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23 Jul In memoriam: Jack Walters [Joel Geier ]
23 Jul Re: Request for help with grouse ID [Craig Miller ]
23 Jul Nehalem Lagoons [Lars Per Norgren ]
23 Jul Re: Request for help with grouse ID [Joel Geier ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds [David Bailey ]
23 Jul Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 7/23/2014 [Wink Gross ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Pond--a few more notes [David Bailey ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds NO (details) [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jul Re: Request for help with grouse ID [Kevin Spencer ]
23 Jul Re: [PortlandAreaBirds] Vanport Wetlands (Portland) shorebirds [Jeff Gilligan ]
23 Jul Vanport Wetlands (Portland) shorebirds [Adrian Hinkle ]
23 Jul Black Swifts Nesting at Salt Creek Falls East of Eugene [Range Bayer ]
23 Jul Pole Creek Woodpeckers and Flycatchers [Stephen Shunk ]
23 Jul Pole Creek Woodpeckers and Flycatchers [Stephen Shunk ]
23 Jul Re: Winter Rim Grouse [Joel Geier ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds NO (details) [James Billstine ]
23 Jul Re: Possible Stilt at Tualatin NWR - Need id help for pics [David Bailey ]
23 Jul Possible Stilt at Tualatin NWR - Need id help for pics [Beverly Hallberg ]
23 Jul Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds [Bob ]
23 Jul Re: Winter Rim grouse [Wayne Hoffman ]
23 Jul Pectoral Sandpiper, Fern Ridge [Joni Dawning ]
23 Jul RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds [David Bailey ]
23 Jul Winter Rim grouse [Lars Per Norgren ]
23 Jul Request for help with grouse ID [Tim Johnson ]
23 Jul local RBA?: STILT S at Tual R NWR [Thomas Love ]
23 Jul local RBA?: STILT S at Tual R NWR [Thomas Love ]
23 Jul [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
23 Jul Re: Shorebirds, Tenmile Coos Cty [Tim Rodenkirk ]
23 Jul Shorebird survey today at TRNWR [StevenMauvais ]
22 Jul Baskett Slough Trip Summary [Mike Unger ]
22 Jul Hatfield Marine Science Center Catbird, Marbled Godwit, & Great Egrets [Range Bayer ]
22 Jul Shorebirds, Tenmile Coos Cty [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
22 Jul Pectoral Sandpipers at Nehalem S. Ponds [David Bailey ]
22 Jul South Jetty this morning - 7/22/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
22 Jul 7/22/14 - Union County, OR : Fall Shorebird Fall-out ["" ]
22 Jul 7/22/14 - Union County, OR : Fall Shorebird Fall-out []
22 Jul Older BIRDING, American Birds, NAB available for adoption [Shawneen Finnegan ]
22 Jul Keizer Area Birding Summary [Mike Unger ]
22 Jul ECD []
22 Jul Fwd: Ridgefield NWR (Clark County) shorebirds [Jim Danzenbaker ]
22 Jul goshawk []
22 Jul goshawk []
22 Jul Pectoral SP [Daniel Farrar ]
22 Jul Josephine Co barred owl fledglings [Romain Cooper ]
22 Jul Bend Hooded Oriole [Charles Gates ]
21 Jul camping at Lost Lake [Stephanie Hazen ]
21 Jul BirdsEye-Redmond Sewage Ponds-2014-7-21 ["kimdelo AT yahoo.com" ]
21 Jul Wandering Tattler - Ecola State Park [Bill Bradford ]
21 Jul Benton Co. shorebirds [Hendrik Herlyn ]
21 Jul Coos shorebirds [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
21 Jul Re: RBA: Probably LITTLE STINT SJCR shorebird flats ["Tom Crabtree" ]
21 Jul RBA: Probably LITTLE STINT SJCR shorebird flats [Mike Patterson ]
21 Jul Possible RBA: Little Stint, S Jetty Columbia River ["Jim Johnson" ]
21 Jul RBA LITTLE STINT [Alan Contreras ]
21 Jul Turkey Vultures starting to migrate? ["Dennis Vroman" ]
21 Jul Baskett Slough shorebird update [Brandon Wagner ]
21 Jul Re: local RBA: ELEGANT TERN (correction) [Mike Patterson ]
21 Jul local RBA: ELEGANT TERN on the Columbia River Estuary [Mike Patterson ]
21 Jul grouse? crossbills? shorebirds? ["Paul Sullivan" ]
21 Jul grouse? crossbills? shorebirds? ["Paul Sullivan" ]
21 Jul [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
21 Jul Coos Marbled Godwits [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
20 Jul Vista Ridge to Elk Cove Mt Hood [Bob Archer ]
21 Jul Re: Photo Gallery of Migrant Adult Shorebirds [David Irons ]
21 Jul Photo Gallery of Migrant Adult Shorebirds [David Irons ]
20 Jul BirdsEye-Redmond Sewage Ponds-2014-7-20 ["kimdelo AT yahoo.com" ]
20 Jul Finley/Baskett Slough NWRs today [Stefan Schlick ]
20 Jul Bayocean Spit Peep Show [James Billstine ]
21 Jul Am. White Pelican at Smith & Bybee Lakes in Portland ["Clausing, Arthur M" ]
20 Jul Curry Mt. Bluebirds et al. 7/19 & 7/20/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
20 Jul [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
19 Jul Re: Surprising birds dust bagging [Dan Gleason ]
19 Jul Re: Newport Catbird continues [Jeff Gilligan ]

Subject: In memoriam: Jack Walters
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:53:52 -0700
Hi all,

I mentioned Jack Walters in passing in my preceding post to the Oregon
Birding list. Most Oregon birders probably won't be familiar with the
name.

Jack was one of the greatest birding story-tellers that I never met.

Due to my tendency to wander down to the NW corner of Nevada now and
then, I used to hear from him via e-mail every winter, when he'd start
thinking about the possibilities for "Arctic wonders" such as Gyrfalcon
or Common Redpoll.

Jack passed away some years back, but I still can never go out to the
Coleman Valley, or Sheldon NWR, without thinking about him.

Jack's postings on the NVBIRDS list were hands-down some of the best
birding stories that have ever been written for our part of the
continent. Who else would ever have written about bringing in small owls
by setting up a Coleman cooler with the lid up, and a lantern light
trained on it to draw in moths?

I see that his books are still for sale even though he's passed away.
Hopefully his widow (who presumably had to put up with his birding
activities for many years) is still benefiting from the sales. Anyway
here are a couple of links where you can find Jack's remarkable stories:


https://www.leg.state.nv.us/app/lcbstore/a/p-114-bird-stories-and-sightings-in-nevada-volume-1-loons-to-nighthawks.aspx 



http://books.google.com/books/about/Bird_Stories_and_Sightings_in_Nevada.html?id=QG4zAAAACAAJ 


Considering Jack's legacy, it seems good to point out that he put "bird
stories" first in his title, before "sightings."

A good way to honor Jack's memory would be, on your next bird outing, to
think not what was the best bird, but what was the best bird story that
you came back with from the field.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corallis




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Subject: Re: Request for help with grouse ID
From: Craig Miller <gismiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:04 -0700
RE: Ruffed Grouse - I've heard this species multiple times along Silver
Creek near Silver Creek Marsh Campground (north of Thompson Reservoir).
Also, I've seen one at Chandler State Park (along Hwy 395 between Valley
Falls and Lakeview). I believe they are uncommon to rare throughout the
Fremont National Forest in riparian areas.

