Date: 12/5/18 8:43 am
From: Christopher Armstrong <chrisleearmstrong...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most unexpected rarity?
Since I am a new birder I feel my most unexpected rarity was the juvenile Ruff at Force lake I found this last year. The Eastern Bluebird was a huge surprise as well, and I am hoping to see some more rarities in the coming years.

Chris Armstrong

> On Dec 4, 2018, at 11:13 PM, Chris Bennett <tayben7...> wrote:
> Back in March of 2004 I got the pleasure of seeing the Falcated Duck at Fern Ridge. Honorable mention Smew at The Dalles and the Hawk Owl in Bend
> Chris Bennett
> From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc...>
> Subject: [obol] Most unexpected rarity?
> Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2018 11:11:42 -0800
> 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

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