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Extreme southeastern Idaho offers such species as Western Scrub-Jay, Pinyon Jay and Plain Titmouse. Best winter birding: Coeur d'Alene Lake, Mann Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, Snake River valley (especially raptors), Lake Page xvii Lowell (waterfowl), Minidoka NWR, American Falls Reservoir (gulls, waterfowl), urban parks. Oregon Eastern and central Oregon are similar to the rest of the inland region but have certain distinct characteristics and species. The juniper belt of central Oregon is the northernmost outpost of the Pinyon Jay, which forms large flocks and is fairly common.

It is rare off British Columbia and much more common farther south, with thousands sometimes seen off the Oregon coast in early December when conditions are right. Birds typically come close to shore when storms blow them in or under fog banks or mist. Although questions about identification cloud the certainty of some records, it is clear from specimens and multiple records over many years that this species is regular, sometimes Page 14 common, off Oregon during this period. However, they may depart the area by mid-winter: a pelagic trip out of Newport, OR, on January 29, 1994, found no Short-tailed Shearwaters.

Hunn. Site guides, status graphs, information on frequently-sought species. A Birder's Guide to Ocean Shores, Washington. 1994. Bob Morse. Covers some of the best birding areas at Grays Harbor. Birding in the San Juan Islands. 1987. Mark G. Lewis and Fred G. Sharpe. Suggested birding routes, seasonal bar graphs. Oregon The Birder's Guide to Oregon. 1990. Joseph E. Evanich, Jr. Portland Audubon Society. Site guides for the entire state. Also contains information on finding certain sought-after species.

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