Date: 12/4/18 11:31 am
From: Craig Tumer <craig...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected =?UTF-8?Q?rarity??Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:29:54 -0700
I think the Red-bellied Woodpecker that spent the winter of 2013/2014 in
La Grande may be the most unexpected rarity in Oregon in the last 25
Craig TumerPortland

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Subject: [obol] Most unexpected rarity?
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc...>
Date: Tue, December 04, 2018 11:11 am
To: "'OBOL Oregon Birders Online'" <obol...>

While viewing the two Eastern Bluebirds on Sunday with Owen
Schmidt, Jeff Gilligan, Steven Rogers and others, we marveled at
how unlikely a sighting this was. For one thing it was two birds,
not a single one that wandered out to become the first Eastern
Bluebirds ever seen on the West Coast. They were 600 miles from
the closest prior sighting in Cassia County, ID. They were 750
miles from the closest location of multiple birds (5) in
Greycliff, MT; 900 miles from records of birds seen in December
north of Edmonton, Alberta (which must have really shocked the
discoverers); and about a thousand miles from the closest breeding
population of the species in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in
western North Dakota. We can debate all winter how they got here,
but it made me think of another question: Is this the most
unusual, unexpected rarity to show up in Oregon in the last 25 ye
ars? In my mind this is on a par with the Streak-backed Oriole
that showed up at Malheur NWR Headquarters in September 1993. At
the time there had only been three sightings in the US outside of
Arizona, the closest being in Death Valley National Park in 1977,
about 550 miles away. What is your nominee for the most
unexpected rarity in Oregon since then? Tom Crabtree, Bend

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