RE: Sooty Grouse - they nest in good numbers along Winter Rim; I hear them
every spring nearly as far north as Summer Lake Refuge Headquarters. I hear
them occasionally on my Breeding Bird Survey route between Gearhart
Mountain and Dairy Creek (in the Fremont National Forest). Also I have seen
one along Hwy 395 about 2 miles south of Chandler State Park. It is my
impression that they are prevalent over most of the Fremont National
Forest, and as Kevin notes, in the north Warner Mountains.

Craig Miller


On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM, Kevin Spencer  wrote:

> Hi,
>
> As far as I know, the "Blue Grouse" on Winter Rim would be Sooty Grouse.
> I've encountered them many times there, and in the forest to the west. I
> have also encountered Sooty Grouse in the North Warners (really just The
> Warners, but I mean the Oregon portion of the  Warner Mountains).
>
> As for the maps ..... I'd say grouse maps for both Ruffed and Sooty are
> lacking in that part of the state for both Ruffed and Sooty, and maybe the
> whole state (I can only comment  about Klamath and Lake Cos.) and that goes
> for both National Geographic and Sibley's. Maybe the maps for those grouse
> didn't receive much attention, due to lack of reports, observations... I
> don't know. What may have happened is that Breeding Bird Surveys were used,
> or partly used, as a way to base or outline the margins of presence. With a
> lack of reporting on BBS for grouse in general it could influence a loss of
> area where they normally occur. I know hunters could be a good source for
> knowledge of occurance as they generally are not going to be hunting where
> there is not any chance of bagging game. Maybe they should be consulted.
>
> The map for Sooty Grouse, in  Sibley's Guide, shows a departure towards
> the west at the CA/OR state line. A more accurate line might be to continue
> northward with a small peak to include the north end of the Warner
> Mountains. The map for Oregon could widen its main eastern north-south
> line, somewhat, to include Winter Rim. North of Winter Rim the habitat
> really shrinks westward, so including Winter Rim would be a slight
> adjustment. The National Geographic map appears very similar to the Sibley
> Guide's Sooty Grouse map. So, that map should consider the same
> adjustments.
>
>
> The Ruffed Grouse map in Sibley's Guide appears to make that species  look
> like it is restricted to the coast range in Oregon. I am not familiar
> enough with Ruffed Grouse statewide to comment for the whole state, but for
> Klamath County it is a somewhat common species, especially in the deciduous
> areas around Upper Klamath Lake. That is a unique area admittedly, but it
> is significant enough that it should have been included in the range map
> for that species. I have heard of a few Ruffed Grouse being reported in
> Lake County, scattered, but none for the Warner Mountains. I have not heard
> of Ruffed  Grouse being reported between Upper Klamath Lake and say
> Gearhart Wilderness (just a place that's east of Klamath Falls that people
> are familiar with). The reports  I've heard were from approx. Gearhart
> eastward to the westside of Goose Lake Valley. I dont know if those few
> reports should cause inclusion of that area on a fieldguide range map. But
> definitely the perimeter of the Upper Klamath Lake area and outward along
> its tributaries should be included.
>
> The National Geographic map for Ruffed Grouse appears to be accurate for
> the most part, at the map shows eastward extension into Klamath County. Not
> including any of Lake County if find, and then encountering one, say  in
> Lake County, being at the edge, or an outlier, would then be significant,
> and definitely worth reporting, or talking about, especially by a hunter
> (which is one my sources for Ruffed Grouse in Lake County... about 35 years
> ago... but I have not encounter Ruffed Grouse in Lake County myself).
>
> I'd say the grouse is a Sooty Grouse, and that both Sibley's and National
> Geographic's field guides should make some slight adjustments to their
> Sooty Grouse maps. (and Sibley's map for Ruffed Grouse too).
>
> Good for you, pointing that out.
>
> Kevin Spencer
> rriparia AT charter.net
> Klamath Falls, OR
>
> I ' on a field trip to the Summer Lake area this weekend (Sat-Tue).  On
> Sunday, we drove up Winter Ridge to Pioneer Peak, then south along the
> ridge road (NR26?) to the switchbacks.  While on top of the ridge, we came
> upon a hen or juvenile grouse sitting in the middle of the road,  Click on
> the link below for a series of low resolution photos.
>
>
>
> 
*https://plus.google.com/photos/107892236367702076331/albums/6039284676539261153?authkey=CMDqo_P87szkxAE* 

> 
 

>
>
> The grouse appeared to be either a sooty or dusky grouse.  We are fairly
> certain that it wasn't a greater sage-grouse because of our grouse's tail,
> which was blunt.  Sage-grouse have a long, pointed tail, and they probably
> wouldn't be found in that habitat.
>
>
> Sibley 2nd edition field guide range maps don't show either of these
> "blue" grouse in the Winter Ridge area.  It appears that the sooty grouse
> doesn't normally come as far east as Winter Ridge, and the dusky grouse is
> only found in the Enterprise/Joseph area in Oregon.
>
>
> Can anyone tell us if either (or both) of the sooty or dusky grouse can be
> found on Winter Ridge?  Also, can anyone venture an opinion on the identity
> of the grouse in the photos?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> Tim Johnson
> Salem, OR
>
>
Subject: Nehalem Lagoons
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:32:27 -0700
 The place closes at 4pm on weekdays. I was staring at three Pecs and two 
Leasts at the north bank when an employee drove out to tell me "We lock the gat 
at 4". The wind was a constant 30mph when I was there, making it hard to use a 
scope. The sun was out and heat waves bad. Then I got drenched in the three or 
four minutes walking to the car. The small rocks of the rip-rap are brown and 
make for lots of hiding places. My first pass along the north shore I flushed 
various birds before I saw them. Careful scoping on the return pass still 
failed to reveal one sandpiper that flushed from underfoot. 

 There was lots of activity in the ne corner of the sw pond, sandpipers 
repeatedly fluttering up into view in the same area where Canada Geese and 
California Gulls were loafing. Lars 


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Subject: Re: Request for help with grouse ID
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:05:20 -0700
Hi All,

Sorry that I overlooked Tim's original request for ID help on photos,
until I saw Kevin's response.

The grouse in the photo appears to be a "Blue Grouse" based on overall
shape of the neck and head and proportions relative to the body. It is
hard to get a sense of scale, and I'm not going to try to dissect the
plumage details, but my impression is that it's a juvenile bird, not
full grown. That might explain why it looks pale in comparison with a
normal adult female Sooty Grouse. 

From the link to Michael Schroeder's article that I posted previously:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01312/wdfw01312.pdf

 you can see that the detailed range map for Sooty vs. Dusky Grouse
shows only Sooty Grouse in the Fremont-Winema National Forest area that
includes Winter Rim, Gearhart Mtn, and the Warner Mtns. As the article
also makes clear, identification of female birds in the field is tough
(unless you can somehow count tail feathers). Sorting out juveniles is
even tougher, unless of course you see mom nearby. So this is one where
you really have to go by range.

The range map in Michael Schroeder's article is carefully drawn, based
on the best available data, and the details in Oregon have been
confirmed by the upland gamebird professional who is in best position to
know based on hunter check station data. I suggest to just ignore the
maps in Sibley, NG and any other general guide in favor of this map (I
actually printed out this map on small scale and stuck it between the
pages of my Sibley guide).

