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19 Apr Powell Butte Nature Park [Harry Nehls ]
19 Apr Fern Hill Snow Googe [Bing Wong ]
19 Apr Black-headed Grosbeak male today ["MS&DL" ]
19 Apr Please post to Obol Digest ["Hawes, Susan" ]
19 Apr Salem Common Loon, Ankeny Black-necked Stilt [Roy Gerig ]
19 Apr Eugene birds, 4/19 [Thomas Meinzen ]
19 Apr Deschutes County [COBOL] Hatfield - SNOWY PLOVER plus ["judy" ]
19 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
19 Apr western kingbirds [Becky Uhler ]
18 Apr Re: Klamath Co. Ibis photos [Hendrik Herlyn ]
18 Apr Re: Klamath Co. Ibis photos [Shawneen Finnegan ]
19 Apr Re: Klamath Co. Ibis photos [David Irons ]
18 Apr Re: [birding] Re: Thanks To The Pratt's--Lapland Longspur [Hendrik Herlyn ]
18 Apr Klamath Co. Ibis photos [Noah Strycker ]
18 Apr Tryon Creek Pileated Woodpecker - Part II [Jack Williamson ]
18 Apr Re: Info for birding areas on Mt Tabor, Portland [Tom McNamara ]
19 Apr RB Sap Tilly Cty [david smith ]
18 Apr Union County : 1K+ SANDHILL CRANES []
18 Apr Union County : 1K+ SANDHILL CRANES []
18 Apr Possible Glossy Ibis, Klamath Co. [Noah Strycker ]
18 Apr local RBA American Redstart, Gladstone, Clack County []
18 Apr Re: Fernhill Wetlands construction [Marlowe Kissinger ]
18 Apr Info for birding areas on Mt Tabor, Portland [Bob Archer ]
18 Apr Lane Coast Swainson's Thrush - retraction ["Diane Pettey" ]
18 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
18 Apr Re: Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds heading our way [David Irons ]
17 Apr Re: Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds heading our way [Jeff Gilligan ]
17 Apr Re: trip to crescent lake area [Becky Uhler ]
17 Apr Re: Slightly out of state RBA: ROYAL TERN in Humboldt Co. CA [Jeff Gilligan ]
18 Apr Slightly out of state RBA: ROYAL TERN in Humboldt Co. CA [David Irons ]
17 Apr Fernhill Wetlands construction [Kgs G ]
17 Apr Jackson Co- Solitary Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover [Russ Namitz ]
17 Apr Lane Coast Swainson's Thrush 17 Apr 2014 ["Diane Pettey" ]
17 Apr Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds heading our way [Tom McNamara ]
17 Apr Benton County birds - Black-necked Stilt, Bonaparte's Gull, W. Kingbird, Purple Martin, etc. [Hendrik Herlyn ]
17 Apr Harris's Sparrow - Silverton [John Thomas ]
17 Apr Male Calliope Hummingbird [Brandon Wagner ]
17 Apr local RBA:Caspian Tern WASH CO [Lars Per Norgren ]
17 Apr Volunteer Point Count Leader [Ken Chamberlain ]
17 Apr Swifts in the rain [Floyd Schrock ]
17 Apr Re: Killdeer nest [David Irons ]
17 Apr fewer geese this winter [Bobbett Pierce ]
17 Apr Re: Killdeer nest [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
17 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
17 Apr Swainson's Thrushes [Barbara Combs ]
16 Apr RBA: Portland, OR 4-17-14 [Harry Nehls ]
16 Apr Re: Killdeer nest [Susan Deagle ]
16 Apr Killdeer nest [Floyd Schrock ]
16 Apr Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 4/16/14 [Wink Gross ]
16 Apr Hermit Thrush in Westmoreland [Chris Bennett ]
16 Apr Ridfield NWR Closures Next Week [Scott Carpenter ]
17 Apr Re: gooselets []
16 Apr Wed morning, Skinner's Butte [Larry McQueen ]
16 Apr ECAS Wednesday - Indian Ford CG and Camp Sherman - AKA The Day of the Dipper (Deschutes and Jefferson counties) ["judy" ]
16 Apr Cooper's Hawk v Pigeon 54th and Belmont, Portland [Jack Williamson ]
16 Apr gooselets [Alan Contreras ]
16 Apr Mount Tabor Black Throated Gray [James Billstine ]
16 Apr Columbia County yard [Bobbett Pierce ]
16 Apr Re: trip to crescent lake area ["Tom Crabtree" ]
16 Apr entering data for pelagic trips into eBird [Bob Archer ]
16 Apr trip to crescent lake area [Becky Uhler ]
16 Apr GH Owl [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
16 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
15 Apr Cape Meares Osprey ["tweelinckx" ]
15 Apr Re: Coos/Curry of late [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
16 Apr Eugene/Santa Clara Calliope ["woodenapple AT juno.com" ]
15 Apr Coos/Curry of late [Tim Rodenkirk ]
15 Apr Fernhill Wetlands White Pelicans [Steve Nord ]
15 Apr April 14 posts [Bobbett Pierce ]
15 Apr Astoria white pelicans [April Lauman ]
15 Apr el Nino and you [Mike Patterson ]
15 Apr Lane Coast Sightings 11-13 Apr 2014 ["Diane Pettey" ]
15 Apr JoCo Calliope Hummer ["Dennis Vroman" ]
15 Apr geese in eclipse ["grantandstacy17 ." ]
15 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
14 Apr VG Swallows, Columbia County [Darrel Whipple ]

Subject: Powell Butte Nature Park
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:53:17 -0700
 
 
Susan Hawes
Stewardship Coordinator | City Nature East
Portland Parks & Recreation
8931 SE Flavel
Portland, OR 97266
503-823-6131 (office)
503-823-5937 (mobile)
Susan.Hawes AT PortlandOregon.gov 
www.PortlandParks.org 
 
 
 
 
 
                 


 
Powell Butte Volunteer Bird Survey Training
Powell Butte Nature Park
Friday, April 25, 7:30-9:00 AM
Calling all Birders to assist with our breeding bird survey! The goals of
the Survey are to:
* update the Powell Butte Nature Park bird list
* associate fauna with vegetation communities
* observe the change in avian communities on the Butte before and after
reservoir construction and restoration efforts
Volunteer Bird Surveyors should have at least an intermediate level of bird
identification by sight and/or sound. This training focuses on the survey
techniques and does not include PNW bird identification. See attached
document for the Volunteer Position Description.
For more information or to RSVP (RSVP is strongly encouraged! Meeting
location is the SE 148th and Center St. entrance.), contact Stewardship
Coordinator Susan Hawes at: susan.hawes AT portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-6131
 . Day of event, text/call Susan at 503.823.5937
 .
 


Subject: Fern Hill Snow Googe
From: Bing Wong <bswong33 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:42:59 -0700
A single Snow Goose flew in with 30 Greater White-fronted Geese plus 40 more 
GWFG in a second wave. 


3:40 PM 4/19/14


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Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak male today
From: "MS&DL" <maeveanddick AT q.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:29:06 -0700
Hello,

 

Pleasantly surprised to see a Black-headed Grosbeak male today at the
sunflower feeder!

 

Maeve

SW hills outside Eugene
Subject: Please post to Obol Digest
From: "Hawes, Susan" <Susan.Hawes AT portlandoregon.gov>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:21:41 -0700
Hello,

Please post the following announcement to this week's Obol Digests. I'm not 
sure if you're able to include attachments, so if not, feel free to delete the 
language below that refers to an attachment. 


Thanks so much!
Susan


Susan Hawes
Stewardship Coordinator | City Nature East
Portland Parks & Recreation
8931 SE Flavel
Portland, OR 97266
503-823-6131 (office)
503-823-5937 (mobile)
Susan.Hawes AT PortlandOregon.gov
www.PortlandParks.org



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Powell Butte Volunteer Bird Survey Training
Powell Butte Nature Park
Friday, April 25, 7:30-9:00 AM
Calling all Birders to assist with our breeding bird survey! The goals of the 
Survey are to: 


 *   update the Powell Butte Nature Park bird list
 *   associate fauna with vegetation communities
 * observe the change in avian communities on the Butte before and after 
reservoir construction and restoration efforts 

Volunteer Bird Surveyors should have at least an intermediate level of bird 
identification by sight and/or sound. This training focuses on the survey 
techniques and does not include PNW bird identification. See attached document 
for the Volunteer Position Description. 

