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25 Jan Coos Say's Phoebe and some other stuff 1/25/2015 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
25 Jan Coop vs. Coot [Zia Fukuda ]
25 Jan Curry white Gyrfalcon - YES [David Kollen ]
25 Jan No word on Black-headed Gull, yet [Mike Patterson ]
25 Jan Northern Pygmy owl 1/25/15 [Kp ]
25 Jan MT. ASHLAND PINE GROSBEAKS [Harry Fuller ]
25 Jan Hagg Lake Pacific Loon and Red-necked Grebe continue (Washington Co) [Stefan Schlick ]
25 Jan Re: Curry white GYR [Phillip White ]
25 Jan Re: Curry white gyr--escapee? [Wink Gross ]
25 Jan White River Wildlife Management Area [Bob Archer ]
25 Jan Request for bird-related humor/jokes. Please respond off line to Greg Baker. Here's an example []
25 Jan SE Alaska Birding Resources? [Rachael Friese ]
25 Jan Big surprise in yard this morning, Wilson's warbler (#114), Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
25 Jan Big surprise in yard this morning, Wilson's warbler (#114), Clark Co, WA [Bob ]
25 Jan nice day for a scenic drive to see Eagles? [Jeff and Lauretta Young ]
25 Jan Re: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee? ["Richard W. Musser" ]
25 Jan Re: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee? [Alan Contreras ]
25 Jan Re: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee? [Mike Patterson ]
25 Jan Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee? ["Wayne Weber" ]
25 Jan [FWD: Posted Sparrow Flock Photos and recorded calls Rentenaar Road; Sauvie Island Birds 1.24.15] []
25 Jan Re: Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Survey ["Richard W. Musser" ]
25 Jan Re: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID ["Richard W. Musser" ]
24 Jan Tangent Eagle Roost [Andrew Tillinghast ]
24 Jan Fern Ridge snowy [Karen Saxton ]
24 Jan Re: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID ["Tim Janzen" ]
24 Jan Re: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID [Craig Miller ]
24 Jan Hayden Island Red-Throated Loons and yard Western Screech-Owl [Andy Frank ]
24 Jan Red-breasted Sapsucker... and an interesting pond to check out in Stayton [Lillian ]
24 Jan Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID [Jim Leonard ]
24 Jan Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Survey ["Tom Crabtree" ]
24 Jan Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Survey ["Tom Crabtree" ]
24 Jan No Curry County Gyrfalcon found on Saturday [Phillip White ]
24 Jan Stayton Osprey (Marion County) ["Jeff Harding" ]
24 Jan Re: RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos) [Mike Patterson ]
24 Jan Chestnut-Backed Chickadees ["Carol" ]
24 Jan Burrowing Owl [Marlowe Kissinger ]
24 Jan Re: RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos) ["Tom Crabtree" ]
24 Jan KILLER PIX OF KILLER OWL: PGYMY [Harry Fuller ]
24 Jan RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos) [Mike Patterson ]
24 Jan Columbia County [Bobbett Pierce ]
24 Jan B & W Warbler yesterday [Lee Cain ]
24 Jan RBA: Black-headed Gull Astoria [David Bailey ]
24 Jan Bean Goose [Marlowe Kissinger ]
24 Jan Re: Tillamook Oriole- Bullock's or Hooded ["John Allen" ]
24 Jan Re: Tillamook Oriole -- Bullock's or Hooded [Wink Gross ]
24 Jan Fwd: Agency Lake /Ft. Klamath Raptor Survey 1.23.15 [frank lospalluto ]
24 Jan Bend Birds [Kevin Smith ]
24 Jan Re: Tillamook Oriole- Hooded or Bullock's [Mike Patterson ]
24 Jan Re: Tillamook Oriole- Hooded or Bullock's ["John Allen" ]
24 Jan wallowa county []
23 Jan Re: Oriole in Tillamook- Is it a Hooded? [Jamie Simmons ]
23 Jan Re: Curry white GYR []
23 Jan Coos Heermann's G and Brant 1/23/2015 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
23 Jan Re: Curry white GYR [Tim Rodenkirk ]
23 Jan Photo Collection: Ankeny NWR Monday 01-19-15 [Jim Leonard ]
23 Jan Re: Curry white GYR [Alan Contreras ]
23 Jan Re: Curry white GYR [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jan Curry white GYR [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
23 Jan Wallow County Jan 23 []
24 Jan Bullock's Oriole in Tillamook- New backyard bird ["John Allen" ]
23 Jan Curry white GYR [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
23 Jan Tundra Bean Goose at usual spot, and a few Depoe Bay notes [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jan Curry white GYR [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
23 Jan Strange Golden-crowned ["van der Horst" ]
23 Jan White Birds at Fern Ridge (Snowy Owl, Tundra Swan, White-tailed Kite...) [Thomas Meinzen ]
23 Jan Golden-crowned Sparrows with White Throats [Scott Carpenter ]
23 Jan 2nd Applegate/Williams raptor survey ["Dennis Vroman" ]
23 Jan Band-tailed Pigeon & Harris's Sparrow [John Thomas ]
23 Jan Re: Whalen Is G-C [Mike Patterson ]
23 Jan Whalen Is G-C [Lars Per Norgren ]
23 Jan Smith/Bybee wetlands [Jason Wolf ]
23 Jan Re: Harris's Sparrow ["Richard W. Musser" ]
22 Jan Re: Strange Golden-crowned Sparrow [Nels Nelson ]
22 Jan Re: Dream List [Susan Deagle ]
22 Jan Re: Dark morphed Red-tailed Hawk ["R. Adney Jr." ]
22 Jan Re: Strange Golden-crowned Sparrow [Mike Patterson ]

Subject: Coos Say's Phoebe and some other stuff 1/25/2015
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:00:37 -0800
I headed out to SW Coos yesterday, the 24th, and went to Bethel Mtn. in the
AM.  The only new bird for the winter up there was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, not
an annual visitor in Coos so I was excited!

I then headed to Mt. Bolivar area in SE Coos where I spent the night at
3,000 feet, very close to the trailhead to the peak.  The valleys were icy
cold on the way up but it was balmy up high. temps only got down to about
50F last night.  The east wind was blowing hard in the AM while I hiked up
to the 4,300' summit, but there wasn't much to report except an exceptional
sunrise and incredible views from up top.  Unusual was seeing manzanita
flowering on the way up?  I was interested in seeing if I could find a
Townsend's Solitaire, there were none to be found. This species breeds
mainly only in this location in the county, and I have seen a bird in Feb
before, but I expect most birds must depart. Not a speck of snow to be
found, VERY unusual (the first time I have been able to get up there in Jan
in the last 15 yrs).  Best birds on the drive up were a RUFFED GROUSE and
an AMERICAN DIPPER.

I headed down after hiking the peak and found a Red-breasted Sapsucker in
Eden Valley and a lot of the usuals. Hutton's Vireos were singing, which
they have been since the 15th or so, nothing unusual.

On the way back home I stopped in the tiny hamlet of Broadbent, which is
south of Myrtle Point and is the very south edge of the Coquille Valley.  I
drove around checking the pastures and was surprised to see a SAY'S PHOEBE
near Sinatra Lane.  I haven't seen one in Coos in two yrs. and the last one
was in Jan also.  We have had migrants here as early as Jan, but I expect
this was probably an overwintering bird. Most migrants don't arrive until
March. There is so much private ranchland that is unaccesible in the
Coquille Valley; I bet this species is a regular overwinterer although
there are few records.

Stopped in Coos Bay at the Post Office on my way home and the Black-crowned
Night-herons were roosting there again, I saw 2 adults (sorry Mark, I
hadn't seen them earlier this winter).

Coos Bay hit 70F today a record, but Brookings hit 75F.  I checked the NOAA
website and saw other 70F temps on the coast and 68F in Bend- wow!