Turning to Ruffed Grouse (though I'm pretty certain that this bird in
the photo was not a Ruffed Grouse), Kevin is right that the Ruffed
Grouse map in Sibley is very deceptive. Ruffed Grouse is a fairly common
bird in the Ochoco Mountains, particularly on the north slope. I've seen
& heard far more Ruffed Grouse than "Blue" Grouse in Wheeler County.
We've also found them out in the pine/juniper zones of the Antone CBC
away from the Ochocos proper. Steve Shunk once found a Ruffed Grouse
coming to water with a flock of 20-some Mountain Quail up a canyon
northwest of Picture Gorge. Seems to me that they also occur farther
north in Wheeler.Co.

Kevin is also right that the Tri-State area where California, Nevada,
and Oregon come together is also a problematic area for a lot of field
guides. This extends to a lot of other species including sapsuckers (and
perhaps in future editions, Scrub-Jays!). 

The problem is that this is a very complex biogeographical area (as
others have commented), but it tends to be a neglected area for birders
in all three states. Many Oregon birders are only interested in this
area as a place to notch Juniper Titmouse on their year lists.
California birders occasionally get interested if someone finds a Yellow
Rail up at Cow Head lake, but otherwise there is frankly not much reason
to go there. For Nevada birders, this is a long way from Reno and even
farther from Las Vegas, and the only real attraction is the very distant
hope, in winter, of finding a Gyrfalcon. 

Despite my youth on a farm and a few college years working as a de facto
machinist, I still have enough fingers and toes to count all of the
birders who have ever posted a substantial list for the Tri-State area,
either on OBOL or NVBIRDS. 

After you get past Kevin Spencer (who I think has more experience than
anyone in this area), then Craig & Marilyn Miller (the most experienced
for Lake County as a whole), the late great Jack Walters (a truly
remarkable & larger-than-life fellow from Elko, maybe the most
accomplished birder who ever had a side career in servicing
rock-crushers for hard-rock mines), Rose Strickland (based in Reno), Roy
Gerig, Don Albright, Hendrik Herlyn & Oscar Harper, Bruce Van Dyk
(seasonal homeowner near Vya, who may have actually spent more time in
the region than anyone and -- by the way -- his Rancho Recluso near Vya,
NV is still up for sale, check the want ads on www.hcn.org), and ...
well my memory is failing me but there must be a few more folks ... it's
a scant few birders who have spent any significant time in this region.

OK, I wandered off the topic of grouse ID for just a bit. But I think
this is a juvenile "Blue" Grouse by appearances. Based on range it
should be a Sooty Grouse

Happy birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:36 -0700
On Jul 23, 2014, at 9:44 PM, David Bailey  wrote:

> This is a good cautionary Jeff. I believe that the size dimorphism is the 
opposite of what you stated though, and the opposite of the majority of the 
those in the sandpiper family (SCOLOPACIDAE). The male is the larger sex, the 
female Pectoral is the smaller. 

> 


Yes - you are correct - females are the smaller in Pectoral Sandpipers.

http://www.birdguide.com/brdpgs/239.htm

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Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:51:35 -0700
On Jul 23, 2014, at 9:44 PM, David Bailey  wrote:

> This is a good cautionary Jeff. I believe that the size dimorphism is the 
opposite of what you stated though, and the opposite of the majority of the 
those in the sandpiper family (SCOLOPACIDAE). The male is the larger sex, the 
female Pectoral is the smaller. 

> 


David - you are probably right. I thought I recalled that female Pectorals were 
larger. As you mentioned, it varies by species in members of the genus: 


" Males are larger than females in ruffs and several sandpipers, but are 
smaller than females in the knots, curlews, phalaropes and godwits. The sexes 
are similarly sized in the snipes, woodcock and tringine sandpipers." 
Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:03 -0700
This is a good cautionary Jeff. I believe that the size dimorphism is the
opposite of what you stated though, and the opposite of the majority of the
those in the sandpiper family (*SCOLOPACIDAE*). The male is the larger sex,
the female Pectoral is the smaller.


On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM, Jeff Gilligan 
wrote:

>
> For anyone looking for this bird, I offer a note of caution.  Male
> Pectoral Sandpipers are much smaller than females.  Pectoral Sandpipers
>  have a pale base to the lower mandible, as do many Long-toed Stints.
>  While a Long-toed Stint is larger than a Least Sandpiper, it isn't so by
> much.  I have seen Leasts near a Long-toed once (the photographed bird from
> Clatsop County) and I could easily see a size difference.  I am not sure
> that the Long-toed Stints I have seen in Asia looked larger than a Least
> with no Least  present.
>
> Long-toed Stints and Pectoral Sandpipers can be confused.  I very
> traveled, experienced and  intelligent birder from Belfast who I knew (he
> has deceased) once put out an alert for Long-toed Stint from Northern
> Ireland, but the bird turned out to be a male Pectoral - a much more
> expected vagrant there.
>
> Jeff Gilligan
>
>
> On Jul 23, 2014, at 10:52 AM, David Bailey 
> wrote:
>
> > Wednesday 23 July 2014
> > Tillamook County, Oregon
> > Nehalem Sewage Ponds
> > NE pond along the North rock-edged shore
> >
> > In the company of adult Pectoral Sandpipers (three) and in direct
> comparison to at least one that was less than a foot away was a
> dull-yellow-legged Calidrid in adult plumage with a very obvious pale base
> to the bill, a strikingly (given how many Least Sandpipers on which I have
> looked for this trait over the years) obvious dark cap that seamlessly met
> the upper mandible, pale whitish supercillium widening behind the eye,
> obvious white eye-ring, coverts and tertials collectively making a paler
> panel of plumage compared to the darker scapulars and mantle, and to top it
> all off the bird had that upright and long-necked stance that, of course
> Least perform when startled or alert (and frequently enough that it is not
> a diagnostic field mark), but this bird kept this stance throughout and
> looked pretty odd for doing so, very much more like a Sharp-tailed or
> Pectoral Sandpiper than a Least. Perhaps because of this, or other
> structural nuances, the stint appeared to be about 2/3 the size of the
> adjacent Pectoral Sandpiper--giving the impression of being more the size
> of a Western Sandpiper than a Least. The plumage of the bird was overall
> worn and not showing much color, though I was viewing it under overcast
> skies and through light rain. The birds flew off and all I heard were the
> obvious calls of Pectoral Sandpipers and perhaps a call from the peep, but
> I heard no sounds typical of Least Sandpiper. I did not see the toes well
> enough on the standing bird (due to my viewing angle) or in flight to
> assess their relative lengths. The Tarsus did appear long on the standing
> bird and probably contributed to the impression that the bird was much
> larger than a typical Least Sandpiper.
> >
> > To be sure, I am not trying to start any sort of Asian stint fever, and
> were my observations in sum to come to me as a member of the Oregon Birds
> Records Committee, of which I am a former member, I would vote to not
> accept this record due to the fact that all these field marks are
> supportive and subtle with nothing solid to hang my hat on so to speak. I
> made a personal promise to myself long ago to be sure to avoid being
> stringy when it comes to identification, especially when it came to small
> sandpipers in the genus Calidris, and especially so with Long-toed Stint, I
> can say without hesitation that the peep/stint I saw this morning at the
> Nehalem Sewage Ponds so stood out given the marks I have listed that I feel
> it warrants  an RBA on the chance that others can get out there today or
> tomorrow to photo-document this potential (and I saw that with emphasis
> again, "potential") mega-rarity for our region. At the risk of being
> redundant let me restate that Long-toed stint makes for an exceedingly
> difficult identification and that the bird of interest I saw today was in
> worn adult plumage.
> >
> > I think it likely that the bird may be hanging around the ponds as the
> three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS are staging there assuming that they are the same
> adults I noted yesterday and the weather has taken a turn for the worse in
> regard to good weather for migrating. In other somewhat be related odd
> shorebird migration news three adult RED KNOTS flew a couple circles around
> the ponds before heading out to the the NW while I was there with this peep
> too.
> >
> > I Still haven't relocated the Bank Swallow I found there last week.
> >
> >
> > David
> >
> > David C. Bailey
> > Manzanita, Oregon for the summer
>
>
Subject: Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 7/23/2014
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:39:08 -0700
Here is the summary of my morning dogwalks from NW Seblar Terrace to the 
Pittock Mansion for the week 7/17/14 to 7/23/14. Species neither seen nor heard 
the previous week are in ALL CAPS. 


