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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 545 Oregon & Washington mer wanderers in w. Washington. This season, unprecedented numbers reached the P.T., with eight focks totaling more than 300 birds not- ed 20 Jun–8 Jul. A group of 51 near Ferndale, Whatcom 28 Jun (P. DeBruyn, RM) was the most northerly. Upwards of 750 pairs of White Pelicans occupied the recently established colo- ny at Miller Sands, Wahkiakum, producing 120 chicks by late Jun. A human disturbance at the colony caused many of the young to fush into the river and perish (fde JG); about 30 of the chicks were rescued and taken into a rehabilita- tion center. Following its discovery in late May (JG, OS), Oregon's eighth Glossy Ibis contin- ued at Diamond, Harney through at least 2 Jun (J. Meredith). Although White-faced Ibis are detected somewhat regularly away from breed- ing areas during spring migration, post-May strays are quite unusual. A single White-faced at Toppenish N.W.R., Yakima 1 Jun (T. Kurley) was the only summer report for Washington, and even more surprising was a fock of 20 fying over Creswell, Lane on 3 Jun (NS). Red- shouldered Hawk has still not been confrmed as nesting species in Washington, but the recent pattern of reports continues to suggest that are nesting in the sw. corner of that state. This sum- mer's sightings included an ad. at Ridgefeld 18 Jun (R. Friesz) followed by a juv. there 26 Jul (W. Clemons, C. Ledford), plus another at Skamokawa Creek, Wahkiakum 24 Jul (AE). A northerly bird at Nisqually 8 Jul (D. Kibbie, M. Goldthwait) was particularly noteworthy. A Broad-winged Hawk at Sisters, Deschutes 9 Jun (S. Russell) was nearly two weeks later than Oregon's prior spring records, which have gen- erally come during the last two weeks of May; this species is not known to oversummer in Oregon. A single Sandhill Crane summered near Cape Blanco (K. Andersson), and 3 more spent the season at Jackson Bottom Wetland near Hillsboro, Washington (S. Engel). SHOREBIRDS THROUGH WOODPECKERS Two presumably northbound Black-bellied Plovers tarried along Clatsop Beach 9 Jun (MP). A late American Golden-Plover visited F.R.R. 18 Jun (L. Gilbert); southbound birds rarely ap- pear before Jul. A single Pacifc Golden-Plover was at the mouth of Tenmile Creek, Coos 3 Jun (DF), and perhaps the same individual was there 14 Jun (DF). Presumed southbound Pacifcs were in the W.V. at Turner, Marion 28 Jun (RG) and F.R.R. 16 Jul (J. Dawning). Straggling Semipalmated Plovers were noted in both states. One was at Olympia 5 Jun (J. Anderson), and 12 were still at Bandon on 8 Jun (TR). A Solitary Sandpiper at Clear Lake, Skagit 7 Jun (ph. S. Atkinson) was more than three weeks behind schedule if northbound; there are just a hand- ful of Jun records for w. Washington. A migrant WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES A Greater White-fronted Goose, rare during summer, visited Wenatchee 3 Jul (N. Ratcliff). The 40+ Brant tallied in w. Washington dur- ing the season included 4 Gray-bellied birds at March Point, Skagit 7 Jun (RM); birds from this Western High Arctic population have rare- ly summered in the Region. A single minima Cackling Goose at Umatilla N.W.R., Benton 15 Jun (ph. BW, ph. JI) provided just the third summer record for e. Washington, while an- other at Toledo, Lewis 13 Jul (BT) added to w. Washington's 20+ summer reports (since 2005); thus far, all summering Cackling Geeese in that state have been assigned to B. h. minima. Straggling Trumpeter Swans, now annual in summer in Washington, were again found away from Turnbull N.W.R., where there is a resident population. One was at Snohomish, Snohomish 8 Jun (M. Jordan), and another was near Ellensburg, Kittitas 8 Jun (DW). A Tundra Swan, nearly annual in summer, inhabited Colville, Pend Oreille 13 Jun–3 Jul (TL). Over the past decade, Gadwall has become the second most abundant summering duck at most wetlands in the Willamette Valley, where this species was previously all but unknown as a breeder. On 14 Jun, 220 were counted at F.R.R. (JS). Thirty fam- ily groups totaling 200 birds at N.S.C.B. 28 Jun (TR) was similarly remarkable for a coastal site where this species did not breed as recently as 2005. Canvasbacks are not detected annually on the westside during summer, thus 3 at F.R.R. 14 Jun (JS) and another at Seattle 29 Jun–14 Jul (M. Sullivan, C. Sidles) were noteworthy. A King Eider off Dungeness Spit, Clallam 12 Jul (ph. C. Anderson) was the twenty-frst for Washington; most records have occurred late Oct–early May. Single Long-tailed Ducks were noted from O.S. 14 Jun (D. DeNune), San Juan Island, San Juan 24 Jun (D. Poortinga), and Newport 30 Jun (S. Hill); this species is not annual in the Region during summer. As has become the norm, the best seabirds were seen from cruise ships in deep waters. A Murphy's Petrel was 140 km wsw. of Brookings 7 Jul (PEL). Four different Hawaiian Petrels were seen from cruise ships, with singles 85 km off Yachats, Lincoln and 62 km off Cape Arago, Coos 16 Jul (†PEL) and additional indi- viduals 150 km w. of Brookings and 163 km w. of Cape Blanco 7 Jul (†PEL); these add to two previously accepted Oregon records and several more pending acceptance. A Horned Grebe at Redmond, Deschutes 20 Jul (K. Owen) was more than 200 km from the nearest breeding outpost. A Clark's Grebe at Olympia 2 Jul (J. Anderson) yielded a very rare w. Washington summer re- cord away from Vancouver Lake, Clark. Aside from the lower Columbia River breeding popu- lation, American White Pelicans are erratic sum- David Irons Brad Waggoner Ryan Merrill –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D uring June, the Region's weather was typical, at least in a recent context, as it was slightly warmer and slightly drier than historic averages. July turned extremely hot and continued dry. Average daily tempera- tures during July were the second hottest on record for Oregon and the ffth hottest ever for Washington. The average temperature for Spokane was 75.7° F, which marked the second hottest July for the "Lilac City." This season's cake didn't have much icing, as there were few headline rarities, thus this column is more focused on the cake itself. We report on a number of interesting breeding re- cords, including two frst-time nesters west of the Cascades. Two cruise ship transects during July and one conventional pelagic trip out of Westport were the extent of the offshore cov- erage. Although there were no rare shorebirds, a surprising collection of large waders visited one seasonal wetland in the Willamette Valley, and the adults of several species made better- than-average showings in the Region. Intense weekend-long blitzes in Oregon's underbirded Morrow and Baker Counties yielded interest- ing discoveries. These coordinated surveys were part of the "Oregon 2020–Benchmark Survey of Oregon's Birds" project. Ongoing explorations of the upper Skagit River Valley continue to dem- onstrate that this is a place unlike any other on the Region's westside. Abbreviations: F.R.R. (Fern Ridge Reservoir Wildlife Management Area, Lane); Nisqually (Nisqually N.W.R., Thurston); N.S.C.B. (North Spit Coos Bay, Coos); O.S. (Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor); P.N.P. (Point No Point, Kitsap); P.T. (Puget Trough); Ridgefeld (Ridgefeld N.W.R., Clark); W.W.R.D. (Walla Walla River Delta, Walla Walla). "Eastside" and "westside" indicate areas e. and w. of the Cascade crest, respectively.

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