Saturday, March 15, 2008

Northern Cardinal, stranger in Oregon

This is not a good-quality photo, but since it was taken in Oregon it is significant. There may have been earlier reports of Northern Cardinal in this state, but as far as I know none have been verified by photos. I was invited to a private residence not far from where I live in Yamhill Co. to see this bird, and sure enough... it's a Cardinal! It seems quite likely that this bird did not arrive here without human assistance, since this species is not known to be migratory. The longest distance on record (in the Audubon Encyclopedia) that an individual has been known to move from its home territory, is less than 300 miles. The population in southeastern California is almost 1,000 miles from Oregon's Willamette Valley.

5 Comments:

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous carl said...

I love these! They are probably the only thing that I truly miss from my childhood in Indiana.

Why is it that they are all over Hawaii but not seen in the Pacific Northwest?

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger FES said...

I suppose the livin' is easier in Hawaii, but I really don't know why they haven't ever settled along our west coast. Indiana is colder in winter, but maybe the cool and wet here doesn't agree with them, or doesn't produce the seeds they prefer. A lot of people have been asking that very question for a long time.

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous carl said...

well, maybe with this little guy came a little gal...

hopefully if things progress the universe wont become too out of order.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger PrincessVashti said...

If you have been reading the rare bird alert for any length of time you would know there have been yearly reports of one or two in the last few years. there have indeed been a couple migrating.

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger FS said...

Princess Vashti, I don't know which rare bird alert you have been reading, but I'm sure it hasn't been related to Oregon birds. Furthermore, Cardinals are not known to be migratory, except along a very narrow belt of eastern Canada, just where it borders the U.S.

 

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