For more information or to RSVP (RSVP is strongly encouraged! Meeting location 
is the SE 148th and Center St. entrance.), contact Stewardship Coordinator 
Susan Hawes at: 
susan.hawes AT portlandoregon.gov or (503) 
823-6131. Day of event, text/call Susan at 
503.823.5937. 

Subject: Salem Common Loon, Ankeny Black-necked Stilt
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:20:30 -0700
At Salem Riverfront Park this AM was a good looking breeding plumage COMMON 
LOON, about halfway between the Riverboat Queen and the Acid Ball, in the 
slough. I do not recall ever seeing a COLO on the Willamette River in the Salem 
area, or of ever seeing one this well, this pretty.At Ankeny NWR there was a 
BLACK-NECKED STILT across the RR tracks from the old pullout along Buena Vista 
Road in that 2-3 year old wetland project. This was my target species for the 
day. In recent years, according to my memory and disorganized and incomplete 
record keeping (I don't believe my sightings are sacred and so don't 
necessarily try to keep them for posterity, I am not a sourpuss about it, 
probably just lazy...) all my local BNST sightings have fallen in or close to 
the 2nd 10 days in April.Several NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were near the 
Pintail Marsh overlook resting on a dead shrub.Roy Gerig, Salem OR 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Eugene birds, 4/19
From: Thomas Meinzen <thomasmeinzen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:04:55 -0700
It was a slow morning on Skinner Butte today. A number of Orange-crowns and
Black-throated Gray Warblers, one Golden-crowned Sparrow, two heard-only
WILSON'S WARBLERS, and lots of flyover swifts. There were only a couple
Yellow-rumps and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. The eagles have young.

Delta Ponds on the bike ride back had Violet-green and Tree Swallows, very
low-flying Vaux's Swifts, 4 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 7 Long-billed Dowitchers.

Along the river, Yellow-rumps were common and on the east side of Owosso
Bridge I pished up my biggest flock of the day. It included some 30 'rumps,
15 Orange-crowns, and a gorgeous male NASHVILLE WARBLER, which afforded
extended, close views.

Still waiting for vireos and flycatchers!
Thomas Meinzen
Eugene
Subject: Deschutes County [COBOL] Hatfield - SNOWY PLOVER plus
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:36:28 -0700
-----Original Message----- 
From: judy
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:40 AM
To: cobol AT lists.oregonstate.edu
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield - SNOWY PLOVER plus

Lew Rems just called in a report of his great morning with shorebirds at 
Hatfield.
SNOWY PLOVER was seen initially at the 2nd pond, with 7 LEAST SANDPIPERS.
Location is near the perch pole, on the sandy beach. There is water in a
channel like area, going east to west and the bird was to the north of it.
WESTERN SANDPIPERS today also.

At the first pond, he had ONE BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER which unfortunately flew
off while he was there and DUNLIN which could be lingering there.    judy,
jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:27:33 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: April 19, 2014 4:07:17 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (1 Washington)
Greater Scaup (1 Union)
Solitary Sandpiper (Western) (1 Jackson)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Jackson)
Rufous Hummingbird (1 Klamath)
Warbling Vireo (1 Josephine)
Purple Martin (1 Jackson)
Swainson's Thrush (1 Douglas)

---------------------------------------------
View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Subject: western kingbirds
From: Becky Uhler <buhler AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:33:15 -0700
had a nice surprise today on the way back from the airport.... 2 western 
kingbirds sitting on electrical wires near RR tracks along greenhill road! yay, 
they're back! 

happy spring/summer to all!
becky

Becky Uhler
buhler AT earthlink.net
http://earthsongart.com/



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Subject: Re: Klamath Co. Ibis photos
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:01:48 -0700
I agree with Dave - I don't see any reason to believe this is not a pure
Glossy. Great find!

Hendrik


On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM, David Irons  wrote:

> Noah,
>
> I can't see anything about this bird that suggests it's a hybrid. The face
> pattern looks perfect for a Glossy.
>
> Dave Irons
>
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:33:30 -0700
> Subject: [obol] Klamath Co. Ibis photos
> From: noah.strycker AT gmail.com
> To: obol AT freelists.org
>
> Hi all,
>
> I'd be interested in any informed opinions on this bird, which was along
> Township Road this morning with a couple hundred White-faced Ibis:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/86916960 AT N07/
>
> I was deliberately scanning though every ibis in the field, hoping for a
> Glossy (perfect time for one to show up, and the flock was close to the
> road in great light), when this one stuck out.
>
> Things to note:
>
> 1. Facial skin is blue-gray, not pinkish red as all the White-faced
> obviously showed.
>
> 2. Lacks any of the white facial edging of a White-faced in breeding
> plumage.
>
> 3. Legs were slightly darker, except for the ankle joint, which was
> pinkish. (This is easiest to see in the 4th photo, comparing with three
> pink-legged White-faced Ibis in the background.)
>
> 4. Eye seemed darker in the field, though some of the photos show it as
> reddish.
>
> For these reasons, I don't think it's a pure White-faced Ibis. I
> understand, from various sources, that hybrids should be considered
> (although I can't find any references to proven hybrids, just speculation
> on birds that appear halfway in between)...
>
> Thoughts, anyone?
>
> Noah Strycker
>
>
>
>


-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Re: Klamath Co. Ibis photos
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:58:29 -0700
Noah, it looks fine for a pure Glossy. You hit all the salient points.

Shawneen Finnegan



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Subject: Re: Klamath Co. Ibis photos
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:42:21 +0000
Noah,

I can't see anything about this bird that suggests it's a hybrid. The face 
pattern looks perfect for a Glossy. 


Dave Irons

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:33:30 -0700
Subject: [obol] Klamath Co. Ibis photos
From: noah.strycker AT gmail.com
To: obol AT freelists.org

Hi all,
I'd be interested in any informed opinions on this bird, which was along 
Township Road this morning with a couple hundred White-faced Ibis: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86916960 AT N07/


I was deliberately scanning though every ibis in the field, hoping for a Glossy 
(perfect time for one to show up, and the flock was close to the road in great 
light), when this one stuck out. 


Things to note:
1. Facial skin is blue-gray, not pinkish red as all the White-faced obviously 
showed. 

2. Lacks any of the white facial edging of a White-faced in breeding plumage.

3. Legs were slightly darker, except for the ankle joint, which was pinkish. 
(This is easiest to see in the 4th photo, comparing with three pink-legged 
White-faced Ibis in the background.) 


4. Eye seemed darker in the field, though some of the photos show it as 
reddish. 

For these reasons, I don't think it's a pure White-faced Ibis. I understand, 
from various sources, that hybrids should be considered (although I can't find 
any references to proven hybrids, just speculation on birds that appear halfway 
in between)... 


Thoughts, anyone?
Noah Strycker


 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: [birding] Re: Thanks To The Pratt's--Lapland Longspur
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:37:42 -0700
I completely second Will's sentiments ... great find, and thanks for
letting us know in such a timely manner! The bird was still at the Sewage
Ponds (near the goose nest along the cordoned-off road) at about 6:30 this
evening - seen well by Oscar Harper, Adrian Hinkle, Pam Otley, the
Hatfields and myself. We don't get to see too many breeding-plumaged
Lapland Longspurs around here, and rarely this well!

Other birds of note at the Sewage Ponds today included an EARED GREBE, a
pair of GREATER SCAUP, and 29 LEAST SANDPIPERS.

Happy Spring Migration

Hendrik



On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM,  wrote:

> Thank you Pratt's for getting a lot of people to see a hard to find bird.
>
>
> ----Will Wright
> _______________________________________________
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> birding AT midvalleybirding.org
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>



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__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Klamath Co. Ibis photos
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:33:30 -0700
Hi all,

I'd be interested in any informed opinions on this bird, which was along
Township Road this morning with a couple hundred White-faced Ibis:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86916960 AT N07/

I was deliberately scanning though every ibis in the field, hoping for a
Glossy (perfect time for one to show up, and the flock was close to the
road in great light), when this one stuck out.

