[Tweeters] How Many Bird Spp. in WA?

Charles Swift chaetura at gmail.com
Thu Jul 29 11:09:00 PDT 2010


Matt -

Summer Tanager is on the WOS list - I think perhaps you are thinking of
Scarlet Tanager that might be on the WA Birder list but not the WOS list?
The "Western Flycatcher" situation remains unsettled so WOS may want to wait
a bit to tackle that. Field work is still in progress with likely follow up
publications to the Rush et al. paper mentioned earlier by Gene Hunn. I
believe it is already on the AOU CLC's radar and some are betting that when
all is said and done Cordilleran/Pacific-slope Flycatcher will be lumped.

Charles.

On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 7:54 PM, <mattxyz at earthlink.net> wrote:


> Hi Carol & Tweets -

> Here's my take on the possible answers to this straightforward question:

> 497, 503, or somewhere inbetween.

>

>

> 1. The official Washington Bird Records Committee list updated through

> 2008, is online at: http://wos.org/WAlist01.htm

> According to the summary at the top of this page, the WA list is at 493,

> with 8 of those being based on single-person sight records & 4 being

> 'historical'- birds that haven't been seen in the state in 50+ yrs.

>

> However, when you add up the birds listed on that page, there are 484

> listed , which along with the 8 single-person sight records & the 4

> historical records brings the official list to* 496*. 2 of these were the

> ones mentioned by Scott - Hawaiian Petrel & Variegated Flycatcher, but I'm

> not sure what the 3rd one is. In any case, I'd say the WA BRC total is now

> 496.

>

>

>

> 2. Washington Birder [wabirder.com] has a list that now stands at* 503*species.

> http://www.wabirder.com

>

>

>

> So, what are the 7 species that stand between the WA BRC list and the Wa

> Birder list? Here is my summary of their status, based on what I've heard

> not on any official involvement in the WA BRC:

>

> *Mute Swan* - WA BRC recently removed it from the state list on the theory

> that no established/non-introduced birds are/have been here.

>

> *Scaled Quail* -both lists agree it is extirpated in WA, the disagreement

> is whether it was established enough to keep on the list after extirpation -

> non-established introduced species are not traditionally kept on lists once

> they no longer are found in a region. WA Birder keeps it on the list, WA BRC

> does not.

>

> *Common Moorhen* - WA BRC declined to accept a report from a few years

> back from Potholes.

>

> *Greater Pewee* - I'm not sure whether the WA BRC has ruled one way or

> another on this one. For some reason, I think they've accepted it, but that

> may be a mistake on my part.

>

> *Yellow-bellied Flycatcher* - not yet processed by WA BRC, but likely to

> be accepted, since it has already been reported in Birding Magazine & other

> places.

> *

> *

> *Cordilleran Flycatcher* - WA BRC does not accept that the populations of

> Western Flycatchers in SE WA are distinct enough to be called Cordilleran --

> there have been notes about 'needing to revisit this' in past reports, I

> think, but I haven't heard of any recent movement.

>

> *Summer Tanager* - I believe the WA BRC declined to accept the record of

> this from Adams Co

>

>

> Those are the 7 species that stand between in the gap between the two lists

> -- really, when you are talking about 500 or so species, that's a

> remarkable bit of agreement, I think.

>

> Good birding,

>

> Matt Bartels

> Seattle WA -

>

>

> Hi Tweets:

>

> I was about to send out a msg to a group asking about their favorite

> birding spots. In a packet about the Great Washington State Birding Trail

> project for Audubon, it says that WA has 365 + birds. That seemed low so I

> found the WA Birder List that I have, and it says there are 501 spp. But

> that list includes birds that are extirpated like California Condor. I

> checked the bird list on www.wos.org and it says there are 408 spp (I

> think, I had to count them up). But that list says it is a 2008 checklist.

>

> Does anyone know the latest number of bird species listed for Washington

> State?

>

> Yours, Carol Schulz

>

> Des Moines

>

> carol.schulz50 at gmail.com

>

>

>

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