Daphne in full flower in our garden, the yard smells wonderful- merry
pseudo spring : )
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Coop vs. Coot
From: Zia Fukuda <zialeefukuda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:04:52 -0800
I've been running down to Riverside park here in Grants Pass just about
everyday between 3 and 4 in the afternoon. Today, shortly after I'd gotten
there, I had a nice treat when a coopers hawk flew over my head. I watched
it, and before I knew it, it had taken one of the coots feeding on the lawn
and actually flew across the river with it before landing with its meal.
Now, if only I could remember to take my binos when I go running! This park
does produce a fair number of treats.
Cheers
Zia
Subject: Curry white Gyrfalcon - YES
From: David Kollen <davekollen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:44:11 -0800
Hello All,
After striking out Friday, I found the bird at about noon today way out
(probably a mile plus) NNW of the blue silos. It was bright enough out that
I could crank the scope up to 60X and still have a decent image. It was
perched half-way up some kind of deciduous tree and I had enough looks that
I am confident with the ID.

After 15 minutes or so it flew and I lost it. About 10 minutes after that I
was panning across the fields to the west of the perch at 40X and had it
flying low over a field where it landed behind brush/trees where I lost it
again. I'm less confident in the second ID since I was having trouble
staying on it, but it sure as heck wasn't an egret or Tundra.

Thanks to those who provided helpful information.

Dave Kollen
Brookings, OR
Subject: No word on Black-headed Gull, yet
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:09:41 -0800
I was scheduled to do a Snowy Plover survey today (none seen) and
did not get out to Wireless Rd until after noon.  The Mew Gull flock
was nowhere to be seen (as I kind of expected).

I have not heard from any birders who may have gone looking, but I
suspect that the mysterious vanishing flock of Mews has come and gone,
again...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
The Problem With Big Years
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2550



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Subject: Northern Pygmy owl 1/25/15
From: Kp <kathleenmarieparker78 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:43:17 -0800
At L. L. Stub Stewart State Park Hillside Day Use Area. Sighted around 12:15 or 
so. The owl was hunting in the day use from a low tree branch then later from 
conifers. 


*Kathleen Marie Parker*








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Subject: MT. ASHLAND PINE GROSBEAKS
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:37:37 -0800
An unusual bird for Jackson County.
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/visiting-grosbeaks/

-- 
Harry Fuller
author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
*
Atowhee AT gmail
http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
Subject: Hagg Lake Pacific Loon and Red-necked Grebe continue (Washington Co)
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:31:10 -0500
During a quick trip to Hagg Lake this morning I refound both the Pacific Loon 
and one of the Red-necked Grebes from the Forest Grove CBC. Both from Rec Area 
C. One Common Loon, about 15 Western and 4 Horned Grebes also mirrored the CBC 
birds. 

Couldn't find a Dipper at Scoggins Valley Picnic Area, but several Western 
Bluebird fly over during a hike from the gate at the end of Scoggins Valley Rd 
at around MP2.3. 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Curry white GYR
From: Phillip White <phillip AT amritsidhu.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:14:27 -0800
The bird was here today at around 1300 in a tree about a quarter mile from he 
beach and due west of Langlois. Lost it as we drove around trying to get closer 
without trespassing. Probably 1-1/2 miles away when see from the silos on 
Floras Lake Loop. Scope not good enough to check for bands or jesses on the 
legs. 


P.A. White

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> On Jan 23, 2015, at 6:18 PM, Tim Rodenkirk  wrote:
> 
> I think there were three Rough-leggeds in the area on the PO CBC. Also one or 
two Peregrines, both Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and a couple WT 
Kites. In addition, I saw a Great Egret way off in the top of a tree there the 
other day. However, if the white Gyr is up and you have a decent scope you will 
have not a single doubt, the bird is striking and very obvious and likes to 
perch high up in one of the many snags out there making it easy to find if it 
is indeed up. 

> 
> Good luck all!
> Tim R
> Coos Bay
> 
>> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 5:54 PM, Alan Contreras  
wrote: 

>> I saw one in northern Alaska once, so at least a few occur in the western 
Arctic. 

>> .
>> .
>> Alan Contreras
>> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>> 
>> Eugene, Oregon
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:51 PM, Jeff Gilligan wrote:
>>> 
>>> I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from Oregon were 
lightly dismissed by many since they were considered only to occur in Greenland 
populations. (I have never seen a white one - what a stunner.) 

>>> 
>>> Jeff Gilligan
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein 
 wrote: 

>>>> 
>>>> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
>>>> 
>>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
>>>> 
>>>> Photo taken by Mark.....
>>>> 
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Dave Lauten
>>>> 
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Subject: Re: Curry white gyr--escapee?
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:37:17 -0800
Like Alan, I have also seen a white Gyrfalcon in Alaska--along the Kougarok 
Road in Nome. Can't get much farther west than that. 


Wink Gross

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Subject: White River Wildlife Management Area
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:53:32 -0800
I wandered around this beautiful part of Wasco County looking for a bird
yesterday, any bird would have done just fine..

http://outandaboutoregonbirds.blogspot.com/

Bob Archer
PDX
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Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:11:37 -0700




Subject: SE Alaska Birding Resources?
From: Rachael Friese <raspberrycat AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:58:24 -0800
Sorry for the non-Oregon post. I'll be in SE Alaska mid June (Prince of Wales 
Island) and would love some advice, tips, or resources on what to look for or 
where to look, bird-wise, of course. 


Thanks,
Rachael

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Subject: Big surprise in yard this morning, Wilson's warbler (#114), Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:31:46 -0800
I walked out into the front yard to a singing, yes singing!, Wilson's warbler. 
This is January! I also noted several species singing this morning maybe it was 
the warm night? Also how odd is it I would get a Wilson's warbler at 114 when I 
have yet to record a American goldfinch! Yes I have feeders. 


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Subject: Big surprise in yard this morning, Wilson's warbler (#114), Clark Co, WA
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:31:46 -0800
I walked out into the front yard to a singing, yes singing!, Wilson's warbler. 
This is January! I also noted several species singing this morning maybe it was 
the warm night? Also how odd is it I would get a Wilson's warbler at 114 when I 
have yet to record a American goldfinch! Yes I have feeders. 


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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Subject: nice day for a scenic drive to see Eagles?
From: Jeff and Lauretta Young <jeffandlaurettayoung AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:17:05 -0800
Yesterday Jeff and I and a friend who suggested this trip (Gary Grossman )went 
over the Hood River Bridge to the Klickitat Scenic area. We had never been to 
this area of the NW and while not in Oregon, it’s a short 1.5 or so hour 
drive one way. Totally worth the over 100 BALD EAGLES we saw around the mouth 
of the river’s entrance to the Columbia a very short hike up the mostly paved 
and then unpaved last part of the trail where a small creek enters the 
Klickitat. The Coho salmon are running and you can see them swimming up that 
short stretch of the river to spawn right at the creek entrance. Lots of salmon 
activity there along with carcasses. 


There were over 100 adult and juveniles there— mostly resting obviously in 
the trees—no need for binoculars. The binoculars are to see the other birds 
once you have feasted your eyes on so many Eagles and watched them fly and 
fish. The fishing apparently was mostly finished by the 8:30 time we got there. 
I would guess they are super hungry at day break and that most likely would be 
a lot of activity but there were Eagles still occasionally deciding to go get 
the very easy fish. Jeff will post pictures soon on 
www.flickr.com/photos/youngbirders  
and I imagine that Gary will as well. There was a report of a Golden Eagle 
there but without seeing a picture or knowing how experienced a birder that 
was— we didn’t see one but saw a lot of juvenile Balds. One was even 
actively begging a parent to be fed over and over ( with some success…) 


If you are up for a hike according to the signs you can go for up to 13 miles. 
We went to head of the Creek ( maybe a quarter mile from parking area) and then 
the other way down to the mudflats where the creek enters the Columbia to watch 
them fishing there and occasionally harassing some rafts of ducks. I could not 
discern what kind of ducks. The Eagles are very close for photography and 
enjoyment. 


