They are here. Everywhere. Stop reporting them.
This morning I ventured into the coast range for a few hours. Red Crossbill and Hermit Warbler were most numerous and heard at pretty much every stop. The large clearcut at the end of the road was deserted. I had hoped for Townsend’s Solitaire, but found none. Hiking all the way up Larch Mtn was impossible without snowshoes since there is still a lot of snow up there. I got to within the last mile. Here’s what I had:
-Right at the turn-off from OR6: Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Warbling Vireo
-At about 1.5mi: Several Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton’s Vireo (Tillamook Co)
-At the Storey Burn Trailhead at about 1.8mi: Hammond’s Flycatcher, Evening Grosbeak and Hermit Warbler (Tillamook Co)
-Clearcut on left hand side at 2.8mi: Hammond’s and Olive-sided Flycatcher, Red Crossbill, Western Tanager, Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers, House Wren
-Clearcut at 3.0mi: 30+ Red Crossbill, Sooty Grouse (heard and seen; foraging about 60ft up in the trees), Orange-crowned, MacGillivray’s and Hermit Warbler, Olive-sided and Hammond’s Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo
-Clearcut at 3.5mi: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hairy Woodpecker, House Wren
-Small opening/pullout at 4.2mi: Northern Pygmy-Owl (incessantly calling), Sooty Grouse (heard only), Red Crossbill, MacGillivray’s and Hermit Warbler
-In and around the clearcut at 5.3mi: Golden-crowned Sparrow (late!), Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak and Red Crossbill, Hermit Warbler, Varied Thrush and Sooty Grouse (close to where the trail is blocked by snow)
To reach Storey Burn Rd, take OR6 west from Glenwood for about 6.1mi. There are lots of well passable side roads to explore.