Rachel Lawson RachelLawson at
Fri Mar 15 14:56:53 PST 2002

To my knowlege, the Phainopepla report was never confirmed. However, Steve
Dang and I talked to the couple that first reported the bird to Seattle
Audubon, and felt their report was convincing enough to pass along. Both
have a background in zoology, have lived in Arizona, where the husband
worked as a naturalist, and are very familiar with this species. The bird
visited their yard briefly, and they got good looks at the field
marks. Steve and I encouraged them to make an official report to the
WBRC. I don't know if they did so.

Rachel Lawson
RachelLawson at

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