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01 Aug Re: Mystery Duck [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
1 Aug Salem Audubon August Field Trips [Mike Unger ]
1 Aug Curry Rose-breasted Grosbeak 8/1/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
01 Aug Columbia Estuary Report - 8/1/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
1 Aug SAS Minto-Brown Island park Scouting Trip [Mike Unger ]
1 Aug Fern Ridge Friday ["John Sullivan" ]
1 Aug Re: Mystery Duck [Lorraine Crawford ]
01 Aug Mystery Duck [Stephen Deagle ]
1 Aug Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper Fern Ridge -Royal [Sally Hill ]
1 Aug OBA Monthly Photo Contest Winner! [Rhett Wilkins ]
1 Aug Photos: American White Pelican's Mating Baskett Slough NWR [Jim Leonard ]
1 Aug Photos: Four Juvenile Black-necked Stilts Baskett Slough NWR [Jim Leonard ]
1 Aug [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
1 Aug The Mysteriouos Case of the Ataxic Gull [Tom McNamara ]
31 Jul Lesser Yellowlegs, Coos Co [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
31 Jul Re: Thanks for info on Owls and Snowy Plover [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
31 Jul Marion Co (east edge of) White-Headed Woodpecker 7/31/2014 [Roy Gerig ]
31 Jul Seaside Cove [Meg Ruby ]
31 Jul Thanks for info on Owls and Snowy Plover [Sandy Ayer ]
31 Jul Robert Flores has shared an eBird checklist with you from Vancouver--Frenchmans Bar on Jul 31, 2014 - 6:16 AM [Robert Flores via eBird ]
31 Jul birds at Sheridan sewage ponds ["Paul Sullivan" ]
31 Jul Mtn Quail on Cedar Canyon Road, Wash Co [Lars Per Norgren ]
30 Jul RBA: Portland, OR 7-31-14 [Harry Nehls ]
30 Jul Ever see a Black-necked Stilt sitting ??? [Lyn Topinka ]
30 Jul another Least Flycatcher [Darrel Faxon ]
30 Jul Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 7/30/2014 [Wink Gross ]
30 Jul Traveling Notes - 7/29 and 7/30 [Mike Patterson ]
30 Jul Fwd: Wednesday bird list [Donald Schrouder ]
30 Jul RFI Yachats area [Sandy Ayer ]
29 Jul Re: Lake County and Lake Abert [Adrian Hinkle ]
29 Jul Lake County and Lake Abert [Charles Gates ]
29 Jul Found dead baby bird [Jessica Rondema ]
29 Jul Fern Ridge, Lane County ["Roger Robb" ]
29 Jul Red-necked Phalarope in Beaverton [Joseph Blowers ]
29 Jul Horned Lark reports: Good time to watch for juvenile larks! [Joel Geier ]
29 Jul Re: Baskett Slough NWR - Long-billed Curlews [Lyn Topinka ]
29 Jul Re: Coos Bay Merlin in July [Tim Rodenkirk ]
29 Jul [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
28 Jul Coos Bay Merlin in July [Lars Per Norgren ]
28 Jul Baskett Slough NWR - Long-billed Curlews [Steve Nord ]
28 Jul Re: [birding] how to make a hummingbird feeder [Joel Geier ]
28 Jul Re: More on Coos Bay Merlin 7/26/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
28 Jul Fwd: Yaquina Head Common Murre Nesting Update by OSU Seabird Observation Lab [Range Bayer ]
28 Jul "Bad apples" & catbirds [Joel Geier ]
28 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC (ABA, etc.) [Laura Paulson ]
28 Jul ASHLAND: SECOND OWLET CROP IN LITHIA PARK [Harry Fuller ]
28 Jul Mid-summer owl sounds [Russ Namitz ]
28 Jul Marion Co 4 LB Curlews, 7/28 [Roy Gerig ]
28 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC (ABA, etc.) [Russ Namitz ]
28 Jul Elegant Terns and Franklin's Gull at Ft Stevens - 7/28/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
28 Jul First Annual Crow-tasting [Alan Contreras ]
28 Jul OBA Annual Meeting [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]
28 Jul Re: Jackson Bottom Wetlands [Steve Engel ]
28 Jul how to make a hummingbird feeder [Stephanie Hazen ]
28 Jul [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
28 Jul Summer Vagrants [Rob Conway ]
27 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC [Joel Geier ]
27 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC [Joel Geier ]
27 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC [Joel Geier ]
28 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC [David Irons ]
27 Jul Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC [Wayne Hoffman ]
27 Jul Nesting catbirds at HMSC [Joel Geier ]
27 Jul aging catbirds [Mike Patterson ]
27 Jul Catbird Nesting [Wayne Hoffman ]
27 Jul [Fwd: [birding] Audubon Print Exhibit, Lectures & Programs Upcoming in Salem] [Joel Geier ]
27 Jul Re: Gray Catbird [David Irons ]
27 Jul STILT SANDPIPER - Baskett slough NWR [Erik Knight ]
27 Jul Catbird Reports at HMSC (Jun 18-11 AM July 27) that Include Photos, Links to Photos, Vocalization Comments [Range Bayer ]
27 Jul Re: Gray Catbird [Lawrence McQueen ]
27 Jul Gray Catbird [Marlowe Kissinger ]
27 Jul barred owlets - Josephine Co. [Romain Cooper ]
26 Jul Seaside to South Jetty Today [Bob Archer ]
26 Jul frr Stilt Sand [Alan Contreras ]
26 Jul Eagle Rock [Jack Williamson ]
26 Jul Re: More on Coos Bay Merlin 7/26/2014 [Wayne Hoffman ]
26 Jul 31 Photos: Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge [Jim Leonard ]

Subject: Re: Mystery Duck
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:02:37 -0700
I have had the opportunity to band dabblers on lakes.   The crew goes 
out at night, in boats, with spotlights, and you attempt to scoop them 
up with big long fishing net on a pole.   You quickly find out that 
dabblers can dive quite well.   They just don't like to dive to feed.   
But they certainly can dive.    Did you know shorebirds can too?   Once 
saw a large flock of Marbled Godwits standing in water get attacked by a 
Peregrine.   They didn't fly.   They dove.   Entire flock.   It was 
rather amazing.

Cheers
Dave Lauten



On 8/1/2014 1:47 PM, Stephen Deagle wrote:
> I am hoping I don't sound too ridiculous in the following:
>
> I have an ID puzzler....my friend and I walk several times a week along the 
Clackamas River Trail in Oregon City, which follows the river. We always take 
our binoculars, except for this one day! At one point along the path, we 
spotted some ducks on the far shoreline and stopped to try to ID them. There 
were five or six together, and at first we thought they were all mallard 
females. They were all pretty brownish, streaky, with the telltale blue stripe 
that mallards have on the wing (sorry, I don't know the parts of the bird to 
explain it better!) They seemed adult size, or maybe a bit smaller. Their bills 
were the same shape, size and greenish yellow that male mallards' bills are. 
So, we thought maybe juvenile males that didn't have their green heads, etc. 
yet. I realize that some mallards around this area have interbred with other 
ducks so there are so weird colorations, etc. These were all the same, however. 
This is the really strange part: They were diving. They were not 

  d
> abbling, or tipping up like mallards, or even briefly going under the water. 
They were diving and not coming up right away. They swam off together and we 
haven't seen them since. Mallards don't dive do they? Any ideas? 

>
> Susie Deagle
>
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Subject: Salem Audubon August Field Trips
From: Mike Unger <unger730 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:50:50 -0700
Hello everyone -


It's August and the early migrants are arriving in the valley.  Please join
us for our August field trips.  Here is the schedule:



*Wednesday, August 6th* - Minto-Brown Island Park at 7:30 a.m. (Meet in
Parking Lot #3 at the far end of the paved road.)



*Sunday, August 10th* - Ankeny NWR at 7:30 a.m. (Meet at the Overlook on
Ankeny Hill Rd).



*NOTE:*  See the Kestrel for more details -

http://www.salemaudubon.org/assets/docs/Final_E-Edition-Kestrel_Newsletter_Jul-Aug_2014.pdf 



Also Salem Audubon has a Facebook page!  Field trip information as well as
other information can be found here.  So visit and "Like" us on our
Facebook page.

See https://www.facebook.com/SalemAudubonSociety


Mike Unger

Keizer, OR
Subject: Curry Rose-breasted Grosbeak 8/1/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:23:16 -0700
Knute Andersson had a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK briefly at his feeder
spot this morning, guess he never saw it a second time.  He has photos too.
Knute lives just SW of Langlois in Curry Co.

Merry migration!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Columbia Estuary Report - 8/1/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:25:44 -0700
Columbia Estuary Report - 8/1/2014

A single juvenile ELEGANT TERN was on Trestle Bay this morning.  Also
seen was a juvenile BONAPARTE'S GULL.

The NORTHERN ANCHOVY runs are peaking right now and attracting lots of
stuff.  Large flocks of SOOTY SHEARWATERS, BROWN PELICANS and other
piscivores are being reported near-shore between Seaside Cove and the
South Jetty.  A RED-NECKED GREBE was off the South Jetty this morning.

Steve Warner noted a WILLET with MARBLED GODWITS last week at the
Necanicum Estuary, otherwise shorebird counts are sagging a bit
relative to mid-July numbers.



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



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Subject: SAS Minto-Brown Island park Scouting Trip
From: Mike Unger <unger730 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:40:20 -0700
*SAS Minto-Brown Island Park Scouting Trip Report*


 Barbara, Fred, Kay and I scouted Minto-Brown Island Park in preparation
for our Salem Audubon birding field trip on *Wednesday, August 6th at 7:30
a.m*.  The four of us covered about 3.7 miles during a comfortable morning
that got progressively warmer as the day went on.  We did a portion of the
Blue Loop and then went on the Orange Loop.  It should be noted that new
trail signs have been put up and the trail names are slightly different
*i.e.*, the Blue Trail is now the Blue Heron Trail.  The day was quite
successful as we identified 48 species.



The highlights were as follows:

·       Actually saw two *Yellow Warblers* and one *Wilson’s Warbler*;

·       Observed a juvenile *Bald Eagle* over the Willamette River;

·       Saw a *Great Horned Owl* fly out from a tree in the NW part of the
park;

·       Observed eight *Brown Creepers* including four juvenile creepers
moving up a tree trunk in a single file;

·       Identified 26 *Western Wood Pewees* including getting a good look
at many of them;

·       Identified 17 *Northern Flickers* including seeing a family of five
as we started our walk;

·       Saw large number of finches in the area near the Brown Island
Landfill.



Mike Unger

Keizer, OR



*Minto-Brown Island Park Checklist Summary for August 1, 2014*

 *Identified Species: 48*

 3 Wood Duck
13 Mallard
5 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
3 Osprey
1 Bald Eagle
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Mourning Dove
1 Great Horned Owl
4 Anna's Hummingbird
1 hummingbird sp.
1 Belted Kingfisher
6 Downy Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker
8 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
26 Western Wood-Pewee
1 Warbling Vireo
6 Steller's Jay
1 Western Scrub-Jay
5 Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal)
10 American Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
1 swallow sp.
22 Black-capped Chickadee
40 Bushtit
6 White-breasted Nuthatch
8 Brown Creeper
12 Bewick's Wren
18 Swainson's Thrush
13 American Robin
4 European Starling
13 Cedar Waxwing
6 Yellow Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Wilson's Warbler
19 Spotted Towhee
1 Savannah Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
4 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Black-headed Grosbeak
22 House Finch
31 American Goldfinch
5 passerine sp.
Subject: Fern Ridge Friday
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:36:50 -0700
Barry McKenzie and I searched for the Stilt Sandpiper reported by Sally Hill in 
the Fisher Unit this morning without success. We walked the Barn Pond loop from 
the Royal Avenue parking area. We did see: 


Semipalmated Plover - 8
Black-necked Stilt - 6 
Spotted Sandpiper  - 4 
Greater Yellowlegs -12
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Western Sandpiper - 30
Least Sandpiper - 20
Pectoral Sandpiper - 4
Long-billed Dowitcher - 30
Wilson's Snipe - 2
Wilson's Phalarope - 8
Red-necked Phalarope - 1

Good Birding,

John Sullivan 
Springfield, OR


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Subject: Re: Mystery Duck
From: Lorraine Crawford <lcrawford2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:36:02 -0700
I have seen Mallards dive. Particularly in more shallow water. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 1, 2014, at 1:47 PM, Stephen Deagle  wrote:
> 
> I am hoping I don't sound too ridiculous in the following:
> 
> I have an ID puzzler....my friend and I walk several times a week along the 
Clackamas River Trail in Oregon City, which follows the river. We always take 
our binoculars, except for this one day! At one point along the path, we 
spotted some ducks on the far shoreline and stopped to try to ID them. There 
were five or six together, and at first we thought they were all mallard 
females. They were all pretty brownish, streaky, with the telltale blue stripe 
that mallards have on the wing (sorry, I don't know the parts of the bird to 
explain it better!) They seemed adult size, or maybe a bit smaller. Their bills 
were the same shape, size and greenish yellow that male mallards' bills are. 
So, we thought maybe juvenile males that didn't have their green heads, etc. 
yet. I realize that some mallards around this area have interbred with other 
ducks so there are so weird colorations, etc. These were all the same, however. 
This is the really strange part: They were diving. They were not 

  d
> abbling, or tipping up like mallards, or even briefly going under the water. 
They were diving and not coming up right away. They swam off together and we 
haven't seen them since. Mallards don't dive do they? Any ideas? 