Things to note:

1. Facial skin is blue-gray, not pinkish red as all the White-faced
obviously showed.

2. Lacks any of the white facial edging of a White-faced in breeding
plumage.

3. Legs were slightly darker, except for the ankle joint, which was
pinkish. (This is easiest to see in the 4th photo, comparing with three
pink-legged White-faced Ibis in the background.)

4. Eye seemed darker in the field, though some of the photos show it as
reddish.

For these reasons, I don't think it's a pure White-faced Ibis. I
understand, from various sources, that hybrids should be considered
(although I can't find any references to proven hybrids, just speculation
on birds that appear halfway in between)...

Thoughts, anyone?

Noah Strycker
Subject: Tryon Creek Pileated Woodpecker - Part II
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:50:37 -0700
While looking for owls in Tryon Creek State Park on 2 February 2014, I came
across a male Pileated Woodpecker in the early stages of excavating a
cavity on the w. side of a dead tree approximately 10 meters above the
ground. I am now happy to report that today I found both expecting-parents
sharing incubation duties within the same nest cavity. Given incubation
lasts about 18 days and the typical (3.83) offspring begin perching at the
entrance watching for the parents 20 days after hatching - my guesstimate
is that we can expect lively family shows to begin there sometime during
the week of May 12th. The time between switching-out incubation duties on
this day was exactly 60 minutes. Seven Images:


http://www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/4/tryon-creek-pileated-woodpecker---part-ii 


-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Re: Info for birding areas on Mt Tabor, Portland
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:34:04 -0700
Thanks, Bob, for having the presence of mind to post the map here on OBOL.
I had posted it awhile ago to Portland Area Birds  (Google Group) but had
neglected this listserv, my bad.

So, Chuck, if you think it's a worthy addition to the estimable/  (can I
say PHENOMENALLY GOOD)  East Cascades Audubon Society site, please feel
free.

good birding folks,
Tom


On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM, Bob Archer  wrote:

> Hi:
>
> Just to help  folks out, here is a map of Mt Tabor that Tom put together
> that names some of the areas of the park.  So when we mention Migrant Point
> or The Cove, you know where to go.
>
>
> 
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211377906176312304636.0004a24f4d8339f33bc21&msa=0 

>
> I assume it would be okay with Tom, but this needs to put on the Bird Site
> Guide as  a link?
>
> Bob Archer
> PDX
>
>
>
Subject: RB Sap Tilly Cty
From: david smith <smithdwd AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:29:09 +0000
A Red Breasted Sapsucker was at the Smith Homestead site at 9:30 am. About 1/8 
mile along Meadow Trail(just as it meets the meadow) there is a tree above the 
water with about 50 sap wells(1/2 very new). It is next to a tree with Pileated 
holes; didn't see any PIWO though. Many singing Pacific Wrens.  David Smith 


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Subject: Union County : 1K+ SANDHILL CRANES
From: AVITOURS AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:22:14 -0400 (EDT)
Birders -
I had a bit of time this morning  before work (4/18, 9 - 10:20), to bird 
around Ladd Marsh WMA.  While  traveling east on Wilkenson from Peach Road, I 
noticed what I thought at first  was a swarm of Swallows above the fields 
north of Wilkenson Road.  I  stopped the truck and I put the binoculars on the 
flock, realizing that it was a  huge flock of SANDHILL CRANES.  The flock 
seemed to be splitting up and  going separate directions.  I texted Cathy 
Nowak and headed over to the Bank Swallow Colony, where some of the birds were 

landing.  I counted 760  SANDHILL CRANES on the ground in the marsh.  There 
was another 400 +/-  Cranes in the air and heading north.  I estimated a 
total number of birds  around 1,160.  Dave Bronson, Cathy Nowak and Cindy 
Frick showed up and we  just stood there and marveled over the spectacle. Here 
is my complete eBird  list, with a photo of some of the SANDHILL CRANES in 
flight:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17946063
The photo doesn't do  the moment justice.
Good birding,

- Trent
The Bobolink - Linking  Birders & Birds
1707 5th Street
La Grande, OR  97850
(541) 963  - 2888
avitours AT aol.com  



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Subject: Union County : 1K+ SANDHILL CRANES
From: <AVITOURS AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:22:14 -0400
Birders -
I had a bit of time this morning  before work (4/18, 9 - 10:20), to bird 
around Ladd Marsh WMA.  While  traveling east on Wilkenson from Peach Road, I 
noticed what I thought at first  was a swarm of Swallows above the fields 
north of Wilkenson Road.  I  stopped the truck and I put the binoculars on the 
flock, realizing that it was a  huge flock of SANDHILL CRANES.  The flock 
seemed to be splitting up and  going separate directions.  I texted Cathy 
Nowak and headed over to the Bank Swallow Colony, where some of the birds were 

landing.  I counted 760  SANDHILL CRANES on the ground in the marsh.  There 
was another 400 +/-  Cranes in the air and heading north.  I estimated a 
total number of birds  around 1,160.  Dave Bronson, Cathy Nowak and Cindy 
Frick showed up and we  just stood there and marveled over the spectacle. Here 
is my complete eBird  list, with a photo of some of the SANDHILL CRANES in 
flight:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17946063
The photo doesn't do  the moment justice.
Good birding,

- Trent
The Bobolink - Linking  Birders & Birds
1707 5th Street
La Grande, OR  97850
(541) 963  - 2888
avitours AT aol.com  

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Subject: Possible Glossy Ibis, Klamath Co.
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:30:12 -0700
Hi birders,

This morning there was a Glossy-ish Ibis amid a couple hundred White-faced
on the north side of Township Rd, in the first flooded field just east of
Highway 97.

I'll post a description and some digiscoped shots later this evening, but,
as there are only seven accepted Oregon records (all from Harney Co.), I
thought I'd motivate any locals to get out there and look. I'm not sure the
bird isn't a hybrid, and it would be nice to have sharper photos.

Lots of other birds in that same area, including one WHIMBREL, several
dozen GODWITS, a hundred or so BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, one BONAPARTE'S GULL,
a PEREGRINE FALCON, 4 male EURASIAN WIGEON, etc.

Good birding,

Noah Strycker
Subject: local RBA American Redstart, Gladstone, Clack County
From: SJJag AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:28:28 +0000 (UTC)
Just had brief looks at a male Am. Redstart in back of my kid's house in 
Gladstone. 


The bird was in the trees in the wetland that lies between Birdsong Way and 
Hull, south of Portland Blvd. 


An unidentified Thrush was in the area as well.

Steve Jaggers


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Subject: Re: Fernhill Wetlands construction
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:27:47 -0700
Is there a map that shows what is open and what is closed. I just go there I'm 
not sure what the areas are called. I'll have to go through withdrawal, that's 
my favorite place to go. 


      Thanks,  Marlowe
From: kgsdesigns AT hotmail.com
To: obol AT freelists.org
Subject: [obol] Fernhill Wetlands construction
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:43:24 -0700



















Hello, Due to construction, the trail around
the three ponds will be closed from May 2 until October 31. Access will remain
open to the parking area, picnic shelter, rest rooms, Water Garden and
Dabbler's Marsh trails. Signage will be up soon.
Thank you,
Kara GreerActivities CoordinatorFriends of Fernhill 
Wetlandsfriendsoffernhillwetlands AT gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/thefriendsoffernhillwetlandshttp://fernhillnts.org 


 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Info for birding areas on Mt Tabor, Portland
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:21:53 -0700
Hi:

Just to help  folks out, here is a map of Mt Tabor that Tom put together
that names some of the areas of the park.  So when we mention Migrant Point
or The Cove, you know where to go.


https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211377906176312304636.0004a24f4d8339f33bc21&msa=0 


I assume it would be okay with Tom, but this needs to put on the Bird Site
Guide as  a link?

