Washington County, Oregon, Bird Highlights: 2009

Interesting birds reported from Washington County, Oregon. New updates are added to the top of the page, thus the year tends to run backwards from top to bottom. The status of birds given is only for Washington County, unless specified otherwise.

For a general status of the birds of the county, please see
Checklist of the Birds of Washington County
by Greg Gillson.

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Washington County, Oregon, Bird Highlights: 2008

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December 2009:

Hooded Oriole. Photo by Greg Gillson

Ed McVicker found an adult Hooded Oriole in Gaston on December 26. This is a second county record. It remained through the end of the month.

Scott Murray found a Common Redpoll at Hagg Lake on December 26. This is a 5th county record.

A rare annual winter visitor, one to three Greater Scaup were at Hagg Lake December 26 to the end of the month (Scott Murray, Jay Withgott).

Mary Anne Sohlstrom found a Prairie Falcon at Verboort on December 26. It was relocated on December 27 (Jay Withgott) and December 28 (Joe Blowers) near Roy. This is about the 13th county record and may be the same bird returning for the 4th consecutive year to the Roy area.

Craig Turner loacted a Red-necked Grebe on Hagg Lake on December 31. This species is not quite annual within the county, and this is the first (and last) report for the year.

Nearly annual, and the second this season, a Swamp Sparrow was reported on December 27 at Fernhill Wetlands by Jay Withgott.

An American Tree Sparrow was seen at Fernhill Wetlands on December 27 by Rie Luft. This is 5 weeks after it was last reported across the lake. Perhaps a different bird?

A lone Tree Swallow was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands from December 20-24 (Sarah Pinnock, Joe Blowers). Three were reported from Hagg Lake on December 27 (Jay Withgott). These are very late for lingerers.

Rare but annual, Steve Nord reported 2 Common (Eurasian Green-winged) Teal at Fernhill Wetlands on December 16.

Several Red-breasted Sapsuckers were spotted in Cornelius and Forest Grove in early December (Greg Gillson). This influx provided an apparent first locality record at Jackson Bottom Wetlands.

The continuing Red-shouldered Hawk at Fernhill Wetlands was spotted December 11 (Mike Screen), December 16 (Steve Nord), December 21 (Joe Blowers).

The continuing Red-shouldered Hawk at Jackson Bottom Wetlands was spotted December 21-25, and December 28 (Joe Blowers, Greg Gillson).

Stefan Schlick spotted another Eared Grebe was at Fernhill Wetlands on December 6 (see October and November reports).

Three rare but annual Common Goldeneyes were on Hagg Lake on December 6 (Stefan Schlick).

A Northern Shrike on December 5 remained at Fernhill Wetlands from November (Carol Karlen). Another bird was spotted at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on December 26. It may also have been a bird hanging around since November, but rarely seen. These are reported nearly annually.
The Forest Grove Christmas Bird Count was December 26. It was during a nice period of weather. Thirty participants detected a record 117 species, plus 9 Count Week species. Unusual species or high counts included: 116 Gadwall, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 2 Mountain Quail, 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron, a CW Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 Prairie Falcon, 57 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 Long-eared Owl, 18 Anna's Hummingbirds, a CW Gray Jay, a CW American Dipper, a CW American Tree Sparrow, a CW Swamp Sparrow, 1 Common Redpoll, and the prize of the count, a Hooded Oriole that remained into spring.



November 2009:

Black-legged Kittiwake. Photo by Ian Boustead
Black-legged Kittiwake, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 22, 2009, by Ian Boustead
Pacific Loon by Phil Kahler
Pacific Loon, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 27, 2009, by by Phil Kahler

During a storm on November 22 a Black-legged Kittiwake put in a one-day showing (Ian Boustead). What may be a different bird, a Black-legged Kittiwake was also reported from Fernhill Wetlands on November 25. These are the third and fourth county records.

A Northern Mockingbird was reported from Bethany on November 27 (fide Harry Nehls, Portland Audubon rare bird alert). This would be about the 6th county record.

