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19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat ["Deb Holland" ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat [Jeff Gilligan ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat [Nels Nelson ]
19 Dec Loss of Catbird habitat [Wayne Hoffman ]
18 Dec Clatsop rarities on Thursday, 12/18 [Tim Shelmerdine ]
18 Dec siskiyou county CBC [Harry Fuller ]
18 Dec Questar for sale [Erik Knight ]
18 Dec Questar for sale [Erik Knight ]
18 Dec HARRIS'S SPARROW -4th day- Silverton [John Thomas ]
18 Dec Glaucous Gull - Vanport Wetlands YES [Nels Nelson ]
18 Dec possible Merlin [linda phelan thompson ]
18 Dec Snowy Owl, Lane County ["Allen Prigge" ]
18 Dec Seasonal RBA: probable Caspian Tern [Mike Patterson ]
18 Dec Second Call: Coquille Valley CBC centered in Bandon Jan 3 [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]
18 Dec Re: Wet and wild weekend [Bob Archer ]
18 Dec Wet and wild weekend [Mike Patterson ]
18 Dec Wet and wild weekend [Mike Patterson ]
17 Dec RBA: Portland, OR 12-18-14 [Harry Nehls ]
17 Dec Unwitting Urban Owling (Portland) ["Robert O'Brien" ]
17 Dec Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 12/17/2014 [Wink Gross ]
17 Dec Photos taken at Ankeny & Baskett Slough NWR in December [Jim Leonard ]
17 Dec 63 year old Laysan Albatross nesting [Bob Archer ]
17 Dec Wednesday morning/Eugene [Donald Schrouder ]
17 Dec Corvallis CBC - Preliminary Results ["Marcia F. Cutler" ]
17 Dec Illinois Valley 115th CBC results summary - Dec 14, 2014 [Romain Cooper ]
17 Dec Re: North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question ["Phil Pickering" ]
16 Dec North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question []
16 Dec Fw: new Sunriver Audubon Christmas Bird Count ["Don Albright" ]
16 Dec Re: Brown Creeper [Maria Michalczyk ]
16 Dec Re: Brown Creeper [Maria Michalczyk ]
16 Dec Harris's Sparrow -Silverton [John Thomas ]
16 Dec Broughton Beach Tufted Duck [Jason Wolf ]
16 Dec Fwd: Fw: [nwcalbird] Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count [Tim Rodenkirk ]
16 Dec Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call [Courtney Kelly Jett ]
16 Dec Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call [Courtney Kelly Jett ]
16 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy [Bob Archer ]
16 Dec Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid? ["Paul Sullivan" ]
16 Dec Ukiah (Umatilla County) Pinyon Jays [Bill Bradford ]
16 Dec Tree Sparrow - Dawson Creek Park [Steve Nord ]
16 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy [Shawneen Finnegan ]
16 Dec Please post on obol - thank you! ["Hawes, Susan" ]
16 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy ["Tim Janzen" ]
16 Dec Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid? [David Irons ]
16 Dec Sauvie Island CBC coming right up! []
15 Dec Thank you! (Trip report) [James Cleaver ]
15 Dec Re: snowys [Karen Saxton ]
15 Dec JoCo birds [Russ Namitz ]
16 Dec Re: snowys [Michael Medina ]
15 Dec snowys [Karen Saxton ]
15 Dec JACKSON COUNTY YARD BIRD: GREAT GRAY [Harry Fuller ]
15 Dec Re: Brown Creeper [Wayne Hoffman ]
15 Dec Brown Creeper ["Maria Michalczyk" ]
15 Dec HARRIS'S SPARROW Back At Silverton/Mt Angel Area Feeder [John Thomas ]
15 Dec Out of area: Brazil ["David Heath" ]
15 Dec Short-eared Owls in north Porltand [Rhett Wilkins ]
15 Dec Paulina WRS Crook County [Charles Gates ]
15 Dec Lincoln birds [Alan Contreras ]
15 Dec Florence bird count needs coverage [kit ]
15 Dec White Pelicans [Donald Schrouder ]
15 Dec Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid? [Beverly Hallberg ]
15 Dec Port Orford CBC Prelim. Report 12/14/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
15 Dec Klamath Falls CBC Prelim results [Kevin Spencer ]
15 Dec JACKSON COUNTY; EARED GREBE, NOT A REGULAR HERE [Harry Fuller ]
15 Dec ASHLAND EARED GREBE [Harry Fuller ]
15 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy [Shawneen Finnegan ]
15 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy [Bob Archer ]
15 Dec Reported Eider/Delta ponds/not found [Donald Schrouder ]
15 Dec Columbia Estuary CBC maybe odd sandpiper [Bob Archer ]
15 Dec Lane Prairie Falcon [Luke Ferrenburg ]
15 Dec Re: bird genomics [Wayne Hoffman ]
15 Dec Time to vote...OBA Dec. photo contest! [Stephanie Hazen ]
15 Dec RFI: albatross taxonomy [John Rakestraw ]
15 Dec Oakridge CBC preliminary results [Joel Geier ]
15 Dec amazing Anna's Hummingbird roost ["Paul Sullivan" ]
15 Dec bird genomics ["Tim Janzen" ]
14 Dec Bunting double header today [Nels Nelson ]

Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: "Deb Holland" <deborah.holland AT star-thrower.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:04:05 -0800
     Hi,
   
  I noticed.
  That part of the property might belong to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
 They had a group of young volunteers clearing shrubbery close to
their pond last summer.
   
  Deb in Newport
   
   
  On Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:20 -0800, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:

         Hi -   
  Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine
Science Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been
cleared.  This may have been done as part of an exotics control
program.  The area did have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan
Blackberry, however the native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and
Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And, the exotic holly tree and Cherry
Laurel were retained.
   
  In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird
nesting west of the Cascades is no longer.
   
  Wayne

   
   
Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:01 -0700
I suggest the local Audubon Society get involved. Not only have they done what 
Wayne has described, but they also have planted alders, pines, and spruce. As 
those trees grow the area will match the vast expanse of habitat up and down 
the coast, and they days of interesting birds that like more open and brushy 
habitats will end there. Giant lupine, wax myrtle, coyote brush, and evergreen 
huckleberry (all natives) in a fairly open scheme have made that area so 
interesting for birds. 


Somehow many people think planting  trees is always a good thing.


Jeff Gilligan





On Dec 19, 2014, at 7:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:

> Hi - 
> 
> Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science 
Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared. This may 
have been done as part of an exotics control program. The area did have a lot 
of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native Salal, Salmonberry, 
Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed. And, the exotic holly tree and 
Cherry Laurel were retained. 

> 
> In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting west 
of the Cascades is no longer. 

> 
> Wayne



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Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:46:25 -0800
Wayne/all,

I'm wondering if this disaster (for the GRCA and all of us birdwatchers
that got to see them there) is partly my/our fault for not letting the
powers that be at HMSC know of this unique west side GRCA nesting site and
it's importance, or was it simply insensitivity or incompetence on the part
of someone at HMSC.

It's too late for this site (at least in the near future, absent prompt
re-plantings of the mature native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and
Waxmyrtle), but makes me ponder the importance of developing a protocol
within OBA that would trigger someone from OBA informing the landowner of
any/all future nesting sites (of this and other rare/semi-rare species)
when they are discovered and the negative impact it would have on the
species if the landowner should decide to alter that habitat.  Just some
random thoughts passing through my mind.  I'm curious if other OBOLites
have similar thoughts or suggestions to consider.

Nels
Hillsboro



On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:
>
> Hi -
>
> Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science
> Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared.  This
> may have been done as part of an exotics control program.  The area did
> have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native
> Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And,
> the exotic holly tree and Cherry Laurel were retained.
>
> In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting
> west of the Cascades is no longer.
>
> Wayne
>
Subject: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:20 -0800
Hi -

Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science
Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared.  This
may have been done as part of an exotics control program.  The area did
have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native
Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And,
the exotic holly tree and Cherry Laurel were retained.

In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting
west of the Cascades is no longer.

Wayne
Subject: Clatsop rarities on Thursday, 12/18
From: Tim Shelmerdine <tim.spanish.guide AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:27:24 -0800
Hello, all.
I snuck over to Clatsop counting hoping to see some of the great birds
others have found. To make it short, the INDIGO BUNTING showed at least
three times between 9:35 and 10:05 at the seed pile on N. Holladay in
Seaside.  A PALM WARBLER was easily found at the Seaside Sewage Treatment
Plant at the end of N. Franklin. I checked twice between 11:05 and 12:30
for the SNOW BUNTING in the warehouse area where it has been seen, with no
luck.  I am a little concerned, because there were two thin scatterings of
small white feathers near the tracks close to Door 23.  One clump of
feathers had feathers with buff and rust on them. So maybe I am mistaken
and the little guy is still around -- hope so.
Tim
Subject: siskiyou county CBC
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:35:27 -0800
Just twenty miles south of Oregon border:
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/shasta-valley-birding/

-- 
Harry Fuller
author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
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Subject: Questar for sale
From: Erik Knight <erikknight05 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:15 -0800
All,

I have a Questar Field Model scope and carrying case with inside foam
padding for sale if anyone is interested.

