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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Dec. 18, 2014

TUFTED DUCK Lesser Scaup
Brown Pelican Golden Eagle Willet
Red Knot Red Phalarope Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull Snowy Owl Burrowing Owl
Short-eared Owl Tropical Kingbird Pinyon Jay
Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Barn Swallow
Mountain Chickadee Snow Bunting American Tree Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow Harris’s Sparrow INDIGO BUNTING

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday, Dec. 18. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

An INDIGO BUNTING is now being seen along Holladay Drive in Seaside. On December 16 a TUFTED DUCK was seen among flock of LESSER SCAUP on the Columbia River off Broughton Beach in North Portland. The Nestucca NWR BEAN GOOSE continues.

The Fern Ridge Reservoir SNOWY OWL continues to be seen. The SNOWY OWL at Dallas has moved to a new inaccessible location.

On December 11 the WILLET, two RED KNOTS, two RED PHALAROPES, and four BROWN PELICANS were at Coos Bay. On December 13 four RED PHALAROPES were along Beaver Creek south of Newport, and 26 BROWN PELICANS were at Seal Rocks State Park. The BUROWING OWL continues to be seen at Yaquina Head. He SNOW BUNTING continues along the Astoria waterfront. At least one TROPICAL KINGBIRD continues in Astoria. On December 12 at least 11 RED PHALAROPES were at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.

On December 15 a BURROWING OWL was in Vancouver, but did not remain. On December 13 a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was in Vancouver. That day a GOLDEN EAGLE was on Sauvie Island. A bright well-marked GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed December 15 in Delta Park in North Portland. At least four SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at Broughton Beach. On December 12 a SWAMP SPARROW at the Koll Wetlands in Beaverton. A TREE SPARROW was seen December 16 at the Library at Dawson Creek in Beaverton. A HARRIS’S SPARROW continues at a Silverton feeder. On December 14 four BARN SWALLOWS and a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW were in Salem. Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Ankeny NWR December 13.

On December 14 a flock of at least 32 PINYON JAYS were along Abbee Road near Ukiah. Also near Ukiah nine TREE SPARROWS were along Mossie Road.

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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