A rare Gyrfalcon put in a brief showing at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on November 27 (Dennis Manzer). This is an 8th county record, and first locality record for Jackson Bottom.

The first Pacific Loon photogrpahed in Washington County was seen on November 27 at Fernhill Wetlands by Phil Kahler. This is a rare, not-quite-annual, bird in the county.

Three Snow Geese were at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on November 27 (Gary Hitt).

A rare annual Common Goldeneye was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on November 27 (many observers).

A rare annual Common Teal (Eurasian Green-winged Teal) was at Fernhill Wetlands on November 23 and seen by several observers.

Greg Gillson heard a Swamp Sparrow at Jackson Bottom on November 25. This rare bird is probably present every winter, but not detected every year.

Showing no bands or sign of feather wear, a dead Monk Parakeet was found by city workers in Cornelius on November 24. This exotic is a first Washington County record. There is a small colony of these birds near the Portland Airport, about 30 miles away.


American Tree Sparrow. Photo by Greg Gillson
American Tree Sparrow, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 14, 2009, by Greg Gillson
Red Phalarope. Photo by Greg Gillson
Red Phalarope, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 11, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Tom Shreve took several great photographs of an American Tree Sparrow at Fernhill Wetlands on November 13. This is a 4th county record. It remained to November 22 (Scott Carpenter).

A rare Red Phalarope was at Fernhill Wetlands on November 11 (Greg Gillson). Individuals and small flocks are found for several days following late fall and early winter storms. This is the 8th report in the fourth different year this decade. The last report was in 2005. A storm on November 22 blew in another Red Phalarope to Fernhill Wetlands (Scott Carpenter).

Recorded annually since 2003 (usually in spring), a rare migrant Say's Phoebe was reported at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on Noveber 11 (fide Harry Nehls). This is the 11th county record, and third this year (see March reports).

A fairly rare annual migrant Black-bellied Plover was in a farm field near Roy on November 8 (Stefan Schlick) (See October report).

Heermann's Gull. Photo by Greg Gillson
Heermann's Gull, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 22, 2009, by Scott Carpenter

A fourth county record, Scott Carpenter quickly alerted birders to a flock of 15 Heermann's Gulls that came in during a storm on November 22. Steve Nord saw the flock circling high at dusk and disappearing to the west. A first-winter bird put in a brief showing the next day (Greg Gillson).

On November 9 Ed McVicker visited Hagg Lake and found 5 Surf Scoters continuing from last month (see October report).

An immature White-winged Scoter was with Surf Scoters at Hagg Lake on November 9. Ed McVicker found this 6th county record. It was seen to November 10 (Stefan Schlick).

Tim Kadlecek found a rare annual Northern Shrike at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on November 3. Greg Gillson saw it or another on November 27.

Another Northern Shrike was reported at Fernhill Wetlands from November 9-21 (Steve Halpern, Scott Carpenter, Lauretta and Jeff Young).

A rare annual fall and winter visitor, a Red-shouldered Hawk was heard at Jackson Bottom Weltands by Tim Kadlecek on November 3 (See September and October reports). This bird (or another) was seen by many on November 27.

Another Red-shouldered Hawk, perhaps the same individual noted October 17, was at Fernhill Wetlands November 11-22 (John Rakestraw, Greg Gillson).

A late Osprey was at Hagg Lake on November 1 (Pamela Johnston).

A single Eared Grebe remained at Fernhill Wetlands from late October to November 11 (Greg Gillson, Stefan Schlick, John Rakestraw). (See October report.)



October 2009:

White-tailed Kite. Photo by Greg Gillson
White-tailed Kite, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro, Oregon, October 22, 2009, by Greg Gillson
Long-tailed Duck. Photo by Greg Gillson
Long-tailed Duck, Hagg Lake, Oregon, October 28, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Not quite annual since 1997, a rare White-tailed Kite was at Jackson Bottom October 22-23 (Don Coggswell, Sarah Pinnock). This is the 13th county record.

Ian Boustead and Stefan Schlick found a Long-tailed Duck on Hagg Lake October 25. This represents the 5th county record. Another photo is on Stefan Schlick's blog. The bird was seen to October 30 (David Smith).