We saw lots of other birds as well on this short trail—— including 
California Quail, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Golden Crowned Sparrow, Scrub and 
Stellar’s Jays, Acorn Woodpeckers, Lewis Woodpeckers, Lesser Goldfinch, 
Anna’s Hummingbird, Common Raven, Crows, Red Tailed and Sharp Shinned Hawk, 
House Finch, Black Capped Chickadee, many Barrow’s Goldeneyes in the river, a 
few Common Mergansers and Mallards and Green Winged Teal, unidentified Gulls, 
Brewer’s and Red Winged Blackbirds and Starlings ( of course near the town of 
Lyle). 


nice trip— you can stop at Multnomah Falls on way back like we did— very 
very unbirdy there at this time of year but nice amount of water in the falls.. 

have fun on this lovely day to go outside

Lauretta ( and Jeff)
Subject: Re: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee?
From: "Richard W. Musser" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mussermcevoy@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:06:23 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Wayne,     This white gyr may, or may not, have been a captive held 
bird. I do know that there are some white nesting gyrs in the NW areas of 
Alaska----because I had one. If you have read, "Luring the King of Winter" 
(1956), you will note that this white gyr was trapped outside of Nome, Alaska. 
In 1989, the ADF&G, brought me two baby gyrs to rehabilitate as one of their 
parents was killed. These youngsters turned out to be white, and were hatched 
on a bridge outside of Nome. I agree with Peter Bente that only a small 
percentage of Alaska gyrs are white----the vast majority are grey. If this is 
an escapee, getting really close to it (like walking underneath it to 
photograph it.) should be possible-----but gyrs are a really tame falcon. Also, 
checking for "lost birds" on falconry websites may provide clues as to lost 
raptors----and not very many of them will be white gyrs. Best regards, Dick 
Musser (4 mi. NW of Vale, OR) 

 

 On Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:02 AM, Wayne Weber  wrote: 

   

 Oregon Birders,

My opinion is that the Curry County Gyrfalcon is very likely an escape from
captivity. (Gyrfalcons are frequent in captivity.) The white phase breeds
almost exclusively in Greenland and the eastern High Arctic of Canada.

I am not aware of any accepted records of wild white-phase Gyrfalcons in the
U.S. west of the Rockies. (If someone is aware of one, please let us know.)
Around Vancouver, BC, where Gyrfalcons occur far more often than anywhere in
Oregon, we know of only one report of a white-phase bird, which was seen in
June. Because of the date, it is believed to have been an escapee from
captivity.

Because of the extreme rarity of white-phase Gyrfalcons in western North
America--  and the fact that Curry County is way outside the normal range of
this species-- I think that there is a very high likelihood that this bird
escaped from somewhere.

Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus AT telus.net
  


-----Original Message-----
From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf
Of Jeff Gilligan
Sent: January-23-15 5:52 PM
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Subject: [obol] Re: Curry white GYR

I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from Oregon were
lightly dismissed by many since they were considered only to occur in
Greenland populations.  (I have never seen a  white one - what a stunner.)

Jeff Gilligan



On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein
 wrote:

> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
> 
> Photo taken by Mark.....
> 
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten
> 





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Subject: Re: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee?
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:19:20 -0800
I have personally seen a white Gyrfalcon in nw Alaska.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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> On Jan 25, 2015, at 7:42 AM, Mike Patterson  wrote:
> 
> Wayne's assertion regarding the origin of the Curry-gyr may be
> true.  It is certainly conventional wisdom.  It may also be a product
> of the kind of circular reasoning conventional wisdom produces.
> 
> All-white gyrs are escapees because there are no accepted records
> all-white wild gyrs because all all-white gyrs are escapees.
> 
> A place where one does not find this conventional wisdom is the
> on-line _Birds of North America_ database:
> 
> "Complete gradation among plumage colors, though most birds are lumped
> into one of three color variants for convenience (white, gray, and
> dark). Relative frequency of each color variant differs among locations,
> and variants not present in all areas. Birds from n. Greenland and
> Canadian Arctic Islands mostly white; birds from central and s.
> Greenland semi-white (sometimes called “silver”), gray, or dark; birds
> from n. (mainland) Northwest Territories roughly 50% white, 50% gray;
> birds from n. and nw. Alaska range from white (5-10%, P. Bente pers.
> comm.) to dark, but mainly gray; birds from other parts of range
> predominately gray. Darkest birds found primarily in Labrador, Quebec,
> and s. Greenland (Salomonsen 1950, Cade 1960, 1982, Bromley 1986, Poole
> and Bromley 1988b)."
> 
> and
> 
> "Outside North America, few white variants in n. Europe but increasing
> in proportion eastward to ne. Siberia and Kamchatka where approximately
> 50% are white (Dementiev and Gladkov 1957, Ellis at al. 1992, Gorovenko
> 2002). Breeding birds in Iceland gray with some light gray approaching
> white; occasional white birds in winter, presumably migrants from
> Greenland (Nielsen and Pétursson 1995)."
> 
> I have seen an all-gyr in Clatsop Co.  For three springs in a row
> in the early 2000's, it appeared around the time that the whimbrels and
> godwits first arrived on the bay, hung around for a week or so, then
> (apparently)moved on.  It was dismissed as an escapee.  I can think of
> several other reports over 40 or so years in Oregon where white birds
> were reported.  In each case, the assertion "all all-white gyrs are
> escapees.
> 
> All of these dismissals where based on conventional wisdom, rather than
> other kinds of evidence like jesses (often seen on escaped birds) or
> bands and other markers.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> The Problem With Big Years
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2550
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee?
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:42:37 -0800
Wayne's assertion regarding the origin of the Curry-gyr may be
true.  It is certainly conventional wisdom.  It may also be a product
of the kind of circular reasoning conventional wisdom produces.

All-white gyrs are escapees because there are no accepted records
all-white wild gyrs because all all-white gyrs are escapees.

A place where one does not find this conventional wisdom is the
on-line _Birds of North America_ database:

"Complete gradation among plumage colors, though most birds are lumped
into one of three color variants for convenience (white, gray, and
dark). Relative frequency of each color variant differs among locations,
and variants not present in all areas. Birds from n. Greenland and
Canadian Arctic Islands mostly white; birds from central and s.
Greenland semi-white (sometimes called “silver”), gray, or dark; birds
from n. (mainland) Northwest Territories roughly 50% white, 50% gray;
birds from n. and nw. Alaska range from white (5-10%, P. Bente pers.
comm.) to dark, but mainly gray; birds from other parts of range
predominately gray. Darkest birds found primarily in Labrador, Quebec,
and s. Greenland (Salomonsen 1950, Cade 1960, 1982, Bromley 1986, Poole
and Bromley 1988b)."

and

"Outside North America, few white variants in n. Europe but increasing
in proportion eastward to ne. Siberia and Kamchatka where approximately
50% are white (Dementiev and Gladkov 1957, Ellis at al. 1992, Gorovenko
2002). Breeding birds in Iceland gray with some light gray approaching
white; occasional white birds in winter, presumably migrants from
Greenland (Nielsen and Pétursson 1995)."

I have seen an all-gyr in Clatsop Co.  For three springs in a row
in the early 2000's, it appeared around the time that the whimbrels and
godwits first arrived on the bay, hung around for a week or so, then
(apparently)moved on.  It was dismissed as an escapee.  I can think of
several other reports over 40 or so years in Oregon where white birds
were reported.  In each case, the assertion "all all-white gyrs are
escapees.

All of these dismissals where based on conventional wisdom, rather than
other kinds of evidence like jesses (often seen on escaped birds) or
bands and other markers.





-- 
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Astoria, OR
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Subject: Curry white Gyrfalcon-- escapee?
From: "Wayne Weber" <contopus AT telus.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:02:21 -0800
Oregon Birders,

My opinion is that the Curry County Gyrfalcon is very likely an escape from
captivity. (Gyrfalcons are frequent in captivity.) The white phase breeds
almost exclusively in Greenland and the eastern High Arctic of Canada.

I am not aware of any accepted records of wild white-phase Gyrfalcons in the
U.S. west of the Rockies. (If someone is aware of one, please let us know.)
Around Vancouver, BC, where Gyrfalcons occur far more often than anywhere in
Oregon, we know of only one report of a white-phase bird, which was seen in
June. Because of the date, it is believed to have been an escapee from
captivity.

Because of the extreme rarity of white-phase Gyrfalcons in western North
America--  and the fact that Curry County is way outside the normal range of
this species-- I think that there is a very high likelihood that this bird
escaped from somewhere.

Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus AT telus.net
  


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From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf
Of Jeff Gilligan
Sent: January-23-15 5:52 PM
To: deweysage AT frontier.com
Cc: OBOL
Subject: [obol] Re: Curry white GYR

I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from Oregon were
lightly dismissed by many since they were considered only to occur in
Greenland populations.   (I have never seen a  white one - what a stunner.)

Jeff Gilligan



On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein
 wrote:

> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
> 
> Photo taken by Mark.....
> 
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten
> 





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Subject: [FWD: Posted Sparrow Flock Photos and recorded calls Rentenaar Road; Sauvie Island Birds 1.24.15]
From: <greg AT bigdecadebirder.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:38:10 -0700




Subject: Re: Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Survey
From: "Richard W. Musser" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mussermcevoy@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:32:06 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Tom,     Does it seem to you that red-tailed hawks are conducting 
nesting activities earlier than normal? On Dec. 23, 2014, I saw two RTs soaring 
with dangling legs----a courtship behavior to my eyes. I have not observed RT 
courtship prior to the start of the year. This pair of RTs is perching in a 
lone tree with a large nest about 1/2 mi. from my house, so it seems they are 
well into their nesting cycle. I'm new to this area, so I don' know what to 
expect. 

     Also, I have not seen a single rough-legged hawk this season----so I'm 
wondering if this species migrates thru this area, as they were common around 
Harney Co. during winter. 

     Just some observations from my new location. Best regards, Dick Musser 
(4 mi. NW of Vale) 

     
 

     On Saturday, January 24, 2015 7:54 PM, Tom Crabtree  wrote:
   

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Subject: Re: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID
From: "Richard W. Musser" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mussermcevoy@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:05:53 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Jim,      This looks like a golden eagle to my eyes-----but it's older 
than an immy, and much closer to full adult. It also has food in its crop. Best 
regards, Dick Musser (4 mi. NW of Vale) 

 

 On Saturday, January 24, 2015 8:46 PM, Jim Leonard  
wrote: 

   

 I was at Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR this afternoon.  There were 5 bird 
photographers total, set up with tripods and cameras and one bird watcher.  We 
saw an eagle at a very far distance and it flew near but at a very high 
altitude.  These photos are way beyond camera lens distance for sharpness.  I 
hope there is enough detail to figure out what type of eagle.  Everyone 
there agreed that it looked like a Golden Eagle.  I thought it might be a 
juvenile Golden Eagle.  It had white edges on the front of the wings and the 
head had a darker brown towards the front beak and eyes and went to a lighter 
brown at the back of the head.  The group wanted me to post these bad photos 
to get some more opinions from OBOL birders.  Happy Birding, Jim Leonard. 





https://picasaweb.google.com/108302360004365615395/UnknownEagleAnkeny012415?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPmhisng68PPBg&feat=directlink 


   
Subject: Tangent Eagle Roost
From: Andrew Tillinghast <andrewtillinghast AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:29:45 -0800
A few of us went out to see the eagles coming in today after the Willamette
Valley Bird Symposium at OSU. By the time it was dark there were fully 85
Bald Eagles roosting, a small majority of which were sub-adults. There were
also 19 Northern Harriers (males and females/juveniles both
represented) coursing the field to the NW of the intersection, at least
half a dozen Red-taileds, and a group of about 10 Horned Larks. Short-eared
Owls did not materialize, regardless of the rosy sunset, which usually
tends to bring them out.



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Subject: Fern Ridge snowy
From: Karen Saxton <kcsaxton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:18:14 -0800
at the NW corner of the rockpile at the far end of the royal ave extension.
Good views, good light and good weather. Streams of people heading there
and back to see it. Thanks all for your help in finding and encouragement
Subject: Re: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID
From: "Tim Janzen" <tjanzen AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:41:19 -0800
Dear Jim,

This appears to be either an adult Golden Eagle or a subadult III or IV Golden 
Eagle, but I don't see any evidence that it is a juvenile Golden Eagle. The 
bird doesn't have prominent white underwing patches and it doesn't seem to have 
very much white in the base of the tail like I would expect for a juvenile 
Golden Eagle. 


Sincerely,

Tim Janzen

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of 
Jim Leonard 

Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 7:46 PM
To: obol
Subject: [obol] Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID

 

I was at Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR this afternoon. There were 5 bird 
photographers total, set up with tripods and cameras and one bird watcher. We 
saw an eagle at a very far distance and it flew near but at a very high 
altitude. These photos are way beyond camera lens distance for sharpness. I 
hope there is enough detail to figure out what type of eagle. Everyone there 
agreed that it looked like a Golden Eagle. I thought it might be a juvenile 
Golden Eagle. It had white edges on the front of the wings and the head had a 
darker brown towards the front beak and eyes and went to a lighter brown at the 
back of the head. The group wanted me to post these bad photos to get some more 
opinions from OBOL birders. Happy Birding, Jim Leonard. 


 

 

 

 


https://picasaweb.google.com/108302360004365615395/UnknownEagleAnkeny012415?authuser=0 
 
&authkey=Gv1sRgCPmhisng68PPBg&feat=directlink 

Subject: Re: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID
From: Craig Miller <gismiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:39:43 -0800
Jim,

I agree it is a Golden Eagle. It looks like an adult to me. I don't see any
white in the tail feathers, which is about the last white plumage before
adult plumage.

Craig Miller

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 7:46 PM, Jim Leonard 
wrote:

> I was at Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR this afternoon.  There were 5 bird
> photographers total, set up with tripods and cameras and one bird watcher.
> We saw an eagle at a very far distance and it flew near but at a very high
> altitude.  These photos are way beyond camera lens distance for sharpness.
> I hope there is enough detail to figure out what type of eagle.  Everyone
> there agreed that it looked like a Golden Eagle.  I thought it might be a
> juvenile Golden Eagle.  It had white edges on the front of the wings and
> the head had a darker brown towards the front beak and eyes and went to a
> lighter brown at the back of the head.  The group wanted me to post these
> bad photos to get some more opinions from OBOL birders.  Happy Birding, Jim
> Leonard.
>
>
>
>
>
> 
https://picasaweb.google.com/108302360004365615395/UnknownEagleAnkeny012415?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPmhisng68PPBg&feat=directlink 

>
Subject: Hayden Island Red-Throated Loons and yard Western Screech-Owl
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:38:06 -0800
This afternoon at Columbia Point on Hayden Island there were a remarkable 4
RED-THROATED LOONS.  I initially saw one adult mid-channel just east of the
I-5 bridge and was about to leave when I noticed there were 3 immature
birds together near the shore.  This was around 3:00PM and when I left they
were heading out away from shore.

There is now a GREAT HORNED OWL sitting on the nest at Vanport Wetlands.
It played hard to get, generally staying very low in the nest and either
just showing its ears or not being visible at all.

A COMMON LOON was about 1 mile west of Broughton Beach.

And to finish up a nice day, there's a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL singing away in
my yard.  A photo is at http://andyfrank.blogspot.com/.  Left-clicking
enlarges it.

Andy Frank
Portland
Subject: Red-breasted Sapsucker... and an interesting pond to check out in Stayton
From: Lillian <lillian.e AT prodigy.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:14:27 -0800
Good Evening Birders...

Started today the at the Oregon Gardens… Where we saw Anna’s Hummingbirds, 
Hooded Mergansers, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker - 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/11594253 AT N02/16360120345/in/set-72157648810779146… 
We also heard a Red-tailed Hawk screaming over and over, thought it might be a 
Steller’s Jay just doing its imitation… but then we saw it diving through 
the air like a dog-fighter. We could also hear what sounded like an Osprey 
screaming back, but thought they shouldn’t be here now… (However we noticed 
another report of an Osprey sighted not that far from where we were.) ~ 
Evidently there was a pretty major conflict but unfortunately we were only able 
to hear the screaming. 


Speaking of the Osprey sighting… The next time you are in the Stayton area 
there is a “Park & Ride” parking lot on the south east corner of the 
Highway 22 & Cascade Highway intersection… On the east side of the parking 
lot is a small pond. Even though it is just a small pond it gets some good bird 
action from time to time. Today we saw Canada Geese, Green-winged Teal, Coots, 
Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Scaups, Cackling Geese, Hooded 
Mergansers, American Widgeons and we heard Blackbirds. 