-- 
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Subject: Questar for sale
From: Erik Knight <erikknight05 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:15 -0800
All,

I have a Questar Field Model scope and carrying case with inside foam
padding for sale if anyone is interested.

-- 
-------------------------------------
Erik Knight
Portland, Oregon
Subject: HARRIS'S SPARROW -4th day- Silverton
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:23 -0800
Sparrow still showing between 3:50-4:20 in very late afternoon. Beautiful bird.

John Thomas

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Subject: Glaucous Gull - Vanport Wetlands YES
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:36:14 -0800
https://www.flickr.com/photos/101538169 AT N05/sets/72157649814829802/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUcWbfkTw94

I arrived at Vanport WL dog park area just a moment or two after Lyn and
Gene Topinka (about 10AM this morning).  They'd already spotted the gull
from another vantage point.  We walked to the cyclone fence area and
quickly re-located the gull.  As we started taking photos, the rain started
falling.  They left not long after the heavier rain started. I stuck around
until about 10:50. After feeding on the carcass of some bird or animal, the
GLGU flew and landed on a log and was still resting and preening there when
I left.  Another 'lifer' bites the dust.

Please pardon the poor quality of my photos, but with the bird being way at
the back (north) part of the pond/swampy area along with the falling rain
and dark day, I was glad to get what I got.

Nels
Hillsboro
Subject: possible Merlin
From: linda phelan thompson <lindaphelanlmt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:27:56 -0800
Dear Obolers,
                          I saw a possible Merlin late this morning. I was
driving out of our complexes parking lot when I noticed a dark bird fly
into a tree. I slowed down, and located it in the tree. I didn't stop and
get my binoculars out, but it didn't look like a Sharpie, which I don't
think are around this time of year. This was a dark bird, right size for a
Merlin, but as I had to get somewhere, I didn't stop for better looks. I
was surprised to see this, and I'm curious as to what it was. This is near
the Fanno Wetland.

Linda, Tigard

-- 

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Subject: Snowy Owl, Lane County
From: "Allen Prigge" <prigge1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:23:22 -0800

The Fern Ridge Snowy Owl was seen about 10:30am west along the road west  
 from  Tern Island. It was at an ~5-10 degree angle to the left of the road.

Al Prigge


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Subject: Seasonal RBA: probable Caspian Tern
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:44 -0800
While driving across the Youngs Bay bridge around 11:20, I saw a
large-ish tern flyby heading toward the Lewis and Clark River.
I couldn't pull over (safely) on the bridge and was therefore obliged to
go across and turn around at the round-a-bout. I saw it briefly on the
return while still driving, but was unable to relocate it once properly
parked.

The size and wing beat cadence best fit CASPIAN TERN.  It had fairly
uniform, plain gray upper wings and no noticeable duskiness underneath.

I can confidently rule out Common and Arctic.  I'm pretty sure I can
exclude Elegant.

Folks in the area show keep an eye out...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Second Call: Coquille Valley CBC centered in Bandon Jan 3
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:52:00 -0800
To everyone in OBOL land, I am finalizing teams to cover the January 3, 2015 
Coquille Valley CBC. Our circle centers in Bandon and stretches inland to the 
Coquille area so we have quite a variety of habitat. We have averaged around 
150 species in our 16 counts. 

 
Most of our team leaders are back so you will find plenty of experienced 
birders with knowledge of their assigned areas to work with. 

 
A primary need at the moment is someone to do a seawatch. We do not have 
spectacular venues like Boiler Bay, but we do not want to miss some species 
that may fly by. If there is someone out there that does not want to spend an 
entire day with us but who may be interested in getting involved with that 
aspect only, we could use your set of eyes. 

 
Harv Schubothe
Bandon
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Wet and wild weekend
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:42:36 -0800
Taking on-line classes for work today, so lots of "not paying attention
time"...if it rains 8 inches that will be 910 tons of water per acre..find
a reinforced umbrella.

Bob Archer
PDX

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 7:26 AM, Mike Patterson  wrote:
>
> Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
> your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
> "atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
> and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.
>
> Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
> Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
> of pelagic species.
>
> The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
> think any flooding will be localized.
>
> Be careful out there...
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> String Theory
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
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Subject: Wet and wild weekend
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:26:08 -0800
Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
"atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.

Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
of pelagic species.

The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
think any flooding will be localized.

Be careful out there...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
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Subject: Wet and wild weekend
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:26:08 -0800
Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
"atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.

Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
of pelagic species.

The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
think any flooding will be localized.

Be careful out there...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: RBA: Portland, OR 12-18-14
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:48:13 -0800
- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* December 18, 2014
* ORPO1412.18

- birds mentioned

TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE
TUFTED DUCK
Lesser Scaup
Brown Pelican
Golden Eagle
Willet
Red Knot
Red Phalarope
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Burrowing Owl
Short-eared Owl
Tropical Kingbird
Pinyon Jay
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Snow Bunting
American Tree Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Harriss Sparrow
INDIGO BUNTING

- 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 December 18. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls
at 503-233-3976.

An INDIGO BUNTING is now being seen along Holladay Drive in Seaside. On
December 16 a TUFTED DUCK was seen among flock of LESSER SCAUP on the
Columbia River off Broughton Beach in North Portland. The Nestucca NWR BEAN
GOOSE continues.

The Fern Ridge Reservoir SNOWY OWL continues to be seen. The SNOWY OWL at
Dallas has moved to a new inaccessible location.

On December 11 the WILLET, two RED KNOTS, two RED PHALAROPES, and four BROWN
PELICANS were at Coos Bay. On December 13 four RED PHALAROPES were along
Beaver Creek south of Newport, and 26 BROWN PELICANS were at Seal Rocks
State Park. The BUROWING OWL continues to be seen at Yaquina Head. He SNOW
BUNTING continues along the Astoria waterfront. At least one TROPICAL
KINGBIRD continues in Astoria. On December 12 at least 11 RED PHALAROPES
were at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.

On December 15 a BURROWING OWL was in Vancouver, but did not remain. On
December 13 a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was in Vancouver. That day a GOLDEN EAGLE
was on Sauvie Island. A bright well-marked GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed
December 15 in Delta Park in North Portland. At least four SHORT-EARED OWLS
continue at Broughton Beach. On December 12 a SWAMP SPARROW at the Koll
Wetlands in Beaverton. A TREE SPARROW was seen December 16 at the Library at
Dawson Creek in Beaverton. A HARRISS SPARROW continues at a Silverton
feeder. On December 14 four BARN SWALLOWS and a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW were in
Salem. Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Ankeny NWR December 13.

On December 14 a flock of at least 32 PINYON JAYS were along Abbee Road near
Ukiah. Also near Ukiah nine TREE SPARROWS were along Mossie Road.

Thats it for this week.

- end transcript








Subject: Unwitting Urban Owling (Portland)
From: "Robert O'Brien" <baro AT pdx.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:25:34 -0800
Of possible CBC interest:

http://www2.rdrop.com/users/green/BAOW/UrbanOwl.jpg

Bob OBrien  Carver OR
Subject: Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 12/17/2014
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:05:48 -0800
Here is the summary of my morning dogwalks from NW Seblar Terrace to the 
Pittock Mansion for the week 12/11/14 to 12/17/14. Species neither seen nor 
heard the previous week are in ALL CAPS. 


Additional information about my dogwalk, including an archive of weekly 
summaries and a checklist, may be found at 
http://www.hevanet.com/winkg/dogwalkpage.html 


The sightings are also in eBird.

We did the walk 7 days this week.

Species                # days found  (peak #, date)

Cackling Goose              2  (40, 12/11)
Canada Goose                1  (25, 12/14)
COOPERS HAWK               1  (1, 12/17)
RED-TAILED HAWK             1  (1, 12/14)
Mourning Dove               1  (1, 12/12)
Anna's Hummingbird          3  (3)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER      1  (1, 12/14)
Downy Woodpecker            2  (1, 12/12 & 17)
HAIRY WOODPECKER            2  (1, 12/12 & 14)
Northern Flicker            7  (3)
PILEATED WOODPECKER         1  (1, 12/12)
PEREGRINE FALCON            1  (1, 12/11)
Huttons Vireo              1  (1, 12/12)
Steller's Jay               7  (5)
American Crow               6  (9)
Black-capped Chickadee      7  (14)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   4  (4)     	
Red-breasted Nuthatch       6  (3)
Pacific Wren                3  (1)
Bewicks Wren               1  (1, 12/17)
Golden-crowned Kinglet      1  (1, 12/12)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet        2  (1, 12/14 & 15)
HERMIT THRUSH               2  (2, 12/16)
American Robin              6  (3)
Varied Thrush               5  (6)
European Starling           4  (5)
Spotted Towhee              6  (3)
Song Sparrow                7  (4)
Dark-eyed Junco             7  (13)
House Finch                 4  (2)