Ian Boustead and Stefan Schlick found 11 Surf Scoters on Hagg Lake on October 25. These are rare annual late fall migrants on Hagg Lake. Dates range from October to February, but highest numbers seem to be in October. Stefan Schlick counted 17 Surf Scoters on October 27, including an adult male. Greg Gillson found 4 birds on October 28. David Smith saw 10 birds on October 30.

On October 22 Greg Gillson noted a road killed Barn Owl at Fernhill Wetlands, and then spotted another Barn Owl at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in a thicket of willows. This resident is rarely spotted in the county.

Rie Luft reported a Common Poorwill flushed at dusk from the middle of a logging road near Hayward on October 2. This would be a first county record, but could not be confirmed.

A rare annual migrant, there was a single Black-bellied Plover at Jackson Bottom from October 14 to 22 (Stefan Schlick, Greg Gillson). John Rakestraw spotted a Black-bellied Plover at Fernhill Wetlands on October 17.

A rare annual migrant, there were two Eared Grebes at Fernhill Wetlands from October 14-17 (Wink Gross, Greg Gillson, John Rakestraw). A single bird was at Fernhill Wetlands on October 27 (Stefan Schlick).

A rare annual fall and winter visitor, a Red-shouldered Hawk was at Fernhill Wetlands on October 17 (John Rakestraw).

A single White Pelican remained at Fernhill Wetlands from up to 13 present since July (see July, August, and September reports). Greg Gillson last saw it on October 8.

Stefan Schlick did some owling around Hagg Lake on October 3. The results included 3 Northern Saw-whet Owls and 6 Great Horned Owls, as expected. Also recorded was 1 Barred Owl, a rarely detected resident in the county. A single Barn Owl was unusual at the lake, though not rare (but infrequently detected) in nearby farmland.



September 2009:

American Redstart. Photo by Greg Gillson
American Redstart, Hillsboro, Oregon, September 3, 2009, by Greg Gillson
Sabine's Gull. Photo by Greg Gillson
Sabine's Gull, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, September 20, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Stefan Schlick found a first county record juvenile American Redstart in Hillsboro on September 2. It remained to September 3 (Greg Gillson).

John Rakestraw found a Sabine's Gull at Fernhill Wetlands on September 19. It remained to September 24 (Leslie Meserve). This is the third known record for the county.

The American White Pelicans remained at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove. Greg Gillson saw 9 on September 7; Steve Nord saw 13 on September 9. Most disappeared by mid-month, but 2 remained to September 24. [See July and August reports.]

Kelly Perry reported a Lewis's Woodpecker at Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton from September 4-9 (Craig Tumer). This is the 6th county record since 1960.

The first Red-shouldered Hawk report of the fall was at Koll Center Wetlands on September 9 (Greg Gillson).

Tom Shreve spotted a Common Nighthawk over Beaverton on September 10. These are rarely encountered in the lowlands during the fall migration.

Jon Plissner spotted a Solitary Sandpiper at Fernhill Wetlands on September 15. These are fairly rare in fall migration.

John Gatchet observed a Sandhill Crane at Fernhill Wetlands on September 19. These are rarely noted on the ground in the county. It was reported to September 24 (Leslie Meserve).

A probable Semipalmated Sandpiper was at Fernhill Wetlands on September 21 (George Neavoll). This annual fall migrant was one day later than the previous county late date.

Barely detected annually within the county, 2 immature Black-crowned Night-Herons were at Fernhill Wetlands September 20 (Scott Carpenter). Four adult Black-crowned Night-Herons were present from September 20-25 (Scott Carpenter, Greg Gillson).



August 2009:

American White Pelican. Photo by Greg Gillson
American White Pelican, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. August 1, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Nine to thirteen American White Pelicans remained at Fernhill Wetlands where they were seen by Greg Gillson on August 1, Steve Nord on August 17, Stefan Schlick on August 30, and Steve Nord on August 31. (See July report).

