North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 144 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N evidence that the northward push into w. Washington continues. Until fairly recently, the modest foothold in this state was limited to Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum. The incremen - tal range expansion of Red-shouldered Hawks, which frst reached the sw. corner of the Region during the mid-1970s, has shown no signs of slowing down over the past four decades. Ad - ditional singles at Conboy N.W.R. 6-16 Sep (W. Cady, K. Knittle, B. Davies) and Hewett Lake 14 Sep (SJ) were just e. of the Cascades in Klickitat, where rare but now near annual. Fall Broad- winged Hawk detections have increased greatly in the Region, mostly due to hawkwatch efforts along the Cascades. An above-average 14 were tallied by three stations 8-27 Sep, including 11 at Chelan Ridge (fde K. Woodruff). Rarer west - side birds included one at Lake Louise, Lewis 5 Sep (M. Clark, K. Goetz, S. Bonfglio) and 2 at Mount Baker, Whatcom 19 Sep (RK). A Rough- legged Hawk at Mount Rainier, Pierce 21 Sep (PP) was nearly three weeks early for Washing - ton. SHOREBIRDS THROUGH FALCONS Twenty-four American Avocets w. of the Cas- cades 21 Aug–19 Oct included 13 at Renton, King 21 Aug (D. Slager), a near record-high fall count for w. Washington. A tally of 104 Black- bellied Plovers on Sauvie Island 24 Sep (J. Withgott) may be unprecedented for the W.V. so early in the season; late fall/winter counts around F.R.R. and in the grass seed felds of the s. part of the valley occasionally reach triple- digits. The trend for golden-plovers continues to be troubling. It has now been at least a de - cade since the last good fall fight in the Region, which often tallied 100+ westside birds per au - tumn prior to 2000. Eleven westside American Golden-Plovers were recorded 20 Aug–11 Oct, and just 16 Pacifcs were detected 4 Aug–28 Oct, with only one from Oregon. Four Ameri - can Golden-Plovers found in e. Washington 6-19 Sep was a normal showing there, while neither golden-plover was detected on Oregon's eastside. Washington's seventh Mountain Plo - ver graced O.S. 10-15 Oct (ph. T. Emery); all but a May 1968 record from e. Washington have occurred along the outer coast Oct–Feb. Single Willets at Tulalip Bay, Snohomish 22 Aug (M. Reid) and Point Roberts, Whatcom 16 Nov (D. Bamford) were in the P.T., where not annual. A Willet visiting Reardan, Lincoln 18 Aug (T. Munson) was even more surprising, as it provided an exceptionally rare fall record for e. Washington. A Willet at the Necanicum River mouth, Clatsop 30 Sep (S. Warner) was on Oregon's n. coast, where they are not found annually. Though quite elusive to all but two lucky observers, Washington's frst and the Region's third Spotted Redshank enlivened out, as multiple birds were seen from proximal locations mere days apart. The frst sighting at Tierra del Mar, Tillamook 25 Oct (WG) was fol - lowed up by the presence of 1-2 birds roosting on nearby Haystack Rock at Pacifc City, Til - lamook 8-18 Nov (M. Smith, B. Shelmerdine). Similarly, single Brown Boobies were seen from Boiler Bay 23 Oct (PP) and 22 Nov (WH), and up to 2 were seen regularly at Newport from 2 Nov+. It appears likely that birds seen away from regular roosting sites were the same indi - viduals commuting to and from feeding areas. American White Pelicans, still considered rare n. of sw. Washington on the westside, included one at Seattle 13 Aug (M. Charest) and late sin - gles at Bellingham 15 Nov (Q. McMahon) and Lake Sammamish, King 19-29 Nov (M. Thomp - son). Singles at Cannon Beach, Clatsop 18 Nov (S. Powell) and just to the s. at Nehalem Bay, Tillamook the same day (S. Norris) presumably involved the same individual, as this species