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2 Sep Backyard Migration [John Thomas ]
2 Sep Re: Jackson Bottom Shorebirds Pintail Pond this morning [Steve Engel ]
2 Sep Seeing What You Want to See [Jack Williamson ]
2 Sep OBA Monthly Photo Contest Winner [Rhett Wilkins ]
2 Sep [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
2 Sep Re: FW: first cycle juvenile Mew Gull [David Irons ]
01 Sep Steens Red-shouldered Hawk, Idlewild Flammulated Owl [Richard Hoyer ]
1 Sep That odd call at Eicher Rd in Linn County ["W. Douglas Robinson" ]
1 Sep Coos Ruff- 9/1 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
1 Sep Another Coos Ruff 8/1/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
1 Sep Tuesday night (tomorrow) is Birders Night [Owen Schmidt ]
1 Sep Re: Snowy Egret Smith Lake [Lyn Topinka ]
1 Sep Ankeny NWR Brewer's Sparrow [Jim Kopitzke ]
1 Sep more on the Snowy Egret [Andy Frank ]
1 Sep Continuing Ankeny NWR Brewer's Sparrow [Roy Gerig ]
1 Sep FW: first cycle juvenile Mew Gull [Kevin Spencer ]
1 Sep Snowy Egret Smith Lake [Andy Frank ]
1 Sep Fern Ridge golden-plover etc. 9/1 [Noah Strycker ]
1 Sep NEW GMAIL ACCOUNT TEST [James Billstine ]
1 Sep Common tern at Eicher Rd Linn County ["W. Douglas Robinson" ]
1 Sep [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
31 Aug Brewer's Sparrow Fern Ridge 8/31 [Peter Nosler ]
31 Aug a few more Long-tailed Jaeger photos from Klamath Falls 08.31.14 [frank lospalluto ]
31 Aug Mt. Washington Wilderness [Jack Williamson ]
31 Aug Some Birds at Malheur [Richard Hoyer ]
31 Aug More Summer Lake notes [Richard Hoyer ]
31 Aug Summer Lake today [Russ Namitz ]
31 Aug unknown bird at FRR [Alan Contreras ]
31 Aug Re: Long-tailed Jaeger Klamath Co. [Joel Geier ]
31 Aug Re: Long-tailed Jaeger Klamath Co. [Joel Geier ]
31 Aug RBA LONG-TAILED JAEGER KLAMCO [Kevin Spencer ]
31 Aug Fern Ridge, Lane County ["Roger Robb" ]
31 Aug non-bird [linda phelan thompson ]
31 Aug Re: Female INDIGO BUNTING, Plat I Reservoir [Joel Geier ]
31 Aug Smith-Bybee today [Andy Frank ]
31 Aug Female INDIGO BUNTING, Plat I Reservoir [Matthew G Hunter ]
31 Aug Off Topic: Lilly Irons Celebration of Life [David Irons ]
31 Aug Juv RUFF at Bandon Marsh, Coos County ["judy" ]
31 Aug Coos Elegant Terns, shorebirds ["judy" ]
30 Aug Lane County North American Migration Count September 20 [Barbara Combs ]
31 Aug RBA LT JAEGER KLAMCO [Kevin Spencer ]
30 Aug Re: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos) [Wayne Hoffman ]
30 Aug Re: Fun with Harney Gulls [Wayne Hoffman ]
30 Aug Re: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos) [Alan Contreras ]
30 Aug Re: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos) [Hendrik Herlyn ]
30 Aug PHOTOS: Semipalmated Sandpiper [Mike Patterson ]
30 Aug Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos) [Alan Contreras ]
30 Aug Fwd: Fw: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos) [Jamie Simmons ]
30 Aug Sharpie and Pileated play tag [Lars Per Norgren ]
30 Aug 1-Y Heron ["David Heath" ]
30 Aug Re: Ring-billed, Not Mew Gull [Lars Per Norgren ]
30 Aug Fern Ridge birds [Alan Contreras ]
30 Aug great gray owl perched on porch [Harry Fuller ]
30 Aug Ring-billed, Not Mew Gull [Craig Miller ]
30 Aug Swainson's Thrushes Really Moving 8/30/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
30 Aug Coos Acorn Woodpecker 8/29/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
29 Aug Help with Flycatcher ID [Richard Leinen ]
29 Aug Fern Ridge Friday ["John Sullivan" ]
29 Aug Re: Harney Birding - Mew Gull questions [Jeff Gilligan ]
29 Aug Re: Harney Birding - Mew Gull questions [Craig Miller ]
29 Aug Fun with Harney Gulls [Alan Contreras ]
29 Aug Re: Harney Birding [Jeff Gilligan ]
29 Aug Re: Jackson Bottom Wetlands shorebirds encouragement [Steve Engel ]
29 Aug Re: Harney Birding [Jeff Gilligan ]
29 Aug Re: Harney Birding [Shawneen Finnegan ]
29 Aug Harney Birding [Craig Miller ]
29 Aug Lane Coast Sightings (delayed) 28 Aug 2014 ["Diane Pettey" ]
28 Aug WESO Nictitating Membrane [Rhett Wilkins ]
28 Aug Birds - the place to be - Winchester Bay - for Elegant Terns ["judy" ]
29 Aug Re: Falcon Identification for post earlier today ["Jenkins, Maurice A." ]
28 Aug Re: Falcon Identification for post earlier today [Mike Patterson ]
28 Aug Jim's Baskett Slough falcon [Lars Per Norgren ]
28 Aug Photo Collection: 20 poses of a Green Heron Baskett Slough NWR [Jim Leonard ]
29 Aug Fields, OR - late report []
28 Aug Falcon Identification for post earlier today [Jim Leonard ]
28 Aug Costal Shorebirds [Sally Hill ]

Subject: Backyard Migration
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:24:36 -0700
Heard a flock of what I took to be Greater White-fronted Geese low and loud at 
4 AM this morning. At dawn, the "whit" of a Swainson's Thrush heard from edge 
of woodlot. 


Other migrants in past week have been Common Yellowthroat, Orange Crowned 
Warbler, Warbling Vireo (3), Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cedar 
Waxwing... 

Checked Mt Angel Abbey chimney and one down at JFK High School in town for 
Vaux's Swifts on Sunday night. Nothing so far at these smaller roosting sites. 


Backyard usuals include American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, RB 
Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Song 
sparrows, California Quail. 

Acorn Woodpecker came over from neighbors w/ oak trees to eat off suet cake 
about a week ago. A family of Northern Flicker have been noisily hanging out on 
back brush line. 


Good Birding,
John Thomas
5 mi N of Silverton

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Subject: Re: Jackson Bottom Shorebirds Pintail Pond this morning
From: Steve Engel <Steve.Engel AT hillsboro-oregon.gov>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:29:56 -0700
Between 9am and 10am there were approximately 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 40 WESTERN 
SANDPIPERS, 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 6 KILLDEER, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS, 6 CALIFORNIA GULL (4 adult and 2 immature), 2 MALLARDS, 60 BARN 
SWALLOWS on Pintail Pond. The majority of the water is in the NW corner where 
it is relatively deep. Wet muddy area in the SW corner proved most attractive 
to the peeps and plovers. Viewing from the east side of pond provided good 
lighting but the birds were distant. Afternoon viewing would provide the best 
views for what is there. There has been a big drop in numbers of Yellowlegs. 


Steve Engel, Nature Program Supervisor
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve | Parks and Recreation Department 
2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-681-6283 |fax 503-681-6277
email: steve.engel AT hillsboro-oregon.gov
web: www.jacksonbottom.org




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Subject: Seeing What You Want to See
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:09:21 -0700
If you know anyone more guilty of regularly trying to turn an ordinary bird
into something fantastic please introduce us.

I have received an opinion from someone that I consider a good authority
that the bird I identified as a juvenile Northern Goshawk in my last post
is actually a juvenile Sharp Shinned Hawk.