> 
> Susie Deagle
> 
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Subject: Mystery Duck
From: Stephen Deagle <sdeagle AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:47:38 -0700
I am hoping I don't sound too ridiculous in the following:

I have an ID puzzler....my friend and I walk several times a week along the 
Clackamas River Trail in Oregon City, which follows the river. We always take 
our binoculars, except for this one day! At one point along the path, we 
spotted some ducks on the far shoreline and stopped to try to ID them. There 
were five or six together, and at first we thought they were all mallard 
females. They were all pretty brownish, streaky, with the telltale blue stripe 
that mallards have on the wing (sorry, I don't know the parts of the bird to 
explain it better!) They seemed adult size, or maybe a bit smaller. Their bills 
were the same shape, size and greenish yellow that male mallards' bills are. 
So, we thought maybe juvenile males that didn't have their green heads, etc. 
yet. I realize that some mallards around this area have interbred with other 
ducks so there are so weird colorations, etc. These were all the same, however. 
This is the really strange part: They were diving. They were not d 

 abbling, or tipping up like mallards, or even briefly going under the water. 
They were diving and not coming up right away. They swam off together and we 
haven't seen them since. Mallards don't dive do they? Any ideas? 


Susie Deagle




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Subject: Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper Fern Ridge -Royal
From: Sally Hill <1sallyhill.9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:15:45 -0700
I saw a juvenile stilt sandpiper at Fern Ridge this morning about 9:30
a.m.  Approximately 100 yards south of the platform just past the last
shrub on the left.  It was with a small group of least and western feeding
in a muddy area with a few puddles of water.  It was close in maybe 25-30
yards away so got good scope views.  It had a long droopy bill with long
yellowish or greenish legs much taller than the western.  It appeared
mostly grayish with some brown or rufous tones in the wings.  White
supercilium with a rufous ear patch faint streaking on breast but white
belly.  As I was getting ready to digi-scope it a killdeer chased off the
entire flock.  I did not see where they flew.  I alerted some Eugene
birders on the was back to the parking lot so they may be able to relocate
it.  I don't know if this is the same bird that was reported a week or so
ago out there.

Sally Hill
Eugene OR
Subject: OBA Monthly Photo Contest Winner!
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:47:15 -0700
Hi All,

We have a new OBA Monthly Photo Contest Winner.  Follow the link below to
see this beautiful image (it's a doozy), and start sending in those August
submissions.

http://www.orbirds.org/

Thanks for participating!

Rhett Wilkins
Subject: Photos: American White Pelican's Mating Baskett Slough NWR
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:37:03 -0700
I went to Baskett Slough NWR last Tuesday morning and photographed a pair
of American White Pelican's mating.  In two of the photos the male has the
female's head in it's mouth and pouch.  Maybe this was to maintain balance
and position.  Click on link below for photos.  Happy Birding, Jim Leonard.






https://plus.google.com/photos/108302360004365615395/albums/6042602472848609281?authkey=CM6N1a353bjshgE 
Subject: Photos: Four Juvenile Black-necked Stilts Baskett Slough NWR
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:51:37 -0700
This last Tuesday I photographed four Black-necked Stilt juveniles at
Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.  Click on link below for photos.
Happy Birding, Jim Leonard.






https://plus.google.com/photos/108302360004365615395/albums/6042591524092391537?authkey=COzF4p7ojpbhdA 
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:15:39 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: August 1, 2014 6:07:45 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Canvasback (1 Lane)
Redhead (1 Benton)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Polk)
Anna's Hummingbird (1 Lake)
White-headed Woodpecker (1 Marion)
Say's Phoebe (1 Klamath)
Townsend's Warbler (1 Klamath)

---------------------------------------------
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: The Mysteriouos Case of the Ataxic Gull
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:13:22 -0700
OBOL,

On Saturday last  while at the Bayocean Oyster Co. as I was returning to my
car I had an experience that Sherlock would be forced to label "outre".
While walking to my parking spot I approached a vehicle (a Jeep Wrangler)
with its top down or removed. For whatever reason, my attention was caught
by the fact that everyone, 5 people of both sexes and different ages, were
sporting blue bandannas on their heads; they all had newly piled into the
front and back seats of the Jeep. Anyway, I was looking toward them when a
gull came  plummeting out of the sky and crashed into the head of the
middle occupant of the back seat. I was close enough to where I could see
the expression (imagined on my part)  on the gull's face--- seemingly
wide-eyed, with a Whoawhoa...wha..wha..whut the hell's  go'in on here?!! as
it flailed the air wildly but continued to fall as if being invisibly
slammed and finally fetched up...on a person's head.   The middle headband
wearer had his own startled reaction -- involuntary squirming/twisting neck
retraction while trying to look up to see what, in the open air, had hit
him in the head... the gull flapped mightily trying for purchase  of some
supporting air.
The kid and his seat mates, astonished for a blink, instantly sized it up
as Nothing More than a gull falling into their rig and started shrieking
with laughter and  didyouseethats to  one another.

This all took about 1/10 of a second.   The gull did manage to get air and
was outta there tout de suite.

I had continued walking the while to where my vehicle was parked 30 yards
farther on. I was trying to figure out what I'd just witnessed and was
thinking ..this is Bizarre ...hmm,  I wonder if that kid had a french fry
or something and the gull,  Gray Jay-like, thought he'd just come help
himself.  But no. Because as it happens, the jeep pulled up as I was
standing by my car and stopped and they asked me "did you see that!?"   I
replied, "Yeah, I couldn't believe it"  I floated the idea of the french
fry (or whatever) and they emphatically said "No, we didn't have anything"
For the next  minute or so we took turns talking about how crazy, weird,
wild the whole thing was. And they let me know that apparently the incident
had scared the sh-- out of the gull and the car floor was soiled. Finally,
I  just said they now had the makings of a great story and, if they wanted
a detail, they could tell folks it was a second-year California gull.
there ya go,
Tom
Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs, Coos Co
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:17:41 -0700
Forgot to mention that on Monday at Bandon Beach, Coos Cty we had a 
single LESSER YELLOWLEGS.   Joe Metzler reminded me as he had one today 
at Tenmile, along with a molting RED PHALAROPE.

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein


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Subject: Re: Thanks for info on Owls and Snowy Plover
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:14:03 -0700
Double my pleasure, as it was a lifer, and a Snowy Plover*.  That's what 
OBOL is here for.

* - I have a 'thing' for Snowy Plovers.   The locals understand.

Cheers
Dave


On 7/31/2014 3:13 PM, Sandy Ayer wrote:
> Thanks to the half-dozen or so Oregon coast birders who responded to 
> my RFI on owls and Snowy Plover. I think I'll save the owls for 
> another year.
>
> Thanks especially to Dave Lauten for the very precise directions he 
> gave to the Sitcoos dune site. That I got lost for about 20 minutes 
> along the way was my fault--and it turned out to be providential: I 
> arrived at the north spit a little after 7:30, but visibility was down 
> to about 10 meters in the fog ("Oh. no," I thought, "I'll never see 
> one at this rate!") and scoping into the nesting area drew nothing but 
> shells and driftwood. Then the fog lifted (the providential part) and 
> I happened to look toward the beach. I noticed a juvenile bird that I 
> at first took to be a larger plover, such as a Black-bellied, but then 
> I saw the thin black bill, dark eye-line, and shoulder patch (as well 
> as a green band). Then I looked at the wrack line, as Dave and others 
> had suggested, and all of a sudden Snowies, both adults and juveniles, 
> were scurrying everywhere (boy, can those birds move!) . I must've 
> seen about two dozen, both adults and juveniles.
>
> Thanks again to you all. This was a lifer for me, and a species I'd 
> missed in both Texas and Louisiana.
>
> Sandy
>
> H. D. Sandy Ayer
> 115 Strandell Cresc. SW
> Calgary, AB
> T3H 1K8
> sandyayer74 AT gmail.com 
>
Subject: Marion Co (east edge of) White-Headed Woodpecker 7/31/2014
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:20:59 -0700
John Thomas and I camped at Olallie Meadows, less than a mile from the Cascades 
crest at the very eastern edge of Marion County. There is mixed coniferous 
forest there, including at least 2 pines, it is dry, and there is not much 
elevation change as you go over the crest there, into the Warm Springs Res. I 
wanted to find some woodpeckers, and we finally did this morning around 9. 

Last evening we heard but could not see, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER. This morning 
we heard it again, including the very distinctive rattle call. While looking 
for the BBWO, we saw woodpeckers in a nice mature stand of mixed confers. There 
were 2 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS, when a WHITE HEADED WOODPECKER flew in and 
landed with its back to me in plain view for a few seconds. While it was on the 
tree trunk, I could see its very solid all black black and nape, but not the 
face. Thinking Black-backed, because it was near where we had heard 
Black-backed, I changed my mind when it flew and I could very clearly see the 
white wing patches of a WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER. For the few seconds that it 
was in view in flight, I could see the solid black back and wings (except for 
the white wing patch toward the distal end) and something of the white face of 
this species. Then it was gone. This is a species I had been hoping to find 
here, being that I am a hopeless Marion county lister. 

We saw a lot of birds this morning, but not many yesterday afternoon and 
evening. There were more GC KINGLETS than I've ever seen, some COMMON 
NIGHTHAWKS, a BUFFLEHEAD, female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE (on Triangle Lake), young 
RUDDY DUCK, young HERMIT WARBLERS, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and a VARIED THRUSH, 
and more. In the no information department, we did hear a bird call early that 
I could not identify, I have no idea what it was and I can't describe it, just 
something odd and different that I have not heard before. 

It was a fun morning.
Roy Gerig, Salem OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Seaside Cove
From: Meg Ruby <megruby AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:03:52 -0700
Hi I'm at Seaside Cove at about 4 p.m. There is a non stop stream of what
appear to be thousands of Sooty Shearwaters flying N to S out past the
breakers.  Dozens of Brown Pelicans, Sooty Shearwater, and Common Murre and
gull spp. Are drop diving for fish. There is one American Pelican, as
well.  Also watched at least two of small cetaceans criss- crossing the
Cove. Must be good eating here in the near shore, I suppose the cetaceans
are  dolphins..and are not sharks.  Earlier this afternoon at Bayocean, I
observed a mixed flock of around 50 Western and Least sandpippers on the
mudflats along the levy road out to the spit. Good birding! Meg
Ruby AT gmail.com
Subject: Thanks for info on Owls and Snowy Plover
From: Sandy Ayer <sandyayer74 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:13:54 -0600
Thanks to the half-dozen or so Oregon coast birders who responded to my RFI
on owls and Snowy Plover. I think I'll save the owls for another year.

