North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 375 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N 11 Mar (RH); this cross is annual in the Re- gion. The Hooded Merganser X goldeneye sp. continued at Nisqually thru 30 Mar (ST); this intergeneric hybrid combination has been re - corded 5 times in the Region. Oregon hosted the region's only two Tufted Ducks this spring; single males were at Sandy River Delta 1 Apr (B. Hallberg) and Lower Klamath N.W.R. 2-30 Apr (D. Hewitt). Four Tufteds per spring is more typical. A Surf Scoter, barely annual in - land in spring, was at Smith and Bybee Lakes Multnomah 7 Mar (A. Frank). A Long-tailed Duck at Hatfield Lake, Deschutes 15-17 May (P. Low) was noteworthy for this less-than- annual inland spring migrant. Single White-winged Doves were at Neah Bay, Clallam 16-17 Apr (ph. RM) and Lyn - nwood, Snohomish 29 Apr (ph. M. Ramberg); Washington now has thirteen records with prior records occurring May–Nov. Four Cal - liope Hummingbirds 30 Apr–26 May was a near average spring tally for w. Washington. A Broad-tailed Hummingbird was at Bend, De - schutes 22 May (J. Moodie); though a few are noted near annually in s.e. Oregon, records away from there are few. Black-necked Stilts, rare but annual in w. Washington, included one at Kent, King 24 Apr (CW) and 3 at Ridgefield 5 May (K. Black). A Black-necked Stilt, also rare on the outer coast, was at Astoria, Clatsop 2 May (MP). Single American Golden-Plovers, not annual in the Region during spring, were at Dunge - ness, Clallam 28 Apr (BB) and the South Jetty of the Siuslaw River, Lane 29 Apr (B. Frueh, K. Frueh). Five Pacific Golden-Plovers in w. Washington 28–31 May provided an above average showing for spring. The wintering Pa - cific Golden-Plover south of Corvallis, Benton lingered thru 10 Mar (W. Hansen), while the handful of Apr-May coastal sightings was typi - cal. A Snowy Plover at Scooteney Res., 26 May (R. Laubach) provided a first for Franklin and was just the eighth for e. Washington; prior e. Washington records have all been during 27 Apr–28 May. The wintering Mountain Plover at South Beach, Lincoln lingered until 22 Mar (S. Mcknight), furnishing the latest Oregon record by three weeks. Long-billed Curlews, rare on the westside away from the outer coast, included a con - tinuing bird at March Point, Skagit thru 7 Apr (J. Houghton) and one at Ridgefield 2 May (RH). A Hudsonian Godwit visited O.S. 9 May (ph. Marty E.); there are about 20 pre - vious northbound records for this species in the Region. Even more rare as a northbound migrant, a Bar-tailed Godwit at Lopez I., 16 May (ph. T. Pratt) provided a first for San Juan. A Marbled Godwit, rare in e. Washington as a northbound migrant, was at W.W.R.D. 28 Apr (MLD). Two Ruddy Turnstones at Ridgefield 15 May (J. Allinger) and a Red Knot there 17 May (J. Bishop) provided rare inland w. Wash - ington records for these species. Red Knots, not quite annual on the east- side, included one near Lower Klamath N.W.R. 24 Apr (D. Haupt) and 12 at Summer Lake W.M.A. 14-15 May (AH, CH, ES). Or - egon's seventh and the Region's eighth Little Stint was at Kirtland Ponds, Jackson 11-14 May (B. Hunter). Photographic analysis of this individual suggests that it may well be the same individual that was present in Santa Clara, CA a week earlier. A White-rumped Sandpiper at Dodd Road Ponds, Walla Walla 21 May (ph. D. Edwards) provided Wash - ington's eighth record; previous Washington records have been from late May–early July. Pectoral Sandpipers showed exceptionally well this spring, highlighted by 34 at Se - quim, Clallam 15 May (RM). Spring Pectoral Sandpiper flights through Washington vary significantly from year to year with a typical spring in Washington producing around half a dozen in mid-to-late-May. Oregon recorded at least 