Mountain Chickadee and a Harris's Sparrow
It actually started in late October when a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE came to a feeder near Manzanita. Beverly Hallberg reported the bird, and continues to host it, and possibly a second one as of November 29, 2015, the date of this post.
On Nov 2nd, Michael and Kathy Krall, who conduct one of the three Tillamook county Winter Raptor Surveys, the east Tillamook Raptor Survey, were fortunate to photograph an unusual RED-TAILED HAWK in November. The hawk was determined to be a juvenile light-phased HARLAN's. The bird was originally spotted by William Risser in a field off of Highway 6 with about 20 other raptors.
Then, on November 4, 2015, Sue Norris reported seeing a HARRIS SPARROW on November 4, 2015. The bird only hung around for a couple of days but was willing to pose for photos while there.
Dickcissel, Northern Mockingbird, and a Tropical Kingbird
The birds were flushed by a pickup, but fortunately the smaller bird landed in plain sight across the road. Puzzled over the yellow and black markings on the breast, she snapped several photos then returned to her car and Sibley's Field Guide.
A DICKCISSEL?, she wondered. Sure enough, Sibley's confirmed the ID so she posted her find to Oregon Birder's Online (OBOL).
Initially, both birds hung around and many birders visited Tillamook to view them. The mockingbird was first to leave, but the DICKCISSEL remained and was seen as recently as November 26, 2015.
While looking at the Dickcissel, dawn got on her phone and called Jack Hurt, who just happened to be up on the Little Nestucca River looking at a gorgeous TROPICAL KINGBIRD.
Snowy Owl, Trumpeter Swans, and a Cattle Egret
On November 19, 2015, a report of a SNOWY OWL appeared on OBOL. The bird was reported second hand as being in an odd location in Tillamook city. Carol Mahoney rushed over to the field, just east of Hwy 101 on Wilson River Loop Road. The Snowy Owl, found by Joe Metzler on 19 Nov 2015, was enjoyed for a single day by several birders. The bird has not been relocated.
That same day, Beverly Hallberg and her husband spotted a tiny CATTLE EGRET along McDonald Dike Rd in Nehalem. An attempt was made to relocate the bird later that day but it had moved on. Two days later, Tim Shelmerdine relocated the bird in a field off of 3rd Street west of Tillamook city. Again attempts were made to see it but it had moved. Later that day, however, it was found in a field off Hwy 101 near Gienger Rd where it has generally remained, moving from field to field. Most recent sighting was the day of this post.