> Why wasn't it a Northern Mockingbird? They are not regular in Montana and observer might not be as familiar with one or expect one in Oregon.
Hi Russ & All,
The original description mentioned that the bird was larger than a junco but smaller than a robin (which would be roughly the same size as a mockingbird).
The subsequent description of the tail as thin also seems better for wagtail than for mockingbird. However considering that this was only a fly-by sighting, it seems like it might be easy to misjudge.
Happy birding, Joel
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