52 Pectorals during May, all but one of which were on the westside. These included 14 at Kirtland Ponds, Jackson 12 May (R. Na - mitz); 3-4 would be a typical spring showing in Oregon. Oregon recorded 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers 24 Apr-28 May; three to five is typical per spring. A goodly 11 Semipalmated Sandpipers were noted in w. Washington 25 Apr-31 May. Washington averages about 3 per spring. A tally of 300,000 Western Sand - pipers migrating past Boiler Bay during a five- hour seawatch on 30 Apr (CH, AH) was the second highest Oregon tally ever; 360,000 passed by Bandon Beach, Coos 2 May, 2006. A Wandering Tattler, rare for spring in the P.T., was at Libbey Beach, Island 30 May (fide RM). A Willet, very rare as a spring migrant in e. Washington, graced Philleo L., Spokane 14 May (JI). ALCIDS THROUGH FALCONS Parakeet Auklets were found in small num- bers on about half of the offshore trips, with a max of 10 from a cruise ship 95 km w. of Leadbetter Point to 87 km w. of Copalis Beach Pacific/Grays Harbor 26 Apr (PL). A rare in - land Black-legged Kittiwake continued at Kalama, Cowlitz 1 Mar (RKo). Washington's eighth Laughing Gull visited Bottle Beach, Grays Harbor 20 May (ph. J. Taylor). A Frank - lin's Gull, not quite annual on the westside in spring, graced Discovery Park, King 14 May (M. Dufort). One of the winter Black-headed Gulls continued near Monroe, Snohomish thru 22 Mar (J. Adams); Washington now has twenty-one records. A Lesser Black-backed Gull inhabited Neah Bay, Clallam 22-25 Apr (ph. H. Anderson); though annual in e. Wash - ington since 2004, there are only a few re- cords for w. Washington. The wintering Slaty- backed Gull at Tacoma lingered through 21 May (J. Standish). Murphy's Petrels have become expected in small numbers far offshore. This spring's birds included one off Cape Blanco 2 Apr (R. Tay - lor) and 10 that were 49 km off Cape Blanco to 90 km off Tillamook 5 May (PL). One Ha - waiian Petrel was 61 km off Winchester Bay, Douglas 20 May (PL) while another was 50 miles off Newport 30 Apr (B. Archer); two is on par with observations off Oregon in recent years. While expected near shore annually in the region, Manx Shearwaters are rarely found more than 15 km off the coast, so one 60 km off Winchester Bay, Douglas (R. Dean) and one 37 km off Curry (PL) were surprising. Additional Manx were off Westport 14 & 15 May (SM). A Magnificent Frigatebird heading upriver at Mosier, Wasco 7 May (C. Puchy) was the 11th frigatebird for Oregon. In recent years two to three Brown Boobies have been the norm in Oregon during Aug–Dec; one at Boiler Bay 30 Apr (AH, CH, ES) was just the second for the state outside of this period. Over the past few springs American White Pelicans have become much less of a novelty in the northern areas of w. Washington; a high count of 70 at Nisqually 25 May (ST) high - lighted this season's incursion. Single Brown Pelicans, less than annual in spring in the P.T., were at Nisqually 29 Apr (K. Brady) and Se - attle 26 May (T. Nightingale). A Cattle Egret visited Pistol River, Curry 2 May (T. Hook); the species has declined to about two records per year in Oregon in recent years. Slightly subpar for recent springs, 27 White-faced Ibis were at seven locations in e. Washington 4-23 First reported as a Semipalmated Sandpiper, this Little Stint wasn't correctly identified until the second day of its stay at Kirtland Ponds, Jackson County, Oregon 11-14 (here 12) May. Preceded by three records of coastal juveniles, Oregon's four most recent sightings are of adults split between inland and coastal locations. In a fascinating twist, photographs show that this bird is remarkably similar-looking to one present in California a week prior. Photo by © Russ Namitz

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