[midvalleybirds] bird very like Black-throated Gray Warbler

clearwater at peak.org clearwater at peak.org
Mon Nov 11 00:02:45 PST 2019


Guessing that this was in Peoria, along the east bank of the Willamette River south of Corvallis. 


From: "Linda Hadfield" <hadfield2 at comcast.net> 
To: "clearwater" <clearwater at peak.org> 
Cc: "Greg Metcalfe" <greg.a.metcalfe at gmail.com>, "birding" <birding at midvalleybirding.org> 
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 8:47:39 AM 
Subject: Re: [midvalleybirds] bird very like Black-throated Gray Warbler 

Location? 

Linda 


> On Nov 10, 2019, at 12:15 PM, clearwater at peak.org wrote: 
> 
> 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. 
> 
> Joel 
> 
> 
> 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. 
> 1994) 
> 
> 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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