Oregon Bird Records Committee
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 alternatives 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 stegnegeri) [WW Scoter becomes M. deglandi]
“Eastern” Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus lineatus)
“Eurasian" Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus phaeopus group)
“Vega” Herring Gull (Larus argentatus vegae)
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides glaucoides and Larus glaucoides kumlieni)
“Mexican” Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni stephensi group)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba group)
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba ocularis)
“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)
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
2017 Oregon Bird Records Committee
Craig Miller, Tim Janzen, Wink Gross, Stefan Schlick, Owen Schmidt, Wayne Hoffman.
Treesa Hertzel, Shawneen Finnegan, Tom Crabtree, Hendrik Herlyn, Jay Withgott.