[Tweeters] Status Of Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Washington

Ryan Merrill rjm284 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 15:45:46 PDT 2016

The list of species documented in Washington and reviewed and approved by
the Washington Bird Records Committee can be found here:


It includes a number of species that are solely represented by sight
records (records lacking a specimen or photograph but including convincing
written details), including the Ruby-throated Hummingbird record. It
appears to be nearly up to date, with Little Bunting and Lucy's Warbler
being the two species that have been photographed in the state since this
list was updated.

More information on the specific records can be found at the links here:


and here:


Good birding,
Ryan Merrill

---------- Forwarded message ----------

> From: Vincent Lucas <vincentlucas5 at gmail.com>

> Date: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 2:44 PM

> Subject: [Tweeters] Status Of Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Washington

> To: TWEETERS <tweeters at u.washington.edu>



> Tweeters:


> This photo of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the Seattle Audubon Society's

> Facebook page is remarkable if, in fact, it was taken in WA. However, that

> is totally unclear because there is no data associated with it. So, what is

> the status of RTHU in WA? According to __ The Birds of Washington, Status

> And distribution __ (2005) by Wahl et al, there is only one "sight record"

> for it of a male seen in Liberty, Kittitas County, on June 28, 1992 by

> Tweit and Skriletz). Hmm. Sight record? Sheri Williamson, author of the

> __ A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America __, states the following

> (personal communication): " ... 6/28/92, Kittias Co., e. slope of Cascades,

> 4000'. Comment field says "could be 1st WA record [not accepted?]" And,

> "nothing newer than that, though I've got one from northern OR in 2006 and

> a 2008 record from Vancouver Is."


> So my questions are these. 1) How can a record be accepted by the WBRC

> based on solely a "sight record" with no other documentation? 2) Can anyone

> find out if and where in WA the RTHU in the photo on the Seattle Audubon

> Society's Facebook page was taken? If documented that it was taken in WA,

> then that would solidify RTHU as being a legitimate species albeit, a

> vagrant, in WA.


> Here is the link to the Seattle Audubon Society's Facebook page. I realise

> that not everyone may be able to view it is you are not a member of FB.


> http://tinyurl.com/halxole

> --

> Vincent Lucas

> Port Angeles, WA

> vincentlucas5 at gmail.com


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