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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Aug. 28, 2014

Surf Scoter
UPLAND SANDPIPER Sanderling
Baird’s Sandpiper Red-necked Phalarope Franklin’s Gull
Elegant Tern Vaux’s Swift Acorn Woodpecker
LEAST FLYCATCHER Gray Flycatcher Western Kingbird
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH Brower’s Sparrow Bobolink


Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday, Aug. 28. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

On August 24 an UPLAND SANDPIPER briefly touched down at the Corvallis Airport then flew on. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was photographed August 23 at a most unlikely spot just north of the Steel Bridge in downtown Portland. On August 27 a LEAST FLYCATCHER was in Battleground, WA. During the evening of August 27 about 1500 VAUX’S SWIFTS were at the chimney of Chapman School in northwest Portland.

Heavy migrations continue with BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS conspicuous including some fair sized flocks. On August 23 a flock 19 was at Wickiup Reservoir. About 1000 SURF SCOTERS were off Seaside August 21. On August 24 over 1000 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were off Boiler Bay. ELEGANT TERNS are now being seen all along the Oregon and Washington coast.

On August 26 two ACORN WOODPECKERS were reported from the Sandy River Delta. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at the Portland Airport August 21. On August 25 a BREWER’S SPARROW was at Ankeny NWR. A GRAY FLYCATCHER was in Eugene August 23. On August 27 a FRANKLIN’S GULL and a SANDERLING were at Fern Ridge Reservoir.

On August 24 a BOBOLINK was at Hatfield Lake near Bend. The next day a FRANKLIN’S GULL was there.

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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