North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 S 3 / 4 477 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N just the second for Wasco. A catbird that in- habited Diablo, Whatcom 26-27 May (J. Bird, M. Blanton) was rarer still for w. Washington. Single Brown Thrashers were at Brookings, Curry 14 Apr (D. Munson) and near Deming, Whatcom 16 May (C. McHugh, FL); the lat- ter was Washington's eighteenth record (most are from May–Jun), and records are evenly distributed e. and w. of the Cascades. Single Sage Thrashers at Marymoor, King 16 Apr (M. Flint), Longview, Cowlitz 27 Apr (RKo), and Edmonds, Snohomish 9 May (ph. C. Riddell) were in w. Washington, where they are nearly annual May–Jun. Northern Mockingbirds are resident in Oregon's Rogue Valley but other - wise less than expected around the Region; 6 detected away from sw. Oregon 7 Apr–22 May was typical for spring. Oregon's eighth White Wagtail, an alternate-plumaged male M. a. ocularis, was a one-day wonder at Baskett Slough N.W.R. 29 Apr (J. Depiero, ph. B. Wag - ner, m.ob.); six of the seven prior occurrences span Nov–Mar. The Region's Ovenbirds have traditionally been found in the Harney oases May–Jun, but over the past decade or so, westside records have increased significantly; both of this sea - son's Ovenbirds were in the W.V., with singles at Corvallis 21 May (C. Hinkle, B. Proebsting) and Portland 23 May (J. & K. Powell). A win - tering Black-and-white Warbler at Spokane remained through 1 Apr (JI); Washington aver - ages about one per year, and though records are widely scattered throughout the seasons, most are from May. Multiple Black-and-whites are found in the Harney oases most springs, and 3 were detected there this season, includ - ing one at Malheur 23-25 Apr (M. Ratzlaff, TB), about three or four weeks earlier than normal. A Black-and-white at McMinnville, Yamhill 21 May (L. Corbin) was w. of the Cascades, where not annual during spring. A Tennessee Warbler at Eugene 3 Mar (K. Larson) had likely win - tered locally, while 3 more 24-28 May made Say's were reported there this sea - son. Three wayward Ash-throated Flycatchers reached the W.V., with one at Beaverton, Washington 13 (G. Sultany) and 2 together at De - troit Flats 15 May (R. Gerig, JK). An Eastern Kingbird at Chelan Butte, Chelan 27 Apr (V. Palumbo) was two weeks early. Four westside Loggerhead Shrikes, all during Mar, included one at Nisqually 13 Mar (MH); this species is still less than annual in w. Washington, while 2-3 per spring is the norm for w. Oregon. A Northern Shrike lingering at Mill Canyon, Lincoln through 19 Apr (JI) was two+ weeks late. Oregon's sixth Blue- headed Vireo graced Malheur 12 May (ph. J. Sanford, C. Hannig); there are now more than 80 accepted California records for this species, while Oregon and Washington have combined to produce just 13 records. A Cassin's Vireo at Centralia, Lewis 28 Mar (ph. S. Hansen) was the second earliest for Washington and about a week ahead of the normal arrival dates for w. Oregon. The season's only Blue Jay was at Yakima through 13 Mar (KZ). A Purple Mar - tin at Steigerwald N.W.R., Clark 30 Mar (BF) was just the third Mar record for Washington. A White-breasted Nuthatch continued from winter at Lakewood, Pierce through 6 Mar (BL, M. Brown). The expected scattering of westside Rock Wrens included unusual strays to Asto - ria 9 May (MP) and Issaquah, King 17 May (L. Schwitters); most westside reports of this spe - cies come from upslope dam faces, quarries, and rocky outcrops, with few records from the outer coast and the P.T. lowlands. Although Blue-gray Gnatcatchers breed in the Rogue Valley and extreme s. Umpqua Valley, spring overshoots in the W.V are not annual, so one at Eugene 8 Apr (D. Jones, S. Hill) was note - worthy. The Region's first Red-flanked Bluetail in - habited Ferndale, Whatcom Mar 26 Mar–4 Apr (ph. P. Woodcock). Three prior North Ameri - can records away from Alaska include 2 on offshore islands in California and one at Van - couver, British Columbia in Jan 2013. West- side Mountain Bluebirds are no longer novel, especially with increasing coverage of the up - per Skagit River valley and other foothill areas, where small flocks are now found annually. Coastal birds, however, remain noteworthy; this season, singles were detected at Neah Bay, Clallam 16 Mar (ph. A. Akmajian, J. Scordino) and O.S. 1-2 May (D. Richardson). In addition to the expected northbound Gray Catbirds in Harney (2 noted 29-30 May), another was at the Deschutes River mouth 30 May (DI, SF), absence of snow pack at pass levels, which pre - cipitated premature blossoming of manzanita and other plants. Acorn Woodpeckers that ap - peared during the fall 2014 Washington inva- sion lingered through winter and into Apr. Two remained at Lakewood, Pierce through 27 Apr (C. Clark), and another was still at Vancouver, Clark 5 Apr (W. Wheeler). In e. Washington, one persisted at Cashmere, Chelan through 27 Apr (D. Sutherlund). Four Red-naped Sapsuckers were reported from the westside lowlands 1 Mar–21 May; identifying apparent stray Red-napeds requires care, as many birds reported as this species (which is rare but an - nual w. of the Cascades) prove to be hybrids. Just 2 Gyrfalcons were reported, with a winter - ing bird at Joseph, Wallowa remaining through 13 Mar (M. McMann) and another near Mans - field, Douglas 22 Mar (M. Breece). A surprising Prairie Falcon visited Westport, Grays Harbor 19 Apr (BS); this species is not annual during spring in w. Washington and rarer still along the outer coast. PASSERINES Both expected species of Contopus flycatchers showed up well ahead of schedule. An Olive- sided Flycatcher at Naselle, Pacific 18 Apr (A. Richards) was nearly two weeks early, and a Western Wood-Pewee at Stehekin Valley, Chel - an 16 Apr (ph. J. Ransom) was record early for e. Washington; the earliest ever wood-pewee for Washington was at Seattle 15 Apr 1968. Five westside Least Flycatchers included 4 in Washington. The earliest, at Corkindale, Skagit 30 Apr (RK), was nearly record early; prior to 2009, this species was still considered quite rare in w. Washington, but it is now recorded annually late May–Jun. Westside Gray Fly - catchers included one at Detroit Flats 20 Apr (JK) and another at Corkindale, Skagit 22 Apr; the latter adds to roughly 30 w. Washington records, nearly half of which have come dur - ing the past four years. A Dusky Flycatcher at Seattle 24 Apr (E. Houston) bordered on re - cord early for w. Washington. Other Duskies away from the upper Skagit River valley, Skagit/ Whatcom, where annual, included one at Dem - ing, Whatcom 26 Apr (FL) and another at Heather Meadows, Whatcom 3 May (FL). In ad - dition to the established pair at Lacey, Thurston, 5 Black Phoebes were detected in the s. P.T. 4 Mar–19 May, suggesting that their northward range expansion continues. An Eastern Phoebe at N.S.C.B. 21 Mar (TR) adds to 18 Oregon re - cords. Ten Say's Phoebes tallied in w. Washing- ton 7-26 Mar represents a now typical spring; Mar reports of Say's Phoebe from w. Wash - ington have increased dramatically over the past eight years. Over this same span, spring reports in w. Oregon have waned, and only 2 From 29 (here 30) April through 4 May 2015, this thrill-seeking male Blue Grosbeak spent much of its time feeding along a busy suburban street in a Beaverton, Washington County, Oregon office park. At times it would sit for extended periods just a few feet from passing cars. Photograph by David Irons

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