That written, a couple of interesting votes occurred by the AOU committee in relation to other songbird taxonomic change proposals:
1. In a slight upset, the presumed lump of Hoary and Common Redpoll failed as a proposal. More study was deemed necessary to decide if these two species should instead be considered as one.
2. A proposal that passed:
The Western Scrub-jay is now separated into two species: California Scrub-Jay and Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay.
Read all about it, below, courtesy of Audubon Magazine (and the author Kenn Kaufman):
Birders who have traveled widely in the West have probably seen both of these already, and will net an automatic “armchair lifer” from the decision. If you’ve already seen them, you can go ahead and count them.