is quite rare on Oregon's outer coast away from the Columbia River mouth. Five Brown Pelicans in the P.T. 30 Sep–31 Oct was subpar compared to recent autumns. Brown Pelicans rarely stray into the W.V., thus one at Philomath 26 Oct (WDR) was noteworthy. A Snowy Egret inhabit - ing Ridgefeld 14 Oct–25 Nov (RH) was Wash- ington fourth in the past 15 months; Snow- ies were considered annual and increasing in Washington prior to 2003, but only 4 occurred during the decade preceding this uptick. Snowy Egrets now stray annually in fall to the W.V., where until about 15 years ago they were ex - tremely rare; this season's singles were at Smith/ Bybee Lakes, Multnomah 1 Sep (A. Frank) and Sauvie Island 25 Sep (D. Coggswell). Washing - ton's ffth Little Blue Heron briefy visited Skagit W.MA., Skagit 14 Sep (†MH, ph. D. Schurman), and the sixth was found dead at Spokane 17 Nov (†W. Klane, ph. C. Lowe); records are evenly split between e. Wash - ington and w. Washington, with all but a Jun 2002 record occurring in fall. Three Cattle Egrets in w. Washington 30 Oct–8 Nov were noteworthy, as this species no longer appears with the regularity that it exhibited 1970-2000. Oregon's only Cattle Egret was at Floras Lake, Curry 14 Nov+ (m.ob.). White-faced Ibis are annual w. of the Cascades during spring but extremely rare during fall w. of the Cascades. Singles graced Ankeny N.W.R. 17 Sep (R. Gerig) and Ridgefeld 25-30 Sep (C. McCormack), while another at Wallula, Walla Walla 18- 19 Sep (MLD) was equally rare for fall in e. Washington. Single Red-shouldered Hawks at Nisqually 31 Aug (W. Johnson), Hoquiam, Grays Harbor 6 Sep (B. Meilleur), and Se - attle 4 Nov (D. Armstrong) add further both diversity (six species reported) and num- bers. A Wilson's Storm-Petrel off Newport 16 Aug (ph. SF, ph. B. Lockett, RN) was Or - egon's sixth and just the ninth for the Region. A swarm of 6000 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels was off Newport 16 Aug (SF et al.). An astounding incursion of Ashy Storm-Petrels was high - lighted by a group of 170 just 20 km wsw. of Brookings 16 Sep (MF). This report was brack - eted by fve additional Oregon reports of 1-4 individuals (10 birds total) 16 Aug–18 Oct; prior to this season, there were just four ac - cepted Oregon records. If accepted, the report of a Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 250 km w. of Gold Beach 15 Sep (D. Carretta, J. Caretta) would represent a Regional frst; this species is virtually unknown from the ne. Pacifc. Single Black Storm-Petrels were off Newport 16 Aug (ph. BL, †SF) and 20 km sw. of Brookings 16 Sep (MF). A Leach's Storm-Petrel, not annual in the P.T., passed Edmonds, Snohomish 2 Oct (T. Pedersen, J. Adams, C. Riddell); most P.T. records occur mid-Oct–mid-Nov. No fewer than 7 and perhaps as many as 10 Brown Boobies enlivened the Region's waters 17 Aug+, nearly doubling the total records for Oregon and Washington. The three Washing - ton reports all came early in the season, with singles included off Brown Point, Grays Harbor 17 Aug (ph. M. Force), near Vashon Island, King 9 Sep (ph. G. Shugart), and the latest at O.S. 20 Sep (P. Woodcock); these add to eight prior Washington records, fve of which have now come from the Puget Trough. Aside from one bird 101 km off Waldport, Lincoln 31 Aug (MF), all of Oregon's Brown Booby reports came 25 Oct or later. These were complicated to sort An unprecedented incursion of Brown Boobies into the Pacifc North- west during the fall 2014 involved no fewer than seven birds. This immature, photographed 15 November, was one of two individuals that were seen regularly along the Newport, Oregon waterfront from 2 November through the end of the period. Photograph by David Irons.

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