Craig Tumer reported Eurasian Collared-Doves from Raleigh Hills, a new location for them. They have not been reported in the Beaverton, Aloha, Tigard, Sherwood area yet, but are widespread throughout the remainder of the western lowlands in the county.

Three Red Crossbills at Hillsboro on August 28 were unusual in the lowlands at any time of year (Stefan Schlick).

Johnny Sasko photographed a Long-billed Curlew at Tualatin River NWR on 26 August 2009. This is about the 7th county record since the first record in 1996.

Five Wilson's Phalaropes were at Fernhill Wetlands on August 17. These rare annual visitors were spotted by Steve Nord.

A lone Tundra Swan was at Fernhill Wetlands on August 1 (Greg Gillson) and August 31 (Steve Nord). They generally arrive in November and depart in March. This bird is apparently injured and could not fly so as to migrate to the Arctic for the summer. For such a large, obvious bird, it has done a good job of hiding from birders this summer.



July 2009:

Lars Norgren heard an escaped Northern Bobwhite south of Banks on July 17. There are currently no countable "wild" populations in Oregon.

Michael Smith photographed 9 White Pelicans at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove on July 18. A few flocks of this species have been found roaming throughout western Oregon this summer. This is the 5th county record, all since 1999. At least 4 birds remained there to July 30 (Stefan Schlick). See August report.]

Two Barred Owls, perhaps an adult and juvenile, were reported from Hagg Lake on July 18 and a few days following that. This species is rarely reported from the county, though expected in the foothills.

Cassin's Vireos are local summer residents within the county. Lars Norgren reported the continuing bird at Buxton on July 8 that was first reported by Stephan Schlick in June. Lars reports another bird during the first week of July at Manning. A third reported bird was 1-1/2 miles up Hayward Road from Hwy 26. All these birds are within about 3 miles of each other.

Greg Gillson spotted a lone Western Meadowlark at Forest Grove on July 8. This species is not a known breeder within the county and summer records are rare.

Tom Love's yard in Durham was visited by a singing male Hooded Warbler on 7 July 2009. This is only the second county report for this rare Oregon vagrant.



June 2009:

On a nightjar survey, Stefan Schlick detected 3 Common Nighthawks in Timber and near Larch Mountain in the hills of the western portion of the county on June 8. These are rare summer breeders in the hills, but only occasionally detected. Stefan Schlick located another bird at Tophill, on the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail, and two birds nearby but over the line in Columbia County on June 23. Lars Norgren heard one bird regularly near his home at Hayward from June 12-28+. But on June 28 there were 3 birds overhead. Surprisingly, this is more reports than in recent years, though about the expected numbers of this uncommon bird with the crepuscular habits over remote areas.

Stefan Schlick spotted a Barn Owl at Cornelius Pass Road at Hwy 26 on June 8. This is the first county report of a live bird in a couple of years, even though they are a rare resident.

Since the first birds were noted in the county in August 2006, it seems that Eurasian Collared-Doves are now widespread in the Forest Grove, Verboort, Cornelius, Dilley, Hillsboro, and Banks areas. On one day during the month of June Greg Gillson spotted 12 birds in 8 different areas of Forest Grove, Verboort, and Cornelius.



May 2009:

Two single Eurasian Collared-Doves were in separate areas on the north side of Forest Grove on May 1 (Greg Gillson). A pair remains at Verboort where they were seen May 3 (Greg Gillson). They seem to be really spreading throughout the county this spring. [See January summary and April and February reports.]

An occasional to rare breeder within the county, a female Purple Martin was seen at the mouth of Tanner Creek into Hagg Lake on May 3 (Greg Gillson), an area where seen in June 2007. Another Purple Martin flew over Hayward on May 9 (Lars Norgren).

Annual, but quite rare, a Redhead was spotted by Stefan Schlick on May 3 at Jackson Bottom.