Jill and I birded upstream from Camp Sherman yesterday and found a nice
assortment of birds.  One American Dipper put on a show for us, calling
constantly for about 20 minutes. They have a very beautiful voice. We
waited and waited but its call was never returned. While standing on the
second bridge upstream watching the dipper, we had a small flock of swift
fly over.  The coloration of one caught our attention - I tried of course
to turn it into a White-throated Swift. But its stubby body and thick,
non-angular, wings are telling me that it's an oddly colored Vaux's Swift.

http://www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/9/seeing-what-you-want-to-see

-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: OBA Monthly Photo Contest Winner
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:35:01 -0700
Hi All,

OBA has a new Monthly Photo Contest Winner!  Visit our site to see this
envy-inducing image, and start sending in those September submissions.

http://www.orbirds.org/

Rhett Wilkins
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 06:21:40 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: September 2, 2014 6:07:50 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Common Goldeneye (4 Klamath)
Red-breasted Merganser (7 Klamath)
Dusky Grouse (1 Crook)
Horned Grebe (4 Klamath)
Snowy Egret (1 Multnomah)
Red-shouldered Hawk (2 Harney)
American Avocet (4 Lane)
Solitary Sandpiper (1 Umatilla)
Marbled Godwit (1 Linn)
Long-tailed Jaeger (5 Klamath)
Franklin's Gull (2 Lane)
Mew Gull (2 Klamath)
Herring Gull (3 Klamath)
Black Tern (2 Harney)
Elegant Tern (1 Clatsop)
Common Nighthawk (1 Benton)
Western Kingbird (2 Klamath)
Eastern Kingbird (1 Umatilla)
Gray Catbird (1 Lincoln)
Brewer's Sparrow (1 Marion)
Fox Sparrow (1 Columbia)
White-crowned Sparrow (Mountain) (2 Harney)
Lazuli Bunting (2 Jefferson)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the  Oregon Rare Bird Alert. The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Oregon. View this alert on the web at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Re: FW: first cycle juvenile Mew Gull
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:31:41 +0000
This look like a first-cycle Ring-billed to me. Hatch-year Mew Gulls are more 
uniform in color above and below at this season. They are sort of milky-brown 
above and below, with little contrast between the back/mantle and the 
underparts. Their wingtips are dark dusky-brown with pale fringes. 


This bird looks noticeably darker above than below and it has blackish 
wingtips. These features are consistent with juvenile Ring-billed Gull. 
Ring-billeds are highly variable in size, with some birds being close in size 
to Mew Gulls, so size alone is not sufficient when it comes to sorting out 
these two species. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR



Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:56:54 -0400
From: rriparia AT charter.net
To: klamathbasinbirdnews AT googlegroups.com; obol AT freelists.org
Subject: [obol] FW: first cycle juvenile Mew Gull

A suspected first cycle Mew Gull was seen yesterday at Veteran's Park 
yesterday. Frank Lospalluto sent to me supporting features, see below, for the 
bird being a Mew Gull. I'm including a link to photos, although not great, 
might encourage some to comment. Most of the Mew Gulls in Klamath Co. have been 
adults; some 2nd year to near adults. 

I might add that the bird had a wide dark band on the dorsal side in flight, 
with a very narrow edge of lighter color. The bird was noticeably smaller than 
a nearby Ring-billed Gull. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/120003873 AT N05/15109761492 

Kevin Spencerrriparia AT charter.netKlamath Falls, OR 

-------- Begin forwarded message --------Subject: first cycle juvenile Mew 
GullDate: 9/1/14 12:56:11 PMFrom: "frank lospalluto" To: "Kevin Spencer" , 
"David Hewitt" , nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com 

 

smaller on average than Ring-billed dusky brown to gray-brown aspect flesh 
colored bill with black tip legs flesh to flesh pink mostly dark tail on most 
birds head indistinctly streaked whitish and throat whitish upperparts: 
gray-brown with scaly buff edging greater covs: plainer and grayer uppertail 
covs: whitish with distinct brown barring eyes dark brown 


 		 	   		  
Subject: Steens Red-shouldered Hawk, Idlewild Flammulated Owl
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:00:42 -0700
Dear Birders,

Today we did not see Black Rosy-Finches on Steens Mountain, giving it over 2 
hours at four different vantage points. We did find a RED-SHOULERED HAWK at 
Lily Lake on the way up. It's amazing how this species seems to have fully 
colonized this part of the state. GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES and oriantha 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS seemed to still be on territory. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES 
seem to be on the move, with 2 on the crags at Kiger and East Rim on Steens 
Mountain. 


Another highlight today was a FLAMMULATED OWL, which I called in near Idlewild 
Campground at about 8:30 this evening. I was very uncertain whether the species 
would be findable this late in the season, but I'm still batting 100 on it on 
my Oregon tours. The only year we didn't see it and heard it only, all of the 
participants had seen it somewhere else already and weren't interested in 
putting in the time to see it. 


Good Birding,

Rich
---
Rich Hoyer
Tucson, Arizona
Senior Leader for WINGS
http://wingsbirds.com

my Birdernaturalist blog
http://birdernaturalist.blogspot.com
---
Subject: That odd call at Eicher Rd in Linn County
From: "W. Douglas Robinson" <w.douglas.robinson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:17:58 -0700
I mentioned an odd flight call in my note about the Common Tern today. It was a 
Marbled Godwit. Perfect match found after a little informed listening to sound 
files. 


Happy migration!

Doug





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Subject: Coos Ruff- 9/1
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:49:52 -0700
September it is!  A little "car lag" from lots of driving the past couple
of days.

Tim
Subject: Another Coos Ruff 8/1/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:40:11 -0700
Holly and I headed south to CA via the coast on Saturday AM.  Stopped to do
some scouting for Elegant Terns in Gold Beach and we were skunked!  I guess
they all headed north?  In Brookings we saw 50 to 100 off the jetty in the
Harbor area.

I then heard from Peter Low that he had seen 200 ELEGANT TERNS in Bandon on
Sunday AM, I have never seen more than about 30 in the county and the
record for Bandon I knew of was 12 so that was amazing, plus the Ruff
there- ouch.  Nice finds as usual Peter!  I also heard from Tom Gaskill
that on Sunday he saw 200 ELEGANT TERNS near Charleston in Coos Bay- so it
sounds like the same birds! Nice find Tom- hopefully these birds will be
around for next weekends Shorebird Festival.

Today (Monday) on our way back up we saw about 100 Elegant in Gold Beach
and another 100 between there and Euchre Creek. Who knows which birds are
what and how many are actually north in Oregon and WA now?  In Bandon it
was high tide and I saw zero Elegants and couldn't check for shorebirds
because there was no mud exposed.  Not knowing about the Coos Bay Elegants
we headed home.

After unpacking I decided to check the north spit of Coos Bay, old Weyco
pond site, where I was pleasantly surprised to see a juvie RUFF on the
little mud patch on the NW end of the mudflats.  Only a few peeps there
besides the Ruff. It's a few miles between there and Bandon so I suspect
different birds?

Anyhow, things are "heating up" for the Shorebird Fest!

Merry migration,
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Tuesday night (tomorrow) is Birders Night
From: Owen Schmidt <oschmidt AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:44:19 -0700
....... Portland Audubon House, 5151 NW Cornell Road, 7;00 pm, free! Bring your 
photos and videos of birds or come to see what others bring. Easy bird quiz. 
Potpourri. 


Note the earlier starting time ..... 7:00 pm! 

oschmidt AT att.net
Monday, September 1, 2014





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Subject: Re: Snowy Egret Smith Lake
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers AT pacifier.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:01:53 -0700
3:00 ... viewing now from SL blind

Lyn Topinka
Vancouver, Wa.
NorthwestJourney.com



On Sep 1, 2014, at 11:37 AM, Andy Frank  wrote:

A SNOWY EGRET is now on Smith Lake in north Portland

Andy Frank


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Subject: Ankeny NWR Brewer's Sparrow
From: Jim Kopitzke <james.kopitzke63 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:50:17 -0700
As Roy Gerig just reported, I had nice perched up views of the Brewer's
Sparrow at Pintail Marsh this morning about 9:30 AM. the bird was just east
of the NW corner of the main impoundment, right where a small fence is
above a culvert.

Other birds observed today include 2 Greater White-fronted Geese
                                                                 1 female
Bullock's Oriole
                                                                 4 kinds of
swallows
                                                                 1 Cackling
Goose(which probably summered)

A total of 45 species were seen or heard. Full checklist on e-bird.

Jim Kopitzke
Salem
Subject: more on the Snowy Egret
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:44:33 -0700
I went to the Smith Lake blind and walked directly past it to the shore
edge and looked right.  It was with several Great Egrets and its smaller
size was immediately obvious.  It was all white, and had a dark bill with
yellow lores.  It was in fairly shallow water and I could see it had dark
legs.  Initially the feet looked dark but that must have been from mud as
with further watching I was able at times to see its "golden slippers."  It
also had lacy plumes at its rear.  The distance was too far for adequate
photos; a scope is helpful.

Other birds around today was one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on Bybee and my
first-of-season LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

Andy Frank
Subject: Continuing Ankeny NWR Brewer's Sparrow
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:27:31 -0700
Yesterday I walked the perimeter of Pintail Marsh at ANWR south of Salem, and 
saw the BREWER'S SPARROW that I saw there a week ago, in the exact same spot - 
the little guardrail above the water gate at the very corner of Pintail Marsh, 
next to the RR tracks at the opposite end from the parking lot. 

Today, almost as soon as I got there, Jim Kopitzke told me he had just seen the 
same bird, in the exact same spot. He also reported seeing the continuing 
SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the corner of Duckflat and Hunsaker Rds, east of there. I 
think he will report on that. 

