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Tundra Swan,©Julie Zickefoose

23 Nov Saturday at Ridgefield NWR [Stephanie Hazen ]
22 Nov Cool Creeper photo [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov Washinton Co scoter, YB Sapsucker [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov 2 minute video of swans at Ridgfield NWR 11-22-14 [Stephanie Hazen ]
22 Nov Crabtree, Linn County Snow Goose, Finley Redhead ["Jeff Harding" ]
22 Nov Cattle Egret yes, Hooded Oriole no- S. Coast 11/22/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
22 Nov Rentenaar Road, Sauvie Island ["Will Risser" ]
22 Nov id help result: heron not crane [Linda Fink ]
22 Nov Heavy Offshore Movement- Coos 11/22/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
22 Nov Re: Finley Black Phoebe? [Hendrik Herlyn ]
22 Nov Finley Black Phoebe? [Alan Contreras ]
22 Nov Salem C Goldeneyes, Barn Swallows 11/22 [Roy Gerig ]
22 Nov Black phoebe - Canby Community Park [Jeff Dillon ]
22 Nov Yamhill Red Phalarope [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov Clatsop seawatches - 11/22/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
22 Nov Best days to bird Sauvie Is. [Bob Archer ]
22 Nov No Newport booby? [Wayne Hoffman ]
22 Nov Boiler Bay, Nov. 22 - BROWN BOOBY [Wayne Hoffman ]
22 Nov Re: Florence Snow Goose [Roy Lowe ]
22 Nov Lincoln City CBC, call for Owlers ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov Lincoln City CBC, Sunday December 14th ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov Florence Snow Goose [Alan Contreras ]
22 Nov Finley birds, Yellowthroat [Alan Contreras ]
22 Nov Columbia Co birds [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov Re: Bean goose/booby [Gerard Lillie ]
22 Nov Bean goose/booby [Colleen McDaniel ]
22 Nov Mary's Peak 11/22 [Luke Ferrenburg ]
22 Nov id help needed [Linda Fink ]
22 Nov OBA Renewal bounces - Dale & Elva Paulson, Norman Barrett ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov OBA Renewal Bounces - Carol Cwiklinski, Suzy Murphy, David Ball ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov Re: special seawatch challenge... ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov special seawatch challenge... [Mike Patterson ]
22 Nov [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
21 Nov Sauvie's Island birds [Tom McNamara ]
21 Nov Re: Birder News for Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival this weekend [Mary Ratcliff ]
21 Nov Linn Co birds [Russ Namitz ]
21 Nov Re: Tundra Bean-Goose [Pete Fahey ]
21 Nov Coos Hooded Oriole 11/21/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
21 Nov Columbia County [Donald Coggswell ]
21 Nov Seeking observations of birds eating oak mistletoe berries ["Pritchard, Kyle" ]
21 Nov Tundra Bean Goose Yes 11-21-14 [James Billstine ]
21 Nov Bean Goose [david smith ]
21 Nov Birder News for Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival this weekend [Mary Ratcliff ]
21 Nov Hermit thrush Westmorland [Chris Bennett ]
21 Nov Tundra Bean-Goose [Gerard Lillie ]
21 Nov Re: Mary's Peak PINE GROSBEAK & Rosyfinches [David Irons ]
21 Nov Weather this weekend [Mike Patterson ]
21 Nov Re: dead owl [Jeff Gilligan ]
21 Nov Re: Help Dying Bird [Marlowe Kissinger ]
21 Nov Mary's Peak PINE GROSBEAK & Rosyfinches [Russ Namitz ]
21 Nov Re: Help Dying Bird [Carole Hallett ]
21 Nov Help Dying Bird [Marlowe Kissinger ]
20 Nov dead owl date correction [Darrel Faxon ]
20 Nov dead owl [Darrel Faxon ]
21 Nov Oregon Birding Association RENEWAL time ["dawn v" ]
20 Nov Horned Larks at Broughton Beach [Andy Frank ]
20 Nov Re: Boiler Bay ["Phil Pickering" ]
20 Nov Mary's Peak: Pine Grosbeaks & Rosy Finches--Yes [Range Bayer ]
20 Nov Fwd: Western Tanager [Michel Kleinbaum ]
20 Nov Re: tagged Common Murre []
20 Nov Re: tagged Common Murre [Range Bayer ]
20 Nov Pine Grosbeak in the morning mist (Marys Peak) [Hendrik Herlyn ]
20 Nov Re: tagged Common Murre []
20 Nov Re: Christmas Bird Count Schedule ["Tom Crabtree" ]
20 Nov Re: [obol] Christmas Bird Count Schedule ["Tom Crabtree" ]
20 Nov Re: ID-Frontiers feedback about Jen Sanford's Common Goldeneye [Bob Archer ]
20 Nov [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
20 Nov Re: RFI --- Geese with Bean-Goose ???? [Bob ]
20 Nov Re: RFI --- Geese with Bean-Goose ???? [David Irons ]
20 Nov ID-Frontiers feedback about Jen Sanford's Common Goldeneye [David Irons ]
19 Nov RBA: Portland, OR 11-20-14 [Harry Nehls ]
19 Nov Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 11/19/2014 [Wink Gross ]
19 Nov Re: Portland Goldeneyes and World Toilet Day [Joel Geier ]
19 Nov Re: Christmas Bird Count Schedule ["Don Albright" ]
19 Nov November Fort Rock Raptor Survey ["Kim Boddie" ]
19 Nov November Fort Rock Raptor Survey ["Kim Boddie" ]

Subject: Saturday at Ridgefield NWR
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:44:09 -0800
We spend the day at Ridgefield NWR, driving the loop road 3 times. We had 
pelting rain, glorious sunshine, huge clouds, cold and warmth. You name it! 


Most of the following photos are of wet birds drying out and grooming 
themselves. There are several videos interspersed among the photos. Click on 

link below and see a tagged Columbia white-tail deer (ear tags 43 and 44), an 
untagged doe accompanying him, pipits, golden-crowned sparrows, a 

hybrid Canada goose/greater white front goose (first spotted by Ray), many wet 
red-tailed hawks, 2 videos of RTH’s eating prey, a juvenile Sandhill 
crane,coots, nutria, 

Hooded Merganser, American wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Harrier, 
pied-billed grebe, great blue herons, savannah sparrow, Wilson’s snipe, and 
many swans. 


You realize just how noisy Ridgefield is when shooting a video with sound: 
gunfire from the hunters, trains rolling by, people talking and walking in 
front 

of your video taping, cars crunching gravel as they drive by, and the lovely 
sounds of sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and thousands of geese and ducks. 


click on link below to see what we saw:


https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/RidgefieldNWR11222014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPz-gqLNwvz9jAE&feat=directlink 
 


Stephanie Hazen
Ray Temple
Salem
Subject: Cool Creeper photo
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:57:11 -0800
 Tim Shelmerdine spotted this very cool looking leucistic BROWN CREEPER this 
morning on Sauvie Island. 

https://picasaweb.google.com/113581614565937060167/LeucisticBrownCreeper
Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Washinton Co scoter, YB Sapsucker
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:59:59 -0800
I saw the female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Vadis (45.598349, -123.023992) 
that Stefan Schlick found a few weeks ago. 

At Fernhill Wetlands, off SW Geiger Rd (45.504911, -123.080308), there were a 
couple dozen TUNDRA SWANS and a perched PEREGRINE FALCON. 

I stopped by Hagg Lake and saw a female SURF SCOTER, 2 HORNED GREBES and about 
20 WESTERN GREBES, but couldn't find any goldeneye. 

Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: 2 minute video of swans at Ridgfield NWR 11-22-14
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:26:46 -0800
https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/SwansRidgefieldNWR11222014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNiz39K557be1AE&feat=directlink 
 


Click on the link to this 2 minute 18 second video to get an idea of how many 
swans are at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge today. 


Stephanie Hazen
Ray Temple
Salem
Subject: Crabtree, Linn County Snow Goose, Finley Redhead
From: "Jeff Harding" <jeffharding AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:05:18 -0800
There was a Snow Goose in a mixed group of white-cheeked geese at the corner
of Griggs and Brewster road near Crabtree, Linn County at 9:00 this morning.
I did not see it on my return around 4:00. Geese do move around the area.

 

Since I had an errand in Philomath this morning, I went on up to the top of
Mary's Peak around noon. The weather was rather nasty, and no Pine Grosbeak
presented itself to me. There was a flock of over 20 Gray-crowned
Rosy-finches. Since ice seemed to be building up, I fled after a quick walk
to the top.

 

Finley NWR is sort of on the way home, so I went by Bruce Road. It was
lovely to see all the Rough-legged Hawks from the overlook. At the marshes
on Bruce Road there were a lot of waterfowl, including a Redhead just south
of the pull-out on the west side.

 

Good birding,

Jeff
Subject: Cattle Egret yes, Hooded Oriole no- S. Coast 11/22/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:37:41 -0800
I forgot to mention that the Floras Lake egret is still around but no luck
on the oriole which was only seen for a couple minutes yesterday by Barb
Griffin in N. Bend.  I looked for a bit this morning without luck and Barb
never called so it may have left or is elsewhere in that N. Bend
neighborhood?

Enjoy,
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Rentenaar Road, Sauvie Island
From: "Will Risser" <wlrisser AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:32:43 -0800
We threw out seed on the side of the road opposite the apple tree on
Rentenaar Road this morning. In addition to many golden-crowned and
white-crowned sparrows, we saw two Lincoln's and one chipping.
Jan and Will Risser, Portland

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Subject: id help result: heron not crane
From: Linda Fink <linda AT fink.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:54:55 -0800
It is unanimous. My Sandhill Crane of 1978 is really a Great Blue Heron. 
The good news is that the only item on my bucket list has been to reach 
150 species on my farm list. Now I'm back to 149 and can live longer.

