Fall 2021


Saturday, October 23, 2021, the Washington Bird Records Committee met via Zoom for its fall meeting.

Here’s a summary of our results:

  • 22 reports were accepted as valid new records.
  • 1 additional record was accepted as continuing sightings of a record previously accepted at an earlier meeting.
  • 10 reports were not accepted.

The WBRC accepted one species new to the state list: Common Crane. Photographs of a Philadelphia Vireo moved this species off the ‘sight only’ list.

This brings the official Washington State Checklist to 522 species, including 510 species fully accredited (supported by specimen, photograph, or recording) and 12 species which are sight-only records (supported only by written documentation).

Review list

No changes were made to the review list.


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


COHU-2021-1, Costa’s Hummingbird — 12-24 Jun 2021, 1st Avenue, Ellensburg, Kittitas County. Walter Szeliga [w], Bill & Charlotte Byers [w, p], Bill & Nancy LaFramboise [w, p], Nadine Drisseq [p], Dasha Gudalewicz [p], Dick Holcomb [p], Jordan Roderick [p], Doug Schurman [p] (7-0-0).

PUGA-2021-1, Purple Gallinule — 20 Jul 2021, Pier 66, Seattle waterfront, Seattle, King County. Tom Covert [w, p] (SPECIES ID: 7-0-0; ORIGIN: wild = 7).

COCR-2021-1, Common Crane — 23-29 Apr 2021, Fields around Bow, Skagit County. Brian Bell [w, p], Bill Tweit [w, p], Brad Waggoner [w, p], Nadine Drisseq [p], Rachel Hudson [p], Tom Mansfield [p], Grace & Ollie Oliver [p], Jordan Roderick [p], Dave Slager [p] (Species ID: 7-0-0; ORIGIN: wild = 7). NOTE: First state record

LIST-2021-1, Little Stint — 23-25 May 2021, Leque Island/Eide Rd., Stanwood, Snohomish County. Steven Dammer [w], Marcus Roening [w], Natalee Bozzi [w, p], Anthony Gliozzo [w, p], Greg Harrington [w, p], Alex Meilleur [w, p], Mitchell Von Rotz [w, p], Patrick Van Thull [p] (7-0-0).

WRSA-2021-1, White-rumped Sandpiper — 1-2 Jun 2021, Edmonds Marsh, Edmonds, Snohomish County. Brian Bell [w], Marcus Roening [w], Laura Brou [w, p], Jordan Gunn [w, p], Carl Haynie [w, p], Dick Holcomb [w, p], Doug Schurman [p], Woody Wheeler [p] (7-0-0).

WRSA-2021-2, White-rumped Sandpiper — 3-4 Jun 2021, Lower River Rd. end, Vancouver Lowlands, Vancouver, Clark County. Audrey Addison [w, p], John Bishop [w, p], Randy Hill [w, p], Cindy McCormack [w, p], Katie Warner [w, p] (7-0-0).

BHGU-2021-1, Black-headed Gull — 21-25 Apr 2021, McNeil Trail, Nisqually Reach, Dupont, Pierce County. Bill Tweit [w], Will Brooks [w, p], Chuck Jensen [p], Kenneth Trease [p], Patrick Van Thull [p] (7-0-0).

SNEG-1836-1, Snowy Egret — 3 July 1836, [Columbia River] ANSP ORN 162372, Walla Walla County. John Kirk Townsend [specimen] [museum photos fide Nathan Rice and Jason Weckstein] (7-0-0).

SNEG-2021-1, Snowy Egret — 31 May – 19 Jun 2021, Walla Walla River Delta & Casey Pond, McNary NWR, Wallula, Walla Walla County. Mike & MerryLynn Denny [w, p], John Cooper [p], Jim Parrish [p], Bonnie Roemer [p], Bruce Toews [p] (7-0-0).

YBSA-2021-2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker — 6 Apr 2021, Naneum Ridge State Forest, Lower Trailhead, Kittitas County. Scott Ramos [w, p] (7-0-0).

EAWP-2021-1, Eastern Wood-Pewee — 1 Aug 2021, Morningtide Land Trust, Marrowstone Island, Jefferson County. Steve Hampton [w, a] (6-0-1).