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


The sightings are also in eBird.

We did the walk 6 days this week.

Species                # days found  (peak #, date)

Cooper’s Hawk               2  (1, 7/18 & 20)
Band-tailed Pigeon          4  (8)
Vaux’s Swift                1  (1, 7/18)
Anna's Hummingbird          5  (4)
Rufous Hummingbird          5  (5, 7/17)
Downy Woodpecker            1  (1, 7/20)
Northern Flicker            6  (4, 7/19)
Pileated Woodpecker         3  (1)
Olive-sided Flycatcher      2  (1, 7/18 & 19)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher    2  (1, 7/20 & 22)
HUTTON’S VIREO              2  (1, 7/18 & 20)
Steller's Jay               5  (8)
American Crow               6  (9)
Violet-green Swallow        2  (6, 7/19)
Black-capped Chickadee      6  (11)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   3  (8, 7/21)
Bushtit                     4  (27, 7/18)	
Red-breasted Nuthatch       5  (4)
BROWN CREEPER               5  (2)
American Robin              6  (6)
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1  (1, 7/17)
Wilson's Warbler            1  (1, 7/19)
Spotted Towhee              6  (9, 7/19)
Song Sparrow                6  (7)
Dark-eyed Junco             6  (5)
Black-headed Grosbeak       1  (1, 7/19)
House Finch                 3  (2)
Purple Finch                2  (2, 7/19)
RED CROSSBILL               2  (2+, 7/19)
Lesser Goldfinch            1  (2, 7/17)
American Goldfinch          2  (1, 7/17 & 20)
EVENING GROSBEAK            1  (3, 7/18)

In the neighborhood but not found on dogwalk: TURKEY VULTURE, Western 
Screech-Owl, BARRED OWL 


Misses (birds found at least 3 days in previous 2 weeks but not found this 
week): Bewick’s Wren, Swainson’s Thrush 


Wink Gross
Portland

Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Pond--a few more notes
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:05 -0700
Here are a few more notes about my encounter with the possible Long-toed
Stint this morning at the Nehalem Sewage Ponds.

First, I forgot to mention that while I was getting out of my car to go
bird the site I saw a small flock of about 20 peeps flying across the SE
pond headed west. I presume they went to roost in one of the areas of the
ponds closed to public access. There are probably quite a few shorebirds
scattered around the pond exteriors that we won't see due to the access
restrictions. We used to have access to the entire facility....but perhaps
if one stays around the ponds for some time some of the hidden birds might
move to more viewable regions of the ponds.

There had be heavy showers over the course of the morning. Many of the
immature gulls at the ponds had what looked like waterlogged plumage. The
possible stint may have had some effects of excess rain on its plumage as
well. The plumage struck me as very worn--more so than I would have
expected for a full adult a this time of the year. It occurred to me at the
time that the bird may have been in only its second calendar year and have
retained plumage. I have seen over-summering Western Sandpipers that have
shown these warn plumage characters and we have assumed them to be 2nd year
birds with retained juvenile flight feathers and coverts. There are some
pictures at this web link
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tracy.mann/LTSArticle.htm of a 2nd -year
Long-toed Stint that share some of the characteristics of the bird I saw,
but these pictures depict a bird a few months later in the season and with
some new basic plumage coming in--that I did not see on the bird today.

 I noticed hardly any projection of the primaries on the bird I saw today.
I also noted that the bird had some streaking on sides of the breast, but
no thick streaking with a distinct boarder to belly like a Pectoral
Sandpiper shows--It crossed my mind briefly in the field that I might be
looking at an extremely small female Pectoral, as that species shows marked
sexual dimorphism in size, but the the breast plumage was wrong and the
bird was not nearly big enough to be that species. The bill was too short
for Pectoral as well. The bill was similar in size and shape to a Least
Sandpiper, but perhaps a bit longer and a bit less attenuated (pointy). It
had was slightly decurved. Th belly flanks and underparts appeared white
and without streaks or spots form what I could see.

I will walk around the ponds again tomorrow after my morning survey in the
nearby Clatsop State Forest and report back then.

Jeff is correct the gate the ponds is locked around 5pm each day and opened
by 8 or maybe earlier. I will try to find out for sure tomorrow. I believe
the gate is opened during the days on the weekends, but I will check on
that too.

David

David C. Bailey
Manzanita, Oregon for the summer
Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:22:30 -0700
For anyone looking for this bird, I offer a note of caution. Male Pectoral 
Sandpipers are much smaller than females. Pectoral Sandpipers have a pale base 
to the lower mandible, as do many Long-toed Stints. While a Long-toed Stint is 
larger than a Least Sandpiper, it isn't so by much. I have seen Leasts near a 
Long-toed once (the photographed bird from Clatsop County) and I could easily 
see a size difference. I am not sure that the Long-toed Stints I have seen in 
Asia looked larger than a Least with no Least present. 


Long-toed Stints and Pectoral Sandpipers can be confused. I very traveled, 
experienced and intelligent birder from Belfast who I knew (he has deceased) 
once put out an alert for Long-toed Stint from Northern Ireland, but the bird 
turned out to be a male Pectoral - a much more expected vagrant there. 


Jeff Gilligan


On Jul 23, 2014, at 10:52 AM, David Bailey  
wrote: 


> Wednesday 23 July 2014
> Tillamook County, Oregon
> Nehalem Sewage Ponds 
> NE pond along the North rock-edged shore
> 
> In the company of adult Pectoral Sandpipers (three) and in direct comparison 
to at least one that was less than a foot away was a dull-yellow-legged 
Calidrid in adult plumage with a very obvious pale base to the bill, a 
strikingly (given how many Least Sandpipers on which I have looked for this 
trait over the years) obvious dark cap that seamlessly met the upper mandible, 
pale whitish supercillium widening behind the eye, obvious white eye-ring, 
coverts and tertials collectively making a paler panel of plumage compared to 
the darker scapulars and mantle, and to top it all off the bird had that 
upright and long-necked stance that, of course Least perform when startled or 
alert (and frequently enough that it is not a diagnostic field mark), but this 
bird kept this stance throughout and looked pretty odd for doing so, very much 
more like a Sharp-tailed or Pectoral Sandpiper than a Least. Perhaps because of 
this, or other structural nuances, the stint appeared to be about 2/3 t 

 he size of the adjacent Pectoral Sandpiper--giving the impression of being 
more the size of a Western Sandpiper than a Least. The plumage of the bird was 
overall worn and not showing much color, though I was viewing it under overcast 
skies and through light rain. The birds flew off and all I heard were the 
obvious calls of Pectoral Sandpipers and perhaps a call from the peep, but I 
heard no sounds typical of Least Sandpiper. I did not see the toes well enough 
on the standing bird (due to my viewing angle) or in flight to assess their 
relative lengths. The Tarsus did appear long on the standing bird and probably 
contributed to the impression that the bird was much larger than a typical 
Least Sandpiper. 

