OBRC Records

The Oregon Bird Records Committee collects, reviews, and maintains records on rare birds found in Oregon.  The OBRC consists of nine members, and alternates, elected by their peers. Members and alternates meet at least once a year.

Oregon Bird Records Committee (OBRC)

OBRC committee members 2019

Back row: Bob Archer, Tom Crabtree, Jeff Gilligan, Craig Miller, Nick Mrvelj, Philip Kline, Hendrik Herlyn, Treesa Hertzel, Front row: Wink Gross, Jay Withgott, Sally Hill, Tim Janzen. Missing from photo, but present electronically: Adrian Hinkle and Wayne Hoffman.


The Oregon Bird Records Committee is interested in receiving reports of the following birds:

  • “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)

To report a rare bird, use our Rare Bird Report Form or email your report and photos to the secretary.

2019 OBRC Committee
Hendrik Herlyn (2019)
Craig Miller (2019)
Wink Gross (2019)
Nick Mrvelj (2020)
Wayne Hoffman (2020)
Jeff Gilligan (2020)
Sally Hill (2021)
Adrian Hinkle (2021)
Phillip Kline (2021)

Tim Janzen
Tom Crabtree
Bob Archer
Jay Withgott

Treesa Hertzel
Contact the OBRC

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.

OBRC Rules.