North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

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 270 O r e g O n & wa s h i n g tO n eighth; 4 have appeared since 2009. Yamhill's frst Tricolored Blackbird was at McMinnville 2 Jan (SF, L. Norgren); strays of this species have been on the increase in the Region over the past decade. Five Yellow-headed Blackbirds at three locations in w. Washington provided a decent winter showing; this species now seems to be annual during winter in w. Washington. Four Rusty Blackbirds noted in w. Washington made a typical winter tally, while 4 in w. Oregon con- stituted a record total for any season in that state. Another Rusty at Tyson Pond, Walla Walla 22 Feb (MLD) was decidedly rarer for e. Washington. Washington's tenth Great-tailed Grackle stayed at Puyallup, Pierce through 8 Feb (m.ob.); most records have occurred May– Jul, and although this species is now probably resident at the s. edge of the Region, there is only one prior winter record for Washington. An ad. male Hooded Oriole spent the season at Waldport, Lincoln (B. Carr); nearly half of Oregon's 50+ records have come Nov–Feb. A Bullock's Oriole at Dungeness, Clallam 10 Dec+ (S. Gremel, M. Salvadalena) furnished the sixteenth winter record for Washington; 4 more Bullock's were in w. Oregon, where they winter annually. Pine Grosbeaks, White-winged Crossbills, Common Redpolls, and Pine Siskins were scarce across the Region this winter, and sis- kins were not reported anywhere in w. Oregon during season. Northerly Lesser Goldfnches included one at Seattle 20 Jan–14 Feb (ph. M. Metz) and 3 at Cashmere, Chelan 23 Jan+ (V. Palumbo); this species continues its march northward after colonizing sw. Washington fairly recently. This range expansion has also shown an easterly component as well; 5 Lessers were at LaGrande, Union 10 Dec (TB). Initialed observers (subregional editors in boldface): Gary Bletsch, Trent Bray, Wilson Cady, Mike & MerryLynn Denny, Dennis Duffy, Shawneen Finnegan, George Gerdts (GGe), Jeff Gilligan, Denny Grandstrand, Randy Hill, Michael Hobbs, Matt Hunter, Stuart Johnston (Klickitat), Randy Knapp, Bruce Labar, Terry Little, Judy Meredith, Ryan Merrill (Washington), Russ Namitz, Harry Nehls (Oregon), Steve Nord, Tim O'Brien, Phil Pickering, Jon Plissner, Tim Rodenkirk (Coos, Curry), Ryan Shaw, Andy Stepeniewski, Bill Tweit, Dan Waggoner, Charlie Wright (eBird), Matt Yawney. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David S. Irons, 6555 sw Old scholls Ferry road #8, Portland, Oregon 97223 (llsdirons@msn.com) Brad Waggoner, 7865 Fletcher Bay road ne, Bainbridge island, washington 98110, (wagtail24@gmail.com) Ryan Merrill, 1616 10 street w, Kirkland, washington 98033 (rjm284@gmail.com) 28 Feb made a normal count during win- ter for w. Washington, but surprisingly only one was at a coastal location, where more expected. Oregon's eighth Yellow- throated Warbler, initially discovered at Ankeny N.W.R. 29 Nov (M. Ritter), spent the rest of the season frequenting a nearby yard (C. Hottman, m.ob.); three of the last four Oregon records have involved win- tering birds. Single Wilson's Warblers, now rare but annual during winter, enliv- ened Lake Grove, Clackamas (M. Bjorge) 10 Dec and Vashon Island, King 5 Jan (fde E. Swan). An American Tree Sparrow near Scap- poose, Columbia 29 Jan (D. Coggswell) was in w. Oregon, which averages one or 2 per winter. Five Clay-colored Sparrows, all w. of the Cascades 7 Dec–19 Jan, was slightly above the seasonal norm. Four Red Fox Sparrows were noted in Washington; increasing scrutiny has recently revealed this subspecies group (iliaca) to be annual in the Region during win- ter. The status of Sooty Fox Sparrow e. of the Cascades is poorly known, so one at Walla Walla 13 Dec (M&MLD) was noteworthy; this