it yourself. All submissions are welcome. There is no such thing as too much documentation.
If you think what you saw was a rare bird, but you aren't absolutely sure, send it anyway and we will look at that, too. It can be helpful to check the Review List -- that is a list of all species for which the committee is interested in receiving sightings. For example, American Robin is not on the Review List, but Broad-billed Hummingbird is. The OBRC reviews and updates the list regularly; we added Upland Sandpiper and Least Bittern just last year. If the bird you think you saw is on the Review List, by all means, let us know about it. Review List: https://oregonbirding.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/reviewlistnov2018.pdf