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American Bittern,©Barry Kent Mackay

19 Sep McMinnville Vaux Swift roost ["Paul Sullivan" ]
19 Sep Odd Murre at Yaquina Bay South Jetty ["Wayne Hoffman" ]
19 Sep Curry Birds of Late [Tim Rodenkirk ]
19 Sep Terns and other stuff [Mike Patterson ]
19 Sep Fern Ridge Friday ["John Sullivan" ]
19 Sep A family of Red-breasted Sapsuckers ["L Markoff" ]
19 Sep Waterfowl at Smith & Bybee and Avian Botulism -- Current Response [Katy Weil ]
19 Sep KlamCo LITTLE GULL [Russ Namitz ]
19 Sep Sept. bird wanderings ["Karan Fairchild" ]
19 Sep Hooded Merganser bonanza Yamhill Co [Thomas Love ]
19 Sep Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
19 Sep Re: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk ["dawn v" ]
19 Sep Updated schedule for Fall 2014 Migration Count: September 20th & 21st [Joel Geier ]
19 Sep Updated schedule for Fall 2014 Migration Count: September 20th & 21st [Joel Geier ]
19 Sep Re: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk [Shawneen ]
19 Sep Re: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk [Shawneen ]
19 Sep Re: Thoughts about entering my data on eBird [Dwight P ]
19 Sep thoughts about entering data [Lars Per Norgren ]
19 Sep Re: Thoughts about entering my data on eBird []
19 Sep Yellow Warbler [Jack Williamson ]
19 Sep Thoughts about entering my data on eBird ["Paul Sullivan" ]
19 Sep Thursday Barn Swallow roost update, Friday morning flyout ["Paul Sullivan" ]
19 Sep [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
19 Sep Common Nighthawk Portland [david leal] []
18 Sep Morgan Lake - Black-necked Stilt [Brandon Wagner ]
19 Sep Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty ["dawn v" ]
18 Sep 450+ Elegant Terns at Hammond Boat Basin [Mike Patterson ]
18 Sep Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]
18 Sep Terns, Waldport, Linclon County ["Roger Robb" ]
18 Sep Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty [Lars Per Norgren ]
18 Sep A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
18 Sep Rough-legged Hawk over E.E. Wilson [Joel Geier ]
18 Sep Swarovski 65th Anniversary Sales Ends September 30 ["Nancy Mattson" ]
18 Sep malheur fields mid-day report [Alan Contreras ]
18 Sep Re: [birding] a misconception about the NAMC [Joel Geier ]
18 Sep a misconception about the NAMC [Linda Fink ]
18 Sep Golden-crowned sparrows - first of season [A Duston ]
18 Sep Barn Swallow roost update, Thursday morning flyout ["Paul Sullivan" ]
18 Sep Linn County Sanderling ["W. Douglas Robinson" ]
17 Sep RBA: Portland, OR 9-18-14 [Harry Nehls ]
17 Sep Re: Elegant Terns & Parasitic Jaegers [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]
17 Sep Elegant Terns & Parasitic Jaegers [Russ Namitz ]
17 Sep Ankeny Ibis Pictures [Colby ]
17 Sep Hagg Lake Sanderling continues (Washington Co) [Stefan Schlick ]
17 Sep Ocean bird survey [Bob Archer ]
17 Sep Acorn Woodpecker and American Kestrel interaction [Linda Fink ]
17 Sep Ocean bird survey - includes Oregon sightings. [Jeff Gilligan ]
17 Sep Sherwood Egrets [Marlowe Kissinger ]
17 Sep goldfinch videos [Stephanie Hazen ]
17 Sep Lower Yaquina Bay birds [Wayne Hoffman ]
17 Sep Black-Headed Grosbeak [Barbara Combs ]
17 Sep Malheur update [Alan Contreras ]
17 Sep Ankeny White Faces Ibises [Colby ]
17 Sep Home (Jo Co) Pacific Wren ["Dennis Vroman" ]
17 Sep Marion County: Ankeny White-faced Ibis [Roy Gerig ]
17 Sep Western Field Ornithologists conference - 8-12 OCT, San Diego, CA [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Birds & Brew Festival - OCT 11, Fernhill Wetlands & McMenamins [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Final Reminder about Multnomah/Columbia NAMC [Hannah Fritz ]
17 Sep Gabriel Park SW Portland 15 Sept [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Wednesday morning/Eugene [Donald Schrouder ]
17 Sep goldfinch swarm at Koll Wetlands [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Wash Co Sanderling, Semi Sandps, RN Phalaropes, Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move ["Dennis Vroman" ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Stefan Schlick ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Jim Danzenbaker ]
17 Sep first of season Golden Crowned Sparrows in Cedar Mill , Washington County Oregon [Jeff and Lauretta Young ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Tom McNamara ]
17 Sep Re: count week starts tomorrow! Green Heron be here! [Joel Geier ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Hendrik Herlyn ]
16 Sep Swainson's on the move [Floyd Schrock ]
17 Sep Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk ["dawn v" ]
16 Sep Excessive Egrets? Tualatin [clay crofton ]
16 Sep Migration activity, Yamhill Co [Pamela K Johnston ]
16 Sep Malheur possible Cape May [Alan Contreras ]
16 Sep Gladstone: Evening grosbeaks [Jeff Dillon ]
16 Sep Pelagic Spots Remain [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]

Subject: McMinnville Vaux Swift roost
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:12:46 -0700
Thanks to a tip from Kay Fagan, we went out this evening to look for a
gathering of VAUX SWIFTS in McMinnville.  We eventually located a swarm of
~200 birds.  They finally went down a chimney at the corner of 12th and
Evans Streets.  While the house faces Evans (1134 Evans), the event is best
viewed from 12th street.  The chimney has a metal stovepipe sticking out on
one side of the top, but there is obviously an open port next to it, which
the birds used.  They all went down in  a couple minutes at about 7:38 PM.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen

McMinnville

 

 

 

 
Subject: Odd Murre at Yaquina Bay South Jetty
From: "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:04:10 -0700
This evening a Murre in heavy molt climbed out of the water onto a rock of
the 3rd finger off the South Jetty.  This is just east of the "gull spot."

 

The cheek pattern was reminiscent of Thick-billed Murre - white below the
eye, no white above, behind, no black slash behind the eye.  Other
characters were equivocal or not seen.  The bird stayed facing northeast, so
chest pattern could not be seen.  Bill seemed short, possibly deep, but no
white mark evident.  Overall upperparts color was darker than summer Common
Murres, but I am not sure if the back feathers were old or newly grown.

 

I have photos but have not analyzed them yet.

 

Bird was also seen by Bob Archer.

 

Wayne
Subject: Curry Birds of Late
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:15 -0700
Just got of the phone with Terry Wahl so I thought I'd post some of his
recent sightings from near Cape Blanco, Curry (family ranch):

A week ago- one LARK SPARROW
4 days ago- one LONG-BILLED CURLEW and a fly around GOLDEN-PLOVER
and today he saw 2 VESPER SPARROWS and had 4 more up on their hill ranch
further inland.

ELEGANT TERNS continue in Coos Bay, saw around 100 off the north spit- bay
side near the BLM boat ramp while walking Teak about an hour ago.

Merry migration!
Tim R
back in Coos Bay
Subject: Terns and other stuff
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:55:40 -0700
The South Jetty off-shore was hoppin'

There were COMMON TERNS, ELEGANT TERNS and CASPIAN TERN fishing
the river mouth and loafing on the river beach.  I saw a POMARINE
JAEGER chasing terns and a single BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE sitting
on the ocean close to the jetty.

There were also 100000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, lots of PACIFIC LOONS and
COMMON MURRES close in.

The light was also better today for photography and so I got some
more shots of ELEGANT TERNS doing stuff.  I even got pictures of
birds with fish, so the fish guys out there can tell us what they're
eating.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/archives/date-posted/2014/09/19/?view=md

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



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Subject: Fern Ridge Friday
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:36:46 -0700
Luke Ferrenburg, Barry McKenzie and I walked through the Fisher Unit this 
morning. The extensive mudflats seem like they should be attracting more birds. 
Shorebirds we saw were: 


Black-bellied Plover - 2
Semipalmated Plover - 2
Killdeer - 6
American Avocet - 8
Greater Yellowlegs - 15
Lesser Yellowlegs - 4
Western Sandpiper - 150
Least Sandpiper - 30
Long-billed Dowitcher - 20
Wilson's Snipe - 5
Red- necked Phalarope - 1

This afternoon, Barry and I found an immature FRANKLINS GULL roosting on the 
sailboat club docks south of Richardson Park and a few COMMON TERNS on the 
lake. 


Good Birding,

John Sullivan 
Springfield, OR



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Subject: A family of Red-breasted Sapsuckers
From: "L Markoff" <canyoneagle AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:37:11 -0700
Hi Obol,

 

Last month on 8/18 I noticed a Red-breasted Sapsucker drilling wells in our
Chokecherry(?) tree.  I took it to be an independent youngster rather than
an adult due to the fact that it wasn't very red.  It just had patchy bits
of red sprinkled on its head/breast.  

 

Yesterday I heard a racket that made me look out the window.  I saw an adult
Red-breasted Sapsucker being pursued by two begging youngsters.  I was
surprised to see a family unit of RBSAs at this date, but perhaps it is not
unusual.  And it makes me wonder about the assumption I made about the age
of the RBSA I saw on 8/18.  Was I mistaken?  Might it have been an adult,
and not a youngster?

 

A few photos of poor quality due to the fact that I use an automatic camera.
The leaves and branches play havoc with the auto-focus, sorry. 