Soon after that I ran into Don Berg and his two sons Andrew and Jonathan 
Reimer-Berg, who already at ages 14 (today, and 15) seem like pretty good 
birders. Good eyes, they are observant, and they have a grasp of local birds. 
Their dad, Don, is one of Salem's finest: an excellent Math/Science teacher and 
a pretty good birder in his own right so it is not surprising. We walked the 
perimeter, and stopped or slowed where the BRSP has been. It wasn't evident. 
Then one of the boys saw it fly up from the low Himalaya tangle under the 
guardrail to the guardrail then we all saw it fly across the road into a willow 
and all got good looks then. I doubt there have been many BRSP sightings in 
Marion Co. I don't know, did Steve Dowlan find them when he was banding at 
Mike's Meadows (not the same thing, his spot was near 5000' in the Cascades 
near Ollalie Meadows, so could be a different bird - maybe Timberline or 
Northern vs. the Southern Brewer's Sparrow that we are likely seeing here). 

Later we saw a flight of 50 or more BAND-TAILED PIGEONS flying south overhead. 
That was a first for me. 5 GREAT EGRETS, 2 GREEN HERONS, few swallows other 
than BARN SWALLOWs, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and WOOD DUCKS seem to have done well 
this year. 

Roy Gerig, Salem OR
John Lennon - In His Own Write.  Read it.



 		 	   		  
Subject: FW: first cycle juvenile Mew Gull
From: Kevin Spencer <rriparia AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:56:54 -0400 (EDT)
A suspected first cycle Mew Gull was seen yesterday at Veteran's Park 
yesterday. Frank Lospalluto sent to me supporting features, see below, 
for the bird being a Mew Gull. I'm including a link to photos, although 
not great, might encourage some to comment. Most of the Mew Gulls in 
Klamath Co. have been adults; some 2nd year to near adults.

I might add that the bird had a wide dark band on the dorsal side in 
flight, with a very narrow edge of lighter color. The bird was 
noticeably smaller than a nearby Ring-billed Gull.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/120003873 AT N05/15109761492


Kevin Spencer
rriparia AT charter.net
Klamath Falls, OR

-------- Begin forwarded message --------
Subject: first cycle juvenile Mew Gull
Date: 9/1/14 12:56:11 PM
From: "frank lospalluto"
To: "Kevin Spencer" , "David Hewitt" , nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com



smaller on average than Ring-billed
dusky brown to gray-brown aspect
flesh colored bill with black tip
legs flesh to flesh pink
mostly dark tail on most birds
head indistinctly streaked whitish and throat whitish
upperparts: gray-brown with scaly buff edging
greater covs: plainer and grayer
uppertail covs: whitish with distinct brown barring
eyes dark brown
Subject: Snowy Egret Smith Lake
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:37:26 -0700
A SNOWY EGRET is now on Smith Lake in north Portland

Andy Frank
Subject: Fern Ridge golden-plover etc. 9/1
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:58:04 -0700
Hi birders,

This morning a juvie GOLDEN-PLOVER was on Pelican Island, looked like a
PACIFIC to me by structure and plumage though it was too far away to count
the primaries. Alongside it were the continuing FRANKLIN'S GULL,
SANDERLING, 3 MARBLED GODWITS, 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 3 BLACK-NECKED STILTS,
several SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS among the Long-billeds, and many other
shorebirds (all best seen with a scope). Two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were
inside the cottonwood-lined pond next to the viewing platform, and another
SOLITARY was at the otherwise desolate "scrape" pond to the southeast.

Good birding,

Noah Strycker
Subject: NEW GMAIL ACCOUNT TEST
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:30:11 -0700
Blah
Subject: Common tern at Eicher Rd Linn County
From: "W. Douglas Robinson" <w.douglas.robinson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:23:46 -0700
One just appeared. Not here at 7 am. Also a strange flight call of an unseen 
bird: a nasal wahhnk, kind of like a nutcracker or nw crow but not quite those. 
Very odd. 


Doug





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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:17:50 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: September 1, 2014 6:07:51 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Red-necked Grebe (1 Jackson)
American Avocet (1 Lane)
Solitary Sandpiper (2 Lake)
Short-billed Dowitcher (2 Lake)
Franklin's Gull (1 Lane)
Elegant Tern (1 Clatsop)
Anna's Hummingbird (1 Lake)
Brewer's Sparrow (1 Marion)
Lazuli Bunting (1 Jefferson)
Indigo Bunting (1 Douglas)

---------------------------------------------
View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Brewer's Sparrow Fern Ridge 8/31
From: Peter Nosler <pandmnosler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:25:42 -0700
Hello, Oregon Birders, today my family and I went out to Fern Ridge to look
for the previously reported Franklin's Gull and Sanderling, both to no
avail (their respective flocks were too far away for identification).  We
did however see a solitary Brewer's Sparrow amongst the Savannah Sparrows
along Royal Avenue.  The bird was about one tenth of a mile from the
parking lot in the area that eBird Hotspot Explorer marks as Royal Avenue--
Oak Trees.  It was seen at about 9:20 this morning.  This was my first
encounter with a Brewer's Sparrow and I obtained pictures.  The link to
these pictures is:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127388251 AT N04/

The avocets were also present (3 of them) for a brief period before flying
away.

Phil Nosler
Subject: a few more Long-tailed Jaeger photos from Klamath Falls 08.31.14
From: frank lospalluto <fdlospalluto AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:29:42 -0700
A few digiscoped images:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2bFpqT

good birding
frank
Subject: Mt. Washington Wilderness
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:28:54 -0700
We spent a few hours this morning looking for birds at 5,000 ft. elevation
east of Mt. Washington. Our, off-trail, outdoor exploration began with
cold, windy, and eerily quiet conditions. We were sure that we were going
to strike out on birds. That is until we were startled by the alarm call of
a Northern Goshawk. Our first such experience in the field - I've played
the tape for Jill so many times that we both recognized it immediately. The
bad news is the range that we measured at 200 yards made it difficult to
get a good photo of this hard to come by species. The good news is once the
goshawk moved on, the area all around us came alive with birds.

As always - we look forward to your comments.

http://www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/8/mt_washington_wilderness

-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Some Birds at Malheur
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:59:13 -0700
Dear Birders,

Fabrice Schmitt and I, along with our WINGS tour participants, enjoyed a day in 
the Malheur area today. As Craig Miller noted, it's a very nice time of year to 
be here. We were glad to have his notes on where water was, and Tim Blount's 
input was also invaluable. We found lots of migrants at HQ, including a 
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, several WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, a CASSIN'S VIREO, several 
WARBLING VIREOS, and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Four BLACK TERNS on the observation 
pond were new for us. Benson Pond is full of water, and we noted over 40 GREAT 
EGRETS, 2 SNOWY EGRETS, and the same family of TRUMPETER SWANS. A lone 
MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was a new bird for us there. Migrant YELLOW WARBLERS and 
WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were everywhere. 


We had one RED-SHOULDERED HAWK just north of Diamond, south of Diamond Craters. 
Several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were over the Hines sewage pond on Hotchkiss in the 
evening. 


Good Birding,

Rich
---
Rich Hoyer
Tucson, Arizona
Senior Leader for WINGS
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my Birdernaturalist blog
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Subject: More Summer Lake notes
From: Richard Hoyer <birdernaturalist AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:50:09 -0700
Hi All,

We, too, birded Summer Lake yesterday morning, August 30, but it seems we 
missed all the other birders, completing the loop by 10:30 a.m. We had two 
Semipalmated Sandpipers with other peeps in the impoundment south of 
Schoolhouse Lake (the one with the artificial tern island). In the same 
impoundment were up to 35 Snowy Plovers or more. West of there, at the very 
back of the marsh, were 24 Greater White-fronted Geese. About 15 Vaux's Swifts 
were around the HQ buildings. 


We did some predawn owling up FR 2901 (the one that leads to Fremont Overlook), 
and we saw one Northern Saw-whet Owl around MP 8 and two Common Poorwills at 
about MP 9.3. 


Good Birding,

Rich
---
Rich Hoyer
Tucson, Arizona
Senior Leader for WINGS
http://wingsbirds.com

my Birdernaturalist blog
http://birdernaturalist.blogspot.com
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Subject: Summer Lake today
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:38:26 -0700
I did a quick trip over to Summer Lake and did some owling last night around 
Thompson Reservoir. I heard 2 WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS in the pinyon juniper 
habitat around the town of Silver Lake and 6 GREAT HORNED OWLS (2 adult, 4 
juvenile) on the way up NF 29. 

This morning, I ran into John Sullivan and Laura Johnson and we birded most of 
the morning together. Noah Styrcker and his dad were around, though I didn't 
see them, and we bumped into Craig and Marilyn Miller around lunch time. 

Some of the highlights for me were....
4 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER (thanks John)1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER5 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (juvenile)4 TRUMPETER SWAN3 FORSTER'S TERNS300 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (HQ)4 hummingbird species  AT  HQ 
(Black-chinned, Calliope, Rufous & Anna's) 

No jaegers or unusual gulls though we did spend an hour trying to turn the 
single adult winter-plumaged RN Phalarope into a Red. 

Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford 		 	   		  
Subject: unknown bird at FRR
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:55:33 -0700
I have done some research into calls and I think the flyover passerine we heard 
at Fern Ridge yesterday was a Lazuli Bunting. I was not familiar with or had 
forgotten their flat, buzzy flight call, which is nothing like their more 
common farty little churp. 