> 
> To be sure, I am not trying to start any sort of Asian stint fever, and were 
my observations in sum to come to me as a member of the Oregon Birds Records 
Committee, of which I am a former member, I would vote to not accept this 
record due to the fact that all these field marks are supportive and subtle 
with nothing solid to hang my hat on so to speak. I made a personal promise to 
myself long ago to be sure to avoid being stringy when it comes to 
identification, especially when it came to small sandpipers in the genus 
Calidris, and especially so with Long-toed Stint, I can say without hesitation 
that the peep/stint I saw this morning at the Nehalem Sewage Ponds so stood out 
given the marks I have listed that I feel it warrants an RBA on the chance that 
others can get out there today or tomorrow to photo-document this potential 
(and I saw that with emphasis again, "potential") mega-rarity for our region. 
At the risk of being redundant let me restate that Long-toed stint make 

 s for an exceedingly difficult identification and that the bird of interest I 
saw today was in worn adult plumage. 

> 
> I think it likely that the bird may be hanging around the ponds as the three 
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS are staging there assuming that they are the same adults I 
noted yesterday and the weather has taken a turn for the worse in regard to 
good weather for migrating. In other somewhat be related odd shorebird 
migration news three adult RED KNOTS flew a couple circles around the ponds 
before heading out to the the NW while I was there with this peep too. 

> 
> I Still haven't relocated the Bank Swallow I found there last week. 
> 
> 
> David
> 
> David C. Bailey
> Manzanita, Oregon for the summer



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Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds NO (details)
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:40:39 -0700
On Jul 23, 2014, at 3:11 PM, James Billstine  wrote:

> While not the best shorebirder I drove up from Tillamook after I read the 
report and found no Stint, but I did relocate the three pectoral sandpipers, a 
spotted sandpiper, 1 western and 3 leasts. I took really long looks at the 
leasts but wasn't able to differentiate any of the markers that David pointed 
out, or anything that I studied up on in O'Brien's The Shorebird Guide. 
However, as I was leaving a flock of 6 peeps flushed and flew out of sight to 
the restricted area of the ponds (I was observing the 3 pectoral sandpipers on 
the other end.) 

> 
> I don't think my failure definitively means anything. I may run back there 
again this evening. 

> 
> Good Chasing
> 
> James


I detoured to Nehalem on my way from Portland to Nachotta. I was there at just 
after 6 PM. The gate was locked. Presumably they lock it when there are no 
employees present. I have an old key to the facility from years ago, but I 
doubt it works on the subject lock, or that I should use it now without 
reminding them. In any case, don't expect access during non-business hours. 


Jeff Gilligan


 
Subject: Re: Request for help with grouse ID
From: Kevin Spencer <rriparia AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:39:28 -0400 (EDT)
Hi,

As far as I know, the "Blue Grouse" on Winter Rim would be Sooty Grouse. 
I've encountered them many times there, and in the forest to the west. I 
have also encountered Sooty Grouse in the North Warners (really just The 
Warners, but I mean the Oregon portion of the  Warner Mountains).

As for the maps ..... I'd say grouse maps for both Ruffed and Sooty are 
lacking in that part of the state for both Ruffed and Sooty, and maybe 
the whole state (I can only comment  about Klamath and Lake Cos.) and 
that goes for both National Geographic and Sibley's. Maybe the maps for 
those grouse didn't receive much attention, due to lack of reports, 
observations... I don't know. What may have happened is that Breeding 
Bird Surveys were used, or partly used, as a way to base or outline the 
margins of presence. With a lack of reporting on BBS for grouse in 
general it could influence a loss of area where they normally occur. I 
know hunters could be a good source for knowledge of occurance as they 
generally are not going to be hunting where there is not any chance of 
bagging game. Maybe they should be consulted.

The map for Sooty Grouse, in  Sibley's Guide, shows a departure towards 
the west at the CA/OR state line. A more accurate line might be to 
continue northward with a small peak to include the north end of the 
Warner Mountains. The map for Oregon could widen its main eastern 
north-south line, somewhat, to include Winter Rim. North of Winter Rim 
the habitat really shrinks westward, so including Winter Rim would be a 
slight adjustment. The National Geographic map appears very similar to 
the Sibley Guide's Sooty Grouse map. So, that map should consider the 
same adjustments.

The Ruffed Grouse map in Sibley's Guide appears to make that species 
look like it is restricted to the coast range in Oregon. I am not 
familiar enough with Ruffed Grouse statewide to comment for the whole 
state, but for Klamath County it is a somewhat common species, 
especially in the deciduous areas around Upper Klamath Lake. That is a 
unique area admittedly, but it is significant enough that it should have 
been included in the range map for that species. I have heard of a few 
Ruffed Grouse being reported in Lake County, scattered, but none for the 
Warner Mountains. I have not heard of Ruffed  Grouse being reported 
between Upper Klamath Lake and say Gearhart Wilderness (just a place 
that's east of Klamath Falls that people are familiar with). The reports 
I've heard were from approx. Gearhart eastward to the westside of Goose 
Lake Valley. I dont know if those few reports should cause inclusion of 
that area on a fieldguide range map. But definitely the perimeter of the 
Upper Klamath Lake area and outward along its tributaries should be 
included.

The National Geographic map for Ruffed Grouse appears to be accurate for 
the most part, at the map shows eastward extension into Klamath County. 
Not including any of Lake County if find, and then encountering one, say 
in Lake County, being at the edge, or an outlier, would then be 
significant, and definitely worth reporting, or talking about, 
especially by a hunter (which is one my sources for Ruffed Grouse in 
Lake County... about 35 years ago... but I have not encounter Ruffed 
Grouse in Lake County myself).

I'd say the grouse is a Sooty Grouse, and that both Sibley's and 
National Geographic's field guides should make some slight adjustments 
to their Sooty Grouse maps. (and Sibley's map for Ruffed Grouse too).

Good for you, pointing that out.

Kevin Spencer
rriparia AT charter.net
Klamath Falls, OR

I ' on a field trip to the Summer Lake area this weekend (Sat-Tue).  On 
Sunday, we drove up Winter Ridge to Pioneer Peak, then south along the 
ridge road (NR26?) to the switchbacks.  While on top of the ridge, we 
came upon a hen or juvenile grouse sitting in the middle of the road,  
Click on the link below for a series of low resolution photos.

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/107892236367702076331/albums/6039284676539261153?authkey=CMDqo_P87szkxAE 


 


The grouse appeared to be either a sooty or dusky grouse.  We are fairly 
certain that it wasn't a greater sage-grouse because of our grouse's 
tail, which was blunt.  Sage-grouse have a long, pointed tail, and they 
probably wouldn't be found in that habitat.

Sibley 2nd edition field guide range maps don't show either of these 
"blue" grouse in the Winter Ridge area.  It appears that the sooty 
grouse doesn't normally come as far east as Winter Ridge, and the dusky 
grouse is only found in the Enterprise/Joseph area in Oregon.

Can anyone tell us if either (or both) of the sooty or dusky grouse can 
be found on Winter Ridge?  Also, can anyone venture an opinion on the 
identity of the grouse in the photos?

Thanks,

Tim Johnson
Salem, OR
Subject: Re: [PortlandAreaBirds] Vanport Wetlands (Portland) shorebirds
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:35:55 -0700
> 
> Seems like the best adult Pectoral year I can remember!
> 
> Happy fall,
> 
> Adrian Hinkle
> 
> -- 
> -

You are young - but your memory is accurate. It is also the best I can 
remember, and I am nearly certain of that. 


