The Oregon Bird Records Committee collects, reviews, and maintains records on rare birds found in Oregon.  To report a rare bird to the OBRC, use our Rare Bird Report Form.  Alternatively, you may email your report and photos to the secretary.

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 Committee is interested in receiving reports of the following:

  • “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)

Send email and any photos to OBRC secretary

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

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.

Photos of OBRC birds shown above: Glossy Ibis, Bar-tailed Godwit

OBRC Rules