It has also been interesting to hear the wide variety of sounds made by the 
scores of yellowthroats at FRR right now. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Re: Long-tailed Jaeger Klamath Co.
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:59:25 -0700
Hi all,

I was holding off on passing on this info as it's slightly out of area,
but Rob Lowry spotted a Parasitic Jaeger at Pyramid Lake in NW Nevada on
Aug 24. 

This seems to be the time of year to look for jaegers on the lakes of
the northern Great Basin. Last year around this time, Jen Ballard posted
some great photos of another bird in NW Nevada. Has anyone been checking
Summer Lake or Abert lately?

Good birding,
Joel

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Jaeger Klamath Co.
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:59:25 -0700
Hi all,

I was holding off on passing on this info as it's slightly out of area,
but Rob Lowry spotted a Parasitic Jaeger at Pyramid Lake in NW Nevada on
Aug 24. 

This seems to be the time of year to look for jaegers on the lakes of
the northern Great Basin. Last year around this time, Jen Ballard posted
some great photos of another bird in NW Nevada. Has anyone been checking
Summer Lake or Abert lately?

Good birding,
Joel

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis


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Subject: RBA LONG-TAILED JAEGER KLAMCO
From: Kevin Spencer <rriparia AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:09:10 -0400 (EDT)
The LONG-TAILED JAEGER reported late yesterday was again present this 
morning, and by 8:00 AM a group had hiked to within 30 yds of it as it 
was actively feeding on surface insects (big caddis fly hatch, and 
likely the famous midges were in force on the surface too). It was still 
present as of 11:00 AM. It's an intermediate juvenile or hatch year 
bird. From a distance it appears to be quite dark. Its undertail coverts 
and vent area have bold white and black barring.

One photo is located here....: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/120003873 AT N05/14912789177/in/photostream

  and there are others at the same site. Although not the best, they 
might provide enough views to be sure about the species. If you have any 
comments, please let me know. Nels Nelson likely has better photos.

It was further  south than it was yesterday, along the easterrn shore of 
Lake Ewauna, Klamath Falls, but its distinctive shape could be seen from 
quite a distance even through some thin low early morning lake fog.

If it is around later today, it could be closer to Veteran's Park as it 
was at about 7:00 PM last night, or along the eastern shore where it 
seems to be spending most of its time. If it is along the eastern shore, 
one can walk from Veteran's Park along the now primitive but future 
lakeshore trail. The trail does wave away from the water in some 
locations, but will head back towards  the water eventually. The trail 
heads south past the treatment plant, a large blue barn/shed, and an old 
mill burner. The trail continues south past an airport mitigation 
wetland (noted by a sign), and heads towards a rail line bridge. We did 
not go as far at the bridge. We tracked it as it fed for probably a 
quarter of a mile.

Other birds of note: RED-BREASTED MERGANSER AND MEW GULL ( at hatch year 
bird that will have to survive the scrutiny of an OBOL viewers test, so 
photos will be shared soon for that!).

Shorebirds were located in the second southern pond on Wingwatcher's 
Trail on the west side of Lake Ewauna.



Kevin Spencer
rriparia AT charter.net
Klamath Falls, OR
Subject: Fern Ridge, Lane County
From: "Roger Robb" <brrobb AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:46:59 -0700
I spent a couple hours birding the Fisher Butte unit of Fern Ridge finding
the continuing Franklin's Gull and Sanderling along with a Black-crowned
Night Heron.  Shorebirds included:

  3 American Avocet
1-2 Solitary Sandpiper
 12 Greater Yellowlegs
  3 Lesser Yellowlegs
  3 Marbled Godwit
  1 Sanderling
250 Western Sandpiper
  6 Least Sandpiper
 50 Long-billed Dowitcher
  2 Wilson's Snipe

After I left Dennis Arendt found 3 Red-necked Phalarope.

Roger Robb 
Springfield, OR
Subject: non-bird
From: linda phelan thompson <lindaphelanlmt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:40:26 -0700
Hi Obolers,
                      After hours of cutting out canes in the raspberry
beds, I'm pretty sure I saw an Oregon Spotted Frog on our back porch. I'd
never seen one before, but it looked exactly like the photos. I haven't
been hearing the Tree Frogs (like last summer), after their rukous noise
making earlier this year. The Chickadees are enjoying the last few
blueberries, and mostly tolerate my presence in the garden. We had Bushtits
on the suet yesterday, it's delightful to see so many flitting through all
the greenery on my trellis. Looking forward to the fall migration.

Linda
Englewood Park/Tigard

-- 

*Linda Lee*
Subject: Re: Female INDIGO BUNTING, Plat I Reservoir
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:31:54 -0700
Hi Matt & All,

From this description of the bird's movements:

> Unfortunately when I went back to get my camera a car came by and the
> bird flew up the hill a couple hundred yards.

sounds like it was an "IndieGoGo" Bunting!

Your sighting is within 8 days of the date (September 7, 2009) when I
found the infamous "Moulting Bunting" at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area. See
below [1] for the description as I typed it into www.birdnotes.net on
that first encounter. Eventually Nanette & Rich Armstrong got photos of
the bird which helped to rule out the hybrid hypothesis.

Two data points -- must be a pattern!

Happy birding,
Joel

[1] Either an Indigo Bunting or perhaps a hybrid Indigo x Lazuli
(pending further study of references). Initially heard giving soft chip
notes from a brushy thicket to the NW of the Canal Pond. The chip notes
sounded similar to but seemed a little funny for Lazuli Bunting (all of
which seemed to have disappeared from this neighborhood by the last week
of August). After locating the bird, I had a good look in my scope from
a distance of about 30 yards for about 2 minutes. The bird was a real
patchwork quilt of brown and blue. It had blue in the shoulder area of
the folded wing, but brown in the area between where the wingbars should
have been, then blueish in the primaries & secondaries, brownish on the
back I looked for but could not spot any pale wingbars, not even really
a hint. The head was disheveled but mainly brownish. Back and breast
were also brownish. I thought I saw some yellow in the gape of the bill
[this may have been yellow at base of lower mandible]. The curvature of
the culmen looked typical for Lazuli or Indigo. The bird stayed at about
mid-height (6-8 ft high) in the thicket the whole time. Viewing was
interrupted by yellowjackets chomping on my feet.

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis










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Subject: Smith-Bybee today
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:01:06 -0700
​I was at Smith-Bybee this morning and though there was nothing especially
noteworthy, it's definitely getting more interesting.  I counted 260 GREAT
EGRETS with 200 on Bybee and 60 on Smith.  There were also many Great Blue
Herons and 15 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS with 3 flying over Bybee and the rest
scattered around Smith.

On Smith there was 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER near the canoe launch, 2 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS and one large flock of distant peeps​.  Bybee had several
hundred peeps; most were too far to identify to species but of the few that
came closer there were mixed LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS.  I tried but at
that distance I wasn't able to pick out something more unusual.  Also on
Bybee were 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 15 KILLDEER.

Among passerines there were 3 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS with 2 near the
Smith blind near 2 YELLOW WARBLERS and a WARBLING VIREO.  An ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was near the Smith Lake canoe launch.

Andy Frank
Subject: Female INDIGO BUNTING, Plat I Reservoir
From: Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:46:33 -0700
HI Folks,
  Late this morning my wife Lisa and I canoed around Plat I Reservoir, east
of Sutherlin. Results were similar to when my son Daniel and I did that on
Aug 25th, with some additions and subtractions. Full list for today here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19626646

After we got back and loaded up the canoe on the pickup I heard an
unfamiliar call, a "zeet" in the ballpark of a Lazuli Bunting or Yellow
Warbler flight call, but lighter, not as strong, thinner. Found female
bunting in willow on W side of Plat I Rd. Compared to female Lazuli, this
bird was pale grayish-brown overall (tone reminded me of some pale house
finches), thin hardly noticeable wingbars, noticably pale throat,
underparts consistently pale gray-brown, similar or slightly lighter than
upperparts, with fine light streaking on breast. I got great views in the
willow and then it flew up onto a power line. Unfortunately when I went
back to get my camera a car came by and the bird flew up the hill a couple
hundred yards. Who knows if it will remain in the area or not.

The willow where I first saw the bird is west across Plat I road from the
south end of the short little gravel road that loops down to the reservoir
just south of the west end of the dam.

In any case there are a lot of birds in the area. Very nice morning.

Matt Hunter
Melrose, OR
Subject: Off Topic: Lilly Irons Celebration of Life
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:09:32 +0000
Greetings All,

As Paul Sullivan shared nearly a week ago, my 23-year-old daughter died in a 
single-car accident near Lava Beds National Monument early in the evening on 23 
August. Yesterday, her cell phone was finally recovered when family members 
went to look at the wrecked car in Klamath Falls. It still worked and contained 
several 'selfie' photos that Lilly took during her final hours. They show a 
young woman totally in her elementshe loved the desertenjoying a wonderful 
late afternoon/early evening in the solitude of the Lava Beds. Seeing these 
images revealed what we already knew, she was happy and having a great time. 


