A Hooded Oriole has spent the last several weeks in Gaston, OR. This species normally ranges as far north as northern California, wintering in Mexico, so a winter visitor to Oregon is a special treat.
While I certainly appreciated seeing this species in Oregon, I still prefer to see birds in their natural range and habitat. I saw my first Hooded Orioles in southern Texas. They seemed to belong there, and finding birds not normally found in Oregon adds to the fun of traveling. Likewise, my first Varied Thrush was in a suburban yard in Ohio. They look so much better in Oregon.