Washington County, Oregon, Bird Highlights: 2010

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: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006



December 2010:

A single adult Swamp Sparrow was located December 17-18 at Fernhill Wetlands (Greg Gillson, Tim Rodenkirk). Gillson found 3 Swamp Sparrows at Tualatin River NWR on December 29. This is a county high number and may be a first locality record for the refuge. Both observations occurred during extensive lowland flooding. Birds were forced out of the extensive marshes and nearer elevated road edges.

Uncommon and local in summer, a Chipping Sparrow was a rare find at Fernhill Wetlands on December 22 (Joe Blowers).

A very late or rare wintering Common Yellowthroat was at Fernhill Wetlands on December 21 (Steve Nord).

Up to 30 Thayer's Gulls were at Fernhill Wetlands on December 18 (Greg Gillson, Tim Rodenkirk). They outnumbered Herring Gulls locally in November and December, which is not usually the case.

Returning for its 5th consecutive year, a Prairie Falcon was spotted on its favored perch tree near Roy on December 26 (Lars Norgren) and remained through the month. This may be the same bird noted just outside Gaston in Yamhill County on December 18, 15 miles to the south. Historically, this species has been a very rare winter visitor, except for this one returning bird. [See February report.]

One to 2 Eared Grebes were found at Fernhill Wetlands December 10-24 (Greg Gillson, Greg Haworth). One was on Hagg Lake December 18 (Greg Gillson). This is a rare annual visitor.

As typical, a few Greater Scaup were found in December. Greg Gillson found up to 6 at Fernhill Wetlands on December 17 (eBird).

Two Green Herons were at Fernhill Wetlands on December 10 (Steve Nord). These are rare in winter.

Shawneen Finnegan reported 2 Trumpeter Swans at Coffeelake Creek Wetlands near Sherwood on December 5. They remained until December 6 (Craig Tumer). These are rare annual winter visitors within the county. Up to 5 Trumpeter Swans were at Fernhill Wetlands on December 17 (Lars Norgren).

The female Red-breasted Merganser from November remained at Fernhill Wetlands to at least December 22 (Joe Blowers).

The juvenile Northern Shrike from October remained at Jackson Bottom to at least December 4 (Greg Gillson).

A drake Common (European Green-winged) Teal was at Fernhill Wetlands on December 4 (Greg Gillson). Two birds were noted December 17 (Steve Nord). At least one bird remained until December 22 (Don Wardwell).

Highlights from the Forest Grove Christmas Bird Count, 18 December 2010:
112 species
Participants: 29
Low temp: 34F, High temp: 40F, snow in higher elevations to 3 inches, showers in lower areas in morning, dry afternoon.
8 Snow Goose, Count Week (CW) Eurasian Wigeon, 1 Common (Eurasian Green-winged) Teal, 1 Redhead, 2 Greater Scaup, CW Mountain Quail, 1 Green Heron, CW Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Prairie Falcon (Yamhill Co.), 30 Thayer's Gull, 482 Glaucous-winged Gull, 63 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 3 Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco, 6 Red Crossbill.

November 2010:

Red-breasted Merganser. Photo by Greg Gillson
Red-breasted Merganser, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, 14 November 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson

A Rough-legged Hawk was spotted by Louis Warren at Tualatin River NWR on November 24. This species is rare and nearly annual. Another was mentioned from Beaverton in late December, for the only two reports this year.

Rather late, and only the secord report of the year following a report in October, a flock of 10 Sandhill Cranes flew over Cedar Hills on November 10 (Don Wardwell). These birds overfly Washington County airspace in spring and fall, but barely clip the NW corner of the county, and thus are reported infrequently.

A single Surf Scoter was reported by Joe Blowers at Hagg Lake on November 6 (eBird). At Hagg Lake on November 24, Greg Gillson found exactly one each of Long-tailed Duck, Surf Scoter, and White-winged Scoter. The White-winged Scoter was the 9th county record. And the Long-tailed Duck was the 7th county record. All these were also seen in October (see October report).