Bob Archer
PDX
Subject: Lane Coast Swainson's Thrush - retraction
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:11:48 -0700
We're not 100% on that identification of yesterday's thrush. We're calling 
it Catharus sp.

regards,
Diane Pettey
Heceta Beach, OR



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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:19:07 -0700

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: April 18, 2014 4:07:48 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Cackling Goose (1 Klamath)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Jackson)
Solitary Sandpiper (1 Jackson)
Whimbrel (1 Klamath)
Calliope Hummingbird (1 Polk)
Red-naped Sapsucker (1 Jackson)
Swainson's Thrush (2 Josephine)
Nashville Warbler (1 Deschutes)
Wilson's Warbler (1 Deschutes)

---------------------------------------------
 View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Re: Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds heading our way
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:30:26 +0000
Jeff et al.,
There were/are some rice fields along Gap Rd. about two miles or so south of 
Brownsville in Linn County. 

Dave Irons
Subject: [obol] Re: Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds 
heading our way 

From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:48:34 -0700
CC: obol AT freelists.org
To: tmcmac67 AT gmail.com

Tom
That is encouraging.  
Can someone let is know if there are still rice fields in the Willamette 
Valley, and if so where, and do they have water on them now? 

Jeff Gilligan

On Apr 17, 2014, at 6:14 PM, Tom McNamara  wrote:Hey,


It's April and people are out, seeing birds and all of nature's spring 
unfolding... and reporting the good times afield and not in surly, suppressed 
February mode. So I'm Really not trying to pour gasoline on extinguishing 
embers to revive a I Love Ebird/ I Hate Ebird exchange. Save that for next 
February, it's always so...... 



But this is a link to an article I read in the good ol' hard copy of the NYT 
Science section. It's some encouraging news about a project for shorebirds. 
Have a look. 



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/science/paying-farmers-to-welcome-birds.html?_r=0 



good birding,
Tom


 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds heading our way
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:48:34 -0700
Tom

That is encouraging.  

Can someone let is know if there are still rice fields in the Willamette 
Valley, and if so where, and do they have water on them now? 


Jeff Gilligan


On Apr 17, 2014, at 6:14 PM, Tom McNamara  wrote:

> Hey,
> 
> 
> It's April and people are out, seeing birds and all of nature's spring 
unfolding... and reporting the good times afield and not in surly, suppressed 
February mode. So I'm Really not trying to pour gasoline on extinguishing 
embers to revive a I Love Ebird/ I Hate Ebird exchange. Save that for next 
February, it's always so...... 

> 
> But this is a link to an article I read in the good ol' hard copy of the NYT 
Science section. It's some encouraging news about a project for shorebirds. 
Have a look. 

> 
> 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/science/paying-farmers-to-welcome-birds.html?_r=0 

> 
> good birding,
> Tom
Subject: Re: trip to crescent lake area
From: Becky Uhler <buhler AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:43:33 -0700
Thank you, Tom (and others who've responded personally), for the help!!

On Apr 16, 2014, at 12:18 PM, Tom Crabtree wrote:

> Becky,
> 
> Please Check out this site for information on birding sites around Crescent
> Lake and all over the state of Oregon.  They are conveniently arranged by
> county.
> 
> http://birdingoregon.info 
> 
> Tom Crabtree, Bend
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf
> Of Becky Uhler
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:50 AM
> To: obol AT freelists.org
> Subject: [obol] trip to crescent lake area
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> I am planning a trip very soon to the Crescent Lake area and would
> appreciate any suggestions you might have for places to go birding near
> there, and what to watch for at this time of year.  I am not very familiar
> with birds or places to bird outside of the Eugene area, so I'd be grateful
> for any ideas you have!!  Feel free to email me directly if you like/prefer.
> Thanks,
> Becky
> 
> Becky Uhler
> buhler AT earthlink.net
> http://earthsongart.com/
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Slightly out of state RBA: ROYAL TERN in Humboldt Co. CA
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:39:24 -0700
Dave and all

My recollection is that Royal Terns once were regular to northern California 
before the crash of the anchovy population due to over-harvesting. In "The 
Distribution of the Birds of California" (1944) Grinnel and Miller wrote that 
the northern limit of the species was about San Francisco Bay, with the 
northern most record being Tomales Bay. 


I have always looked through Caspian Tern flocks (as well as Elegant Tern 
flocks) for a Royal Tern on the Oregon coast - but perhaps now there is greater 
hope for one. 


Jeff Gilligan




On Apr 17, 2014, at 10:45 PM, David Irons  wrote:

> From the heads up dept. 
> 
> Got word that a ROYAL TERN was found today along the Eureka waterfront on 
Humboldt Bay today. The bird was photographed and seen by a number of folks, 
including former Oregon resident David Fix. This is the northernmost record 
ever for the Pacific Coast. Beyond being a really remote possibility, this has 
never been on my radar as a likely vagrant to Oregon. The bird was found by 
David La Puma, Ken Burton, and Rob Fowler, who were leading a trip for the 
annual "Godwit Days" festival in Humboldt County, CA. 

> 
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR 
> 
> 
Subject: Slightly out of state RBA: ROYAL TERN in Humboldt Co. CA
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:45:45 +0000
From the heads up dept. 

Got word that a ROYAL TERN was found today along the Eureka waterfront on 
Humboldt Bay today. The bird was photographed and seen by a number of folks, 
including former Oregon resident David Fix. This is the northernmost record 
ever for the Pacific Coast. Beyond being a really remote possibility, this has 
never been on my radar as a likely vagrant to Oregon. The bird was found by 
David La Puma, Ken Burton, and Rob Fowler, who were leading a trip for the 
annual "Godwit Days" festival in Humboldt County, CA. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 


 		 	   		  
Subject: Fernhill Wetlands construction
From: Kgs G <kgsdesigns AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:43:24 -0700














Hello, Due to construction, the trail around
the three ponds will be closed from May 2 until October 31. Access will remain
open to the parking area, picnic shelter, rest rooms, Water Garden and
Dabbler's Marsh trails. Signage will be up soon.
Thank you,
Kara GreerActivities CoordinatorFriends of Fernhill 
Wetlandsfriendsoffernhillwetlands AT gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/thefriendsoffernhillwetlandshttp://fernhillnts.org 


 		 	   		  
Subject: Jackson Co- Solitary Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:21:12 -0700
This evening after the rain at Kirtland Ponds just north of Medford, there were 
some interesting shorebirds. There were 2 pair of BLACK-NECKED STILTS. A pair 
bred here last year even though one of the adults was taken by a Peregrine 
Falcon later in the season. 

There was also a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. The peep flock contained about 200 LEAST & 
100 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 1 
DUNLIN.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17939151Good birding, 

Russ Namitz
Medford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Lane Coast Swainson's Thrush 17 Apr 2014
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:13:36 -0700
Mike spotted a SWAINSON'S THRUSH in our backyard earlier this evening. 
First-of-the-season for us.

regards,
Diane Pettey/Mike McDermet
Heceta Beach, OR



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Subject: Ebird-y project a little south of us...with those birds heading our way
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:14:34 -0700
Hey,


It's April and people are out, seeing birds and all of nature's spring
unfolding... and reporting the good times afield and not in surly,
suppressed February mode.   So I'm Really not trying to pour gasoline on
extinguishing embers to revive a I Love Ebird/ I Hate Ebird exchange. Save
that for next February, it's always so......

But this is  a link to an article I read in the good ol' hard copy of the
NYT  Science section.   It's some encouraging news about a project for
shorebirds. Have a look.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/science/paying-farmers-to-welcome-birds.html?_r=0 


good birding,
Tom
Subject: Benton County birds - Black-necked Stilt, Bonaparte's Gull, W. Kingbird, Purple Martin, etc.
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:02:51 -0700
Hello Birders,

Oscar and I spent the afternoon birding around S Benton County with
Christopher and Adrian Hinkle. We checked out Finley NWR, the Evergreen
Wetland (on Bellfountain Rd.) and the Philomath Sewage Ponds. After a very
rainy morning, the afternoon turned out much drier, and we found a nice
variety of birds.

