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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Sept. 18, 2014

Northern Shoveler
White-faced Ibis BROAD-WINGED HAWK
Swainson’s Hawk Rough-legged Hawk Red Knot
Sanderling Buff-breasted Sandpiper Rhinoceros Auklet
Sabine’s Gull Franklin’s Gull Common Tern
Elegant Tern Black Swift Acorn Woodpecker
Barn Swallow Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Swainson’s Thrush
Golden-crowned Sparrow

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

On September 14 a NORTHERN PARULA was photographed at Port Orford. A possible CAPE MAY WARBLER was reported September 16 at Malheur NWR Headquarters. Single BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen September 14 and 16 at the Green Ridge Hawkwatch Station near Camp Sherman. Heavy movements of SWAINSON’S THRUSHES and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported west of the Cascades September 16 and 17. ACORN WOODPECKERS, FOX SPARROWS and VARIED THRUSHES were also reported on the move.

On September 15 over 300 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were at the Yaquina Bay jetties. Two COMMON TERNS were at the mouth of the Siuslaw River September 11. A BLACK SWIFT was north of Florence September 12. That day a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a KNOT were at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.  ELEGANT TERNS continue along the coast.

On September 11 a SABINE’S GULL was at Smith/Bybee Lakes in North Portland. On September 16 two SABINE’S GULLS and a SWAINSON’S HAWK were on Sauvie Island. A SANDERLING was at Hagg Lake south of Forest Grove September 16. Over 2000 SHOVELERS were at the Sheridan Sewage Ponds September 12. That day up to 30,000 BARN SWALLOWS were at the Grand Island night roost south of Dayton. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported September 16 near Valley Junction south of Willamina. On September 17 three WHITE-FACED IBIS were at Ankeny NWR. On September 14 up to 29 COMMON TERNS were at Fern Ridge Reservoir.

On September 15 a SANDERLING was photographed at the Redmond Sewage Ponds. A SABINE’S GULL was with four FRANKLIN’S GULLS September 1 at Rocky Point Upper Klamath Lake. On September 14 a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and a REDSTART were at Fields.

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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