Thanks especially to Dave Lauten for the very precise directions he gave to
the Sitcoos dune site. That I got lost for about 20 minutes along the way
was my fault--and it turned out to be providential: I arrived at the north
spit a little after 7:30, but visibility was down to about 10 meters in the
fog ("Oh. no," I thought, "I'll never see one at this rate!") and scoping
into the nesting area drew nothing but shells and driftwood. Then the fog
lifted (the providential part) and I happened to look toward the beach. I
noticed a juvenile bird that I at first took to be a larger plover, such as
a Black-bellied, but then I saw the thin black bill, dark eye-line, and
shoulder patch (as well as a green band). Then I looked at the wrack line,
as Dave and others had suggested, and all of a sudden Snowies, both adults
and juveniles, were scurrying everywhere (boy, can those birds move!) . I
must've seen about two dozen, both adults and juveniles.

Thanks again to you all. This was a lifer for me, and a species I'd missed
in both Texas and Louisiana.

Sandy

H. D. Sandy Ayer
115 Strandell Cresc. SW
Calgary, AB
T3H 1K8
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Subject: Robert Flores has shared an eBird checklist with you from Vancouver--Frenchmans Bar on Jul 31, 2014 - 6:16 AM
From: Robert Flores via eBird <ebird-share AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:48:13 -0400 (EDT)
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzE5Mjg3Njc2&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's 
checklist sharing process at 



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Birding Frenchman's Bar County Park this morning some migrants windy conditions 
did not help. 

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Subject: birds at Sheridan sewage ponds
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:43:09 -0700
Folks,

 

We got in to view the Sheridan sewage ponds a couple times recently.

 

July 23, brief visit, 2: 30 - 3:20 PM  (closing time)

 

1       Great Blue Heron

60    Mallards

  4    Killdeer

 2   Greater Yellowlegs

  4   Spotted Sandpipers with 4 young

  5   Least Sandpipers

 1   Western Sandpiper

  2   RED-NECKED PHALAROPES

30  Barn Swallows

  5   Redwing Blackbirds

  2   Brewers Blackbirds

 

July 31, brief visit, 9:30-10:30 AM  (too HOT to stay longer!!)

 

  12    Canada Geese

120    Mallards

    1    Ringneck

    5   Ruddy Duck

    5   Coots

15  Killdeer

 2  Spotted Sandpipers with 4 young

  3   Long-billed Dowitchers

  5   California Gulls - immatures

20   Violet-green Swallows

20   Barn Swallows

25  Brewers Blackbirds

 

-- at the nearby pond below the cemetery

   1   Great Blue Heron

 2   Wood Ducks

50   Violet-green Swallows

 

Good birding, stay cool,

 

 

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen

McMinnville

 

 

 
Subject: Mtn Quail on Cedar Canyon Road, Wash Co
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:32:48 -0700
 Two adult and two young Mountain Quail were on the shoulder of Cedar Canyon 
Road at 51145, that's a house address. 

This was 6:30pm July 30. While I won't guarantee they'll always be on the 
shoulder, I expect the adult will remain nearby for years to come. 

 I heard Gray Jays this morning on the Banks-Vernonia Linear Park just uphill 
from the county road at Buxton Trailhead. 

Lars

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Subject: RBA: Portland, OR 7-31-14
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:48:42 -0700
- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* July 31, 2014
* ORPO1407.31

- birds mentioned

Long-billed Curlew
Stilt Sandpiper
Franklins Gull
Elegant Tern
Black Swift
Gray Catbird

- transcript

hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
number: 503-233-2976
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 July 321. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at
503-233-3976.

A family of two adult and one immature CATBIRDS is now being seen along the
nature trail at the Hatfield  Marine Science Center on Yaquina Bay. On July
28 four ELEGANT TERNS and a FRANKLINS GULL were off parking lot D at the
South Jetty of the Columbia River.

On July 27 a STILT SANDPIPER was at Baskett Slough NWR. Two LONG-BILLED
CURLEWS were there the next day. On July 28 four LONG-BILLED CURLEWS were
along Duckflat Road east of Ankeny NWR. A STILT SANDPIPER was at Fern Ridge
Reservoir July 25.

On July 27 a BLACK SWIFT was at Tumalo Falls west of Bend.

Thats it for this week.

- end transcript








Subject: Ever see a Black-necked Stilt sitting ???
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers AT pacifier.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:23:20 -0700
hi ... for all of you folks who've ever wondered what a Black-necked 
Stilts does with those long legs while he's taking a breather ---


http://northwestbirding.com/Images14July/baskett_slough_black-necked_stilt_sitting_07-28-14.jpg 


enjoy ...
Lyn






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Subject: another Least Flycatcher
From: Darrel Faxon <5hats AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:56:38 -0700
I learned today from Mike Marshall of Lincoln City that on July 13 he saw
and heard a singing Least Flycatcher on the grounds of the Oregon Country
Fair, along the Long Tom River near Veneta.  He said the location was a
couple miles west of Fern Ridge, which is interesting, seeing one was
reported from there about the same time.

Darrel
Subject: Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 7/30/2014
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:50:46 -0700
Here is the summary of my morning dogwalks from NW Seblar Terrace to the 
Pittock Mansion for the week 7/24/14 to 7/30/14. 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 6 days this week.

Species                # days found  (peak #, date)

CANADA GOOSE                1  (2, 7/25)
OSPREY                      1  (1, 7/30)
RED-TAILED HAWK             2  (1, 7/26 & 28)
Band-tailed Pigeon          5  (4)
MOURNING DOVE               2  (2, 7/27)
Vauxs Swift                3  (3)
Anna's Hummingbird          6  (9, 7/28)
Rufous Hummingbird          5  (9, 7/30)
Downy Woodpecker            2  (1, 7/25 & 30)
Northern Flicker            6  (4)
Pileated Woodpecker         3  (2)
Olive-sided Flycatcher      2  (1, 7/25 & 27)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher    2  (1, 7/27 & 28)
Empidonax sp. (prob. PSFL)  1  (2, 7/25)
Huttons Vireo              2  (1, 7/26 & 27)
Steller's Jay               6  (5)
American Crow               6  (9)
Black-capped Chickadee      6  (10)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   4  (6)
Bushtit                     2  (10, 7/25)	
Red-breasted Nuthatch       6  (5)
Brown Creeper               5  (3)
PACIFIC WREN                1  (1, 7/28)
BEWICKS WREN               2  (1, 7/28 & 30)
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET      1  (1, 7/25)
SWAINSONS THRUSH           1  (1, 7/30)
American Robin              5  (3)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER      2  (1, 7/25 & 27)
Black-throated Gray Warbler 2  (3, 7/25)
Wilson's Warbler            4  (6, 7/30)
Spotted Towhee              6  (7)
Song Sparrow                6  (7)
Dark-eyed Junco             6  (5)
House Finch                 1  (2, 7/30)
Purple Finch                3  (2)
Lesser Goldfinch            1  (1, 7/24)
American Goldfinch          4  (1+[heard only])
Evening Grosbeak            2  (2, 7/25)

In the neighborhood but not found on dogwalk: Turkey Vulture, Western 
Screech-Owl, GREAT HORNED OWL, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red Crossbill 


Misses (birds found at least 3 days in previous 2 weeks but not found this 
week): Violet-green Swallow 


Wink Gross
Portland

Subject: Traveling Notes - 7/29 and 7/30
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:55:05 -0700
A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was at Rock Creek Conservation Area, (Coastal)
Lane Co. on Tuesday.

I saw two GRAY CATBIRDS this morning at HMSC.  A juvenile was in the
usual spot in the twinberries west of the wetland bridge.  An adult was
on the east end of the bridge in the twinberries very near the trail.
Also saw a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

Early passerine migrants were taking advantage of the nice weather on Mt
Hebo, Tillamook Co.  I got to watch a good sized mixed flock of warblers
and chickadees that included at least a dozen HERMIT WARBLERS and nearly
that many WILSON'S WARBLERS.  A promising crop of MOUNTAIN HUCKLEBERRIES
has attracted the attention of many AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS.

I also made time to take a stroll around the Nehalem Sewage Ponds in the
afternoon.  Most impressive was a gathering flock of 52 juvenile
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.  Also a small flock of LEAST and WESTERN
SANDPIPERS and one SPOTTED SANDPIPER.  A COOPER'S HAWK popped out of the
cottonwood stand and startled the sandpiper flock which attracted the
attention of a PEREGRINE.

Mt Hebo passerines at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/archives/date-posted/2014/07/30/?view=md


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



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Subject: Fwd: Wednesday bird list
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:19:46 -0700

Begin forwarded message:

From: Dennis Arendt 
Subject: Wednesday bird list
Date: July 30, 2014 at 11:11:27 AM PDT
To: Don Schrouder 

On this hot Wednesday the Eugene Wednesday birders went to the shade of the 
Masonic Cemetery and the streets around it. Hummingbirds were darting about 
frequently and both chickadees were relatively common. It was a nice walk and 
we stayed cool. The entire bird list follows. 

 
Turkey Vulture
Anna's Hummingbird - many
Rufous Hummingbird - many
Red-breasted Sapsucker - one very young bird
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee - common everywhere
Chestnut-backed Chickadee - several in the cemetery
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco - one seen
Black-headed Grosbeak
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
 
Don Schrouder, Jim Regali, Dave Brown, Tim, Kit Larsen and Dennis Arendt

Subject: RFI Yachats area
From: Sandy Ayer <sandyayer74 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:44:12 -0600
I'm from Calgary Alberta and will be based at Yachats for the next 4 days.

I would like to connect with birders in the Yachats area (if there are
any!) during my stay.

Specific requests:

1. Is there any chance of seeing Snowy Plover within, say, and hour's drive
of Yachats, or are all possible viewing sites closed to the public?

I'm also interested in seeing whether I might have a shot at two of my
nemesis species, Barn Owl and Western Screech Owl. Again, any info on
possible locations for these species within an hour of Yachats would be
greatly appreciated.

Thanks for whatever help you can provide.

Sandy Ayer

H. D. Sandy Ayer
115 Strandell Cresc. SW
Calgary, AB
T3H 1K8
sandyayer74 AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Lake County and Lake Abert
From: Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:35:45 -0700
Sad to hear about Lake Abert! We saw 300,000+ phalaropes there last July if
I recall correctly.

I was at Summer Lake over the weekend with my mom, Em. Pheasants are
actually quite regular at one spot along the tour loop, and we saw a family
of them there this time. Franklin's Gulls and Black Terns are common as
well, with 288 and 120, respectively. We also saw a lone Tundra Swan.

Decent numbers of shorebirds were present, too, though we seemed to hit the
lull between the adult and juvenile pulses. Other than locally breeding
Snowy Plovers, Killdeer, stilts, and Wilson's Phalaropes, the only juvenile
shorebirds were a few Red-necked Phalaropes and a single Western Sandpiper.

Gotta love Lake County! I bet the wool-capped folks down on the south coast
wouldn't mind some of the sunshine.

Happy fall,

Adrian
Subject: Lake County and Lake Abert
From: Charles Gates <cgates326 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:38:25 -0700
I spent about 24 hours in Lake county yesterday and today.  I was doing 
a Lake Abert Shorebird survey for the East Cascades Audubon Society.  
Here's a summary:

Lake Abert is fading fast.  It has almost no water left.  There is no 
water deep enough to support ducks or grebes.  This may be an historic 
low for this lake (at least in modern times).  If you want to visit this 
amazing shorebird area, you should plan to do so soon.

Bird highlights:

Shorebird totals for Lake Abert:  28 Black-necked Stilt, 1369 American 
Avocet, 22 Semipalmated Plover, 107 Killdeer, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 14 
Willet, 261 Least SP, 1666 Western SP, 16 Long-billed Dowitcher, 19902 
Wilson's Phalarope (two years ago, I had a couple hundred thousand), 
1083 Red-necked Phalarope.

Other bird highlights:
12 Chukar - Abert Rim
2 Ring-necked Pheasant - Summer Lake - Strange, but I don't think I've 
seen them here before
75 American Pipit - Lake Abert (seems early for these guys)
5 Black-throated Sparrow - Abert Rim
1 Swainson's Hawk - near Paisley
1 Ferruginous Hawk - near Silver Lake
17 Sandhill Crane - mostly around Silver Lake and Paisley
13 Snowy Plover - Summer Lake
106 Franklin's Gull - Summer Lake
10 Black Tern - Summer Lake
2 Northern Saw-whet Owl - Chandler State Park
80 Pinyon Jay - west of Fort Rock
1 Yellow-breasted Chat - north of Lakeview along 395/140

Misses:  I looked in vain for Short-eared Owl around Paisley and W. 
Screech-owl around Lakeview.  Also missed Willow Flycatcher at multiple 
locations.

