Date: 12/4/18 7:04 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected rarity?
Actually, there are at least 3 breeding records for Alberta and I only
looked at checklists which included photos so
I undoubtedly missed some or many breeding records. And Alberta is pretty
sparsely birded due to populations
mostly in larger cities. I have the BB Atlas for Alberta but (typically)
can't find it now.
Many (most?) western Canadian shorebird and passerine breeders head east
before turning south. But there could be
a mistake. It is interesting that both are males, but Bluebirds are
flocking birds in the winter so
it may be more surprising that EABB has not been found previously. As
several have mentioned, it would be
very easy to overlook an EABB which was just assumed to be a WEBB.

See attached. I have put dates next to breeding records of those
bubbles/checklists which included photos.

Bob OBbrien

On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 6:38 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>

> > 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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