Here is a link to Lilly's obituary, which appears in today's (Sunday August 
31st) issues of the Eugene Register-Guard and the Klamath Herald and News: 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldandnews/obituary.aspx?n=lillian-irons&pid=172304724 


I want to thank those of you who have either reached out via email or sent 
cards to me and Shawneen. They are most appreciated and are of great help 
during a time of unfathomable loss. Over the years many in this community have 
crossed paths with Lilly, as she would often accompany me on birding outings, 
Christmas Bird Counts, or Memorial Day Weekend trips to Malheur. If you feel 
any connection to Lilly, or simply want to support me, Shawneen and the rest of 
the family, I encourage you to attend Lilly's celebration of life party this 
coming Friday in Eugene. Per Lilly's wishes, this event is intended to 
celebrate the good times that we shared and not get bogged down in the sorrow 
that so many of us are feeling. Even if you have just a few minutes to stop by, 
please do. 


Date: September 5th, 2014

Location: Sladden Park in west Eugene (Google Map Link) If you are having any 
difficulty finding the location, don't hesitate to call or text me 
(541-359-7064). Take Adams St. north from W. 1st St and the park is on your 
left when you get to Cheshire Ave. 


Time: 1:00PM (we have the park space reserved from 1-7PM) Plan to come early 
and stay late. 


Please bring your own seating and, if you wish, a dish to share. The family 
will be providing drinks plus some food. We have already heard from several 
folks who intend to bring potluck items as well. 


We look forward to seeing you there,

Dave Irons
Portland, OR 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Juv RUFF at Bandon Marsh, Coos County
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:05:31 -0700
Peter Low just called with report of a RUFF at Bandon Marsh, in with the 
many peeps. He has only seen one Pectoral Sandpiper this weekend, one 
yesterday at New River. judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



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Subject: Coos Elegant Terns, shorebirds
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:28:42 -0700
Peter Low is birding around Coos County. Right now he is at Bandon Marsh and 
has 180 ELEGANT TERNS. He is near the river and the terns are closer toward 
town.  There are about a thousand peeps there as well, one of them a 
Semipalmated Sandpiper.  A Pileated Woodpecker is calling behind him as he 
birds Bandon Marsh.

Yesterday at Floras Lake, notables were 6 Baird's Sandpipers, 4 
Black-bellied Plovers, a Whimbrel, and a fly over Marbled Godwit.  Good 
birding, judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



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Subject: Lane County North American Migration Count September 20
From: Barbara Combs <bcombs232 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:08:16 -0700
The Lane County fall North American Migration Count will be conducted on .
September 20, 2014.

Lane County is a large county with a huge variety of habitats from the
coast to the crest of the Cascades.  The more participants we have, the
better the job we can do of finding at least a majority of the species
present in the county that day.

Please let me know if you can count birds in Lane County on the 20th, and
let me know where you plan to go so that I can do my job of coordinating
all of the day's birding efforts.  Thank you!


-- 
Barbara Combs   obie '70
Lane County, OR
Subject: RBA LT JAEGER KLAMCO
From: Kevin Spencer <rriparia AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:19:35 -0400 (EDT)
A juvenile intermediate LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen feeding on insects 
at Lake Ewauna, Klamath Falls at around sundown today.

It was a dark brown bird noticeably  smaller than nearby and sometimes 
adjacent, California Gulls, and also Ring-billed Gulls. When it was 
closer it had bold neat barring on its lower flanks and vent area. Its 
bill was slight and bicolored, being bluish gray at the base and dark at 
the tip. It was feeding on insects on the surface of the lake the entire 
time, and appeared much like a Sabine's or Bonaparte's Gull in doing so.

Dave Hewitt, Russ Namitz, Julie Van Moorhem, and Nels Nelson (I just met 
him so not sure about his name) arrived after sundown and the bird was 
further away than when first sighted and lighting was waning.

It may very well be there at first light in the morning.

I first observed the bird from the edge of the grassy lake edge of 
Veteran's Park at Lake Ewauna, Klamath Falls as it fed about 150 yards 
from shore. As the bird moved further east on the lake, I traveled east 
from the grassy area along a dirt trail for a quarter mile, and 
generally followed the shoreline, but  the trail did swing away from the 
water a couple of times.. The trail transitioned into an undeveloped 
former millsite but mostly  no loner recognizeable as a mill site (the 
area has a new paved road through it and the area is flat with some 
weeds and some gravel). The group scoped the bird from that area until 
dark. There were hundreds of gulls loafing around it by then.


Kevin Spencer
rriparia AT charter.net
Klamath Falls, OR
Subject: Re: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos)
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:41:52 -0700
Hi -

I tend to agree - look more like Commons.  The surest character for
distinguishing them is tail pattern, and frustratingly I cannot get a good
read on that on any of the photos on my laptop screen.  Maybe when I get
back to the desktop and big monitor I will be able to see more.

Seems like there are more Common Terns this summer than the past few years
- Oregon and Washington.

Wayne


On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM, Alan Contreras 
wrote:

> these in the pics are just barely showing a few white forehead feathers.
>
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
> On Aug 30, 2014, at 5:23 PM, Hendrik Herlyn wrote:
>
> I agree. Also, I think this late in the season most (all?) adult Forster's
> don't show a solid cap any more, just a dark patch around the eye.
>
> Hendrik
>
>
> On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM, Alan Contreras 
> wrote:
>
>> These look like Commons to me.  Lots of black in the wingtips and the
>> primaries are otherwise the same even gray as the rest of the wings and
>> mantle (Forster's look more frosty-white in the primaries).  Too much bill
>> and too much dark in wingtips for Arctics.
>>  .
>> .
>> Alan Contreras
>> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>>
>> Eugene, Oregon
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Aug 30, 2014, at 4:23 PM, Jamie Simmons wrote:
>>
>> Around 1245 today I found a flock of 14-15 medium-sized terns at the
>> Eicher Rd quarry east of Albany, Linn Co.
>>
>> (Go ea t of Albany on Hwy 20, turn right about 2-3 miles from I-5. Large
>> pond on right; go past houses to small pullout on right side.
>> Walk up short trail onto berm to see pond.)
>>
>> I have little experience separating Forster's and Common, at least based
>> on what I saw and photographed today.
>>  I placed a number of photos of some of them at:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/11809177 AT N04/
>>
>> Some cropped shots that are followed by the original.
>> Exposure varies since I was using bracketing at first.
>> If other angles are desired, let me know and I'll see if I missed any.
>> Can also email specific photos as desired.
>>
>> Comments welcome... Forster's? Any Commons?
>>
>> Jamie Simmons
>> Corvallis
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> __________________________
> Hendrik G. Herlyn
> Corvallis, OR
>
>
> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."      -- Gary Snyder*
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Fun with Harney Gulls
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:34:17 -0700
Hi -

It's usually unwise to try to identify a rare gull from a single photo,
Since you have more, could you post a series?  The imm. photos might be
easier to work with than the adult in this case.

Based on the single photo I have seen, the eye looks like it might be
yellow, which would fit Ring-bill better than Mew.  If you have others that
show eye color better, that would be helpful.  Looking forward to more
photos.

Wayne


On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM, Alan Contreras 
wrote:

> My sense is that the "mew" gull adult reported at the Narrows is the right
> color with the right head shape for a Ringbill, and has its bill covered
> with a thin film of the same mud that covers its legs.
>
> The head shape is wrong for Mew.  Hard to tell what the back color really
> is.
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos)
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:25:20 -0700
these in the pics are just barely showing a few white forehead feathers.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Aug 30, 2014, at 5:23 PM, Hendrik Herlyn wrote:

> I agree. Also, I think this late in the season most (all?) adult Forster's 
don't show a solid cap any more, just a dark patch around the eye. 

> 
> Hendrik
> 
> 
> On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM, Alan Contreras  wrote:
> These look like Commons to me. Lots of black in the wingtips and the 
primaries are otherwise the same even gray as the rest of the wings and mantle 
(Forster's look more frosty-white in the primaries). Too much bill and too much 
dark in wingtips for Arctics. 

> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
> 
> Eugene, Oregon
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Aug 30, 2014, at 4:23 PM, Jamie Simmons wrote:
> 
>> Around 1245 today I found a flock of 14-15 medium-sized terns at the Eicher 
Rd quarry east of Albany, Linn Co. 

>> 
>> (Go ea t of Albany on Hwy 20, turn right about 2-3 miles from I-5. Large 
pond on right; go past houses to small pullout on right side. 

>> Walk up short trail onto berm to see pond.)
>>  
>> I have little experience separating Forster's and Common, at least based on 
what I saw and photographed today. 

