Sunday, January 14, 2018

Northern Waterthrush

Brownsmead, near the Grange, in thick brush along the RR tracks. This individual was first reported by Mike Patterson a couple of weeks ago.

A rare bird in Oregon, except for an isolated population that summers and breeds in the Central Cascades and can be found along Crescent Creek. There are only a few previous Clatsop County reports.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Steller's Eider

This rare bird was discovered 1/13/18 at Seaside Cove by Adrian Hinkle. There are only 3 other records of Steller's Eider sightings in Oregon.

Steller's Eider with Surf Scoter

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sandhill Crane

During our Cannon Beach First Sunday monthly birdwalk on Oct. 1, another birder alerted us to an unusual bird on the beach. We went to check it out, and found this juvenile Sandhill Crane! It was standing on the beach at the mouth of Ecola Creek, among the seagulls.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

White-rumped Sandpiper

This rare bird was discovered 8/12/17 on Sunset Beach, north of Gearhart, by Mike Patterson. It is only the 3rd Oregon record for this species. I saw it on 8/13/17 and took these photos & video.

In this screen shot (taken from slow-motion video, below), white rump is visible as bird flies. Note how long the wings appear to be, especially left wing extending down below feet.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hermit Warbler

Hermit Warbler, 5/28/13 (above)

and another one 6/18/17 (below) at Ecola Forest Preserve - difficult to get very close, but managed to record this one singing

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit, seen 5/6/17 at 7:00am and several times again over next few hours. Located near Waldport: north of Sandpiper Village and south of Driftwood Beach access. Smaller than nearby Whimbrels. Rufous-colored neck and chest; solid in neck area and with white patches on belly. Long, slightly upturned bill, mostly dark but pink near base on lower side. Barred underwing shown in photo above.

Up to 17 more Bar-tailed Godwits were reported later in Clatsop County. Below are 3 at Sunset Beach, north of Seaside, on 6/3/17