Highlights included:

Greater White-fronted Goose: a couple of flocks at McFadden Marsh and at
the Evergreen Wetland
Gadwall: single pairs on McFadden Marsh and Evergreen Wetland
Cinnamon Teal: at least 4 pairs on the Bruce Rd. scrape pond, 20+ at
McFadden Marsh
American Bittern: flushed one from the Bruce Rd. scrape
BLACK-NECKED STILT: 2 at the Evergreen Wetland; a few minutes later, Will
Wright saw 3 there
Greater Yellowlegs: about 120 on McFadden Marsh
Long-billed Dowitcher: 1 at McFadden Marsh
Wilson's Snipe: 2 at the Bruce Rd. scrape pond
Bonaparte's Gull: 16 at the Philomath Sewage Ponds
Western Kingbird: one at Finley NWR, flycatching near the pond at Ray
Bentley Overlook (FOY for all of us)
Purple Martin: at least 2 over McFadden Marsh in a flock of 800+ swallows
(Tree, Violet-green, Cliff, barn and a couple of N. Rough-wings)
Vesper Sparrow: one singing in a Christmas Tree plantation near the SW end
of Bruce Rd.
Chipping Sparrow: one in the same plantation
Yellow-headed Blackbird: one at Bruce Rd. scrape

Spring migration is certainly in full swing!

Happy birding

Hendrik


-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Harris's Sparrow - Silverton
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:59:36 -0700
HARRIS'S SPARROW seen again for about two minutes at our feeder this afternoon. 
This bird has been *very intermittent* to say the least. I keep wondering where 
he goes for days and weeks.... 


John Thomas
5 miles NE Silverton

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Subject: Male Calliope Hummingbird
From: Brandon Wagner <bmwboarder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:33:51 -0700
Just had a male CALLIOPE Hummingbird come spend a couple minutes at my
feeder!  I watched in amazement through my binoculars for a little bit, and
when it didn't fly, I ran and got my camera.  Amazingly, when I got
everything together, it was still there and I was able to snap off a few
marginal photos.  Very cool surprise for this somewhat gloomy afternoon!

Brandon Wagner
Independence
Subject: local RBA:Caspian Tern WASH CO
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:04:04 -0700
 Two CASPIAN TERNS were sitting on the mud at milepost (exactly) 50 of Hwy 26 
at 2:30 pm 4/17 with 100 Green-winged 

Teal and 15 Baldpate. County bird for me.  Lars

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Subject: Volunteer Point Count Leader
From: Ken Chamberlain <kjchamberlain AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:22:03 -0700
OBOL 
I am posting this for my friends Peter and Pam Hayes at Hyla Woods. They are 
seeking volunteers for their ongoing bird count program. Their forests are in 
the Coast Range in the northern part Yamhill County and in Washington County. 
Hyla Woods forests are managed with a focus on restoration and enhancement 
using Forest Stewardship Certified and Wildwood standards. You can find more 
information at http://hylawoods.com. 


They are seeking a volunteer “lead birder” to conduct point counts on two 
mornings this spring. Volunteers should be able to conduct point counts 
including indentifiying local birds by ear using songs, calls, sounds, etc. The 
counts will be done as a team with the volunteer leading in the bird 
identification. 


Counts are scheduled in pairs of dates with the first date of each pair being 
the primary monitoring day and the 2nd in the pair being a backup day in case 
of rain. They will will only monitor on one day of each pair. Counts begin at 
5am and end at about 7:30 after which you will be treated to breakfast. Walking 
on forest trails and roads is required. 


Dates are Mon/Tue May 19/20 and for Wed/Thu June 5/6. Volunteers can do one 
date or both. 


If you are interested please contact Peter Hayes at:    peter_hayes AT comcast.net

Good Birding
Ken Chamberlain
Portland OR



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Subject: Swifts in the rain
From: Floyd Schrock <fschrock AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:57:36 -0700
Nine Vaux's Swifts circling high over Linfield College in heavy rain!

====================
Floyd Schrock
McMinnville, Oregon   USA
http://empids.blogspot.com
====================
Subject: Re: Killdeer nest
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:51:05 +0000
As Dave Lauten suggests, natural selection (the mechanism that drives the way 
species evolve) is a powerful force. The strategies that work are those that 
persist. Clearly, the nest site selections that Killdeer make are yielding 
enough reproductive success to sustain a thriving population, thus the strategy 
can be viewed as successful. 


All too often, we apply a human yardstick when considering the reproductive 
activities of birds and other animals, which drives most of our "wonder why?" 
questions. Humans generally have one baby at a time, in part because our infant 
mortality rate is extremely low when you compare it to the hatch-year mortality 
of birds. In order to sustain their populations, birds must lay multiple eggs 
and, in some cases, multiple clutches every single breeding season. Many eggs 
never hatch, as they are eaten by snakes, skunks, raccoons, and even other 
birds. When eggs do hatch, the nestlings continue to face a litany of perils 
until they fledge and becoming self sufficient. Even after young birds are out 
of the nest and independent, they continue to face dangers from predators and a 
variety of human factors, especially those species that make long migrations in 
their first six months of life. 


All of the losses are part of the big evolutionary equation that is expressed 
in, among other things, nest site selection, egg camouflage, clutch size, 
cryptic juvenile plumages, and even the distraction behaviors of adults (i.e. 
the 'broken wing' behavior of Killdeer). Like some other ground-nesting birds 
(quail, grouse, shorebirds and ducks), Killdeer chicks are precocial, which 
means they can walk and run almost immediately after hatching. Once they hatch, 
the adults lead them away from the nest. Once away from the nest, the chicks 
instinctively run and scatter and then hide in deeper grass any time one of the 
adults sounds the alarm–a loud sharp single note. They don't run towards the 
adult. They usually run away, with the adult acting as the decoy for the 
potential threat. 


If you watch closely, you'll notice that there is little wasted motion in the 
life of a bird. They don't have leisure time. They don't watch TV, play video 
games, read books, or engage in or watch ports contests to fill out their day. 
All of their activities have a purpose that serves an instinctual drive to 
survive and reproduce. Coming to appreciate the struggle that birds face and 
their resiliency in response to it, fuels my fascination. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR




 		 	   		  
Subject: fewer geese this winter
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:23:32 -0400
I thought there were noticeably fewer cackling geese in the Scappoose lowlands 
this winter, as well as on other south Columbia County pastures and cropland. 
The ducks didn't seem as plentiful either. The geese are not popular with the 
local farmers at all, who put up large eagle cutouts and coyote cutouts to 
deter them. At a SWCD meeting last night, one of the lowland farmers confirmed 
my impression. He said that there were fewer geese on his fields, and that the 
return of bald eagles may be the the reason. He is happy with the eagles and 
coyotes. The sheep farmer, not so much. 

Lona Pierce 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Killdeer nest
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:03:56 -0700
"always" is not necessarily a good word to use in this case.

Like most shorebirds and plovers Killdeer are ground nesters.   In the 
case of Killdeer they happen to like a wide variety of habitat types, 
from farm areas to railroad tracks to the sides of roads to gravel 
parking lots to sandy beaches, etc etc etc.   They certainly like 
relatively flat, open areas, as their strategy is to have camouflaged 
eggs and have a good line of site as to what potential predators there 
are coming towards them.   Floyd's photos show the camouflaged nature of 
the eggs well.   When you say "wonder why", well it is a bit circular.   
The reason why is because they are genetically programmed to do so.  
It's not like they have the option of nesting, say on the roof, or in a 
tree. They are genetically programmed to  do so because millions of 
years of evolution have resulted in the ones who nested in these 
locations as being extremely successful.   This sort of answers you 
third question indirectly - yes many have made it to fledging, which is 
why Killdeer are so common and why we see them nesting all over the 
place - unlike so many other shorebirds.   With that said, in these 
modern times, are they still as successful as they had been in the past 
millions of years?   Well, it depends.   If you look in the literature 
you will probably find that many killdeer have relatively low 
productivity, and it is partially due to their nature of nesting in what 
we perceive as such obvious and possibly bad locations.   Yet at the 
same time they remain one of the most common shorebirds, and thus 
undoubtedly at many locations they are very successful raising chicks.   
If they weren't, they'd be a lot rarer - like our Snowy Plovers.

