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Oregon rare bird sightings compiled by Harry Nehls and updated weekly.

Compiled by Harry Nehls on April 17, 2014

Aleutian Cackling Goose Blue-winged Teal Cinnamon Teal
Red-throated Loon Pacific Loon American White Pelican
Sandhill Crane Black-necked Stilt Black-bellied Plover
Lesser Yellowlegs Dunlin Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper Bonaparte’s Gull Vaux’s Swift
Prairie Falcon
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Cassin’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated-Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler Yellow-headed Blackbird  

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday, April 17. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

The first major wave of spring migrants entered the state during the week with flocks of warblers, mainly Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray, and a few Nashville Warblers. Other conspicuous migrants were Yellow-headed Blackbirds, House Wrens, Cinnamon Teal, and Vaux’s swifts. Flocks of Evening Grosbeaks were also reported. Two White Pelicans returned to the Fernhill Wetlands April 15, the same day several were seen near Astoria. Offshore coastal migrants also increased especially Red-throated and Pacific Loons and Bonaparte’s Gulls.

On April 12 a Sandhill Crane was at Cape Blanco. The next day a Prairie Falcon was at Bandon. A major flight of Aleutian Cackling Geese passed northward April 14 along the southern Oregon coast. On April 12 a Wilson’s Warbler and a Hammond’s Flycatcher were at Powers near Coos Bay.

Three Yellow Warblers were reported April 11 at the Sandy River Delta. A Blue-winged Teal was at Ankeny NWR April 10. On April 12 a Western Kingbird was there. On April 12 a Lesser Yellowlegs was at Finley NWR. and 100 Black-bellied Plovers, 200 Dunlin, and 30 Least Sandpipers were at Fern Reservoir. On April 13 a Harris’s Sparrow was just south of Fern Ridge. On April  15 a Calliope Hummingbird was in Eugene. On Skinners Butte in Eugene April 10 were a Cassin’s Vireo, and a Hammond’s Flycatcher. On April 11 a Western Kingbird was near Roseburg. Another was near Merlin the same day. A Calliope Hummingbird was near Grants Pass April 14.

On April 11 three Black-necked Stilts and a Baird’s Sandpiper were at the Kirtland Road Sewage Ponds near White City.

That's it for this week.

To report: Harry Nehls (, 503-233-3976.

Most current information on bird sightings in Oregon: The Oregon Birding List.

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