Jeff Gilligan





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Subject: Vanport Wetlands (Portland) shorebirds
From: Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:51:12 -0700
This afternoon at Vanport Wetlands I saw:

Killdeer - 6
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Western Sandpiper - 1 adult
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 juv
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1 adult
Least Sandpipers - 25 (adults)
Long-billed Dowitcher - 25 (adults)

Lots of Yellow-headed Blackbird, Redhead, and Ruddy Duck families as well.
Without a scope, I surely missed some additional ducks and shorebirds that
were out there.

Seems like the best adult Pectoral year I can remember!

Happy fall,

Adrian Hinkle
Subject: Black Swifts Nesting at Salt Creek Falls East of Eugene
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:51:52 -0700
Hi,

Eric Horvath is having problems posting to OBOL and asked me to post
the following:

I [Eric Horvath] checked out the Black Swifts nesting at Salt Creek
Falls, hwy 58 E of Eugene, on 20 & 21 July 2014.    There are two pair
nesting in the same general area as in 2012, but in different niches
than 2012.   Unfortunately this year they are not using the obvious
ledge of 2012, which was a wide open view.       To see the birds on
the nest this year is much more difficult due to blocking ferns.    If
you want to try for them now in late July the best bet is look in the
sky between 8-9 PM:   Look from the upper viewpoint.    We saw 4 in
the air, foraging, on 20 July.

 If you want to try to see them on the nest, then you have to bring a
scope down to the lower viewpoint at the bottom of the trail.    They
are in the maidenhair fern patch which is to the left of the falling
water as you look at the falls from the lower viewpoint.    The nests
are just behind the edge of the veil from this vantage, pretty much at
eye level.    If you have patience, the birds will show you their nest
as they fly to it, but you may have to wait for hours.      This year
the photo opportunities are poor since the nests are behind part of
the curtain of spray, and the best light is at 6 pm but that also
illuminates the spray.   When you consider the entire range of the
Black Swift, Salt Creek Falls turns out to be an awfully difficult
place to see them on their nest ledges since the waterfall is so huge
and the viewpoint so very far away.    Best views are to be had
elsewhere such as Box Canyon Falls in Ouray Colorado.

To my knowledge Salt Creek Falls is still the only confirmed nest site
in Oregon for Black Swifts.   Send me an email if you know otherwise.
 Thanks.

--Eric Horvath
horvath AT pioneer.net


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Subject: Pole Creek Woodpeckers and Flycatchers
From: Stephen Shunk <steve AT paradisebirding.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:36:36 -0700
All,
I scoured the Pole Creek burn this week south of Sisters and found at least
a dozen BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and even more HAIRY WOODPECKERS.
Sapsuckers are harder to find now that known nests have fledged, but a
fledgling RED-BREASTED has been reliably present with one of its parents
along upper Trout Creek off FR 1018. The best BLACK-BACK tallies have been
along FR 1516 and FR 1526. In addition to the woodpeckers, most of the
nesting forest flycatchers are still quite vocal, including PEWEE,
OLIVE-SIDED, DUSKY and many PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS (or at least
Pac-slope-types).

The other major highlight will only excite those of you who are willing to
stop birding long enough to literally smell the flowers! There are some
major patches of fireweed in stunning display along FR 1514, uphill from
and shortly after crossing Pole Creek (maybe a cpl miles south of FR 15).
Some of the fireweed in there is well over my head. Also check the ditch
along the road there for a nice array of flowers, especially the great bog
orchid display, but also plenty of hedge nettle, thistle, and others. As a
bonus, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS are going nuts in there.

Enjoy the cooler weather!
Steve Shunk

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P.O. Box 547
Sisters, OR 97759
541-408-1753
Subject: Pole Creek Woodpeckers and Flycatchers
From: Stephen Shunk <steve AT paradisebirding.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:36:36 -0700
All,
I scoured the Pole Creek burn this week south of Sisters and found at least
a dozen BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and even more HAIRY WOODPECKERS.
Sapsuckers are harder to find now that known nests have fledged, but a
fledgling RED-BREASTED has been reliably present with one of its parents
along upper Trout Creek off FR 1018. The best BLACK-BACK tallies have been
along FR 1516 and FR 1526. In addition to the woodpeckers, most of the
nesting forest flycatchers are still quite vocal, including PEWEE,
OLIVE-SIDED, DUSKY and many PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS (or at least
Pac-slope-types).

The other major highlight will only excite those of you who are willing to
stop birding long enough to literally smell the flowers! There are some
major patches of fireweed in stunning display along FR 1514, uphill from
and shortly after crossing Pole Creek (maybe a cpl miles south of FR 15).
Some of the fireweed in there is well over my head. Also check the ditch
along the road there for a nice array of flowers, especially the great bog
orchid display, but also plenty of hedge nettle, thistle, and others. As a
bonus, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS are going nuts in there.

Enjoy the cooler weather!
Steve Shunk

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Sisters, OR 97759
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Subject: Re: Winter Rim Grouse
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:34:25 -0700
Hi all,

Without going too deep into the paleogeography, here's a link to the
Washington Birder article by Washington DFW biologist Michael Schroeder,
which includes a range map for Sooty & Dusky Grouse:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01312/wdfw01312.pdf

as well as ID tips. WDFW has a similar map up on their website, but
there are no significant differences so far as I recall.

Dave Budeau (who manages Oregon DFW's upland gamebird program statewide)
confirmed several years ago that this map agrees with ODFW's data from
hunter check stations. They were collecting grouse wings & tail data
from check stations long before AOU decided to split Blue Grouse, so
they were out in front of most of us birders on this issue (except those
of us who started birding in the early 1900s).

As Wayne noted, there is still fairly continuous pine forest habitat all
the way from Willamette Pass to Winter Rim and on to Gearhart Mtn. I
think a grouse could even make it to Crane Mtn in the Warner Mtns on
foot by way of Chandler St. Wayside, without ever being too far from the
nearest pine.

If anyone wants to dip into the paleo issues, here's an interesting
study based on pollen data for the NW Great Basin, including a couple of
sites in the Warner Mtns (the current easternmost location for Sooty
Grouse in Oregon):


http://www7.nau.edu/mpcer/direnet/publications/publications_m/files/Minckley_TA_Whitlock_C_Bartlein_PJ_Veg_Fire_climate_history.pdf 


The key relevant bit in the conclusions seems to be this:

        The regional vegetation history indicates a greater-than-present
        areal extent of low and high elevation steppe grassland from ca
        11,000 to 7000 calyrBP, followed by an expansion of forest and
        increase of grasses in steppe regions. The dominant conifers of
        the region (i.e., white fir, western white pine, and whitebark
        pine) have been present in the region since ca 12,000 calyrBP.
        
So this fits with Wayne's suggestion that the period of extensive lakes
between the Ochocos and what is today Fremont-Winema National Forest
would have been followed fairly quickly by intervening steppe-type
grasslands, followed by forest expansion.

An interesting question might be whether Sooty (or any Blue) Grouse only
expanded into this part of their range in the past 7000 years.

Good birding,
Joel

P.S. Lars, I'm still hunting for your book on the Ft. Rock caves, which
would also have some good info on this topic.

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds NO (details)
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT sou.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:11:18 -0700
While not the best shorebirder I drove up from Tillamook after I read the
report and found no Stint, but I did relocate the three pectoral
sandpipers, a spotted sandpiper, 1 western and 3 leasts. I took really long
looks at the leasts but wasn't able to differentiate any of the markers
that David pointed out, or anything that I studied up on in O'Brien's *The
Shorebird Guide*. However, as I was leaving a flock of 6 peeps flushed and
flew out of sight to the restricted area of the ponds (I was observing the
3 pectoral sandpipers on the other end.)