Lillian
Subject: Unknown Eagle at Ankeny Today- Need Help ID
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:46:00 -0800
I was at Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR this afternoon.  There were 5 bird
photographers total, set up with tripods and cameras and one bird watcher.
We saw an eagle at a very far distance and it flew near but at a very high
altitude.  These photos are way beyond camera lens distance for sharpness.
I hope there is enough detail to figure out what type of eagle.  Everyone
there agreed that it looked like a Golden Eagle.  I thought it might be a
juvenile Golden Eagle.  It had white edges on the front of the wings and
the head had a darker brown towards the front beak and eyes and went to a
lighter brown at the back of the head.  The group wanted me to post these
bad photos to get some more opinions from OBOL birders.  Happy Birding, Jim
Leonard.





https://picasaweb.google.com/108302360004365615395/UnknownEagleAnkeny012415?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPmhisng68PPBg&feat=directlink 
Subject: Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Survey
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:53:58 -0800
I ran my March Raptor Survey today.  At least it seemed like a March survey.
The temperature was 64 degrees, most of the Red-tails were paired up and the
northern species were largely absent.  A couple of Red-tails were on nests.


 

My totals were as follows:

 

Red-tailed Hawk              53

Rough-legged Hawk         2

Northern Harrier                7

Bald Eagle                             8  (1 adult, 7 imm)

American Kestrel               7

Prairie Falcon                      3

 

Total Birds                          80

 

Tom Crabtree, Bend
Subject: Lake Billy Chinook Raptor Survey
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:53:58 -0800
I ran my March Raptor Survey today.  At least it seemed like a March survey.
The temperature was 64 degrees, most of the Red-tails were paired up and the
northern species were largely absent.  A couple of Red-tails were on nests.


 

My totals were as follows:

 

Red-tailed Hawk              53

Rough-legged Hawk         2

Northern Harrier                7

Bald Eagle                             8  (1 adult, 7 imm)

American Kestrel               7

Prairie Falcon                      3

 

Total Birds                          80

 

Tom Crabtree, Bend
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Subject: No Curry County Gyrfalcon found on Saturday
From: Phillip White <phillip AT amritsidhu.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:07:07 -0800
We stopped by the the Floras Lake area each way on a North Bend-Gold Beach
run today  at about 10:00am and 4:00pm.  No luck on either attempt.  A
gentleman named Wayne from Newport was also looking in the morning, but
hadn't found the Gyr the last time we crossed paths at about 10:30am.

There were, however, two Peregrine Falcons, several Red-tailed Hawks, and a
Red-shouldered Hawk hunting the area.  There were also some Western
Bluebirds, prodigious numbers of Robins and Varied Thrushes, a flock of
Tundra Swans grazing all day in a pasture north of Floras Lake Rd at about
{42.907091,-124.484264}, and smatterings of other more common birds.

Buck F.
North Bend, Ore.

Subject: Stayton Osprey (Marion County)
From: "Jeff Harding" <jeffharding AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:01:13 -0800
There was an Osprey on the North Santiam River in Stayton's Riverfront Park
this afternoon. I went over that way on the off chance there was a Lewis's
Woodpecker where there were some last spring, in the Queener Ridge area in
Linn County. I failed to detect any Lewis' woodpeckers, but there was an
Acorn Woodpecker and a Chuckar. I assume the latter was a recent escapee
from the Queener Ridge Game Farm. Several parties of upland game hunters
were about.  

 

Keep your head down,

 

Jeff
Subject: Re: RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos)
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:20:40 -0800
If this is a bird that's been around all winter, it is probably
the one seen South Bend, WA in late October and early November...

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20380806

But I suspect this is just a good year for finding them.

-- 
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Astoria, OR
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Subject: Chestnut-Backed Chickadees
From: "Carol" <imcaroling AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:15:15 -0800
There was a pair of Chestnut-Backed Chickadees at my sunflower seed feeder this 
morning. 


Carol Hiler
N. Albany
Subject: Burrowing Owl
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:32:33 -0800
Just saw the owl. He wasn't there earlier today but showed up around 3 for us 
Got some decent photos. So excited. Great day. 


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Subject: Re: RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos)
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:08:32 -0800
Looks like a different bird than was at McNary dam. This is a lot cleaner 
looking bird. 


Tom Crabtree, Bend

-----Original Message-----
From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of 
Mike Patterson 

Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:03 PM
To: OBOL; swalalahos; Susan Boac
Subject: [obol] RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos)

I have been checking the gull fields around Youngs Bay all week trying to 
relocate the itinerant Mew Gull flock with much success, until today. There 
were at least 600 MEW GULLS at Wireless this morning and after about 45 minutes 
of scanning I re-found the BLACK-HEADED GULL I reported seeing last weekend. I 
have poor but identifiable through the scope photos: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/sets/72157648136290693/

I watched the gull more less all morning from about 11:10 until 13:10. Lee Cain 
also saw it as did Andrew Mattingly, Steve Warner and Linda Perkins. It most 
just waddled around in the big puddle near the slough with Mew Gulls and 
wigeon. We saw it fly several times and got good looks at the under-wings which 
are strikingly black and white. 


--
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Astoria, OR
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Subject: KILLER PIX OF KILLER OWL: PGYMY
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:27:51 -0800
Jackson County:
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/an-owl-the-size-of-a-beer-can/


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author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
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Subject: RBA: Black-headed Gull (photos)
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:03:20 -0800
I have been checking the gull fields around Youngs Bay all week
trying to relocate the itinerant Mew Gull flock with much success,
until today.  There were at least 600 MEW GULLS at Wireless this
morning and after about 45 minutes of scanning I re-found the
BLACK-HEADED GULL I reported seeing last weekend.  I have poor
but identifiable through the scope photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/sets/72157648136290693/

I watched the gull more less all morning from about 11:10 until
13:10.  Lee Cain also saw it as did Andrew Mattingly, Steve Warner
and Linda Perkins.  It most just waddled around in the big puddle
near the slough with Mew Gulls and wigeon.  We saw it fly several
times and got good looks at the under-wings which are strikingly
black and white.

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
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Subject: Columbia County
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:14 -0500
Yesterday on Honeyman Road loop near Scappoose in late afternoon, a flock of 
MEADOWLARKS flew up from one field and crossed over the road to another field, 
quickly melting into the grass --at least 100 of them. There could have been 
more because more flocks were flying in the vicinity, but they weren't close 
enough to ID. This was in fields not far from where Dike Road enters Columbia 
Ave. Not a frequent sighting in the lowlands here because the open fields 
aren't available for nesting. 

Lona Pierce


 		 	   		  
Subject: B & W Warbler yesterday
From: Lee Cain <lcain AT astoriak12.org>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:49:56 -0800
I was in Portland for a fisheries conference this past two days, so
yesterday I popped over to Kellogg Creek Park and had a great look at the
BLACK & WHITE WARBLER. I t was with the now famous Yellow-rumpeds, which
are very excited about all the midges hatching out of the sewage treatment
facility. The warbler has its own selfie (?) now on a plastic cardboard
sign practically right under the locust I found it in. Really funny --
never have I ticked off a bird so small that was so easy to find.

-- 
Lee Cain
Astoria
Subject: RBA: Black-headed Gull Astoria
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:31:06 -0800
24 January 2015
Wireless Rd.: Astoria: Clatsop County: Oregon
Black-headed Gull

Mike Patterson has relocated and confirmed the Black-headed Gull he found
earlier this month.  He and Lee Cain are looking at it NOW (11:15) from the
Youngs Bay side of Wireless Rd. On the inland side of the road accross from
the defunct (?) golf driving range/ sheep pasture wsy out in a field with a
big puddle. The gull is with a flock of hundreds of Mew Gulls. Bring a
scope....
On Jan 18, 2015 12:37 PM, "David Bailey" 
wrote:

> 18 January 2015
> Astoria: Clatsop Co.: Oregon
> 12:30 pm
>
> Mike Patterson just called me to report that he was warching a
> BLACK-HEADED GULL from Wireless Road in a flooded field on between the
> slough near the truck/industrial shop and the intersection of business hwy
> Alternate 101 and Wireless Road.
>
> The gull is at some distance on private fields but visible through a
> scope. Mike is attempting photos.
>
> David C. Bailey
> Seaside, Oregon
>
Subject: Bean Goose
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:04:37 -0800
Just saw the bean Goose in the same place. My husband took me to the coast to 
relax. On our way now to the lighthouse to hopefully find the owl. Having a 
great time. 