Mike Screen found an immature Pacific Loon at Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, on November 14. It was seen until November 21 (Greg Haworth). This rare species is not found every year within the county.

A female Red-breasted Merganser was seen and photographed off-and-on at Fernhill Wetlands from November 14 (Greg Gillson) into December. This rare species is not found every year within the county.

The Northern Shrike at Jackson Bottom in October remained and was seen November 12 (Joe Blowers).

That one remaining American White Pelican at Fernhill Wetlands apparently was last seen November 15 (Greg Gillson).


October 2010:

Black Phoebe. Photo by Stephen Elia
Black Phoebe, Hillsboro, Oregon, 4 October 2010. Photo by Stephen Elia

A flock of 30 Sandhill Cranes flew over Beaverton on October 16 for the only report this year of this rare annual migrant (Dwight Porter).

Rather rare annual migrants, 2-3 Eared Grebes were on Hagg Lake October 25-30 (Greg Gillson, Stefan Schlick). Stephen Elia photgraphed one at Emma Jones Nature Park in Hillsboro http://gallery.photo.net/photo/11861794-lg.jpg.

Several Bonaparte's Gulls were reported during late October from Fernhill Wetlands and Hagg Lake. The largest number was 5 birds at Hagg Lake on October 25 (Stefan Schlick).

Steve Halpern got fantastic photos of an American Tree Sparrow at Fernhill Wetlands on Ocotber 20. http://stevenrhalpern.com/birds/ATSP-SRH-IMG_0040.jpg.

Common Loons are rare to uncommon migrants and winter visitors to deeper lakes and ponds in Washington County. Steve Halpern photographed one at Fernhill Wetlands on October 26 http://stevenrhalpern.com/birds/common-loon-srh-IMG_0342.jpg. Stefan Schlick found 3 on Hagg Lake on October 23 and 5 on October 30.

As has come to be expected in recent years, Surf Scoters were found at Hagg Lake in October. The first was 4 birds on October 23 by Stefan Schlick. The high was of 19 birds on October 25 (Greg Gillson). A "small flock" was still on Hagg Lake on October 30 (Stefan Schlick). Stefan Schlick noted a Surf Scoter at Fernhill Wetlands on October 30.

At Fernhill Wetlands Fiona Ryan found a rare White-winged Scoter for the 7th county record. http://picasaweb.google.com/FionaR37/20101024?authkey=Gv1sRgCPqip9qytPPr4wE#. The 8th county record of White-winged Scoters came from Hagg Lake with 1-6 birds from October 24-30 (Joe Blowers, Greg Gillson, Stefan Schlick).

Two rare Long-tailed Ducks were on Hagg Lake on October 24-26 (Stefan Schlick, Greg Gillson, Joe Blowers). This is a 6th county record.

Six Snow Geese were spotted in a flock of Cackling Geese at Fernhill Wetlands on October 14 (Tom Shreve). Thereafter, 1-3 Snow Geese were noted several times with the other geese (to October 30, Stefan Schlick).

An unusual Barred Owl was seen by several observers at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in early October. Greg Gillson noted one there on October 12 being harrassed by a Steller's Jay and a Scrub-Jay. The owl flushed a short distance to get away from them and in came a screaming Red-shouldered Hawk to attack it vigorously!

Large gatherings of Lincoln's Sparrows were at Fernhill Wetlands in October. From the 8th to 23rd of October between 10 and 20 Lincoln's Sparrows were counted (Greg Gillson, Stefan Schlick). These secretive, and challenging-to-identify sparrows are usually encountered as singles in flocks with other sparrows.

Joe Blowers found a Northern Shrike at Jackson Bottom on October 8, a rather early report (see February-March record) of this barely annual species. Lars Norgren noted another juvenile Northern Shrike above Killin Wetlands on October 14.

Washington County's 3rd record of Black Phoebe remained at Emma Jones Nature Preserve in Hillsboro to October 6 (Stefan Schlick). (See September report.)

