Date: 12/4/18 7:05 pm
From: Craig Miller <gismiller...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected rarity?
I can tell you that Red-flanked Bluetail was not even in my vocabulary...

Craig Miller

On Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 6:37 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...> wrote:

> > 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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