Linda
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Subject: Heavy Offshore Movement- Coos 11/22/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:52:53 -0800
I was out and about in the AM where I saw a PALM WARBLER at the old Weyco
pond site on the north spit of Coos Bay which was still stuffed with ducks
including 40 CANVASBACK, 8 REDHEADS, and at least 10 COMMON GOLDENEYES.
Unfortunately later in the PM, around dark, some local hunters started
blasting away on the aeration pond (where most of the ducks are).  Probably
won't be many around now.  This is the area where many people walk so most
hunters don't hunt there, but there are always a few...

Later in the PM Teak and I went out to the south end of the north spit.  We
were able to kick up one LAPLAND LONGSPUR.  I decided to walk out to the
beach and the waves were HUGE.  I noticed just beyond the breakers that
there was a flood of birds headed south.  We then headed down to the north
jetty and since the tide had started heading out we actually were able to
go out on it quite a ways.  Just off the jetty there were all sorts of
birds moving.  I only was able to bird from 3:30PM to about 4:15PM when the
light got to low.  I did some time estimates and figured there were 700
NORTHERN FULMARS/hr. passing by with 500 to 1,000 loons per/minute! This
lasted the entire 45 minutes I was there.  There was a large raft of about
200 fulmars sitting just of the NW end of the jetty also.  I saw probably
50 Bonie Gulls, a dozen kittiwakes, thousands of gulls (many Mews, Cal,
Herrings as well as Westerns, Glaucous-wingeds, etc.), many scoter flocks,
etc.  At one point 8 JAEGERS flew by together right off the jetty.  I think
they were a mix of Poms and Parasitics.  I did have another lone Pom before
I quit. It was so close it was like seeing one on a pelagic boat trip come
right by the boat- actually, most of the birds I saw were really close, I
did not even really look far past the breakers as the visibilty was not so
great (big waves & heavy swell) but there were huge numbers moving further
offshore (I should have been at Cape Arago!). It was pretty dang
spectacular, too bad I just caught the end of it.

We had heavy showers off and on all day, with nice sun breaks in between.

Merry late migration!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Re: Finley Black Phoebe?
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:13:20 -0800
Quite likely! Oscar and I had a Black Phoebe in that same general area a
few days ago.

Hendrik

On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM, Alan Contreras 
wrote:

> I neglected to mention in my earlier post that I think I heard a singing
> Black Phoebe between the red barnlike building and the parking lot for the
> Cabell Marsh overlook platform at Finley today.  It was behing a tall
> hedgerow and I could not see anything.
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
>


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__________________________
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Corvallis, OR


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Subject: Finley Black Phoebe?
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:06:56 -0800
I neglected to mention in my earlier post that I think I heard a singing Black 
Phoebe between the red barnlike building and the parking lot for the Cabell 
Marsh overlook platform at Finley today. It was behing a tall hedgerow and I 
could not see anything. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Salem C Goldeneyes, Barn Swallows 11/22
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:59:36 -0800
This morning while making preparations for 2 grandkids' birthday party at a 
pizza place (the pizza might have been on a cardboard crust, but even in 
Portland the pizza for kid parties doesn't have to be any good) I checked 
Staat's Lake in Keizer and saw 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES - 4 adult males and 2 female 
types as well as 2 WESTERN GREBES that have been there for about 7 weeks now. 
Then I saw 3 BARN SWALLOWS where I saw 6 a few days ago just before the big 
freeze of Nov 19-20 (or whatever days) over Lowe's pond along Turner Rd by the 
Salem airport. This is the same pond that had 3, maybe 4, Swallow species 2 
years ago in December, seen by several birders including myself. That was odd. 

Roy Gerig, Salem OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Black phoebe - Canby Community Park
From: Jeff Dillon <hirundorustica AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:47:09 -0800
A single black phoebe was behind the Canby Community Park pond in Clackamas 
county. Specifically, it was sitting on a branch a few feet over the little 
water channel located behind an island on the backside of the park pond. A 
belted kingfisher was also working the back channel. The usual pond ducks and 
geese were present as well. 


Jeff Dillon
Gladstone, Oregon

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Subject: Yamhill Red Phalarope
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:27:16 -0800
There is a RED PHALAROPE on the first pond of the Yamhill sewage ponds. Access 
is just south of 3rd St on the west side of Hwy 47. 


Cheers,
Russ
 		 	   		  
Subject: Clatsop seawatches - 11/22/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:13:58 -0800
I spent the morning under showery skies watching the ocean and
not being overwhelmed...

There were very few loons moving, no gulls to speak of and the
only tubenoses were a single SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER at Peter Iredale
and 3 very unwell NORTHERN FULMARS on the beach south of the Sunset
Access.

I also found 17 dead fulmars, a dead Short-tailed Shearwater and
a dead FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER (county first for me dead or alive)
on the walked 2km stretch of Sunset Beach.  Good numbers of DUNLIN and
SANDERLINGS, plus two WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a LEAST SANDPIPER.

A BLACK PHOEBE was in the backyard of one of the big summer houses
at Surfpines.

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Best days to bird Sauvie Is.
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:07:38 -0800
Hi:

Just an FYI to avoid Russ's experience of hunters clogging up Rentenaar, for 
the rest of 2014 the hunt days are the even days, for January due to the 31st 
to 1st connection, the hunt days switch to the odd days.. 


Bob Archer 
Pdx





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Subject: No Newport booby?
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:00:05 -0800
Hi -

My last sighting of the Newport Bayfront Brown Booby was on Wednesday, Nov.
19.

I have checked briefly each of the past 3 days, so if it is still present,
it apparently has moved to a new roost site.

If anyone sees it or has seen it more recently - please post.

Thanks -

Wayne
Subject: Boiler Bay, Nov. 22 - BROWN BOOBY
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:31:13 -0800
Hi -

I did a seawatch at Boiler Bay from 8:20 to 9:20 this morning.  Weather:
 west wind 5-15, no rain while I was counting.  Water was very choppy wih
big swells, and light conditions were generally difficult.  Mostly cloudy.

Everything was southbound unless otherwise noted.

The highlight was an imm. BROWN BOOBY, southbound at 1/2 mile about 9:00
AM.  This was a dark-billed bird with little contrast between breast and
belly.

Loon movement was 50-120 birds per minute, with a peak for a few minutes
afer 9 AM of 300/minute.  Pacific vs estimate is based on ration of those
closer to shore.

Otherwise:

Common Loon             20
Pacific Loon                8,000
Red-throated Loon        5,000
Fulmar                         8  all dark phase
Short-tailed Shearwater 2
Surf Scoter                  400
WW Scoter                  25   several N
Black Scoter                4
Black-legged Kittiwake  1  Juv.
Gulls                            Thousands - see below
Common Murre              3,000
Ancient Murrelet            14     4 on water
Rhinoceros Auklet          80
Cassin's Auklet              1

Gulls:  a stream of gulls was following the coast, generally above or just
behind the highway seemed to be 200+ birds/minute.  Then about 9:10 the sun
broke through and illumnated the water 2+ miles offshore, and showed a
tremendous movement (several hundred per minute).  When the clouds close up
they again were very hard to see.

Wayne
Subject: Re: Florence Snow Goose
From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:06:46 -0800
The snow goose present there when we passed by in Monday.

Roy

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> On Nov 22, 2014, at 2:45 PM, Alan Contreras  wrote:
> 
> Sean Burns reports a Snow Goose at C&M stables five miles north of Florence.
> 
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
> 
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Lincoln City CBC, call for Owlers
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:56:34 +0100




Subject: Lincoln City CBC, Sunday December 14th
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:52:00 +0100




Subject: Florence Snow Goose
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:45:15 -0800
Sean Burns reports a Snow Goose at C&M stables five miles north of Florence.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Finley birds, Yellowthroat
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:41:58 -0800
Tristen Hynes and I spent the morning birding north from Eugene to Albany. 
Highlights were a daytime Great Horned Owl near Junction City (it was very dark 
under the heavy black cloud cover), a late YELLOwthroat that Tristen pished up 
at the first 90-degree corner on Bruce Rd (Finley nwr) just past the parking 
area on the e edge of McFadden marsh and at least six ROUGH-legged Hawks at 
Finley, most of them along the western part of Bruce Rd. That area, past the 
goose overlook, was raptor central: full of harriers, two of which were 
carrying mice. One roughleg was doing a pretty good job of chasing a mousy 
harrier. 


There was a gorgeous dark roughleg near the prairie overlook on Finley Rd.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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Subject: Columbia Co birds
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:16:31 -0800
Tim Shelmerdine and I birded the northern part of Sauvie Island this morning. 
From the covered overlook, we saw 5 CANVASBACK, a pair of REDHEAD and a RUDDY 
DUCK. The multitude of huntering vehicles (20+) prevented from doing much 
birding along Renetaar Rd. There was a leucistic BROWN CREEPER near Collins 
Beach and a COMMON LOON in the channel. 


Later, by myself, in the Scappoose Bottoms near the Ellis Farm, I found 1 
BARROW'S & 2 COMMON GOLDENEYE, but no Ross's Goose. 


At the Scappoose sewage ponds, there 3 CINNAMON TEAL and a EURASIAN WIGEON.

Good birding,
Russ Namitz
Medford, OR
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Bean goose/booby
From: Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie AT outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:38:42 -0800
I was just about to report to the list that, yes, I saw the Tundra Bean-Goose 
today between 9:30 and 10:00 AM. I observed it in the fields along Christiansen 
Rd at the second "pull over". 

 
I did not try for the booby because heavy rain set in and it looked like it 
would last a good while, which it did. 


Gerard Lillie
Portland, OR

 
> From: colleen.mcdaniel79 AT gmail.com
> Subject: [obol] Bean goose/booby
> Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:31:59 -0600
> To: obol AT freelists.org
> 
> I'm finally getting back to Oregon tonight from two weeks of travel and am 
hoping to see the Bean-Goose and Booby tomorrow. 

