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

Compiled by Harry Nehls on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Cackling Goose Greater Scaup King Eider
Surf Scoter Band-tailed Pigeon Ruff
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Scripp's Murrelet Sabine's Gull
Black-footed Albatross Laysan Albatross Manx Shearwater
Nazca Booby Turkey Vulture Rough-legged Hawk
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Least Flycatcher Pacific Wren
Lapland Longspur Clay-colored Sparrow Brewer's Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow Northern Waterthrush Chestnut-sided Warbler


hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
number: 503-292-6855
To report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976  <hnehls6@comcast.net>
compiler: Harry Nehls
coverage: entire state of Oregon

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday October 11. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.

A RUFF is now being seen at Force Lake in North Portland. A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was there October 8. On October 6 a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Brownsmead east of Astoria. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen October 7 at Brothers. A probable MANX SHEARWATER was seen October 4 off the mouth of the Siuslaw River. On October 9 a KING EIDER was off Boiler Bay. A probable NAZCA BOOBY was seen over Gearhart October 9.

An October 7 offshore boat trip out of Newport found two LAYSAN ALBATROSS, 331 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, 460 SABINE’S GULLS, and a SCRIPPS’S MURRELET among the swarm of birds present.

A major movement of ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE passed Oregon during the week. On October 8 a BREWER’S SPARROW was photographed at Face Rock in Bandon. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen October 6 at the Seaside Sewage Ponds. LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported from many coastal locations.

On October 6 a flock of 52 SURF SCOTERS were off Hayden Island in North Portland. That day a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the Corvallis Airport. At the Philomath Sewage Ponds October 9 were three SURF SCOTERS, a GREATER SCAUP, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR. Two kettles of VULTURES near Emigrant Lake east of Ashland  October 8 contained 400 individuals.

On October 7 a HARRIS'S SPARROW was photographed near the Painted Hill NM. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed October 4 at Malheur NWR Headquarters. A BAND-TAILED PIGEON and a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER were there the next day. On October 6 a PACIFIC WREN was 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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