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.