> 
> Has anyone seen either today? Any suggestions on the best time to see either?
> 
> Thank you! I'm happy I'll finally get to see them hopefully!
> 
> Bird On,
> Colleen 
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Subject: Bean goose/booby
From: Colleen McDaniel <colleen.mcdaniel79 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:31:59 -0600
I'm finally getting back to Oregon tonight from two weeks of travel and am 
hoping to see the Bean-Goose and Booby tomorrow. 


Has anyone seen either today? Any suggestions on the best time to see either?

Thank you! I'm happy I'll finally get to see them hopefully!

Bird On,
Colleen 

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Subject: Mary's Peak 11/22
From: Luke Ferrenburg <lukeferrenburg AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:03:48 -0800
Kelsey and I went up to Mary's Peak this morning in search of Rosy finches and 
the pine grosbeaks. The rosy finches were plentiful but we couldn't find the 
pine grosbeaks. The mist/snow/rain mixture was incredibly thick today. 


-Luke Ferrenburg 
- Kelsey O'Sullivan

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Subject: id help needed
From: Linda Fink <linda AT fink.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:46:18 -0800
The 1978 photo that I scanned in to my bird list of species seen here on 
our farm may not be what I thought was here back in 1978. We have always 
said we had a Sandhill Crane hang out here by the creek for several 
weeks and then one day disappear. But now, looking at the photo, it 
looks more like a juvenile Great Blue Heron to me. The photo is lousy 
and we can't remember if the bird had a red crown or not. But it doesn't 
appear to have a "skirt" as a crane of any age should have, I would 
think. And the two tone head appears like a juvenile heron. I made a 
separate blog post on my birdnotes site for just this photo so people 
don't have to wade through the other hundreds. I think my farm list just 
went down to 149. Help!

http://lindafink-birdnotes.blogspot.com/2014/11/crane-or-heron.html

Linda
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Subject: OBA Renewal bounces - Dale & Elva Paulson, Norman Barrett
From: "dawn v" <dawnv AT birdlover.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:24:19 +0100




Subject: OBA Renewal Bounces - Carol Cwiklinski, Suzy Murphy, David Ball
From: "dawn v" <dawnv AT birdlover.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:22:20 +0100




Subject: Re: special seawatch challenge...
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:48:51 +0100




Subject: special seawatch challenge...
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:27:26 -0800
Watch for and try to get a photo of a waterspout....

... and try not to make yourself a target by standing in prominent
places.  This isn't golf, you know.

> Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce
> small hail. High near 53. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high
> as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts
> between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts
> possible in thunderstorms.

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:28:54 -0800

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: November 22, 2014 6:10:43 AM PST

*** Species Summary:

Western Bluebird (1 Grant)
Pine Grosbeak (1 Benton)

---------------------------------------------
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: Sauvie's Island birds
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:24:24 -0800
Hi all,

I joined the fellow nuts who went out in this weather  today and ended up
with some fun birds as a reward.  I saw this (links to pics below)
Red-tailed in the field (and then on a post) right  across from where Oak
Isl. rd diverges from Reeder Rd.    Looks quasi Krider-y but it seemed to
have more belly band than a Krider's should have.  (Opinions on this
bird?)  Some traffic, rain soaking everything as it came in through open
windows, water on lenses of a couple optics all combined to distract and
disrupt any decent views  when the bird flew.  Anyway, birders may be on
the lookout for it and get better pictures than these soggy ones.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22888877 AT N07/15661896750/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22888877 AT N07/15229595303/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22888877 AT N07/15663237769/in/photostream/

There was also a Red-shouldered that flew into some trees at the kennel
right across from Coon Pt.

Rentenaar Rd. had one White-throated Sparrow (with part tan and part white
supercilium).  Bunch of other zonos, 20+ Savannahs.
Big RW blackbird flock ~400+ birds had 4 Brown-headed cowbirds in with them
but no Rusties that I could find.

good birding,
Tom
Subject: Re: Birder News for Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival this weekend
From: Mary Ratcliff <bogotasunangel AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:52:45 -0800
*Oh no!!!!!*
I missed one of our outstanding birding guides and fantastic Audubon
educators who will be signing books on Saturday!

*John Rakestraw*, who has one of the best guides I've found for birding in
Oregon, will be signing his latest edition of *Birding Oregon *this
Saturday. After seeing a copy of his guide at the Diamond Hotel in OR in
2012, I desperately wanted a copy for myself, but it was out of print! So
this year, when the second edition became available at the Nature Store, I
bought it right away and have been using it for planning my road trips ever
since.  (A true mea cupla to John for my oversight! Particularly since he
has one of the best birding guides I know of for Oregon and I am a devoted
follower of his blog!)

Mary Ratcliff

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM, Mary Ratcliff 
wrote:

> Many of you know that the Wild Arts Festival is one of the Audubon Society
> of Portland's biggest fundraisers. The Wild Arts Festival is this
> Saturday, November 22nd, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, November 23rd, 11am to
> 5pm, at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210. Besides
> featuring exceptional art, the Festival has a Book Fair where fine regional
> authors can be found signing their books from noon to 4pm on both days.
>
> This year, we have a great lineup including some extraordinary birding and
> wildlife authors.
>
> Saturday, Noah Strycker, John Marzluff, Max Smith & Sarah Swanson,
> Christine Holmgren, and Marcy Houle will be signing their books.
>
> *Noah Strycker* recently made news in announcing his plans to be the
> first person to do a 5000 species Big Year internationally in 2015:
> 
http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2014/11/eugene_birdwatcher_wants_to_se.html 

>
> His book, *The Thing With Feathers*, has gotten wonderful reviews,
> including this one by Alan Contreras:
> http://www.freelists.org/post/obol/Noah-Stryckers-new-bird-book
>
> *John Marzluff*, widely known for his research on crows, will be signing
> his newest book, *Subirdia*. This book covers his latest research in how
> birds are doing in our suburban environments and what we can do to make our
> environments better for protecting birds. *Bird Watching* magazine had
> this review on his book:
> 
http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/featured-stories/urban-ecologist-tells-suburbs-good-bad-birds 

>
> *Max Smith & Sarah Swanson* will be back signing their wonderful *Must
> See Birds of the Pacific Northwest*. Max also will have some of his
> beautiful bird art in the 6x6 show and will participate in the new 6x6
> Artists in Flight on Sunday.
>
> *Christine Holmgren*, with 15 years as a professional bird and wildlife
> photographer, has created a charming bird guide for youngsters called *B
> is for Bittern*. This book will make a wonderful first bird guide for any
> child.
>
> *Marcy Houle*, author and wildlife biologist, wrote *Wings for My Flight:
> The Peregine Falcons of Chimney Rock* and *The Prairie Keepers: the
> Secret of the Zumwalt Prairie* after her research of the raptors in both
> areas and is the noted author of *One City's Wilderness* about Forest
> Park.
>
> On both Saturday and Sunday, you can drop by to say "Hi" to *Harry Nehls* who
> will be signing his books. Harry's been birding Oregon since 1949 and is a
> recognized expert, who publishes the Portland Rare Bird alert, writes a
> regular column for the Warbler and teaches birding classes at the Portland
> Audubon sanctuary.
>
> On Sunday in addition to Harry, Steve Engel and James Davis will be
> signing their books. And for those of you who are *Ursula K Le Guin* fans,
> this is your chance to stop by and congratulate her on her National Book
> Award, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
>
> *Steve Engel*, the Nature Program Supervisor at Jackson Bottom and
> formerly Adult Education Program Manager of the Audubon Society of
> Portland, posts regularly on sitings at Jackson Bottom. Steve will be
> signing his delightful new children's book, *Tracks Count*.
>
> *James Davis* who was the Metro Naturalist will be signing his book, 
*Northwest 

> Nature Guide*, a must-have book for people who want to know where to go
> view wildlife.
>
> For more information and to see a complete schedule for the authors, visit
> the wildartsfestival.org website and to download a 2-for-1 coupon that
> you can use for admission.
>
> We hope to see you there!
> Mary Ratcliff
> Wild Arts Festival Book Fair Committee
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
Subject: Linn Co birds
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:34:29 -0800
There is still 1 COMMON LOON on Foster Lake and about 35 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE 
below the dam off the fish hatchery. 


At Cheadle Lake in Lebanon there was a GREAT EGRET & lots of GADWALL.

At Eicher gravel ponds there was 1 HORNED & 1 CLARK'S GREBE with about 6 
WESTERN GREBES. There were a couple dozen CANVASBACKS there. 


I picked out a female EURASIAN WIGEON among Americans at Talking Gardens in 
Albany. 


Good birding,
Russ Namitz
Medford
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Tundra Bean-Goose
From: Pete Fahey <peterfahey AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:18:20 -0800
The TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE was seen 11/20 about noon. It was 30 yds from Hwy 101 in 
the first field north of the Little Nestucca River. From reports that day, it 
was also seen from the overlook at dawn. 


We also had good looks at the BROWN BOOBY flying about Haystack Rock in Pacific 
City 


Pete Fahey
Snoqualmie, WA



> On Nov 21, 2014, at 10:35 AM, Gerard Lillie  wrote:
> 
> Hello All,
>  
> I am curious if the goose is still being seen.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Gerard Lillie
> Portland, OR
>  
Subject: Coos Hooded Oriole 11/21/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:58:49 -0800
Barb Griffin had a male HOODED ORIOLE at her hummingbird feeder in North
Bend earlier in the afternoon.  I was there from 4 to 5 PM but did not see
it. She only saw it for a couple minutes around 2:30PM, but had great looks
as did her husband and son.

There are 8 Coos records now, three of them from Barb's feeders!

Merry happy,
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Columbia County
From: Donald Coggswell <dcoggswell AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:35:07 -0800
 Birded Columbia County portion of Sauvie Island this morning. White-throated 
Sparrow & two Pileated Woodpeckers along Willow Bar entrance road. All flew 
toward Multnomah County. Cooper's Hawk on power pole along Reeder Road between 
east side check station and Walton Beach. Flyover Peregrine Falcon along 
Rentenaar Road. Taking shelter from the rain at viewing platform, scoped one 
Canvasback and one Ruddy Duck. Snow Geese were at far south end of lake. 

