Date: 12/4/18 6:38 pm
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected rarity?

> On Dec 4, 2018, at 12:40 PM, Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> wrote:
> Oregon has the only West Coast records of Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, and Eastern Bluebird. I expect Carolina Wren to show up at some point too. These birds must be coming through southern Idaho, and therefore using the lack of records from California and Washington as the metric of rareness makes little sense. I considered Eastern Bluebird a good candidate to occur in Oregon because they're most likely in the east, when Western Bluebirds withdraw from much of the eastern part of the state. That they showed up in the western part of the state is truly remarkable.
> My #1 vote might have to go to Common Scoter, though.
> Cheers,
> Adrian

Other than Long-toed Stint, the only species I an think off the top of my head that was first found in Oregon for mainland North America was the beach cast dead Murphy’s Petrel. Of course since then, that species has been found to be regular far off shore and was even seen in every Oregon county in a day a few years ago from a cruise ship.

Great Knot isn’t bad either. The Bandon bird is still the only record for the mainland of North America out side of Alaska…I think. Even though there was one record of Common Scoter for California before the Oregon bird, that is a bigger surprise to me than Great Knot, because the knot is a long distance migrant from Siberia, and the Common Scoter is an Atlantic bird. With global warming, occurrences such as its and the Northern Gannet in California may become more frequent. There aren’t a lot of Atlantic specialties, some may not know when we are seeing some of the birds that make the Northwest Passage.

Jeff Gilligan

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