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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Oct. 23, 2014

Eurasian Wigeon
White-winged Scoter American White Pelican
Brown Pelican Black-bellied Plover Ruff
Dunlin Franklin’s Gull Heermann’s Gull
Elegant Tern Acorn Woodpecker Gyrfalcon
Tropical Kingbird BLUE JAY Northern Mockingbird
American Pipit RED-THROATED PIPIT Lapland Longspur
CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR Palm Warbler Clay-colored Sparrow
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch


Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday, Oct. 23. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

A RED-THROATED PIPIT has been easily observed and photographed all week at Lake Selmac north of Cave Junction. On October 17 a CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR was seen north of gearhart. Another was seen October 20 near Cape Blanco. A BLUE JAY was in Langlois south of Bandon October 19. Another was at LaGrande October 16. TROPICAL KINGBIRDS were reported during the week from Cape Blanco, North Spit of Coos Bay, Waldport, and in Newport.

On October 18 a GYRFALCON was seen at New River south of Bandon. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were at Euchre Creek the next day. Over 500 BROWN PELICANS and 2500 HEERMANN’S GULLS passed Boiler Bay October 19. Many ELEGANT TERNS are still being seen along the coast.

Two ACORN WOODPECKERS were regularly seen during the week near the visitors center of Fort Vancouver. A PALM WARBLER was at Ridgefield NWR October 10. On October 17 a FRANKLIN’S GULL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and 35 DUNLIN were at Smith/Bybee Lakes in North Portland. A female EURASIAN WIGEON has been seen all week at Commonwealth Lake in Beaverton. On October 19 a flock of 175 WHITE PELICANS passed over southeast Portland. A flock of about 300 AMERICAN PIPITS were near Turner October 17. On October 16 a MOCKINGBIRD was in Albany. A RUFF was seen October 19 along Eicher Road east of Albany. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen October 22 on Foster Reservoir east of Sweet Home.

On October 16 a group of ROSY-FINCHES were on Pilot Butte in Bend.

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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