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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 376 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N mediate coast, were at Yaquina Head, Lincoln 6-8 May (CP). Above average for spring, 5 Northern Mockingbirds were noted in Washington. In w. Oregon 8 were noted north of their tradi - tional R.V. range while a single bird on the eastside was an unusually poor showing. Single Sage Thrashers, rare, but near annual in spring for w. Washington, were at Mary - moor, King 23 Apr (S. Aagaard), Ridgefield12 May (E. Knight), and L. Crescent, Clallam 14 May (ph. A. Patia); most records are from Apr-May. A Brown Thrasher at Pasco, Frank - lin 10 Apr (ph. L. Smith) was Washington's nineteenth; records are evenly distributed be - tween westside and eastside, mostly in May- Jun. Oregon's ninth White Wagtail (ssp. oc - cularus) was at Hatfield Lake, Deschutes 24-26 Apr. (T. Kutzen). Seven Purple Finches at 3 locations in Walla Walla 9 Mar–3 Apr were in far e. Wash - ington, where previously considered rare; this species is now being reported regularly over the last few years in parts of Walla Walla near the Snake River. A wayward White-winged Crossbill was at Cheney, Spokane 30 May (C. Corder); this species is not normally found in lowland e. Washington locations in late spring or summer. A Common Redpoll at Tokeland, Pacific 3 May (J. Weldon, J. Bird) was the latest record for Washington. One at Thorton Creek, Lincoln 7 Apr (D. Faxon) provided a late and out of range record for Oregon, where they are rarely found after March. A Lapland Longspur at Marymoor Park, King 24 May (MH, J. Meyer) was near record late for Washington. Given less than 10 w. Washington records, a Green-tailed Towhee at Ridgefield 15-16 May (S. Setterberg) was noteworthy. A Clay-colored Sparrow, rare for spring in w. Oregon, was at Manzanita, Til - lamook 10-11 Apr (J. Evens). Brewer's Spar- rows, very rare in w. Washington, included one at Vancouver, Clark 13-14 Apr (RK), with another there 2 May (R. Korpi), and one at Semiahmoo, Whatcom 7 May (N. Sanday). An early Brewer's Sparrow at Beaverton 6 Apr (D. Porter) was the only westside Oregon report; a handful would be more typical. The Vesper Sparrow continuing from fall near Burlington, Skagit was noted thru 2 Mar (RM); there are only 5 winter records but this is the first record of one over-wintering. Vesper Sparrows are rare away from breed - ing areas in w. Oregon; reports at South Jetty Yaquina Bay 30 Apr (AH, W. Wright), near Brownsmead, Clatsop 14 May (MP), and at Sandy River Delta, Multnomah 14 May (S. Nord) were noteworthy. Conspicuous by their absence, there were no westside Lark Spar - rows north of the R.V.; a couple would be typ- PASSERINES A Least Flycatcher visited Richmond Beach, King 27 May (ph. J. Sweeney); prior to 2009 this species was considered very rare in w. Washington, but detections of a few from late May through June are now expected. A Gray Flycatcher at Davenport, Lincoln 22 Apr provided Washington's earliest record. Single Gray Flycatchers were at Corkindale, Skagit 5 May (RM), SaukValley, Skagit 12 May (RM), and Barnaby Slough, Skagit 28 May (GB); there are now over 30 records for w. Wash - ington with well over half of those occurring in the last 5 years. A Gray Flycatcher was at Powell Butte Nature Park, Multnomah 21-22 May (R. Abe); this species is now annual in the Portland area, but still very rare elsewhere in w. Oregon away from Marion and Jackson. Migrant Dusky Flycatchers in w. Washington are now hardly of note, but one at Obstruc - tion Point, Clallam 7 May (M. Holmgren, G. Montgomery) was a first for the Olympic Mountains and unusually far west. Single Pa - cific-slope Flycatchers at Vashon I., King 8 Apr (E. Parker, H. Parker) and Fort Lewis, Pierce 8 Apr (K. Slettebak) were a few days shy of be - ing record early for Washington. Black Phoe- bes continue to probe northward with way- ward singles noted at Skagit W.M.A., Skagit 27 Apr-12 