Date: 12/4/18 11:33 am
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected =?UTF-8?Q?rarity??Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:29:54 -0700
That’s a good candidate, too. There was a previous winter record in the Idaho panhandle maybe 20 years ago but I’m not sure of any subsequent records.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

> On Dec 4, 2018, at 11:30 AM, Craig Tumer <craig...> wrote:
> 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 years.
> Craig Tumer
> Portland
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [obol] Most unexpected rarity?
> From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc...> <mailto:<tc...>>
> Date: Tue, December 04, 2018 11:11 am
> To: "'OBOL Oregon Birders Online'" <obol...> <mailto:<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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