-- 
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: Found dead baby bird
From: Jessica Rondema <rondema.jess AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:53:50 -0700
Hi all,

I just came across a dead baby bird on the paved path at Willson Park
(Capitol Mall) in Salem. I'm sure this is common, but it was pretty new for
me. The local insects were certainly enjoying it. I carefully used a stick
to move it off the pathway, so it wouldn't be trampled. I didn't see any
other baby birds nearby, nor any signs of a downed nest. So I am assuming
something got a hold of it and dropped it, or it fell out of a branch from
very high up.

Obviously, there is no way to tell for sure what happened, but I was glad
that I investigated the area, to see if it there were any survivors. Sad to
see, but very common, I'm sure. Guess that's why little birds tend to have
larger clutches. And I do have a photo in case anyone is curious.

Thanks,
Jessica
Salem, Oregon
Subject: Fern Ridge, Lane County
From: "Roger Robb" <brrobb AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:45:55 -0700
This morning Dennis and I birded the Fisher Unit of Fern Ridge finding a
good assortment of shorebirds.

  5 Semipalmated Plover
 75 Killdeer
  7 Black-necked Stilts (1 juvenile)
  2 Spotted Sandpiper
 20 Greater Yellowlegs
  1 Lesser Yellowlegs
 30 Western Sandpiper
 50 Least Sandpiper
  8 PECTORAL SANDPIPER
  2 Short-billed Dowitcher (calling)
100 Long-billed Dowitcher
  4 Wilson's Snipe
  5 Wilson's Phalarope

Roger Robb
Springfield, OR
  
Subject: Red-necked Phalarope in Beaverton
From: Joseph Blowers <jblowers AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:44:45 -0700
A Red-necked phalarope landed briefly at Commonwealth Lake Park this morning. 
Molly Sultany and I both got photos. It's a first for the park & the first 
southbound RN Phalarope I've heard of this summer. 


Joe Blowers

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Subject: Horned Lark reports: Good time to watch for juvenile larks!
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:05:01 -0700
Hi all,

Kind of buried down in the Curlew report, it was very nice to see Roy
Gerig's report of 6 to 9 Horned Larks in the SE Salem bottomlands --
though also discouraging to hear that this 300-acre patch of habitat is
slated for development.

Any Horned Larks found in the Willamette Valley in this season are
almost certainly STREAKED HORNED LARKS, (ssp. strigata), the subspecies
endemic to the lowlands of western Oregon and western Washington,
recently listed as THREATENED under the Endangered Species Act.

If you find a group of Horned Larks at this time, please try to scope
the flock for juveniles, which are recognizable from their "spangled"
backs. The Sibley field guide to Western birds has a good illustration
of this plumage. Presence of juveniles would indicate successful nesting
in the vicinity.

During August, family groups of Horned Larks gradually coalesce into
larger flocks and, in the process, may move farther from their original
nesting territories. Juveniles also will begin to gain adult plumage, s
will gradually become harder to recognize. In other words: Now is really
the best time to get these observations.

I'm keeping a database of breeding-season Horned Lark sightings in the 
Willamette Valley, as part of a monitoring effort. I'll appreciate any 
reports! There are a few places where larks are seen regularly, but I'd 
rather get "extra" reports from those places, than risk missing a report. 

If you're able to estimate numbers of adults vs. juveniles, that'll be
great. I'll be glad to send you some tips on how to do this for larger
groups of larks.

Also, I'll greatly appreciate GPS coordinates or directions for the
fields where you saw them (for example, "1/4 mile west of Hwy 99W on
Coville Rd., using field on south side of road").

I'll also be checking the eBird and BirdNotes web databases for
reports. 

If you use one of these web databases, please try to record a few
details (for example, how many larks did you actually see, vs. how many
did you hear). Also please try to be just as cautious in your estimates
as if you were submitting a rare-bird report. At some point, someone is
bound to get the idea to make population estimates based on your casual
birding reports (however crazy that might sound!).

I don't think that breeding season Horned Lark reports are being
"filtered" by ebird reviewers in most parts of the Willamette Valley,
though perhaps they should be. The global population of Streaked Horned
Larks is generally considered to be under 2000. For comparison with some
other birds that have caused a stir in Oregon lately, there are close to
200,000 Black-necked Stilts on the planet, and around 50,000 Long-toed
Stints.

If you do find a group of Streaked Horned Larks as large as what Roy
reported, you can enjoy (or perhaps be alarmed by) the fact that you are
looking at close to 0.5% of the total population. Larks.

Good birding,
Joel


Roy Gerig wrote:

> We walked a mile in the Kuebler Blvd bottomland area near Corban
> College in east Salem and saw and heard an estimated 6-9 HORNED LARKS,
> and 8 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS. This 300 plus acre area is slated for
> development, but there is nowhere better around here for those two
> species.  The soil is droughty - mostly hard packed sand, gravel and
> cobble sized old river rocks, and it is flat with sparse vegetation,
> including many bare areas. Each time I have visited this year, I have
> detected an equal number of HOLAs and WEMEs. 

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis





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Subject: Re: Baskett Slough NWR - Long-billed Curlews
From: Lyn Topinka <pointers AT pacifier.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:06:12 -0700
dang, Gene and I left there about noon and no LB 
Curlews at that time ... nice photo you posted 
too ... we did see the Snipe however ... and, 
believe it or not, I saw my FIRST OREGON BITTERN 
!!!!!!!!!! ... been hoping to run across one of them in Oregon this summer ...

Lyn



At 09:47 PM 7/28/2014, Steve Nord wrote:
>OBOL;
>
>This afternoon I stopped by "The Narrows" at 
>Baskett Slough NWR, to see what was 
>happening.  Among the nice assortment of 
>shorebirds were 2 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS.
>
>eBird report with photo:

>http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19254011 

>
>Good Birding
>Steve Nord
>Beaverton, OR






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Subject: Re: Coos Bay Merlin in July
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:45:18 -0700
Hey Lars,

Interesting you mentioned Prairie Falcons, which are rare on the south
coast.  About half our records are overwintering birds and half migrants.
Three of the migrant records are from August, one as early as 8 August.

Tim


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM, Lars Per Norgren  wrote:

>    Dan Fenske told me about a Merlin he saw this time of year fly across
> 101 south of Bandon. The landscape was boggy, dense brush--Labrador tea and
> Oregon Crab, much like Vancouver Island where he had experience with
> breeding Merlins, so he was willing to speculate about breeding on the
> south coast. By the second half of July I would mainly think of
> post-breeding dispersal. I think of Prairie Falcons banded in central Idaho
> that were recaptured in Manitoba days later at this time of year. Merlins
> must be capable of the same. Lars
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:17:35 -0700

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: July 29, 2014 6:07:29 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Lake)
Canvasback (1 Lane)
Redhead (1 Benton)
Long-tailed Duck (1 Lincoln)
Hooded Merganser (1 Lake)
Long-billed Curlew (1 Marion, 1 Polk)
Franklin's Gull (1 Clatsop)
Elegant Tern (2 Clatsop)
Flammulated Owl (1 Jackson, 2 Josephine)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 Deschutes, 1 Jefferson, 2 Klamath)
Gray Catbird (2 Lincoln)
Yellow-breasted Chat (1 Jefferson)
Tricolored Blackbird (2 Jefferson)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (3 Columbia)

---------------------------------------------
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: Coos Bay Merlin in July
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:46:13 -0700
 Dan Fenske told me about a Merlin he saw this time of year fly across 101 
south of Bandon. The landscape was boggy, dense brush--Labrador tea and Oregon 
Crab, much like Vancouver Island where he had experience with breeding Merlins, 
so he was willing to speculate about breeding on the south coast. By the second 
half of July I would mainly think of post-breeding dispersal. I think of 
Prairie Falcons banded in central Idaho that were recaptured in Manitoba days 
later at this time of year. Merlins must be capable of the same. Lars 


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Subject: Baskett Slough NWR - Long-billed Curlews
From: Steve Nord <stevernord AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:47:19 -0700
OBOL;

This afternoon I stopped by "The Narrows" at Baskett Slough NWR, to see
what was happening.  Among the nice assortment of shorebirds were 2
LONG-BILLED CURLEWS.

eBird report with photo:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19254011

Good Birding
Steve Nord
Beaverton, OR
Subject: Re: [birding] how to make a hummingbird feeder
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:33:07 -0700
Thanks Stephanie!

My son Wil made a feeder by this basic approach about 15 years ago, when
he was 6 or 7. We used a shallow dip-type plastic container (keeping the
volume to a minimum is the trick) and did not bother with drilling a
hole through the cap. Although using the cap to hold the plastic
container lid firmly to the bottle is a nice touch, it also works if you
just make the hole very tight so the threads on the bottle will hold it
on.

Wil used non-toxic paints to paint a red flower with a yellow center
around each of the four drinking holes in the lid. One of the first
hummingbirds to use it was a Calliope Hummingbird (a rare species in
Polk Co. where we were living at the time), so we counted this as a big
success. I have used it (and similar quickie feeders) many times since.

The commercial feeders marketed by WBU, the Wild Bird Shop etc. are
still a lot easier to use on a routine basis! 

However this is a great idea to have in your back pocket for camping
trips. All it really takes is a pocket knife with a reamer blade to make
the holes in the lid. You can skip the wire hanger and just set it on a
fence post. Having a few of these around can also be good for that time
of spring when Rufous Hummingbirds are coming through and chasing
everyone else away from your main feeders.

Happy birding,
Joel

P.S. Speaking of large numbers of hummingbirds, has anyone heard from
Jorrie Ciotti lately?
http://www.birdsamore.com/


On Mon, 2014-07-28 at 10:46 -0700, Stephanie Hazen wrote:

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUZ6v57Z9n8
> 
> Click on link above to see how to make a hummingbird feeder!
> 
> Stephanie
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Subject: Re: More on Coos Bay Merlin 7/26/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:10:43 -0700
Wayne,

I had a quick look and really am not sure on sex at all.  Unfortunately it
zoomed through chasing every other bird and zipped off to the north.  I was
pretty certain it was a Merlin but have no idea on male/female or age- thus
continuing the who knows what this bird may have been doing here thing. I
just wanted to let folks know that I knew immediately that this was a
sighting that was unusual for this time of year.

Catbirds nesting in Newport?!

Tim R
Coos Bay


On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:

> Hi -
>
> It is always worth while, although often not possible, to try to determine
> age and sex of out-of-season birds where immatures and/or the two sexes are
> distinguishable.
>
> With a Merlin, if you could have determined back color (bluish back =
> adult male. brown = female or immature) you are a step toward answering
> your question.  Ad. Females can be distinguished from young birds with
> difficulty.
>
> In Peregrines, spring and summer second-year birds can be distinguished
> from first-year and from adults by wing molt status.  I have not been able
> to find out if this is also the case with Merlins, but I kind of doubt it.
>
> Wayne
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM, Tim Rodenkirk 
> wrote:
>
>> I thought the MERLIN I saw on the N. Spit of Coos Bay today was early so
>> I checked the Coos records.  It turns out that there are three other July
>> records.  In Coos, this species normally disappears in the spring in early
>> May, our latest spring record is 1 June 2000 at New River (TR). In the fall
>> most migrants do not show up until late August or early September.  Our
>> earliest August record is a bird seen out on the North Spit on 6 Aug 2003
>> (TR).  The three July records are as follows:
>>
>> One on the North Spit on 19 July 1998 (D. Lauten).
>> One at Bandon Marsh NWR on 24 July 2002 (D. Lauten, K, Castelein).
>> And one at the North Spit on 11 July 2008 (TR).
>>
>> These really early records may well be failed breeders or immature birds
>> that never migrate north to their breeding grounds, hard to say?  Anyhow,
>> July records anywhere in Oregon are rare. Last I remember there were no
>> breeding records in Oregon.
>>
>>
>> Happy birding!
>> Tim R
>> Coos Bay
>>
>>
>
Subject: Fwd: Yaquina Head Common Murre Nesting Update by OSU Seabird Observation Lab
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:09:05 -0700
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Suryan, Rob 
Date: Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Yaquina Head murre update
To: [many]

Update from Lucila,

Hi all,

Unfortunately, this has not been the most successful breeding season
the common murres at Yaquina Head. The sub-colony on Flat Top Rock
collapsed as of July 11th; since then lab members consistently see
that rock vacated because of bald eagle disturbances and gulls. On
Colony Rock, chicks hatched in two plots located on the most southern
regions of the rock. Of the chicks that hatched within our plots, 27
have already made it to fledging age (15 days from the first time the
chick was sighted), with several due to fledge anytime now. Murre
chicks fledge in the late evening and nighttime to avoid predators
active during the day. The adult male will swim below the rock and
loudly beckon for the chick to jump off the ledge. If you're patient
and lucky, you can see the chicks departing the colony if you watch
the viewing decks below the lighthouse.