Hope that helps a little....

Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 4/16/2014 10:53 PM, Susan Deagle wrote:
> Don't killdeer always make nests out in the open on roadsides, etc? 
> Wonder why.....does anyone know? How many birds make it to fledge?
> Susie Deagle
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Apr 16, 2014, at 10:34 PM, Floyd Schrock  > wrote:
>
>> Today I found a Killdeer nest containing four beautiful eggs.  For 
>> anyone interested, I've posted a photo at:
>> http://empids.blogspot.com/
>>
>> Unfortunately, the nest is located very near a busy playground, so 
>> the probability of it surviving until the young are off and running 
>> seems unlikely.
>>
>> ====================
>> Floyd Schrock
>> McMinnville, Oregon   USA
>> http://empids.blogspot.com
>> ====================
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:39:14 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: April 17, 2014 4:06:49 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Eurasian Wigeon (2 Klamath)
Whimbrel (4 Klamath)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 Josephine)
Western Kingbird (1 Umatilla)
Oak Titmouse (1 Klamath)
Swainson's Thrush (2 Lane)
Nashville Warbler (1 Multnomah)
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) (1 Josephine)

---------------------------------------------
View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Swainson's Thrushes
From: Barbara Combs <bcombs232 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:29:22 -0700
I heard two widely separated SWAINSON'S THRUSHES today.
One was in an overgrown ravine in the Santa Clara area, and the other was
in the thicket that's east of the East Coyote Unit parking lot north of
Cantrell Road.

-- 
Barbara Combs   obie '70
Lane County, OR
Subject: RBA: Portland, OR 4-17-14
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:58:33 -0700
- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* April 17, 2014
* ORPO1404.17

- birds mentioned

Aleutian Cackling Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
American White Pelican
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt
Black-bellied Plover
Lesser Yellowlegs
Dunlin
Bairdıs Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Bonaparteıs Gull
Vauxıs Swift
Prairie Falcon
Hammondıs Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Cassinıs Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated-Gray Warbler
Wilsonıs Warbler
Yellow-headed Blackbird

- transcript

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

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report
was made Thursday April 17. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls at
503-233-3976.

The first major wave of spring migrants entered the state during the week
with flocks of warblers, mainly Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned,
Black-throated Gray, and a few Nashville Warblers. Other conspicuous
migrants were Yellow-headed Blackbirds, House Wrens, Cinnamon Teal, and
Vauxıs swifts. Flocks of Evening Grosbeaks were also reported. Two White
Pelicans returned to the Fernhill Wetlands April 15, the same day several
were seen near Astoria. Offshore coastal migrants also increased especially
Red-throated and Pacific Loons and Bonaparteıs Gulls.

On April 12 a Sandhill Crane  was at Cape Blanco. The next day a Prairie
Falcon was at Bandon. A major flight of Aleutian Cackling Geese passed
northward April 14 along the southern Oregon coast. On April 12 a Wilsonıs
Warbler and a Hammondıs Flycatcher were at Powers near Coos Bay.

Three Yellow Warblers were reported April 11 at the Sandy River Delta. A
Blue-winged Teal was at Ankeny NWR April 10. On April 12 a Western Kingbird
was there. On April 12 a Lesser Yellowlegs was at Finley NWR. and 100
Black-bellied Plovers, 200 Dunlin, and 30 Least Sandpipers were at Fern
Reservoir. On April 13 a Harrisıs Sparrow was just south of Fern Ridge. On
April  15 a Calliope Hummingbird was in Eugene. On Skinners Butte in Eugene
April 10 were a Cassinıs Vireo, and a Hammondıs Flycatcher. On April 11 a
Western Kingbird was near Roseburg. Another was near Merlin the same day. A
Calliope Hummingbird was near Grants Pass April 14.
On April 11 three Black-necked Stilts and a Bairdıs Sandpiper were at the
Kirtland Road Sewage Ponds near White City.

Thatıs if for this week.

- end transcript













Subject: Re: Killdeer nest
From: Susan Deagle <sdeagle AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:53:12 -0700
Don't killdeer always make nests out in the open on roadsides, etc? Wonder 
why.....does anyone know? How many birds make it to fledge? 

Susie Deagle

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 10:34 PM, Floyd Schrock  wrote:
> 
> Today I found a Killdeer nest containing four beautiful eggs. For anyone 
interested, I've posted a photo at: 

> http://empids.blogspot.com/
> 
> Unfortunately, the nest is located very near a busy playground, so the 
probability of it surviving until the young are off and running seems unlikely. 

> 
> ====================
> Floyd Schrock
> McMinnville, Oregon   USA
> http://empids.blogspot.com
> ====================
Subject: Killdeer nest
From: Floyd Schrock <fschrock AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:34:07 -0700
Today I found a Killdeer nest containing four beautiful eggs.  For anyone
interested, I've posted a photo at:
http://empids.blogspot.com/

Unfortunately, the nest is located very near a busy playground, so the
probability of it surviving until the young are off and running seems
unlikely.

====================
Floyd Schrock
McMinnville, Oregon   USA
http://empids.blogspot.com
====================
Subject: Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 4/16/14
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:42:31 -0700
Here is the summary of my morning dogwalks from NW Seblar Terrace to the 
Pittock Mansion for the week 4/10/14 to 4/16/14. Species neither seen nor heard 
the previous week (a "short" week with only 3 walks) 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.

This Friday, Lillian (the dog) and I will be leading another Morning Bird Song 
Walk, sponsored by Portland Audubon. The walk begins at 7AM at the Pittock 
Mansion parking lot and lasts about 2 hours--but you're free to leave whenever 
you need. Free, open to the public, no pre-registration required. 

  
Species                # days found  (peak #, date)

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK          1  (1, 4/12)
COOPER'S HAWK               1  (1, 4/11)
RED-TAILED HAWK             1  (1, 4/10)
Band-tailed Pigeon          6  (7, 4/16)
Mourning Dove               3  (2)
Anna's Hummingbird          6  (4)
Red-breasted Sapsucker      4  (3)
Downy Woodpecker            6  (6)
Northern Flicker            6  (3)
Pileated Woodpecker         3  (2)	
Steller's Jay               6  (6, 4/10)
Western Scrub-Jay           2  (2, 4/14)
American Crow               6  (13)
Violet-green Swallow        4  (5)
Black-capped Chickadee      6  (10, 4/13)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   6  (8, 4/11)
Bushtit                     1  (3, 4/14)	
Red-breasted Nuthatch       6  (6)
Brown Creeper               2  (1, 4/11 & 13)
Pacific Wren                6  (5)
Bewick's Wren               3  (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet      2  (4, 4/12)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet        5  (6)
American Robin              6  (12)
Varied Thrush               2  (4, 4/10)
European Starling           6  (4)
Orange-crowned Warbler      6  (3)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER       2  (5, 4/11)
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 1  (1, 4/12)
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER          1  (2, 4/11)
Spotted Towhee              6  (8)
Song Sparrow                6  (10)
Dark-eyed Junco             6  (8)
  "Slate-colored Junco"     1  (1, 4/14)
House Finch                 6  (4)
Purple Finch                6  (5)
RED CROSSBILL               1  (2, 4/14)
LESSER GOLDFINCH            3  (2)
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH          1  (1, 4/13)
EVENING GROSBEAK            3  (3, 4/14)

In the neighborhood but not found on dogwalk: Turkey Vulture, BALD EAGLE, 
Rufous Hummingbird, Common Raven, CATHARUS sp. (probably Hermit Thrush) 


Misses (birds found at least 3 days in previous 2 weeks but not found this 
week): Hutton's Vireo 


Wink Gross
Portland

Subject: Hermit Thrush in Westmoreland
From: Chris Bennett <tayben7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:58:48 -0700
We just a Hermit Thrush visit our water feature ask dusk tonight.  An hour
earlier we had a GBH try to visit our fish in our pond.
Chris
Subject: Ridfield NWR Closures Next Week
From: Scott Carpenter <slcarpenter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:15:27 -0700
CARTY AND RIVER 'S' UNITS CLOSED APRIL 21 & 24

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will be closed on Monday, April
21st and Thursday, April 24th for road improvements. These repairs will
impact both the River 'S' and Carty Units for both days. The closures will
allow crews to improve the junctions of the public roads with the Refuge
entrance roads. Asphalt will be extended down the entrance roads to address
persistent potholes caused by cars merging between these roadways.

