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.......;-)
Cheers 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 >