We are walking Cobble Beach and Agate Beach in search of common murre
chick and adult carcasses that wash up on shore. The lab collects
fresh carcasses for dietary stable isotope analysis to compliment the
observational data identifying prey species consumed.  Thus far only
one chick and adult have been collected from Cobble Beach.

A total of three activity watches have taken place to observe chick
feeding rate on Colony Rock. These surveys are from sunrise to sundown
and closely monitor 10-12 nests and provide an indication of relative
prey availability. Observers record when the adults leave and return
to the nest, if the pair of adults exchange positions between foraging
and guarding the chick, and when the chick is being fed. A higher
feeding rate indicates that prey is more accessible to the birds.
Tomorrow (July 29th) will be the last activity watch of the season.
Come by the lighthouse observation deck to see what it's all about!

SOL is grateful for the support of the many volunteers and Research
Experience Undergraduate interns who withstood the cold, fog, and rain
to assist in our observations.

Bird on!
Lucila Fernandez
Ian Throckmorton
Jessica Porquez
Alessandra Jimenez-Yap
Amanda Gladics
Rob Suryan

[HMSC Seabird Observation Lab (SOL) page about murre nesting is at

http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/seabirdoceanographylab/seabird-tracking-and-prey-patch-dynamics 

]


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Subject: "Bad apples" & catbirds
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:11:41 -0700
Russ & all,

Birders or photographers who use playback or otherwise disrupt nesting
birds in sensitive situations are not necessarily "bad apples."

This is commonly done by relatively new birders who just get excited by
a new device or a new trick that helps them to see more birds than they
have seen before. 

Probably most of us "old-timers" or "middling-old-timers" on OBOL have
gone through that stage at some point in our birding life. I've done
that kind of thing myself (for example when I first discovered pygmy-owl
imitations), before it occurred to me that there are some situations in
which these techniques could be harmful. 

My purpose is bringing up the status of the catbirds at HMSC as a reason
for exercising some restraint was aimed at birders who are going through
that stage, and just have not yet given much thought to the possibility
of birding impacts. 

Certainly there are going to be a few crusty folks who are determined to
go birding however they damned well please, and will thumb their nose at
any mention of the ABA code of ethics. There's not much we can do about
those folks. Fortunately their numbers are fairly small, so this limits
their impacts.

I'm much more hopeful about reaching newer birders who use OBOL as a
source of information on where to find uncommon birds. With the
confirmation of nesting catbirds at HMSC, it seemed likely that these
birds could draw the attention of large numbers of folks who are
relatively new to birding, and who might even get the idea (from recent
postings) that further documentation of these birds is needed.

Indeed, with the growing push for "citizen science," we might be
reaching the point where most incidents of disturbance by overzealous
birders stem not so much from a "selfish" desire to pad personal lists,
as from an earnest hope that individual observations will somehow
contribute to "science."

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC (ABA, etc.)
From: Laura Paulson <laura AT riverdaughter.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:08:13 -0700
I'd like to add my two cents to this discussion. I'm relatively new to OBOL
and I have never posted before ... just lurked and learned. I was first
exposed to birding ethics through TexBirds, the Texas equivalent to OBOL.
Sure, not everyone will read. Not everyone will comply. But for some it
will be a valuable introduction. For others, a good reminder. I know I went
and re-read the birding ethics after the link was posted.

I also went and saw the catbirds yesterday evening. Two of them showed
themselves just as I was about to give up after an hour of looking. They
only popped into view briefly. Just before they did, a Warbling Vireo
showed itself too. Nice.

Thanks everyone.
Laura Paulson
Yaquina Head for the summer, then back to Texas


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM, Russ Namitz  wrote:

> I'm not sure posting a link to the ABA Code of Ethics is going to anything
> more than make some of us nod our head in agreement like this is a town
> meeting.
>
> The bad apples among us birders and photographers are not going to change
> their behavior on a "scolding" email.  They probably won't even read it.
>  Many of them probably don't regularly monitor OBOL if at all.
>
> The ethical birders and photographers are already doing what they should
> be doing in terms of respecting boundaries and nesting behavior.  And many
> of them probably don't regularly monitor OBOL if at all.
>
> The real benefit is to the birding community and not the birds anyway.
>  Not harassing the birds keeps them in one spot (until they disperse for
> the season) that allows us to view them.
>
> In the interest of keeping this succinct, I'll sign off.
>
> Russ Namitz
> Medford, OR
>
Subject: ASHLAND: SECOND OWLET CROP IN LITHIA PARK
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:51:27 -0700
TOTAL SEEN TODAY: SEVEN

http://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/seven-a-goodly-number-heres-looking-at-you/ 

-- 
Harry Fuller
author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
*
Atowhee AT gmail
http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
Subject: Mid-summer owl sounds
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:44:31 -0700
As a person that has surveyed for Spotted Owls using mandated tape playback and 
a government protocol for several years, I've noticed a change in owl responses 
as the nesting season progresses. 

Initially, the territorial "song" is advertised by the male owls in the 
beginning of the season (Feb-May for various species). But then, as the season 
progresses to post-fledgling state, you might notice a change in the types of 
responses. Often times, it is an agitated female that responds. Those variables 
(female and agitated) naturally change the type of response that one may hear, 
say in April. 

Here are examples of what I most commonly hear in the woods right now while 
doing surveys in the Rogue Valley. 

Western 
Screech-Owlhttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Screech-Owl/sounds- click 
on the bark and Te Te Do 

Flammulated Owlhttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/flammulated_owl/sounds- click 
on the barks & moans 

Barred Owlhttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barred_owl/sounds- click on the 
female solicitation call, but it is amplified and angry like a scream right 
now. 


Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford, OR
 		 	   		  
Subject: Marion Co 4 LB Curlews, 7/28
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:39:54 -0700
I birded in the Salem area with Tim Johnson this morning. We started at Pintail 
Marsh (Ankeny NWR), and walked around it, about a 2 mile walk. Did not see 
anything special, the only shorebirds besides Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers 
were about 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and we saw an AMERICAN 
BITTERN and a GREEN HERON. 

At the Duckflat Road conservation area, 5 miles east of ANWR, mostly dried up 
now, there were 4 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, surely a record number for that species 
in Marion County. There are not many records at all, although Glen Lindeman saw 
one about a month ago in the same area. They were in the dry 'lake bed' .6 
miles south of Hunsaker Road and east of Duckflat Rd. Also present: 30 plus LB 
DOWITCHERS, a 3rd year 'osprey-head' BALD EAGLE, some GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 5 or 
so LEAST SANDPIPERS and the same number of WESTERN SANDPIPERS. We saw no 
Wilsons Phalaropes where there have been 10-20 or more through the season. 

We saw 2 WESTERN KINGBIRDS, one along Wintel Rd at the east edge of ANWR and 
another along Marion Rd south of Turner. 

We walked a mile in the Kuebler Blvd bottomland area near Corban College in 
east Salem and saw and heard an estimated 6-9 HORNED LARKS, and 8 WESTERN 
MEADOWLARKS. This 300 plus acre area is slated for development, but there is 
nowhere better around here for those two species. The soil is droughty - mostly 
hard packed sand, gravel and cobble sized old river rocks, and it is flat with 
sparse vegetation, including many bare areas. Each time I have visited this 
year, I have detected an equal number of HOLAs and WEMEs. 

Last night I had my local FOY COMMON NIGHTHAWK over my backyard near the 
Willamette River north of downtown Salem. Normally I have a one to a small 
handful of detections during the month of June, seldom after that. 

Roy Gerig, Salem OR

 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC (ABA, etc.)
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:18:56 -0700
I'm not sure posting a link to the ABA Code of Ethics is going to anything more 
than make some of us nod our head in agreement like this is a town meeting. 

The bad apples among us birders and photographers are not going to change their 
behavior on a "scolding" email. They probably won't even read it. Many of them 
probably don't regularly monitor OBOL if at all. 

The ethical birders and photographers are already doing what they should be 
doing in terms of respecting boundaries and nesting behavior. And many of them 
probably don't regularly monitor OBOL if at all. 

The real benefit is to the birding community and not the birds anyway. Not 
harassing the birds keeps them in one spot (until they disperse for the season) 
that allows us to view them. 

In the interest of keeping this succinct, I'll sign off.
Russ NamitzMedford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Elegant Terns and Franklin's Gull at Ft Stevens - 7/28/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:59:53 -0700
I went out to Trestle Bay (from Parking lot D) this morning to
follow up on the reported ELEGANT TERNS there.  I found 4, two
adults and two juveniles.  I also found a single juvenile FRANKLIN'S
GULL.

Shorebird numbers have thinned out which is kind of expected ahead
of the main juvenile pulse in August.

The BROWN PELICANS are putting on a good show feasting on ANCHOVY
off the South Jetty, however.

Photos at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/archives/date-posted/2014/07/28/?view=md

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



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Subject: First Annual Crow-tasting
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:40 -0700
The First Annual OBA Crow-Tasting has begun !

We thought it would be fun to ask active birders to send in their best story of 
embarassing or humorous misidentifications, from which we will select a batch 
to run in a future issue of Oregon Birds. Make your entry no more than a few 
paragraphs, and suggest a humorous title if you like. Send to me by August 15 
for consideration for the first batch. No photos. 


I have so many possible entries of my own that it will take a while to sort 
them out. I'll have a Grebe with That. The Amazing Shrinking Godwit. The 
Pot-bellied Petrel. 



.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: OBA Annual Meeting
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:07:57 -0700
Bandon is the location for the 2014 OBA annual meeting. The meeting will help 
from September 26 to September 28th at the Community Center (1200 W 11th Street 
SW in the heart of City Park). 

 
The event opens with a Friday night dinner featuring Dan Gleason as our 
speaker. A day of organized birding trips is set for Saturday to provide an 
opportunity to build on life and Curry and Coos County lists. On Saturday 
evening, following dinner, our annual membership business meeting will be 
conducted and Roy Lowe will speak. We close Sunday with a half day of organized 
birding trips. 

 
More information on lodging and registration will be forthcoming later this 
week. Mark your calendars now. 

 
Harv Schubothe
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Jackson Bottom Wetlands
From: Steve Engel <Steve.Engel AT hillsboro-oregon.gov>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:05:59 -0700
I took a quick bird walk along the Tualatin River riparian trail, overlook of 
pintail pond and around Kingfisher marsh this morning. 

In no particular order (sorry about that): 

Western Wood Pewee - heard
Swainson's Thrush - call note heard
Belted Kingfisher - heard
American Robin - feeding fledglings
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-capped Chickadee
Common Yellow Throat - numerous vocalizations
Bewick's Wren
Northern Flicker
Lazuli Bunting - at least one singing male
Red-winged Blackbird - lots of fledglings out and about
Tree Swallow - some nest boxes with nestlings, some with fledglings
Great Egret - just 2 in pintail pond
Great Blue Heron - 6
Greater Yellow Legs - heard
Canada Goose - 44
Hooded Merganser - 2 brown
Barn Swallow - 8
American Goldfinch - 10
Cedar Waxwing
Killdeer - 2
American Kestrel - female near osprey nest
Scrub Jay - harassing kestrel

Cooper's Hawk - the most interesting observation of the morning went like this: 
To my right 3 American Goldfinches perched on bare branches high up, two of 
them vocalizing in what I first thought were begging calls but there was no 
begging behavior, later I took it to be alarm calls. To my left, dense trees 
emanating the sound of multiple highly-alarmed Black-capped Chickadees (judging 
by the intensity and the multiple dee dee dee's at the end of the call) and a 
Bewick's Wren or two. Straight ahead a large ash tree with an adult Cooper's 
Hawk deep inside it, changing perches several times but not really exposing 
itself much, looking all around after reaching each new perch. Then it exited 
the tree and flew some distance away. I waited to see how soon all the songbird 
alarms would die down. It was quiet in under a minute and the goldfinches began 
preening away. 



