Rare Bird Alert

Updated every Thursday, the Rare Bird Alert covers the entire state and details where and when rare birds have been spotted. This could be anything from an east coast bird that flew off course to an Oregon bird found in an unlikely location.

Have you seen a rare or out of place bird? Contact Brodie Cass Talbott to report your sighting: bcasstalbott@audubonportland.org.

January 30, 2020

Tufted Duck Northern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat White-winged Scoter
Lesser Yellowlegs Red-throated Loon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker American White Pelican


American White Pelican
Malheur NWR, Harney County, Oregon, USA

Notes on Sightings

The most notable bird of the last week was the TUFTED DUCK found by Susan Kirkbride out on Marsh Road near Verboort. This is the first Washington County record of this Asian Scaup lookalike since 2016, and many birders have been able to relocate it so far. In other notable Washington county bird news, the TRNWR NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was refound by Rick Bennett. Colby Neuman found an over-wintering COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on Rentenaar Road on Sauvie Island – an uncommon but not unheard of occasion.

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were found in the Rainier in Columbia county by Philip Kline, who also found an out-of-season LESSER YELLOWLEGS mixed with its Greater cousins at Scappoose Bottoms. 

In Multnomah county, the RED-THROATED LOON party continues along the Columbia River, as does the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Washington Park. There have also been several reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS in the area – these birds are much more common in summer. 

That’s most of it for this week. For reports, corrections, and tips, email Brodie Cass Talbott at bcasstalbott@audubonportland.org