 

 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/canyoneagle/g3881M/

 

Lori Markoff

Eugene

 
Subject: Waterfowl at Smith & Bybee and Avian Botulism -- Current Response
From: Katy Weil <Katy.Weil AT oregonmetro.gov>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:48:20 -0700
Due to an outbreak of avian botulism at Smith and Bybee, Metro will be doing 
some light hazing of waterfowl primarily during dawn and dusk using handheld 
pyrotechnic launchers. We will be concentrating mostly on the southern end of 
Smith lake, the channel between Smith and Bybee, and the southwestern end of 
Bybee. We are aware of the use of the site by shorebirds, and will be extremely 
careful around any areas where there are shorebirds resting and foraging during 
fall migration. Signage is posted at various locations around the natural area. 
Please do not hesitate to contact Katy Weil at Katy.Weil AT oregonmetro.gov with 
any questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and understanding during 
this time. 


Katy Weil
Senior Analyst -- Natural Areas
Metro Sustainability Center
600 NE Grand Avenue  Portland, OR  97232
katy.weil AT oregonmetro.gov
503-797-1688 (office) 503-970-9423 (cell)
503-797-1849 (fax)

Metro | Making a great place
www.oregonmetro.gov
Subject: KlamCo LITTLE GULL
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:42:22 -0700
Adult non-breeding LITTLE GULL feeding with Bonaparte's Gulls on Agency Lake in 
Klamath County. 


MP 4 on Modoc Pt Rd. Turn into Agency Lake Resort. Ask permission from Paula to 
bird from boat ramp and consider a small donation to the red 'honor box.' 


Also of note from just up the road at Wood River Marsh access (long gravel road 
to walk or bike) there were 6 COMMON TERNS, 1 PURPLE MARTIN & 6 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Sept. bird wanderings
From: "Karan Fairchild" <alderspr AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:58:51 -0700
Along with the flush of migration,  it's the season for resident bird
wanderings as well, and more interesting interactions.	
Like others recently report, a few days back we had an Acorn Woodpecker
perch and call for a moment in the top of a tall douglas-fir, miles from any
oak groves, and maybe only hoping one the nearby clearcuts would come back
someday as oak forest.  Our second detection in decades.
With Gray and Steller's Jays year-round residents, Western Scrub-Jays are
vagrant here except in September when individual birds are more regular,
coinciding with availability of hazel and chinquapin nuts.
Sharp-shinned Hawks, usually but not always hatch-year birds, now hunt our
feeders.  These days they are regularly harassed by Steller's Jays using a
unique call,  and who boldly feed in front of the hawks, and perch within a
few feet of them until the hawks give chase--unsuccessfully.  No idea what
that is about, perhaps training young jays about accipiters?  We see loose
flocks of several dozen jays these days.
But the Steller's Jays seem entirely casual about a pair of Northern
Pygmy-Owls, who were even pair-hooting mid-morning today.  No jay calls warn
the other smaller passerines of this predator. 
Even the Ruffed Grouse seem unwary and can be found outside their normal
cover.

Happy Birding,
Jim Fairchild
6 mi SW Philomath, Benton Co.



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Subject: Hooded Merganser bonanza Yamhill Co
From: Thomas Love <tlove AT linfield.edu>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:50:07 +0000
Out with my birding class this beautiful late fall morning, we were delighted 
to find 45 HOODED MERGANSERS at the fish pond adjacent to the Sheridan Sewage 
Ponds. Just one male in the bunch that we could find, otherwise females and 
presumably many juveniles. This is hands down the largest number I've ever seen 
in one place. 


Otherwise everything pretty much as expected, though 1500 NORTHERN SHOVELERS 
seems above average and several VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS along Youngberg Hill Rd. 
seemed late. 


Tom L.
Subject: Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:47:22 -0700
Now, if we could get one of those wandering Acorn Woodpeckers to pass 
thru the yard.....we'd be really freaking happy!!

PS - I have been a little surprised we have not seen more southwestern 
species wandering around Oregon this summer and fall....considering the 
drought conditions in California.   I have to wonder if some of the 
Acorn Woodpecker movement is related to drought and fire......how about 
Painted Buntings, Lawrence's Goldfinches, Phainopeplas, etc etc 
etc......?????


Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 9/18/2014 5:54 PM, Lars Per Norgren wrote:
> I'm fascinated. The nearest reliable Scrub Jays to Dave and Kathy's yard are 
at Norway I would imagine, several miles upstream from Coquille. When I was 
doing the Coquille Valley CBC with Romain Cooper and Christy Dunn about three 
years ago the last species of the day, and best bird of the day for us, was 
Scrub Jay at Cedar Point, at least five miles north of Norway. I've had eight 
Scrub Jay detections at my house in the Coast Range nw of Banks (Washington Co) 
over 21 years and seven of those were in September. Lars 

> On Sep 18, 2014, at 4:31 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:
>
>> Kathy just watched a SCRUB JAY move thru our yard, 5 miles north of Bandon, 
Coos Cty. This may seem ho-hum to most, but Scrub Jays are amazingly scarce on 
the coastal plain in Coos Cty. For us, this is only the second time in about 
13+ years of living here that we had a Scrub Jay in the yard. Kathy watched the 
bird move off to the south. 

>>
>> Cheers
>> Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
>> Bandon OR
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Subject: Re: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:41:29 +0200




Subject: Updated schedule for Fall 2014 Migration Count: September 20th & 21st
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:36:24 -0700
Hi all,

Oregon's version of the North American Migration Count (NAMC) is
happening this weekend, September 20-21. Here is the schedule as it
stands, on the eve of the first counts, and e-mail addresses for the
county coordinators.

In the following "flex" counties you can count on either day (or on both
days, if you cover different parts of the county). If you plan to count
in these counties, please get in touch with the coordinator to help with
their planning:

Baker     Joanne Britton    jobr AT oregontrail.net
Curry     Diane Cavaness    scrapbird AT gmail.com
Lake      Joel Geier(*)     joel.geier AT peak.org
Lincoln   Dawn Villaescusa  d_villa AT mail.com
Linn      Jeff Fleischer    raptorrunner97321 AT yahoo.com
Malheur   Denise Hughes     den.hug100 AT gmail.com
Tillamook Dawn Villaescusa  d_villa AT mail.com
Yamhill   Dawn Villaescusa  d_villa AT mail.com

(*) = Interim coordinator, volunteers still welcome!

The following counties are using the traditional single-day format, and
will count on SATURDAY, September 20:

Benton    Joel Geier        joel.geier AT peak.org
Clackamas Tim Janzen        tjanzen AT comcast.net
Crook     Chuck Gates       cgates326 AT gmail.com
Douglas   Ron Maertz        hadada AT centurytel.net
Gilliam   Chuck Gates (*)   cgates326 AT gmail.com
Harney    Tim Blount        harneybirder AT gmail.com
Josephine Dennis Vroman     dpvroman AT budget.net
Klamath   Kevin Spencer     rriparia AT charter.net
Lane      Barbara Combs     bcombs232 AT gmail.com
Morrow    Chuck Gates (*)   cgates326 AT gmail.com
Multnomah Hannah Fritz      hannah.fritz AT gmail.com
Sherman   Chuck Gates (*)   cgates326 AT gmail.com
Union     Cathy Nowak       cathy.nowak AT state.or.us
Wasco     Donna Lusthoff    dlbird AT earthlink.net

These counties are using the traditional single-day format, and will
count on SUNDAY, September 21:

Columbia   Hannah Fritz     hannah.fritz AT gmail.com
Hood River Stuart Johnston  johnstonstuartf AT hotmail.com
Jefferson  Kevin Smith      kevinsmithnaturephotos AT gmail.com
Marion     Barbara Dolan    coordinating coverage but please send 
                            data to me for compilation.
Polk       Joel Geier       joel.geier AT peak.org
Wheeler    John Reuland     jreuland AT comcast.net

There are still 8 counties without volunteer coordinators:

Clatsop, Coos, Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Umatilla, Wallowa, and
Washington.

If you're birding in any of these counties on the weekend of September
20-21, I'll appreciate if you could keep count of birds, miles, and
hours, and send those to me. Ebird lists are fine -- preferably the full
lists rather than just links.

Happy migration,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis





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Subject: Updated schedule for Fall 2014 Migration Count: September 20th & 21st
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:36:24 -0700
Hi all,

Oregon's version of the North American Migration Count (NAMC) is
happening this weekend, September 20-21. Here is the schedule as it
stands, on the eve of the first counts, and e-mail addresses for the
county coordinators.

In the following "flex" counties you can count on either day (or on both
days, if you cover different parts of the county). If you plan to count
in these counties, please get in touch with the coordinator to help with
their planning:

Baker     Joanne Britton    jobr AT oregontrail.net
Curry     Diane Cavaness    scrapbird AT gmail.com
Lake      Joel Geier(*)     joel.geier AT peak.org
Lincoln   Dawn Villaescusa  d_villa AT mail.com
Linn      Jeff Fleischer    raptorrunner97321 AT yahoo.com
Malheur   Denise Hughes     den.hug100 AT gmail.com
Tillamook Dawn Villaescusa  d_villa AT mail.com
Yamhill   Dawn Villaescusa  d_villa AT mail.com

(*) = Interim coordinator, volunteers still welcome!

