Oregon Bird Records Committee

Committee Members

Tom Crabtree - 2018 Stefan Schlick - 2018
Shawneen Finnegan - 2017 Owen Schmidt - 2017
Jeff Gilligan - 2016 Craig Tumer - 2016
Hendrik Herlyn - 2016 Jay Withgott - 2017
Tim Janzen - 2018  


Tim Shelmerdine Wayne Hoffman
Tim Blount Craig Miller
Wink Gross  

OBRC Secretary

Treesa Hertzel

Secretary Emeritus

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 alternatives serve one-year terms. The OBRC votes on most recent records by circulating record packets by mail. Members and alternates meet at least once a year to vote on materials that cannot be circulated by mail.

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 AOU 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. A missing number in the sequence means that the OBRC has not yet completed its review of that record. Some records have been deferred until more information can be obtained.

Information for each record also 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 of the OBRC
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