PHVI-2021-1, Philadelphia Vireo — 22 Sep 2021, Bassett Park, Washtucna, Adams County. Will Brooks [w, p] (7-0-0). NOTE: First record of this species supported by photo documentation.

BRTH-2021-1, Brown Thrasher — 23-25 Apr 2021, Omak, Okanogan County. Konstanze Helseth [w, p] [fide Alan McCoy] (7-0-0).

WHWA-2021-1, White Wagtail — 18-26 May 2021, San Juan County Park, San Juan Island, San Juan County. Phil Green [w, p], Jason Vassallo [p, a], Charis Weathers [w, p], Monika Wieland Shields [w, p] (SPECIES ID: 7-0-0; SUBSPECIES: not identifiable to subspecies = 7).

OVEN-2021-1, Ovenbird — 5 Jun 2021, Sentinel Bluffs, Grant County. Matt Yawney [w, p, a] (7-0-0).

OVEN-2021-2, Ovenbird — 10 Jun 2021, Westcrest Park, Seattle, King County. Ed Deal [w] (7-0-0).

OVEN-2021-3, Ovenbird — 8 Sep 2021, Ritzville Park and Golf Course, Ritzville, Adams County. Will Brooks [p], Chuck Jensen [w, p], Victor Hubbard [w, p] (7-0-0).

PROW-2021-1, Prothonotary Warbler — 6 Sep2021, ~1 mi east of Spokane River 9-mile dam, 47.772, -117.525, Spokane County. Kim Thorburn [w] (7-0-0).

NOPA-2021-1, Northern Parula — 1 Jun 2021, Dosewallips SP, Jefferson County. Brad Vrilakas [w, a] (7-0-0).

BLPW-2021-1, Blackpoll Warbler — 24 Sep 2021, Bassett Park, Washtucna, Adams County. Jordan Gunn [p] (7-0-0).

CAWA-2021-1, Canada Warbler — 5-6 Sep 2021, Lions Park, Ephrata, Grant County. Matt Yawney [w, p], Scott Downes [p], Jason Vassallo [p], Will Brooks [p], RJ Baltierra [p] (7-0-0).

INBU-2021-2, Indigo Bunting — 29 May 2021, Marymoor Park, Redmond, King County. Leah Lang [w] (7-0-0).


The committee agreed that an April sighting of White-tailed Kite on Puget Island, Wahkiakum County is best treated as a returning instance of WTKI-2020-2 from December nearby. The two records are merged as WTKI-2020-2.

Dates and observation info for April 2021 occurrence:  White-tailed Kite — 14 Apr 2021, E. Birnie Slough Rd., Puget Island, Wahkiakum County. Kyleen Austin [w] (7-0-0).


SMEW-2021-1, Smew — 27 Apr 2021, 0.5 miles up Entiat River, Entiat, Chelan County (0-6-1).

COGA-2021-1, Common Gallinule — 10 Jul 2021, Little Pend Oreille NWR, Stevens County (0-6-1).

EHOB-2021-1, Eurasian Hobby — 4 Apr 2021, Chehalis Western Trail near Military Road, Rainier, Thurston County (0-7-0).

VEFL-2021-1, Vermilion Flycatcher — 23 Jul – 1 Aug 2021, 132nd St., Burien, King County (0-7-0).

BRTH-2021-2, Brown Thrasher — 23 Aug – 2 Sep 2021, Bassett Park, Washtucna, Adams County (2-5-0).

BAOR-2021-2, Baltimore Oriole — 19 May 2021, Bassett Park, Washtucna, Adams County (0-6-1).

BBWA-2021-1, Bay-breasted Warbler — 2 Sep 2021, Bassett Park, Washtucna, Adams County (0-7-0).

BTBW-2021-1, Black-throated Blue Warbler — 16 May 2021, Frost Road, Twisp river drainage, Twisp, Okanogan County (0-7-0).

BTBW-2021-2, Black-throated Blue Warbler — 2 Jun 2021, Biscuit Ridge Rd., Walla Walla County (1-6-0).

INBU-2021-1, Indigo Bunting — 14 May 2021, Dog Mountain Trail. Puppy point, Skamania County (0-7-0).

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