The following counties are using the traditional single-day format, and
will count on SATURDAY, September 20:

Benton    Joel Geier        joel.geier AT peak.org
Clackamas Tim Janzen        tjanzen AT comcast.net
Crook     Chuck Gates       cgates326 AT gmail.com
Douglas   Ron Maertz        hadada AT centurytel.net
Gilliam   Chuck Gates (*)   cgates326 AT gmail.com
Harney    Tim Blount        harneybirder AT gmail.com
Josephine Dennis Vroman     dpvroman AT budget.net
Klamath   Kevin Spencer     rriparia AT charter.net
Lane      Barbara Combs     bcombs232 AT gmail.com
Morrow    Chuck Gates (*)   cgates326 AT gmail.com
Multnomah Hannah Fritz      hannah.fritz AT gmail.com
Sherman   Chuck Gates (*)   cgates326 AT gmail.com
Union     Cathy Nowak       cathy.nowak AT state.or.us
Wasco     Donna Lusthoff    dlbird AT earthlink.net

These counties are using the traditional single-day format, and will
count on SUNDAY, September 21:

Columbia   Hannah Fritz     hannah.fritz AT gmail.com
Hood River Stuart Johnston  johnstonstuartf AT hotmail.com
Jefferson  Kevin Smith      kevinsmithnaturephotos AT gmail.com
Marion     Barbara Dolan    coordinating coverage but please send 
                            data to me for compilation.
Polk       Joel Geier       joel.geier AT peak.org
Wheeler    John Reuland     jreuland AT comcast.net

There are still 8 counties without volunteer coordinators:

Clatsop, Coos, Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Umatilla, Wallowa, and
Washington.

If you're birding in any of these counties on the weekend of September
20-21, I'll appreciate if you could keep count of birds, miles, and
hours, and send those to me. Ebird lists are fine -- preferably the full
lists rather than just links.

Happy migration,
Joel

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Subject: Re: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk
From: Shawneen <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:34:40 -0400
Hi Dawn:

I am back east so perhaps I missed someone's comments on the hawk you 
photographed, but it is a Red-tail and not a Rough-legged Hawk. 


The plumage is good for Red-tail and structurally the bill is too big for it to 
be a Rough-leg. 


When I talked to Dave Irons this morning who mentioned he had also looked at it 
and said it was a RTHA. As he is on the road I said I would post for the two of 
us. 


Shawneen
(Currently in Cape May)


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> On Sep 17, 2014, at 12:39 AM, "dawn v"  wrote:
> 
> On my way to Salem this afternoon, I spotted a raptor on the ground in the 
field on the south side of hwy 22 by the weigh station (east of Fort Hill). 
Dark back, pale underneath so I took Bus 18 exit and looped back around and 
stopped to look - didn't have my scope but got good looks at a light 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. This field is on Linda Fink's winter raptor survey route, 
and we have seen Rough-legged Hawks there several times last winter but not 
this early. 

>  
> 
http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/villaesc/media/Birds/IMG_5667_1_zps46e346a4.jpg.html 

>  
> dawn v
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Subject: Re: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk
From: Shawneen <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:24:35 -0400
Hi Dawn:

I am back east so perhaps I missed someone's comments on the hawk you 
photographed, but it is a Red-tail and not a Rough-legged Hawk. 


The plumage is good for Red-tail, the bill is too big, and while it appears to 
have leggings I don't 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 17, 2014, at 12:39 AM, "dawn v"  wrote:
> 
> On my way to Salem this afternoon, I spotted a raptor on the ground in the 
field on the south side of hwy 22 by the weigh station (east of Fort Hill). 
Dark back, pale underneath so I took Bus 18 exit and looped back around and 
stopped to look - didn't have my scope but got good looks at a light 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. This field is on Linda Fink's winter raptor survey route, 
and we have seen Rough-legged Hawks there several times last winter but not 
this early. 

>  
> 
http://s1014.photobucket.com/user/villaesc/media/Birds/IMG_5667_1_zps46e346a4.jpg.html 

>  
> dawn v
> Lincoln City/Nelscott
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Subject: Re: Thoughts about entering my data on eBird
From: Dwight P <gpic4dp AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:13:42 -0700
Or you can enter your old data when it's raining and you are inside anyway.

Ebird has a new "historical" observation choice for when you can't estimate
time and distance.

If you share your data with ebird then it's there for as long as ebird is
around, and since Cornell probably has a pretty decent endowment there's a
chance your data could be around for a very long time. Think of it as a
contribution to citizen science.

Also, why not start entering your current observations and see how it goes?
Maybe you will decide to start entering the old ones too.

I'm using ebird a lot more than I used to, it's more birder-friendly thanks
to the hotspots and location explorer features. Yes I have to jump through
their hoops with entering time, distance, etc. but I see it as a citizen
science contribution.

Good Birding,

Dwight Porter
Portland, Oregon


And worst of all, for every minute spent entering data, you wouldn't be in the
field collecting more data and new memories.  Uhg.

Mark

Mark A Gonzalez
Bend, Oregon
Subject: thoughts about entering data
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:03:15 -0700
 I am well into middle age and an avowed technophobe. In my earliest days as a 
Christmas Birdcounter I always manned the clipboard, motivated by a fear that 
anyone else so responsible was surely going to forget to record three Juncos 
and five Gold-crowned Sparrows. This year I joined the newest CBC in Oregon, I 
believe called the "Yamhill Valley" CBC, more speedily referred to as 
McMinnville. A guy named Paul Sullivan is its compiler. In my later days as a 
Christmas Birdcounter I have come to realize a clipboard is a pain in the butt, 
so I fold a sheet of copy paper in four and keep a tally in my pocket. 

 Shawneen Finnegan used her smart phone to keep a tally for our team. Every 
observation ended up on ebird, and at the end of the day the tally was complete 
before we even sat down to an excellent meal at Jake's Deli (don't pass through 
Mac w/o stopping in at Jake's). Had I been keeping the tally I would have spent 
at least half an hour transferring the day's observations to the worksheet 
supplied by the compiler, thereby missing most of the social activity. In 
addition to keeping a completely accurate tally and contributing to ebird, 
Shawneen spent an hour on the same smartphone listening to her sister talk. I 
spent a similar amount of time on my dumb phone making and receiving business 
calls. Dave Irons also received plenty of business calls, all of which he 
answered. We detected 89 species, that's 85% of the total for the count. 
Shawneen spotted the best bird for the count (Tri-colored Blackbird) which was 
a completely new species for Yamhill County. The Tygh Valley CBC w 

 as in progress, so someone called Shawneen from there (the southeast flank of 
Mt Hood, Wasco County) to report a Harris' Sparrow, wouldn't she please post it 
on Obol in real time and inform the other participants on the Tygh count? 
Apparently the caller didn't have phone numbers for the other Tygh teams. 

 I can no longer offer the argument that technology is spurious, cumbersome or 
invasive. I don't own a smart phone and maybe never will. I don't contribute to 
ebird and maybe never will. My daughter taught me the better part of a decade 
ago that men are so bad at doing one thing at a time, how could they possibly 
do two? The question is moot as long as I've got at least one female on my team 
at all times. The best part about the Yamhill Valley CBC is I didn't spend the 
countdown in a corner with my origami chit until the complier was compelled to 
yell at me because s/he wanted to turn out the light and lock the door. I got 
to eat dinner with the prettiest female present. She was ten years old and to 
our mutual surprise we both thought we had seen the best bird of the 
day--Brown-headed Cowbird. Lars 


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Subject: Re: Thoughts about entering my data on eBird
From: <towhee AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:20:37 -0700
And worst of all, for every minute spent entering data, you wouldn't be in the 
field collecting more data and new memories. Uhg. 


Mark

Mark A Gonzalez
Bend, Oregon

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Sullivan 
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 9:36 am
Subject: [obol] Thoughts about entering my data on eBird

> Not to start a controversy.  Just an observation.
> 
> 
> 
> "You should enter your data on eBird."
> 
> 
> 
> When I started birding I was encouraged to keep track of the birds 
> I saw,
> even how many of each species.  So I started keeping my daily 
> sightings in
> little 4 X 6" spiral notebooks.  I now have a collection.  So count 
> 'em up.
> 
> 
> 
> Multiply 1 birding life X 1 box X 35 years X 2 books/year X 85 
> pages/book X
> 2 sides/page X 17 lines/side X 2 species/line = 404,600 species
> 
> Multiply that times several locations per day for some species:  > 
> 500,000entries
> 
> 
> 
> For quite a number of species I would need to add up multiple 
> entries on a
> given line. E.g. Robin 1,5,12,3,50,18,1725 = ?
> 
> 
> 
> Now suppose I could enter one species per minute (figuring time to 
> add the
> numbers on each line).   At 60 min/hr, 7 hrs/day it should take 
> 1,190 days
> to enter my data into eBird.  Then I wouldn't have data on start 
> time, end
> time, and miles covered..
> 
> 
> 
> Do I really want to do this?  Will I live long enough?
> 
> 
> 
> Just a thought.
> 
> 
> 
> Paul Sullivan
> 
> 


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Subject: Yellow Warbler
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:09:51 -0700
A few minutes ago we found a Yellow Warbler bathing in our backyard

-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Thoughts about entering my data on eBird
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:36:19 -0700
Not to start a controversy.  Just an observation.

 

"You should enter your data on eBird."

 

When I started birding I was encouraged to keep track of the birds I saw,
even how many of each species.  So I started keeping my daily sightings in
little 4 X 6" spiral notebooks.  I now have a collection.  So count 'em up.

 

Multiply 1 birding life X 1 box X 35 years X 2 books/year X 85 pages/book X
2 sides/page X 17 lines/side X 2 species/line = 404,600 species

Multiply that times several locations per day for some species:  > 500,000
entries

 

For quite a number of species I would need to add up multiple entries on a
given line. E.g. Robin 1,5,12,3,50,18,1725 = ?