Weather is perfect. 

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Subject: Re: Tillamook Oriole- Bullock's or Hooded
From: "John Allen" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "atmosfearvideo@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:47:02 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks everyone for correcting my misidentification of the Oriole. It has not 
been seen today as of this posting. 

John Allen
Subject: Re: Tillamook Oriole -- Bullock's or Hooded
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:24:14 -0800
I agree, the pictures added since yesterday appear to be of a Hooded. As the 
eBird reviewer, I wondered about this as the only photo posted at the time was 
ambiguous. I gave John the benefit of the doubt on the ID. I should have asked 
if more photos were available. 


Wink

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Subject: Fwd: Agency Lake /Ft. Klamath Raptor Survey 1.23.15
From: frank lospalluto <fdlospalluto AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:18:51 -0800
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: frank lospalluto
Date: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM
Subject: Agency Lake /Ft. Klamath Raptor Survey 1.23.15
To: klamathbasinbirdnews AT googlegroups.com


Hi Birders,
Ran the ECAS Winter Raptor Survey yesterday . The survey route starts just
north of K. Falls at Wocus Rd. and up 97 to Modoc Point Rd. and up around
Ft. Klamath. The lack of snow and warmer temps contributed to a wide
distribution of raptors throughout the survey. Some of the highest numbers
I have had in any of the years the survey has been conducted.
Also heard an American Pipit up off Sevenmile Rd.near Mc Quiston but did
not see the bird(s).

Red-tailed Hawk 117
Rough-legged Hawk 44
Ferruginous Hawk 1
Northern Harrier 4
American Kestrel 5
Bald Eagle 10 adults,1 subadult
Prairie Falcon 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1

good birding,
frank



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Subject: Bend Birds
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:11:04 -0800
Kei and I spent some time walking upstream from the Old Mill to the 
canal control and counted eighteen species but one stood out.  A single 
Brown Creeper was seen at that facility, but what a different color it 
was.  It looked like a chocolate-rufus morph Red-tail (but much smaller 
;-) ). That color permeated the entire front of the bird from the throat 
to the vent with absolutely NO white anywhere.  And of course it was too 
dark to get a photo (DARN!).  The following were seen (more had been 
expected).  Contrary to the weather forecasters it was dark and 
threatening rain most of the afternoon.

Canada Geese
Mallards
Bufflehead
Common Mergansers
Red-shafted Flicker
Scrub Jay
Mountain Chickadee
Bushtits
Brown Creeper (REALLY BROWN)
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pigmy Nuthatch
Robins
Varried Thrush
Cedar Waxwings
Oregon Juncos
American Goldfinches
Pine Siskins
House Sparrows

We expected many more.

Kevin & Kei Smith
One of was getting older by the day :-D



Subject: Re: Tillamook Oriole- Hooded or Bullock's
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:59:36 -0800
I agree, the bird in photos posted by John Allen are for a HOODED
ORIOLE not a Bullock's.

This make me wonder how it has already been tagged confirmed as
Bullock's on eBird (according to the alert in my email box).

 > 

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
The Problem With Big Years
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Subject: Re: Tillamook Oriole- Hooded or Bullock's
From: "John Allen" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "atmosfearvideo@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:45:06 +0000 (UTC)
I posted the series of pictures of the Oriole on 
Flickr.https://www.flickr.com/photos/111536575 AT N04/16167291870/ 


John Allen

Is this a Bullock's or a Hooded Oriole? The lack of a gray belly (and dark
eye-line?--is there one there?) points to Hooded, though the darkness on
the crown pushes me towards Bullock's. John, do you have any other photos
showing a different posture or angle?

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis


On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 5:20 PM, John Allen 
wrote:

> At about 3:40 pm today I had a Bullock's Oriole land in a backyard tree in
> Tillamook (City). Fortunately I was getting aquainted with some new photo
> equipment and was able to get a few shots before it left. It was only there
> for about a minute and last I saw it disappeared over the horizon heading
> north. I will repost if it decides to return to my many feeders. Must be
> the year of the Orioles over here. It's the third one I've seen this year.
>
> John Allen
>
>
> Bullock's Oriole 1/23/15
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Subject: wallowa county
From: jmeredit AT bendnet.com
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:52:54 -0800
 

I mentioned possible longspur with the flock that got away. Tom Lawler
got a few quick photos off while they were flying away but when we
zoomed in on the laptop, none of the birds seem to be a longspur, all
Snow Buntings. Not every bird in the flock got into the photo however.
We are headed out there now to lay down more seed and spend some time up
there on Golf Course. Sorry to leave the tantalizing bird unaddressed.
Back later, Judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 

 
Subject: Re: Oriole in Tillamook- Is it a Hooded?
From: Jamie Simmons <sapsuckers AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:48:56 -0800
Is this a Bullock's or a Hooded Oriole? The lack of a gray belly (and dark
eye-line?--is there one there?) points to Hooded, though the darkness on
the crown pushes me towards Bullock's. John, do you have any other photos
showing a different posture or angle?

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis


On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 5:20 PM, John Allen 
wrote:

> At about 3:40 pm today I had a Bullock's Oriole land in a backyard tree in
> Tillamook (City). Fortunately I was getting aquainted with some new photo
> equipment and was able to get a few shots before it left. It was only there
> for about a minute and last I saw it disappeared over the horizon heading
> north. I will repost if it decides to return to my many feeders. Must be
> the year of the Orioles over here. It's the third one I've seen this year.
>
> John Allen
>
>
> Bullock's Oriole 1/23/15
> 
>
>
> [image: image]
> 
>
>
>
>
>
> Bullock's Oriole 1/23/15
> 
> View on www.flickr.com
> 
> Preview by Yahoo
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Curry white GYR
From: <towhee AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:52:40 -0800
In the Dakotas we could find all three morphs (white, gray, and dark) during 
most winters. The white gyrs were the rarest and yes the most stunning. 


But the best white morph I ever saw was named 'Medora' and belonged to one of 
my friends, a falconer. Pure, unadulterated magnificence. 


Mark



Mark A Gonzalez
Bend, Oregon

----- Original Message -----
From: Alan Contreras 
Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 5:54 pm
Subject: [obol] Re: Curry white GYR

> I saw one in northern Alaska once, so at least a few occur in the 
> western Arctic.
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
> 
> Eugene, Oregon
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:51 PM, Jeff Gilligan wrote:
> 
> > I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from 
> Oregon were lightly dismissed by many since they were considered 
> only to occur in Greenland populations.   (I have never seen a  
> white one - what a stunner.)
> > 
> > Jeff Gilligan
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein 
>  wrote:
> > 
> >> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
> >> 
> >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
> >> 
> >> Photo taken by Mark.....
> >> 
> >> Cheers
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Subject: Coos Heermann's G and Brant 1/23/2015
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:25:52 -0800
The Empire boat ramp 1st winter HEERMANN'S GULL continues.  I first noticed
the bird in late December, it appears to not want to leave and I have not
noticed it being injuried at all?

On the bay off Empire I counted 156 BRANT today. There were none in
December.  This is the typical pattern I have noticed over the years.  Few
or none for our CBC in mid-Dec.  By early Jan a small number almost every
year increasing to a hundred or two by the end of Jan.  Numbers increasing
to the hundreds in Feb and Mar.  By mid- to late April numbers 1,000+ with
upwards of 2500 some years (J Withgott had a huge number in recent years).
By early May most birds headed north.  A few oversummering nonbreeders into
Jun and July.

Getting the shorts out, should be a NICE weekend here!
ENJOY,
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Re: Curry white GYR
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:18:33 -0800
I think there were three Rough-leggeds in the area on the PO CBC.  Also one
or two Peregrines, both Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, and a couple
WT Kites.  In addition, I saw a Great Egret way off in the top of a tree
there the other day.  However, if the white Gyr is up and you have a decent
scope you will have not a single doubt, the bird is striking and very
obvious and likes to perch high up in one of the many snags out there
making it easy to find if it is indeed up.