In the neighborhood but not found on dogwalk: SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, Brown 
Creeper, Lesser Goldfinch 


Wink Gross
Portland

Subject: Photos taken at Ankeny & Baskett Slough NWR in December
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:47:50 -0800
A collection of photos taken at Ankeny and Baskett Slough NWR this month
between rainy and foggy days.  Click on link below for photos.  Happy
Birding, Jim Leonard.





https://picasaweb.google.com/108302360004365615395/AnkenyBaskettDecember2014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOK264_G16v9pgE&feat=directlink 
Subject: 63 year old Laysan Albatross nesting
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:39:08 -0800
The family reunion must consist of most of the birds on the atoll by now:

http://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2014/12/17/Wisdom-Lays-an-Egg


Bob Archer
PDX
Subject: Wednesday morning/Eugene
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:08:31 -0800
 The usual group chose to go to the Delta Ponds north of the Valley River 
Shopping Center. We started at the NW corner of the back parking lot, followed 
the bike path along the river before turning east at the apartment path over to 
the central ponds between Delta Hwy and Greenpasture Island road. Birded the 
dead end path on the north end of the ponds before working our way back south 
to the pond below the new cable stayed bike bridge that goes over the highway. 
Many good birds sighted, including a pair of Canvasbacks that we speculated may 
have led to the recent reported sighting to the Audubon hotline of a Common 
Eider? The pair were both males with quite grayish/white backs and dark heads 
and were found slightly north of the new bridge pond. Also had one Barn Swallow 
working the waters. Birds seen: 


Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Eurasian Teal- one male
Canvasback-2
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Bald Eagle- 2 adults
Red-tailed Hawk-3
Peregrine Falcon- seen twice, second time carrying off something in its talons
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher-2
Wilson’s Snipe
Glaucous-winged Gull
Gull species-flyovers
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird-many
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow-1
Black-capped Chickadee
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow-many
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow-3
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
European Starling

Observers: Dennis Arendt, Kit Larson, Dave Brown, Randy Sinnott, Jim Regali, 
Scott McNeeley and Don Schrouder. 




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Subject: Corvallis CBC - Preliminary Results
From: "Marcia F. Cutler" <marciafcutler AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:02:40 -0800
The Corvallis CBC was held on Tuesday, December 16th, under cloudy, but dry and 
mild conditions. There were 40 field observers plus additional feeder counters. 
So far, the total number of species seen is 128. 


The list of good birds includes: (no. of previous counts seen)

Snow Goose (27)
Greater White-fronted Goose (31)
Eurasian Wigeon (31)
Canvasback (22)
Western Grebe (13)
Eared Grebe (15)
Golden Eagle (7)
Virginia Rail (13)
Black-bellied Plover (5)
Greater Yellowlegs (12)
Western Sandpiper (13 - photo taken and confirmed)
Least Sandpiper (14)
Long-billed Dowitcher (27)
Thayer's Gull (4)
Herring Gull (14)
Western Gull (4)
N. Pygmy-Owl (26)
N. Saw-whet Owl (22)
Short-eared Owl (39)
Say's Phoebe (1 previous occurrence on count day and twice for count week; 
location not publicly accessible) 

Black Phoebe (13)
Lapland Longspur (6, location not publicly accessible)

Count week birds include

Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Goshawk
Barrow's Goldeneye (female seen today at the Philomath Sewage Ponds by Doug 
Robinson; new to count) 


Misses include Ring-necked Pheasant (3d straight year after being recorded 
every year of the count), Northern Shrike (45) and Evening Grosbeak (30). 


Count week runs until Friday, December 19th for any additional species. I have 
a wish list of possible birds including Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, 
any Swallows, White-tailed Kite, Mountain Quail and Red Crossbill. 


I'd like to thank all the participants on the count for making it a truly 
wonderful experience. 


Marcia F. Cutler
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Subject: Illinois Valley 115th CBC results summary - Dec 14, 2014
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:44:02 -0800
Hello all,

The Illinois Valley CBC was held Dec. 14, 2014.  This is the 16th 
count for the IV.  (We began the circle in 1998, the 99th count, and 
missed the 113th count.)

13 people participated (& that includes 4 "feeder watchers").  The 
weather was on the cold side (37 to 48 deg) and mostly cloudy.

Bird numbers were down (second lowest in count history) perhaps 
partly due to fewer than average surveyors but also, I believe, due 
to less birds.  Species diversity was a bit above average at 94 species.

Best birds were Common Goldeneye (2nd time in count history), Eared 
Grebe (3rd time), Sora (4th time), Spotted Sandpiper (4th time), 
Band-Tailed Pigeon (2nd time), Oak Titmouse (3rd time) & American 
Pipit (4th time).

Notable misses were Canvasback (1st miss in count history), 
White-Crowned Sparrow (1st miss) and Mt. Quail, Rock Pigeon, Hutton's 
Vireo, Bushtit, Savannah Sparrow & House Sparrow.  (If we would have 
found some of these misses & found some other owls besides the 
daytime N. Pygmy Owl, we could have broken the count record of 100 species).

Thanks to all the surveyors and especially the out-of-towners who traveled.

I have the detailed results so let me know if you want more info.


Romain Cooper
10398 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
541-592-2311 

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Subject: Re: North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:31:11 -0800
I don't know what the possible range of appearance is for 
the Hood on nearly but not fully mature Glaucous. I can
only recall 1 3rd-cycle here and there aren't a ton of
photos available, but what is does suggest a solid hood is
atypical. The hood is certainly typical for Glaucous-winged,
as are the fine latitudinal lines within the hood
(verm"Fix"ulations).

The outermost primaries are not fully grown, so the stack
is difficult to assess. In the preening shot it at least appears
that pale gray extends virtually to the tips of the outermost
currently grown primaries, which would also be suspect
for Glaucous depending on which they are.

Also as best as I can tell the iris looks more intermediate
brownish than pale yellow as in older Glaucous. It does
have the pink bill base typical of immature Glaucous.

It's not a Thayer's based on structure, and no pressing
reason to suspect Herring parentage. I think the default
hypothesis is probably Glaucous x Glaucous-winged.

Cheers,

Phil




>And speaking of Glaucous Gulls, I've been wondering about an older
sighting (Bay City, November 16, 2012):
http://www.qfwfq.org/baycity/gull.php
I initially took this gull for an adult Glaucous Gull, due to its pristine
white primaries and light iris. I'm puzzled though by the amount of
smudging around the neck and breast; Sibley indicates limited streaking on
an adult non-breeding Glaucous Gull. His bit on hybrids makes me think a
Glaucous cross with Glaucous-winged or Herring would likely have some
pigment in the primaries, and probably not as much neck smudging as this
bird has. If none of these, is it perhaps a melanistically challenged
Thayer's or Herring?

Tait
Portland


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Subject: North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question
From: pnitens AT qfwfq.org
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:51:06 -0800
Yesterday and today there was a first cycle Glaucous Gull at Vanport
Wetlands. Today it also flew over to Heron Lakes Golf Course and Force
Lake, where it came into photographic range:
http://www.qfwfq.org/vanport/glaucous-gull-20141216a.jpg
http://www.qfwfq.org/vanport/glaucous-gull-20141216b.jpg
http://www.qfwfq.org/vanport/glaucous-gull-20141216c.jpg
(A Franklin's was present too.)

And speaking of Glaucous Gulls, I've been wondering about an older
sighting (Bay City, November 16, 2012):
http://www.qfwfq.org/baycity/gull.php
I initially took this gull for an adult Glaucous Gull, due to its pristine
white primaries and light iris. I'm puzzled though by the amount of
smudging around the neck and breast; Sibley indicates limited streaking on
an adult non-breeding Glaucous Gull. His bit on hybrids makes me think a
Glaucous cross with Glaucous-winged or Herring would likely have some
pigment in the primaries, and probably not as much neck smudging as this
bird has. If none of these, is it perhaps a melanistically challenged
Thayer's or Herring?

Tait
Portland



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Subject: Fw: new Sunriver Audubon Christmas Bird Count
From: "Don Albright" <donalbri AT teleport.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:00:49 -0800
Hi All,

See below for word of a new Christmas Bird Count for this winter. The complete 
CBC schedule is online at www.orbirds.org/cbc.html 


Don


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To: donalbri AT teleport.com 
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 1:25 PM
Subject: new Sunriver Audubon Christmas Bird Count


 

The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is pleased to announce they will be 
hosting a new Audubon Christmas Bird Count Circle for the 115th Audubon 
Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 3, 2015. 


Volunteers are needed to participate in field walks and also to count the birds 
at your own backyard feeder. The new fifteen mile diameter count circle 
includes all of Sunriver and is bounded by Route 372 on the north, Sheridan 
Mountain on the west, the southern boundary of LaPine State Park to the south, 
and Route 97 on the east. To learn more about how you can participate, call 
Compiler James Little at (541) 593-4442 or email to 
james AT sunrivernaturecenter.org. Field participants will meet at 7 am on January 
3rd at the Pozzi Building located at the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 
to pick up Count forms and directions. Territories will be arranged at that 
time. Those new to birding will be paired with experienced birders. The nearby 
Bend Audubon Count is normally held on the first Saturday of the count period 
while the Sunriver Audubon Count is set up for the third Saturday in the count 
period. This provides an opportunity for birders from Bend to participate as 
well. For more information, call SNCO Executive Director James Little at (541) 
593-4442. 


