Review List

Compiled through October 2015

by the Washington Bird Records Committee

Written reports of any observations of these species, or of species not on the Checklist of Washington Birds, should be submitted together with supporting evidence by email (, by using the Report Form, or by writing to: WBRC, 12345 Lake City Way NE, #215 Seattle, WA 98125

The Review List consists of birds with 20 or fewer records during the previous 10-year period.

Also included at the end are subspecies and morphs that are sufficiently rare to meet the same standards as full species and are reliably identifiable in the field.

Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1905)
Taiga Bean Goose
Emperor Goose
Whooper Swan
Falcated Duck
Baikal Teal
Steller’s Eider
King Eider
Common Eider
Arctic Loon
White-capped Albatross
Short-tailed Albatross
Providence Petrel
Murphy’s Petrel
Mottled Petrel
Hawaiian Petrel
Cook’s Petrel
Great Shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel (s)
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Red-billed Tropicbird (1941)
Magnificent Frigatebird
Blue-footed Booby
Brown Booby
Red-faced Cormorant (s)
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Yellow-cr Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
California Condor (s) (1897)
Yellow Rail
Lesser Sand-Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Common Ringed Plover (s)
Piping Plover
Mountain Plover
Eurasian Dotterel
Gray-tailed Tattler
Spotted Redshank(s)
Wood Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Little Curlew (s)
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Great Knot (s)
Curlew Sandpiper
Temminck’s Stint
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
White-rumped Sandpiper
Jack Snipe (s)
Thick-billed Murre
Long-billed Murrelet
Kittlitz’s Murrelet
Guadalupe Murrelet
Whiskered Auklet (s)
Red-legged Kittiwake
Ivory Gull
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Laughing Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Iceland Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
White-winged Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (s)
Costa’s Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird (1894)
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Crested Caracara
Eurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Hobby
Greater Pewee (s)
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Variegated Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo (s)
Bell’s Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo (s)
Pinyon Jay
Sky Lark (I)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Red-flanked Bluetail
Northern Wheatear
Gray-cheeked Thrush (s)
Dusky Thrush (s)
Brown Thrasher
Siberian Accentor
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Red-throated Pipit (s)
Phainopepla (s)
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Smith’s Longspur
McCown’s Longspur (s)
McKay’s Bunting
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler (s)
Mourning Warbler (s)
Kentucky Warbler (s)
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler (s)
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler (s)
Black-thr Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Lark Bunting
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Nelson’s Sparrow (s)
Rustic Bunting
Summer Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Scott’s Oriole
Hoary Redpoll
Lawrence’s Goldfinch


Subspecies and Forms

The following subspecies and forms have been reported, reviewed and accepted at least once in Washington state and are still on the review list for the WBRC:

“Bewick’s” Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)
“Vega” Herring Gull (Larus argentatus vegae)
“Woodhouse’s” Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica woodhouseii group)
“Eastern” Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla ruficapilla
“Red” Fox Sparrow (Passerella i. iliaca group)
“Thick-billed” Fox Sparrow (Passerella i, stephensi group)
“Gray-headed” Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis caniceps group)
“Eastern” Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus purpureus)

The following subspecies and forms are potential birds the WBRC believes might be found in Washington that merit review. It is intended to be suggestive and not exhaustive, and the WBRC remains open to reviewing these and other subspecies and forms that meet the criteria of being ‘sufficiently rare’ and ‘identifiable.’

Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis kriderii)
Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus variegatus) (reported in WA, not yet reviewed by the WBRC)
nominate Rock Sandpiper (Calidris p. ptilocnemis) (reported in WA, not yet reviewed by the WBRC)
Hendersoni Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus hendersoni) (reported in WA, not yet reviewed by the WBRC)
Kamchatka Mew Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis)
Eurasian Barn Swallow (Hirundo r. rustica group)
Japonicus American Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus)
Timberline Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri)
Pink-sided Junco (Junco hyemalis mearnsi)