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



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Subject: how to make a hummingbird feeder
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:46:53 -0700
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUZ6v57Z9n8

Click on link above to see how to make a hummingbird feeder!

Stephanie


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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:13:13 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: July 28, 2014 6:07:26 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Cackling Goose (1 Lane)
Tundra Swan (1 Lake)
Canvasback (1 Lane)
Redhead (1 Benton)
Hooded Merganser (1 Lake)
Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) (1 Deschutes)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Polk)
Forster's Tern (1 Lane)
Long-eared Owl (2 Deschutes)
Black Swift (2 Deschutes)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1 Crook, 1 Jefferson)
Gray Catbird (1 Lincoln)
Yellow-breasted Chat (1 Jefferson)
Tricolored Blackbird (1 Jefferson)

---------------------------------------------
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: Summer Vagrants
From: Rob Conway <robin_birder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:42:33 +0000
Today at my backyard feeders I had Cassin's Finches (at least 5) and a Calliope 
Hummingbird (male, beautiful purple ruff edged gorget). Wondering if the 
rainstorm from a couple of days ago drove them to lower ground. 

 
Also at the feeders good numbers of both American and Lesser Goldfinch, many 
Black Headed Grossbeaks, Mourning Doves (under the feeder), House Finches, BC 
and CB Chickadees, Red Breasted Nuthatch (no White for a week), Song Sparrows 
and Spotted Towhees. 

 
The woods at the edge of the property still have a Nashville Warbler, 2 yellow 
Warblers, at least 3 species of flycatcher and Downy, Hairy, and Pileated 
Woodpeckers as well a Northern Flicker, and RB Sapsuckers. The juvenile 
Red-tailed hawks are still around but much less vocal and the Turkey Vultures 
fly the ridge all day long. Red Crossbills are almost daily visitors to water 
features. Anna's Hummers are back in numbers (at least 7) and there are still 2 
Rufous in the mix. I heard California Quail this morning, but not sure if it is 
the real thing or starlings doing an immitation. 

Good Birding!
Rob

Rob Conway 
Camas, WA
45.58N 122.44W - elevation 310 ft.
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Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:09:41 -0700
P.S. Just to clear, I meant no affront to Wayne, whom I consider to be
an exemplary birder. Just where Wayne was inclined to be tolerant of
birders who sometimes step over the line (as I often am myself), I think
Dave is right that it's a very bright line when you have a rare breeding
species. Use of playback should just be off the chart, regardless of
individual opinions about whether or not it will make a significant
impact. Unless you're ready to sit out there 24 hours a day for the next
couple of weeks, it's impossible to know how many other birders might
try "just one quick playback."

Joel

On Sun, 2014-07-27 at 18:44 -0700, Joel Geier wrote:

> Dave Irons wrote:
> 
> > They shouldn't have to respond at all, because at this point using
> playback definitely qualifies as a step over the line as outlined in
> the ABA Code of Ethics document.
> 
> Thanks Dave, that really boils it down to the basics.
> 
> Joel

Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:44:09 -0700
Dave Irons wrote:

> They shouldn't have to respond at all, because at this point using
playback definitely qualifies as a step over the line as outlined in the
ABA Code of Ethics document.

Thanks Dave, that really boils it down to the basics.

Joel
Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:50:32 -0700
Hi Wayne,

Thanks for your reply. No, I don't plan to come over and look for these
birds. It sounds like you local birders are doing a good job of
documenting them and I've seen plenty of catbirds. They are cool birds
and the best way to enjoy them is in the heart of their nesting range.

My sense is that this is a species that is probably more resistant to
disturbance than most songbirds, because of their preference for dense
tangles and small territorial requirements. As I mentioned, I've seen
catbirds nesting along some very heavily used trails. So I'm far less
worried than I would be for some other species. However, I still think
it's worth bringing this up since there are over 1000 birders on this
list. Whereas catbirds were so common along the trail that I mentioned
in the DC area that no one but me was paying attention (though some
joggers were looking strangely at me for looking at them), it's a
different situation with catbirds in Newport.

If you find more than one fledgling I will be very pleasantly surprised.
But even if there is indeed just one fledgling, that might not
necessarily be an indictment of birders for disturbance. Anytime a pair
is nesting on the fringe or outside of its normal territory, there are
probably a lot of non-ideal conditions that could affect nest
productivity. That's an additional reason to give such pairs plenty of
room.

But beyond this one pair, there is a general principle here that is
worth remembering. Birders should make an effort to avoid disrupting
nesting songbirds, especially in heavily used locations.

Good birding,
Joel


On Sun, 2014-07-27 at 17:11 -0700, Wayne Hoffman wrote:
> Hi, Joel -
> 
> 
> 
> Some good points.
> 
> 
> I do not know if you have come over to see the catbird(s), but I would
> like to make a few comments about the location and the situation:
> 
> 
> 1..We have documented one fledgling.  There easily could be more.  No
> more than one at a time was seen, but the way these birds are
> behaving, that does not mean much.
> 
> 
> 2.  The specifics of the location reduce the opportunities for
> excessive disturbance.  The core area where they are, is a very dense
> tangle of  Himalayan Blackberry with emergent Twinberry, Red
> Elderberry, a small Holly tree, and a large Willow.  Just to the west
> is a row of large Red Alders.  The catbirds are mostly seen in the
> Holly and Willow, and seen disappearing into the lower shrubbery.
>  Occasionally one is seen foraging in the Twinberry.  They do not seem
> to use the alders much.  It would be possible to leave the trail and
> wade into the thicket, but very difficult and bloody, and I believe I
> would be able to see signs (broken or cut vegetation) if anyone tried.
> Or, someone could climb down off the footbridge and wade through the
> intertidal high marsh toward the Holly tree.  I suspect if someone did
> so, the birds would just move a short distance back into the tangle ad
> go about their business.  All of the viewing I know about has come
> from the trail (west end of Nature Trail, the footbridge, the road
> near the HMSC back gate, or a brushy area across the road.  The nature
> trail and the foot bridge offer the best views, but few birders would
> be tempted to leave them for closer approach.
> 
> 
> 3.  The trail is heavily used by birders, joggers, walkers, and
> occasionally bikers, and the whole community of birds in that tangle
> seems to be very acclimated to the presence of people on the trail.
> 
> 
> 4.   Early on, some birders used song recordings on their phones to
> pull in the male.  At the time he was thought to be alone.  He
> responded, but it appears this did not reach a level of interfering
> with nesting.  At this point in the cycle I doubt they would respond
> much.
> 
> 
> Wayne

Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:47:42 +0000
Wayne Hoffman wrote:

Early on, some birders used song recordings on their phones to pull
 in the male.  At the time he was thought to be alone.  He responded, 
but it appears this did not reach a level of interfering with nesting. 
 At this point in the cycle I doubt they would respond much.

They shouldn't have to respond at all, because at this point using playback 
definitely qualifies as a step over the line as outlined in the ABA Code of 
Ethics document at the link that Joel shared. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 




Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:11:55 -0700
Subject: [obol] Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: whoffman AT peak.org
To: joel.geier AT peak.org
CC: obol AT freelists.org

Hi, Joel -
Some good points.
I do not know if you have come over to see the catbird(s), but I would like to 
make a few comments about the location and the situation: 


1..We have documented one fledgling. There easily could be more. No more than 
one at a time was seen, but the way these birds are behaving, that does not 
mean much. 

2. The specifics of the location reduce the opportunities for excessive 
disturbance. The core area where they are, is a very dense tangle of Himalayan 
Blackberry with emergent Twinberry, Red Elderberry, a small Holly tree, and a 
large Willow. Just to the west is a row of large Red Alders. The catbirds are 
mostly seen in the Holly and Willow, and seen disappearing into the lower 
shrubbery. Occasionally one is seen foraging in the Twinberry. They do not seem 
to use the alders much. It would be possible to leave the trail and wade into 
the thicket, but very difficult and bloody, and I believe I would be able to 
see signs (broken or cut vegetation) if anyone tried. Or, someone could climb 
down off the footbridge and wade through the intertidal high marsh toward the 
Holly tree. I suspect if someone did so, the birds would just move a short 
distance back into the tangle ad go about their business. All of the viewing I 
know about has come from the trail (west end of Nature Trail, the footbridge, 
the road near the HMSC back gate, or a brushy area across the road. The nature 
trail and the foot bridge offer the best views, but few birders would be 
tempted to leave them for closer approach. 


3. The trail is heavily used by birders, joggers, walkers, and occasionally 
bikers, and the whole community of birds in that tangle seems to be very 
acclimated to the presence of people on the trail. 


4. Early on, some birders used song recordings on their phones to pull in the 
male. At the time he was thought to be alone. He responded, but it appears this 
did not reach a level of interfering with nesting. At this point in the cycle I 
doubt they would respond much. 


Wayne

On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:

Hi all,



Good work by the birders this morning who confirmed nesting and with the

observation of at least one fledgling being attended by an adult, by the

Gray Catbird pair at Hatfield Marine Science Center.



At the risk of being called a "scold" I'll stick my neck out now with a

reminder that this now clearly fits into the category of "locally rare

nesting species" as discussed on the American Birding Association's

ethics page:

http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html

Since this is a very heavily birded location, I hope that birders can

give these birds plenty of room and resist the urge to do anything more

than observe them from a respectful distance along the trail.



I am not suggesting that anyone has done anything otherwise, up until

now. However, this first breeding record for the Oregon Coast has

created a lot of attention and a lot of birders are likely to be

curious. This is a somewhat unusual situation where a first breeding

record is in a very easily accessed location. In particular, it could be

tempting to "add more documentation" to the record books.



On the bright side, it helps that catbirds are secretive birds that

spend most of their time inside dense tangles. That probably helped them

in dealing with the amount of human traffic at this location (I've seen

them using some similar situations farther east, even along one

heavily-used jogging trail in the greater Washington D.C. area).



Someone no doubt will point out that the presence of a fledgling

indicates "successful" nesting despite lots of attention from birders.

However, one fledgling is on the low end for a species that normally has

broods of 3 or 4. At any rate, this stage -- when the fledgling has just

left the nest and is still being fed by a parent -- is still a very

sensitive stage.



Good birding,

Joel



--

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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis











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Subject: Re: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:11:55 -0700
Hi, Joel -

Some good points.

I do not know if you have come over to see the catbird(s), but I would like
to make a few comments about the location and the situation:

1..We have documented one fledgling.  There easily could be more.  No more
than one at a time was seen, but the way these birds are behaving, that
does not mean much.

2.  The specifics of the location reduce the opportunities for excessive
disturbance.  The core area where they are, is a very dense tangle of
 Himalayan Blackberry with emergent Twinberry, Red Elderberry, a small
Holly tree, and a large Willow.  Just to the west is a row of large Red
Alders.  The catbirds are mostly seen in the Holly and Willow, and seen
disappearing into the lower shrubbery.  Occasionally one is seen foraging
in the Twinberry.  They do not seem to use the alders much.  It would be
possible to leave the trail and wade into the thicket, but very difficult
and bloody, and I believe I would be able to see signs (broken or cut
vegetation) if anyone tried.   Or, someone could climb down off the
footbridge and wade through the intertidal high marsh toward the Holly
tree.  I suspect if someone did so, the birds would just move a short
distance back into the tangle ad go about their business.  All of the
viewing I know about has come from the trail (west end of Nature Trail, the
footbridge, the road near the HMSC back gate, or a brushy area across the
road.  The nature trail and the foot bridge offer the best views, but few
birders would be tempted to leave them for closer approach.

3.  The trail is heavily used by birders, joggers, walkers, and
occasionally bikers, and the whole community of birds in that tangle seems
to be very acclimated to the presence of people on the trail.