 

Please share this with any birders you think may be interested.

 

Thank you,

 

James Little

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Subject: Re: Brown Creeper
From: Maria Michalczyk <mariam AT easystreet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:19:21 -0800
Ok I just looked at the pictures again....and yes it is a Bewicks
Wren...for sure.  I missed that white strip on its face yesterday.  Thanks
so much.  So I have a Bewicks Wren in a Junco's nest.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
wrote:
>
> Thank you all for responding about my little brown bird who is still
> residing in the Junco's nest, he flew out this evening when I came up to
> the door.  I still did not get a good look at its tail but will try my best
> to get a better look but it flew out pretty quickly.
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
> wrote:
>>
>> I believe I have seen a brown creeper who is hanging around our suet and
>> saw it too residing in the wreath nest made by the juncos this summer.  Is
>> this possible?  It looks like a sparrow with an upturned tail and a long
>> beak like a nuthatch with one thin white line on its face.  I have
>> looked at all the pics and just cannot ID it.
>>
>>
>>
>> Any help would be great.
>>
>>
>>
>> * Maria Michalczyk,*
>>
>> *[image: Signature]*
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
Subject: Re: Brown Creeper
From: Maria Michalczyk <mariam AT easystreet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:15:42 -0800
Thank you all for responding about my little brown bird who is still
residing in the Junco's nest, he flew out this evening when I came up to
the door.  I still did not get a good look at its tail but will try my best
to get a better look but it flew out pretty quickly.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
wrote:
>
> I believe I have seen a brown creeper who is hanging around our suet and
> saw it too residing in the wreath nest made by the juncos this summer.  Is
> this possible?  It looks like a sparrow with an upturned tail and a long
> beak like a nuthatch with one thin white line on its face.  I have looked
> at all the pics and just cannot ID it.
>
>
>
> Any help would be great.
>
>
>
> * Maria Michalczyk,*
>
> *[image: Signature]*
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow -Silverton
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:19:20 -0800
Back again tonight at 4:15. Maybe it WILL be predictable enough to try seeing 
if anybody is interested? 


John Thomas
5 mi N of Silverton/ 3 mi E of Mt Angel
NE Marion County

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Subject: Broughton Beach Tufted Duck
From: Jason Wolf <wolfjason71 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:34:05 -0800
Just found a Tufted Duck with a flock of Lesser Scaup in the Columbia River
just east of the Metro parking lot while scouting for the Portland CBC.
Good birding,
Jason W.
Subject: Fwd: Fw: [nwcalbird] Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:53:21 -0800
I thought I would forward the Del Norte CBC results.  That would be the
Crescent City area, just south of the border.  They had a record count.  By
the way, there was a nice photo of the Red-eyed Vireo even, a species that
shouldn't be in the US this time of year?

Oh, the Port Orford count ended up with 143 species.

Merry CBCing!
Tim Rodenkirk
Coos Bay

Subject: Fw: [nwcalbird] Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co.
Christmas Bird Count
To: Tim Rodenkirk 

   On Monday, December 15, 2014 3:50 PM, "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com
[nwcalbird]"  wrote:

The Del Norte County Christmas Bird Count was held yesterday 14 Dec. and
turned in our highest species diversity ever on the Count with 173 species.
Great weather and a number of key stakeout birds along with a great
experienced crew of birders (Thanks to all) truly made this a productive
and enjoyable count. Highlights are:

BLUE-HEADED VIREO - a bright male, and a 2nd county record found in the
large cemetery off Cooper Ave. (just off Hwy 101) and behind the Home
Depot. Gated entrance open during daylight hours every day for searchers,
bird seen along the top of the little ridge which overlooks a deep marshy
gulch along the left side of most of the cemetery.
RED-EYED VIREO - our only Winter record, found at the same spot along with
the Blue-headed!
ORCHARD ORIOLE - found in the town of Smith River visiting an apple tree
near First and Brookings Streets.
GOLDEN EAGLE - one of the two first year stakeout birds was seen on the
Count at the Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick near the big pond along Lower
Lake Road.
SANDHILL CRANE - another stakeout, also at the Alexandre Dairy seen in
fields north of the main complex of dairy buildings and on the west side of
the road.
CATTLE EGRETS - the 2 stakeout birds where at the south end of the
Alexandre Dairy big pond with gulls.
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - getting to be a traditional bird with males seen again
in the Smith River either off the end of Pala Road or end of Sarina Road.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - a long present stakeout bird was at the
southwestern end of Lake Earl on Count day, but frequently visits the Smith
River mouth, the mouth of Lake Tolowa, the end of Lakeview Drive at the
southeastern corner of Lake Earl, or in the Crescent City Harbor.
ELEGANT TERN - a Count first also seen again today at the Crescent City
Harbor.
FORSTER'S TERN - also a Count first was at Lake Tolowa.
CASSIN'S AUKLET - is usually missed on our CBC.
ACORN WOODPECKER - a surprise for the lowlands was at Front Street Park
along the Crescent City Harbor.
TROPICAL KINGBIRD - Lower Lake Road along Lake Earl, a straggler from the
strong Fall movement.
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT - there were 2 different birds seen, singles of this
species have become a yearly wintering bird such as the end of Lakeview
Drive.
BAND-TAILED PIGEON - complete a 4 species pigeon/dove list with this rare
Count bird.
BARRED OWL - a bird hooted in, State Park forest along Walker Road off Hwy
199.
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE - high counts, how many more can the area handle?
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER X RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER a cooperative hybrid was well
photographed on State Park office lands in Elk Valley.
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - in the Pacific Shores Subdivision.
A nice showing of ANCIENT MURRELETS and HARLEQUIN DUCKS was scoped of of
northwestern-most Point Saint George.

Alan D. Barron





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Subject: Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call
From: Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:56:55 -0800
Thank you to everyone who will be participating in the Sisters CBC this Sunday. 
Fortunately, we do have enough birders to run the count, now; though certainly 
there are spots still remaining, and teams of only 1 or 2 people, so here is my 
final invitation out to masters & novices alike, all ages: 


The 2014 Sisters Christmas Bird Count will be held this Sunday, December 21st
from 7:30am until dark. We welcome everyone to participate in this count.

Backyard counters are invited to share their numbers.

Count week starts on Thursday.

We meet at The Gallery in Sisters (come at 7am for breakfast) before 7:30am to 
divide into groups. If you can only attend half a day we will assign you to a 
group that will be back downtown around noon. After the count there will be a 
compilation at Three Creeks Brewery at 4:30/5pm. Come join the fun :) 


Place: The Gallery Restaurant

Time: 7-7:30am Sunday, December 21

Bring: Binoculars, scope (if you have one) and WARM CLOTHING, incl rain/snow 
gear if it does precipitate. 


If you need more information, drop me a line at 

Courtney Jett
ckjannabirds AT gmail.com
347-556-0619

I will send one more update email to participants only, before Sunday, when I 
can have some better idea of weather forecast. 


5-days ago, with Jake Schas (thank you!), all roads were entirely clear/dry -- 
only a couple icy patches on Steve Shunk's route :) , edging Black Crater 


notes:

Gallery Restaurant & Bar
171 W Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-2631
(opens Sunday at 7am)

Three Creeks Brewing LLC
721 S Desperado Ct, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-1963
(open Sunday until 9pm)

The Sisters CBC is a special circle: besides a downtown sector and an eastern 
agricultural sector, there are many forest sectors with roads into our National 
Forests, and one even bordering quite near the Three Sisters Wilderness 
boundary; also the meadows and property of Black Butte; also three Deschutes 
Land Trust preserves: Camp Polk Meadows, Indian Ford Meadows, and Whychus 
Canyon Preserve. 


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Subject: Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call
From: Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:56:55 -0800
Thank you to everyone who will be participating in the Sisters CBC this Sunday. 
Fortunately, we do have enough birders to run the count, now; though certainly 
there are spots still remaining, and teams of only 1 or 2 people, so here is my 
final invitation out to masters & novices alike, all ages: 


The 2014 Sisters Christmas Bird Count will be held this Sunday, December 21st
from 7:30am until dark. We welcome everyone to participate in this count.

Backyard counters are invited to share their numbers.

Count week starts on Thursday.

We meet at The Gallery in Sisters (come at 7am for breakfast) before 7:30am to 
divide into groups. If you can only attend half a day we will assign you to a 
group that will be back downtown around noon. After the count there will be a 
compilation at Three Creeks Brewery at 4:30/5pm. Come join the fun :) 


Place: The Gallery Restaurant

Time: 7-7:30am Sunday, December 21

Bring: Binoculars, scope (if you have one) and WARM CLOTHING, incl rain/snow 
gear if it does precipitate. 


