a Special Occasion

November 14, 2015  •  1 Comment

"In my view, a "good bird" is one that even a resident birder would get excited about finding...a species that one might expect to encounter only once or twice every few years of active birding."  Irons, David. "Birding News | #birdingnews via @aba." Birding News | #birdingnews via @aba. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

By that standard, I am comfortable describing the simultaneous appearance of two "Very rare" birds within a few hundred yards of each other on the Oregon Coast as a SPECIAL OCCASION. Very rare birds are defined in (Marshall, David B., Matthew G. Hunter, and Alan Contreras. Birds of Oregon: A General Reference. Corvallis Or.: Oregon State UP, 2006. Print.) as "No more (observations) than 1 per day or 1 per season."

According to my reading of the history books, the DICKCISSEL and the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD have never been observed in the same location in Oregon before this season.

DICKCISSEL:

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD: 


INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE SPIT - Blue marker: Northern Mockingbird, Yellow: Dickcissel


Comments

1.Doug Robinson(non-registered)
Nice work, Jack! Wish I could get such good focus. It's the simple things....

Cheers!
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