I don't think my failure definitively means anything. I may run back there
again this evening.

Good Chasing

James
Subject: Re: Possible Stilt at Tualatin NWR - Need id help for pics
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:57:17 -0700
I see a dowitcher sp. and a Western Sandpiper.  A Stilt sandpiper would be
closer in size to the dowitcher.

David

David C. Bailey
Manzanita, Oregon




*Subject: Possible Stilt at Tualatin NWR - Need id help for pics*
> Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 16:44 pm
> From: mapsout AT comcast.net
>
> I took photos of this sandpiper around noon today after Thomas Love's RBA
>
> for a Stilt Sandpiper at TNWR.  I would appreciate any id comments.  The
>
> photos are lousy - the weather was rainy and windy!  There are 5 photos at
>
> my Flickr photo stream including one where he is flying back to the far
>
> back pond.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/ore5Wn
> https://flic.kr/p/ore5Ut
>
>
> Thanks - Beverly Hallberg
>
> - See more at: http://birding.aba.org/maillistdigest/OR01#739933
>
Subject: Possible Stilt at Tualatin NWR - Need id help for pics
From: Beverly Hallberg <mapsout AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:43:52 -0700
I took photos of this sandpiper around noon today after Thomas Love's RBA
for a Stilt Sandpiper at TNWR.  I would appreciate any id comments.  The
photos are lousy - the weather was rainy and windy!  There are 5 photos at
my Flickr photo stream including one where he is flying back to the far
back pond.

https://flic.kr/p/ore5Wn
https://flic.kr/p/ore5Ut

Thanks - Beverly Hallberg
Subject: Re: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:06:59 -0700
Does anyone have an update on this?

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 23, 2014, at 10:53, "David Bailey"  
wrote: 

> 
> Wednesday 23 July 2014
> Tillamook County, Oregon
> Nehalem Sewage Ponds 
> NE pond along the North rock-edged shore
> 
> In the company of adult Pectoral Sandpipers (three) and in direct comparison 
to at least one that was less than a foot away was a dull-yellow-legged 
Calidrid in adult plumage with a very obvious pale base to the bill, a 
strikingly (given how many Least Sandpipers on which I have looked for this 
trait over the years) obvious dark cap that seamlessly met the upper mandible, 
pale whitish supercillium widening behind the eye, obvious white eye-ring, 
coverts and tertials collectively making a paler panel of plumage compared to 
the darker scapulars and mantle, and to top it all off the bird had that 
upright and long-necked stance that, of course Least perform when startled or 
alert (and frequently enough that it is not a diagnostic field mark), but this 
bird kept this stance throughout and looked pretty odd for doing so, very much 
more like a Sharp-tailed or Pectoral Sandpiper than a Least. Perhaps because of 
this, or other structural nuances, the stint appeared to be about 2/3 the size 
of the adjacent Pectoral Sandpiper--giving the impression of being more the 
size of a Western Sandpiper than a Least. The plumage of the bird was overall 
worn and not showing much color, though I was viewing it under overcast skies 
and through light rain. The birds flew off and all I heard were the obvious 
calls of Pectoral Sandpipers and perhaps a call from the peep, but I heard no 
sounds typical of Least Sandpiper. I did not see the toes well enough on the 
standing bird (due to my viewing angle) or in flight to assess their relative 
lengths. The Tarsus did appear long on the standing bird and probably 
contributed to the impression that the bird was much larger than a typical 
Least Sandpiper. 

> 
> To be sure, I am not trying to start any sort of Asian stint fever, and were 
my observations in sum to come to me as a member of the Oregon Birds Records 
Committee, of which I am a former member, I would vote to not accept this 
record due to the fact that all these field marks are supportive and subtle 
with nothing solid to hang my hat on so to speak. I made a personal promise to 
myself long ago to be sure to avoid being stringy when it comes to 
identification, especially when it came to small sandpipers in the genus 
Calidris, and especially so with Long-toed Stint, I can say without hesitation 
that the peep/stint I saw this morning at the Nehalem Sewage Ponds so stood out 
given the marks I have listed that I feel it warrants an RBA on the chance that 
others can get out there today or tomorrow to photo-document this potential 
(and I saw that with emphasis again, "potential") mega-rarity for our region. 
At the risk of being redundant let me restate that Long-toed stint makes for an 
exceedingly difficult identification and that the bird of interest I saw today 
was in worn adult plumage. 

> 
> I think it likely that the bird may be hanging around the ponds as the three 
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS are staging there assuming that they are the same adults I 
noted yesterday and the weather has taken a turn for the worse in regard to 
good weather for migrating. In other somewhat be related odd shorebird 
migration news three adult RED KNOTS flew a couple circles around the ponds 
before heading out to the the NW while I was there with this peep too. 

> 
> I Still haven't relocated the Bank Swallow I found there last week. 
> 
> 
> David
> 
> David C. Bailey
> Manzanita, Oregon for the summer
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Subject: Re: Winter Rim grouse
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:14:52 -0700
Hi -

Two thoughts:

First, my recollection of the ranges of Sooty and Dusky grouse put the
Winter Rim / Gearhart Mtn area in Sooty Grouse territory.  This fits with
other species - these pine forests have more of a connection to the
Cascades than to the Blue Mountains.  In fact, pine forests are still
pretty continuous (except for clearcuts) from the Cascades around Mt.
Thielsen all the way to Yamsey Mt., Winter Rim,and Gearhart Mt.

Second, the area between the Blues/Ochocos and Winter Rim probably was not
continuous forest, 10,000 BP because it was interrupted by a series of very
large lakes.  Summer Lake and Abert Lake were probably connected into one
huge lake.  Silver Lake would have extended from just below the west side
of Winter Rim west well past the current village of Silver Lake.  The area
around Fort Rock is a lake bed that extends east well past Christmas Lake.
 Dry River Canyon through Horse Ridge southeast of Bend was the outlet of a
lake that occupied the whole basin east of there, including Millican,
Brothers, and Hampton.  The view from the top of Newberry Volcano would
have been lake after lake to the northeast, east, and southeast.  By 10,000
BP these lakes were probably in decline, but I think they went directly
from Lakes to semidesert conditions without a forested interlude.  Joel
Geier probably knows a lot more details.

Wayne




On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM, Lars Per Norgren  wrote:

>     The Oregon Breeding Bird Atlas indicates Blue Grouse in both the
> Winter Rim and Warner Mtns (yet further east) of Lake County. I would be
> surprised by the species' absence in either place. Birds of Oregon lists
> three subspecies before the split, two belonging to what now is Sooty
> Grouse. I imagine the subspecies in Lake County would be sierrae. This
> location would be worthy of scrutiny. I have always thought of this as a
> bird of the vast conifer forests, but someone posted a link here to a
> Washington State fish and game article. In that state Dusky Grouse is an
> habitué of shrub-steppe adjacent to conifers. The distance between the
> Blue/Ochocco system and Winter Rim isn't that great and ten thousand years
> ago the forest between the two was probably continuous.
>      Lars
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Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper, Fern Ridge
From: Joni Dawning <dawning AT efn.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:14:06 -0700
There were 3 Pectoral Sandpipers on the east side of the Barn Pond at Fern 
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Subject: RBA: Long-toed Stint at Nehalem Sewage Ponds
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:52:15 -0700
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Tillamook County, Oregon
Nehalem Sewage Ponds
NE pond along the North rock-edged shore

