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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on May 19, 2016

Long-tailed Duck Murphy's Petrel Hawaiian Petrel
American White Pelican Brown Pelican White-faced Ibis
Swainson's Hawk Black-necked Stilt American Avocet
Red Knot Little Stint Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope Black Swift Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Green-tailed Towhee Indigo Bunting


hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
number: 503-292-6855
To report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976  <hnehls5@comcast.net>
compiler: Harry Nehls
coverage: entire state

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday May 19. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

On May 12 a LITTLE STINT was photographed at the Kirkland Road Sewage Ponds near White City. An INDIGO BUNTING was seen May 15 at Lower Table Rock north of Medford. An offshore boat trip May 12 off Curry County observed two MURPHY’S PETRELS and two HAWAIIAN PETRELS. 

Migrations during the week included numerous RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. A movement of BLACK SWIFTS along the coast May 17 brought at least 153 past the North Spit of Coos Bay and two at Cape Foulweather south of Depoe Bay.

On May 13 a WHITE-FACED IBIS was at China Creek south of Bandon. On May 15 a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was at Ridgefield NWR. A RED KNOT was there May 17. A WHITE PELICAN was seen May 12 at the Tualatin NWR and another May 16 at Ankeny NWR. On May 13 ten BLACK-NECKED STILTS were at Baskett Slough NWR A BROWN PELICAN  was seen May 13 flying over Stahlbusch Island near Corvallis. An AVOCET was at Fern Ridge Reservoir May 16. A light phase SWANSON’S HAWK was seen May 14 at Roxy Ann Butte near Medford.

On May 14 a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was at Black Butte Swamp near Sisters. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen may 15 on Hatfield Lake near 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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