North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 287 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N An ad. male Hooded Oriole wintered at North Bend, Coos (B. Griffin, TR), and a first-year male Baltimore Oriole spent the season at Netarts, Tillamook (J. Kristensen, ph. DI). No fewer than 5 Bullock's Orioles wintered along the Oregon coast, with 2 in Tillamook and singles in Clatsop, Lincoln, and Coos. This season's Brambling settled in at Is- saquah, King 4 Feb+ (D. Pope, F. Pope), pro- viding Washington's nineteenth record and the third since Oct; records span late-Oct–mid- Apr. Not annual w. of the Cascades in Wash - ington, 3 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were at Elwha River, Clallam 1-3 Jan (H. Freilich, H. Freilich. In an otherwise quiet northern finch year, Pine Grosbeaks staged modest irruption into the westside lowlands and into the Cas - cades and Siskiyou Mountains. In Washington, 30 birds were noted from four locations, in - cluding a high count of 16 near Neah Bay, Clal- lam 13 Jan (RM). Numbers were even higher in w. Oregon, were flocks of up to 60 birds were along the Pacific Crest Trail in the San - tiam Pass, Linn from late Dec on (m.ob.), and smaller flocks of 3-12 birds were encountered at higher elevations in Douglas and Jackson 7 Dec–18 Feb (MH, RN, F. Lospalluto). Six Pine Grosbeaks near Corvallis 21 Feb (J. Geier) was the only lowland sighting from w. Oregon. A Purple Finch of the e. subspecies purpureus visited Bainbridge Island, Kitsap 15 Dec (ph. BW), the third record of this subspecies for Washington. Six Lesser Goldfinches at Cash - mere, Chelan 29 Dec+ (D. Sutherland) were the northernmost this winter; this species contin - ues its march northward after establishing pop- ulations in sw. Washington over the past dozen years and more recently in se. Washington. Initialed observers (subregional editors in boldface): Gary Bletsch, Bob Boekelheide, Jim Danzenbaker, Mike & MerryLynn Denny, Dennis Duffy, Shawneen Finnegan, George Gerdts (GGe), Randy Hill, Adrian Hinkle, Christopher Hinkle, Michael Hobbs, Wayne Hoffman, Matt Hunter, Stuart Johnston (Klickitat ), Randy Knapp, Russ Koppen - drayer, Bruce Labar, Terry Little, Ryan Mer- rill (Washington), Scott Mills, Russ Namitz, Harry Nehls (Oregon), Steve Nord, Michael Patterson (Clatsop), Phil Pickering, W. Doug - las Robinson, Tim Rodenkirk (Coos, Curry), Andy Stepeniewski, Dan Waggoner, Jay With - gott, Charlie Wright, Matt Yawney. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David S. Irons, 6555 S.W. Old Scholls Ferry Road #8, Portland, Oregon 97223 ( Brad Waggoner, 7865 Fletcher Bay Road N.E., Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110 ( Ryan Merrill, 1616 10 Street W, Kirkland, Washington 98033 ( Savannah Sparrows at Cen - terville Valley, Klickitat 17 Dec (SJ) was likely this sea - son's high count in e. Wash- ington. This winter's Red Fox Sparrows were at Salem 17 Dec and Bend 22 Dec (J. Moodie); this type has prov - en to be rare but annual in the Region Oct – Apr. Eleven Swamp Sparrows was above average for Washington and included a rare eastside sin - gle at Yakima 10 Jan (AS). Seventeen Harris's Sparrows 6 Dec+ was slightly above average for recent winters; as is the norm, more than two-thirds were e. of the Cascades. A Gray-headed Junco at Enterprise, Wallowa 18 Jan (†CH, AH) represents only the second Oregon re - cord of this taxon away from the remote mountains of extreme se. Oregon and the second winter record for the Region; Washington's only record of this subspecies came from King in Dec 2006. Twenty-five years ago, even a single Dec– Feb Western Tanager would have been re - markable, but tanagers have now been re- corded in the Region for 15 consecutive winters, with multiple birds found in most years during this stretch. This winter, 4 were recorded, with 3 in the P.T 6 Dec–21 Feb. An Indigo Bunting at Seaside 12 Dec (S. Warner) appears to be the first Oregon winter record since 2003. A male Tricolored Blackbird on Sauvie Island 14 Feb (ph. DI, SF, JW, S. Mas - ta) was the first for Multnomah in many years; there was formerly a small breeding colony in n. Portland, but that blinked out nearly 30 years ago. Two Yellow-headed Blackbirds were near Stanwood, Snohomish 30 Dec–26 Feb (C. Riddell); this species is now nearly an - nual during winter in w. Washington. Three Rusty Blackbirds noted in w. Washington 18 Dec–11 Feb was a typical winter tally, while another at Lakeside, Coos 6 Feb (TR) was Or - egon's twenty-first. Great-tailed Grackles are now established as residents in the Rogue Val - ley, with 8 birds recorded during the Medford C.B.C. 20 Dec. An Orchard Oriole continued from fall and overwintered at Neah Bay, Clal - lam (m.ob.), and another inhabited Ocean City, Grays Harbor 26 Feb+ (ph. J. Schumack - er); the latter bird provided the ninth record for Washington. These are the first Orchards known to have overwintered in Washington. Larson). A Cape May Warbler at Enterprise, Wallowa 11-18 Jan (M. Smith, S. Swanson, ph. AH et al.) was Oregon's second in winter and fifteenth overall. A Black-throated Blue Warbler, Washington's thirteenth, inhabited Bothell, King 20 Dec+ (†D. Vargas); most prior records have come Oct–Nov. At least 26 Palm Warblers were reported 3 Dec+, including about 15 through the season at Cape Blanco, Curry (T. Wahl); none of the 4 in w. Wash - ington were at a coastal locations, where most expected. A Prairie Warbler visited Astoria 4 Jan (MP); this is Oregon's second in win - ter, with the other 13 records from that state falling Aug–Oct. Three Black-throated Gray Warblers, all in the greater Portland/Vancou - ver area 5-26 Dec, was a supra-normal win- ter showing. Wilson's Warblers have become increasingly expected during winter over the past decade or so, with 5 noted 25 Dec–25 Jan; one at Bend 7 Jan (D. Wile) adds to just a handful of eastside winter records. Eleven westside American Tree Sparrows 6 Dec–21 Feb was a departure from the pat - tern of recent winters; westside reports of this species have been on the decline for at least a decade. The only 2 Clay-colored Sparrows of the season were in the same berry patch near Roy, Washington 23 Dec+ (DI, SF). A Lark Sparrow near Poulsbo, Kitsap 3-7 Dec (ph. BW) provided the second winter record for Washington. Another Lark Sparrow was at Eugene 8 Feb (D. Schrouder). A flock of 30 Rare at any season in western Washington, this Lark Sparrow near Poulsbo, Kitsap County 3-7 (here 3) December 2014 provided the state's second winter record of this species. Photograph by Brad Waggoner

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