 

Now suppose I could enter one species per minute (figuring time to add the
numbers on each line).   At 60 min/hr, 7 hrs/day it should take 1,190 days
to enter my data into eBird.  Then I wouldn't have data on start time, end
time, and miles covered..

 

Do I really want to do this?  Will I live long enough?

 

Just a thought.

 

Paul Sullivan
Subject: Thursday Barn Swallow roost update, Friday morning flyout
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:34:30 -0700
Folks,

 

After yesterday's early morning rain shower we explored possible locations
for the BARN SWALLOW roost south of Dayton between Rt 221 and the Willamette
River.  We checked out cornfields.

 

1.  There is little accessible corn at Mallard/Dorsey Rd.

2.  At noon we found the cutting of corn at Greenacres Rd was still in full
swing.

3.  On Grand Island we found 3 potential cornfields (see below).

4.  Between Grand Island and the Wheatland Ferry we saw another large
cornfield.

 

Toward sunset we returned to the area and drove down Rt 221 (AKA Wallace
Rd).  We saw NO swallow activity moving toward sites 1 & 4.  We saw the most
activity near Grand Island.  We drove to the bridge onto the island and
parked.  The bridge affords an elevated view of the area.

 

We saw NO swallow activity over the cornfields to the south of Grand Island
toward Wheatland Ferry.

 

We saw 2-3,000 BARN SWALLOWS going into the field immediately NE of the
bridge onto Grand Island.  We saw NO swallow activity over the cornfield NE
of the old Heiser pumpkin patch on Grand Island Loop Rd at the far east edge
of the island.  We did not investigate the cornfield at the south end of the
island.  IT LOOKS LIKE THE PLACE TO WATCH THE SWALLOWS GO TO ROOST IS THE
GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE.

 

Friday morning weather radar:

On the Portland weather radar this morning I see a major flyout from Grand
Island beginning at 6:45 AM, confirming our observation of last evening.

I see another, smaller flyout from an area west of Stayton at 6:45 AM.

I also see a small flyout starting west of I-5, SOUTH of the Santiam River
(Linn county) at 6:36 AM.  Previously I suggested this roost was in the
Talbot area.  Now it looks like it is in the Dever area.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sulllivan with Carol Karlen

From: Paul Sullivan [mailto:paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com] 
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:47 AM
Subject: Barn Swallow roost update, Thursday morning flyout

 

Folks,

 

We went down to the Greenacres Rd. BARN SWALLOW roost south of Dayton on
Wednesday evening near sunset.  There is perhaps 1000 acres of corn north of
Greenacres for a mile distance.  Our vantage point gave us a good view of
the area.  We found an active crew cutting the cornfield for silage.  We
found only a few Barn Swallows in the area, no large swarm.

 

We looked north toward Dorsey Rd. and  south toward Grand Island, but saw no
swarm in the air in either direction.

 

We decided to look at the radar this morning to determine where the roost
might have moved.  However, this morning there is a strong green stripe of
RAIN running up the entire Willamette Valley from Corvallis to Portland.
This obscures all the area south of Dayton.  The weather pattern is moving
to the northeast.

 

There is one burst of green moving southeast (crosswise to the weather
pattern) at 6:41-6:50 AM from the area just north of the Santiam River and
just west of I-5.  This looks like a SWALLOW FLYOUT to me.  Perhaps someone
could visit that area (Talbot & Wintel Rds) at sunset to see if there are
cornfields hosting Barn Swallows.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen

McMinnville
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:20:37 -0700

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: September 19, 2014 6:09:13 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

White-faced Ibis (1 Marion)
Black-necked Stilt (1 Polk)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Washington)
Elegant Tern (1 Clatsop)
Rufous Hummingbird (1 Benton)
Northern Flicker (intergrade) (1 Lane)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (1 Deschutes)
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (1 Polk)
Pine Grosbeak (1 Deschutes)

---------------------------------------------
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: Common Nighthawk Portland [david leal]
From: wildtrout5 AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:10:20 +0000 (UTC)
Tonight while at my son's soccer practice a common nighthawk was flying around 
just west and north of Rigler Elementary School in NE Portland off Prescott. 
Subject: Morgan Lake - Black-necked Stilt
From: Brandon Wagner <bmwboarder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:48:55 -0700
Hey friends,

I walked out to Morgan Lake on the north side of Baskett Slough NWR.  Quite
quickly I spotted a Black-necked Stilt on the far shore.  Seems like this
is rather late for one in Polk county.  There was also a good variety of
ducks there too, along with at least 8 Dowitchers and 2 Horned Grebes.
Also saw a Sooty Fox Sparrow on the walk in.

Full list here.  Pretty good diversity for the middle of the afternoon:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19871282

Not a bad start for the Polk migration week list!

Cheers!
Brandon Wagner
Independence
Subject: Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:43:20 +0200




Subject: 450+ Elegant Terns at Hammond Boat Basin
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:29:18 -0700
For the last couple days, the ELEGANT TERNS have been putting
on a spectacular show at the Hammond Boat Basin.  My estimate
is about 450.  Neal Maine thinks that's to conservative and he's
probably right.

http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/

There are still big numbers of the jetty, but also several 100
on the pilings in the river west of the boat basin.  Lots of
BROWN PELICANS as well and no fewer than 800 HEERMANN'S GULLS.

It is a sight to behold...

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



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Subject: Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:18:33 -0700
I have had one in Bandon in the last eight years on the coast.

Harv Schubothe

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
From: Lars Per Norgren
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Cty 



I'm fascinated. The nearest reliable Scrub Jays to Dave and Kathy's yard are at 
Norway I would imagine, several miles upstream from Coquille. When I was doing 
the Coquille Valley CBC with Romain Cooper and Christy Dunn about three years 
ago the last species of the day, and best bird of the day for us, was Scrub Jay 
at Cedar Point, at least five miles north of Norway. I've had eight Scrub Jay 
detections at my house in the Coast Range nw of Banks (Washington Co) over 21 
years and seven of those were in September. Lars 

On Sep 18, 2014, at 4:31 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:

> Kathy just watched a SCRUB JAY move thru our yard, 5 miles north of Bandon, 
Coos Cty. This may seem ho-hum to most, but Scrub Jays are amazingly scarce on 
the coastal plain in Coos Cty. For us, this is only the second time in about 
13+ years of living here that we had a Scrub Jay in the yard. Kathy watched the 
bird move off to the south. 

>
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
> Bandon OR
>
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Subject: Terns, Waldport, Linclon County
From: "Roger Robb" <brrobb AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:15:03 -0700
About noon today we found 60 ELEGANT TERNS roosting on the north side of the
mouth of the Alsea in Waldport.  Nearby apx. 100 Sterna Terns were feeding
in the bay and roosting on the beach; mostly Common with at least two
Arctic.

Roger & Betty Robb
Springfield, OR
Subject: Re: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:54:59 -0700
I'm fascinated. The nearest reliable Scrub Jays to Dave and Kathy's yard are at 
Norway I would imagine, several miles upstream from Coquille. When I was doing 
the Coquille Valley CBC with Romain Cooper and Christy Dunn about three years 
ago the last species of the day, and best bird of the day for us, was Scrub Jay 
at Cedar Point, at least five miles north of Norway. I've had eight Scrub Jay 
detections at my house in the Coast Range nw of Banks (Washington Co) over 21 
years and seven of those were in September. Lars 

On Sep 18, 2014, at 4:31 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:

> Kathy just watched a SCRUB JAY move thru our yard, 5 miles north of Bandon, 
Coos Cty. This may seem ho-hum to most, but Scrub Jays are amazingly scarce on 
the coastal plain in Coos Cty. For us, this is only the second time in about 
13+ years of living here that we had a Scrub Jay in the yard. Kathy watched the 
bird move off to the south. 

> 
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
> Bandon OR
> 
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Subject: A good bird for us, pretty common for everyone else - Coos Cty
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:31:43 -0700
Kathy just watched a SCRUB JAY move thru our yard, 5 miles north of 
Bandon, Coos Cty.   This may seem ho-hum to most, but Scrub Jays are 
amazingly scarce on the coastal plain in Coos Cty.   For us, this is 
only the second time in about 13+ years of living here that we had a 
Scrub Jay in the yard.    Kathy watched the bird move off to the south.

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
Bandon OR


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk over E.E. Wilson
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:28:09 -0700
Hi again all,

Right now a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK is hanging out with the TURKEY
VULTURES that are riding the thermals over E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area.

Happy migration,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis





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Subject: Swarovski 65th Anniversary Sales Ends September 30
From: "Nancy Mattson" <nmattson AT audubonportland.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:26:19 -0700
Hi all-

Full-line sales are a rarity for Swarovski Optik (the last one was in 2009).
To celebrate their 65th anniversary, they are offering nearly 10% off all
the sighting scopes and binoculars that we carry here at the Audubon Society
of Portland Nature Store through Sept. 30. And, of course, that discount is
on top of our regular 10% off for ASOP members. John Nicholson, Swarovski's
Western Region Rep will be at the store this weekend. On Saturday at 10:30am
he'll be giving a free workshop on digiscoping, including how to get great
images with SmartPhones using the new adapters available to hook phones to
either scopes or binoculars for great highly magnified images. Details of
our Swarovski Optics Weekend are here:
http://audubonportland.org/support/nature-store/swarovski-weekend We hope
you can stop by!

 

Nancy Mattson

Nature Store Manager

Audubon Society of Portland

5151 NW Cornell Rd.

Portland, OR 97210

503-292-9453

www.audubonportland.org  

 
Subject: malheur fields mid-day report
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:13:31 -0700
Brief check of hq this morning had piles of migrants; white-throated sparrow 
highlight. 