If you need more information, drop me a line at 

Courtney Jett
ckjannabirds AT gmail.com
347-556-0619

I will send one more update email to participants only, before Sunday, when I 
can have some better idea of weather forecast. 


5-days ago, with Jake Schas (thank you!), all roads were entirely clear/dry -- 
only a couple icy patches on Steve Shunk's route :) , edging Black Crater 


notes:

Gallery Restaurant & Bar
171 W Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-2631
(opens Sunday at 7am)

Three Creeks Brewing LLC
721 S Desperado Ct, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-1963
(open Sunday until 9pm)

The Sisters CBC is a special circle: besides a downtown sector and an eastern 
agricultural sector, there are many forest sectors with roads into our National 
Forests, and one even bordering quite near the Three Sisters Wilderness 
boundary; also the meadows and property of Black Butte; also three Deschutes 
Land Trust preserves: Camp Polk Meadows, Indian Ford Meadows, and Whychus 
Canyon Preserve. 


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Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:44:43 -0800
Hi:

I tried to piece together the reportings for the three species of Shy
Albatross for CA , OR , and  WA and the other rare albatrosses accepted.  I
do not see in the CBRC the official acceptance of the Chatham's yet (it was
accepted in the salvini group),  but this is how it seems to fall:


WA:
 White-capped Albatross  ("collected" in 1951)
 White-capped Albatross on 1/22/2000

OR:

Wandering Albatross 9/13/08  ( this also was spotted far offshore CA,
outside the ABA area)
White-capped Albatross 10/5/96
White-capped Albatross 10/7/01

CA

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross  7/17/94
White-capped Albatross (shows rejected by CBRC, bird was seen by one person
from far away onshore)  5/28/96
White-capped Albatross  (same bird on two dates 8/24/99 and 9/25/99)
Chatham Albatross (thought to be same bird, 7/29/00 , 9/10/00 and 7/27/01)
Salvin's Albatross  7/26/14


Howell thinks that maybe the Washington, Oregon birds and the CA 1999
White-capped may all be same bird. AK has a Salvin's. I could not find a
Shy spotted off BC.


Bob Archer
PDX





On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM, Shawneen Finnegan <
shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Yesterday when I posted my comment I was rushing out the door and didn’t
> outwardly say they birds in Oregon were White-capped as I had intended. My
> bad.
>
> Dave Irons attempted to answer the question more thoroughly but he hit the
> wrong key and only sent it to me :-)
>
> Below is the comment he had intended to send to OBOL.
>
> Shawneen
>
>
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 12:48 AM, David Irons  wrote:
>
> John,
>
> The "Shy" Albatrosses recorded off of Oregon fall under the confusing
> umbrella of "White-capped." In the recently published "Rare Birds of North
> America" (Howell et al. 2014), Steve Howell refers to two forms of
> White-capped Albatross -- "Auckland Shy Albatross" and "Tasmanian Shy
> Albatross," which further confuses an already confusing taxonomy.
>
> For now, there are three recognized species as described below by
> Shawneen. If you saw one or both of the Oregon birds, you can add
> White-capped Albatross to your life list (in pencil).
>
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:34:28 -0800
When I looked at Beverly's photos I wondered whether the apparent "tuft"
wasn't a cattail (or something) BEHIND the bird's head.  I almost think I
can see the normal contour of the bird's head in the foreground, with the
tuft behind it.

Hmmmm

Paul Sullivan

------------------------------------
Subject: Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 2:31 am
From: llsdirons AT msn.com
Bev,



After looking at the photos just on my phone, I was a bit surprised that no
one had offered an opinion on this bird. Having now looked at the images on
my home computer, I understand why.



The most confounding thing about this photo is the stick/dried reed that
appears to almost be passing through the bird's head in three of the four
images. In the only image where it doesn't the bird seems to have a rather
odd tuft of feathers below what appears to be a big notch in the nape. The
shape and position of the tuft is not what it should be on either a Tufted
Duck or a Tufted Duck X scaup hybrid (an increasingly common cross). Also,
everything else about this bird seems to fit a male Lesser Scaup that is
just finishing its prebasic molt (still some brown feathers along the
flank). Aside from the possible tuft, I don't see any other aspects of this
bird that seem intermediate.

...

I have to wonder if this bird, which appears to be a Lesser Scaup, has just
suffered some sort of head injury that created the indentation on the top of
the nape and the odd tuft of feathers sticking out part way down the nape.

...


Dave Irons

Portland, OR
-----------------------------------


Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:16:36 -0800

Subject: [obol] Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?

From: mapsout AT comcast.net

To: obol AT freelists.org



Hi all,

This duck was at Vanport Wetlands this morning in Portland.  What do you
think this is?  A hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup or a female Tufted Duck or
neither?

He/she was out in the middle right in a grass clump with a bunch of other
ducks looking from the signage area.

There are 4 pictures on the Flickr photostream -

https://flic.kr/p/q9aqN6

https://flic.kr/p/q98TFa

https://flic.kr/p/q92GJd

https://flic.kr/p/q92GVq

...
Thanks, Beverly 



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Subject: Ukiah (Umatilla County) Pinyon Jays
From: Bill Bradford <billbradford1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:39:20 -0800
On Sunday afternoon we came across a flock of PINYON JAYS on Albee Road
near Ukiah. We'd read about of couple of first-ever Pinyon Jays showing up
in Umatilla County a few weeks ago, but never thought we'd be lucky enough
to see them, much less a flock. The birds were on Albee Road right at the
two mile marker. They were working the Ponderosas on both sides of the
road, and were quite vocal as the group flew from one tree to the next.  At
one point the flock flew over our heads and we counted 32 birds, but it's
probable that we missed a few.

We put up a 2-second video of a group of the birds in flight:
http://youtu.be/gjjRvN7kiY8
Some lousy photos are included in the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20921616

Other good birds near Ukiah included a flock of nine AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS
on Mossie Rd, .3 of a mile from Camas St/Soap Hill Rd. They were in a bush
right next to the road. We don't see Tree Sparrows every winter (and it's
only Lora's third sighting), so were thrilled to get such good looks in in
Ukiah.

Bill Bradford & Lora Minty
Portland
Subject: Tree Sparrow - Dawson Creek Park
From: Steve Nord <stevernord AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:45:03 -0800
OBOL;

There is an American Tree Sparrow in the landscaping by the bike racks
behind the library at Dawson Creek. Same area last year's Rusty Blackbird
frequented.

Good Birding
Steve Nord
Beaverton OR
Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:33:06 -0800
Yesterday when I posted my comment I was rushing out the door and didnt 
outwardly say they birds in Oregon were White-capped as I had intended. My bad. 


Dave Irons attempted to answer the question more thoroughly but he hit the 
wrong key and only sent it to me :-) 


Below is the comment he had intended to send to OBOL.

Shawneen 



> On Dec 16, 2014, at 12:48 AM, David Irons  wrote:
> 
> John,
> 
> The "Shy" Albatrosses recorded off of Oregon fall under the confusing 
umbrella of "White-capped." In the recently published "Rare Birds of North 
America" (Howell et al. 2014), Steve Howell refers to two forms of White-capped 
Albatross -- "Auckland Shy Albatross" and "Tasmanian Shy Albatross," which 
further confuses an already confusing taxonomy. 

> 
> For now, there are three recognized species as described below by Shawneen. 
If you saw one or both of the Oregon birds, you can add White-capped Albatross 
to your life list (in pencil). 

> 
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR
Subject: Please post on obol - thank you!
From: "Hawes, Susan" <Susan.Hawes AT portlandoregon.gov>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:25:02 +0000
Calling all Birders! Powell Butte Volunteer Bird Survey Training
Saturday, January 24 2015
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Survey details: Survey runs from February 1 - March 31, 2015. Participants 
survey their 2-3 points 1x per week. 

Directions: Meet at the Powell Butte Visitor's Center in the main parking lot 
(bathrooms available). Take SE 162nd south from Powell Blvd. and up the hill to 
the parking area. 

Bring: yourself, donned with warm clothes (hats, gloves and raingear) and a 
water bottle 

We will provide: coffee/tea & cream, morning treats and/or KIND granola bars
Be ready to: learn about the results/analysis of the last three years of survey 
data, turn in/fill out paperwork, describe your favorite bird (bring a photo or 
recording of its call and tell us why it's your favorite), look over the survey 
protocol and datasheets, and hike out to your assigned points. We'll spend one 
hour indoors in the Visitor's Center, and then the second hour choosing survey 
points and hiking out to them so that you know where they are. 

Requirements: This training focuses on the survey protocol and goals only; it 
is not a training to learn bird identification. We ask that volunteers have at 
least intermediate birding skills. 

Please RSVP for the training or to participate in the survey: 
susan.hawes AT portlandoregon.gov, 
503.823.6131. 




