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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on October 8, 2015

Barnacle Goose Cackling Goose Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon Brown Pelican Snowy Egret
Rough-legged Hawk Pacific Golden-Plover Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit Marbled Godwit Elegant Tern
Tropical Kingbird Mountain Chickadee Lapland Longspur
Lark Sparrow Dickcissel Bobolink
Chestnut-backed Chickadee


Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday October 8. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

The three BARNACLE GEESE continue at Pacific City. A BAR-TAILED GODWIT and an HUDSONIAN GODWIT are among a flock of MARBLED GODWITS now being seen at Ilwaco Washington. On October 1 two DICKCISSELS were at Cape Blanco.

An influx of MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES into western Oregon during the week brought birds to Yaquina Head, North Bend, Silverton, and Sutherlin. CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES are also on the move, especially along coast. A movement of AMERICAN WIGEON brought EURASIAN WIGEON to Coos Bay, Nehalem Bay, Finley NWR, and Sutherlin. TROPICAL KINGBIRDS are now being seen along the coast. 

On October 1 a SNOWY EGRET and over 300 ELEGANT TERNS were at Gold Beach. A BOBOLINK and 12 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen October 4 at the South Jetty of the Siuslaw River. A LARK SPARROW was at the North Jetty of Yaquina Bay October 5. At the South Jetty of the Columbia River October 4 were three LAPLAND LONGSPURS and a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER. Up to 1500 BROWN PELICANS were there October 6.

On October 5 a BRANT was among a large flock of Cackling geese at Dawson Park in Hillsboro. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the Philomath Sewage Ponds October 6.


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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