At Fields Tim R had a blackpoll this morning and he and Stephan Nance found a 
Clay-colored Sparrow late morning. Town of Fields stuffed with migrants. Oasis 
less so. 


I had a brief look at something that looked from behind like a grasshopper 
sparrow, behind the store. 


More later.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: [birding] a misconception about the NAMC
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:49:16 -0700
Right on, Linda!

I know it's easy for new birders to get intimidated by expert birders
who seem to be able to pull rare birds out of thin air, every time they
go out in the field. But for the NAMC, we're really looking for as much
participation as possible, and it would be great to have as many yard
lists as possible.

Rarities are fun but, as in many of these counts, numbers for relatively
common & familiar species are often more meaningful. If you can tell the
difference between a Starling and an America Robin, or a Black-capped
Chickadee and a Downy Woodpecker, you can help by keeping track of those
species. And if you worry that you might mix up a Downy Woodpecker and a
Hairy Wodpecker, well, this is a good day to get out your bird book and
give it your best shot.

Teaming up with a friend, as Linda suggests, is also a good way to go.
Two birders at any level of experience can usually do a better job than
a solo birder at the same level.

Teaming with a more advanced birder is also a good way to learn (you
might even end up helping them develop their own skills, since you might
have questions about things that they've never considered).

The main thing is to get as many people to pay attention to birds this
weekend as possible. The weather should be excellent, and migration is
definitely heating up. Just a few minutes ago, I went outside and found
my first LINCOLN'S SPARROW of the year in our back yard, hanging out
with some SONG SPARROWS and JUNCOS that just showed up too. 

Well, maybe sorting out Lincoln's Sparrows from Song Sparrows is still
kind of scary for a lot of birders. But if you struggle to sort out
those "little brown jobs" as Linda called them, it's perfectly OK to
just write down "Sparrow sp." Or else just let the ones that you can't
identify go, and focus on figuring out the next bird.

Finally, today's novice is tomorrow's expert. You gotta start somewhere,
and this count is a good place to start. Try your best, and don't
hesitate to talk to your county coordinator if you're not sure about an
ID. But don't be scared off just because you see elite birders who post
huge day lists, salted with eye-popping rarities.  They probably missed
a few starlings and robins in their counts, and you can help with those.

Happy migration,
Joel

(says the guy who's been known to write down "Duck sp." for back-lit
ducks, on past installments of this count).


On Thu, 2014-09-18 at 09:12 -0700, Linda Fink wrote:
> It has come to my attention that some people (who have contacted me) 
> think you have to be an expert to help with the North American Migration 
> Count. Nothing could be farther from the truth. ...

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: a misconception about the NAMC
From: Linda Fink <linda AT fink.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:12:24 -0700
It has come to my attention that some people (who have contacted me) 
think you have to be an expert to help with the North American Migration 
Count. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This is not the Breeding 
Bird Survey, folks, where you're supposed to tally -- accurately -- 
every bird you hear and see. This count was begun to get more people out 
in the field, enjoying birds.

If you feel like you're just starting to learn the species around your 
house, spend the day noticing which birds you do recognize and write 
those down for a feeder count. Never mind if you can't figure out what 
those little brown jobs are. Neither can a lot of other people. If you 
start looking out the window at 9 a.m., then do other stuff but 
occasionally check your feeders, write down when you stop looking, say 5 
p.m., then guesstimate how much total time you spent looking out the 
window: like 45 minutes, maybe.

Or if you'd like to get out in the field and learn more, ask your county 
coordinator if there's someone you can team up with to tally the birds 
for her. A friend of mine who read about the survey in the paper is 
coming with me on Sunday to tally birds for Tillamook and Polk counties.

I do my own farm on Saturday for Yamhill County... between chores. On 
Sunday, I cover a tiny area of Tillamook and Polk counties that are 
close to home. I have printed off two checklists of birds that Carol 
Karlen made some years ago of birds of Yamhill County for the NAMC. Then 
I highlighted the ones we might see in our tiny sectors of Tillamook and 
Polk counties, respectively. My friend will not have to wade through 
entire lists of birds in Oregon, most of which she's never heard of. But 
I'll bet she learns some birds on Sunday. And most of all, has fun in 
the outdoors.

You, of the 1,000 plus readers of this list, who never post and don't 
consider yourselves "birders"... join the fun this weekend!

Linda Fink, SW Yamhill county
-- 
http://lindafink.blogspot.com/
http://lindafink-birdnotes.blogspot.com/
http://fffwildflowers.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Golden-crowned sparrows - first of season
From: A Duston <aeduston AT hevanet.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:40 -0700
They're baaack, as flighty and pugnacious as ever. They appeared 
yesterday, for the first time  since the warmest days of May ushered 
them away. This time several of them fed at our feeders, not just on the 
ground. Seems a little fall-ish to see them, but to me the re-appearance 
of juncos is the true sign of fall.

Anne D.
in East Portland, about 2 miles directly north of Powell Butte


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Subject: Barn Swallow roost update, Thursday morning flyout
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:46:52 -0700
Folks,

 

We went down to the Greenacres Rd. BARN SWALLOW roost south of Dayton on
Wednesday evening near sunset.  There is perhaps 1000 acres of corn north of
Greenacres for a mile distance.  Our vantage point gave us a good view of
the area.  We found an active crew cutting the cornfield for silage.  We
found only a few Barn Swallows in the area, no large swarm.

 

We looked north toward Dorsey Rd. and  south toward Grand Island, but saw no
swarm in the air in either direction.

 

We decided to look at the radar this morning to determine where the roost
might have moved.  However, this morning there is a strong green stripe of
RAIN running up the entire Willamette Valley from Corvallis to Portland.
This obscures all the area south of Dayton.  The weather pattern is moving
to the northeast.

 

There is one burst of green moving southeast (crosswise to the weather
pattern) at 6:41-6:50 AM from the area just north of the Santiam River and
just west of I-5.  This looks like a SWALLOW FLYOUT to me.  Perhaps someone
could visit that area (Talbot & Wintel Rds) at sunset to see if there are
cornfields hosting Barn Swallows.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen

McMinnville

 

 

 

 
Subject: Linn County Sanderling
From: "W. Douglas Robinson" <w.douglas.robinson AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:38:44 -0700
Yesterday I saw a Sanderling flying around the north end of Eicher Rd quarry. I 
thought it had left, but today one is foraging along SW shore. Likely the same 
one. 


Also, Sunday there were two gulls seen by Caleb Showalter that matched Sabine's 
Gull. They only stayed a couple hours. 


Doug





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Subject: RBA: Portland, OR 9-18-14
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:50:49 -0700
- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* September 18, 2014
* ORPO1409.18

- birds mentioned

Northern Shoveler
White-faced Ibis
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
Swainsons Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Red Knot
Sanderling
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Rhinoceros Auklet
Sabines Gull
Franklins Gull
Common Tern
Elegant Tern
Black Swift
Acorn Woodpecker
Barn Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainsons Thrush
Varied Thrush
AMERCAN REDSTART
CAPE MAY WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

- transcript

hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
number: 503-292-6855
To report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976  
compiler: Harry Nehls
coverage: entire state

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report
was made Thursday September 18. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls
at 503-233-3976.

On September 14 a NORTHERN PARULA was photographed at Port Orford. A
possible CAPE MAY WARBLER was reported September 16 at Malheur NWR
Headquarters. Single BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen September 14 and 16 at the
Green Ridge Hawkwatch Station near Camp Sherman. Heavy movements of
SWAINSONS THRUSHES and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported west of the
Cascades September 16 and 17. ACORN WOODPECKERS, FOX SPARROWS and VARIED
THRUSHES were also reported on the move.

On September 15 over 300 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were at the Yaquina Bay jetties.
Two COMMON TERNS were at the mouth of the Siuslaw River September 11. A
BLACK SWIFT was north of Florence September 12. That day a BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER and a KNOT were at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.  ELEGANT
TERNS continue along the coast.

On September 11 a SABINES GULL was at Smith/Bybee Lakes in North Portland.
On September 16 two SABINES GULLS and a SWAINSONS HAWK were on Sauvie
Island. A SANDERLING was at Hagg Lake south of Forest Grove September 16.
Over 2000 SHOVELERS were at the Sheridan Sewage Ponds September 12. That day
up to 30,000 BARN SWALLOWS were at the Grand Island night roost south of
Dayton. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported September 16 near Valley
Junction south of Willamina. On September 17 three WHITE-FACED IBIS were at
Ankeny NWR. On September 14 up to 29 COMMON TERNS were at Fern Ridge
Reservoir. 

On September 15 a SANDERLING was photographed at the Redmond Sewage Ponds. A
SABINES GULL was with four FRANKLINS GULLS September 1 at Rocky Point
Upper Klamath Lake. On September 14 a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and a REDSTART
were at Fields.

Thats it for this week.

- end transcript







Subject: Re: Elegant Terns & Parasitic Jaegers
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:38:31 -0700
Our OBA tour‎s will be through there next weekend! This is why you want to be 
attending the OBA Annual Meeting in Bandon next weekend! 


Contact me offline if you need registration forms.

Harv Schubothe

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
From: Russ Namitz
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:21 PM
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Reply To: namitzr AT hotmail.com
Subject: [obol] Elegant Terns & Parasitic Jaegers


Last night at Harris Beach State Park and this morning at the south jetty of 
the Rogue River in Gold Beach, there were 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS among the 
multitude of ELEGANT TERNS at each location. 


