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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 226 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N Warbler enlivened Longview, Cowlitz 13-26 Dec (ph. V. McClelland) and provided the third re - cord for Washington; the previous two Washing- ton records were in e. Washington and included one in Okanogan Dec–Jan 2001/2002 and anoth - er in Asotin Oct 2003. Single Hermit Warblers, rare but annual in Oregon during winter, were at Eugene, Lane 8 Feb (D. Gleason) and Portland 9 Jan (Q. Ma). Six Wilson's Warbler reports repre - sented an exceptional winter total in Washington and included a very rare e. Washington record at Spokane 4 Dec (JI). Three Western Tanagers were noted 9-30 Dec; this species is now annual during winter in w. Washington. A female Rose- breasted Grosbeak visited a feeder east of Eugene at Walterville, Lane 11-20 Feb (V. Buck). Contributors: Bob Archer, Bob Boekelheide, Mike & MerryLynn Denny, Bob Flores, Denny Grandstrand, Dave Haupt, Eric Heisey, Randy Hill, Sally Hill, Adrian Hinkle, Christopher Hinkle, Dave Irons, Jon Isacoff, Randy Knapp, Bruce Labar, Paul Lehman, Ryan Merrill, Russ Namitz, Mike Patterson, Phil Pickering, Tim Rodenkirk, Em Scattaregia, Kevin Spencer, Andy Stepeniewski, Shep Thorp, Bill Tweit, Brad Waggoner, Dan Waggoner, Charlie Wright, Matt Yawney. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Adrian Hinkle, 2616 SE 58th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97206 • adrian.hinkle@gmail.com Christopher Hinkle, 2616 SE 58th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97206 • christopher.hinkle2@gmail.com Ryan Merrill, 13039 6th Avenue NW, Seattle, Washington 98177 • rjm284@gmail.com Brad Waggoner , 7865 Fletcher Bay Road NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110 • wagtail24@gmail.com A Baltimore Oriole at the same Seaside location 12 Dec–11 Feb (MP) represented Oregon's twenty- fourth, and was also the fourth O.B.R.C.-accept - ed winter record. A Bullock's Oriole enlivened Seattle 9-28 Dec (W. Neufeld-Kaiser) providing the seventeenth winter record for Washington while the only Oregon Bullock's were singles at Newport, Lincoln 5 Dec–27 Feb and North Bend, Coos 26 Dec–4 Jan. Five Rusty Blackbirds noted in Washington made for a typical winter tally. A Rusty Blackbird was at Roseburg, Douglas 1-24 Dec (K. Pheifer); the species was removed from the O.B.R.C. review list within the past year and one detection for this period is to be expected. A Common Grackle visiting Acme 21 Dec–2 Jan (ph. N. Sanday) provided a first for What - com, while one at Wallula, Walla Walla 6 Feb was likely a continuing individual from Nov; Wash - ington has just shy of 20 records with only a few in winter. Up to 4 Great-tailed Grackles were at McDermitt, Harney 2 Jan (W. and P. Bowers), up to 3 wintered at Ontario, Malheur (where regu - lar), and 3 were at Nuss Lake, Klamath 18 Jan (J. Van Moorhem). Winter records are still barely annual in Oregon, but increasing. A Nashville Warbler was noted at Port Angeles 20 Dec (C. Wilcox); though nearly annual dur - ing winter in Oregon over the last decade, there are only a handful of winter records in Washing - ton. The only Nashville Warbler in OR was at Harbor, Curry 18 Jan (S. Chambers). A MacGil - livray's Warbler, very rare during winter in Or- egon, was at Millicoma Marsh, Coos 22 Nov–14 Dec (TR). A Hooded Warbler, Washington's seventh, continued from fall and survived the entire winter at Neah Bay, Clallam (m.ob.). Two Palm Warblers 6 Dec–24 Jan was a normal win - ter total for w. Washington. A Yellow-throated com 28 Feb (ph. N. Sanday). A subpar 3 Ameri - can Tree Sparrows were tallied in w. Washington this winter; this species has been on the decline in w. Washington for over a decade. Similarly, w. Oregon's single American Tree Sparrow at As - toria, Clatsop through 2 Dec contrasts with the expected four or five. Chipping Sparrows, less than annual in Washington during winter, in - cluded singles at Vancouver Lake, Clark 10 Dec (J. Danzenbaker) and Bridgeport, Douglas 23 Dec (M. Spencer). Oregon's only Clay-colored Spar - row for the period persisted at Astoria, Clatsop through 13 Dec (MP); typically one to 2 is ex - pected. Given that there were only three previ- ous winter Washington records, a Vesper Spar- row at Lake Terrell, Whatcom 3 Jan (RK) and another continuing from fall near Burlington, Skagit thru 21 Feb (G. Bletsch) were noteworthy. A Lark Sparrow near Ilwaco, Pacific 28 Jan (ph. D. Swanson) provided the third winter record for Washington. In Oregon the only Lark Sparrows outside of regular wintering areas in the Rogue Valley were one at Roseburg, Douglas 19-24 Dec (J. Billstine) and a very rare coastal winter re - cord at Sunset Beach S.P., Clatsop 8 January (D. Osis). A mere 5 Harris's Sparrows were reported in Oregon from Marion, Lincoln, Tillamook, Curry, Josephine, and Marion. The paucity of eastside re - ports likely reflects limited coverage. Further, the species is regular enough there that some may go unreported. Golden-crowned X White-crowned Sparrows were again detected with singles at Neah Bay, Clallam 13 Dec (ph. RM, BW) and Elma, Grays Harbor 18 Jan (S. Mills, B. Tweit). Hooded Oriole has been recorded over 40 times in Oregon, but one at se. Portland 10-12 Feb (E. Edwards) netted Multnomah's first. A Hooded Oriole was also at Seaside 10 Jan–2 Feb. Northern California Jeff N. Davis Ed Pandolfino Michael M. Rogers Stephen C. Rottenborn –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he El Niño conditions failed to bring hoped for drought relief. December precipitation was well below normal in most of the Region. A wet January was encouraging, but February was among the driest in history, with much of Northern California receiving only trace amounts of precipitation. El Niño conditions and strong winds were likely responsible for an unprec- edented showing of Leach's Storm-Petrels along the coast. Highlights included the Region's first Nazca Booby, second Brown- crested Flycatcher, and second winter record of Least Tern, and the Central Valley's first Black-headed Gull in 30 years. Abbreviations: C.B.R.C. (California B.R.C.); C.R.P. (Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacra- mento); C.V. (Central Valley); F.I. (South- east Farallon Island, San Francisco); Point Blue (Point Blue Conservation Science); S.F. (San Francisco, not State Forest); Reports of exceptional vagrants submitted without documentation are not published. Docu- mentation of C.B.R.C. review species will be forwarded to Tom Benson, Secretary, secre- tary@californiabirds.org.

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