An Orchard Oriole has been showing off for birders in southeast Portland for a few weeks now. This is the 15th record of this species in Oregon.
The chances of just running across an Orchard Oriole in Oregon are very slim, so when one sets up camp at an accessible site close to home, I am obligated to go see her.
My current birding goal is to see 400 species in Oregon. There are very few regularly occurring species that I haven’t seen, so if I am going to make my goal I must rely on seeing vagrants, such as this bird. My chase radius is short, and I don’t get to travel much, so local rarities are my only hope.