aba events

#ABArare – Cassin’s Sparrow – Oregon

facebooktwitter

Oregon has a new addition to the state list (pending acceptance) thanks to a find by Russ Namitz. On Oct 10, he discovered a Cassin’s Sparrow at Floras Lake, on the coast about 40 miles south of Coos Bay. Namitz says he first passed the bird off as an odd Brewer’s Sparrow, but something about that identification bothered him. He reviewed photos of the bird and only then realized it was a Cassin’s.

ABArare Cassins Sparrowphoto by Russ Namitz

To get to Floras Lake, take US 101 south from Coos Bay. Drive 38 miles to Langlois. Continue south about one mile and turn right (west) on Floras Loop Rd. Follow the signs to the Floras Lake entrance, then continue to the boat ramp/parking area. In a post to Oregon Birders Online, Namitz provided these directions: “From the Floras Lake parking area, walk the footpath over the creek and out towards the beach. Before you get to the foredune, the path splits. Take the north (right) path that heads up to where Floras Creek dumps into New River. About 400 yards up this path, a CASSIN’S SPARROW was feeding in the short grass here. It would occasionally flush over to the creek side and perch in the twinberry bushes or other shrubs available.”

Namitz also created a map of the site. The location of the sparrow is marked with a green arrow on this map.

Though this is the first time one has been discovered in Oregon, Cassin’s Sparrows have been known to wander widely with records from eastern Canada to coastal California. The spring of 2011 was a banner year for the species, with Cassin’s Sparrows showing up in such far flung places as North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Illinois. In addition to California, it’s been seen in two of Oregon’s other neighbors: Nevada and Idaho.

The following two tabs change content below.
John Puschock

John Puschock

John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
John Puschock

Latest posts by John Puschock (see all)

Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
Read More »

Recent Comments

  • 00izquierdoguillem, in Rare Bird Alert: April 24, 2015... { The image about the Pianted Bunting in Nevada shows a Painted Redstart instead. Which was seen? }
  • Cindy Hurst, in Birding is Hard... { I started birding as a reason to be outside and go on trips with my friend. Now I go on "hikes" with my grandsons. Everyone... }
  • Ava, in Birding is Hard... { Greg, your quote, "The point of my essay here is that the challenge always continues, no matter how long you stay at it. The deeper... }
  • Steven Tucker, in Birding is Hard... { Birding is hard*. Taking inside jokes (which is what this phrase is) too literally is awfully easy in comparison. * = how often do birders... }
  • Greg Neise, in Birding is Hard... { Cameron, a couple points to start off with. For as long as I've been birding, the definition of it has been pretty clear in my... }
  • Older »

Categories

Authors

Archives

via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Wildlife Ecology Research April 22, 2015 11:35
    Rensselaerville Falls, Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station. July 13, 2014. What: Wildlife Ecology Research Program for high school students entering their Junior or Senior Year. Where: Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station 5052 Delaware Turnpike Rensselaerville, NY 12147 When: Late applications due May 1 by 5 PM, EDT. Session I—July 5-26 Session II—August […]
  • Young Birder Blog Birding #37 April 8, 2015 4:19
    For many birders, February is a month of waiting. After February, the snow will melt and the first Killdeers and American Woodcocks will usher in a parade of exciting spring migrants. […]
  • Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio March 25, 2015 5:22
    At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter. […]

Follow ABA on Twitter