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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Sept. 25, 2014

Gr. White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose MURPHY’S PETREL
Brown Pelican Rough-legged Hawk Black-necked Stilt
Black-bellied Plover Pacific Golden-Plover Marbled Godwit
Ruff Sanderling South Polar Skua
Sabine’s Gull LITTLE GULL Franklin’s Gull
Heermann’s Gull Common Tern Arctic Tern
Elegant Tern Common Nighthawk Black Swift
CHIMNEY SWIFT Say’s Phoebe Tropical Kingbird
NOTHERN WATERTHRUSH
BLACKPOLL WARBLER Clay-colored Sparrow


Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday, Sept. 25. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

A CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen the evenings of September 21 and 22 at the Agate Hall Chimney roost in Eugene. An offshore boat trip September 22 reported several SKUAS and a MURPHY’ PETREL off Lincoln County. A LITTLE GULL is now being seen at Agency Lake north of Klamath Falls. On September 18 a BLACKPOLL WARBLER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were at Fields.

The first TROPICAL KINGBIRD of the season was at Cape Blanco September 21. Migrant flocks of CACKLING and WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported September 22 and 23. Migrant COMMON and ARCTIC TERNS were reported along the coast. Good numbers of ELEGANT TERNS, BROWN PELICANS, and HEERMANN’S GULLS continue along the coast.

Birding was exceptional during the week about Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island. A RUFF, three RED KNOTS, two SABINE’S GULLS, three SANDERLINGS, six MARBLED GODWITS, a FRANKLIN’S GULL, 11 COMMON TERNS, 104 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and two GOLDEN-PLOVERS were reported. On September 23 a BLACK SWIFT was at Coon Point on the Island.

A SABINE’S GULL was seen September 24 at Broughton Beach near the Portland Airport. On September 18 a NIGHTHAWK was over northeast Portland. That day a BLACK-NECKED STILT was at Baskett Slough NWR and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the EE Wilson SWA. On September 17 a SANDERLING was along Eicher Road east of Albany. A SAY’S PHOEBE was at Finley NWR September 21. That day two SABINE’S GULLS and 14 COMMON TERNS were at Fern Ridge Reservoir.

On September 22 a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Thorn Springs north of Sisters. Four COMMON TERNS were seen September 20 on Upper Klamath Lake.

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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