Susan Hawes
Stewardship Coordinator | City Nature East
Portland Parks & Recreation
8931 SE Flavel
Portland, OR 97266
503-823-6131 (office)
503-823-5937 (mobile)
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Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: "Tim Janzen" <tjanzen AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:55:32 -0800
Dear John and Bob,

The 1996 bird was definitely a White-capped Albatross. I can't say for sure 
whether it was a Tasmanian or an Auckland White-capped. A number of us took 
photos of that bird so further review of the photos might help us determine it 
if was a Tasmanian or an Auckland White-capped. Howell's book indicates that it 
can be very tough to separate Tasmanian from Auckland White-cappeds. The bird 
we saw in 1996 was seemingly transitioning from juvenile to sub-adult plumage. 
Howell mentions that some adult Tasmanians have obvious yellow on the basal 
third of the culmen whereas adult Aucklands don't have yellow there. As I 
recall the bird we saw in 1996 didn't have yellow on the basal third of the 
culmen, but since it wasn't an adult it might not have shown that field mark 
even it if was a Tasmanian. Howell speculates that the bird we saw in 1996 may 
have been the same bird (an adult Tasmanian) that was seen off California in 
1999. That could be true. 


Sincerely,

Tim Janzen

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of 
Bob Archer 

Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:54 AM
To: OBOL
Subject: [obol] Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy

 

I think the 1996 bird was not named to subspecies and the other was Tasmanian. 
This according to a what I recall in Howell's book. All four have been found in 
North America however. So I am not sure why the ABA added only two of them and 
I assume the two new ones match up with the criteria for the birds in Howell? 


Does not make sense to me on the surface.  WIll dig into it tonight.

 

Bob Archer

PDX

 

 

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM, John Rakestraw  
wrote: 


The current ABA checklist has split Shy Albatross. What is the new species name 
for the formerly shy birds seen in Oregon? White-capped? 


Cheers, 

John Rakestraw



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Portland, OR

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Subject: Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:31:14 +0000
Bev,

After looking at the photos just on my phone, I was a bit surprised that no one 
had offered an opinion on this bird. Having now looked at the images on my home 
computer, I understand why. 


The most confounding thing about this photo is the stick/dried reed that 
appears to almost be passing through the bird's head in three of the four 
images. In the only image where it doesn't the bird seems to have a rather odd 
tuft of feathers below what appears to be a big notch in the nape. The shape 
and position of the tuft is not what it should be on either a Tufted Duck or a 
Tufted Duck X scaup hybrid (an increasingly common cross). Also, everything 
else about this bird seems to fit a male Lesser Scaup that is just finishing 
its prebasic molt (still some brown feathers along the flank). Aside from the 
possible tuft, I don't see any other aspects of this bird that seem 
intermediate. 


The pale gray flank and similar back panel color (at least most of it) are just 
right for a scaup. Male Tufted Ducks have a black back panel, which tends to be 
manifested as at least dark back panel on hybrids. Your bird is darker on the 
lower back, but the upper back looks normal for a scaup. Also, on male Tufted 
Duck X Scaup hybrids the flanks are usually at least noticeably paler than they 
would be on a scaup and in many cases males of this cross show flanks that are 
pure white or nearly so, just like a typical male Tufted Duck. Hybrids usually 
show an abbreviated tuft right at the transition of the hindcrown (horizontal 
plane) and the nape (vertical plane). Occasionally, as evidenced in one of the 
images at the links listed below, hybrids can show no obvious tuft. 


I have to wonder if this bird, which appears to be a Lesser Scaup, has just 
suffered some sort of head injury that created the indentation on the top of 
the nape and the odd tuft of feathers sticking out part way down the nape. 


I went online and found a number of images of Tufted Duck X Scaup in various 
plumages. This should provide a good basis of comparison with your bird. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/69317752 AT N02/12028661184/

http://www.pbase.com/image/92652395


http://grcforum.blogspot.com/2011/03/wing-pattern-of-lesser-scaup-and-scaup.html 


http://www.pbase.com/cplummer/image/89614691

http://www.oceanwanderers.com/Aythyahybrid.html

Dave Irons
Portland, OR 

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:16:36 -0800
Subject: [obol] Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: mapsout AT comcast.net
To: obol AT freelists.org

Hi all,
This duck was at Vanport Wetlands this morning in Portland. What do you think 
this is? A hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup or a female Tufted Duck or neither? 

He/she was out in the middle right in a grass clump with a bunch of other ducks 
looking from the signage area. 

There are 4 pictures on the Flickr photostream -
https://flic.kr/p/q9aqN6
https://flic.kr/p/q98TFa
https://flic.kr/p/q92GJd
https://flic.kr/p/q92GVq

Also there was a Swamp Sparrow along the hedge area!
Thanks, Beverly 		 	   		  
Subject: Sauvie Island CBC coming right up!
From: pppahooie AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:24:07 +0000 (UTC)

The Sauvie Island CBC will be this Sunday, December 21st. 

Volunteers are welcome. 

  

The folks on the Oregon side of the count will start and end our day at the 
Lighthouse Inn 


10808 NW Saint Helens Road (Highway 30) 

Linnton (The last community before you get to Sauvie Island) 

  

Morning 7:00   The Lighthouse will open early and have coffee & muffins.  
($2-$5  donation suggested) 




Evening 4:30    

  

  

For the Oregon side of the count, please contact: 

Karen Bachman 

(503) 289-3605 (home), (503) 802-2057 (work), (971)207-7754 (cell) 

pppahooie AT comcast.net or karen.bachman AT tonkon.com 

  

For the Washington side of the count, please contact: 

Scott Carpenter 

(503) 753-1267 

slcarpenter AT gmail.com .  

  

Happy Birding! 
Subject: Thank you! (Trip report)
From: James Cleaver <james.d.cleaver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:23:45 -0800
Hi all,
First, thank you so very much to all those who responded to my request last
week. We had a very successful trip, with a total of 79+ species, 5 life
birds for me, and 9 life birds for my co-birder.

Our first stop Sunday morning was at the Acorn Woodpecker colony at the
Evergreen Air and Space Museum. We then had no trouble locating the Bean
Goose about noon at the same spot at Nestucca Bay NWR. We then went to
Boiler Bay and got Ancient Murrelets, among other things. Our next stop was
at the South jetty area in Newport where we found a very accommodating
Wrentit in the bushes along the trail to the South. Monday morning we tried
a number of places for various birds, found a gorgeous Red - shouldered
Hawk Southeast of Lincoln city, and then we ended up on Fenk Rd. West of
Tillamook where we found three White-tailed Kites. Then we found two Rock
Sandpipers on the North Tillamook jetty hanging out with a Surfbird and
Black Turnstones.

The only real disappointment of the trip was searching Monday afternoon in
Astoria for over an hour for the Tropical Kingbird without success. A very
tame Townsends Warbler and an all white Junco around the blocks were
consolations.

Will definitely be back for more another day.

James Cleaver
Richland, WA
Subject: Re: snowys
From: Karen Saxton <kcsaxton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:48:18 -0800
Southern oregon coast - coos bay area.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM, Michael Medina <802redwood AT gmail.com>
wrote:
>
> From where?  Seems Fern Ridge in Veneta is the best guarantee.
>
>
> On Mon Dec 15 2014 at 8:27:17 PM Karen Saxton  wrote:
>
>> Hitting the road to portland tomorrow and want feedback on any snowy owls
>> anyone has seen. Thanks in advance!
>>
>
Subject: JoCo birds
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:45:19 -0800
A stop at Riversedge Park in downtown Grants Pass yielded 4 REDHEAD (2 pair) 
among 18 LESSER SCAUP. 

At Copeland Ponds, the 2+ WESTERN GREBES continue. There was a female EURASIAN 
WIGEON in the small wigeon flock. 

At Dinsdale Farm, on Riverbanks Rd, there were 2 WHITE-TAILED KITES.
At the junction of Buckskin Dr and Lower River Rd, there was another 
WHITE-TAILED KITE as well as 29 GREAT EGRETS & 22 GREAT BLUE HERONS. 

In the Fort Vannoy area, the non-countable, yet gorgeous, MANDARIN DUCK 
continues in Vannoy Creek proper with WOOD DUCKS (42.424973, -123.044278). I 
was able to also refind Zia's excellent PRAIRIE FALCON in the pumpkin patch 
along with several hundred blackbirds. 

Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: snowys
From: Michael Medina <802redwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:27:53 +0000
From where?  Seems Fern Ridge in Veneta is the best guarantee.

On Mon Dec 15 2014 at 8:27:17 PM Karen Saxton  wrote:

> Hitting the road to portland tomorrow and want feedback on any snowy owls
> anyone has seen. Thanks in advance!
>
Subject: snowys
From: Karen Saxton <kcsaxton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:26:39 -0800
Hitting the road to portland tomorrow and want feedback on any snowy owls
anyone has seen. Thanks in advance!
Subject: JACKSON COUNTY YARD BIRD: GREAT GRAY
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:04:26 -0800
http://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/is-this-a-great-yard-bird-or-what/

-- 
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Subject: Re: Brown Creeper
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:49:47 -0800
Sounds more like a Bewick's Wren.