The refuge web site is http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ridgefield/

-- 
Scott Carpenter
Portland, Oregon
-------------------------
http://www.scottcarpenterphotography.com/
Subject: Re: gooselets
From: SJJag AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:25:48 +0000 (UTC)
Yup, saw a trio of little gooselets here along the Willamette here a couple of 
days ago, some Mallard young in a creek today also. 


Steve Jaggers
Milwaukie/Gladstone

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To: "OBOL" 
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:38:44 PM
Subject: [obol] gooselets




The Canada geese at the EWEB pond in SW Eugene brought off 7 young, which I 
first saw on April 13. 





-- 
Alan Contreras 


acontrer56 AT gmail.com 


Eugene, Oregon 







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Subject: Wed morning, Skinner's Butte
From: Larry McQueen <larmcqueen AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:49:27 -0700
Not a great showing of birds on Skinner’s this morning, except a fair flock of 
mixed warblers. No expected vireos or flycatchers. We found birders viewing the 
eagle nest from the trail, wide open now from tree damage. An immature Bald was 
soaring the air space over the nest with vocal responses from the parent on the 
nest, a bird maybe from a previous brood. 


Mallard - 1
Turkey Vulture - 12
Bald Eagle - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Cooper’s Hawk - 1 reported by another birder
Anna’s Hummingbird - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 4
Violet-green Swallow - 1
American Crow - several
Steller's Jay - 4
Western Scrub Jay -  6
Black-capped Chickadee - 8
Bushtit - 14
Bewick's Wren - 8
American Robin - 15
European Starling - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - many
Nashville Warbler - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - small group
Black-throated Gray Warbler - 6+
Townsend’s Warbler - 2
Spotted Towhee - 6
Song Sparrow - 8
Purple Finch - 2
House Finch - 3
Lesser Goldfinch - 10
American Goldfinch - few

Alina Cossairt, Bryan Flahiff, Charles Thomas, Fred Chancey, Randy Sinnott, 
Dave Brown, Dave Hill, Jim Ott (joined later), and Larry McQueen 

Subject: ECAS Wednesday - Indian Ford CG and Camp Sherman - AKA The Day of the Dipper (Deschutes and Jefferson counties)
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:06:38 -0700
The photographers / birders were in hog heaven with the charming Dippers.
They are nesting again at the bridge in Camp Sherman and apparently beside
the display pond at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. Orange-crowned Warbler was
near the bridge Camp Sherman. Between Head of the  Metolius and Camp
Sherman, a flock of birds caught our attention. In big ponderosa stand near
the roadside we had loudly singing Cassin's Finches, Red Crossbills and
everyone's favorites, a pair of White-headed Woodpeckers.  John pointed out
a spring or seep nearby which may explain so many birds at that spot.

Birders today Claire Weiser, Chris Schneekloth, Denise Fainberg, Don
Sutherland, Kathy Hall, Jan Landau, Sherrie Pierce, John and Anne Gerke,
Kara Jakse, Diane Burgess, Susan and Ted Groszkiewicz, Loren Smith, Dave
Rein, Tom Lawler, Tom Penpraze, Jan Rising, judy Meredith.

This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net
Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Canada Goose
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Osprey - on the nest pole in Bend
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Hwy 20 fly by
American Kestrel - Hwy 20 fly by
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
White-headed Woodpecker - a pair working low on ponderosas
Red-breasted Sapsucker - in aspen Indian Ford CG, described by 3 birders
Pileated Woodpecker - heard by a few birders only - Head of Met area
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay - en route
Clark's Nutcracker - Wizard Falls
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch - Indian Ford CG
Brown Creeper - Indian Ford CG
American Dipper - 2 pair, active, nictitating membrane show
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush - only a few saw, Indian Ford CG
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler - Camp Sherman in Tamarack
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow - Indian Ford in brushy areas
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Cassin's Finch - big flock roadside Camp Sherman, few Indian Ford CG
Red Crossbill
House Sparrow
Total number of species seen: 35
Good birding, Judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



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Subject: Cooper's Hawk v Pigeon 54th and Belmont, Portland
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:03:22 -0700
At 11:10 this morning I was sitting with an associate outside the coffee
shop located at 54th and Belmont when a Cooper's caught a Rock Pigeon just
20 to 30 feet away from us at eye level.  As it struggled to regain
altitude a car came through the intersection and nearly hit both birds -
the swirling wind was enough to cause the hawk to drop its prey and retreat
to a tree across the street and reexamine its options. The pigeon,
appearing already mortally wounded, made a valiant effort to get up and get
going but just as it do so a TriMet bus came along and put it out of its
misery. I waited for traffic to clear, then retrieved the pigeon and laid
it on the grass beneath the Cooper's Hawk which was sitting a few meters
overhead.  We sat watching the hawk watch the pigeon for about 15 minutes
before we both had to leave for another meeting.

-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: gooselets
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:38:44 -0700
The Canada geese at the EWEB pond in SW Eugene brought off 7 young, which I
first saw on April 13.

-- 
Alan Contreras

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




Subject: Mount Tabor Black Throated Gray
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT sou.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:32:06 -0700
My first time birding at Mount Tabor this morning and I saw a
black-throated gray warbler, a year bird for me. There was another group up
there birding but I didn't have time to ask about their sightings.

Jimmy Billstine
Subject: Columbia County yard
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:55:44 -0400
A colorful white-striped form of WHITE-THROATED SPARROW joined the usual 
suspects this morning at the feeding stations in our Warren backyard. Nest 
building: a black-capped chickadee was pulling out big tuffs of soft fiberglass 
fibers from a fireplace gasket that was left laying on a patio table. Not sure 
this was such a great idea, so we took it away. I replaced it with a mesh bag 
(type you buy little oranges in) full of soft down feathers. So far nobody has 
claimed any that I've seen. 

Lona Pierce,Columbia County 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: trip to crescent lake area
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:18:51 -0800
Becky,

Please Check out this site for information on birding sites around Crescent
Lake and all over the state of Oregon.  They are conveniently arranged by
county.

http://birdingoregon.info 

Tom Crabtree, Bend


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Subject: [obol] trip to crescent lake area

Hi All,

I am planning a trip very soon to the Crescent Lake area and would
appreciate any suggestions you might have for places to go birding near
there, and what to watch for at this time of year.  I am not very familiar
with birds or places to bird outside of the Eugene area, so I'd be grateful
for any ideas you have!!  Feel free to email me directly if you like/prefer.
Thanks,
Becky

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Subject: entering data for pelagic trips into eBird
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:57:15 -0700
Hi:

Just noticed this today.  Some helpful instructions on how to enter pelagic
data.

News Item:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/?siteLanguage=en

Instructions:

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1375503

Bob Archer
PDX
Subject: trip to crescent lake area
From: Becky Uhler <buhler AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:50:26 -0700
Hi All,

I am planning a trip very soon to the Crescent Lake area and would appreciate 
any suggestions you might have for places to go birding near there, and what to 
watch for at this time of year. I am not very familiar with birds or places to 
bird outside of the Eugene area, so I'd be grateful for any ideas you have!! 
Feel free to email me directly if you like/prefer. 

Thanks,
Becky

Becky Uhler
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http://earthsongart.com/



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Subject: GH Owl
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:20:44 -0700
We are watching and listening to a GREAT HORNED OWL hooting in the tree 
across the street from our house, north of Bandon Coos Cty. Another one 
is answering in the distance........

