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 / 4 481 O R E G O N & WA S H I N G TO N headed Grosbeak hybrid enlivened Pistol River, Curry 3-21 Jun (R. Namitz, TR, ph. L. Miller); this cross has rarely been detected in the Region. As with Brewer's and Vesper Spar - rows, Lazuli Buntings also wandered to higher elevations in w. Washington, with drought conditions perhaps providing the impetus for upslope movements. There were multiple sightings totaling about 25 birds from sites around Harts Pass and Mount Rainier 24 Jun+; all were in subalpine habitats where they are typically not found. Three more Lazulis at Bear Camp in the Olympic Mountains, Clallam 28 Jun (M. Holmgren) were especially notewor - thy, as this species is generally absent from the Olympic Peninsula. An Indigo Bunting near Sequim, Clallam 13 Jun (ph. G. Niemyer) adds to 35+ mostly summer Washington records. A territorial male Dickcissel, Washington's tenth, inhabited Hardy Canyon, Yakima 3-8 Jun (R. Repp); antecedent records are scattered throughout the year. A male Tricolored Blackbird near Turner, Marion 6 Jun (RG) adds to just a few recent re - cords from the W.V., where there are currently no known nesting colonies; this species con - tinues to display a baffling, albeit somewhat regular pattern of occurrence in w. Oregon. A Western Meadowlark at Belfair, Mason 13 Jul and one near Quilcene, Jefferson 25 Jul (DW) were well away from any known a localized breeding spots in w. Washington; southbound migrants typically arrive on the westside in Sep. A female Yellow-headed Blackbird at Ten - mile Creek 12 Jun (JM) was in Coos, where this species is not found annually. Common Grack - le is now nearly annual in the Region May–Jul. This season's bird, the second for Clatsop, was at Cannon Beach 8 Jul (MP). Initialed observers (subregional editors in boldface): Tait Anderson, Gary Bletsch, Bob Boekelheide, Marv Breece, Jim Danzenbaker, Mike Denny, MerryLynn Denny, Bob Flores, Andy Frank, George Gerdts (GGe), Roy Gerig, Wink Gross, Hendrik Herlyn, Randy Hill, Adrian Hinkle, Christopher Hinkle, Jon Isacoff, Randy Knapp, Bruce Labar, Fanter Lane, Joe Metzler, Don Munson, Harry Nehls (Oregon), Mike Patterson (Clatsop), Tim Rodenkirk (Coos, Curry), Ryan Shaw, Bill Shelmerdine, Andy Stepniewski, John Sullivan, Bill Tweit, Dan Waggoner, Charlie Wright. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– David S. Irons , 6555 S.W. Old Scholls Ferry Road #8, Portland, Oregon 97223 (llsdirons@msn.com) Brad Waggoner , 7865 Fletcher Bay Road N.E., Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110 (wagtail24@gmail.com) Ryan J. Merrill, 1616 10 Street W., Kirkland, Washington 98033 (rjm284@gmail.com) Hayden), and a northerly bird near Rockport, Skagit 20-22 Jun (S. Atkinson). A Clay-colored Sparrow at Marblemount, Skagit 10 Jun (ph. RM) provided the ninth sum - mer record for w. Washington and marked the fifth consecutive year with a Jun report from the westside. Post-breeding Brewer's Sparrows appear almost annually on the westside from late Jul–early Sep, particularly in the W.V., but one near Neskowin, Tillamook 1 Jul (K. Cham - berlain) was both rare for the coastal slope and at least three weeks earlier than the normal for dispersing birds. Another Brewer's at Corkind - ale, Skagit 17 Jul (ph. RM) was the ninth dur- ing summer for the lowlands of w. Washington; all previous lowland records have occurred in Jun. Additional westside Brewer's were detect - ed at higher elevations, with singles at Mount Shuksan, Whatcom 10 Jul (FL) and Sunrise, Pierce 23-30 Jul (C. Clark, BL); upslope detec - tions away from typical shrub-steppe habitats on the eastside are rare but perhaps more ex - pected during drought events. Vesper Spar- rows also showed evidence of upslope disper- sal, with singles noted at Berkely Park, Pierce 4 Jul (D. Hayden) and Snow Lake, Pierce 10 Jul (D. Hayden). A singing Grasshopper Sparrow near Roy, Pierce 5 Jun (M. Warren) and 2 more (including one singing) 10 km away near Elk Plain, Pierce 29 Jun (ph. E. Hayduck, K. Kar - boski) pointed to possible nesting; there are no confirmed breeding records and fewer than a handful of summer records for w. Washington. Providing more evidence of an abnormal dis - tribution of Grasshopper Sparrows this sum- mer were 2 at Tacoma Creek 4-9 Jul (T. Sahl, TL); these were the first for Pend Oreille and far removed from the nearest breeding locale. A Harris's Sparrow at Windust Park, Frank - lin 4 Jun (RM) was only the third summer re- cord for Washington. A presumed northbound White-throated Sparrow at Portland 23 Jun (WG) was record late for Oregon by two days. Even though Mountain White-crowned Spar - rows (Z. l. oriantha) breed in the mountains of far e. Washington and e. Oregon, black-lored White-crowned Sparrows (oriantha/leucophrys) are rarely found at any season elsewhere in the Region; one at Harts Pass, Whatcom 23 Jun (RK) was thus noteworthy. Lingering Golden- crowned Sparrows are detected almost annu - ally into early Jun, but one at Constance Pass, Jefferson 30 Jun (M. Holmgren) was surprising for the date and the locale; Wahl et al. (2005) list a 1992 breeding attempt at Seven Lakes Ba - sin, Clallam, which is similarly in the Olympic Mountains. The Region's only successful nest - ing was at Harts Pass, Whatcom in 1956. Six Rose-breasted Grosbeaks 1 Jun–29 Jul was a typical seasonal showing. A first-sum - mer male Rose-breasted Grosbeak x Black- Malheur Reservoir, Malheur 14 Jun (J. Curtis) adds to just eight Oregon records, all of which fall Aug–Feb. This season's Ovenbirds graced N.S.C.B. 8 Jun (JM) and Rimrock Lake, Yakima 18 Jun (†M. J. Spitler); the latter adds to about 30 mostly May–Jun records for Washington. A Black-and-white Warbler inhabited St. Cloud, Skamania 24 Jun–17 Jul (C. Flick); Washington averages about one per year, with most occur - ring May–Jun. On 15 Jun, another Black-and- white was at Malheur (AH, CH), where annual May–Jun. Six American Redstarts occupied the long-time colony at County Line Ponds, Whatcom 5 Jun (RM), while only one male was detected at Carnation, King 6 Jun–5 Jul (D. Slager); these are the only known nesting sites w. of the Cascades. Additional stray redstarts were e. of Brookings, Curry 15 Jun (DM) and at N.S.C.B. 28 Jun–11 Jul (TR, K. Castelein, D. Lauten). This season's Magnolia Warbler, at Cooper Mountain nature park 7 Jun (S. Nord), was a first for heavily birded Washington. Three Chestnut-sided Warblers 9-23 Jun included Washington's twenty-seventh at Richland, Ben - ton 9 Jun (ph. K. Abel); this species is annual in the Region Jun–Jul. A Palm Warbler at Klamath Marsh N.W.R. 31 Jul (AH, CH, HH, O. Harp - er) was truly remarkable, as there are just two prior Jul–Aug records for Oregon and only a few records from e. of the Cascades at any sea - son. The bird seemed to be brighter and more extensively yellow below than the expected Western Palm (C. p. palmarum), but opinions on whether it was the more easterly breeding C. p. hypochrysea were divided. Yellow-breast - ed Chats have gained a foothold as a locale breeder in Clark over the past eight years but remain rare elsewhere in w. Washington. De - tections away from Clark this summer included one continuing through 23 Jun at Olympia (C. Strode), 2 near Centralia, Lewis 6-14 Jun (D. Although Palm Warblers are regular fall strays and routinely winter in Oregon and Washington, they are all but unheard of there during summer. This extremely colorful individual, found at Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge 31 July 2015, may be a Yellow Palm Warbler (C. p. hypochrysea), but it could be an intergrade with Western Palm (C. p. palmarum). Photograph by Hendrik Herlyn.

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