 
Best bird of rainy day was a Ross' Goose with thousands (plural) of Cackling 
Geese at Ellis' Dairy on Scappoose Bottoms. Could be the same bird George 
reported in turnip field near Coon Point a couple of weeks ago. 

 
                                            Don Coggswell
 
                                    
 		 	   		  
Subject: Seeking observations of birds eating oak mistletoe berries
From: "Pritchard, Kyle" <Kyle.Pritchard AT oregonstate.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:32:31 +0000
http://avianmistletoe.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

As cool fall weather approaches and leaves begin to gather on the ground 
beneath the oak trees, you may notice something special if you look up in the 
treetops. Clumps of Pacific mistletoe, known to scientists as Phoradendron 
villosum, are slowly being revealed in the canopy. 


Mistletoes are a group of shrub-like flowering plants that parasitize both 
coniferous and deciduous trees. There are many species of mistletoes, some of 
which can only parasitize one host tree species. In the Willamette valley, 
Pacific mistletoe mostly parasitizes Oregon white oak, though it can sometimes 
use pin-oaks and other ornamental trees. 


Although mistletoes are parasites on trees, they can benefit other organisms in 
many ways. Across the globe, mistletoes may be keystone species, increasing 
biodiversity by providing a host of resources for wildlife including nutritious 
fruits and leaves, increased leaf litter, cavities for nesting and dense cover 
and loose bark for sheltering. A recent study by Dr. David Watson of Charles 
Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia found that 20% of bird species 
disappeared from a forest after mistletoe had been removed. Watson believes 
that this decline in bird diversity may be due to the loss of resources 
provided by the mistletoe. 


Scientists know that mistletoes are generally good for wildlife, but there has 
been no research on the effect Pacific mistletoe has on wildlife in western 
Oregon. Drs. David Shaw (Oregon State University College of Forestry) and Joan 
Hagar (U.S. Geological Survey), as well as graduate student Kyle Pritchard are 
trying to find out if and how mistletoe benefits overwintering birds in the 
Willamette Valley. Understanding which bird species utilize mistletoe berries, 
and how mistletoe is dispersed is a critical link in the ecology of the system. 


You can help by volunteering to report sightings of birds foraging on mistletoe 
berries this fall and winter. Volunteers can report their sightings online at 
the Avian Mistletoe Project website 
(http://avianmistletoe.forestry.oregonstate.edu/). Please include detailed 
location descriptions or coordinates if possible, along with any feeding 
observations. Your data contributions can help us better understand the role of 
this fascinating parasite in Oregon ecosystems. 


http://avianmistletoe.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
Subject: Tundra Bean Goose Yes 11-21-14
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:59:24 -0800
I spent about 45 minutes looking with a couple late yesterday evening
(Thursday the 20th) and we could not re-find the bird.

I texted them today and they said they found it this morning on the lower
part of the road out in the field near the telephone pole with the yellow
guy wires.
Subject: Bean Goose
From: david smith <smithdwd AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:58:10 -0800
Gerard, obol,
 I went down Tuesday. Some ladies saw it in the am; they briefly saw the Booby 
also. Several people looked for both through mid day without success. Last I 
know. I'd had great Bean Goose views earlier thanks to Bob Stites. Maybe this 
weekend they will resurface. David 


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Subject: Birder News for Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival this weekend
From: Mary Ratcliff <mratclif AT aracnet.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:07 -0800
Many of you know that the Wild Arts Festival is one of the Audubon Society of 
Portland's biggest fundraisers. The Wild Arts Festival is this Saturday, 
November 22nd, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, November 23rd, 11am to 5pm, at 
Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210. Besides featuring 
exceptional art, the Festival has a Book Fair where fine regional authors can 
be found signing their books from noon to 4pm on both days. 


This year, we have a great lineup including some extraordinary birding and 
wildlife authors. 


Saturday, Noah Strycker, John Marzluff, Max Smith & Sarah Swanson, Christine 
Holmgren, and Marcy Houle will be signing their books. 


Noah Strycker recently made news in announcing his plans to be the first person 
to do a 5000 species Big Year internationally in 
2015:http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2014/11/eugene_birdwatcher_wants_to_se.html 


His book, The Thing With Feathers, has gotten wonderful reviews, including this 
one by Alan Contreras: 
http://www.freelists.org/post/obol/Noah-Stryckers-new-bird-book 


John Marzluff, widely known for his research on crows, will be signing his 
newest book, Subirdia. This book covers his latest research in how birds are 
doing in our suburban environments and what we can do to make our environments 
better for protecting birds. Bird Watching magazine had this review on his 
book: 
http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/featured-stories/urban-ecologist-tells-suburbs-good-bad-birds 


Max Smith & Sarah Swanson will be back signing their wonderful Must See Birds 
of the Pacific Northwest. Max also will have some of his beautiful bird art in 
the 6x6 show and will participate in the new 6x6 Artists in Flight on Sunday. 


Christine Holmgren, with 15 years as a professional bird and wildlife 
photographer, has created a charming bird guide for youngsters called B is for 
Bittern. This book will make a wonderful first bird guide for any child. 


Marcy Houle, author and wildlife biologist, wrote Wings for My Flight: The 
Peregine Falcons of Chimney Rock and The Prairie Keepers: the Secret of the 
Zumwalt Prairie after her research of the raptors in both areas and is the 
noted author of One City's Wilderness about Forest Park. 


On both Saturday and Sunday, you can drop by to say "Hi" to Harry Nehls who 
will be signing his books. Harry's been birding Oregon since 1949 and is a 
recognized expert, who publishes the Portland Rare Bird alert, writes a regular 
column for the Warbler and teaches birding classes at the Portland Audubon 
sanctuary. 


On Sunday in addition to Harry, Steve Engel and James Davis will be signing 
their books. And for those of you who are Ursula K Le Guin fans, this is your 
chance to stop by and congratulate her on her National Book Award, the Medal 
for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. 


Steve Engel, the Nature Program Supervisor at Jackson Bottom and formerly Adult 
Education Program Manager of the Audubon Society of Portland, posts regularly 
on sitings at Jackson Bottom. Steve will be signing his delightful new 
children's book, Tracks Count. 


James Davis who was the Metro Naturalist will be signing his book, Northwest 
Nature Guide, a must-have book for people who want to know where to go view 
wildlife. 


For more information and to see a complete schedule for the authors, visit the 
wildartsfestival.org website and to download a 2-for-1 coupon that you can use 
for admission. 


We hope to see you there!

Mary Ratcliff
Wild Arts Festival Book Fair Committee

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Hermit thrush Westmorland
From: Chris Bennett <tayben7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:37:28 -0800
A Hermit thrush is now visiting our yards Beauty-berry bush.
Subject: Tundra Bean-Goose
From: Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie AT outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:35:03 -0800
Hello All,
 
I am curious if the goose is still being seen.

Thanks,

Gerard Lillie
Portland, OR
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Mary's Peak PINE GROSBEAK & Rosyfinches
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:29:28 -0800
Shawneen and I had a group of 25 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches in the area the Russ 
Namitz describes. We did not hear the Pine Grosbeaks for certain, but we heard 
some unrecognized grating chatter coming from the mixed flock. 


What Russ failed to mention was the weather, which might best be described as 
fecal. It was raining sideways with dense clouds being propelled by steady 
15-25 mph winds and gusts of 40+. It is not a pleasant slog and a full rain 
suit and many layers are advised. 


Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 21, 2014, at 9:15 AM, "Russ Namitz"  wrote:

> The flock of GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES was on the trail (gravel road) between 
the parking lot & the wooden bench. At the wooden bench, there at least 2 PINE 
GROSBEAKS vocalizing in a mixed species flock. Trent Bray and Alex G?? were 
there to enjoy the show as well. We passed Shawneen Finnegan & Dave Irons on 
the way down. 

> 
> Good birding,
> Russ Namitz
> Medford, OR
Subject: Weather this weekend
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:22:46 -0800
West winds predicted tomorrow morning and Sunday.  I will not
be able to muster the time to get to Silver Point south of
Cannon Beach, but will try to put in some time at the Peter
Iredale overlook and/or South Jetty.  Hammond Boat Basin river
park could turn up some stuff as well.


-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Re: dead owl
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:21:27 -0700
I saw the owl the morning it was hit.  It is a Barred Owl.

Jeff Gilligan


On Nov 20, 2014, at 10:28 PM, Darrel Faxon <5hats AT peak.org> wrote:

> On Nov. 23 I examined a road killed owl on the shoulder of the southbound 
lane of US 101 about 1/4 mile north of Boiler Bay. It was clearly either a 
Barred or a Spotted Owl. the wings,, tail, head, and feet were intact, but the 
body, particularly the breast was so mangled it was impossible to tell the 
feather pattern. What feathers were still discernible looked like they might 
possibly have had a spotted and not a barred pattern, but I couldn't be sure. 
Default owl would certainly be a Barred. 

>  
> Darrel



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Subject: Re: Help Dying Bird
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:21:14 -0800
Crazy thing happened. I had watched this little guy for about 20 min. I decided 
to go out and take a closer look and walked right up to the feeder. He looked 
up at me and sat for another few seconds then flew off. I came into the house 
and he flew back and took the same position he was in before. Sat there for 
about 10 min and flew off again. Haven't seen him come back. I figure maybe it 
was warm there or he was just resting. I'm taking the feeders all down to clean 
and disinfect now. 


Anyone seen a bird do that?

  Thanks, I feel a little better now. 
             Marlowe

From: rosebudgurl AT msn.com
To: obol AT freelists.org
Subject: [obol] Help Dying Bird
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:49:46 -0800




I have a Lesser Goldfinch sitting in one of my feeders and I think he's dying. 
He's just in a little ball and not moving. I can see he's breathing. It's very 
cold outside. I'd like to do something. If he's sick I don't want the other 
birds getting sick. If he's cold I don't want him dying in my feeder. 