Good birding,
Russ Namitz
Medford, OR
Subject: Elegant Terns & Parasitic Jaegers
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:20:50 -0700
Last night at Harris Beach State Park and this morning at the south jetty of 
the Rogue River in Gold Beach, there were 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS among the 
multitude of ELEGANT TERNS at each location. 


Good birding,
Russ Namitz
Medford, OR
 		 	   		  
Subject: Ankeny Ibis Pictures
From: Colby <jcolbyspell AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:34:32 -0700
Not the greatest but  a good silhouette to id.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127903239 AT N03/
Colby
Subject: Hagg Lake Sanderling continues (Washington Co)
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:32:19 -0400
Encouraged by Jay's excellent sightings I dashed over to Hagg Lake after work 
today and immediately relocated the SANDERLING with its Western Sandpiper buddy 
off the Walnut Grove. It looks like all the pullouts now have signs with both a 
number and a name. On the way out in the fading light I found 2 RED-NECKED 
GREBES (1 breeding-plumaged bird off Rainbow View [2] and another off Rec Area 
C. 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Ocean bird survey
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:23:22 -0700
To provide more info to Jeff's post, here is the position if the N Pacific High 
today. Looking forward to the two pelagic trips this fall out of Newport. 


http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/graphics/npac_sfc_06.gif

Bob Archer
PDX


Subject: Acorn Woodpecker and American Kestrel interaction
From: Linda Fink <linda AT fink.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:00:17 -0700
As background: we live in SW Yamhill county in the foothills of the 
Coast Range. Never had an Acorn Woodpecker here before today.

photos and story: 
http://lindafink-birdnotes.blogspot.com/2014/09/acorn-woodpecker-surprise.html
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Subject: Ocean bird survey - includes Oregon sightings.
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:52:43 -0700
"HAPE" is Hawaiian Petrel.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Peter Pyle 
> Subject: Re: CalCurCEAS
> Date: September 17, 2014 4:43:45 PM PDT
> To: Paul Lehman ,
> Cc: "Jaramillo, Alvaro" , Debra Shearwater 
, David Povey , Bruce Rideout 
, Brad Waggoner ,Bill Tweit 
, Ryan Merrill ,David Irons 
, Shawneen Finnegan , Russell 
Cannings , Dick Cannings , 
vanislebirder , Chris Charlesworth 
, Patricia Taylor 
,Nick Gray , "Lethaby, Nick" 
,Jeff Gilligan , Bruce Labar 
,Gus van Vliet , "Heinl, Steve" 
, "Tobish, Thede G." , 
Aaron Lang ,brad benter , Dave 
Sonneborn , bob dittrick  

> 
> Mike Force has very little internet access but was able to get this message 
out today. Some pretty novel sightings, especially off OR. I'll try to get more 
details and see if there are photos of the second Band-rumped SP, Juan 
Fernandez Petrels, etc. 

> 
> Peter
> 
> I think the warm water anomaly has something to do with what we've been 
seeing. The biggest surprise has been Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. I saw one about 
257 nmi west of Cape Arago, OR (no photo unfortunately) and Dawn and Jim 
Carretta saw one 15 Sept about 127 nmi west of the Rogue River, OR. There's 
been a few Guadalupe and Scripps's Murrelets off OR (and a pair of Guadalupes 
off WA as well), quite a few Cook's Petrels scattered about, and a single 
Stejneger's Petrel off OR, a few Hawaiian Petrels off OR and WA; a single 
Murphy's Petrel off California during our early Aug transit from San Diego. A 
couple of Juan Fernandez Petrels over some Striped Dolphins 263 nmi WSW of 
Pigeon Point was a surprise, while a Red-tailed Tropicbird 183 nmi west of 
Trinidad Head was not since we usually see a few on these cruises. I 
photographed an adult Brown Booby about 143 nmi west of Point Brown, WA and 
another adult too far for photos about 101 nmi west of Waldport, OR. I wasn't 
expecting to see so many Ashy Storm-Petrels off southern OR yesterday, about 
170 just southwest of Brookings, about 10-15 nmi off the beach. A single Black 
Storm-Petrel was there as well, but just a smidgen over the state line in CA. 
It must have been in OR minutes before I found it (it was at 4159.9' N). I saw 
a couple of Ashy Stormies farther north the day before, about 120 nmi west of 
the Rogue River, in the same general area where the Stejneger's Petrel was, as 
well as a couple of Guadalupe Murrelets. At the end of August, in the albacore 
zone off OR, we found a remarkable concentration of about 4000 Arctic Terns. I 
don't think I've ever seen that many before. Jaegers, especially Long-tailed, 
are moving through right now, and, plenty of Buller's and Pink-footed 
Shearwaters; still no Flesh-footed or Manx Shearwaters yet. As for albatrosses, 
only three Laysan the entire trip, but Black-footeds almost daily. One of the 
weirdest sightings was a Pied-billed Grebe that flew past the ship 163 nmi west 
of Cape Foulweather, OR. 

> 
> 
> At 07:51 AM 6/16/2014, Peter Pyle wrote:
>> Of interest to this group will be that NOAA/SWFSC will be repeating the 
"CSCAPE" cruises this summer and fall, from (tentatively) July 27 to December 
3rd. It will be called CalCurCEAS (California Current Cetacean and Ecosystem 
Assessment Survey) this year, a mouthful. The CSCAPE cruise in 2005 resulted in 
many records of interest, including Ringed/Hornby's Storm-Petrel, Parkinson's 
Petrel, Stejneger's Petrel, Murphy's Petrels in October-November, probable 
Providence Petrel, etc. (NAB 60:4-13). It looks like Michael Force will be on 
throughout and will keep us posted. 

>> 
>> Peter
>> 
>> At 07:42 PM 6/15/2014, Paul Lehman wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> -------- Original Message -------- 
>>> Subject: RE: BC 25 May Hawaiian Petrel sighting 
>>> Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:19:42 -0700 
>>> From: Morgan, Ken  
>>> To: Paul Lehman  
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Hi Paul
>>>  
>>> Thanks for sending this out.
>>>  
>>> As I have mentioned to you before, we have seen many HAPE over the years - 
but much further west than the route you take. 

>>>  
>>> The following paragraph is taken from a poster that we presented a few 
years ago (the one I referenced before and sent you an image of where we had 
seen HAPE): 

>>>  
>>> HAPE flight trajectories are strongly correlated with wind speed and 
direction, and are thus influenced by the locations of areas of low and high 
pressure (Adams and Flora 2010, Adams et al. 2012). On average, the 
June-September 1024 mb high in the NE Pacific is located at approximately 36 
N; under average Sea Level Pressure (SLP) conditions HAPE seldom wander farther 
north than 45  N. All of the birds seen at-sea, as well as the 5 
satellite-tracked long-trips, were associated with anomalous SLP conditions; 
either with cyclones (transiting lows) or large areas of enhanced high pressure 
that had shifted northward. 

>>> As HAPE make their clockwise foraging trips in the N Pacific, we suggest 
they are more likely to occur off the west coast of N. America (BC to CA) when 
the N Pacific high is strong and has shifted to the north and east. We predict 
that when a strong high is centred on or above 40  N, HAPE will more likely 
occur within the study area; whereas, in the absence of infrequent transiting 
lows and when the high is located near its climatological average (i.e., 36 
N), they will be less frequently observed above 45 N. 

>>>  
>>> Anyway, the reason I mention this (again) is that I think the above 
statements could easily apply to other rare Pterodroma species. 

>>> For example, the last time I was really far offshore (June 2009) not only 
did I see many HAPE, I am quite convinced (about 85% certain) that I also saw 2 
Juan Fernandez Petrels. However, I dont have any photographs to verify/prove 
it. (sorry if I have already mentioned the JFPE comments before). I also had a 
very good look (on that same trip) at a bird flying within 3-4 m of a definite 
MUPE, that I swear was a light-morph Herald Petrel (or perhaps a light-morph 
Kermadec Petrel [but I am leaning more towards a HEPE]). 

>>> However of course, without a photo, NOBODY believes what I saw!  
>>>  
>>> All that said, I suspect that when there are anomalous meteorological 
conditions in the NE Pacific, HAPE and many other Pterodroma species shift 
further north and east. I personally feel that we still know relatively little 
about how far some of these species wander beyond their typical at-sea 
ranges. 

>>>  
>>> Cheers
>>> Ken
Subject: Sherwood Egrets
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:53:49 -0700
I was driving down Tualatin-Sherwood rd today and out in a pond area saw what 
looked like a lot of white birds. Of course I had to go see. Didn't have my 
good camera with me just my phone. Checked with my bins an sure enough they 
were great egrets. I've never seen that many in one place before. I counted 57. 
Did anyone else see them? Not sure if they will be there tomorrow but I'm going 
to go back and see. I was with a non-birding friend so I couldn't stay too 
long. I listed the picture I had on ebird. They said too many for that area and 
time. If anyone lives over in that area, have you seen them there? It was on 
tualatin-sherwood rd by 124th cross street. 



Marlowe


I'll try this. I put the picture on my ebird list


egret 

 		 	   		  
Subject: goldfinch videos
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:27:26 -0700
Earlier in the year, Ray plowed a circle in the back yard where a gopher had 
been already plowing. He edged 

it with pavers, and I planted a packet of wildflower mix seeds. We really did 
not know what to expect. The result 

has been a tangled mix of interesting plants, bees, butterflies, frogs, quail, 
garter snakes, and this week, gold finches. 


