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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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 145 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N Lake, Klamath 19 Sep–31 Oct (RN) and anoth- er off Jensen Access, Skagit 24 Oct (ph. RM, E. Houston) provided just the fourth and ffth fall records for the Region since 2003; during the 1980s and 1990s, Washington averaged 3 per fall. In Washington, Franklin's Gull reports were off the charts 9 Aug–12 Nov, with 17 westside birds noted and 20 more tallied in e. Washing - ton during this period; the maximum was 11 at McNary N.W.R., Walla Walla 2 Oct (M&MLD). The total of 9 Franklin's in w. Oregon 14 Aug– 15 Nov was also well above the seasonal norm. Late Oct/early Nov storms deposited at least 12 Heermann's Gulls inland 26 Oct–9 Nov. Five at F.R.R. 9 Nov (J. Sullivan) made the highest count, and 2 at Bonneville Dam 26 Oct pro - vided a frst for Skamania (W. Cady, K. Knittle, L. Carlson); another at W.W.R.D. 5 Nov (MLD) was the only report from e. of the Cascades. A Vega Gull, Washington's fourth, was noted at Waatch River valley, Clallam 26 Oct (ph. SM, ph. RM, RS, CW); records have occurred Oct– Jan. Another apparent Vega Gull was at New - port 27 Oct (WH). A Lesser Black-backed Gull found at Camas Swale s. of Eugene 23 Nov (B. Combs) was followed by 2 there the following day (ph. N. Strycker); these represent Oregon's ffth and sixth accepted records. An ad. Slaty-backed Gull returning to Tacoma for the third consecutive year arrived by 18 Aug (ph. M Charest), erasing last year's record early fall date; it remained through the period. An - other Slaty-backed inhabited Waatch River val- ley 26 Oct–1 Nov; Washington's now has about 20 records, with most occurring Nov–mid-Mar. Only 3 Glaucous Gulls were noted in Washing - ton, which averages about 6 per fall. A Black Tern, not annual during fall in w. Washington, was at Midway Beach, Pacifc 4 Aug (S. Mills, RM, CW). An Arctic Tern at Port - land's Broughton Beach 20 Aug (T. Anderson) driven Pomarine Jaegers were seen from shore at Bastendorff Beach, Coos 25 Oct (TR). Para - sitic Jaegers are not annual away from salt water in w. Washington, so 3 at Marymoor, King 18 Sep (MH) and one near Vancouver Lake, Clark 26 Oct (JD) were noteworthy. Single Parasitics at Potholes Reservoir, Grant 14 Sep (MD) and Sprague Lake, Lincoln 7 Oct (ph. JI) were the only other inland reports this fall. Single Long- tailed Jaegers near Kingston, Kitsap 7 Sep (ph. C. Jensen) and at Sandy Point, Whatcom 20 Sep (F. Lane) were in the P.T., where not annual. Or - egon's only inland jaeger was a Long-tailed at Klamath Falls 30 Aug (K. Spencer), and a late Long-tailed was at S.J.C.R. 20 Oct (MP). Single Ancient Murrelets at Skookum Inlet, Mason 24 Aug (ph. D. Ness), P.N.P. 12 Sep (BW), and San Juan Island, San Juan 12 Sep (R. Schain) were quite early for inland marine waters, where they typically arrive in early Oct. A tally of 110 Ancients at Boiler Bay 17 Nov (PP) was the season's high count. The 25-26 Oct storm off Oregon resulted in a massive inshore Cas - sin's Auklet fight 26 Oct, when an estimated 30,000 winged past Boiler Bay (PP) and 4500 were counted passing the Siuslaw River mouth (AC). A Cassin's Auklet off Dash Point, Pierce 9 Nov (CW) was rare for the P.T., where most prior records span Jul–Dec. The Region's 29+ inland Sabine's Gulls 7 Sep–26 Oct were almost evenly split between the two states, with all but 2 of 15 Washing - ton birds detected e. of the Cascades; Oregon's 14+ inland Sabine's were more balanced in their east/west distribution. A count of 2421 Sabine's Gulls off Grayland, Pacifc 28 Sep (BS, RS) is among the highest ever for Washington waters. A Black-headed Gull at South Bend, Pacifc 28 Oct–5 Nov (†E. McVicker) adds to Washington's 20+ records, most of which are from the Puget Trough. A Little Gull at Agency Skagit W.M.A., Skagit 27 Nov (†G. Redstock) and again 1 Dec (†J. Bryant). Remarkably, all of the Region's redshanks have appeared outside the Jul–Oct window that produces most of our stray Old World shorebirds. An Upland Sand - piper, always a surprise w. of the Cascades, vis- ited the Corvallis airport 24 Aug (R. P. Moore). Hudsonian Godwit, which has been annual of late during fall, went undetected in both states. Bar-tailed Godwits also proved scarce, with only one noted at Tokeland, Pacifc 27-28 Sep (S. Barnes); about 3 per season are normally found consorting with Marbled Godwit focks on Washington's cen. coast. All but 2 of 20 east - side Marbled Godwits were in Walla Walla 26 Aug–10 Sep, including 14 at W.W.R.D. 10 Sep (M&MLD). Single Ruddy Turnstones near Wal - lula, Walla Walla 22-26 Aug (M&MLD) and at Slavin Ranch, Spokane 6 Sep (JI) were on the eastside, where rare at any season. A month-late Red Knot was at Coos Bay 17 Nov (TR). Ten Ruffs 21 Aug–19 Oct was a bit below average but included a very rare e. Washington bird at Cow Lake, Adams 22 Sep (R. Koppendrayer). Eight Sharp-tailed Sandpipers 2 Sep–18 Oct was typical. Stilt Sandpipers numbers rebound - ed in w. Washington with a goodly 13 noted 20 Aug–6 Sep; just 3 more were detected in w. Ore - gon 1 Aug–2 Sep. Western Washington enjoyed 6 Buff-breasted Sandpipers 20 Aug–17 Sep. In Oregon, dune stabilization efforts have resulted in outright forestation and the encroachment of dense vegetation in many of open sandy areas that formerly hosted small focks of this spe - cies. Just 2 Buff-breasteds were reported there this season. An extremely rare eastside Buff- breasted was near Wallula, Walla Walla 26-28 Aug (J. Cleaver); there are very few prior re - cords for e. Washington. Lingering shorebirds included a Pectoral Sandpiper at O.S. 20 Nov (BW, JD, RH), a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Ridgefeld 16 Oct (†JD), plus 5 Red-necked Phalaropes from three sites 8-11 Nov; the Semi - palmated was record late for Washington, and Red-necked Phalaropes are rarely recorded in Region after Oct. Rare eastside Red Phalaropes included one at Bennington Lake, Walla Walla 2-3 Oct (S. Hampton) and 2 at W.W.R.D. 4 Oct (M&MLD). A strong late-Oct storm pushed southbound Red Phalaropes inshore in big numbers 26-27 Oct, with a high count of 3000 at Boiler Bay 26 Oct (PP). While there was no apparent wreck along the outer coast, 5 were found at inland westside sites 26 Oct. A pelagic trip out Charleston, Coos 26 Sep enjoyed an exceptional jaeger and skua show, with 10 South Polar Skuas and 25 Pomarine, 12 Parasitic, and 19 Long-tailed Jaegers during eight hours on the water (TR); by comparison, skua/jaeger numbers from other offshore ex - plorations were pedestrian. Thirty-three storm- Staying just about long enough for a few photographs, this Little Blue Heron at the Skagit Wildlife Management Area, Skagit County on 14 September 2014 provided just the ffth record for Washington. Photograph by Doug Schurman.

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