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 / 4 479 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N Turnstone at Bottle Beach, Grays Harbor 4 Jun (S. Blauman) provided a rare Jun record for Washington. Red Knots, rare during summer in the P.T., inhabited Dungeness Bay, where up to 2 were noted 1-4 Jun and up to 3 through 19 Jun (BB). Fifteen knots on the outer coast at Bottle Beach 4-5 Jun (S. Blauman, S. Mills) were more expected but still atypical for that month. Another knot at Florence 8 Jul (D. Pettey) was unusual for Oregon, which seems to be a flyover state for southbound adults. A Red-necked Stint at Yukon Harbor, Kitsap 5 Jul (ph. C. Hesselein) was Washington's sixth (five of the records since 2005); all records have been of Jun–Aug adults. A Sanderling at W.W.R.D. 6 Jun (M&MLD) was only the sec - ond Jun record for e. Washington. A south- bound Sanderling was at Soap Lake, Grant 23 Jul (MY); the eastside averages about one ev - ery other July. A Baird's Sandpiper at Summer Lake W.M.A. 27 Jun (C. Miller) provided a rare southbound ad. for the eastside. The timing of a Pectoral Sandpiper at Ridgefield 10-12 Jun (BF) fell between the expected windows for northbound and southbound migrants. Two Red-necked Phalaropes lingering at Ridgefield through 21 Jun (BF) provided a rare mid-Jun record for Washington. A Red Phalarope at W.W.R.D. 1 Jun (M&MLD) provided the fourth record of a northbound bird for e. Washing - ton and only the second such report for that month. A southbound Red Phalarope visiting Pasco, Franklin 24 Jul (ph. L. Umthun) was equally unexpected, as there are only a few Jul records e. of the Cascades. A Long-billed Murrelet off Lopez Island, San Juan 27 Jul (ph. RM, E. Merrill) provided Washington's eleventh record, seven of which have occurred Jul–Aug. Two ad. Ancient Mur - relets attending a chick at Haro Strait, San Juan 20 Jun (ph. M. Wieland) were intriguing: this species rarely summers in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and there is little evidence of recent breeding in Washington. A Horned Puffin, rare at any time in Washington waters, flew off Ed - 2 off Coos, along with 3 Cook's Petrels off Curry and 2 off Coos 12 Jul (J. Gilligan, O. Schmidt). An extraordinary 14,462 Pink-footed Shear - waters off Westport 27 Jun (B. Labar, S. Mills) were mostly congregated around fishing boats; this is the highest total ever reported from the Region. Among these swarms was Washing - ton's seventh Great Shearwater. In the W.V., Snowy Egrets are typically Aug–Nov visitors, so one at F.R.R. 7 Jun (S. Hill) was surprising. Following a healthy spring incursion, a White- faced Ibis at Cow Lake, Adams 5 Jul (JI) was the only summer report for e. Washington. One at Eugene 22 Jul (A. Contreras) was a rare mid-summer find for the Willamette Valley. A White-tailed Kite at Steigerwald Lake N.W.R., Clark 4 Jun (A. Brown, E. Brown, M. Mintmier) offers further evidence that this species may be repopulating sw. Washington; the modest numbers of kites there previously disappeared following a Dec 2008 freeze. A Broad-winged Hawk flew over Neah Bay, Clallam 4 Jun (ph. BW); detections of northbound Broad-wingeds have increased dramatically in recent years, es - pecially at this location, but Washington still has only a few Jun–Jul records. A Swainson's Hawk was near Naselle, Pacific 30 Jun (A. Rich - ards); there are fewer than 10 summer records for w. Washington, all but one coming over the past seven years. Four Sandhill Cranes, very rare during summer in w. Washington, inhab - ited Vancouver Bottoms, Clark 10 Jun–11 Jul (BF). Two Sandhills at Peone Wetland, Spokane 12 Jun (TL) were far removed from the few iso - lated breeding locales in e. Washington. SHOREBIRDS THROUGH WOODPECKERS An American Avocet nest found at F.R.R. 2 Jun (JS) follows up the w. Oregon's first successful nesting there in 2014; it was believed