>> I placed a number of photos of some of them at:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/11809177 AT N04/
>> 
>> Some cropped shots that are followed by the original.
>> Exposure varies since I was using bracketing at first. 
>> If other angles are desired, let me know and I'll see if I missed any.
>> Can also email specific photos as desired.
>> 
>> Comments welcome... Forster's? Any Commons?
>> 
>> Jamie Simmons
>> Corvallis
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> __________________________
> Hendrik G. Herlyn
> Corvallis, OR
> 
> "Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."
>      -- Gary Snyder
Subject: Re: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos)
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:23:05 -0700
I agree. Also, I think this late in the season most (all?) adult Forster's
don't show a solid cap any more, just a dark patch around the eye.

Hendrik


On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM, Alan Contreras 
wrote:

> These look like Commons to me.  Lots of black in the wingtips and the
> primaries are otherwise the same even gray as the rest of the wings and
> mantle (Forster's look more frosty-white in the primaries).  Too much bill
> and too much dark in wingtips for Arctics.
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
> On Aug 30, 2014, at 4:23 PM, Jamie Simmons wrote:
>
> Around 1245 today I found a flock of 14-15 medium-sized terns at the
> Eicher Rd quarry east of Albany, Linn Co.
>
> (Go ea t of Albany on Hwy 20, turn right about 2-3 miles from I-5. Large
> pond on right; go past houses to small pullout on right side.
> Walk up short trail onto berm to see pond.)
>
> I have little experience separating Forster's and Common, at least based
> on what I saw and photographed today.
>  I placed a number of photos of some of them at:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/11809177 AT N04/
>
> Some cropped shots that are followed by the original.
> Exposure varies since I was using bracketing at first.
> If other angles are desired, let me know and I'll see if I missed any.
> Can also email specific photos as desired.
>
> Comments welcome... Forster's? Any Commons?
>
> Jamie Simmons
> Corvallis
>
>
>
>
>
>


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Subject: PHOTOS: Semipalmated Sandpiper
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:14:16 -0700
I had some luck photographing a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER today
at the South Jetty Shorebird Ponds.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/sets/72157646636723510

Also seen today:
  30+ Elegant Terns at Hammond Boat Basin
   2  Baird's Sandpipers at Trestle Bay


-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182



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Subject: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos)
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:41:50 -0700
These look like Commons to me. Lots of black in the wingtips and the primaries 
are otherwise the same even gray as the rest of the wings and mantle (Forster's 
look more frosty-white in the primaries). Too much bill and too much dark in 
wingtips for Arctics. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Aug 30, 2014, at 4:23 PM, Jamie Simmons wrote:

> Around 1245 today I found a flock of 14-15 medium-sized terns at the Eicher 
Rd quarry east of Albany, Linn Co. 

> 
> (Go ea t of Albany on Hwy 20, turn right about 2-3 miles from I-5. Large pond 
on right; go past houses to small pullout on right side. 

> Walk up short trail onto berm to see pond.)
>  
> I have little experience separating Forster's and Common, at least based on 
what I saw and photographed today. 

> I placed a number of photos of some of them at:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/11809177 AT N04/
> 
> Some cropped shots that are followed by the original.
> Exposure varies since I was using bracketing at first. 
> If other angles are desired, let me know and I'll see if I missed any.
> Can also email specific photos as desired.
> 
> Comments welcome... Forster's? Any Commons?
> 
> Jamie Simmons
> Corvallis
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Terns at Eicher Rd quarry (photos)
From: Jamie Simmons <sapsuckers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:23:07 -0700
Around 1245 today I found a flock of 14-15 medium-sized terns at the Eicher
Rd quarry east of Albany, Linn Co.

(Go ea t of Albany on Hwy 20, turn right about 2-3 miles from I-5. Large
pond on right; go past houses to small pullout on right side.
Walk up short trail onto berm to see pond.)

I have little experience separating Forster's and Common, at least based on
what I saw and photographed today.
I placed a number of photos of some of them at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/11809177 AT N04/

Some cropped shots that are followed by the original.
Exposure varies since I was using bracketing at first.
If other angles are desired, let me know and I'll see if I missed any.
Can also email specific photos as desired.

Comments welcome... Forster's? Any Commons?

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis
Subject: Sharpie and Pileated play tag
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:57:38 -0700
 I was just up on my roof and heard a mewing call repeatedly to the east. I 
guessed it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. When a Pileated Woodpecker swung out into 
the open briefly I figured they must have a call I didn't know. The bird it had 
in tow was out and back into the canopy so fast, I assumed it was also a 
Pileated. Then both of them flew above the middle of our garden--a Pileated 
Woodpecker and a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. The Sharpie was below and barely 
behind the woodpecker both times. Meanwhile the mewing continued to the east. 
The two birds I saw were 12-18" apart--almost touching each other the whole 
time I was in view. The Sharpie was a good deal smaller than its playmate. Lars 


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Subject: 1-Y Heron
From: "David Heath" <drheath82 AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:22:08 -0700
Found a first-year GB Heron foraging in the condo duck pond this morning.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/drheath/15082150501/in/set-72157622950221080

 

And just now, I had a Steller's Jay outside my window doing a pretty
convincing Red-tailed Hawk.

 

David Heath

Cedar Mill

 
Subject: Re: Ring-billed, Not Mew Gull
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:17:22 -0700
Oh well, Stejneger considered them conspecific,no doubt swayed by his intimate 
experience with L. (c.) kamchatkensis. So how about that Maryanne? Norwegians 
have a use in the world after all--that member of the Royal Norwegian of St. 
Olaf lumped some Larids! He also was exempted from retirement at the 
Smithsonian by presidential decree. Lars 

On Aug 30, 2014, at 8:49 AM, Craig Miller wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> After reviewing several photos of the birds I reported as Mew Gulls, I 
realize I was mistaken. The adults are seen to have pale eyes, and when the mud 
is not obscuring the bill, it is obviously not all yellow and is too big for 
Mew: 

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/crmillerbirds/14896891019/
> 
> The plumage on the immature gull also fits that of a Ring-billed, not of a 
Mew Gull, even though the bill is rather small and dark for Ring-billed. 

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/crmillerbirds/14897061607/
> 
> Thanks to Shawneen, Alan, and Jeff who immediately helped set me straight!
> 
> Craig Miller
> Bend, Oregon
Subject: Fern Ridge birds
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:12:16 -0700
Just back from half a day wandering the western dike loop at Royal Avenue, Fern 
Ridge Reservoir with Hendrik Herlyn, Oscar Harper, Stephan Nance, Thomas 
Meinzen, Magnus Persmark et many al. 


Highlights included Franklin's Gull, Sanderling, Solitary Sandpiper, 3 avocet, 
at least two Bn Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, (thanks to Sally 
Hill and Linda Gilbert) Willow Flycatcher and at least one and probably two 
Lincoln's Sparrow (one near the gate and one in the sw corner of the western 
dike), which seems early but Larry McQueen and others saw a couple on 
Wednesday. 


A flyover bird that seemed the size and behavior or a beefy finch and sounded 
remarkably like a Dickcissel went over our group back to front so we never got 
a decent look at it. We heard it coming, making a short, buzzy flight call. 
Some of us are familiar with Yellow Warbler's flight call and this seemed a bit 
heavier, and the bird too large for that species. Last seen heading south over 
the central dike path. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: great gray owl perched on porch
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:45:07 -0700
http://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/porch-owl/

-- 
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author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
*
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my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
Subject: Ring-billed, Not Mew Gull
From: Craig Miller <gismiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:49:40 -0700
Hi all,

After reviewing several photos of the birds I reported as Mew Gulls, I
realize I was mistaken. The adults are seen to have pale eyes, and when the
mud is not obscuring the bill, it is obviously not all yellow and is too
big for Mew:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crmillerbirds/14896891019/

The plumage on the immature gull also fits that of a Ring-billed, not of a
Mew Gull, even though the bill is rather small and dark for Ring-billed.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crmillerbirds/14897061607/

Thanks to Shawneen, Alan, and Jeff who immediately helped set me straight!

Craig Miller
Bend, Oregon
Subject: Swainson's Thrushes Really Moving 8/30/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:07:52 -0700
Three to five calls per second at the house now- headed back outside...

Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Coos Acorn Woodpecker 8/29/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:54:49 -0700
Bob Fields reports an ACORN WOODPECKER in his Coos Bay backyard on Friday.
 I do not know if this species has ever been seen this close to the coast
before in Coos County?  There have only been 5 other records since 1990-
all of which have been in the SW corner of the county near Powers/Mt.
Bolivar.

Lots of BARN SWALLOWS staging on the north spit of Coos Bay lately, had
about 500 two days ago. Most other swallow species appear to have vacated
the premises- time for the big Yamhill Co.Barn Swallow congregation?

Merry migration!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Help with Flycatcher ID
From: Richard Leinen <rick.lumen AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:04:48 -0700
Greetings,

I was walking Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield NWR last Saturday and got some close 
shots of a flycatcher. You can see the best shot here; 
http://www.birdfellow.com/photos/thumbnails/320-tyrant-flycatchers?id=12214. 