Good luck all!
Tim R
Coos Bay

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 5:54 PM, Alan Contreras 
wrote:

> I saw one in northern Alaska once, so at least a few occur in the western
> Arctic.
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:51 PM, Jeff Gilligan wrote:
>
> I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from Oregon were
> lightly dismissed by many since they were considered only to occur in
> Greenland populations.   (I have never seen a  white one - what a stunner.)
>
> Jeff Gilligan
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein <
> deweysage AT frontier.com> wrote:
>
> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
>
>
> Photo taken by Mark.....
>
>
> Cheers
>
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Subject: Photo Collection: Ankeny NWR Monday 01-19-15
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:54:09 -0800
Last Monday I went to Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR and photographed several
ducks and a Great Blue Heron.  Click on link below for photos.  Happy
Birding, Jim Leonard.





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Subject: Re: Curry white GYR
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:54:00 -0800
I saw one in northern Alaska once, so at least a few occur in the western 
Arctic. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:51 PM, Jeff Gilligan wrote:

> I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from Oregon were 
lightly dismissed by many since they were considered only to occur in Greenland 
populations. (I have never seen a white one - what a stunner.) 

> 
> Jeff Gilligan
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein 
 wrote: 

> 
>> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
>> 
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
>> 
>> Photo taken by Mark.....
>> 
>> Cheers
>> Dave Lauten
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Subject: Re: Curry white GYR
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:51:53 -0800
I remember when the very few reports of white Gyrfalcons from Oregon were 
lightly dismissed by many since they were considered only to occur in Greenland 
populations. (I have never seen a white one - what a stunner.) 


Jeff Gilligan








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> Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/
> 
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> 
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Subject: Curry white GYR
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:46:13 -0800
Ok, here is the link to the white GYRFALCON photo.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95295128 AT N03/15729041584/

Photo taken by Mark.....

Cheers
Dave Lauten


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Subject: Wallow County Jan 23
From: jmeredit AT bendnet.com
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:29:05 -0800
 

GYRFALCON seen by all on power poles and hunting a field along Hwy 350
between Lathrop and Tenderfoot Valley Rds. 

Harris Sparrow seen again at the feeders along Thorpes Rd. We left them
a jug of birdseed. 

(my hyphen does not function) Gray crowned Rosy Finches in 3 locations,
Leap lane about 1 or 2 miles from Hwy 3, where there are 3 grain storage
bins, also at "Harmon Ranch" near intersection of School Flat and Leap,
in their snowy corral. And also a flock out School flock to the west,
first mile after insection with Golf Course, where we watched them
flitting about around a shed where they were apparently roosting. 2 of
the 3 flocks were naked eye distance. 

American Tree Sparrows 2 or more locations, first left side Ranch along
Golf course, mile five or something, at the exclosure and on the
roadside. Everyone is spreading seed in that area and the birds are
readily seen on the roadside near the exclosure. Also, along Leap Lane
where the field is wet and there is brush along the roadside we had
about 30 Tree Sparrows. There are big flocks ot them this year, not
mixed, just Trees together in flocks. 

Gray Partridge one time, flock of about 30 along Leap Lane near that wet
field, about half way between Hwy 3 and Turn off School Flat. They came
out of brush along the road and ever so slowly, as if they were skulking
like grouse in the brush, they took about 10 minutes to cross the road
in front of us. 

Longspur species, to be determined when we look at photos. But some
black "t" in the otherwise white tail, possible Snow Bunting in with
them, mostly horned larks when scoped, with small flocks along Golf
Course. Will check them out again tomorrow. 

Pileated WP along Wade Gulch, in a top of a big Cottonwood. 

One more full day here. We will bird feeders more around Joseph, Wallowa
Lake, SP, andn perhaps out Golf Course. Other birders have arrived and
will likely post. Good birding, Judy, and ECAS Wednesday group, plus. 

jmeredit AT bendnet.com 

 
Subject: Bullock's Oriole in Tillamook- New backyard bird
From: "John Allen" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "atmosfearvideo@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:20:55 +0000 (UTC)
At about 3:40 pm today I had a Bullock's Oriole land in a backyard tree in 
Tillamook (City). Fortunately I was getting aquainted with some new photo 
equipment and was able to get a few shots before it left. It was only there for 
about a minute and last I saw it disappeared over the horizon heading north. I 
will repost if it decides to return to my many feeders. Must be the year of the 
Orioles over here. It's the third one I've seen this year. 

John Allen

Bullock's Oriole 1/23/15

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Subject: Curry white GYR
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:18:30 -0800
I got a photo from Mark ???  of the white Gyrfalcon from this morning I 
believe.   Mark says:

There was also a light phased rough-legged hanging out this morning that has 
similar coloring and size as well as a peregrine. 


Mark


I'm trying to get the photos posted to Flickr, will let you know.


Cheers
Dave Lauten



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Subject: Tundra Bean Goose at usual spot, and a few Depoe Bay notes
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:16:30 -0800
I stopped at Nestucca NWR and easily saw the goose. It was just off Highway 101 
very close to Christensen Rd., at the metal gates. 


Depoe Bay:

In each for the past two days there has been a continued dribble of Brown 
Pelicans - all going south as single birds or groups of up yo four. Every 
pelican in four days has been going south, some further off shore than I am 
used to seeing. Since all have been going south despite the time of day, I 
don't think they can be commuters from the Otter Rock area or elsewhere. To me 
this late January movement of pelicans to the south is as inscrutable as the 
late January northward movement of a few Barn Swallows. 


A few Ancient Murrelets have been near shore each for the past four days. 
Gerard Lillie saw a Herring Gull grab what was likely one, but it broke loose, 
flew a short distance and dove. I just saw the disappointed-looking gull. 


There haven't been many rock-loving shorebirds. The biggest group was about 20 
Black Turnstones at the entry to the harbor. The remnants of what may be a Rock 
Sandpiper were under a spruce tree. A Peregrine Falcon was twice seen slowly 
cruising the rocky shore edge. 


Three days ago Owen Schmidt and I saw a lot of Gray Whales and a few Fin Whales 
(Gerard also saw those species the next day). Three days ago Owen pointed out a 
huge high spout that reminded us of the spout of a Blue Whale. We were not able 
to see the body of the whale. When we visited the whale watching station in 
Depoe Bay yesterday we mentioned the Fin Whales. One of the biologists said 
that two days earlier that a few Blue Whales had been confirmed by one of the 
whale watching boats, which coincides with the date of our sighting. 



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Subject: Curry white GYR
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:46:12 -0800
Folks,

I received a photo today from Michael Ayers of a raptor perched in the 
snap by the blue silos at Floras Lake.   The bird in the photo is all 
dark backed, facing away.   It is not the Gyr, and that is what Michael 
was asking me.   I realize that it might be helpful for people looking 
for it to know a few things about it and the area. First, just to the 
south of the silos, there was a pair of Red-shoulders Hawks, and they 
were harassing a Red-tail Hawk the other day.   That Red-tail is 
undoubtedly hanging around the area and I believe it was the bird 
Michael photod in the snag.  The Gyr is distinct.   It has an all white 
head, white belly, white tail that sticks further out than the wing 
tips.  It was facing us so I could not see it's back, but when it flew 
it was obvious that the back and upper wings were white also, with some 
heavy dark markings on the outer wings.   It looks almost like a 
White-tailed Kite, and when it flies it has a very long harrier like 
tail.   There is a lot of habitat down there and most of it is 
inaccessible, so if you are going to look for it, you might need more 
than one day.

Cheers
Dave Lauten


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Subject: Strange Golden-crowned
From: "van der Horst" <kathyfrans AT opusnet.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:08:16 -0800
Nels Nelson’s picture of the strange GC sparrow was exactly as I remembered 
it. There was a dark streak of feathers going vertically along its right side, 
and the bird he pictured had this streak. as well as the white throat. Thanks 
for the guidance, and sorry if this topic is too often repeated. 


