[midvalleybirds] bird very like Black-throated Gray Warbler

Greg Metcalfe greg.a.metcalfe at gmail.com
Mon Nov 11 04:43:07 PST 2019


Confirm: Peoria, Linn Co.

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 11:47 PM Linda Hadfield <hadfield2 at comcast.net> wrote:
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> 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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