North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 225 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N Bluebirds at six locations 8 Dec–24 Feb was an exceptional count for w. Washington in winter, while Cannon Beach, Clatsop hosted one 6 Jan (MP); the species is less than annual in w. Ore - gon. A goodly sum of 5 Northern Mockingbirds was noted in Washington this winter. Bohemian Waxwings, rare in w. Washington included sin - gles at Lake Terrell, Whatcom 6 Jan (I. Nugent) and Redmond, King 1-2 Feb (D. Petrula). Bohe - mian Waxwings made it as far south as Wallowa, Union, and Baker in small numbers as expected, with no extralimital Oregon records. Pine Grosbeaks, rare in the lowlands of w. Washington, included 5 at Neah Bay, Clallam 13 Dec (BW) and 2 at Bainbridge I., Kitsap 24 Jan–6 Feb (T. Mansfield).Pine Grosbeaks are uncom - mon most years in the Oregon Cascades, so up to 65 near Tumalo Falls, Deschutes during Jan were notable. Rare away from mountainous ar - eas, a lone Pine Grosbeak was in Bend, Deschutes 5 Feb (E. Thomas), while one at Lewis and Clark National Monument, Clatsop 18-22 Jan (D. Osis) represented a very rare coastal Oregon record. The only w. Oregon Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, a Hepburn's, constituted a rare coastal record on the beach at Manzanita, Tillamook 19 Dec (C. Harper); none were reported from traditional wintering spots at Marys Peak, Benton and Mt. Ashland, Jackson. Common Redpolls were wide - spread in Washington this winter and included an exceptional w. Washington high count of 140 at Corkindale, Skagit 18 Jan (RM). A Hoary Redpoll at Corkindale 2-18 Jan (RK, RM) pro - vided only the third w. Washington record of the 20+ accepted state records. One to 4 Common Redpolls were reported from nine locations in e. Oregon, with records as far south as Chilo - quin, Klamath 1-5 Dec (David Hewitt), and one at the Malheur N.W.R. headquarters 1 Dec (Tim Blount). Much rarer in w. Oregon was one at se. Portland 25 Jan–9 Feb (A. Lauber), and another at Toledo, Lincoln 25 Jan–25 Feb (C. Philo). The only Oregon reports of White-winged Cross - bills comprised 2 at Imbler, Union 31 Dec–10 Jan (m.ob) and 3 at a Sisters, Deschutes feeder 2-4 Dec, about typical for a non-invasion year. A Lesser Goldfinch at Arlington, Snohomish 23 Dec+ (D. Portinga) represented the farthest n. re - port this winter; this species continues its march northward after establishing a now continued presence in sw. Washington along with an even more recent presence in se. Washington. A Chestnut-collared Longspur near Tangent, Linn (R. Moore) continued until 1 Dec; the spe - cies is recorded nearly annually during Oct–Nov along the Oregon coast, with a number of addi - tional fall and winter W.V. records. Among the usual smattering of Snow Buntings in w. Oregon were up to 2 at North Spit Coos Bay 20 Dec–23 Jan, farther south than is typical. Washington's third Rustic Bunting briefly visited Acme, What - outside the typical winter range in the s. W.V. and s. coast. (M. Coolidge). An Ash-throated Flycatcher found at Vashon I., King in late-Nov continued through 6 Dec (fide E. Swan) pro - viding the first winter record for Washington. A Tropical Kingbird hung on at Astoria, Clatsop through 4 Dec (MP); fewer than ten have previ - ously lingered into Dec, with most during the past five years. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Sand Pt., Clallam 21 Dec (ph. J. Withrow) pro - vided a first Regional winter record and the thir- teenth for Washington. It was a non-invasion year for Blue Jays with just 2 noted in e. Washington 20 Dec–6 Feb. Tree Swallows have now become annual in small numbers during winter in w. Washington and prior to the arrival of northbound birds in late-Jan; one at Bateman I., Benton 11 Feb (RM) provided the earliest arrival record for e. Wash - ington. The W.V. and Oregon Coast witnessed a major Mountain Chickadee invasion. Coastally they were found in shore pines and at feeders, first appearing in mid-Oct and peaking in late- Oct. Declining reports through Nov gave way to only seven detected coastally Dec–Feb in Curry, Coos, and Tillamook. Inland valley records were clustered around Portland, also peaking in Oct, but with small numbers holding on through Feb+ and highlighted by 6 at Hayden I., Mult - nomah 2 