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
Bandon OR


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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:46:18 -0700

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: April 16, 2014 4:07:37 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Graylag Goose (1 Washington)
Western Gull (1 Harney)
Vaux's Swift (1 Hood River)
Black-backed Woodpecker (1 Klamath)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (2 Linn, 1 Multnomah, 1 Washington)
Western Scrub-Jay (1 Harney)
American Crow (1 Klamath)
Nashville Warbler (1 Multnomah)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 Klamath)
Black-headed Grosbeak (1 Douglas)

---------------------------------------------
View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Cape Meares Osprey
From: "tweelinckx" <mtweel AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:23:12 -0700
We have the Ospreys building their nest on the same tree as last year. Hope 
they have better success this time. The bare tree is very tall and quite 
visible from the road. 

Also violet-green swallows are in and out of the nest box that is attached to 
our house. 

Marg Tweelinckx Cape Meares

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Subject: Re: Coos/Curry of late
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:29:11 -0700
We had one or two crossbills at Floras Lake  also, I believe on  
Saturday morning the 12th.

Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 4/15/2014 7:07 PM, Tim Rodenkirk wrote:
> This yahoo problem thing really s$%?! but we'll see how it goes. I 
> blame that for any mis-typings on my end : )
>
> Joe Metzler reports 20 (!) Bald Eagles at the mouth of Tenmile Creek, 
> Coos on 4/14.
>
> Terry Wahl reported tens and hundreds of ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE 
> coming over the ranch in flocks all day yesterday (4/14). This is a 
> very cool south coast phenomena.  They hang around for a few weeks in 
> the pastureland here then head in number up to the Aleutians (with 
> many additional birds headed north that stage near Crescent City).  I 
> think Roy Lowe knows more about what is happening with them recently, 
> but it is always cool to see thousands of Cacklers in the area in 
> March and April. Terry also reported his first Wilson's Warbler and 
> mentioned that 4 or 5 days ago he had a LONG-BILLED CURLEW (still a 
> county bird for me in Curry!).
>
> Today at New River in Coos I had the first flock of RED CROSSBILLS (5) 
> since last fall. I work in the Coast Range all winter and get around 
> the county a lot, but I only saw a single crossbill all winter in the 
> Coast Range, perhaps the lowest count I can remember. Purple Martins 
> are back in number, heard them at New River and in Eastside, Coos Bay.
>
> Merry migration!
> Tim R
> Coos Bay



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Subject: Eugene/Santa Clara Calliope
From: "woodenapple AT juno.com" <woodenapple@juno.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:16:54 GMT
At 6:30 this evening, we had a brief visit from a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD in 
our Eugene/Santa Clara-area backyard. This is the typical timeframe for 
Calliopes in this area. We'll see how he fits into the hummingbird mix if he 
stays around. 


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Subject: Coos/Curry of late
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:07:17 -0700
This yahoo problem thing really s$%?! but we'll see how it goes. I blame
that for any mis-typings on my end : )

Joe Metzler reports 20 (!) Bald Eagles at the mouth of Tenmile Creek, Coos
on 4/14.

Terry Wahl reported tens and hundreds of ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE coming
over the ranch in flocks all day yesterday (4/14). This is a very cool
south coast phenomena.  They hang around for a few weeks in the pastureland
here then head in number up to the Aleutians (with many additional birds
headed north that stage near Crescent City).  I think Roy Lowe knows more
about what is happening with them recently, but it is always cool to see
thousands of Cacklers in the area in March and April. Terry also reported
his first Wilson's Warbler and mentioned that 4 or 5 days ago he had a
LONG-BILLED CURLEW (still a county bird for me in Curry!).

Today at New River in Coos I had the first flock of RED CROSSBILLS (5)
since last fall. I work in the Coast Range all winter and get around the
county a lot, but I only saw a single crossbill all winter in the Coast
Range, perhaps the lowest count I can remember. Purple Martins are back in
number, heard them at New River and in Eastside, Coos Bay.

Merry migration!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Fernhill Wetlands White Pelicans
From: Steve Nord <stevernord AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:44:01 -0700
OBOL;

This morning there were 2 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at Fernhill Wetlands.
They were on the main pond.

There was also a heavier movement of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Both races
were present, "Audubon's" seemed more abundant. Found 2 "Myrtle-Audubon's"
intergrades also.

Good Birding
Steve Nord
Beaverton, OR
Subject: April 14 posts
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:37:34 -0400
Is it just my computer, or is the April 14 OBOL digest, V3 #125, off by a year 
for other obolers as well? All the posts are from April 2013 instead of April 
2014. I only noticed because I started reading a post from myself that I didn't 
recall sending, with birds I haven't seen recently! 

For April 14, 2014: waves of SANDHILL CRANES have continued north the past few 
days, in flocks of 20-65. I am close enough to the Columbia River lowlands that 
I can see them from my yard, spiraling up. Some fly over already high overhead, 
from the south. Yesterday I put out another batch of clean crushed eggshells, 
and 15 or so BANDTAILS cleaned it up in no time. Juncos disappearing, 
golden-crowns looking handsome, and more bright American goldfinches arriving 
daily. Evening grosbeaks up to around 20 now. At Scappoose Bay Marina, a pair 
of PILIATED WOODPECKERS apparently are nesting there. Very active and vocal 
along the trail. 

Along a few local woodland creeks: corydalis in full bloom.
Lona Pierce, Columbia County 		 	   		  
Subject: Astoria white pelicans
From: April Lauman <amo_cowboy AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:18:25 -0700
We have been waiting for the white pelicans to show up on the Columbia River 
outside of Astoria and they finally have! We spotted 7 in the water (surrounded 
by many other waterfowl too small to identify with just binoculars) from a wide 
shoulder along Hwy 30, about 6 miles east of Astoria and about a mile west of 
the Twilight Creek Eagle Sanctuary (46.1740655, -123.7158823). Apparently, this 
is the same location they are spotted in nearly every year while they are 
migrating in the spring. 

April and Chris LaumanAstoria, Oregon 		 	   		  
Subject: el Nino and you
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:09:36 -0700
I evaluate recent suggestions in the media that a "monster"
el Nino event is on the way.

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

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
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Subject: Lane Coast Sightings 11-13 Apr 2014
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:35:29 -0700
Greetings OBOLers,
Over the past several days, we've spent a lot more time 
gardening/yardworking. We saw a male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, heard 
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and ORANGE-CROWN WARBLER, an incessantly 
"singing' WRENTIT (barely a breath between choruses!), and still present two 
FOX SPARROWS and three WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

Three species of woodpeckers are again breeding in our neighborhood - and 
emptying our suet fairly fast - DOWNY, HAIRY, and N. FLICKER.

Two days ago, it got up to 75 and butterflies were really out/migrating. We 
found Hoary Comma, Satyr Comma, Mourning Cloak, and a male Acmon Blue.

regards,
Diane Pettey/Mike McDermet
Heceta Beach, OR



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Subject: JoCo Calliope Hummer
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:04:02 -0700
One male CALLIOPE HUMMER seen east of Grants Pass yesterday (04-14-14).

Dennis
Subject: geese in eclipse
From: "grantandstacy17 ." <grantandstacy17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:42:24 -0700
From 11:30 to midnight last night, while watching the earth's shadow slide
across the moon toward totality, with Mars in opposition shining a
hand's-breadth away, I heard my first Greater White-fronted Geese of the
year on the move, calling far off in the distance.  A Western Screech-Owl
called once closer at hand.

Just now I heard the twittering of my first Vaux's Swifts of the year
zipping about the neighborhood.

-- 
Grant Canterbury
Gladstone
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:29:06 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: April 15, 2014 4:08:17 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Red-breasted Merganser (1 Harney)
Snowy Plover (2 Harney)
Rufous Hummingbird (1 Klamath)
Calliope Hummingbird (2 Klamath)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 Multnomah)
American Crow (1 Klamath)
Winter Wren (1 Lane)

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View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: VG Swallows, Columbia County
From: Darrel Whipple <dwhipple AT opusnet.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:36:15 -0700
A pair of Violet-green Swallows arrived this morning at my place near Alston 
Corners. They promptly claimed their customary box on our high garden fence. 


Darrel Whipple
Rainier, Oregon

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