that this nest was depredated. Another avocet was at Ankeny N.W.R. 19 Jul (RG). A Pacific Golden- Plover stopped at Grayland, Pacific 28 Jul (D. Bailey); w. Washington averages 2 southbound Pacifics in that month. A Willet stopped at Reardan, Lincoln 11 Jul (TL), providing a very rare Jul record for e. Washington. Another at Dungeness Bay, Clallam 31 Jul+ (BB) provided only the eighth summer record for the P.T. For the second consecutive season, a Willet was detected on Oregon's n. coast, where not an - nual; it was at Cannon Beach, Clatsop 19 Jul (AF). The only Whimbrel away from the coast was at F.R.R. 2 Jul (JS). Four Long-billed Cur - lews were in the P.T. 9 Jun–29 Jul; curlews are not annual here during summer. The only westside curlew away from marine waters was at Portland 28 Jul (TA). Eleven Marbled God - wits visited Millet Pond, Walla Walla 29 Jun (M&MLD); this species is not quite annual during summer in e. Washington. A Ruddy norm. Precipitation was conspicuously absent in what was by far the driest June on record for Oregon. Many areas recorded zero mea - surable rainfall. Portland went 25 consecutive days with no rainfall, seven days longer than any prior rain-free stretch for June. It only got hotter and drier in July. Across the Region this was, at least for now, the hottest summer on record. On many days, being out in the field after about 10:00 a.m. was both uncomfortable and unproductive, which seems to be reflected in the dearth of eastern warblers detected this season. Hot and dry conditions may also ex - plain the displacement of some grassland spe- cies to higher-elevations locales at which they would normally be unexpected. Birders aboard a cruise ship in Oregon waters during July sup - plemented the typically sparse summer season pelagic reporting. Abbreviations: F.R.R. (Fern Ridge Reservoir W.M.A., Lane); Malheur (Malheur N.W.R., Harney); N.S.C.B. (North Spit Coos Bay, Coos); P.T. (Puget Trough); Ridgefield (Ridgefield N.W.R., Clark); S.I. (Sauvie Island, Multnomah/ Columbia); W.V. (Willamette Valley): W.W.R.D. (Walla Walla River delta, Walla Walla). "East - side" and "westside" indicate locations e. and w. of the Cascade crest, respectively. WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES A Greater White-fronted Goose at Patterson Lake, Okanogan 3 Jun (S. Aagaard, J. Cormier) was a first for summer in e. Washington. Two Snow Geese at Mill Canyon, Lincoln 13 Jun (TL) furnished only the third summer record for e. Washington and were the latest there by two days. A Ross's Goose at Hood Park, Walla Walla 25 Jul+ (P. Paulson, L. Ness) was Washington's sixth in summer. This season's Brant tally was above average, particularly in Washington, where 100+ were noted. Strag - gling groups of 45 at Dungeness, Clallam 4 Jun (H. Heiberg) and 25 s. of Depoe Bay, Lincoln 8 Jun (R. Lowe) were likely still northbound; a few Brant typically summer in the Region. Al - though a handful of Cackling Geese now sum- mer annually on the westside, 2 at Dry Falls, Grant 1 Jun (CW) provided just the fourth summer record for the eastside. A Canvasback at Shillapoo Lake, Clark 11 Jul (BF) was a rare summer detection on the westside, where not annual in summer. A Long-tailed Duck near San Juan Island, San Juan 23 Jul (D. Slager) was similarly unexpected. A dead Mottled Petrel found at Lincoln City, Lincoln 2 Jun (fide CW) was just the sec - ond summer record for the Region. Birders aboard a cruise ship approaching 290 km off Oregon found 4 Hawaiian Petrels off Curry and Washington's eleventh Long-billed Murrelet is pictured here with two Marbled Murrelets at Shark Reef, San Juan County 27 July 2015. Evident in the photograph are the larger overall size compared to the Marbleds, the longer bill, the dark sides of the neck, and the pale spots on the nape. Photograph by Ryan Merrill.

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