Click on links below to see the action.


https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/GoldfinchInGarden?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCInD2LiQ_duX6QE&feat=directlink 



https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/ObolGoldfinches?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLa5-6C8qIGCMg&feat=directlink 


stephaniehazen&raytemple

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Subject: Lower Yaquina Bay birds
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:53:12 -0700
Hi -

This afternoon (Sept. 17). 4:50 - 5:20 the lower bay below the bridge had a
lot of activity.

Large, loose aggregations of cormorants (Brandt's + Double-crested) were
swimming around and diving, and coming up with 3-5 inch baitfish.

a couple dozed Brown Pelicans were present with attendant Heermann's Gulls.

Also present were 10+ Common Murres, 20+ Rhinoceros Auklets, and 2 Marbled
Murrelets, both in juv./winter plumage.

Also 1 Green-winged Teal

Wayne
Subject: Black-Headed Grosbeak
From: Barbara Combs <bcombs232 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:31:43 -0700
One was at my suet feeder just now.
The goldfinches are monopolizing the seed feeders, so it is eating
seed-filled suet.
Subject: Malheur update
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:08 -0700
Catbird continues at HQ. Variety of flycatchers, warblers and vireos moving; 
highlight Olive-sided this evening at HQ. Golden-crowned Sparrow at Frenchglen. 
Plenty of accipiters. 


Main news here is weather and road closures. It has been very hot and windy. 
There is a fire north of the South Steens access road. That road is closed, 
though HQ mentioned that it may technically be usable. But don't. Just heard of 
a fire north of Fields. SW winds 10-15 with gusts are making these fires a real 
problem. The Blitzen Valley, especially the south end, is intermittently smoky. 
Frenchglen switchbacks are being repaved, expect a wait there. 


Benson Pond has about three days of water left, then will be dry. Expect best 
shorebirding to be at Buena Vista after that. Benson today had a good variety 
including Baird's, Pec, three Snowy Egret, ibis, swans, dows, lots of 
yellowlegs, avocets, BN Stilt. 


Next few days cooler.  Will post news as available.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Ankeny White Faces Ibises
From: Colby <jcolbyspell AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:19 -0700
I have not been keeping up with OBOL lately so I don't know if this has
been reported.  This morning, while with my third grade class, I saw and
photoed three White Face Ibises in flight.  This was at Pintail Marsh.  I
will post pictures if people are interested.

Colby
Subject: Home (Jo Co) Pacific Wren
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:12:58 -0700
About noon today (09-17-14) a PACIFIC WREN was seen at our place (just east of 
the Merlin I-5 exit) just outside a window. It has been a good number of years 
since one turned up at our place. 


Perhaps the fire in the mountains to the west and the overcast conditions sent 
it out scouting around. 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: Marion County: Ankeny White-faced Ibis
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:27:47 -0700
At 11 AM I saw 3 WHITE-FACED IBIS on Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR south of 
Salem. They were near the log on the island toward the far end of the marsh as 
viewed from the parking area. They tend to stay in the considerable vegetation 
so are not always in view. When I got back to the parking area I was able to 
re-find them, with difficulty, because I knew where to look. Walk in parallel 
to the railroad tracks, and they are on the right maybe 3/4 of the way to the 
far end. 

I know some of you can relate to this game. I made a list of birds that I 
considered still possible to add to my obsessively driven Marion County year 
list. The list consisted of about 50 bird species, not necessarily likely but 
certainly within reason. To prove that I still cannot predict birds, WFIB is 
not on that list. 

I saw my local LINCOLN'S SPARROWS of the season, but no Brewer's Sparrow this 
time. 

Roy Gerig, Salem OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Western Field Ornithologists conference - 8-12 OCT, San Diego, CA
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:10 -0700
OK, one final posting from me, and then I'm signing off for the day, I promise! 
... 


Just a reminder that this year's annual conference of Western Field 
Ornithologists is being held in San Diego, CA, on October 8th-12th. As is the 
case every year, this meeting brings together many of the top birders and field 
ornithologists in North America, and provides the one venue for bird 
enthusiasts from all the western states to get together. Many field trips, 
workshops, and hotel rooms are filled by now, but there is so much going on at 
these meetings that a wonderful time is guaranteed even for late registrants. 
Full information can be found here: 
http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php 


Jay Withgott, Portland
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Subject: Birds & Brew Festival - OCT 11, Fernhill Wetlands & McMenamins
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:59:14 -0700
The 3rd Annual Birds and Brew Festival will be held at Fernhill Wetlands and 
the nearby McMenamin's Grand Lodge in Forest Grove on Saturday, October 11th. 
This year's festival includes birding walks for adults and kids led by John 
Rakestraw and Mike Houck, a documentary film, live birds of prey from Portland 
Audubon, refreshments from local businesses, and a featured talk by Portland 
Audubon's Bob Sallinger. Details can be found here: 
http://fernhillnts.org/events/ 


This year's event comes in the midst of the wetland reconstruction project that 
is remaking Fernhill -- a project that should result in cleaner water, savings 
to ratepayers, and improved habitat for birds and wildlife. Although some trail 
access will be limited at this year's Birds & Brew festival, you will be able 
to view the project midstream and hear about what Clean Water Services is doing 
in this fascinating multi-million-dollar effort. Just a week or two after the 
festival, the first of 1.75 million wetland plants will be planted in the newly 
landscaped areas. 


For an overview of the project, you can see my article on page 10 of the latest 
issue of Portland Audubon's Warbler, at: 

http://audubonportland.org/files/warbler/warbler-sept2014/at_download/file

And complete information may be found at CWS's website at: 
http://fernhillnts.org/. 


I am volunteering as a liaison between Portland Audubon and Clean Water 
Services on this project, and would be happy to receive and pass on any input 
that birders may have about the project, or to answer what questions I can. 


Jay Withgott
Secretary, Audubon Society of Portland, and member, Fernhill Wetlands Council



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Subject: Final Reminder about Multnomah/Columbia NAMC
From: Hannah Fritz <hannah.fritz AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:48:06 -0700
Final reminder/request, I promise! If you're going to be birding in the
Portland area this Saturday or Sunday, with a teensy bit of additional data
aside from what you may normally track (hours and miles) you can contribute
valuable data to the North American Migration Count! You know you'll be out
there birding at some point this weekend anyhow... :)

If you are willing to help out, please reply to let me know which day and
where you will be birding, just so I can make sure there's no overlap.
Since no one has volunteered to cover ANY of Multnomah County yet, it's
wide open.

Hannah Fritz
St. Helens, OR
Subject: Gabriel Park SW Portland 15 Sept
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:33:05 -0700
Hi again. Two mornings ago I had one of my best-ever migration days at Gabriel 
Park, my local park in SW Portland. The vast majority of the migrants were in 
the bushes and trees in the hedgerow and restoration area in the southern end 
of the park. Thanks to Portland Parks' Natural Areas staff, Bureau of 
Environmental Services, and the many volunteers who have helped restore natural 
areas in the park in recent years, the habitat is becoming better and better 
for birds. A new "Friends of Gabriel Park" friends group for the park has been 
recently established and may help with further projects -- contact me if you 
live in the area and would like to join. 


On 15 Sept. I had 44 species with highlights being: 
   * 1 Cassin's Vireo -- I believe this was my first record for the park
   * 2 Warbling Vireos
   * 2 Willow Flycatchers
   * 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
   * 1 Pileated Woodpecker
   * 1 American Pipit flyover
   * Yellow, Orange-cr, & BT Gray Warblers
   * 1 Lincoln's Sparrow
   * 1 Chipping Sparrow

Varied Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and 
Hermit Thrush have all made their first fall appearances in the park, my yard, 
or my neighborhood in the past week. Also flyover Pipits and migrant Ospreys. 
Western Tanager and Swainson's Thrush numbers dwindling but still daily. 


Jay Withgott
Multnomah Village, SW Portland




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Subject: Wednesday morning/Eugene
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:26:59 -0700
 Our morning group chose to check out Zumwalt park on the western shore of Fern 
Ridge today. We ran across two good sized flocks of migrants working the tree 
tops. Getting good looks at any individual however was difficult at best. Most 
of the time they were backlit by the bright sky and/or moving constantly among 
the firs. The bugs must have been in good supply up there. Birds seen: 


Wood Duck
Mallard
Wild Turkey- on Ellmaker on the way to the park
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe
Clarks Grebe
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture- along Hwy 126
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Virginia Rail- heard only
American Coot
Eurasian Collared Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Stellers Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewicks Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilsons Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincolns Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
European Starling

Observers: Dave Brown, Jim Regali, Kit Larson, Vickie Buck, Sylvia Maulding, 
Dennis Arendt and Don Schrouder 





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Subject: goldfinch swarm at Koll Wetlands
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:13:06 -0700
Two evenings ago (15 Sept) I stopped by Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton and 
witnessed an unexpected spectacle -- hundreds of American Goldfinches that I 
can only describe as "swarming" over the bushes, weeds, and small trees at the 
south end viewpoint (off Gemini St; I think "Creekside Seven" or some such 
address?). There were well over 500 of them; my conservative tallied estimate 
for eBird was 475, but the actual number was certainly greater. At times it was 
like a twittering carpet was rolling over the shrubs below the parking lot. At 
one point I got a photo with 100 on the ground at once. The most interesting 
aspect was that they would fly and cling to the vertical walls of the red brick 
building there, several dozen at a time, and peck at the masonry, evidently 
eating grit. I've seen Red Crossbills getting grit and salt from artificial 
structures, and ash from campfires, but had never seen something like this from 
goldfinches. The whole thing was a very engaging exper 

 ience.   - Jay Withgott, Portland



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Subject: Wash Co Sanderling, Semi Sandps, RN Phalaropes, Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:53:53 -0700
Yesterday afternoon, 16 Sept., I hit a few Washington County spots hoping for 
shorebirds. 