My best guess is a Pacific-slope Flycatcher based on:

- Bold eye ring which comes to a point behind the eye.
- Lower mandible is pinkish/yellowish orange throughout.
- Yellowish below with slight olive band across the breast.
- Dull wing bars

Based on buffy wing bars, clean plumage and slight gummy looking corners of it 
bill, Im also guessing that it is a hatch-year bird. 


Hoping for comments in agreement or disagreement.

This would be my first Pacific-slope, so Im keeping my fingers crossed. :-)

Rick
Wilsonville
Subject: Fern Ridge Friday
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:44:35 -0700
Barry McKenzie and I walked the loop around the Royal observation platform pond 
this morning. Lots of birds, good habitat beginning to form, but most birds a 
long way out there. 


Semi-Plover - 10 in flyby flock
Black-necked Stilt - 2 southwest of Pelican Island
Avocet - 3 southwest of Pelican Island
SOLITARY SANDPIPER - 1 in cottonwood/willow lined pond east of platform
Greater Yellowlegs - 30 all over
Lesser Yellowlegs - 6 scattered
MARBLED GODWIT - 1 near Pelican Island
SANDERLING - 1 on Pelican Island
Western Sandpiper - 150 
Least Sandpiper - 20 mainly along Royal Ave.
Short-billed Dowitcher - 8
Long-billed Dowitcher - 500 minus one, seen taken out by Peregrine Falcon.
Wilson's Snipe - 1 along west dike

FRANKLINS GULL - 1 on Pelican Island

Good Birding,

John Sullivan
Springfield, OR


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Subject: Re: Harney Birding - Mew Gull questions
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:35:12 -0700
Thanks Craig.  It is an interesting bird.   



On Aug 29, 2014, at 1:20 PM, Craig Miller  wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> I have photos of at least one adult and one juvenile, but I haven't yet had a 
chance to upload them. I'll get them out there this week-end. There were 
Ring-billed Gulls at the same location. At one point, one of the immature 
Ring-billed Gulls was about 5 feet from the immature Mew Gull, but 
unfortunately I could not get the camera to focus. Anyway, the gull in question 
was considerably smaller than the Ring-billed Gull, closer in size to a 
Bonaparte's Gull. In fact, my first thought when I saw the adult flying about 
was Bonaparte's, but then I noticed it had black wing tips with white spots. I 
also thought about Little Gull, but the underwings were white. I thought about 
Black-legged Kittiwake, but the legs were yellowish and the wing tips were 
wrong. The bill was distinctly smaller and thinner than the Ring-billed Gull. 

> 
> I agree that the photo shows the bill (and lower legs) covered by mud. Some 
of my photos show what looks like a dusky coloration rather distally rather 
than pure yellow. The bill on the immature gull was all black, but also small 
and thin. 

> 
> If these are not Mew Gulls, then they are something even more rare. Let's 
discuss after I get more photos on board. I will also send a more complete 
description of what I observed, much of which I was not able to capture in the 
photos. 

> 
> Craig Miller
> Bend, Oregon
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Aug 29, 2014, at 12:58 PM, Jeff Gilligan  
wrote: 

>> 
>> I should amend my comment by saying that the bill looks too narrow and 
rather small for a Herring Gull. (I received a comment from Alan Contreras that 
hopefully he will send to OBOL, with another theory as to what the gull might 
be, and I think he is likely correct.) 

>> 
>> 
>>> On Aug 29, 2014, at 12:34 PM, Jeff Gilligan  
wrote: 

>>> 
>>> I am having trouble with the one photo of the gull as wellIn some aspects 
it looks more like a Herring Gull, but I doubt that the size would have allowed 
you to call in a Mew if that was the case. I also can't see a mark on its bill, 
which also appears small and narrow in the photo. I wonder what a Mew and 
Ring-billed hybrid would look like? I have never heard of one. I hope there are 
more photos, even if they are not as good, but from a different angle perhaps. 

>>> 
>>> Jeff Gilligan
>> 



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Subject: Re: Harney Birding - Mew Gull questions
From: Craig Miller <gismiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:20:42 -0700
Hi all,

I have photos of at least one adult and one juvenile, but I haven't yet had a 
chance to upload them. I'll get them out there this week-end. There were 
Ring-billed Gulls at the same location. At one point, one of the immature 
Ring-billed Gulls was about 5 feet from the immature Mew Gull, but 
unfortunately I could not get the camera to focus. Anyway, the gull in question 
was considerably smaller than the Ring-billed Gull, closer in size to a 
Bonaparte's Gull. In fact, my first thought when I saw the adult flying about 
was Bonaparte's, but then I noticed it had black wing tips with white spots. I 
also thought about Little Gull, but the underwings were white. I thought about 
Black-legged Kittiwake, but the legs were yellowish and the wing tips were 
wrong. The bill was distinctly smaller and thinner than the Ring-billed Gull. 


I agree that the photo shows the bill (and lower legs) covered by mud. Some of 
my photos show what looks like a dusky coloration rather distally rather than 
pure yellow. The bill on the immature gull was all black, but also small and 
thin. 


If these are not Mew Gulls, then they are something even more rare. Let's 
discuss after I get more photos on board. I will also send a more complete 
description of what I observed, much of which I was not able to capture in the 
photos. 


Craig Miller
Bend, Oregon

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 29, 2014, at 12:58 PM, Jeff Gilligan  wrote:
> 
> I should amend my comment by saying that the bill looks too narrow and rather 
small for a Herring Gull. (I received a comment from Alan Contreras that 
hopefully he will send to OBOL, with another theory as to what the gull might 
be, and I think he is likely correct.) 

> 
> 
>> On Aug 29, 2014, at 12:34 PM, Jeff Gilligan  
wrote: 

>> 
>> I am having trouble with the one photo of the gull as well…In some aspects 
it looks more like a Herring Gull, but I doubt that the size would have allowed 
you to call in a Mew if that was the case. I also can't see a mark on its bill, 
which also appears small and narrow in the photo. I wonder what a Mew and 
Ring-billed hybrid would look like? I have never heard of one. I hope there are 
more photos, even if they are not as good, but from a different angle perhaps. 

>> 
>> Jeff Gilligan
> 


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Subject: Fun with Harney Gulls
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:02:53 -0700
My sense is that the "mew" gull adult reported at the Narrows is the right 
color with the right head shape for a Ringbill, and has its bill covered with a 
thin film of the same mud that covers its legs. 


The head shape is wrong for Mew.  Hard to tell what the back color really is.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Re: Harney Birding
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:58:20 -0700
I should amend my comment by saying that the bill looks too narrow and rather 
small for a Herring Gull. (I received a comment from Alan Contreras that 
hopefully he will send to OBOL, with another theory as to what the gull might 
be, and I think he is likely correct.) 



On Aug 29, 2014, at 12:34 PM, Jeff Gilligan  wrote:

> I am having trouble with the one photo of the gull as wellIn some aspects it 
looks more like a Herring Gull, but I doubt that the size would have allowed 
you to call in a Mew if that was the case. I also can't see a mark on its bill, 
which also appears small and narrow in the photo. I wonder what a Mew and 
Ring-billed hybrid would look like? I have never heard of one. I hope there are 
more photos, even if they are not as good, but from a different angle perhaps. 

> 
> Jeff Gilligan
> 
> 



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Subject: Re: Jackson Bottom Wetlands shorebirds encouragement
From: Steve Engel <Steve.Engel AT hillsboro-oregon.gov>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:48:20 -0700
Pintail Pond continues to host very watchable numbers of shorebirds, even as 
the water recedes towards the southwest corner. This morning the species 
diversity was not as high as earlier in the week. That can be a good thing too 
if you want to get good looks (scope needed for that) at a manageable number of 
common species in order to develop your ID confidence. For example: sorting out 
LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS with good opportunities to do the same with 
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Switching from one challenge to the other as the 
opportunities arise is a good way not to get too frustrated with either one. 
Throw KILLDEER and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER into the mix and, with a bit of effort, 
you could get really confident at six different shorebird species. Then, when 
and if you encounter one of the less common species (BAIRD'S, STILT, PECTORAL, 
SOLITARY, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS) it is likely to jump out at you more than it 
might otherwise. 


And don't despair or give up too soon! Everyone finds shorebird identification 
challenging, because it is. But it's not impossible. Start where you are and 
progress from there. Bring an extra pair of eyes or two (aka friends), a good 
field guide (read, don't just look at the pictures), a scope and head out to 
JBWP or other good spots. Pay attention to relative body sizes, beak shape and 
length (use the head it is attached to as your unit of measure), leg length and 
color (muddy legs might all look dark, even when they aren't) and soak up 
vocalizations and behavior as you watch. 


Good to Know: The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center is open from 10am to 
4pm everyday and that's where the only restrooms & drinking fountains on the 
preserve are located. The latest bird sighting information is and can be posted 
on a whiteboard just around the corner from the main building entrance. Also, 
even if the building isn't open yet, look in the window to left or right of the 
door and you'll see mounted specimens of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs side by 
side. If you haven't been before, it will take you about 10 minutes of steady 
walking to reach Pintail Pond from the main building, all on good flat trails. 