What should I do. All the fun of watching just took a reality downturn. It's 
all part of life but don't like it in my back yard. 


             Marlowe
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Mary's Peak PINE GROSBEAK & Rosyfinches
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:14:59 -0800
The flock of GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES was on the trail (gravel road) between 
the parking lot & the wooden bench. At the wooden bench, there at least 2 PINE 
GROSBEAKS vocalizing in a mixed species flock. Trent Bray and Alex G?? were 
there to enjoy the show as well. We passed Shawneen Finnegan & Dave Irons on 
the way down. 


Good birding,
Russ Namitz
Medford, OR
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Help Dying Bird
From: Carole Hallett <cehallett AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:52:40 -0800
Some birds die and that's sad but it has to be.

call Audubon Wildlife Care Center: 503-292-0304.  They'll talk you through
it.

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM, Marlowe Kissinger 
wrote:

> I have a Lesser Goldfinch sitting in one of my feeders and I think he's
> dying. He's just in a little ball and not moving. I can see he's breathing.
> It's very cold outside. I'd like to do something. If he's sick I don't want
> the other birds getting sick. If he's cold I don't want him dying in my
> feeder.
>
> What should I do. All the fun of watching just took a reality downturn.
> It's all part of life but don't like it in my back yard.
>
>              Marlowe
>
Subject: Help Dying Bird
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:49:46 -0800
I have a Lesser Goldfinch sitting in one of my feeders and I think he's dying. 
He's just in a little ball and not moving. I can see he's breathing. It's very 
cold outside. I'd like to do something. If he's sick I don't want the other 
birds getting sick. If he's cold I don't want him dying in my feeder. 


What should I do. All the fun of watching just took a reality downturn. It's 
all part of life but don't like it in my back yard. 


             Marlowe
 		 	   		  
Subject: dead owl date correction
From: Darrel Faxon <5hats AT peak.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:29:12 -0800
Make that November 16
Subject: dead owl
From: Darrel Faxon <5hats AT peak.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:28:16 -0800
On Nov. 23 I examined a road killed owl on the shoulder of the southbound
lane of US 101 about 1/4 mile north of Boiler Bay.  It was clearly either a
Barred or a Spotted Owl.  the wings,, tail, head, and feet were intact, but
the body, particularly the breast was so mangled it was impossible to tell
the feather pattern.  What feathers were still discernible looked like they
might possibly have had a spotted and not a barred pattern, but I couldn't
be sure.  Default owl would certainly be a Barred.

Darrel
Subject: Oregon Birding Association RENEWAL time
From: "dawn v" <dawnv AT birdlover.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:41:00 +0100




Subject: Horned Larks at Broughton Beach
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:33:11 -0800
This afternoon there were at least 10 HORNED LARKS at Broughton Beach.
This is the first time I've seen them there in quite awhile.  They were
located about 100 yards east of the eastern edge of the parking area.  2 of
the less blurry photos are at http://andyfrank.blogspot.com/.
Left-clicking enlarges them.


I only went as far as Sea Scout Base, and also saw 1 COMMON LOON and a pair
of COMMON GOLDENEYES.


Andy Frank
Subject: Re: Boiler Bay
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:42:35 -0800
It could still shift, but forecast is now looking better
and better for this Saturday as a compressed flight day
(calls for heavy rain strong south wind Friday PM
becoming showery with moderate west wind 
overnight).

Unfortunately for me I have an unavoidable work
commitment Sat but I do enjoy vicarious seawatching.

Phil


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Subject: Mary's Peak: Pine Grosbeaks & Rosy Finches--Yes
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:22:47 -0800
Hi,

Chuck Philo telephoned that at 2 PM today (Nov. 20), he saw 1
russet-colored and 2 greenish-yellow female Pine Grosbeaks on top of
Mary's Peak by the wooden bench along the trail above the parking
lot.  One  of the females was missing her tail.

Further up the hill near the fence, Chuck counted 24 Gray-crowned Rosy Finches.

Chuck said it was cold, windy, & foggy, but he still got a good view
of these birds.

Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon


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Subject: Fwd: Western Tanager
From: Michel Kleinbaum <mlittletree AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:55:01 -0800
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Subject: Fwd: Western Tanager
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From: Michel Kleinbaum 
Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM
Subject: Western Tanager
To: Michel Kleinbaum 


Beeing stuck at home doesn't make for a big year list or good photo ops.
Imagine my surprise last Tuesday when I saw a male Western Tanager eating
Pyracantha berries, stayed long enough for a through the window pic.  Robins
had bee at them the last few days. Soon after 4 Cedar Waxwings showed up
and briefly a Hermit Thrush.  a Towhee and finally a Varied Thrush with
still enough light for a photo. The flicker was taken a few days earlier.

These images takenfrom 4 to 5PM through a window.

Michel Kleinbaum

S.Salem

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Subject: Re: tagged Common Murre
From: bwilson AT peak.org
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:22:26 -0800 (PST)
Thank you!  I thought the zip-ties were better tags for dead birds than
live ones, so wondered if something like this was happening.  I appreciate
the information.  -- Barbara

> Hi,
>
> COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) puts zip-ties
> (cable ties) on beached seabirds to identify individual beached birds
> and how long they remain on the beach.  Scroll down to see the 3rd &
> 4th photos at http://blogs.uw.edu/coasst/2013/09/09/whats-washed-in-9913/
> to see photos of beached birds with zip-ties (cable ties) & the Blog
> discusses some of their monitoring.
>
> The COASST program includes beach monitors in Oregon, including
> Newport (http://depts.washington.edu/coasst/find_a_beach.html).  The
> COASST home page is at http://depts.washington.edu/coasst/ and that
> page includes more info.
>
> Happy birding!
>
> Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM,   wrote:
>> Common Murre dead on the beach at Newport, October 18, 2014, with tag
>> formed by 3 zip-ties cut short (green, yellow, green) at the base of the
>> humerus.  No bands on the legs.
>>
>> Young relatives who found it are interested; where and why was this bird
>> tagged?
>>
>> I have photos if the researcher is interested, but I don't know how to
>> handle photos on OBOL and anyway a sandy dead murre would look out of
>> place compared to all the lovely live birds.
>>
>> Barbara Wilson
>>
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Subject: Re: tagged Common Murre
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:10:18 -0800
Hi,

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) puts zip-ties
(cable ties) on beached seabirds to identify individual beached birds
and how long they remain on the beach.  Scroll down to see the 3rd &
4th photos at http://blogs.uw.edu/coasst/2013/09/09/whats-washed-in-9913/
to see photos of beached birds with zip-ties (cable ties) & the Blog
discusses some of their monitoring.

The COASST program includes beach monitors in Oregon, including
Newport (http://depts.washington.edu/coasst/find_a_beach.html).  The
COASST home page is at http://depts.washington.edu/coasst/ and that
page includes more info.

Happy birding!

Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon


On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM,   wrote:
> Common Murre dead on the beach at Newport, October 18, 2014, with tag
> formed by 3 zip-ties cut short (green, yellow, green) at the base of the
> humerus.  No bands on the legs.
>
> Young relatives who found it are interested; where and why was this bird
> tagged?
>
> I have photos if the researcher is interested, but I don't know how to
> handle photos on OBOL and anyway a sandy dead murre would look out of
> place compared to all the lovely live birds.
>
> Barbara Wilson
>
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Subject: Pine Grosbeak in the morning mist (Marys Peak)
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:49:24 -0800
Hello all,

After catching a tantalizing, distant glimpse of a large reddish finch on
Marys Peak yesterday afternoon, and after finding out on eBird that the
PINE GROSBEAK (first found by Doug Robinson on Nov 18) was actually seen
again yesterday morning, Oscar and I paid a brief repeat visit to Benton
County's highest mountain early this morning.

The feared rain did not materialize, and as the tree tops along the summit
road drifted in and out of the heavy morning mist, we heard a plaintive
call that perfectly matched recordings we had listened to previously, and
we finally spotted a distant PINE GROSBEAK atop a noble fir! After watching
it, I am quite sure that it is the same bird we briefly glimpsed yesterday.
Great to see it is still around.

We also encountered a small flock of 6 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES in the
gravel road near the parking lot, and while we watched them, a second,
larger flock of ca. 30 birds flew across the parking lot and disappeared
behind the trees.

On the drive down, we saw a male SOOTY GROUSE in the road above the
campground.

Good birding

Hendrik

-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Re: tagged Common Murre
From: bwilson AT peak.org
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:05:56 -0800 (PST)
Common Murre dead on the beach at Newport, October 18, 2014, with tag
formed by 3 zip-ties cut short (green, yellow, green) at the base of the
humerus.  No bands on the legs.

Young relatives who found it are interested; where and why was this bird
tagged?

I have photos if the researcher is interested, but I don't know how to
handle photos on OBOL and anyway a sandy dead murre would look out of
place compared to all the lovely live birds.

Barbara Wilson




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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Count Schedule
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:58:38 -0800
Contrary to an earlier report, the Bend CBC will be held on SUNDAY, DECEMBER
14th (not on the 20th).  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  

 

Tom Crabtree

Compiler, Bend CBC

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf
Of Don Albright
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:39 PM
To: OBOL
Subject: [obol] Christmas Bird Count Schedule

 

OBOL,

 

Here's the nearly-complete schedule of Christmas Bird Counts in Oregon for
the rapidly-approaching count season.  There are 50 listed with dates here,
and three more for which I'll hopefully have dates soon.  If I'm not
mistaken, we have counts in 34 of Oregon's 36 counties--with only Morrow and
Malheur Counties not represented, so it should be easy for everyone to find
a count or several near where they live.  I have sent the complete schedule
with contact information to the Oregon Birding Association webmaster, and it
should soon be posted on OBA's website (www.orbirds.org).  