Jackson Bottoms was dry except for the northernmost lake and Pintail Pond at 
the south end. At Pintail Pond there were two SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS providing 
nice comparisons with 19 Western Sandpipers and 3 Least Sandpipers. Both Semis 
were fairly easily picked out with binoculars and confirmable with scope. Two 
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and an immature GREEN HERON were also here. 


At Hagg Lake, a SANDERLING was the prime highlight. It was in basic plumage and 
was on the mudflats and muddy channel where Scoggins Creek enters the reservoir 
at its NW end. Because the channel dips down into the mud, the bird was NOT 
visible from the pier at Boat Ramp C. I only found it after stopping at the 
Walnut Grove trail, which leads down to where the mud is and gives a much 
better view of this area. It stood out as white against the mud even with the 
naked eye, and at one point flew and alighted next to a Western Sandpiper for a 
size comparison. 


2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were on the water between Sain Creek and Boat Ramp C, 
and the lake had five species of grebes: 

   4 Western Grebe
  1 CLARK'S GREBE
  23 Horned Grebe
  1 EARED GREBE
  1 Pied-billed Grebe

Good birding,

Jay Withgott
Portland



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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:50:20 -0700
At least one drifted over our place (just east of the Merlin I-5 exit) this 
morning (09-16-14), possibly flying low due to the overcast sky. Heard its 
in-flight call about 0640; my first fallish bird here. 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Floyd Schrock 
  To: OBOLINKS ; Yamhillbirders 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:31 PM
  Subject: [obol] Swainson's on the move


 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the first 
time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes passing 
overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky. 



  Floyd Schrock




  Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:28:34 -0400
I can concur with Floyd. At around 10:30pm, there was a solid stream of 
Swainson's over Orenco (Hillsboro). 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR

Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:43:50 -0700
Subject: [obol] Re: Swainson's on the move
From: jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
To: tmcmac67 AT gmail.com
CC: hhactitis AT gmail.com; fschrock AT gmail.com; OBOL AT freelists.org; 
YamhillBirders AT yahoogroups.com 


HI All,
I heard some Swainson's Thrush movement up here in Battle Ground, WA too but I 
don't think as many as you were hearing as reported earlier. 

Jim in Battle Ground, WA 
On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Tom McNamara  wrote:
Small apologies for lack of "real time" reporting but when I took la perrita 
out for her nightly constitutional (about 8 hours ago) I too was hearing, by 
far, the highest number of Swainson's yet in this migration. 

good birding,
Tom

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM, Hendrik Herlyn  wrote:
At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but we 
also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call heard 
every 3 to 5 seconds. 


Hendrik

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock  wrote:
11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the first 
time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes passing 
overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky. 

Floyd Schrock

Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."
     -- Gary Snyder





-- 
Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:43:50 -0700
HI All,

I heard some Swainson's Thrush movement up here in Battle Ground, WA too
but I don't think as many as you were hearing as reported earlier.

Jim in Battle Ground, WA

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Tom McNamara  wrote:

> Small apologies for lack of "real time" reporting but when I took la
> perrita out  for her nightly constitutional (about 8 hours ago)  I too was
> hearing, by far, the highest number of Swainson's yet in this migration.
> good birding,
> Tom
>
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM, Hendrik Herlyn 
> wrote:
>
>> At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but
>> we also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call
>> heard every 3 to 5 seconds.
>>
>> Hendrik
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the
>>> first time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes
>>> passing overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.
>>>
>>> Floyd Schrock
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> __________________________
>> Hendrik G. Herlyn
>> Corvallis, OR
>>
>>
>> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
>>
>
>


-- 
Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
Subject: first of season Golden Crowned Sparrows in Cedar Mill , Washington County Oregon
From: Jeff and Lauretta Young <jeffandlaurettayoung AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:49:08 -0700
this AM were the first flush of many juvenile birds--- about 20 or so in our 
yard 


it's fall!

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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:50:38 -0700
Small apologies for lack of "real time" reporting but when I took la
perrita out  for her nightly constitutional (about 8 hours ago)  I too was
hearing, by far, the highest number of Swainson's yet in this migration.
good birding,
Tom

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM, Hendrik Herlyn 
wrote:

> At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but
> we also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call
> heard every 3 to 5 seconds.
>
> Hendrik
>
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock 
> wrote:
>
>> 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the
>> first time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes
>> passing overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.
>>
>> Floyd Schrock
>>
>>
>> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>>
>
>
>
> --
> __________________________
> Hendrik G. Herlyn
> Corvallis, OR
>
>
> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
>
Subject: Re: count week starts tomorrow! Green Heron be here!
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:21:45 -0700
Hi Linda & All,

Count week definitely add some fun to NAMC, but I should add, it wasn't
me who dreamt up the idea!

I can't remember for sure now who first suggested it (maybe Barbara
Combs?) so let's just say it was "by popular demand" from some of the
county coordinators.

Now I'm going to go outside to listen for my first bird of Count Week
for Benton County -- hoping to hear some of those migrating Swainson's
Thrushes!

Happy birding,
Joel

Linda Fink wrote: 

        I'm ready for my favorite bird count of the year... the Yamhill
        County NAMC. All the suet feeders are full and I'll keep the
        sunflower seed feeder full for the next week only. Birds go
        through those seeds in half  a day and I can't spend all my time
        (or money) filling it. But since  Joel dreamed up this count
        week idea, I'll pamper the birds for one week  (starting
        tomorrow but I'm getting them primed today).
        
        This year I will certainly get the Green Heron that lives by our
        pond. Every year it disappears on count day, just out of
        perverseness, I'm sure. But now it will have to disappear for a
        whole week to avoid being counted. Hah!
        
        I'm eager to see what other birds will show up on our Yamhill
        county 
        farm on Saturday, or during the next week. Maybe that Pygmy Owl
        that I thought I saw the other day...
        
        Hope you all have as much fun as I do on NAMC weekend!
        
        Linda, near Grand Ronde Agency 




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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:40:09 -0700
At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but
we also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call
heard every 3 to 5 seconds.

Hendrik

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock  wrote:

> 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the
> first time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes
> passing overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.
>
> Floyd Schrock
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>



-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Swainson's on the move
From: Floyd Schrock <fschrock AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:31:23 -0700
11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the first 
time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes passing 
overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.  


Floyd Schrock


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Subject: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:39:04 +0200




Subject: Excessive Egrets? Tualatin
From: clay crofton <ruffledgrouch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:11:52 -0700
The pond at 115th and Tualatin/Sherwood road is drying to mud this year.
This afternoon I was surprised to find 59 Great Egrets there. They were
concentrated into a tight group that seemed more concerned with dominance
interactions than feeding.

-- 


*Happy birdingClay*
*The boy Who* *Cried Wrentit*
Subject: Migration activity, Yamhill Co
From: Pamela K Johnston <pamelaj AT spiritone.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:08:58 -0700
About 6 Evening Grosbeaks passed through on the 14th, Robins have been showing 
up in small flocks, and today the first Golden-crowned Kinglets since spring 
moved through the treetops. Also, a Black-capped Chickadee came to the feeder 
after their summer vacation, making Chestnut-backed look even littler. 


Pamela. 
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Subject: Malheur possible Cape May
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:41:21 -0700
Stephan Nance and I wandered over to Malheur today. We stopped at Lost Lake on 
the pass and ran into a small flock of migrants that included RC Kinglets, two 
yellow warbs and a Hammond's Fly. Also a grayheaded fox sparrow. 


Indian Ford was slow but had a rednaped sapsucker.

Brothers rest area was very birdy. Every tree had birds in it. Two yellow 
warbs, a vesper sparrow, lots of Savannahs and whitecrowns. Several horned 
larks flew over. 


MHQ catbird was still around this eve. Also Wilsons warb, several yellow, mtn 
chick, a nighthawk and a fair number of rumps and rc kinglets. 


I had a brief look at a possible CAPE MAY Warbler at HQ, heavily streaked and 
pretty yellow. It also acted like a Cape May, ramming a yellow-rump off a 
perch. Stephan saw what was probably the same bird later. We never got a really 
decent look at it. For those in the area, it was in the nw corner, west of the 
spruce tree. 


Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Gladstone: Evening grosbeaks
From: Jeff Dillon <hirundorustica AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:50:27 -0700
A small flock (14+) of evening grosbeaks were working the conifers above 
Oatfield road in Gladstone this evening. 



Jeff

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Subject: Pelagic Spots Remain
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:40 -0700
The Oregon Birding Association is getting many contacts regarding whether the 
Pelagic trip on September 26 is already full. If that is what is holding you 
back from this fantastic birding weekend on the southern Oregon coast, fear 
not! 

 
We can squeeze at least six or seven more folks on the trip. But please hurry 
and get your registrations in. Registration forms can be found on our web-site 
at http://orbirds.org/2014annualmeeting.html or by contacting me offline by 
e-mail and I will get it to you as an attachment in the response. Remember, it 
is first come, first served. 

 
Get ready for a great three days on the coast including the pelagic trip, field 
trips to build your Coos and Curry county lists during this peak passerine and 
shorebird migration time, entertaining speakers, food, refreshments and a 
chance to interact with some of the best birders from around the state. Again, 
registration forms for the annual meeting are on the same site above or by 
contacting me offline. And remember, you do not have to be an OBA member to 
participate! 

 
Harv Schubothe
 
Bandon