One American White Pelican remained at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to the through the month, it was seen to at least October 30 (Stefan Schlick). (See September report.)

It has been a good fall for rare Red-necked Grebes in the county. Scott Carpenter reported the 4th one this fall at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove on October 2 (See September report). A 5th Red-necked Grebe was found at Hagg Lake on October 30 (Stefan Schlick).



September 2010:

Red-shouldered Hawk. Photo by Scott Carpenter
Red-shouldered Hawk, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove on 10 September, 2010. Photo by Scott Carpenter
Red-necked Grebe. Photo by Scott Carpenter
Red-necked Grebe, Koll Center Wetlands, Beaverton on 22 September, 2010. Photo by Scott Carpenter

Paul Jaussi and Bill Griffiths discovered a juvenile Red-necked Grebe at Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton on September 22. It was subsequently seen by several people. Three birds were present there on Septmeber 26 (Don Nelson). This rare species is not recorded every year in the county.

A Lewis's Woodpecker was reported by Charlotte Corkran at Tualatin River NWR on September 14. On September 20 there were two birds present (Greg Gillson). This is the 7th county record since 1964.

At least two Red-shouldered Hawks were at Fernhill Wetlands on September 13 (Greg Gillson) and remained. The second Oregon record was in 1971 (first in 1878); the first Washington County record was in 1991. This species is rare but regular from August into early spring, now. Most records are of single juveniles, though adults are also reported (see January report).

Two Black-crowned Night-Herons were at Fernhill Wetlands on September 7 (Greg Gillson). These are rare annual fall migrants and winter visitors.

Three Common Terns were at Fernhill Wetlands on September 6 (Steve Halpern). One bird remained to September 7 (Greg Gillson). This is the 4th county record.
Wilson's Phalarope. Photo by Scott Carpenter
Wilson's Phalarope, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove on 2 September, 2010. Photo by Scott Carpenter

A Black Phoebe was at Emma Jones Nature Park in Hillsboro, Oregon from September 2 to the end of the month (Stefan Schlick). This is the 3rd county record; the first was in October 2006 (see June report of 2nd county record).

First recorded in the county in 1999, this is the second summer in a row that numerous American White Pelicans have over-summered at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove. This year 8 birds arrived April 26 and fluctuated in numbers through summer with 4 to 26 birds seen. They remained into September with 21 birds seen on September 4 and 16, but down to 5 birds my the end of the month (Greg Gillson).

A juvenile Wilson's Phalarope was at Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, September 2-4 (Greg Gillson, Scott Carpenter).

The third reported Vesper Sparrow of the year was at Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, on September 2, where Scott Carpenter spotted it. It has been several years since this sparrow has been reported in the county. It may be a very rare and local breeding species (See May and July reports).


August 2010:

American White Pelican. Photo by Greg Gillson
American White Pelican, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove on 19 August, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson
Semipalmated Sandpiper. Photo by Greg Gillson
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on 11 August, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson

Right on time, an adult Red-shouldered Hawk was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on August 25 (Greg Gillson).

Scott Carpenter found a juvenile Solitary Sandpiper at Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton on August 15. Greg Gillson spotted a Solitary Sandpiper at Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro on August 11.

A Wilson's Phalarope was reported at Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro during early August. Gillson saw an adult there on August 9.

Rare annual fall migrants, 1-2 juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers spent several days in early August at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro (Greg Gillson). Two birds were detected August 11 (see July report).

American White Pelicans were first detected this year at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro on August 6 (fide Jan Curry). They were detected thereafter for 2 weeks in numbers ranging from 10-20, and seemed to be most of the same individuals that were at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove, based on numbers present at each location at the same time. The high number of American White Pelicans detected at Fernhill Wetlands for the month was 26 birds on August 9.


