Oregon Bird Records Committee

Committee Members

Tom Crabtree - 2018 Stefan Schlick - 2018
Shawneen Finnegan - 2017 Owen Schmidt - 2017
Wink Gross - 2019 Craig Miller - 2019
Hendrik Herlyn - 2019 Jay Withgott - 2017
Tim Janzen - 2018

OBRC Secretary


Treesa Hertzel
Jeff Gilligan
Wayne Hoffman 

Secretary Emeritus

Craig Tumer Harry Nehls

The Oregon Bird Records Committee was organized in 1978 to collect, review, and maintain records on rare birds found in Oregon. The OBRC became a Committee of Oregon Birding Association when the association was first organized in 1980 under the name Oregon Field Ornithologists.

The OBRC consists of nine members and six alternates from throughout Oregon. Members and alternates are elected by their peers. Members serve staggered three-year terms of office and alternates serve one-year terms. Members and alternates meet at least once a year.

The OBRC uses the taxonomy and nomenclature of the American Ornithologists Union 1998 Checklist (as supplemented).

Each record considered by the OBRC is assigned a unique record number. The first digits are the AOS number for the species; the second two digits are the year in which the record was obtained; and the last two digits are the number of the record for that species in the order in which it was received by the OBRC Secretary.

Information for each record includes where the record was obtained, the date(s), the plumage or age of the bird when appropriate, and abbreviations for persons submitting the record. Other remarks have been added as appropriate. A list of contributors is presented at the end.


Click below for a comprehensive list of all records, approved and not approved, by the OBRC, including a list of contributors:

Records in PDF format

Records in Word

Records in Excel

Click here for a State of Oregon Checklist

Click here for a printable one-page checklist

Click here for the OBRC Review List

View Records Committee Rules

Report a Rare Bird

Subspecies to Keep an Eye out For

The Committee is interested in receiving reports of the following: Send email and photos (if you get any) to obrc@orbirds.org or you can use our online form.
“Pale-bellied” Brant (Branta bernicla hrota)

“Bewick’s” Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)

“Stejneger’s” White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca stejnegeri)

“Eastern” Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus lineatus)

“Eurasian" Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus phaeopus/variegatus group)

“Vega” Herring Gull (Larus argentatus vegae)

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides glaucoides and Larus glaucoides kumlieni)

“Mexican” Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni stephensi group)

“Eastern” Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla ruficapilla)

“Timberline” Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri)

“White-winged” Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis aikeni)

“Gray-headed” Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis caniceps)