Kathy van der Horst
Subject: White Birds at Fern Ridge (Snowy Owl, Tundra Swan, White-tailed Kite...)
From: Thomas Meinzen <thomasmeinzen AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:56:34 -0800
I biked out to Fern Ridge this lovely gray morning. It seemed to be a good
morning for white birds. I found the SNOWY OWL way out on the northwest
corner of Tern Island (off Royal Ave.), amongst the rocks and weeds with
only its head showing. To see the owl where it is now, you have to cross
the stream and go 10 yards past (west of) Tern Island, then look back at
the corner of the island. You can just barely see its white head and yellow
eyes among the rocks.

On my way back from Tern Island, 18 TUNDRA SWANS flew over and around me,
then circled back to the north. Beautiful!

On the way home, along Royal Ave. just west of its intersection with
Hillaire, I found a WHITE-TAILED KITE hunting and hovering to the north of
Royal. I was lucky to see it swoop down and catch a large vole—very cool.
Also by this field was a large flock of Cackling, standard-model Canada and
at least 40 DUSKY CANADA GEESE. I don't see many of those around here.
Photos were obtained if anyone's interested.

I also saw three gorgeous adult MALE Northern Harriers, which was somewhat
surprising, consider the typical rarity of this gender west of the
Cascades. At Meadowlark Prairie, a female-type was chasing a male in
circles. There were two more males out Royal Avenue.

I was two apparently pure YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKERS in the abundant
Starling/Robin flocks along my route today. I see a lot of hybrids but not
many of these.

It seems my luck was better today than last weekend, when I missed the
Black-headed Gull by a few days and the Cape May warbler by less than an
hour!

Good birding,
Thomas Meinzen
Eugene
Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrows with White Throats
From: Scott Carpenter <slcarpenter AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:44:47 -0800
In the winter in the Pacific NW, I regularly run into Golden-crowned
Sparrows with whitish throats, but the ones with the bright white throats
seem to be much harder for me to come by.

I have photos of similar birds from 2010 and 2013 at:

http://bit.ly/1bR05Kq -- note the clearly defined white throat patch, with
the strong malar stripe, and clearly defined bottom border, along with the
breast pattern, which occur on White-throated Sparrows but not on
Golden-crowned Sparrows (some of these features are shown better in the
photo preceding the one I linked to)

http://bit.ly/15DYmLZ

I originally thought the white throat indicated hybridization, but I recall
finding literature online (which escapes me at the moment) discussing that
a small portion of the population of Golden-Crowned Sparrows has white
throats. I don't recall if it was considered to be a recessive trait or not.

Whether these birds are exhibiting plumage aberration, recessive traits, or
hybridization, they are very interesting, and always worth sharing.

-- 
Scott Carpenter
Portland, Oregon
-------------------------
http://www.scottcarpenterphotography.com/
Subject: 2nd Applegate/Williams raptor survey
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:24:24 -0800
 
The 2nd Applegate/Williams raptor survey was accomplished on (01-22-15)

Distance traveled:  38.0 miles; Survey time: 3.5 hours
Weather:  mostly cloudy

Results:

Red-tailed Hawk - 15
American Kestrel - 14
Northern Harrier - 1 (male)
Bald Eagle - 2 (adults)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Merlin - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1

The number of Kestrels was a bit higher than the previous survey. There were 5 
seen at once a one location. Red-tails down a bit from before. No other species 
that were not expected at this time of the year. 


Dennis
Subject: Band-tailed Pigeon & Harris's Sparrow
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:53:37 -0800
We have had one Band-tailed Pigeon coming to "stump feeder" by outbuilding with 
EC Doves and M Doves for past two days. No thundering herd yet. 

The Harris's Sparrow is still showing up each evening by feeder area near 
house. Showing up late w/ correlation seemingly WC Sparrows. 


John Thomas
NE of Silverton

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Subject: Re: Whalen Is G-C
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:52:32 -0800
The photo Nels posted is a "color challenged" bird.  If you examine
the photo closely, you can see other white bits that don't belong.
This strongly suggests leucism/partial albinism (depending on which
reference you choose), rather than any kind of hybrid or molt (though
Nels bird in a 1st winter bird).

This is a surprisingly common condition in sparrows.  I have photos of
juncos, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows and crowned sparrows with white
blotches in places that make them look like something else.  Throat
and wing blotches can be the most confusing.

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
The Problem With Big Years
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2550



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Subject: Whalen Is G-C
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:01:38 -0800
Nels' photos are most intriguing. The date is at least three months ago, so 
molt seems a less likely explanation. This bird has a really white throat. Lars 


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Subject: Smith/Bybee wetlands
From: Jason Wolf <wolfjason71 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:21:38 -0800
Nice morning at the wetlands.
Highlights:

Barred Owl (Interlakes trail, take loop towards Smith Lake observation
deck). Never seen this owl in a deciduous woodland, only conifer)

Tree Swallows: 6 foraging over Smith Lake

I will post the full list to ebird later today.
Happy winter birding!
JW
Subject: Re: Harris's Sparrow
From: "Richard W. Musser" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mussermcevoy@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:03:32 +0000 (UTC)
Hello,     I forgot to report yesterday----but I did see a second Harris's 
sparrow here----and again this AM there were two. Best regards, Dick Musser (4 
mi. NW of Vale) 

 

 On Monday, January 19, 2015 12:12 PM, Richard W. Musser 
 wrote: 

   

 Hello,     The harris's sparrow continues here this AM. Best regards, Dick 
Musser (4 mi. NW of Vale) 



   
Subject: Re: Strange Golden-crowned Sparrow
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:21:36 -0800
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20216784

Kathy,

Take a look at the white-throated GC Sparrow photos in my report of Oct.
12, 2014 (above) from Whalen Island.
I'm wondering if the bird I saw might be the same individual as the one you
saw.

Nels Nelson
Hillsboro



On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:24 PM, Mike Patterson  wrote:

> It is tempting to try and make these into some sort of hybrid, but
> they are more probably molting 1st winter Golden-crowned Sparrows.
>
> I see a lot of birds that match your description.  I should probably
> try to get some photos, because this comes up every year...
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> The Problem With Big Years
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2550
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Subject: Re: Dream List
From: Susan Deagle <sdeagle AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:03:36 -0800
On the subject of bird dreams: I find that the birds I dream of are far more 
vividly colored and extremely detailed and realistic than anything else in my 
dreams. I think this is odd and interestingand I have no idea why its so. The 
birds have details that I didnt realize I was even aware of. 

Susie Deagle


> On Jan 21, 2015, at 7:32 AM, Wink Gross  wrote:
> 
> I dont actually keep a list of birds in my dreams, but Ill never forget the 
Green-tailed 

> Trainbearer that I found while driving in my Portland neighborhood. It was so 
unwary 

> I was able to drive right up to it, roll down the window, and snap a 
diagnostic photo 

> with my iPhone.
> 
> Sadly, when I woke up, the photo was nowhere to be found.  :^)
> 
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> Portland
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Subject: Re: Dark morphed Red-tailed Hawk
From: "R. Adney Jr." <rfadney AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:38:06 -0800
I think you nailed it Bob. I would agree on the Dark Morph ID. Nice shots by 
the way. 


Rich Adney

http://avianpics.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/adneyvisualarts/
http://www.oregonimages.net


Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:15:02 -0800
Subject: [obol] Dark morphed Red-tailed Hawk
From: sailinghanu AT gmail.com
To: obol AT freelists.org

Hello Phellow Birders ~
I don't usually post but today I'd like to raise my hand with a question. Below 
is a link to my blog. I have pictures of a hawk that I deemed a "dark morphed" 
Red-tailed hawk. He (she) was seen on Crown-Zellerbach Trail here in Scappoose 
at about 11am today. This is a very dark hawk with bright yellow legs, dark eye 
and when it took off, a reddish tail. The photos are quite clear. At first I 
thought it might have been an immature Bald but it was just too small and it 
wasn't mottled. I would truly appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much. 

http://rphancy.com/2015/01/21/birding-in-scappoose/​ Thanks for your help! 
:-) 

 
 
BobBird is the Word











 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Strange Golden-crowned Sparrow
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:24:31 -0800
It is tempting to try and make these into some sort of hybrid, but
they are more probably molting 1st winter Golden-crowned Sparrows.

I see a lot of birds that match your description.  I should probably
try to get some photos, because this comes up every year...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
The Problem With Big Years
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2550



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