April 2009:

Western Kingbird. Photo by Tom Shreve
Western Kingbird, Tualatin River NWR, Sherwood, Oregon. April 24, 2009, by Tom Shreve
Common Teal. Photo by Greg Gillson
Common Teal, Jackson Bottom, Oregon. April 5, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Rare, but annual in recent years, a Western Kingbird was at the Tualatin River NWR on April 24 where Tom Shreve managed a photo.

Yet another Common (Eurasian Green-winged) Teal was spotted. A male at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro, April 5 (Greg Gillson) is the 4th different bird in the county this spring. The Common Teal at Fernhill Wetlands continued to April 10 (Steve Nord). The bird at NE 15th Street in Hillsboro continued to April 8 (Stefan Schlick).

Harry Nehls spotted a first county record of Lark Bunting. A female was at Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro, April 6.

A Black-necked Stilt, about the 14th for the county, was at the Tualatin River NWR on April 10, during the expected spring migration period, where it was spotted by Will Clemons and Ken Hornung. Two Black-necked Stilts were reported from Tualatin River NWR on April 27 (Steve Nord). Yet two more Black-necked Stilts were south of Forest Grove on April 24 (Stefan Schlick).

Three Eurasian Collared-Doves were at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro, on April 25 for a first locality record (Dennis Manzer). During the week two reports came from separate areas in Cornelius (Greg Gillson). [See January summary and February and May reports.]



March 2009:

Steve Nord spied a Common (Eurasian Green-winged) Teal At Fernhill Wetlands on March 5 and 7. It was reported several times through March 13 (Tim Shelmerdine, Steve Nord, Bill Clemons). Then Steve Nord found TWO birds on March 30. This is a rare nearly-annual winter visitor. Another Common Teal was at a small wetlands off NE 15th avenue near the Hillsboro airport from March 9-30 (Stefan Schlick, Steve Nord). Additional photos may be found here: http://www.pbase.com/srn_naturalist/common_teal

Glaucous Gull. Photo by Greg Gillson
Glaucous Gull, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. March 7, 2009, by Greg Gillson

A first cycle Glaucous Gull that was at Fernhill Wetlands March 6-8 (David Smith, Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine) was likely the same as the one observed on February 27. (See February report.)

Swamp Sparrow. Photo by Greg Gillson
Swamp Sparrow, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. March 7, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Last reported within the county in December 2006, an adult Swamp Sparrow was identified independently by Steve Nord and Stefan Schlick on March 7 at Fernhill Wetlands. This species is expected to winter nearly annually. It was noted through March 8 (Tim Shelmerdine).

Vicki Madden saw a Say's Phoebe in Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton on March 7. It was spotted again March 9 by Dwight Porter. This is a not-annual occasional spring migrant--right on time. This is the 9th county record. Photos at: http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/says_phoebe

Blake Matheson reported a Say's Phoebe at Fernhill Wetlands on March 27. This is the 10th county record.

A Calliope Hummingbird was reported from a Beaverton feeder on March 25 (fide Harry Nehls, Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Alert). This is the 9th county record, and earliest by 2 weeks.



February 2009:

Common Teal. Photo by Greg Baker
Common Teal, Tigard, Oregon. February 12, 2009, by Greg Baker
Red-shouldered Hawk. Photo by Greg Gillson
Red-shouldered Hawk, Jackson Bottom, Hillsboro, Oregon. February 1, 2009, by Greg Gillson

A rare winter visitor, a Red-shouldered Hawk was screaming at Jackson Bottom on February 1. It was seen again February 6 (Greg Gillson). [See January report.]

Greg Gillson counted over 230 Ruddy Ducks on a pond at Jackson Bottom on February 1. This common winter visitor averaged 63 birds on the Forest Grove Christmas Bird Count between 1987 and 2005, with a high count of 507 birds within the 15-mile diameter circle, so while impressive, this number is not unprecedented.

A male Common Teal (Eurasian Green-winged Teal) was at Tigard on February 12 and 13 where Greg Baker managed a photo. This is a rare not-quite-annual form within the county.

Rare in winter with a high count of 3 birds on the Forest Grove CBC from 1987-2005, 5 Greater Yellowlegs at Jackson Bottom on February 1 indicate the beginning of the spring migration of this common migrant (Greg Gillson).