May (RM) and Stanwood, Snohomish 29 May (S. Giles). Say's Phoebes flooded into w. Washington this spring in unprecedented numbers highlighted by 9 at Randle, Lewis 25 Mar (RM, A. Crutcher); spring Say's Phoebe reports in w. Washington have increased dramatically over the past 9 years. Fair num - bers of Western Kingbirds moved through w. Washington this spring highlighted by a maximum of 15 at P.N.P. 13 May (K. Brown). Loggerhead Shrikes, rare as a spring mi - grant in w. Washington, showed exception- ally well with 5 detected at 5 locations 19 Mar–2 Apr. One in coastal Oregon, where not annual, graced South Beach, Lincoln 11 May (CP). A Northern Shrike at Cattle Point, San Juan 15 May (J. Burke, K. Burke) was over a month late and just shy of the record late date. The Pinyon Jay inhabiting Spence Reservoir, Union lingered until 25 Mar, rep - resenting just the second ne. Oregon record. The season's only Blue Jay was at Yakima thru 13 Mar (K. Zook). The latest reports from w. Oregon's Mountain Chickadee invasion came from higher elevations including single birds at Marys Peak, Benton 7 Apr (RN) and Larch Mountain, Multnomah 17 Apr (CH, ES) .Rock Wrens, rare at any season in w. Washington, but especially so in spring, included singles at Leque I., Snohomish 22 May (S. Peden) and Marymoor Park, King 27 May (H. Heiberg). Two Rock Wrens, less than annual on the im - May. None were detected in w. Washington. Not quite annual in coastal Oregon, single White-faced Ibis were at China Creek Beach, Coos, 13 May (L. Paulson) and Florence, Lane 19 May (V. Buck, S. Hill). A White-tailed Kite was at Vashon I., King 14-15 May (S. Bottoms, ph. E. Parker); since 2008 this species has essentially disappeared from its previous small hold in sw. Wash - ington, though a few wayward individuals continue to be noted annually. A tally of 325 Sharp-shinned Hawks passing over Bahokus Peak, Clallam 7 Apr (RM, CW) approached the record high count for Washington of 406 recorded at the same location 3 Apr 1990. Wayward Red-shouldered Hawks included one continuing at Nisqually thru 5 Mar (ST) and one at Sequim, Clallam 28 Mar (B. Paige); this species is still rare n. of sw. Washington. Coastal northbound Broad-winged Hawks were again noted at Bahokus Peak with 11 tal - lied 30 Apr-7 May. An additional inland bird was at P.N.P. 23 Apr (ph. BW). Washington had only 7 previous records of northbound Broad-wingeds prior to 2014. One Broad- winged Hawk was at Fields 28 May (DI, SF); Harney vagrant traps produce about one per spring. An exceptional 20 Swainson's Hawks were noted at 5 locations in w. Washington 7 Apr-31 May including a high count of 7 at Bahokus Peak 2 May (RM, BW); this species has now been detected annually in spring in w. Washington since 2003. Five Swainson's Hawks in w. Oregon 17 Apr-14 May was about average. As with the Sharp-shinned Hawk tally at Bahokus Peak, 616 Red-tailed Hawks passing over 7 Apr (RM, CW) was noteworthy but fell well short of the 3,374 tallied there 3 Apr 1990. A Snowy Owl lingering at Echo Ridge, Chelan 9 May (ph. V. Palumbo) was about a month tardy. Rare in w. Washington at any season, four Burrowing Owls at four locations were exceptional. The over-wintering Great Gray Owl in the Sauk Valley, Skagit lingered through 19 Mar, overlapping with a second bird there 16 Mar-1 Apr (RM); this species is less than annual in w. Washington. A Yellow- bellied Sapsucker was at Seattle 25 Mar (ph. K. Messick); there are 13 previous records for Washington with most Dec–Apr. Single Red- naped Sapsuckers were at Green Mt., Kitsap 10-11 Apr (ph. H. Voboril) and at L. Crescent, Clallam 22-23 Apr (ph. A. Patia); this species is rare in w. Washington away from the imme - diate Cascade crest. Two Gyrfalcons in Wash- ington through 11 Apr represented a typical spring. A tally of 13 Peregrine Falcons pass - ing over Bahokus Peak, Clallam 17 Apr (RM, J. Danzenbaker) likely represented a record count for Washington.

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