 

Don Albright

donalbri AT teleport.com

 

 

THE 115TH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SCHEDULE FOR OREGON:

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

Columbia Estuary

Illinois Valley

Klamath Falls

Lincoln City

Lyle, WA (includes The Dalles, Rowena, Mosier, OR)

Oakridge

Union County

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16

Baker County--Salisbury

Corvallis

Summer Lake

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17

Hart Mountain

Madras

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18

Sheldon, NV (Charles Sheldon National Antelope Refuge)

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

Antone 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

Bend

Florence

Grants Pass

John Day

Medford

Roseburg-Sutherlin

Salem

Tillamook Bay

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

Forest Grove

Sauvie Island

Wallowa County

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22

Upper Nestucca

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23

Gilliam County

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26

Brownsville

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28

Eugene

Hood River

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29

Dallas

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30

Antelope

Baker County--Baker Valley

Tygh Valley

Wahkiakum, WA (includes Knappa and Brownsmead, OR)

Yamhill Valley (McMinnville, Amity, Sheridan)

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Prineville

Utopia (Culver area)

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1

Cowlitz/Columbia

Santiam Pass

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3

Airlie-Albany

Ashland

Columbia Hills-Klickitat Valley, WA (includes Biggs, Rufus, and John Day
Dam, OR)

Coquille Valley

Portland

Umatilla County

Yaquina Bay

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4

Port Orford

Redmond

Tule Lake, CA (very near Oregon border)

 

 

COUNTS FOR WHICH I HAVEN'T YET RECEIVED DATES:

Burns-Hines

P-Ranch -- Malheur NWR

Silverton

 

NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR:

Coos Bay

 

NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR UNLESS A NEW COMPILER IS FOUND:

Sisters
Subject: Re: [obol] Christmas Bird Count Schedule
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:58:38 -0800
Contrary to an earlier report, the Bend CBC will be held on SUNDAY, DECEMBER
14th (not on the 20th).  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  

 

Tom Crabtree

Compiler, Bend CBC

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf
Of Don Albright
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:39 PM
To: OBOL
Subject: [obol] Christmas Bird Count Schedule

 

OBOL,

 

Here's the nearly-complete schedule of Christmas Bird Counts in Oregon for
the rapidly-approaching count season.  There are 50 listed with dates here,
and three more for which I'll hopefully have dates soon.  If I'm not
mistaken, we have counts in 34 of Oregon's 36 counties--with only Morrow and
Malheur Counties not represented, so it should be easy for everyone to find
a count or several near where they live.  I have sent the complete schedule
with contact information to the Oregon Birding Association webmaster, and it
should soon be posted on OBA's website (www.orbirds.org).  

 

Don Albright

donalbri AT teleport.com

 

 

THE 115TH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SCHEDULE FOR OREGON:

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

Columbia Estuary

Illinois Valley

Klamath Falls

Lincoln City

Lyle, WA (includes The Dalles, Rowena, Mosier, OR)

Oakridge

Union County

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16

Baker County--Salisbury

Corvallis

Summer Lake

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17

Hart Mountain

Madras

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18

Sheldon, NV (Charles Sheldon National Antelope Refuge)

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

Antone 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

Bend

Florence

Grants Pass

John Day

Medford

Roseburg-Sutherlin

Salem

Tillamook Bay

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

Forest Grove

Sauvie Island

Wallowa County

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22

Upper Nestucca

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23

Gilliam County

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26

Brownsville

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28

Eugene

Hood River

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29

Dallas

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30

Antelope

Baker County--Baker Valley

Tygh Valley

Wahkiakum, WA (includes Knappa and Brownsmead, OR)

Yamhill Valley (McMinnville, Amity, Sheridan)

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Prineville

Utopia (Culver area)

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1

Cowlitz/Columbia

Santiam Pass

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3

Airlie-Albany

Ashland

Columbia Hills-Klickitat Valley, WA (includes Biggs, Rufus, and John Day
Dam, OR)

Coquille Valley

Portland

Umatilla County

Yaquina Bay

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4

Port Orford

Redmond

Tule Lake, CA (very near Oregon border)

 

 

COUNTS FOR WHICH I HAVEN'T YET RECEIVED DATES:

Burns-Hines

P-Ranch -- Malheur NWR

Silverton

 

NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR:

Coos Bay

 

NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR UNLESS A NEW COMPILER IS FOUND:

Sisters
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Subject: Re: ID-Frontiers feedback about Jen Sanford's Common Goldeneye
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:32:21 -0800
Just to avoid confusion..I assumed It was a typo and Peter meant to say most 
first- fall FEMALES lack black in the bill all together.. 


Bob Archer





> On Nov 20, 2014, at 12:14 AM, David Irons  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> For those who aren't familiar with it, the ID-Frontiers listserv is a great 
forum for sharing photos of tough to identify birds or birds like Jen 
Sandford's Common Goldeneye that display odd variations in plumage aspect, 
feather coloration, or coloration of bare parts. Those that populate this forum 
tend to be the types to study the type of minutiae that doesn't necessarily 
entertain the average birder. Puzzles like this goldeneye are welcomed and 
almost always elicit educational commentary. Here is what I posted to 
ID-Frontiers (in boldface), along with some of the more salient comments (in 
italics) that came back today. 

> 
> 
> 
> Greetings All,
>  
> Yesterday, Jen Sanford photographed a rather interesting Common Goldeneye in 
north Portland, 

> 
> It looks mostly like a female and has an all-yellow/orange bill and yet it 
shows an emerging white facial spot below the 

> eye, suggesting that it is a young male. The gallery at the link below 
includes 

> two photos of the bird, including one with two other Common Goldeneyes, one 
of 

> which is a more typical young male. In the group photo, the lefthand bird is 
the 

> one in question.
>  
> 
http://www.birdfellow.com/photos/gallery/920-odd-portland-oregon-common-goldeneye 

>  
> I've never seen a male Common Goldeneye with an all-yellow bill and can't 
find 

> any online photos or mention of such. Has anyone in this forum ever seen such 
a 

> bird. Also, I don't normally see or notice the emerging white facial spot in 
> young male Commons until they start transitioning and look like the more 
typical 

> young male (front bird) in the photo of three birds. Some of us locally are 
> speculating that this might be a female that is hormonally imbalanced in a 
way 

> that is producing some male plumage characteristics. In a blog piece he did 
back 

> in 2010, Sibley 
(http://www.sibleyguides.com/2010/01/distinguishing-female-barrows-and-common-goldeneyes/) 

> indicates that all-yellow bills are "rare but regular" in female Common 
> Goldeneyes, but makes no mention of this for male Commons of any age.
>  
> I will look forward to hearing the thoughts of others on this bird.
>  
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR
> 
> 
> 
> From Tony Leukering:
> 
> Dave et al.
> 
> I have seen a fair few (n~12) brown-headed Common Goldeneyes that sported 
orange/yellow-orange bills, and published on such. Though I've assumed all were 
females, I've never seen one that exhibited any suggestion of male plumage such 
as this bird. I think that your hypothesis has merit. 

> 
>  
> 
> From Noah Arther:
> 
> 
> 
> I wonder if this bird is an intersex. That would explain the combination of 
male and female charateristics... 

> 
>  
> 
> From Peter Pyle:
> 
>  
> 
> The suspect bird appears to be a first-fall (HY) individual based on 
> the mixed brown (juvenile) and gray (formative) back, breast, and 
> flank feathers, in which case I'd rule out the senescent female 
> option. Most first-fall males lack black in the bill all together. So 
> it's either a first-fall male with an anomalous yellow bill or a 
> first-fall female with a white cheek patch. The bill seems large to 
> me, more male-like. In any case, it would be interesting to follow 
> this bird through the winter, if possible, to see how bill color and 
> plumage might change.
>  
> From David Sibley:
>  
> I agree with Peter that this bird looks more like a male based on shape and 
size (comparing the male 

> and female in the same photo). When I see “drake-plumaged female” 
waterfowl they always seem to retain 

> typical female size and shape, so I would lean strongly to male for this 
bird. That said, the plumage is odd, 

> with paler brown head than normal for a male, and (as Dave Irons points out) 
a disconnect between the 

> white on the face and absence of white on scapulars and flanks, which might 
all go together with the odd bill color. 

> 
> For what it’s worth I have seen one Common Goldeneye years ago in 
Connecticut that had a yellow bill but in size 

> and shape was more like an immature male.
> 
> Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s possible that all goldeneyes 
have yellow pigment in the bill, and what we 

> are seeing is simply an absence of black, rather than an addition of yellow.
> 
> In summary, it's clear that no one seems to be able to offer a tidy 
explanation for the appearance of Jen's bird. Several folks 

> have suggested that we attempt to keep tabs on this birds over the coming 
weeks and months and see how its appearance changes 

> over time.
> 
> Dave Irons
>  
>  
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:26:31 -0800

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: November 20, 2014 6:09:38 AM PST

*** Species Summary:

Tundra Bean-Goose (2 Tillamook)
Brown Booby (1 Lincoln, 1 Tillamook)
Anna's Hummingbird (1 Klamath)
Bushtit (Interior) (1 Union)
Lapland Longspur (2 Union)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Hepburn's) (3 Benton)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Gray-crowned) (1 Benton)
Pine Grosbeak (1 Benton)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated


Subject: Re: RFI --- Geese with Bean-Goose ????
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:05:57 -0800
Lyn
Sorry just reading your message.  Looks like you have a message

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

David Irons  wrote:

Hi Lyn,

The first thing to point out is that there are only two "species" of geese with 
the Tundra Bean-Goose, although there may be as many as four subspecies in this 
image. There are only two species of "white-cheeked geese" and those are Canada 
Goose and Cackling Goose. At present there are four recognized subspecies of 
Cackling Goose, three of which can be expected in Oregon. The taxonomy of 
Canada Goose is less clear-cut not that Cackling Goose taxonomy is simple 
either. 