4.   Early on, some birders used song recordings on their phones to pull in
the male.  At the time he was thought to be alone.  He responded, but it
appears this did not reach a level of interfering with nesting.  At this
point in the cycle I doubt they would respond much.

Wayne


On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Good work by the birders this morning who confirmed nesting and with the
> observation of at least one fledgling being attended by an adult, by the
> Gray Catbird pair at Hatfield Marine Science Center.
>
> At the risk of being called a "scold" I'll stick my neck out now with a
> reminder that this now clearly fits into the category of "locally rare
> nesting species" as discussed on the American Birding Association's
> ethics page:
> http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
> Since this is a very heavily birded location, I hope that birders can
> give these birds plenty of room and resist the urge to do anything more
> than observe them from a respectful distance along the trail.
>
> I am not suggesting that anyone has done anything otherwise, up until
> now. However, this first breeding record for the Oregon Coast has
> created a lot of attention and a lot of birders are likely to be
> curious. This is a somewhat unusual situation where a first breeding
> record is in a very easily accessed location. In particular, it could be
> tempting to "add more documentation" to the record books.
>
> On the bright side, it helps that catbirds are secretive birds that
> spend most of their time inside dense tangles. That probably helped them
> in dealing with the amount of human traffic at this location (I've seen
> them using some similar situations farther east, even along one
> heavily-used jogging trail in the greater Washington D.C. area).
>
> Someone no doubt will point out that the presence of a fledgling
> indicates "successful" nesting despite lots of attention from birders.
> However, one fledgling is on the low end for a species that normally has
> broods of 3 or 4. At any rate, this stage -- when the fledgling has just
> left the nest and is still being fed by a parent -- is still a very
> sensitive stage.
>
> Good birding,
> Joel
>
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Nesting catbirds at HMSC
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:36:15 -0700
Hi all,

Good work by the birders this morning who confirmed nesting and with the
observation of at least one fledgling being attended by an adult, by the
Gray Catbird pair at Hatfield Marine Science Center.

At the risk of being called a "scold" I'll stick my neck out now with a
reminder that this now clearly fits into the category of "locally rare
nesting species" as discussed on the American Birding Association's
ethics page:
http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Since this is a very heavily birded location, I hope that birders can
give these birds plenty of room and resist the urge to do anything more
than observe them from a respectful distance along the trail.

I am not suggesting that anyone has done anything otherwise, up until
now. However, this first breeding record for the Oregon Coast has
created a lot of attention and a lot of birders are likely to be
curious. This is a somewhat unusual situation where a first breeding
record is in a very easily accessed location. In particular, it could be
tempting to "add more documentation" to the record books.

On the bright side, it helps that catbirds are secretive birds that
spend most of their time inside dense tangles. That probably helped them
in dealing with the amount of human traffic at this location (I've seen
them using some similar situations farther east, even along one
heavily-used jogging trail in the greater Washington D.C. area).

Someone no doubt will point out that the presence of a fledgling
indicates "successful" nesting despite lots of attention from birders.
However, one fledgling is on the low end for a species that normally has
broods of 3 or 4. At any rate, this stage -- when the fledgling has just
left the nest and is still being fed by a parent -- is still a very
sensitive stage.

Good birding,
Joel

--
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Subject: aging catbirds
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:21:21 -0700
According to Pyle:

"Juv (Jun-Aug) has upperparts with a brownish wash, undertail coverts 
pale rufous to grayish and loosely textured, IRIS GRAY to GRAY BROWN, 
mouth lining extensively whitish, and tongue yellowish."

Feather colors fade and "loosely textured" is also a condition in birds
beginning their pre-basic molt (I've learned this from years of aging
Song Sparrows).  The iris color is the least subjective character in
aging catbirds and one that one should be able to suss out in the field
with close observation.

The berry-eating bird in one of the photos I took appears to show
a gray iris contrasting with the black of the pupil.  This does not
show definitively in the Kissinger photos, though "cat5" might be
coxable in the original with a bit of brightness/contrast adjustment.


http://kiawahislandbanding.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-fine-points-of-aging-gray-catbirds.html 


https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nabb/v015n02/p0045-p0052.pdf

Bushes full of catbirds...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Catbird Nesting
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:38:06 -0700
Hi -

I was at HMSC this morning (July 27) with Chuck Philo when Marlowe
Kissinger arrived.  I have just finished looking at photos I took this
morning, and have a few that show an adult sitting near a fledgling.  The
fledgling still has some fleshiness to its gape, and in direct comparison,
its tail is not as long as the adult's.

I may have  photos of two (both?) adults, as there seem to be some minor
plumage differences.  When we arrived this morning, the birds were fairly
wet, presumably from moving through dew-drenched shrubbery.

Other notes:

Wilson's Warblers seem to be moving today.  At least one was at the catbird
place, and I saw another in a willow in the quarry at Yaquina Head.  The
latter is not nesting habitat.

A few Ring-billed Gull juvs. have shown up this weekend with the thousands
of California Gulls.

Mammal note:

Friday afternoon an Elephant Seal pup was found on the Quarry Cove beach at
Yaquina Head, and was still there yesterday morning.  It is tagged, and
staff got a number off the tag, so I imagine we will find out where it is
from.  It was pretty weak and bleeding a bit from its mouth, so I doubt it
will survive.

Wayne
Subject: [Fwd: [birding] Audubon Print Exhibit, Lectures & Programs Upcoming in Salem]
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:03:23 -0700
-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: Jon Hazen 
To: MIDVALLEYBIRDING 
Subject: [birding] Audubon Print Exhibit, Lectures & Programs Upcoming
in Salem
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:15:24 -0700


As reported Sunday (today), in the Statesman Journal, Hallie Ford Museum of
Art in Salem (State Street across from Willson Park - State & Cottage NE) &
the Capitol) will be showing 30 prints from John James Audubon’s “Royal
Octavo Edition” on loan from Western Oregon University archives.



Companion programs include William Sounder, author of Pulitzer
Prize-nominated “Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of
“The Birds of American”.  Mr. Sounder will present an illustrated lecture
at 5 PM September 21st at Paulus Lecture Hall at Hallie Ford Museum of Art.



The PBS documentary “Drawn from Nature” about Audubon’s life will be 
shown 

at 7:30 PM on September 23rd, and on October 21st in the Roger Hull Lecture
Hall at Hallie Ford Museum of Art.



Admission to the lectures and films is no charge.  Museum admission is $6
general, $4 seniors, $3 for students and educators, and no charge for those
17 years or younger.  The museum has free admission on Tuesdays.



More information from Hallie Ford Museum: 503-370-6855.



It sounds like an exciting lineup of programs and exhibits.



Joel—will you cross post this to OBOL & the Mid Valley Nature List, please?
I don’t subscribe but I think some of their readers may appreciate the
notice.  Thanks.



Jon Hazen

NE Salem
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Subject: Re: Gray Catbird
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:51:00 +0000
Greetings All,

Larry McQueen is absolutely correct about the one catbird in Newport being a 
juvenile. Birds of North America Online describes the undertail coverts of 
juveniles as being buffy to pale rufous (clearly the case with one of the two 
birds in Marlowe Kissinger's photos), whereas after hatch-year birds have 
chestnut undertail coverts. I agree that the shape of the tips of the tail 
feathers (tapered and pointed) is also a good age indicator, along with the 
pale pink at the gape. 


It seems that there can be little doubt that Gray Catbirds nested behind the 
Hatfield Marine Science Center, providing the first breeding record for the 
Oregon Coast and, unless I've missed something, the first breeding record west 
of the Cascades. Great work by all who have been keeping track of these birds 
and taking the photos that have documented this exciting discovery. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 



Subject: [obol] Re: Gray Catbird
From: larmcqueen AT msn.com
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:22:43 -0700
CC: obol AT freelists.org
To: rosebudgurl AT msn.com

Marlowe and everyone,
Has anyone noticed, or did I miss-read something? The first catbird looks like 
a juvenile to me: the rather loose, attenuated feathering and pink soft tissue 
at the mouth. And, the position of the adult by the bird looks like it is being 
fed. Compare also, the color of the undertail coverts in both birds, which is 
rather dull in the young one. Compare also, the rather juvy-like (unformed) 
feathers in these coverts with the sleek, bright feathering of the adult. It 
looks as if there are at least 3 catbirds. 

If this is correct, a record is set. 
Larry

On Jul 27, 2014, at 9:42 AM, Marlowe Kissinger  
wrote:Thank you all for your help. When I got to the area you all pointed out 
Wayne Hoffman was there and helped me find the birds. 

Saw both Catbirds.

             Thank you again, Made my day

             Marlowe

Forgot how to add Pictures so hope I do this right


http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cat5_zps965bd804.jpg?t=1406392662 




http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats3_zpsfc4821fa.jpg?t=1406392624 



http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats2_zps155252be.jpg?t=1406392581 

 		 	   		  
Subject: STILT SANDPIPER - Baskett slough NWR
From: Erik Knight <erikknight05 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:10:21 -0700
OBOLers,

There is currently a STILT SANDPIPER on the North side of the Narrows at
Baskett Slough NWR.

______________
Erik Knight
Portland, OR
Subject: Catbird Reports at HMSC (Jun 18-11 AM July 27) that Include Photos, Links to Photos, Vocalization Comments
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:07:27 -0700
Hi,

Because of the mystery of the 1 and now 2 Gray Catbird situation at
the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) and the possibility of
nesting, it might be interesting to look at a compilation of links to
photos and notes about singing or vocalizing to try to piece things
together.

Chuck Philo first found a catbird at the HMSC on June 18 and Mike
Patterson first found 2 there on July 26.

Below, in chronological sequence for the HMSC catbird situation are:
1)  excerpts only from those OBOL postings that included links to
photos, gave long details of plumage, or mentioned whether a catbird
was singing or vocal.  All OBOL postings are available through OBOL
archives at http://www.freelists.org/archive/obol

2)  comments about a catbird sighting at the HMSC in eBird reports
that were available as of 11 AM on July 27 that included photos or had
links to photos, gave long details of plumage, or mentioned whether a
catbird was singing or vocal.  This morning there were 25 eBird
reports that have been processed and available for catbird sightings.
Below are only those eBird reports that I found that included photos,
gave long details of plumage, or mentioned whether a catbird was
singing or vocal.  For all eBird reports of 1-2 Gray Catbirds at the
HMSC, go to http://bit.ly/WZOOpS  Then zoom in all the way while
dragging the map each time so that the HMSC is centered on screen.
Then click the 1 blue icon in Newport (the icon is in Newport but the
catbird observation was at the HMSC), and the 3 red icons in the HMSC
area to see the 25 individual reports.  I shortened the URL because
the full eBird URL is very long and could be disjointed and unusable
in some email readers.

Cornell's All about Birds has general information about catbird
nesting that may be helpful or relevant at
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/gray_catbird/lifehistory   Perhaps
others can look at the HMSC photos and chronological vocalization
notes and figure out the situation with the catbirds at the HMSC.

It's interesting!

Range Bayer, Newport

*** Chronological Sequence of HMSC Catbird during June 18-July 27 (11
AM) [My limited comments are in brackets.] ***
=========================
From: Harris, Dawn 
Date: Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM
Subject: [obol] Photos of Gray Catbird
To: OBOL 

Roy Lowe snapped some images of the Gray Catbird first found by Chuck
Philo this morning.  They can be seen at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24707703 AT N06/sets/72157645187050716/

Dawn Harris

=====================
June 19.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18846250 by
Molly Sultany.  "Gray Catbird.  Observed in willows near wooden
bridge."  [Includes good photo.]

================================
From: Range Bayer 
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM
Subject: Fwd: [obol] Gray Catbird in Lincoln Co. at the HMSC Nature Trail--Yes
To: Oregon Birders OnLine , "Lincoln Co. Birding &
Nature Observing" 

This morning (June 20), Chuck Philo saw and heard it at 8:40 AM in the
same general area.

=====================================================
Date: Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Subject: [obol] Re: Lincoln Gray Catbird 6/21
To: sapsuckers AT gmail.com, OBOL-to post 

Jim and I saw it yesterday, 6/21, about 5pm, on our way to do the
Trask Summit BBS.  It sang as well, what a delight!

