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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Oct. 30, 2014

Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter BROWN BOOBY
Brown Pelican Rough-legged Hawk Sandhill Crane
Sanderling Rock Sandpiper Red Phalarope
Sabine’s Gull Franklin’s Gull Heermann’s Gull
“vega” Herring Gull Tropical Kingbird BLUE JAY
BROWN THRASHER Grasshopper Sparrow Pine Grosbeak


Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday, Oct. 30. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

A major storm pushed ashore and inland during the week bringing offshore migrants close to the beaches. Birders along the coast recorded amazingly high numbers for many species. Few rare birds were recorded but on October 23 a BROWN BOOBY was off Boiler Bay. On October 25 one was north of Pacific City off Tierra del Mar. A probable VEGA HERRING GULL was at Yaquina Bay October 27.

Inland reports of wind blown birds included a BROWN PELICAN, two HEERMANN’S GULLS, and a SABINE’S GULL at the Philomath Sewage Ponds; two RED PHALAROPES at Fern Ridge Reservoir and two at Foster Reservoir near Sweet Home. Four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Foster Reservoir and up to four along the Columbia River in the Portland-Ridgefield area. SURF SCOTERS were reported from Lake Selmac, the Copeland Ponds in Grants Pass, in Salem, at the Philomath Sewage Ponds, and 10 on Foster Reservoir. Many reports along the Columbia River in the Portland area included up to 13 off Hayden Island.

On October 26 a FRANKLIN’S GULL was off Boiler Bay. The next day a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay. A ROCK SANDPIPER was there October 29. On October 26 three TROPICAL KINGBIRDS were in Astoria. A southward movement of CRANES was reported October 27 in southwest Portland and in Canby. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro October 26. A BLUE JAY was reported October 28 in Albany.

On October 24 a male PINE GROSBEAK was seen near Boardman. A BROWN THRASHER was in Mt. Vernon October 28. A SANDERLING was at the Redmond Sewage Ponds October 26.

That's it for this week.

To report: Harry Nehls (hnehls6@comcast.net), 503-233-3976.

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

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