Category Archives: rarities

Timberline

I hiked from Timberline Lodge to the snow fields above Silcox Hut. My main target was Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. I missed the finches, but there is always something fun to see on the mountain. There were a lot of skiers and … Continue reading

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Powell Butte

I hadn’t been to Powell Butte Nature Park in east Portland since they finished renovations. They had been working on one of the water system reservoirs and have added more parking, a visitor center, and new trail markers and maps. … Continue reading

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Plover-palooza

I went to South Beach State Park, just south of Newport, to see the Mountain Plover that has been spending the winter there. I have seen this species in Kansas, but it is a special treat to see one in … Continue reading

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Blue Grosbeak

A Blue Grosbeak was found hanging out at Koll Center in Beaverton this week. This species has only been reported in Oregon about a dozen times before, so I was thrilled to add this beauty to my state list, especially … Continue reading

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Black-headed Gull

A Black-headed Gull has been hanging out in Umatilla, OR for the past week or so, and after some internal debate I gave chase. The drive to Umatilla is about twice the distance of my normal “chase radius.” I am … Continue reading

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Twitching on the Coast

While I normally don’t go too far to chase individual birds, two rarities have been hanging out on the coast, so I braved the cold winds to add a couple of tics to my life list. A Tundra Bean Goose … Continue reading

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Deep Water Pelagic

I took a 12-hour pelagic trip out of Newport last Saturday. The morning started out with the typical cool cloudy weather one expects on the Oregon coast. Here is the sun rising over the Coast Range. The most common species … Continue reading

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Northern Spotted Owl

After 13 years in Oregon, I finally had the opportunity to see a Northern Spotted Owl. This subspecies continues its decline, so I was losing hope of ever seeing one. But this female and her fluffy baby gave me great, … Continue reading

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Random February Birds

I have spent very little time outdoors this month, but here are a few nice birds from the past few weeks. This Yellow-rumped Warbler was displaying his namesake near Ankeny NWR. Northern Shrike, also at Ankeny. This Lewis’s Woodpecker has … Continue reading

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Cannon Beach

While I recognize the serious nature of the current drought, it is hard to be unhappy about sunshine in January. So after many weeks of not birding, I finally got out and spent a day on the coast. On the … Continue reading

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