Karan and Jim Fairchild

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On
Behalf Of Jamie Simmons
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:56 PM
To: OBOL-to post
Subject: [obol] Lincoln Gray Catbird 6/21

The Gray Catbird at the Hatfield Marine Science Center trail was
present but not particularly cooperative today between 10 and 11 am.
During that hour I saw it 3 times for about a second or 2 each,
diagnostic views but teasing.  I did hear it singing at least a couple
of times.

==========================
June 22.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18886867 by
John Allen.  "1 Gray Catbird.  A continuing bird.  Excellent views,
close in, have photos, videos [not included in eBird].  Located in the
trees at the end of the long wooden bridge on the nature trail behind
Hatfield MSC.  Seen by three other local birders."  1 adult male.

=================
June 24.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18900239 by
William Hemstrom.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Heard calling (not singing) in
bushes behind the ODFW [USFWS] building, as has previously been
reported."

===================
June 24.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18910631 by Deb
Holland.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Mewing and about 40 seconds of song."

=================
June 25.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18910891 by Deb
Holland.  "Gray Catbird.  More mewing and a short song."

========================================
From: Diane Pettey 
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM
Subject: [obol] Lincoln Co (Yachats) Sightings & (Newport) Gray
Catbird/Western Kingbird - YES
To: OBOL 

Today, I birded Lincoln County's coast.   [clipped]  Later, I met up
with David Smith of Portland and Chuck Philo of Newport.  Chuck got us
incredible views of the Gray Catbird behind the USFWS building.  It
was singing from a holly tree and seemed to have staked out it's
territory.

================================
From: Paul Sullivan 
Date: Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM
Subject: Gray Catbird at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport
To: obol AT freelists.org, range.bayer AT gmail.com
Cc: carolk AT viclink.com

Folks,

Carol & I visited Newport today, 11:30 - 5.  We spent some time
dodging rain.  We concentrated our efforts behind the HMSC, looking
for the Catbird, 2:20 - 4:25 PM.  We never heard it sing.  Carol saw
it first.  I finally saw it in the thick bushes west of the south end
of the boardwalk at the south end of the HMSC trail.  ...

===========================
From: Range Bayer 
Date: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM
Subject: Hatfield Marine Science Center Catbird--Yes and Grass Mt.
To: Oregon Birders OnLine , "Lincoln Co. Birding &
Nature Observing" 

Chuck Philo found the Gray Catbird in the same area along the Hatfield
Marine Science Center Nature Trail this morning (7/5).  It is quiet
and not calling for a mate, so patience is required to find it.

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July 6-16.  No postings to OBOL but it was reported to eBird during
this time, see following entries.  .

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July 9.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19058806 by
Christopher Hinkle, Nels Nelson.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Heard singing at
8:50, eventually seen briefly. Good, extensive views at 10:00."
[Includes 3 good photos.]

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July 12.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19082005 by
Molly Sultany.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Seen near bridge as previously
reported by several others."

=======================
From:  
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 7:15 AM
Subject: [obol] Catbird still present HMSC
To: obol AT freelists.org

I was able to find the GRAY CATBIRD this morning eating twinberries at
the west end of the wetland bridge along the Hatfield Marine Sciences
Trail in Newport.  It also sang a bit, [end of text]

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July 18.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19136424 by
Brendon Yoder.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Near the south end of the estuary
trail.  Heard the distinctive mewing call in bushes, then got a good
look: solid gray with black cap."

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From: Oscar Harper 
Date: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM
Subject: [obol] Newport Catbird continues
To: OBOL 

Hello all,

Hendrik and I made a quick dash to Newport this afternoon to look for
the GRAY CATBIRD.  We weren't disappointed - the bird obligingly
called several times as soon as we walked up to its favorite patch of
bushes, and a few minutes later we were able to watch it as it crept
among the branches, foraging on berries.

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July 19.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19154531 by
Kelsey O'Sullivan, Lukas Ferrenburg.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Seen on south
end of estuary trail.  Heard 'mewing' call and seen well."

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July 22.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19186162 by Ken
Chamberlain.  "1 Gray Catbird.  Ongoing rarity. After about 50 min
wait it emerged from twinflower bush to land on a cow parsnip seed
head for about 15 seconds.  I happened to glance that way to notice,
then scoped for several seconds.  Gray bird, black cap, robin sized.
Did not sing or call at that time.  A bit later several mew calls from
thicket.  Located at north end of alders about 75 ft North of
trailhead.  Added info after entering checklist.  On returning to area
I saw the bird several more times.  It was feeding on twinflower
berries then flying north into hooker's will patch just east of the
east - west chain link fence at south entry to HMSC."

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From: Mike Patterson 
Date: Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM
Subject: [obol] HMSC Gray CatbirdS
To: OBOL 

I arrived at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Trail at 6:10
this morning, entering from the Oregon Aquarium end of the trail.  A
young man with one of those hipster beards was busily mowing the part
of the trail that is leads to the wetland bridge.  That's also right
next to the favored bush for the GRAY CATBIRD.  I figured I was SOL.
I walked the other parts of the trail in a very grumpy mood.  I
stopped to pish at some chickadees and had gray UFO zip past me.
Almost certainly a catbird, because it disappeared into the shrubbery
never to be noted again.  I figured that was the catbird tick for the
day.

I went to breakfast.

I wasn't going to start my work until around 10:00 so I came back to
the HMSC trail around 07:45.  The catbird was back in its favorite
bush.

Then a second one appeared and then disappeared.

I saw another birder down the trail and I called her to come see the
catbirds.  It turns out that she'd already seen one of them, but being
from Arkansas didn't think much of it.  We chatted for a while.  I
pointed out West Coast Bewick's Wrens and Song Sparrows.  Then the
catbirds started performing.

It is surprisingly difficult to get two catbirds in the same shot.
This is the best I could do.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/14558776530/

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From: Mike Patterson 
Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM
Subject: [obol] The meaning of two catbirds
To: OBOL , swalalahos 

I consider the low-probability presence of two GRAY CATBIRDS in a single 
bush... 


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

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From: Lawrence McQueen 
Date: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Subject: [obol] Re: Gray Catbird
To: rosebudgurl AT msn.com
Cc: obol 

Marlowe and everyone,

Has anyone noticed, or did I miss-read something?  The first catbird
looks like a juvenile to me:  the rather loose, attenuated feathering
and pink soft tissue at the mouth.  And, the position of the adult by
the bird looks like it is being fed.  Compare also, the color of the
undertail coverts in both birds, which is rather dull in the "young"
one.  Compare also, the rather juvy-like (unformed) feathers in these
coverts with the sleek, bright feathering of the adult.  It looks as
if there are at least 3 catbirds.

If this is correct, a record is set.

Larry


On Jul 27, 2014, at 9:42 AM, Marlowe Kissinger  wrote:
Thank you all for your help. When I got to the area you all pointed
out Wayne Hoffman was there and helped me find the birds.  Saw both
Catbirds.

             Thank you again, Made my day

             Marlowe

Forgot how to add Pictures so hope I do this right


http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cat5_zps965bd804.jpg?t=1406392662 


http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats3_zpsfc4821fa.jpg?t=1406392624 


http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats2_zps155252be.jpg?t=1406392581 



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Subject: Re: Gray Catbird
From: Lawrence McQueen <larmcqueen AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:22:43 -0700
Marlowe and everyone,

Has anyone noticed, or did I miss-read something? The first catbird looks like 
a juvenile to me: the rather loose, attenuated feathering and pink soft tissue 
at the mouth. And, the position of the adult by the bird looks like it is being 
fed. Compare also, the color of the undertail coverts in both birds, which is 
rather dull in the young one. Compare also, the rather juvy-like (unformed) 
feathers in these coverts with the sleek, bright feathering of the adult. It 
looks as if there are at least 3 catbirds. 


If this is correct, a record is set. 

Larry


On Jul 27, 2014, at 9:42 AM, Marlowe Kissinger  wrote:

> Thank you all for your help. When I got to the area you all pointed out Wayne 
Hoffman was there and helped me find the birds. 

> Saw both Catbirds.
> 
>              Thank you again, Made my day
> 
>              Marlowe
> 
> Forgot how to add Pictures so hope I do this right
> 
> 
http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cat5_zps965bd804.jpg?t=1406392662 

> 
> 
> 
http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats3_zpsfc4821fa.jpg?t=1406392624 

> 
> 
http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats2_zps155252be.jpg?t=1406392581 

Subject: Gray Catbird
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:42:27 -0700
Thank you all for your help. When I got to the area you all pointed out Wayne 
Hoffman was there and helped me find the birds. 

Saw both Catbirds.

             Thank you again, Made my day

             Marlowe

Forgot how to add Pictures so hope I do this right


http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cat5_zps965bd804.jpg?t=1406392662 




http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats3_zpsfc4821fa.jpg?t=1406392624 



http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/cats2_zps155252be.jpg?t=1406392581 



 		 	   		  
Subject: barred owlets - Josephine Co.
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:58:28 -0700
We have seen and/ or heard the 2 Barred Owl fledglings (but not any 
adults) here near our home in the Illinois Valley, Josephine Co. on 
the evenings of 7/23 and 7/29.  They are very vocal with begging 
calls.  We got very good looks at the owlets (7/23) using flashlights 
and binocs and they are "far enough along" feather-wise to discern 
that they are Barred Owls (vertical stripes on their breasts).

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



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Subject: Seaside to South Jetty Today
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:42:44 -0700
Hi:

I looked for shorebirds today in Clatsop County.  Nothing super rare found.
Two Elegant Terns off Parking Lot D, lots of Western peeps and some
Sanderlings on beach and one Black-bellied Plover.

 I am trying my first google picture set of a Ruddy Turnstone at the cove,
hope this works:


https://plus.google.com/photos/117998954337911599230/albums/6040610117787159777

Bob Archer
PDX
Subject: frr Stilt Sand
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:27:37 -0700
Eugene birder Jim Buch found a Stilt Sandpiper adult near the Fern Ridge 
platform on Friday. 


Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Eagle Rock
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:04:25 -0700
We drove to Eagle Rock in Crook County today to look for the Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher and, powered by the suggestion of someone who knows the area
well, the White-throated Swift. Both showed up (seemingly) on cue.

http://www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/7/eagle-rock---crook-county-oregon


-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Re: More on Coos Bay Merlin 7/26/2014
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:19:38 -0700
Hi -

It is always worth while, although often not possible, to try to determine
age and sex of out-of-season birds where immatures and/or the two sexes are
distinguishable.

With a Merlin, if you could have determined back color (bluish back = adult
male. brown = female or immature) you are a step toward answering your
question.  Ad. Females can be distinguished from young birds with
difficulty.

In Peregrines, spring and summer second-year birds can be distinguished
from first-year and from adults by wing molt status.  I have not been able
to find out if this is also the case with Merlins, but I kind of doubt it.

Wayne


On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 4:44 PM, Tim Rodenkirk 
wrote:

> I thought the MERLIN I saw on the N. Spit of Coos Bay today was early so I
> checked the Coos records.  It turns out that there are three other July
> records.  In Coos, this species normally disappears in the spring in early
> May, our latest spring record is 1 June 2000 at New River (TR). In the fall
> most migrants do not show up until late August or early September.  Our
> earliest August record is a bird seen out on the North Spit on 6 Aug 2003
> (TR).  The three July records are as follows:
>
> One on the North Spit on 19 July 1998 (D. Lauten).
> One at Bandon Marsh NWR on 24 July 2002 (D. Lauten, K, Castelein).
> And one at the North Spit on 11 July 2008 (TR).
>
> These really early records may well be failed breeders or immature birds
> that never migrate north to their breeding grounds, hard to say?  Anyhow,
> July records anywhere in Oregon are rare. Last I remember there were no
> breeding records in Oregon.
>
>
> Happy birding!
> Tim R
> Coos Bay
>
>
Subject: 31 Photos: Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:11:40 -0700
I went out to Baskett Slough NWR several mornings this last week.  Photos
include: American White Pelicans, Black-necked Stilts, Great Egrets,
Wilson's Phalarope Juveniles, Pied-billed Grebe Juveniles and Green Heron.
Click on link below for photos.  Happy Birding Jim Leonard.






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