[Tweeters] Washington Bird Records Committee recent decisions (Oct 20, 2018 meeting)

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 29 04:58:36 PDT 2018


Hi all

Saturday, October 20, 2018, the Washington Bird Records Committee met at the Slater Museum for its annual meeting. All of our files on the WOS website have also been updated — more on that in a subsequent email.
Here’s a summary of the meeting results.

65 reports were accepted as valid new records.
1 additional record was accepted as a continuing sighting of a record previously accepted at an earlier meeting.
18 reports were not accepted
1 decision was tabled for further research

The WBRC accepted two species new to the state list: Purple Gallinule and Painted Redstart.
In addition, the WBRC accepted one new subspecies to the state list: “White-winged” Dark-eyed Junco.

This brings the official Washington State Checklist to 515 species, including 500 species fully accredited (supported by specimen, photograph, or recording) and 15 species which are sight-only records (supported only by written documentation).

6 species were removed from the review list after meeting our review standard of approximately 20 records in the last ten years:
Short-tailed Albatross (29 records, 20 since 2009).
Mottled Petrel (27 records, 20 since 2009).
Brown Booby (25 records, 21 since 2009).
Black-and-white Warbler (51 records, 23 since 2009).
Tennessee Warbler (44 records, 25 since 2009).
Chestnut-sided Warbler (43 records, 22 since 2009).


The results of this round's votes and more details have been posted on the WOS Website at http://wos.org/records.html <http://wos.org/records.html>, but here's a short list of the decisions from this meeting:

Key:
Votes in parentheses (# accepted - # not accepted - # abstain)
[Notations: p=photo, v = video, a = audio, s = sketch]

ACCEPTED RECORDS:

PUGA-2017-1, Purple Gallinule - 14 December 2017, Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay, Clallam County, fide Charlie Wright, Janet Lamonth [p], Nancy Messmer [p] (Identity: 7-0-0; Origin Wild = 7, Uncertain = 0). State first record.

WRSA-2018-1, White-rumped Sandpiper -- 27 May 2018, Hoquiam STP, Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Peter Olsoy [w, p], (7-0-0).

BHGU-2018-1, Black-headed Gull -- 28-29 April 2018, McNeil St., Nisqually, Pierce County, Will Brooks [w, p], Bruce LaBar [w], Marcus Roening [w], (7-0-0).

SBGU-2017-3, Slaty-backed Gull -- 16 October 2017, Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Will Brooks [w, p], (7-0-0).

SBGU-2018-1, Slaty-backed Gull -- 9-12 March 2018, Puyallup River, Tacoma, Pierce County, Michael Charest [p], (7-0-0). Committee agreed this is a different individual than earlier Tacoma SBGU.


Short-tailed Albatross records: The WBRC received data from a study that used GPS tracking which included the following nine records in Washington waters, helping to illustrate how regular Short-tailed Albatross have become off our coast.

STAL-2009-1, Short-tailed Albatross --25-26 September 2009, 15-16 October 2009, off-shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0). NOTE: This individual was previously accepted with a narrower data range. These details supersede previous voted on details.

STAL-2009-2, Short-tailed Albatross --27-29 October 2009, 31 October - 1 November 2009, 6-11 December 2009, 5-7 March 2010, 10 March 2010, 19-22 February 2011 off shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).

STAL-2010-3, Short-tailed Albatross --16-18 March 2010, 31 May – 1 June 2010, off shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).

STAL-2010-5, Short-tailed Albatross -- 3-9 March 2010, 2-5 April 2010, 8 April 2010, 14 February 2011, off shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).

STAL-2011-2, Short-tailed Albatross --1-2 March 2011, 22 January 2012 off shore, Grays Harbor County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).

STAL-2011-3, Short-tailed Albatross --21-22 February 2011, 1 March 2011, 15-18 January 2012, 18-19 February 2012, 29 February 2012, 2 March 2012, off shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0). (Originally reviewed as STAL-2010-4).

STAL-2012-3, Short-tailed Albatross –21 January 2012, 11 March 2012, 30-31 January 2013, 23-25 February 2013, 19 December 2013, off shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).

STAL-2012-4, Short-tailed Albatross --25-26 November 2012, 23-25 December 2012, 7 February 2013, 16-18 February 2013, off shore, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).

STAL-2012-5, Short-tailed Albatross – 12 December 2012, 17 December 2012, 22-23 March 2013 off shore, Clallam, Grays Harbor County, GPS data fide Rachel Orben, (7-0-0).


MOPE-2017-2, Mottled Petrel -- 1 December 2017, 47.789292, -125.09766, Clallam County, Olivier Barden [w], (7-0-0).

BRBO-2018-3, Brown Booby -- 20 May 2018, Hoh River Mouth, Jefferson County, Dan Waggoner [w], (7-0-0).

