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.

November 7, 2019

Emperor Goose Brant
Mountain Chickadee Pacific Loon
Palm Warbler


Barred Owl
Barred Owl, photo by Scott Carpenter

Notes on Sightings

On Wednesday, Andy Frank became the latest birder in Oregon to find a SNOW BUNTING, this one along the Columbia River near Broughton Beach. The bird was not refound, despite the dedicated efforts of desparate Snow seekers. 

The continuing EMPEROR GOOSE, last seen on Sunday, has drawn most regional birders to Sauvie’s island this last week, where the BRANT was also refound mixed in with a group of Cacklers. 

A PALM WARBLER was seen by a few at Fernhill Wetlands, along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, SWAMP SPARROW, and EURASIAN WIGEON. Another MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was found at Angel’s Rest by Lincoln Rice, and the PACIFIC LOON continues at Hayden Island. 

Further south, Rick Bennet found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER in Sherwood, not long after Linda Fink found a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Yamhill county. 

In Crook County, Scott Lewis found a BLUE JAY, their first in several years.

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