Here's what I see in your image working left to right.

1. Light-breasted bird head down -- This is a tough one because we can't see 
the bill. However, it is not that much smaller than the Dusky Canada Goose to 
its right, the breast is pale, it doesn't appear to be glossy on the breast and 
it seems comparatively short-necked. I'd say this is likely Taverner's Cackling 
Goose, the largest of the three subspecies that occur in Oregon. 


2. Larger very dark bird -- This bird is a fairly typical Dusky Canada Goose. 
Duskies are the small end of the spectrum for Canada Goose and they tend to 
have shorter more steep-sloped bill than some of the larger Canada Goose 
subspecies. 


3. Larger, long-necked pale-breasted bird -- Given the long rather thin neck, 
and fairly long flat-sloped bill, I would slot this bird as a Canada Goose. It 
is either a Western Canada (subspecies moffitti) or it could be a Lesser 
Canada, which tends to be smaller and a bit shorter billed than Western. 


4. Very back bird, head down facing away -- Can't do much with this bird, but 
it looks pretty dark below and about the same size as the Dusky, so I suspect 
it is a Dusky. 


5. Little guy front and center -- This bird strikes me as a Ridgway's Cackling 
Goose (subspecies minima). It is clearly smaller, shorter-necked and 
stubbier-billed than the other birds in this photo. 


6. Mostly obscured bird immediately to the left of the Bean-Goose -- Another 
tough one, as I think it looks darker that it might be. Seems a bit too light 
below for a Dusky, but darker than a normal Lesser/Western Canada type. Bill 
shape is clearly that of a Canada Goose of some form. 


7. The bird immediately in front of #6 -- This is a Canada Goose of the 
Lesser/Western ilk. Based on how pale the breast is, I would lean towards 
Western, but we can't see the bill at all. 


8. Hey an easy one -- This is the Tundra Bean-Goose

9. Smallish-looking darker bird in front of the Bean-Goose -- Hard to get much 
off of this bird. It looks pretty small and may be another Ridgway's Cackler. 


10. Left most bird in the group of three a the right edge of the photo -- This 
bird also appears to be a Ridgway's Cackling Goose. It is smaller and 
shorter-necked than most everything else in the photo. It has a short, stubby 
bill and the upper breast seems to be a bit glossy, a very good mark for 
Ridgway's. 


11. Slightly taller-looking middle bird in the righthand group of three -- I 
think that this too is likely a Ridgway's. Even though it looks larger, I think 
it is just standing more upright. The warm color on the breast and the apparent 
glossiness on the breast best fit Ridgway's. 


12. Righthand most bird facing away -- Not much to go on here. Given how close 
it is standing to two other Ridgway's, I'd guess that's what it is. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR
Subject: Re: RFI --- Geese with Bean-Goose ????
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:43:02 +0000
Hi Lyn,

The first thing to point out is that there are only two "species" of geese with 
the Tundra Bean-Goose, although there may be as many as four subspecies in this 
image. There are only two species of "white-cheeked geese" and those are Canada 
Goose and Cackling Goose. At present there are four recognized subspecies of 
Cackling Goose, three of which can be expected in Oregon. The taxonomy of 
Canada Goose is less clear-cut not that Cackling Goose taxonomy is simple 
either. 


Here's what I see in your image working left to right. 

1. Light-breasted bird head down -- This is a tough one because we can't see 
the bill. However, it is not that much smaller than the Dusky Canada Goose to 
its right, the breast is pale, it doesn't appear to be glossy on the breast and 
it seems comparatively short-necked. I'd say this is likely Taverner's Cackling 
Goose, the largest of the three subspecies that occur in Oregon. 


2. Larger very dark bird -- This bird is a fairly typical Dusky Canada Goose. 
Duskies are the small end of the spectrum for Canada Goose and they tend to 
have shorter more steep-sloped bill than some of the larger Canada Goose 
subspecies. 


3. Larger, long-necked pale-breasted bird -- Given the long rather thin neck, 
and fairly long flat-sloped bill, I would slot this bird as a Canada Goose. It 
is either a Western Canada (subspecies moffitti) or it could be a Lesser 
Canada, which tends to be smaller and a bit shorter billed than Western. 


4. Very back bird, head down facing away -- Can't do much with this bird, but 
it looks pretty dark below and about the same size as the Dusky, so I suspect 
it is a Dusky. 


5. Little guy front and center -- This bird strikes me as a Ridgway's Cackling 
Goose (subspecies minima). It is clearly smaller, shorter-necked and 
stubbier-billed than the other birds in this photo. 


6. Mostly obscured bird immediately to the left of the Bean-Goose -- Another 
tough one, as I think it looks darker that it might be. Seems a bit too light 
below for a Dusky, but darker than a normal Lesser/Western Canada type. Bill 
shape is clearly that of a Canada Goose of some form. 


7. The bird immediately in front of #6 -- This is a Canada Goose of the 
Lesser/Western ilk. Based on how pale the breast is, I would lean towards 
Western, but we can't see the bill at all. 


8. Hey an easy one -- This is the Tundra Bean-Goose

9. Smallish-looking darker bird in front of the Bean-Goose -- Hard to get much 
off of this bird. It looks pretty small and may be another Ridgway's Cackler. 


10. Left most bird in the group of three a the right edge of the photo -- This 
bird also appears to be a Ridgway's Cackling Goose. It is smaller and 
shorter-necked than most everything else in the photo. It has a short, stubby 
bill and the upper breast seems to be a bit glossy, a very good mark for 
Ridgway's. 


11. Slightly taller-looking middle bird in the righthand group of three -- I 
think that this too is likely a Ridgway's. Even though it looks larger, I think 
it is just standing more upright. The warm color on the breast and the apparent 
glossiness on the breast best fit Ridgway's. 


12. Righthand most bird facing away -- Not much to go on here. Given how close 
it is standing to two other Ridgway's, I'd guess that's what it is. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 
 		 	   		  
Subject: ID-Frontiers feedback about Jen Sanford's Common Goldeneye
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:14:12 +0000














For those who aren't familiar with it,
the ID-Frontiers listserv is a great forum for sharing photos of tough to
identify birds or birds like Jen Sandford's Common Goldeneye that display odd
variations in plumage aspect, feather coloration, or coloration of bare parts.
Those that populate this forum tend to be the types to study the type of
minutiae that doesn't necessarily entertain the average birder. Puzzles like
this goldeneye are welcomed and almost always elicit educational commentary.
Here is what I posted to ID-Frontiers (in boldface), along with some of the 
more salient 

comments (in italics) that came back today.


Greetings All,

 

Yesterday, Jen Sanford
photographed a rather interesting Common Goldeneye in north Portland, 
It looks
mostly like a female and has an all-yellow/orange bill and yet
it shows an emerging white facial spot below the 

eye, suggesting that it is a
young male. The gallery at the link below includes 

two photos of the bird,
including one with two other Common Goldeneyes, one of 

which is a more typical young
male. In the group photo, the lefthand bird is the 

one in question.

 


http://www.birdfellow.com/photos/gallery/920-odd-portland-oregon-common-goldeneye 


 

I've never seen a male Common
Goldeneye with an all-yellow bill and can't find 

any online photos or mention of
such. Has anyone in this forum ever seen such a 

bird. Also, I don't normally
see or notice the emerging white facial spot in 

young male Commons until they
start transitioning and look like the more typical 

young male (front bird) in the photo
of three birds. Some of us locally are 

speculating that this might be
a female that is hormonally imbalanced in a way 

that is producing some male
plumage characteristics. In a blog piece he did back 

in 2010, Sibley 
(http://www.sibleyguides.com/2010/01/distinguishing-female-barrows-and-common-goldeneyes/) 


indicates that all-yellow bills
are "rare but regular" in female Common 

Goldeneyes, but makes no
mention of this for male Commons of any age.

 

I will look forward to hearing
the thoughts of others on this bird.

 

Dave Irons

Portland, OR 





From Tony Leukering:



Dave et al.

I have seen a fair few (n~12) brown-headed
Common Goldeneyes that sported orange/yellow-orange bills, and published on
such.  Though I've assumed all were
females, I've never seen one that exhibited any suggestion of male plumage such
as this bird. I think that your hypothesis has merit.

 

From Noah Arther:


I wonder if this bird
is an intersex. That would explain the combination of male and female
charateristics...

 

From Peter Pyle:

 

The suspect bird appears to be a first-fall (HY) individual based on 
the mixed brown (juvenile) and gray (formative) back, breast, and 
flank feathers, in which case I'd rule out the senescent female 
option. Most first-fall males lack black in the bill all together. So 
it's either a first-fall male with an anomalous yellow bill or a 
first-fall female with a white cheek patch. The bill seems large to 
me, more male-like. In any case, it would be interesting to follow 
this bird through the winter, if possible, to see how bill color and 
plumage might change. From David Sibley: I agree with Peter that this bird 
looks more like a male based on shape and size (comparing the male 

and female in the same photo). When I see drake-plumaged female waterfowl 
they always seem to retain 

typical female size and shape, so I would lean strongly to male for this bird. 
That said, the plumage is odd, 

with paler brown head than normal for a male, and (as Dave Irons points out) a 
disconnect between the 

white on the face and absence of white on scapulars and flanks, which might all 
go together with the odd bill color. 


For what its worth I have seen one Common Goldeneye years ago in Connecticut 
that had a yellow bill but in size 

and shape was more like an immature male.

Another thing to keep in mind is that its possible that all goldeneyes have 
yellow pigment in the bill, and what we 

are seeing is simply an absence of black, rather than an addition of yellow.

In summary, it's clear that no one seems to be able to offer a tidy explanation 
for the appearance of Jen's bird. Several folks 

have suggested that we attempt to keep tabs on this birds over the coming weeks 
and months and see how its appearance changes 

over time.