July 2010:

Vesper Sparrow. Photo by Greg Gillson
Vesper Sparrow, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on 7 July, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson
Clark's Grebe. Photo by Greg Gillson
Clark's Grebe, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove on 5 July, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson

Joe Blowers spotted an adult Black-bellied Plover at Jackson Bottom in Hillsboro on July 30. These are rare annual migrants.

A rare annual migrant, a Semipalmated Sandpiper was reported from Fernhill Wetlands on July 20 (Stefan Schlick, Greg Gillson). Another Semipalmated Sandpiper was reported from Jackson Bottom Wetlands on July 28 (Greg Gillson).

An odd buffy sparrow photographed July 13 at Jackson Bottom Wetlands turned out to be a juvenile Vesper Sparrow. (See May and September report.)

A Caspian Tern was over Fernhill Wetlands on July 19 (Greg Gillson). These are rare annual migrants.

Gary Witt photographed a Bonaparte's Gull, Blue-winged Teal, and Red-necked Phalarope at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on July 18. All are uncommon to rare annual visitors. Thereafter, 4 young-of-the-year Blue-winged Teal spent the remainder of the month. Another Bonaparte's Gull was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on July 28 (Greg Gillson).

Rare American White Pelicans come and go at Fernhill Wetlands this summer. It seems 4 birds at least are summering, with additional birds detected some days. Though not seen every year, they have appeared more recently in the last 10 years and often stay weeks at a time. Numbers were 10 on July 9, 6 on July 14, 6 on July 20, 15 on July 21, and 11 on July 29 (Greg Gillson, Jeff Hayes).

The pair of Clark's Grebes from mid-June remained at Fernhill Wetlands through the month of July. They were reported July 5, 12, 14, 29 (Greg Gillson, Jeff Hayes).

A lone Cackling Goose summered at Fernhill Wetlands. It was perhaps injured and didn't migrate north with its kin, but spent time with the local nesting Western Canada Geese and some tame barnyard geese. It was reported by numerous people over the entire summer.



June 2010:

Mary Reese photographed the 2nd county record of Black Phoebe at the Tualatin River NWR on June 27. See her photos.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird was seen for about 15 minutes at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro on June 23 (Steve Halpern, Kevin Smith). This is a rare annual spring migrant and, surprisingly, the third report this spring from the county.

Scott Carpenter found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at the Tualatin River NWR on June 18. This is the 4th county record of this rare migrant.

On June 18 on Wildcat Mountain Road, in the Coast Range near Hayward, Joe Blowers found a singing Townsend's Solitaire , a rare summer resident. He also located a juvenile Red Crossbill. Nesting of crossbills can occur any time of year when cone crops are abundant.

Khahn Tran spotted 3 Black Swifts over Tualatin on June 14. These rare birds are not detected every year.

At least one American White Pelican still remained at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove since 8 birds were first detected in late April (Greg Gillson).

A pair of grebes, one a locally rare Clark's Grebe and the other either a Western Grebe or a hybrid between these two species, were at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove on June 11 (Greg Gillson). One to two obvious Clark's Grebe were found June 14 through the month (Steve Nord). Clark's Grebes are not detected every year, October to May. This is the first summering record for the county.

As typical, Purple Martins were heard over Hagg Lake on June 11 (Greg Gillson).

At least 3 Barred Owls were calling at Hagg Lake just before dawn on June 11 (Greg Gillson).

Joe Blowers found two Western Kingbirds at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Forest Grove on June 5. Greg Gillson spotted one at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove on June 11. These two reports are about typical for this this rare spring migrant, though they can arrive as early as late April.

The third county record this spring, and 9th ever, Greg Gillson spotted a Dusky Flycatcher at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on June 4.



May 2010:

Black Turnstone. Photo by Greg Gillson
Black Turnstones, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove on 3 May, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson
Purple Martin. Photo by Greg Gillson
Purple Martin, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on 6 May, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson

On May 29 Erik Knight photographed a male Great-tailed Grackle at the Tualatin River NWR at Sherwood (Photo here). This is a first county record.

