[Tweeters] Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 26, 2013 meeting)

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 27 19:30:40 PDT 2013

Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -

Yesterday, October 26 2013, the Washington Bird Records Committee met at the Slater Museum for its annual meeting.

59 reports were accepted as valid records
19 reports were not accepted
2 decisions were tabled for further research and consideration.

Two species were added to the official Washington State list: Eastern Wood-Pewee, and McCown's Longspur [as a sight-only record]. In addition, the first reviewed record of "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow was accepted. The state list now stands at 507 species.

In addition, three species and one sub-species were removed from the WBRC review list, having shown themselves to be regular visitors to the state: Tufted Duck, Broad-winged Hawk, Horned Puffin, and "Interior" Bushtit.

The results of this round's votes can be found at the following link on the WOS website: http://wos.org/wbrcoct2013.html

The revised official state list and the revised list of 'review species' are available as well:

WA State checklist [with the taxonomic order updated through the AOU's 54th supplement' in 2013]: http://wos.org/checklist2013.html

WBRC Review List: http://wos.org/reviewlist.html

In Committee news, Kevin Aanerud rotated off the committee at the conclusion of this meeting. Brad Waggoner is the new Chair of the WBRC, and Ryan Shaw has joined the WBRC as a new member.

I welcome any questions about the status of past decisions or any new report submissions,

Matt Bartels
Secretary, WBRC
Seattle, WA

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