Most are small. In Kansas, a Mew Gull was a nice find at Lake Quivira in Johnson, not to be confused with Quivira NWR elsewhere in the state. The Accentor Tree – It Really Is in There – to the Right of the Arrow. It could barely be seen even with our scopes, but the brief looks mostly buried in foliage were sufficient to see the buffy orange breast, supercilium and throat and black mask. I went to the car and checked on Chica and Cindy – quite frustrated as I probably could have gotten a photo if I had the other camera. Maybe it would stay. Most species are secretive birds and spend much of their time on the ground. Not great looks but they were looks of a great bird. We got the word that the Accentor had been seen intermittently. … Birds that over wintered in Idaho and Montana stayed for two months. I decided to wait and try the next day. Winters in Southeast Asia. Another change is in order and this one is a big deal. In leafless tree on north side of road … The fact that this would be a state life bird for Bruce attests to its rarity as Bruce had seen 453 species in the state, significantly atop the Ebird all-time list. There were many more than that who gave it a go on Saturday and unlike our experience, there were several times on Saturday when the Siberian Accentor flew into the close-in apple tree where Russ had first seen it or in to some cedars about halfway between the apple tree and the distant willows. It truly was gorgeous and as relaxing a time as we could hope for, a great capper for a great day. They are insect-eaters during the summer, but eat many seeds and berries during the winter. There were some ok photos and some that were quite good. Photo sent to expert, but confident enough to get the word out. Return home with an even longer drive since the traffic for sure would be bad? Without major traffic issues (never guaranteed), I calculated I could get to the location by maybe 3:45 p.m. I have trouble focusing this camera in general and much moreso when there are branches to deal with and end even moreso when I am stressing about it. In Washington, a Siberian Accentor (4) in Woodland in the southwest part of the state is Washington’s 3rd record and the first in nearly 3 decades. Birding friends of mine visited from Boston and Ohio and I am sure there were  birders from other states as well. Same location Siberian Accentor Stakeout, Woodland US-WA 45.91840, -122.77310, Cowlitz County, Washington, US. There were also many California Scrub Jays. Within the past 10 years this species has significantly expanded its range and in now quite common in Clark and Cowlitz counties. It also occurs accidentally in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations. That Accentor stayed until at least January 18th and was seen by many observers from Canada and the U.S. Siberian Accentor – B.C. That was just enough time to finally get a few pictures. You get a good sense of the rarity and appeal of the bird since it is the one pictured on the cover of “Rare Birds of North America” (Howell, Lewington and Russell). If you find the information on BirdWeb useful, please consider supporting Seattle Audubon. There were 100 “likes” within 10 minutes and they continue today – now being over 800. Same area and date I don’t know if it has ever been seen in Washington State – certainly not by me…”  Nothing has changed about the description of the bird or its normal range, but thanks to Russ Koppendreyer, I have to change that part about if it had ever been seen in Washington and that part about “not by me”. Stay the night and try the next day? Washington Rare Bird Alert. Siberian accentor. The Accentor is a small bird, less than 5.5 inches long. The Siberian Accentor is a small species measuring 14.5 cm on average (Lewington et al. We arrived about 8:10 a.m. A few more words on the Siberian Accentor. Its typical breeding habitat is subarctic deciduous forests and open coniferous woodland, often close to water, although it also occurs in mountains and spruce taiga. Cindy took Chica for a walk and I continued the vigil as more birders arrived. Even an almost traffic free return trip during what should have been rush hour did not quite make for the failure to get that picture. St. Helens and Mt Hood were brilliant against the blue sky, and there were waterfowl in the hundreds with great looks at Canvasbacks, Hooded Mergansers, American Wigeon, Ring Necked Ducks, Cackling Geese, Tundra Swans, Mallards, Pintails and Gadwalls. Helped a bit by being a car pool (even without Chica), we breezed through first Seattle and then Tacoma and made it to Stenerson Road around 1:00 pm. 2014). Ouch…rub it in. I am not finding anything on The Google to help me discover where I can read the Washington State bird emails without being a … We were going to an Oscars Party Sunday evening so I decided to just be happy with seeing this mega rarity again – and now in my home state. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Extremely rare in Washington, this Snowy Egret with one or two Great Egrets has been found at this spot for three years now – the only one in the State. Females typically build the nests and incubate the eggs, and both sexes feed and care for the young. Most members of the family are brown and gray, with some streaking or bold head markings. The answer to the first question was somewhere between 15 and 20 and the answer to the second was “No” but it had been seen earlier.

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