Rich Hoyer found 3 Pectoral Sandpipers at Fernhill Wetlands on May 16. While there two Bonaparte's Gulls flew over and 3 Blue-winged Teal were spotted. All these are uncommon to rare annual migrants (though the teal sometimes nest).

David Crisman found Barred Owls at Hagg Lake on the night of May 15-16.

Detected nearly annually, a Forster's Tern was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on May 14 (fide Harry Nehls).

Detected nearly annually within the county, Doug Robberson spotted a Black Swift over the Tualatin River NWR on May 15. [See June report.]

On May 12 Kyle Spinks spotted a rare Yellow-headed Blackbird at the south end of Greenway Park in Beaverton. Not found every year in Washington County, reports of single birds in May are typical. Erik Knight found a female Yellow-headed Blackbird at Tualatin River NWR on May 29. [See June report.]

Eight American White Pelicans remained from April to at least May 11 (Steve Nord). Thereafter the number of birds dropped, but one was still present into June. [See July report.]

A rare migrant and possible local breeder within the county, a Vesper Sparrow was noted at Fernhill Wetlands on May 11 (Jonathan Plissner). This is the first report in 12 years within Washington County. [See July and September report.]

A pair of Purple Martins spent a couple of days during the first two weeks of May at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro. They were photographed on May 6 by Greg Gillson. Leslie Meserve reported two Purple Martins at Fernhill Wetlands on May 4.

A rather rare Short-billed Dowitcher was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands May 5 (Greg Gillson).

The second report of spring, and first record from Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, a Dusky Flycatcher was found May 5, for the 8th county record (Greg Gillson).

Lars Norgren found 2 Black Turnstones on May 3. Greg Gillson photographed them later that day. These are a 5th county record.

Lone Solitary Sandpipers were at Jackson Bottom Wetlands the first week of May (Greg Gillson). One was reported from Tualatin River NWR May 1 (fide Leslie Meserve).



April 2010:

This spring featured 3 reports of Dusky Flycatchers, one each in April, May, and June. The first was April 29 at Emma Jones Nature Preserve in Hillsboro by Stefan Schlick. This was the 7th county record.

Regular migrants in a very narrow temporal period, 2 Solitary Sandpipers were right on time at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on April 28. Two were at Killin Wetlands, Banks, on September 30, and another north of Banks that same day.

Rather rare migrants, locally, Nashville Warblers were noted April 29 at Fernhill Wetlands (Steve Nord) and at Emma Jones Nature Reserve in Hillsboro on April 21. An anonymous report of one bird was from Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro on April 30. Another was at Cooper Mountain Nature Park in May(?) but I lost the details. This may turn out to be a decent place to look for high concentrations of migrants in spring.

A rare Golden Eagle flew through Jackson Bottom Wetlands on April 17 (Dennis Manzer).

Eight American White Pelicans were at Fernhill Wetlands from April 26-29 (Greg Gillson, Steve Nord).

A Calliope Hummingbird was reported from Manning on April 27 (fide Harry Nehls). This is about the 10th county record.

A juvenile Northern Goshawk was spotted at Noble Woods Park in Hillsboro on April 14. More expected, Greg Gillson spotted a Northern Goshawk near Tophill on April 8.

The Gaston Hooded Oriole was reported into April (fide Harry Nehls).


March 2010:

The Northern Shrike continued at Jackson Bottom Wetlands to March 13 (Leslie Meserve).

Continuing a spate of Common Goldeneye reports, three were at Jackson Bottom on March 10 (Greg Gillson).

At least 3 different White-throated Sparrows were noted at Jackson Bottom Wetlands during the month (Greg Gillson). The bird present most of the winter disappeared in January (see January report).


February 2010:

Common Goldeneye. Photo by Greg Gillson
Common Goldeneye, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on 17 February, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson
Northern Shrike. Photo by Greg Gillson
Northern Shrike, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on 17 February, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson

The Prairie Falcon first found near Verboort on December 26 was spotted near Roy on February 1 (Tom Love). [See December 2009, January 2010]

The Gaston Hooded Oriole continued through February, March, and into April. (See January report.)

