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American Redstart in Eastern Oregon

Charles W. Quaintance
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
44
Issue: 
6 (November-December)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1942
Pages: 
282

American Redstart in Eastern Oregon.--On the morning of August 6, the writer observed a pair of American Redstarts (Setopkaga ruticitla) feeding fledgling young at La Grande, Union County, Oregon. The family group stayed for an hour in deciduous trees in an area of a quarter of a city block. On two succeeding days they were observed in the same trees, although on the last day the young were foraging for themselves. This is the writer’s first record of the Redstart in Eastern Oregon. Gabrielson and Jewett (Birds of Oregon, 1940:517) regard the bird as of only casual occurrence in Eastern Oregon. They quote Emerson’s published record of a specimen taken at John Day in 1899 (University of California Collection=Mus. Vert. Zool.). The last specimen they record is Jewett’s, taken in 1916 at Minam, Wallowa County. Our La Grande record was from Riverside Park on the Grande Ronde River, at 2700 feet elevation.-CHARLES W. QUAINTANCE, Eastern Oregon College of Education, La Grande, Oregon, August 11, 1942. 

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