Creepers tail should not be upturned- they use their tails like woodpcckers
do.

Bewick's Wren is also more likely to come to suet.

Wayne

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
wrote:
>
> I believe I have seen a brown creeper who is hanging around our suet and
> saw it too residing in the wreath nest made by the juncos this summer.  Is
> this possible?  It looks like a sparrow with an upturned tail and a long
> beak like a nuthatch with one thin white line on its face.  I have looked
> at all the pics and just cannot ID it.
>
>
>
> Any help would be great.
>
>
>
> * Maria Michalczyk,*
>
> *[image: Signature]*
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Brown Creeper
From: "Maria Michalczyk" <mariam AT easystreet.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:42:26 -0800
I believe I have seen a brown creeper who is hanging around our suet and saw
it too residing in the wreath nest made by the juncos this summer.  Is this
possible?  It looks like a sparrow with an upturned tail and a long beak
like a nuthatch with one thin white line on its face.  I have looked at all
the pics and just cannot ID it.  
 
Any help would be great.  
 
Maria Michalczyk,
Signature
 
 
Subject: HARRIS'S SPARROW Back At Silverton/Mt Angel Area Feeder
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:51:04 -0800
Looking for WT Sparrow at feeder area this evening for Cornell FeederWatch 
Count. We both just saw a HARRIS'S SPARROW at 4 PM and we think it is very 
possibly the same bird we had from December to March last winter...It seemed 
brighter, like a second year. A few minutes later we noted the White-throated 
Sparrow but it seemed anticlimactic for today's count. 


Pam said she might have seen the bird a week ago. I've been looking 
semi-closely for about a month as I thought it might "come back" like the 
Falcated Duck of yonder years in the Eugene area. Problem with this bird for 
viewing by birders is that it is intermittent and hard to predict when it will 
show up at feeder area. My first looks today were off in grass with some GC 
Sparrows - not where I "feed." Then it jumped over to the ground mixture of 
wheat/corn/millet/sunflower for about 5 minutes. 


Yard Birding can be rewarding. Eyes open.

John Thomas
5 mi NE of Silverton near Hwy 213

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Subject: Out of area: Brazil
From: "David Heath" <drheath82 AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:43:10 -0800
Obolistas,

 

Just back from a week at Serra dos Tucanos lodge, north of Rio.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/drheath/sets/72157649772953511/

 

David
Subject: Short-eared Owls in north Porltand
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:20:48 -0800
Hi Guys,

No fewer than four Short-eared Owls were roosting in the Broughton Beach
area in north Portland today.  Their camouflage at this location is
absolutely INSANE!  Here are a few pics displaying their variable plumages.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boundtobird/15845973087/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boundtobird/15412026163/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boundtobird/15844422160/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/boundtobird/15844436090/in/photostream/

Fortunately, the wind held these birds down, making them very
photographable.

Rhett Wilkins
Subject: Paulina WRS Crook County
From: Charles Gates <cgates326 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:50:11 -0800
Rocky Miner and I ran the Paulina WRS today.  Here are the results:
Red-tailed Hawk - 26
American Kestrel - 2
Northern Harrier - 4
Bald Eagle - 5 Adults, 3 Immatures
Golden Eagle - 8
Rough-legged Hawk - 6

We also found a Rough-legged Hawk and a Ferruginous Hawk about 2 miles 
east of Prineville.

-- 
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for 
sure that just ain't so. 

Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
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Subject: Lincoln birds
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:43:43 -0800
Tristen Hynes and I birded central Lincoln Co. on the way home from the CBC 
today. Notables were a peregrine over the Pig n Pancake in Lincoln City, decent 
looks at Ancient Murrelet between huge swells at Boiler Bay, the usual array of 
loons etc at the Yaquina Jetties and a nice little wad of peeps near the 
12-mile marker for a local race, up the river a bit. 75 Least, 5 Dunlin and 5 
Western. Seems to me that Western can be hard to find that far north in winter. 


Tristen can add anything I forgot.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Florence bird count needs coverage
From: kit <kit AT uoregon.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:26:10 -0800
The Florence CBC is Saturday, Dec 20. This is the 30th year of the 
count. The count usually gets between 127-130 species.

I have one area that needs coverage. It is along Hwy 126 from Cushman 
east to the edge of the circle at the C&D docks. There are some 
interesting backwaters along the river, a lot of riparian, a 100 acre 
conservation project, some residential forest areas, some deep forest 
areas. There are ducks and geese and phoebe and sometimes grouse and 
Mountain Quail and bear.

If you would like to cover this area, or if you would like to join a 
team doing another area, send me an email.

Kit Larsen
Eugene



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Subject: White Pelicans
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:55:33 -0800
 Just had a call from Dave Brown. He asked me to post that he had 9 White 
Pelicans feeding on fish right at the dam at Fern Ridge Reservoir west of 
Eugene in Lane County. With the low water level during winter, the fish must be 
concentrating near the rocks of the dam where the water is deepest. 





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Subject: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: Beverly Hallberg <mapsout AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:16:36 -0800
Hi all,

This duck was at Vanport Wetlands this morning in Portland.  What do you
think this is?  A hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup or a female Tufted Duck or
neither?

He/she was out in the middle right in a grass clump with a bunch of other
ducks looking from the signage area.

There are 4 pictures on the Flickr photostream -

https://flic.kr/p/q9aqN6
https://flic.kr/p/q98TFa
https://flic.kr/p/q92GJd
https://flic.kr/p/q92GVq

Also there was a Swamp Sparrow along the hedge area!

Thanks, Beverly
Subject: Port Orford CBC Prelim. Report 12/14/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:06 -0800
The weather was pretty nice out all day until the rain arrived about 3PM.
Highs in the mid-50's with not much wind, low around 40F. Prelim total was
142 species, one of the highest ever for Port Orford.  I am not sure on
total attendance, maybe 15? If this count could ever attract over 20 people
on a day with decent weather I think 150 species would be possible. The
most unusual bird(s) was a  WANDERING TATTLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER.

Owling conditions were great and we ended up with 6 species including
SHORT-EARED OWL.

We did well with geese also- 5 species including a SNOW GOOSE and a BRANT.

BROWN PELICANS were seen by many, I think my tally of 16 off the Floras
Lake area was one of the higher area totals though.

Alcids found included both ANCIENT MURRELET and RHINO AUKLET.

The ACORN WOODPECKERS are still hanging in there up Grassy Knob.

The only SAY'S PHOEBE around this winter is at the Blue Silos on the way
into Floras where it was easily visible yesterday.

Several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were located.

There were only 2 or 3 PALM WARBLERS (the two at the Blue Silos were no
shows) and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER also.

One each AMERICAN and LESSER GOLDFINCHES were found.  Red Crossbills and
Pine Siskins were a lot easier to find this winter than last year!

Other miscellaneous nice finds included: Eared Grebes, American Bittern and
several Soras.

Biggest misses included: Brown Creeper, Western Bluebird, Purple Finch, and
Tundra Swan (CW though, this may be a first miss for this species?).  I saw
a CW Ruffed Grouse the day before the count also. On, no Turkey Vultures
still around and the Cattle Egret took off about a week before the count
according to the rancher whose place it had been visiting.

I am probably missing a few things, Jim Rogers will be tallying up any last
minute additions.  Thanks again Jim and Ann and Tim for having folks over.

Merry CBCing!
Tim R
back in Coos Bay
Subject: Klamath Falls CBC Prelim results
From: Kevin Spencer <rriparia AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:34:26 -0500 (EST)
Klamath Falls had its 2014 CBC Sunday. Weather up to this day was quite 
mild, with only this morning dipping to 26 to freeze some canal water, 
but not main bodies of water, and definitely not moving water. Snow was 
falling during the compilation.

The final species count total reached a count record 114. This included 
species such as YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,  NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, ANNA'S 
HUMMINGBIRD, WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER, THAYER'S GULLS, GLAUCOUS-WINGED 
GULL, (6 species of gulls!)  AND MOUNTAIN QUAIL, RED CROSSBILLS, and 
WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, NORTHERN PYGMY OWL, among others that usually leave 
the area for winter such as AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMORANTS, WESTERN GREBE, BLACK PHOEBE, AND  NORTHERN YELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLERS,.  This ended up to be the highest species count since the 
new-centered count circle began in 1979. And a few species were missed, 
such as: HAIRY WOODPECKER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

The teams all reported that they had a great time.

Kevin Spencer
rriparia AT charter.net
Klamath Falls, OR
Subject: JACKSON COUNTY; EARED GREBE, NOT A REGULAR HERE
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:36:32 -0800
and he's on a smal pond!
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/eared-today-gone-tomorrow/
-- 
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author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
*
Atowhee AT gmail
http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
Subject: ASHLAND EARED GREBE
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:27:16 -0800
an unusual winter bird for this area
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/eared-today-gone-tomorrow/

-- 
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author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
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Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:15:24 -0800
John:

Here is the information. This is from the newsletter that I send out to AviSys 
users or anyone else that wants to learn about changes to the taxonomy/state 
and provincial lists within the ABA area on a bi-annual basis (paid 
subscription). Salvin’s was seen off California this fall so once the CBRC 
votes to accept that record California will be adding that one as well. 


