Date: 12/4/18 7:15 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected rarity?
Red-flanked Bluetail has actually been on my radar for years - too bad it
wasn't chasable once one showed up. :(


On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 7:05 PM Craig Miller <gismiller...> wrote:

> I can tell you that Red-flanked Bluetail was not even in my vocabulary...
> Craig Miller
> Bend
> 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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Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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