Several Common Goldeneyes, usually rare annual visitors, were reported in various locations throughout the county.

A Northern Shrike was at Jackson Bottom starting on February 7 (Greg Gillson) and continuing into March. It may be the same individual as reported back in November (See November 2009 and March 2010).

A rare annual visitor, a single Black-crowned Night-Heron was on a pond at the Hillsboro Landfill during the winter (Rick Balazs). It was seen a couple of times in early February, including February 6 (Greg Gillson).

An unseasonably early Barn Swallow put in an appearance at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on February 26 (Greg Gillson).

A rare annual visitor, a Common Teal was in Hillsboro on February 22 (Stefan Schlick).

Not annual, the 12th county record of Brant was with Cackling Geese at Fernhill Wetlands on February 5 (Steve Nord).



January 2010:

White-throated Sparrow. Photo by Greg Gillson
White-throated Sparrow, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, Hillsboro on 27 January, 2010. Photo by Greg Gillson

An unconfirmed report, without description, of Long-tailed Duck came from Fernhill Wetlands on January 30 (Chris Hein fide Jon Plissner). There are 5 previously accepted records for the county.

Also unconfirmed, apparently without photos, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was reported from Beaverton (fide Harry Nehls). I believe there is only one record for the entire state.

On January 28 a Townsend's Solitaire was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, for a first locality record (Greg Gillson). This species is a rare annual spring migrant and winter visitor in the lowlands, and a rare local breeder in the Coast Range of Washington County.

Western Meadowlarks are rare in Washington County, but expected in small numbers in winter. In later winter they form into larger flocks before migrating back to breeding areas (east of the Cascades?). A flock of 29 was at Jackson Bottom Wetlands on January 14 (Greg Gillson).

Annual, but difficult to locate, an immature White-throated Sparrow was noted nearly daily at the feeders at Jackson Bottom Wetlands from December through January (Greg Gillson).

The Red-shouldered Hawks both at Fernhill Wetlands and at Jackson Bottom Wetlands continued to be reported. The Jackson Bottom bird was noted nearly daily through January (Greg Gillson) and the Fernhill bird was reported January 3 (Em Scattaregia), January 5 (Steve Nord), and January 9 (Larry Maurin). [See December 2009 report.]

A rare annual Common Goldeneye, a female, was at Hagg Lake on January 9 (Larry Maurin). Another was at Fernhill Wetlands on January 18 (Greg Gillson).

Three rare annual Black-crowned Night-Herons were encountered after dark at Fernhill Wetlands on January 9 by Lars Norgren.

As has been the case for the past couple of years, large numbers of winter Canvasbacks were recorded at Jackson Bottom. There were 259 counted on January 12 (Stefan Schlick), 275 counted on January 18 (Joe Blowers), and 246 counted on January 28 (Greg Gillson). This breaks the previous Willamette Valley record of "200+" in January 2006, also at Jackson Bottom.

Returning for its 4th consecutive year, the Prairie Falcon first found near Verboort on December 26 was spotted near Roy on January 13 (Stefan Schlick), in the same tree as last year. Also January 24 (Lars Norgren). [See December 2009, February 2010]

Two Common Teal were reported from Fernhill Wetlands on January 5 by Steve Nord. There was also a hybrid Common x American Green-winged Teal.

The Hooded Oriole in Gaston from December continued through January (Tom Love, Marcia Marvin). [See December 2009, February 2010.]

A rare annual winter visitor, four Greater Scaup were at Hagg Lake on January 1 (Greg Gillson).

Three rare annual Trumpeter Swans were at Hagg Lake on January 1 and another was near Dilley on January 1 (Greg Gillson). Possibly this same bird was at Jackson Bottom January 7 (Stefan Schlick) and Fernhill Wetlands on January 9 (Larry Maurin).



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