Good birding,

Steve Engel, Nature Program Supervisor
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve | Parks and Recreation Department 
2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-681-6283 |fax 503-681-6277
email: steve.engel AT hillsboro-oregon.gov
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Subject: Re: Harney Birding
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:34:57 -0700
I am having trouble with the one photo of the gull as wellIn some aspects it 
looks more like a Herring Gull, but I doubt that the size would have allowed 
you to call in a Mew if that was the case. I also can't see a mark on its bill, 
which also appears small and narrow in the photo. I wonder what a Mew and 
Ring-billed hybrid would look like? I have never heard of one. I hope there are 
more photos, even if they are not as good, but from a different angle perhaps. 


Jeff Gilligan




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Subject: Re: Harney Birding
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:27:57 -0700
Craig,

Do you have any other photos of this gull. It doesn't look like a Mew Gull.
It appears to have a very pale eye and a mantle color that is too light.
But exposure can affect such things. If it weren't for the yellow legs I
would almost say it looks more like a Herring Gull.

One thing to consider is Ring-billed Gull that is missing the black mark on
the bill tip. I have photos of Ring-billed Gull without a dark band and it
makes them look very different. Were there Ring-billed Gulls nearby for
size comparison.

Shawneen Finnegan
Portland, OR
Subject: Harney Birding
From: Craig Miller <gismiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:41:48 -0700
Hi all,

Although I've heard it said not to waste your time birding Malheur NWR in
August, I must disagree. Marilyn and I celebrated our15th wedding
anniversary camped at Page Springs Campground from August 23 to 28. We
traveled the loop road to the top of the Steens, went south to Fields, went
east and north to the Kiger Horse overlook, traveled the Central Patrol
Road between Page Springs and Buena Vista pond, and birded the refuge
headquarters twice. We only ran into two other birders the whole time. We
ended up with 138 species for the trip. We no doubt would have tallied even
more if I had remembered to bring our spotting scope!

Locations with the most or best birds included Page Springs Campground, the
Narrows, Krumbo Pond, Otter Pond (east of Krumbo Pond), Benson Pond, and
Fields Oasis. Of these, Benson Pond had the most variety and quantity of
birds.

Highlights included:
   Trumpeter Swan - 2 adults and 1 cygnet  Benson Pond
   Wood Duck - 2  Page Springs  Aug 24
   Great Egret - 41 Benson Pond
   Snowy Egret - 3 Benson Pond
   Red-shouldered Hawk - 3 (one at Roaring Springs Ranch, one near French
Glen, and one on Diamond Lane a quarter mile east of Hwy 205.
   Virginia Rail - 8 Page Springs (more in many other places)
   Sora - 1 (a pond between P-Ranch and Page Springs)
   13 species of shorebirds including 3 Short-billed Dowitchers at Otter
Pond and at least 2 at Benson Pond.
   MEW GULL - 2 adults, 1 juvenile  Narrows  Aug 28 - to see photo of one,
click
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crmillerbirds/14888046330/
   Common Poorwill - 5 every evening and morning at Page Springs Campground
   Black-chinned Hummingbird - 1 at East Steens overlook and 1 at Page
Springs Campground
   Lewis's Woodpecker - 1  Fields
   Hammond's Flycatcher - 1 Fields Oasis
   Eastern Kingbird - 1 Central Patrol Road south of Buena Vista
   Other flycatcher species seen in multiple locations include: Western
Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, and Western
Kingbird.
   White-breasted Nuthatch - 1 Malheur NWR headquarters
   Rock and Canyon Wrens - Page Springs campground
   Townsend's Solitaire - 1 Malheur NWR headquarters
   NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH - 1 Fields Oasis  Aug 25
   Yellow-breasted Chat - 3 Page Springs
   Black Rosy-Finch - 2 East Steens overlook

We also saw a good variety of mammals including: Kiger horses, mule deer,
pronghorn, raccoon, river mink, muskrat, golden-mantled ground squirrel,
cottontail, and least chipmunk.

Great Birding!
Subject: Lane Coast Sightings (delayed) 28 Aug 2014
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:32:10 -0700
WINGS tour guide Rich Hoyer texted me of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHIMBREL 
fly-bys at Siltcoos Beach. COMMON TERN at Crab Dock, Siuslaw River.

Last evening, BARN OWL, BARRED OWLs (at least 3!), and WESTERN SCREECH OWL 
up N. Fork Road by the grange.

regards,
Diane Pettey
Heceta Beach, OR
surfbird AT q.com




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Subject: WESO Nictitating Membrane
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:36:34 -0700
Hi Guys,

In case you're curious what a screech-owl's nictitating membrane looks
like:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/boundtobird/

I thought it was pretty cool, and it inspired me to learn all about the
"third eyelid" that so many animals possess.  Google search it if you don't
already know!

Rhett
Subject: Birds - the place to be - Winchester Bay - for Elegant Terns
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:08:49 -0700
Well, apparently I fell off the OBOL list a couple of weeks ago, but am now 
re-instated and posting. Don't you just wonder what else you missed from me 
when I thought my posts were going through! Ha, Judy Meredith, 
jmeredit AT bendnet.com

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From: judy
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:24 PM
To: obol
Subject: the place to be - Winchester Bay - for Elegant Terns

Peter Low counted 176 of them at 5:30 pm today, at the South Jetty.  I think
we can anticipate more reports from Peter in the next few days!  Sorry that
I don't know if that is in Douglas County or if it is Coos but whichever, 
that
is a lot of Elegant Terns. Good birding, judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



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Subject: Re: Falcon Identification for post earlier today
From: "Jenkins, Maurice A." <alanjenkins AT ou.edu>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:03:55 +0000
It's definitely a Peregrine Falcon, but it's an immature. Adult peregrines have 
transverse bars on their breast plumage whereas immature peregrines have 
vertical streaks. 




Alan Jenkins

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From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [obol-bounce AT freelists.org] on behalf of Jim 
Leonard [photojleonard AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:04 PM
To: obol
Subject: [obol] Falcon Identification for post earlier today

I double checked with a bird watcher friend of mine that the Falcon photo I 
posted earlier today was a Peregrine but since have received an email that it's 
a Prairie. I need everyone's help. What do you think it is??? Happy Birding, 
Jim Leonard. 
Subject: Re: Falcon Identification for post earlier today
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:43:08 -0700
Prairie Falcons have dark axillaries (arm pits).  This is
pretty clearly a PEREGRINE and whoever it was who said otherwise
was mistaken...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182



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Subject: Jim's Baskett Slough falcon
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:32:18 -0700
 The bird is totally a Peregrine. And even a piker like me can tell it's an 
adult. The overwhelming majority of Peregrines that hang out at the best 
shorebird watching spots in the Willamette Basin in Sept and Oct are young of 
the year in my own experience. Lars 


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Subject: Photo Collection: 20 poses of a Green Heron Baskett Slough NWR
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:20:46 -0700
I went to Baskett Slough NWR this morning from about 7:00 am- !!:00 am.
Not much going on in the first two hours but my patience paid off with a
Peregrine flying in after some Long-billed Dowitchers and a Green Heron
that came in real close.  I photographed the Green Heron for over an hour.
I think the Green Heron has so many looks and poses that I have enough
photos over the years to have a book on "101 Poses of a Green Heron".
Click on link below for some of those Green Heron Poses.   Happy Birding,
Jim Leonard.





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Subject: Fields, OR - late report
From: srodecap AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:18:33 +0000 (UTC)
My son, Justin, and I (Kent Rodecap) saw a Northern Waterthrush and a Pacific 
Wren at the Fields oasis on Saturday, August 23. The oasis is dry except for 
the ditch on the south side and for a very few residual puddles on the 
northwest side. The Waterthrush was seen in both places. The Wren was in the 
ditch. Sorry for the lateness of this post. 
Subject: Falcon Identification for post earlier today
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:04:47 -0700
I double checked with a bird watcher friend of mine that the Falcon photo I
posted earlier today was a Peregrine but since have received an email that
it's a Prairie.  I need everyone's help.  What do you think it is???
Happy Birding, Jim Leonard.
Subject: Costal Shorebirds
From: Sally Hill <1sallyhill.9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:02:56 -0700
Dave and I spent the day at the coast. Starting in Florence and going north to 
Waldport . Early morning fog burned off by 10:00a.m. Beautiful day in mid 60's 
with slight breeze. Highlights : 

At Siltcoos:

3 Snowy Plovers 
30 Sanderlings
2 Semipalmated Plovers

At Florence 
8 Elegant Terns -South Jetty
3 Marbled Godwits- South Jetty mudflats
1 Wandering  Tattler- South Jetty rocks
1 Whimbrel -crab dock 

Muriel O Ponsler Wayside
2 Baird's Sandpipers
2 semipalmated plovers

Governor Patterson State Park ( about 1/2 mile south)
Huge flock of shorebirds at least 500
Mostly Least and Western sandpipers 
5 whimbrel, 
20 sanderling
10 semipalmated plovers 

Great day to be at the coast.

Sent from my iPad
Sally

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