SNEG-2017-1, Snowy Egret - 8 September 2017 – 4 March 2018, End of Lower River Road pool, Vancouver, Clark County, 2 birds, through Dec, then one: Jim Danzenbaker [w, p], Georgia Gerrior [w, p], Randy Hill [w, p], Matt Bartels [p] and 7-8 October 2018, Ridgefield NWR, Clark County, Randy Hill [w], (7-0-0). Note committee voted to treat as a single record.

STFL-2018-1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher -- 1 May 2018, Cape Alava, Clallam County Devon Cupery [w], and 11 June 2018, Sand Point, Clallam County, Christopher Hinkle [w, p], (7-0-0). Note committee voted to treat both sightings as a single persisting individual.

STFL-2018-3, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher -- 12-13 July 2018, Sekiu, Clallam County, Martha Ellul [w, v], (7-0-0).

ALFL-2018-1, Alder Flycatcher -- 18-24 June 2018, Kalispell Reservation Dike Rd., Pend Oreille County, Jon Isacoff [w, a, v], Terry Little [a], Russ Koppendrayer [a], (6-0-1).

EAPH-2018-1, Eastern Phoebe -- 24 June 2018, Julia Butler Hanson NWR, Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, Matt Bartels [w, p, a, v], (7-0-0).

PHVI-2018-1, Philadelphia Vireo -- 28 May 2018, Lyons Ferry, Franklin County, Spencer Hildie[w], (7-0-0).

EUSK-2017-4, Eurasian Skylark - 6-10 November 2017, Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Jordan Gunn [p], Tom Mansfield [p], Ryan Merrill [p], Brad Waggoner [p] (7-0-0). No subspecies determined. Treated as separate from EUSK-2017-1 and EUSK-2018-1.

EUSK-2018-1, Eurasian Skylark -- 19-24 March 2018, Hobuck Beach, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Brad Waggoner [w, p], (6-0-1). No subspecies determined. Treated as separate from EUSK-2017-1 and EUSK-2017-4.

BGGN-2017-3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (No subspecies established) - 29-30 September 2017, Neah Bay, Jetty base, Clallam County, Linda Mack [p], Brad Waggoner [p] (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: subspecies not established = 7). BGGN-2017-3, -5, & -7 treated as separate individuals.

BGGN-2017-4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Western subspecies) - 8 October 2017, Central Ferry SP, Whitman County, RJ Baltierra [p, a] (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: Western = 7).

BGGN-2017-5, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern subspecies) - 24-26 October 2017, Neah Bay, Hobuck Beach, Clallam County, Michael Barry [w], Alex Patia [w, p] (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: Eastern = 7). BGGN-2017-3, -5, & -7 treated as separate individuals.

BGGN-2017-6, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (No subspecies established) – 27 October – 14 November 2017, Crow Butte SP, Benton County, Christopher Lindsey [w, p], Laurie Ness [w] (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: subspecies not established = 7).

BGGN-2017-7, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Eastern subspecies) – 7 November 2017, Neah Bay, Makah Passage, Clallam County, David Poortinga [p, a] (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: Eastern = 7). BGGN-2017-3, -5, & -7 treated as separate individuals.

BGGN-2018-1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (No subspecies established) -- 22 April 2018, Kennewick, Benton County, Dartanya Helgeson [w], (ID: 6-1-0; Subspecies: subspecies not established = 7).

BGGN-2018-2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Western subspecies) -- 5-6 May 2018, Klickitat Trail 1 mile w of Harms Rd., Centerville, Klickitat County, Michael Hobbs [w, a, v, p], Joshua Holman [p], Samuel Holman [a], Matt Bartels [a], (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: Western = 6, Abstain = 1).

NOWH-2018-1, Northern Wheatear -- 27 August 2018, Sunrise, Mt. Rainier NP, Pierce County, Tasha Dimarzio [w, p], (7-0-0).

WHWA-2018-1, White Wagtail (ocularis subspecies) - 24-28 January 2018, Neal Rd/SE 19th Way, Fall City, King County, Blair Bernson [p], Joshua Glant [p], Jordan Gunn [p], Tom Mansfield [p], Grace & Ollie Oliver [p] (ID: 7-0-0; Subspecies: ocularis = 7).

HORE-2018-2, Hoary Redpoll -- 21-22 February 2018, Davenport, Morrison/Omans Rd, Lincoln County, Russ Morgan [w, p], (6-1-0).

LCSP-2018-1, LeConte's Sparrow -- 31 August 2018, Discovery Park, Seattle, King County, Jason Vassallo [w, a, p], Blair Bernson [p], Gregg Thompson [p], John Puschock [p], Matt Dufort [w] (7-0-0).