Shy Albatross was split three ways into White-capped, Salvin’s, and Chatham 
Albatrosses. White-capped had recorded multiple times and Salvin’s has been 
recorded off Alaska. Chatham may have also occurred based upon Steve Howell’s 
analysis of several records off California. The latter are being reevaluated by 
the California Records Committee. 


Shawneen Finnegan
Portland, OR


> On Dec 15, 2014, at 7:34 AM, John Rakestraw  
wrote: 

> 
> The current ABA checklist has split Shy Albatross. What is the new species 
name for the formerly shy birds seen in Oregon? White-capped? 

> 
> Cheers, 
> John Rakestraw
Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:53:47 -0800
I think the 1996 bird was not named to subspecies and the other was
Tasmanian. This according to a what I recall in Howell's book.  All four
have been found in North America however.  So I am not sure why the ABA
added only two of them and I assume the two new ones match up with the
criteria for the birds in Howell?
Does not make sense to me on the surface.  WIll dig into it tonight.

Bob Archer
PDX


On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM, John Rakestraw 
wrote:
>
> The current ABA checklist has split Shy Albatross. What is the new species
> name for the formerly shy birds seen in Oregon? White-capped?
>
> Cheers,
> John Rakestraw
>
> --
> John Rakestraw
> Portland, OR
> Second Edition of *Birding Oregon* available here
> 
>
Subject: Reported Eider/Delta ponds/not found
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:47:10 -0800
 I spent some time checking out the report of a Common Eider at the ponds this 
morning and was unable to locate one. There were a lot of good birds around 
however as I found a Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Snipe, Hooded Mergs, L.B. 
Dowitchers, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher and many more. 

														Don Schrouder

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Subject: Columbia Estuary CBC maybe odd sandpiper
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:31:13 -0800
I helped out down at the Columbia Estuary CBC on Sunday 12/14/14.  I
thought I might have found a Curlew Sandpiper on the VERY windy beach.  I
decided it was a Dunlin, but wished I had better views.  I have some very
cropped photos on my blog report.  Will add my species list later tonight.

http://outandaboutoregonbirds.blogspot.com/

Bob Archer
PDX
Subject: Lane Prairie Falcon
From: Luke Ferrenburg <lukeferrenburg AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:55:12 -0800
Saw the Prairie Falcon recently reported by John on his raptor route a few days 
ago on Washburn lane in Junction City. 


-Luke Ferrenburg 

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Subject: Re: bird genomics
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:41:41 -0800
This ia really important work, but I would not consider it the final word.
When you look at a tree like the one in Tim's last link, it is helpful to
look at the spacing in time between branch points.  Where they are really
close, there is more potential for further data to revise the tree.  Thus I
would regard the separation of the Passerine to Seriama group from the
Bee-eater to New World Vulture group to be fairly tentative.  Ditto for the
grouping of the Hoatzin with the Plovers and Cranes.

On the other hand, some other new things make a lot of sense.  The
Gruiformes, as we learned them were clearly a collection of relict groups
with not that much in common, so it is satisfying to see the Bustards,
Sereimas and Sunbitterns moved out.  And the adjacent placing of Seriamas
and Falcons makes some sense, as the early radiation of Falcons appears to
be neotropical, and Seriamas are the last survivors of an ancient
neotropical group.

Wayne

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM, Tim Janzen  wrote:
>
> Dear All,
>
> Three days ago the genomes for 48 different species of birds were released
> into the public domain.  See
> 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/12-12-2014-bird-genome-sequence-annotation-data 

> for background.  A number of important papers were published on this
> topic.  See http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1308.  The article
> at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1320.full includes a new
> phylogenetic tree that reconstructs the origins and the relationships among
> many of the bird families.  This phylogenetic tree can be seen at
> http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1320/F1.large.jpg.  The data
> suggests that modern birds descend from 4 major branches of birds that
> survived the mass extinction event 66 million years ago that was largely
> caused by the asteroid that struck off the Yucatan Peninsula.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Tim Janzen
>
Subject: Time to vote...OBA Dec. photo contest!
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:38:52 -0800
We have some beautiful entries for the December OBA photo contest.
Click on link:

http://www.orbirds.org 


to cast your vote for your favorite photo!

Voting closes December 31 and the winner will be announced next year!

Stephanie Hazen
Subject: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: John Rakestraw <rakestrawbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:34:51 -0800
The current ABA checklist has split Shy Albatross. What is the new species
name for the formerly shy birds seen in Oregon? White-capped?

Cheers,
John Rakestraw

-- 
John Rakestraw
Portland, OR
Second Edition of *Birding Oregon* available here
Subject: Oakridge CBC preliminary results
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:47:48 -0800
Hi all,

Yesterday's Oakridge CBC benefited from mostly clear weather and
snow-free roads which allowed access all the way up to the highest
elevations of the circle (4600 ft).

19 volunteers found a provisional total of 67 species. Some of the more
unusual species for this circle included COMMON LOON and COMMON
GOLDENEYE on Hills Creek Reservoir, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (on the
golf course, hanging out with a domestic white goose but apparently wild
birds), MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE (two flocks reported from high elevations
west of Oakridge), and a SHRIKE (apparent immature Northern Shrike
photographed above the town).

PINE SISKINS were the most abundant bird of the day with a round tally
of 480. GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS made their usual strong showing with
280, followed by OREGON JUNCOS (270) and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES
(220).

All six of the expected woodpecker/sapsucker species were found, with
PILEATED WOODPECKERS providing the biggest excitement. All five expected
corvids were also found, including 7 GRAY JAYS.

We didn't find any big owls this year but owling turned up 2 WESTERN
SCREECH-OWLS and at least one NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL. A total of 5
NORTHERN PYGMY-OWLS were found during the daylight hours.

Only one GROUSE was found this year, causing perhaps the most
frustration of any bird of the day as it evaded attempts at positive
identification, though the observers were leaning toward Sooty Grouse.
Four MOUNTAIN QUAIL were also found. No California Quail turned up;
apparently the usual town flock has been scarce lately.

Thanks to all of the birders who joined the effort.

Happy birding,
Joel
--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: amazing Anna's Hummingbird roost
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:30:21 -0800
While participating in the Lincoln City CBC our party led by Dick Demarest
came upon an amazing roost of Anna's Hummingbirds.

From the corner of Fleet Ave and 69th Streets in Cutler City there is a
short extension of Fleet Ave that leads to a view of Siletz Bay.  On the
east side of the avenue the second house has 3 hummingbird feeders on an
open deck.  Above the deck is a shore pine with a dead "witches broom," a
snarl of twigs with no needles.  The birds are using this broom as a roost
between visits to the feeder.

We counted 8 ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS perched on that broom at one time, like
live Christmas tree ornaments.  Add two birds in alder trees above the
house, plus uncounted birds in transit to the feeders, and you have an
amazing show.

Good birding, everyone,

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen
McMinnville

------------------------------------------
Subject: Lincoln City CBC
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 20:29 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
I'm not sure when Dawn will be able to post, so I'll make a preliminary post
for the Lincoln City CBC. 128 species, most unusual Black-throated Gray
Warbler, Heermann's Gull.

Weird misses include snipe and killdeer. Coverage was pretty good in
pleasant weather.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Sent from my iPhone



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Subject: bird genomics
From: "Tim Janzen" <tjanzen AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:16:36 -0800
Dear All,

Three days ago the genomes for 48 different species of birds were released
into the public domain.  See
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/12-12-2014-bird-genome-sequence-annotation-
data for background.  A number of important papers were published on this
topic.  See http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1308.  The article at
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1320.full includes a new
phylogenetic tree that reconstructs the origins and the relationships among
many of the bird families.  This phylogenetic tree can be seen at
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1320/F1.large.jpg.  The data
suggests that modern birds descend from 4 major branches of birds that
survived the mass extinction event 66 million years ago that was largely
caused by the asteroid that struck off the Yucatan Peninsula.

Sincerely,

Tim Janzen
Subject: Bunting double header today
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:03:46 -0800
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20910897

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20910896

Phil Kahler and I birded Seaside and Astoria and got the two target birds
we were after.  We saw the Indigo Bunting about 10:30 AM, but had to return
about 4PM to get photos (such as they are) as the WS Jays scared all the
small birds off in the AM.

We searched the right area in Astoria along the RxR tracks by warehouse
doors 3 and 23 about noon and could not locate the Snow Bunting, then
thanks to Mike Patterson (who came walking back past us and told us where
the bird was), we retraced our steps to where we'd birded just moments
before (near the bridge) and hadn't seen it, and there it was, right by the
RxR tracks.

We found a TK fly catching from the wires at NW Ready Mix, Inc, on Hwy 202,
just east of 8th St in Astoria.

Great day at the beach.

Nels Nelson
Hillsboro