North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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 548 O r e g O n & wa s h i n g tO n Pueblo Mountains, with 2 noted there 14 Jun (AH, CH, ES); this continues to be the only reli- able place in the Region to fnd this taxon. This season's Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were singles near Maupin, Sherman 15 Jun (J. Gray) and Pistol River, Curry (T. Hook). A pair of Lazuli Buntings tending to nestlings at Bainbridge Island 28 Jun provided the frst breeding record for Kitsap (BW, J. Acker); this species is a local nester on the eastside of the P.T., but they are absent in summer on the Olympic Peninsula. The Indigo Bunting at Steigerwald Lake N.W.R., Clark continued through 6 Jun (ph. D. Lowe); Washington has over 35 records, with most oc- curring in Jun and Jul. The Indigo Bunting x Lazuli Bunting hybrid near Cougar, Cowlitz con- tinued thru 18 Jun (T. Anderson). A new colo- ny of Tricolored Blackbirds se. of Albany, Linn contained at least 25 birds through the period (WDR). A male Great-tailed Grackle, returning from last fall, inhabited Puyallup, Pierce 13 Jul+ (ph. M. Charest); Washington has ten records, mostly May–Jul. Although now established as a resident in the Rogue Valley, Great-taileds continue to be rare stray elsewhere in Oregon. This season, singles wandered to Roseburg 5 Jun (RMa), Ankeny N.W.R. 15 Jun (T. Werth), and se. of Baker City, Baker (M. Bogar). Single Hooded Orioles appeared at Independence, Polk 14 Jun (B. Wagner) and Bend 20 Jul (C. & M. Miller); spring birds are now near annual in Oregon. The season's only Baltimore Oriole was e. of Prineville, Crook 19 Jun (S. Peters). A Lesser Goldfnch visited Marblemount 13 Jun (ph. RM) providing a frst for Skagit; this species contin- ues to explode northerly in w. Washington, but summer records beyond an establishing popula- tion in Pierce are few. Initialed observers (subregional editors in boldface): Gary Bletsch, Marv Breece, Jim Danzenbaker, Mike Denny, MerryLynn Denny, Andrew Emlen, Daniel Farrar, Bob Flores, George Gerdts (GGe), Roy Gerig, Jeff Gilligan, Randy Hill, Adrian Hinkle, Christopher Hinkle, Jon Isacoff, Randy Knapp, Bruce Labar, Paul E. Lehman, Ron Maertz, Joe Metzler, Harry Nehls (Oregon), Russ Namitz, Vic Nelson, Mike Patterson (Clatsop), W. Douglas Robinson, Tim Rodenkirk (Coos, Curry), Em Scattaregia, Owen Schmidt, Ryan Shaw, Bill Shelmerdine, Andy Stepniewski, Noah Strycker, John Sullivan, Bill Tweit, Dan Waggoner, Charlie Wright (eBird). n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David S. Irons, 6555 s.w. Old scholls Ferry road #8, Portland, Oregon 97223, ( Brad Waggoner , 7865 Fletcher Bay rd n.e., Bainbridge island, washington 98110, ( Ryan Merrill, 1616 10 street w., Kirkland, washington 98033, ( male parula on N.S.C.B. 21 Jun (TR) was the ffth for Coos. A singing male Blackburnian Warbler at Ten Cent Meadow in the Pueblo Mountains 18 Jun (ph. AH, ph. CH, ES) was Oregon's eleventh and the ninth for Harney; ironically, the same observers found an ad. female was at this same remote site in Jun 2012. This season's Chestnut- sided Warbler sang persistently at Fort Stevens S.P. 2 Jul+; males of this species have often summered in Oregon but invariably have been unsuccessful in their attempts to attract a mate. A male Black-throated Blue Warbler dropped in at Malheur 2 Jun (m.ob.); this spe- cies is nearly annual in the Harney oases, with many May–Jun records. A Black-throated Green Warbler at Malheur 1 Jun (D. Evered) is Oregon's fourteenth, all but three of which have occurred between 20 May and 19 Jun. Yellow-breasted Chats have regained a foothold as a local breeder in Clark over the past eight years, but remain somewhat of a nov- elty elsewhere in w. Washington. Detections away from Clark this summer included singles at Olympia 2-3 Jun (W. Hersey) and at Tenino, Thurston 30 Jun (P. Hicks). A Clay-colored Sparrow graced Fir Island, Skagit 2 Jun (ph. RM) providing the eighth summer record for w. Washington and the fourth consecutive Jun for one to be detected. Yet another Brewer's Sparrow appeared near Troutdale, Multnomah. This season's bird was at Sandy River delta 28 Jun (AH, ES). Washington's lone report of Black-throated Sparrow came from the traditional site near Vantage, Kittitas 13 Jun (M. Clarke, BL, N. Swecker). A Le Conte's Sparrow near Marblemount, Skagit 13-21 Jun (ph. RM) was Washington's ffth; other than a coastal record in Nov 1982, re- cords span late May–Jun. A White-throated Sparrow singing persistently on territory was near Darrington, Skagit 2 Jun–19 Jul (ph. RM), and another that graced Rockport, Skagit 28 Jun (ph. RM) provided Washington's seventh and eighth summer records; though success- ful nesting in Washington has yet to be estab - lished. This is the second consecutive summer with an individual exhibiting breeding behav- ior. A Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow was at Newhalem, Whatcom 9-13 Jun (RM); there are very few summer records for this taxon in w. Washington lowlands. A Golden-crowned Sparrow in e. Washington near Burbank, Walla Walla 29 Jun (ph. M&MLD) was a real surprise; though detected almost annually in early Jun in w. Washington, there are only two previous summer records for e. Washington, both occur- ring in early Jun. Gray-headed Juncos were again present at Ten Cent Meadow in Oregon's at County Line Ponds, Whatcom 13 Jun (RM), while at their other known spot near Carnation, King only one was noted 3 Jul (J. Adams, K. Ingalls). Stray migrant Redstarts included one at Sauk Valley, Skagit 1 Jun (RM), another at Newhalem, Whatcom 8 Jun (RM), and one on Cascade Head, Tillamook 8 Jun (P. Pickering); the latter site has produced several migrants in recent years. A Northern Parula at Fort Walla Walla, Walla Walla 13-17 Jun (H. Reeve, m.ob.) was Washington's seventeenth; records for ter- ritorial birds found Jun–Jul slightly outnum- ber Aug–Sep southbound migrants. Another For several weeks birders monitored the presence of at least one Gray Catbird in the brush behind Newport's Hatfeld Marine Science Center. On 27 July 2014, two diferent observers captured images that showed an adult (right) attending to a newly fedged juvenile (left), confrming the frst nesting of this species in western Oregon. Note the pale gape and pinkish bill edges of the youngster. Photograph by Wayne Hofman. This image, taken at Newport's Hatfeld Marine Science Center on 27 July 2014, helped document western Oregon's frst nest- ing record for Gray Catbird. Note the diference between in the color of the undertail coverts, with that adult (upper bird) showing the typical dark chestnut and the juvenile (lower bird) showing a much paler orange-buf at the base of the tail. Photograph by Marlowe Kissinger

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