Jan. Most were associated with pine trees and/or feeders. This invasion was larger and more widespread than a similar 2012-13 invasion, which featured few coastal records. Bushtits of the subspecies plumbeus continue to show a small presence near Moses Lake, Grant with 10 noted 11 Jan (MY); this small and dis - junct population is 200 km. north of their typi- cal range in e. Oregon. A Rock Wren, nearly an- nual in w. Washington during winter, continued at Port Angeles, Clallam thru 6 Dec (V. Lucas). Amazingly, 3 House Wrens were found this win - ter with singles at Grays Marsh, Clallam 14 Dec (BB); Wiser Lake, Whatcom 20 Dec (RK); and Sequim, Clallam 10 Jan (B. Paige). Three were also detected last winter, but prior to 2014 there were only three winter records for Washington. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, thought to repre - sent the Eastern subspecies caerulea, lingered at Tillamook Bay 22 Nov–2 Jan (S. Russell). One of unknown subspecies was on the North Spit at the Umpqua R. 30 Dec (BA); winter gnatcatch - ers in w. Oregon are less than annual. A Red- flanked Bluetail was found dead at Lopez I., San Juan 15 Dec (ph. A. Wedow), while Oregon's first visited a Wilsonville residence 26-30+ Dec (S. Perez); the only previous Regional record oc - curred late Mar–early Apr 2015 in Whatcom. A Sprague's Pipit wintered on a sheep ranch at Cape Blanco, Curry 29 Oct–6 Jan (T. Wahl); the same location also played host to the previous Regional record (1 Oct 2005). Eight Mountain consisted of westward flying birds on a day that followed a severe west wind event. A Pigeon Guillemot at Lake Joy, King 9 Dec (P. Crockett) provided a very rare freshwater record. A Par - akeet Auklet was noted from a cruise ship off Grays Harbor 2 Dec (RM, PL); this species' win - ter status offshore in the Region is still poorly known, though in the past 15 years it has been found to be an expected and on occasion even common species offshore Feb–Apr. A Band-tailed Pigeon at Yakima 4-24 Jan (T. Lykins) provided a very rare winter record for e. Washington. Two Snowy Owls in w. Washington and about 5 in e. Washington was about nor - mal for a non-irruptive winter sum. A Northern Hawk Owl, rare but now annual in Washington, inhabited Cassimer Bar, Okanogan 30 Dec–9 Jan (DW). A Burrowing Owl, rare in w. Washington, was at Steigerwald Lake N.W.R., Clark 25 Feb+ (J. Thomas). A Burrowing Owl at the Columbia River South Jetty 13 Dec (L. Cain) represented the only coastal report; three would be about typical. Very rare west of the Cascades, single Great Gray Owls were at Sauk Valley, Skagit 14 Jan+ (ph. RM) and Maple Falls, Whatcom 7 Feb (T. Entrikin). One of Oregon's westernmost re - cords of Great Gray Owl occurred at Creswell, Lane 20 Dec (B. Keefer). Mt. Tabor, Multnomah hosted a female Williamson's Sapsucker 9 Jan (ES). It was the location's second winter record, despite only a handful of winter records in w. Oregon. Single Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were at Bellevue, King 26 Dec (ph. A. McCormick) and at Kennewick, Benton 1-2 Jan (ph. J. Cleav - er); most of the dozen Washington records have occurred Dec–Apr. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were at Cheadle Lake, Linn 14 Dec–10 Jan (T. Hallman); in Coos Bay 15 Dec (TR); and near Skinner's Butte in Eugene 5 Jan–18 Feb (J. Carl - son). These brought Oregon's total records to about 35. Red-breasted Sapsuckers are become increasingly regular away from the Cascades in e. Washington during winter and 6 were de - tected this winter. One Gyrfalcon roamed the farmland east of Joseph, Wallowa 21 Jan–13 Feb (SH). An additional 1-2 records from the coast or W.V. would have been expected. PASSERINES Northerly Black Phoebes away from their foot- hold in sw. Washington are becoming more regular, but one at Lopez I. 24 Feb+ provided a first for San Juan (B. St. George). Single Say's Phoebe were at Steigerwald L. N.W.R., Clark 21- 27 Feb (RH, BF) and Corkindale, Skagit 24 Feb (RM); overwintering Say's Phoebe's are very rare in w. Washington, but a few will appear during mid- to late-Feb, coinciding with their arrival in e. Washington. While migrant Say's Phoebes ex - pectedly arrived in nw. Oregon during late-Feb, one found during the Portland C.B.C. 2 Jan was

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