Dave Irons
 

 





 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: RBA: Portland, OR 11-20-14
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:49:26 -0800
- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* November 20, 2014
* ORPO 1411.20

- birds mentioned

BEAN GOOSE
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Surf Scoter
BROWN BOOBY
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
CATTLE EGRET
Ibis sp.
Ancient Murrelet
Franklins Gull
Heermanns Gull
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
Gyrfalcon
Tropical Kingbird
Barn Swallow
Bohemian Waxwing
Snow Bunting
Palm Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
(red) Fox Sparrow
Harriss Sparrow
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Pine Grosbeak

- 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 November 20. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls
at 503-233-3976.

A CATTLE EGRET was reported during the week at the blue silo site near
Flores Lake. The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was again seen at the intersection
of NW Vidas and Milne Roads near North Plains. There are now two BROWN
BOOBIES reported at Haystack Rock at Pacific City. The Yaquina Bay BOOBIES
and the Nestucca Bay NWR BEAN GOOSE are still being reported.

TROPICAL KINGBIRDS were reported during the week on the North Spit of Coos
Bay, Cape Blanco, and in Astoria. TUNDRA SWANS are now arriving in the
state. On November 19 eight TRUMPETER SWANS were near Airlie south of
Monmouth.

On November 16 three BARN SWALLOWS were in Salem. On November 19 three were
there. Two BARN SWALLOWS were at the Monmouth Sewage Ponds November 13.

On November 16 a TREE SPARROW was at Flores Lake. The next day a light
phased GRYFALCON was near Coquille. On November 17, 13 BROWN PELICANS, 180
HEERMANNS GULLS, and 110 ANCIENT MURRELETS were off Boiler Bay. Three Palm
Warblers were along Fenk Road near Tillamook November 18. On November 16 a
SNOW BUNTING was at Cannon Beach. On November 18 a WHITE PELICAN was at
Tolovana Park and at Nehalem Bay.

On November 15 a FRANKLINS GULL was at Delta Park in North Portland. The
Ankeny NWR IBIS continues to be seen. On November 18 a PINE GROSBEAK and 41
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES were on Marys Peak in the Coast Range. A SURF
SCOTER was seen during the week at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.

On November 16 a HARRISS SPARROW and a red FOX SPARROW were at the Summer
Lake SWA Headquarters. A PINE GROSBEAK was in Burns November 16. A BOHEMIAN
WAXWING was in LaGrande the same day.

Thats it for this week.

- end transcript 







Subject: Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 11/19/2014
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:31:32 -0800
Here is the summary of my morning dogwalks from NW Seblar Terrace to the 
Pittock Mansion for the week 11/13/14 to 11/19/14. 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 only 3 days this week.

Species                # days found  (peak #, date)

RED-TAILED HAWK             2  (1, 11/18 & 19)
Anna's Hummingbird          2  (2, 11/13)
Northern Flicker            3  (3)
HUTTONS VIREO              1  (1, 11/19)
Steller's Jay               3  (5)
American Crow               3  (8)
Black-capped Chickadee      3  (12, 11/19)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   1  (6, 11/19)	
Red-breasted Nuthatch       2  (2)
Pacific Wren                1  (1, 11/18)
Golden-crowned Kinglet      1  (8, 11/19)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet        1  (2, 11/19)
HERMIT THRUSH               1  (1, 11/18)
American Robin              2  (1)
Varied Thrush               3  (15, 11/13)
European Starling           1  (2, 11/18)
Spotted Towhee              2  (2)
Song Sparrow                3  (4)
Dark-eyed Junco             3  (5)
House Finch                 1  (1, 11/19)

In the neighborhood but not found on dogwalk: Downy Woodpecker, Brown Creeper

Wink Gross
Portland

Subject: Re: Portland Goldeneyes and World Toilet Day
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:49:30 -0800
Hi all,

Noting Wayne Hoffman's comments about the possible effects of flushable
estrogen and related chemicals, I'd just like to remind everyone that
today is/was World Toilet Day:

http://aquadoc.typepad.com/waterwired/2014/11/world-toilet-day.html

when, along with thinking about how most people in the world live
without flushable toilets, we try to think about what we flush. That
includes medications with hormones and hormone-mimics that affect birds
on our waterways.

I'm not going to get on a rant about composting toilets or anything like
that -- you all have Google for that. Just when you get to the point
where flushable hormones start to come up in birding discussions as a
possible cause for unusual bill colorations in goldeneyes, maybe it's a
warning sign that we all should pay attention to.

I'm pretty sure that Helene Traasavik would agree.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis








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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Count Schedule
From: "Don Albright" <donalbri AT teleport.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:44:34 -0800
OBOL,

Treesa Hertzel, the Oregon Birding Association's webmaster, has posted the CBC 
schedule on the OBA's website at: http://www.orbirds.org/cbc.html. This is an 
easy-to-use page that includes contact information for each count. 


Please note one change from the schedule I listed here yesterday: The date for 
the Port Orford CBC has been moved from January 4 to December 14. This new date 
is included on the OBA website. Also, I just received a date for Silverton: 
January 2. 


I'm still hoping to get dates for the two Harney County CBCs....

Don Albright
donalbri AT teleport.com

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Don Albright 
  To: OBOL 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:39 PM
  Subject: [obol] Christmas Bird Count Schedule


  OBOL,

 Here's the nearly-complete schedule of Christmas Bird Counts in Oregon for the 
rapidly-approaching count season. There are 50 listed with dates here, and 
three more for which I'll hopefully have dates soon. If I'm not mistaken, we 
have counts in 34 of Oregon's 36 counties--with only Morrow and Malheur 
Counties not represented, so it should be easy for everyone to find a count or 
several near where they live. I have sent the complete schedule with contact 
information to the Oregon Birding Association webmaster, and it should soon be 
posted on OBA's website (www.orbirds.org). 


  Don Albright
  donalbri AT teleport.com


  THE 115TH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SCHEDULE FOR OREGON:

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
  Columbia Estuary
  Illinois Valley
  Klamath Falls
  Lincoln City
  Lyle, WA (includes The Dalles, Rowena, Mosier, OR)
  Oakridge
  Union County

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
  Baker County--Salisbury
  Corvallis
  Summer Lake

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17
  Hart Mountain
  Madras

  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
  Sheldon, NV (Charles Sheldon National Antelope Refuge)

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
  Antone 

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
  Bend
  Florence
  Grants Pass
  John Day
  Medford
  Roseburg-Sutherlin
  Salem
  Tillamook Bay

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21
  Forest Grove
  Sauvie Island
  Wallowa County

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 22
  Upper Nestucca

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23
  Gilliam County

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26
  Brownsville

  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28
  Eugene
  Hood River

  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29
  Dallas

  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30
  Antelope
  Baker County--Baker Valley
  Tygh Valley
  Wahkiakum, WA (includes Knappa and Brownsmead, OR)
  Yamhill Valley (McMinnville, Amity, Sheridan)

  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31
  Prineville
  Utopia (Culver area)

  THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
  Cowlitz/Columbia
  Santiam Pass

  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
  Airlie-Albany
  Ashland
 Columbia Hills-Klickitat Valley, WA (includes Biggs, Rufus, and John Day Dam, 
OR) 

  Coquille Valley
  Portland
  Umatilla County
  Yaquina Bay

  SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
  Port Orford
  Redmond
  Tule Lake, CA (very near Oregon border)


  COUNTS FOR WHICH I HAVEN'T YET RECEIVED DATES:
  Burns-Hines
  P-Ranch -- Malheur NWR
  Silverton

  NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR:
  Coos Bay

  NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR UNLESS A NEW COMPILER IS FOUND:
  Sisters
Subject: November Fort Rock Raptor Survey
From: "Kim Boddie" <kcboddie AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:15:25 -0800
I joined Lowell Franks on his Fort Rock Raptor Survey today. We drove 71 miles 
in 5 1/4 hours under partly cloudy skies, temps. between 27 - 45 degrees F, 
with winds calm in AM and up to 10 mph in PM, with snow cover 0% and roads 
clear. 

We had the 4th highest count for the route that I have records for since 2004 
with a total of 190 raptors. We broke the Ft. Rock record for Golden Eagles ( 
27) and Red-tailed Hawks (82). We didn't see much else along the route except 
for 2 W. Meadowlarks, 1 Shrike sp, and 2 Coyotes. Lowell's house provided large 
numbers of House Sparrows, Calif. Quail, and E. Collared Doves. 


Raptors counted:

Red-tailed Hawk 82 American Kestrel 4 

Northern Harrier 10 Bald Eagle 5 A 2 S 

Golden Eagle 27 Rough-legged Hawk 40 

Ferruginous Hawk 12 Unid. Buteo 3 

Prairie Falcon 2 Cooper's Hawk 2 

Sharp-shinned Hawk         1

Kim Boddie
Bend
Subject: November Fort Rock Raptor Survey
From: "Kim Boddie" <kcboddie AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:15:25 -0800
I joined Lowell Franks on his Fort Rock Raptor Survey today. We drove 71 miles 
in 5 1/4 hours under partly cloudy skies, temps. between 27 - 45 degrees F, 
with winds calm in AM and up to 10 mph in PM, with snow cover 0% and roads 
clear. 

We had the 4th highest count for the route that I have records for since 2004 
with a total of 190 raptors. We broke the Ft. Rock record for Golden Eagles ( 
27) and Red-tailed Hawks (82). We didn't see much else along the route except 
for 2 W. Meadowlarks, 1 Shrike sp, and 2 Coyotes. Lowell's house provided large 
numbers of House Sparrows, Calif. Quail, and E. Collared Doves. 


Raptors counted:

Red-tailed Hawk 82 American Kestrel 4 

Northern Harrier 10 Bald Eagle 5 A 2 S 

Golden Eagle 27 Rough-legged Hawk 40 

Ferruginous Hawk 12 Unid. Buteo 3 

Prairie Falcon 2 Cooper's Hawk 2 

Sharp-shinned Hawk         1

Kim Boddie
Bend
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