[midvalleybirds] bird very like Black-throated Gray Warbler

clearwater at peak.org clearwater at peak.org
Sun Nov 10 12:14:47 PST 2019

Hi Greg (& anyone else curious), 

Black-throated Gray Warbler is indeed rare in the Willamette Valley region in November, and very rare in winter, though there are a few well-documented records including three times in the history of the Portland Christmas Bird Count. 

There are usually a few stragglers locally into October, and I can recall a few reports into late October. November 10th is getting into the "remarkably late" side of things but based on your description, this must be one of those birds. 


From: "Greg Metcalfe" <greg.a.metcalfe at gmail.com> 
To: "birding" <birding at midvalleybirding.org> 
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2019 8:46:50 PM 
Subject: [midvalleybirds] bird very like Black-throated Gray Warbler 

Seen from less than 20 feet with binoculars, and bird was not in 
shadow, but got only a brief glimpse of the head and a darkly-streaked 
over white flank. Maybe 2-3 seconds. Black and white head pattern, 
white above and below the eye. Black throat, yellow spot not seen, but 
could well have been just missed. Male Black-throated Gray popped into 
my head as soon as I laid eyes on, until I remembered that we are well 
into November. Townsend's have been around all morning. I'm not 
somehow mistaking the bird for one. 

Unless Townsend's hybridize with them, the only reasonable conclusion 
I can come to is that this really was a Black-throated Gray. Here's 
Birds of North America: 

"Very rare" in winter in Oregon; about 15 winter records from coast 
and interior valleys of w. Oregon from 1972 to 1994 (Gilligan et al. 

I'm not recording this anywhere "official" without a photo, but I'm 
curious about whether anyone else has seen this, what I might be 
mistaking it for, etc. 
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