Date: 6/18/20 6:18 pm
From: <clearwater...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: [midvalleybirds] NE Corvallis Harris's Sparrow
A remarkable local sighting that might be of interest for state-wide folks.

From: "Lisa Millbank"
To: "birding" <birding...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:07:56 PM
Subject: [midvalleybirds] NE Corvallis Harris's Sparrow

I was making dinner when Don yelled, "There's a Harris's Sparrow in the
back yard!" We haven't ever seen a breeding-plumage Harris's Sparrow, and
this is certainly the rarest species on our yard list, #120! He/she
nibbled some millet for a while, but then left the yard. There is only 1
record of this species in Oregon in June on eBird, but maybe others have
not been reported there.

There was one at nearby Jackson-Frazier Wetland in early 2019, but
wintering birds are more common. Harris's Sparrows breed in Northwest
Territories, Nunavut and northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. I can't help
but feel kind of bad for birds who get this far off-course during
migration, even though it's exciting to see them.

Photos at Mid-Valley Nature

Lisa Millbank & Don Boucher
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