subspecies group likely winters in small num- bers on the Region's eastside. Seven Lincoln's Sparrows detected in e. Washington 26 Dec–12 Feb was exceptional; this species is rare there Jan–Mar. Fourteen Swamp Sparrows was double the seasonal norm for Washington and included a rare eastside single lingering from fall at Liberty Lake, Spokane through 5 Dec (JI). Twelve Harris's Sparrow was exceptional for w. Washington, where 2 per winter would be typical; 3 more were noted in w. Oregon. Six eastside Harris's was on par with recent win- ter showings there. Golden-crowned Sparrow x White-crowned Sparrow hybrids were again detected, with singles at Crockett Lake, Island 26 Dec (ph. J. Little) and Samish Island, Skagit 28 Dec (ph. RM). Although Western Tanagers have now win - tered in the Region every year since 1998, 7 this season is a record winter tally for the Region. Six of these birds were in Washington, including an extremely rare eastside bird near Omak, Okanogan 4 Jan (A. Shell); there are only three prior winter records for e. Washington. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak near Lacey, Thurston 8 Feb+ (ph. H. Michael) provided Washington's fourth winter record. Black-headed Grosbeak is not recorded annually in the Region during winter, so 3 in Oregon this season made an exceptional total. Most surprising were east- side birds at Klamath Falls 7 Dec (D. Hewitt) and Madras, Jefferson 28 Feb (E. Thomas). The westside bird visited Pistol River, Curry 16 Jan (TB). An ad. female Painted Bunting at Coos Bay 18 Dec+ (†TR, ph. DI) was Oregon's each spring, a few Loggerheads stray to the westside, with most recorded late Mar–early May. Despite a comparatively strong showing for Blue Jays during the fall, a mere 3 were re- ported Dec–Feb. As has become the inexpli- cable norm, 45 widely scattered Barn Swallows were detected 25 Dec–5 Feb; all but the one at Yakima 4 Jan (J. Kozma) were on the westside, with a high count of 13 at Winchester Bay, Douglas 31 Dec (RN). Yet another Mountain Chickadee x Black-capped Chickadee hybrid was at Northrup Canyon, Grant 8 Feb (MY); this cross is being reported with increasing frequency, with most reports coming from this location in e. Washington. Bushtits of the plumbeus subspecies continue to maintain modest presence near Moses Lake, Grant, with 7 noted there 14 Jan (MY); the historic range of this taxon extends to the n. end of the Great Basin in s.-cen. Oregon, and there are a few outposts between there and the Columbia River, but the Grant group is the only known plumbeus population in Washington. Single Mountain Bluebirds, rare during winter in w. Washington, were at Semiahmoo, Whatcom 8 Dec+ (m.ob.) and Kingston, Kitsap 8 Dec (S. Giles). A most surprising Gray Catbird vis- ited Lebanon, Linn 6 Dec (J. Harding); there are very few winter records for the Region. About normal for the season, 7 Northern Mockingbirds were noted away from the Rogue Valley, where they are now resident; all were w. of the Cascades. A Brown Thrasher near Coquille, Coos 4 Jan+ (K. Phifer) adds to at least a dozen prior winter records from Oregon. Six Bohemian Waxwings at Portland 15 Jan (J. Beckman) were rare for w. Oregon, where this species is not found annually. Rare during winter, a Northern Waterthrush inhabited Skagit W.M.A., Skagit 8 Dec–18 Feb (M. Kennedy). Not quite annual in w. Washington after Dec, 2 Common Yellowthroats were near Snohomish, Snohomish 6 Jan (C. Borre), and one was at Samish Flats, Skagit 19 Feb (W. Weber). Four Palm Warblers 10 Dec– Oregon's eighth Painted Bunting wintered at Coos Bay, Coos County (here 23 December 2013). The absence of obvious molt limits in the fight feath- ers and their coverts indicate an adult female. Photograph by David Irons.

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