TBFS-2018-1, "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow -- 22, 29 July 2018, Meta Lake, Mt. St. Helens, Skamania County, Matt Bartels [w, a], Shawneen Finnegan, David Irons [w, p, a], (6-1-0).

WWJU-2018-1, "White-winged" Dark-eyed Junco -- 13-17 April 2018, Washougal, Skamania County, Wilson Cady [w, p], (7-0-0). State first record for this subspecies.

COGR-2018-1, Common Grackle -- 20 May 2018, Newhalem, Whatcom County, Eric Heisey [w, p], (7-0-0).

COGR-2018-2, Common Grackle -- 7-8 June 2018, Wa'atch Beach Rd & Butler's Motel, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Adrianne Akmajian [w, p], Christopher Hinkle [w, p], (7-0-0).

COGR-2018-3, Common Grackle -- 8 June 2018, 8170 Healy Road, near Cockreham Island, Skagit County, Gary Bletsch [w, p], (7-0-0).

GTGR-2018-1, Great-tailed Grackle -- 29 May 2018, Sprague rest area, e-bound I-90, Sprague, Lincoln County, Larry Goodhew [w, p], Dave Poortinga [p], (7-0-0).

GTGR-2018-2, Great-tailed Grackle -- 1 September 2018, Point Roberts, Whatcom County, Ken Klimko [w], (6-0-1).

OVEN-2018-1, Ovenbird -- 1 June 2018, Snow Mountain Ranch, Yakima County, Andy Stepniewski [w], Ellen Stepniewski [a], (7-0-0).

BAWW-2017-2, Black-and-White Warbler -- 23 September 2017, Montlake Fill, Seattle, King County, Blake Hough [w], Adrian Lee [w], (7-0-0).

BAWW-2018-1, Black-and-White Warbler -- 30 May 2018, Lee Williams Chestnut Farm, Grant County, Matt Yawney [w, p], (7-0-0).

BAWW-2018-2, Black-and-white Warbler -- 19 August 2018, Discovery Park, Seattle, King County, Alan Grenon [w], Spencer Hildie[w, p], (7-0-0).

BAWW-2018-3, Black-and-white Warbler -- 5 September 2018, near Hooper, Adams County, Bob Flores [w], (6-1-0).

TEWA-2017-2, Tennessee Warbler -- 25 September 2017, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Alex Patia [w, p], (7-0-0).

TEWA-2018-2, Tennessee Warbler -- 29-30 August 2018, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Ryan Merrill [w], Edward Pullen [w], Bruce LaBar [w], Ken Brown [w], (7-0-0).

TEWA-2018-3, Tennessee Warbler -- 30 August 2018, Chelan Ridge, Okanogan County, Andrew Meiborg [w], (6-0-1).

TEWA-2018-4, Tennessee Warbler -- 8 September 2018, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Ryan Merril [w, a], Charlie Wright [w], (7-0-0).

TEWA-2018-5, Tennessee Warbler -- 14 September 2018, Lee Williams Chestnut Farm, Grant County, Matt Yawney [w, p], (6-0-1).

MAWA-2018-1, Magnolia Warbler -- 4 September 2018, W.E.Johnson Park, Richland, Benton County, Bill & Nancy LaFramboise [w, p], (7-0-0).

MAWA-2018-2, Magnolia Warbler -- 6 September 2018, Potholes SP, Grant County, Matt Yawney [w, p], (7-0-0).

BBWA-2018-1, Bay-breasted Warbler -- 24 May 2018, Lions Park, Ephrata, Grant County, Matt Yawney [w, p, a], (7-0-0).

CSWA-2018-1, Chestnut-sided Warbler -- 3 September 2018, Rocky Coulee Rec Area, Vantage, Kittitas County, Denise LaPerriere [w, p], (7-0-0).

CSWA-2018-2, Chestnut-sided Warbler -- 5 September 2018, Neah Bay Jetty Road, Clallam County, Jordan Gunn [p], (7-0-0).

CSWA-2018-3, Chestnut-sided Warbler -- 5 September 2018, Potholes SP, Grant County, Matt Yawney [w, p], (7-0-0).

CSWA-2018-4, Chestnut-sided Warbler -- 8 September 2018, Lyons Ferry, Franklin County, Michael Hobbs [w], Matt Bartels[w], Edward Pullen [w, p], Ken Brown [w], Eric Dudley [p], (7-0-0).

CSWA-2018-5, Chestnut-sided Warbler -- 14 September 2018, Wa'atch Valley, Neah Bay, Clallam County, Bob Boekelheide [w, p], (7-0-0).

BLPW-2018-1, Blackpoll Warbler -- 5 September 2018, Potholes SP, Grant County, Matt Yawney [w, p], (6-0-1).

