Date: 12/4/18 11:44 am
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected rarity?
The obvious explanation is they are escapees or released cage
birds.........just saying.......;-)

Dave Lauten

On 12/4/2018 11:11 AM, Tom Crabtree wrote:
> 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
> years?  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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