The average first arrival date of Barn Swallows into western Oregon is just about the first of April. During the past 5 years or so, these birds that normally winter in Mexico have been confounding birders by showing up in mid-winter all along the West Coast in small numbers to southern British Columbia. Greg Gillson spotted at least 2 Barn Swallows at Jackson Bottom on February 1. Another (or the same) was there February 6.

Eurasian Collared-Dove. Photo by Greg Gillson
Eurasian Collared-Dove, Dilley, Oregon. February 28, 2009, by Greg Gillson

Shawneen Finnegan spotted 6 Eurasian Collared-Doves halfway between Verboort and Banks on February 6. These could be the same birds reported last month from Banks (see January report). At least six Eurasian Collared-Doves were at Dilley on February 28 (Greg Gillson). A "dozen" were first reported here in November, but no one had checked up on them since. (See January summary.)

A dead Barn Owl was reported from Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro on February 19. This rare resident has not been reported within the county in a couple of years, so sad that the first report in a while is of a dead bird.

On February 16 and 19 Lars Norgren reported a likely second cycle Slaty-backed Gull from Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove. David Smith reported seeing this big gull on February 20th. All sightings were at a distance and no photographs were obtained. This bird had a bone-colored (not pink) bill with dark tip, white iris, spotting on the breast, dark feathers around eye, and darker mantle with brownish primaries. This would be a first county record if it could be confirmed.

A first cycle Glaucous Gull was at Fernhill Wetlands on the evening of February 27 where it was spotted by Greg Gillson. It has been over a month since the last reports, and birders have been watching the late afternoon gull roost on the lake. This may be a different bird and, if so, makes about the 16th record for the County. (See January report. See March report.)

Right on time, on February 27, Tom Love watched 37 calling Sandhill Cranes migrating north over Durham. These birds migrate annually over the extreme eastern edge of the county in spring and fall, as they follow the Willamette River. They are rarely ever encountered on the ground within the county, and in some years are missed entirely by local birders, though they stage by the hundreds only 10 miles away on Sauvie Island.



January 2009:

Prairie Falcon. Photo by Greg Gillson
Prairie Falcon, Roy, Oregon. January 11, 2009, by Greg Gillson

The Prairie Falcon first reported December 31 near Roy remained at least until January 11 (Stefan Schlick, Lars Norgren, Greg Gillson). This is about the 12th county record, and may be a single bird returning for its 3rd winter.

A flock of 12 Snow Goose at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro is a large flock for this rare annual winter visitor. Stefan Schlick spotted these on January 3.

Stefan Schlick reported a group of 10 Eurasian Collared-Doves at 30939 Unger Road, south of Hillsboro on January 1. They were first heard here in June 2008. Stefan also reported 5 birds at Wilkesboro Rd at the first farm east of Hwy 47 at Banks on January 1, a new location for this rapidly expanding species. At least a pair of birds remained in Verboort in early January (Greg Gillson). They first arrived here in summer 2006 and there were 9 in town a year ago (December 2007) for the Christmas Bird Count. Weather forced the cancellation of the Forest Grove CBC this winter, so there are no updates to this number. In November a dozen birds were reported at Dilley, though there have been no further reports of anyone looking for them in this area since then (see February report).

The first Glaucous Gulls of winter were spotted at Fernhill Wetlands on January 23 by Shawneen Finnegan when 2 first-year birds were together. These two make about 15 total sightings for Washington County. This species is found in Washington county almost every winter now (but not recorded in the winter of 2006/7). Birds are found from November to March, but often appear first in January and are usually missed on the Forest Grove CBC in late December (only 2 counts in the 19 years from 1987-2005).

A Red-shouldered Hawk that Jon Plissner spotted near Hwy 47 and Patton Valley Road on January 31 could possibly be the same one reported in November 2008 from Gaston. These two sightings are the only ones reported this fall and winter, fewer reports than typical of this rare visitor (but see February report).



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Washington County, Oregon, Bird Highlights: 2006


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