PARE-2018-1, Painted Redstart -- 25 August - 16 September 2018, Cape Flattery, Clallam County, Carolyn Wilcox [w], Edward Pullen [w], Ryan Merrill [p, a], Michael Charest [p], Jordan Gunn [p], Geert Van De Vijver [p], Asta Tobiassen [p], Bill Tweit [a], (7-0-0). State first record.

PABU-2017-1, Painted Bunting -- 18-23 November 2017, La Conner, Skagit County, Brian Bell [w, p], William Rockwell [w, p], Blair Bernson [p] Jordan Gunn [p], Tom Mansfield [p], Ryan Merrill [p], (YES = 6, Origin uncertain = 1). Also voted not to combine with PABU-2017-2.

PABU-2017-2, Painted Bunting -- 3-6 December 2017, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Jason Garat [w, p], (YES = 6, Origin uncertain = 1). Also voted not to combine with PABU-2017-1.

DICK-2018-1, Dickcissel -- 1 June 2018, Pleasant Hill Road, Kelso, Cowlitz County, Beth Craig [w], Royce Craig [p], (7-0-0).


RECORDS ACCEPTED AS CONTINUING SIGHTINGS OF PREVIOUSLY-ACCEPTED RECORDS:

Slaty-backed Gull in Benton County: The committee agreed that the Nov 2017-Feb 2018 record of a Slaty-backed Gull in Benton County (formerly treated as SBGU-2017-5) is best treated as a returning instance of SBGU-2016-1, the prior sighting of this species in the area the previous two winters. The two records are merged and treated as SBGU-2016-1.
Dates and observation info for Nov 2017-Feb 2018 observations:
Slaty-backed Gull - 25 November 2017 – 11 February 2018, Columbia Park Marina, Kennewick, Nelson Island, Richland, Benton County, James Cleaver [w, p, v], Eric Heisey [w, p], Jane Abel [p] (7-0-0).



REPORTS NOT ACCEPTED:
WHOS-2018-1, Whooper Swan -- 1-3 April 2018, 5 mi s of Elma, Grays Harbor County (ID = 7-0-0, Origin = 0-7-0).
BLUH/RIHU-2018-1, Blue-throated / Rivoli's Hummingbird -- 16 July 2018, Ravenna, Seattle, King County, (0-7-0).
XAHU-2018-1, Xantus's Hummingbird -- 24 July 2018, Port Angeles, Clallam County, (0-7-0).
WHCR-2018-1, Whooping Crane -- 8 April 2016, Cassimer Bar, Okanogan County, (0-7-0).
STAL-2013-2, Short-tailed Albatross –21 February 2013 (NO, not established to be in WA waters = 7).
BRBO-2018-2, Brown Booby -- 3 March 2018, Diamond Point, Clallam County, (0-7-0).
RHWO-2018-1, Red-headed Woodpecker -- 24 May 2018, Bellingham, Whatcom County, (1-4-2).
ALFL-2018-2, Alder Flycatcher -- 24 June - 11 July 2018, Bacon Creek, Skagit County, (1-5-1).
BHVI-2018-1, Blue-headed Vireo -- 15 April 2018, Frenchman's Bar, Vancouver, Clark County, (0-4-3).
HORE-2017-2, Hoary Redpoll -- 15 December 2017, Sunnyside Park, Pullman, Whitman County, (0-7-0).
MKBU-2017-1, McKay's Bunting -- 20 February 2017, Timentwa Flats, Okanogan County, (0-5-2).
LARB-2018-2, Lark Bunting -- 25 August 2018, Millet Pond, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, (3-4-0).
TBFS-2013-2, "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow -- 26 May 2013, Laurel Rd., wse of Conboy NWR, Klickitat County, (1-6-0).
HOOR-2018-1, Hooded Oriole -- 9 June 2018, 45.710860, -120.990742; Fernandez yard, south of Swale Creek off Uecker Road near Warwick, Klickitat County, (1-4-2).
BAWW-2017-4, Black-and-white Warbler -- 12 Jun 2017, Nisqually NWR, Thurston County, (3-4-0).
TEWA-2015-6, Tennessee Warbler -- 28 May 2015, Beaver Ponds trail, Sun Mountain, Winthrop, Okanogan County, (2-5-0).
TEWA-2018-1, Tennessee Warbler -- 4 May 2018, Methow River, between Twisp & Winthrop, Okanogan County, (0-6-1).
PABU-2018-1, Painted Bunting -- 6-7 June 2018, Orting, Pierce County, (2-5-0).


TABLED:

RTHU-2017-1, 24-25 October 2017, Ruby-throated Hummingbird -- Ridgefield, Clark County, Bob Flores [w, p], (TABLED for further consultation and analysis).

Thanks to everyone helping to contribute sighting information for Washington birds.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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