In the company of adult Pectoral Sandpipers (three) and in direct
comparison to at least one that was less than a foot away was a
dull-yellow-legged Calidrid in adult plumage with a very obvious pale base
to the bill, a strikingly (given how many Least Sandpipers on which I have
looked for this trait over the years) obvious dark cap that seamlessly met
the upper mandible, pale whitish supercillium widening behind the eye,
obvious white eye-ring, coverts and tertials collectively making a paler
panel of plumage compared to the darker scapulars and mantle, and to top it
all off the bird had that upright and long-necked stance that, of course
Least perform when startled or alert (and frequently enough that it is not
a diagnostic field mark), but this bird kept this stance throughout and
looked pretty odd for doing so, very much more like a Sharp-tailed or
Pectoral Sandpiper than a Least. Perhaps because of this, or other
structural nuances, the stint appeared to be about 2/3 the size of the
adjacent Pectoral Sandpiper--giving the impression of being more the size
of a Western Sandpiper than a Least. The plumage of the bird was overall
worn and not showing much color, though I was viewing it under overcast
skies and through light rain. The birds flew off and all I heard were the
obvious calls of Pectoral Sandpipers and perhaps a call from the peep, but
I heard no sounds typical of Least Sandpiper. I did not see the toes well
enough on the standing bird (due to my viewing angle) or in flight to
assess their relative lengths. The Tarsus did appear long on the standing
bird and probably contributed to the impression that the bird was much
larger than a typical Least Sandpiper.

To be sure, I am not trying to start any sort of Asian stint fever, and
were my observations in sum to come to me as a member of the Oregon Birds
Records Committee, of which I am a former member, I would vote to not
accept this record due to the fact that all these field marks are
supportive and subtle with nothing solid to hang my hat on so to speak. I
made a personal promise to myself long ago to be sure to avoid being
stringy when it comes to identification, especially when it came to small
sandpipers in the genus Calidris, and especially so with Long-toed Stint, I
can say without hesitation that the peep/stint I saw this morning at the
Nehalem Sewage Ponds so stood out given the marks I have listed that I feel
it warrants  an RBA on the chance that others can get out there today or
tomorrow to photo-document this potential (and I saw that with emphasis
again, "potential") mega-rarity for our region. At the risk of being
redundant let me restate that Long-toed stint makes for an exceedingly
difficult identification and that the bird of interest I saw today was in
worn adult plumage.

I think it likely that the bird may be hanging around the ponds as the
three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS are staging there assuming that they are the same
adults I noted yesterday and the weather has taken a turn for the worse in
regard to good weather for migrating. In other somewhat be related odd
shorebird migration news three adult RED KNOTS flew a couple circles around
the ponds before heading out to the the NW while I was there with this peep
too.

I Still haven't relocated the Bank Swallow I found there last week.


David

David C. Bailey
Manzanita, Oregon for the summer
Subject: Winter Rim grouse
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:34:02 -0700
 The Oregon Breeding Bird Atlas indicates Blue Grouse in both the Winter Rim 
and Warner Mtns (yet further east) of Lake County. I would be surprised by the 
species' absence in either place. Birds of Oregon lists three subspecies before 
the split, two belonging to what now is Sooty Grouse. I imagine the subspecies 
in Lake County would be sierrae. This location would be worthy of scrutiny. I 
have always thought of this as a bird of the vast conifer forests, but someone 
posted a link here to a Washington State fish and game article. In that state 
Dusky Grouse is an habitué of shrub-steppe adjacent to conifers. The distance 
between the Blue/Ochocco system and Winter Rim isn't that great and ten 
thousand years ago the forest between the two was probably continuous. 

     Lars

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Subject: Request for help with grouse ID
From: Tim Johnson <tim.the.fisherman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:27 -0700
Hi all:

A group of us from Salem Audubon went on a field trip to the Summer Lake
area this weekend (Sat-Tue).  On Sunday, we drove up Winter Ridge to
Pioneer Peak, then south along the ridge road (NR26?) to the switchbacks.
While on top of the ridge, we came upon a hen or juvenile grouse sitting in
the middle of the road,  Click on the link below for a series of low
resolution photos.


https://plus.google.com/photos/107892236367702076331/albums/6039284676539261153?authkey=CMDqo_P87szkxAE 


The grouse appeared to be either a sooty or dusky grouse.  We are fairly
certain that it wasn't a greater sage-grouse because of our grouse's tail,
which was blunt.  Sage-grouse have a long, pointed tail, and they probably
wouldn't be found in that habitat.

Sibley 2nd edition field guide range maps don't show either of these "blue"
grouse in the Winter Ridge area.  It appears that the sooty grouse doesn't
normally come as far east as Winter Ridge, and the dusky grouse is only
found in the Enterprise/Joseph area in Oregon.

Can anyone tell us if either (or both) of the sooty or dusky grouse can be
found on Winter Ridge?  Also, can anyone venture an opinion on the identity
of the grouse in the photos?

Thanks,

Tim Johnson
Salem, OR
Subject: local RBA?: STILT S at Tual R NWR
From: Thomas Love <tlove AT linfield.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:48:29 +0000
I stopped in at Tualatin River NWR nr Sherwood this morning, in hop4s that the 
abrupt weather change might have led to some grounding of shorebirds. Among a 
few each of LEAST S and WESTERN S were five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and what I'm 
quite sure were two STILT SANDPIPERS hanging with the dows – long, thin, 
drooping bill, small-headed, longer-necked, a bit dumpy looking, slightly 
smaller overall than the associating dows. This was about 08:00 on the far big 
pond, viewed from the deck by the refuge bookstore bldg. (I had no time to walk 
the dike road to get a closer look, unfortunately). 


Hope someone can check these out!

Tom L.
Subject: local RBA?: STILT S at Tual R NWR
From: Thomas Love <tlove AT linfield.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:43:56 +0000
I stopped in at Tualatin River NWR nr Sherwood this morning, h
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:15:54 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: July 23, 2014 6:08:01 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Horned Grebe (1 Deschutes)
Black-necked Stilt (1 Polk)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Deschutes)
Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Union)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1 Crook, 1 Curry)
Gray Catbird (1 Lincoln)

---------------------------------------------
The report below shows observations of rare birds in Oregon. View this alert on 
the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Re: Shorebirds, Tenmile Coos Cty
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:35:53 -0700
I can add one bird to this impressive list- a juvie WILLET that I saw a
Bandon Marsh with some Marbled Godwits and BB Plovers. What a summer for
adult Pecs, seems like the best in years.

Merry migration!
Tim R
Coos Bay



On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein <
deweysage AT frontier.com> wrote:

> We heard from Joe Metzler today....he reports 15 species of shorebirds
> Tenmile, Coos Cty.
>
> Semipalmated Sandpiper
> Western and Least Sandpiper
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Dunlin
> Sanderling
> Pectoral Sandpiper
> Short-billed Dowitcher
> Greater Yellowlegs
> Whimbrel
> Marebled Godwit
> Snowy Plover
> Semipalmated Plover
> Killdeer
> Black-bellied Plover
>
> We had large numbers of shorebirds along South Beach Coos Bay North Spit,
> but did not note anything unusual.
>
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
>
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Subject: Shorebird survey today at TRNWR
From: StevenMauvais <stevenmauvais AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:18:25 +0000 (UTC)
Our survey today at the Tualatin River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge amongst the usual 
Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers and Least/Western Sandpipers also yielded the 
following: 

36 Long-billed Dowitchers (down from the 65 seen last week) 
4 Dunlin in non-breeding plumage 
1 Semi-palmated Plover 

Good birding, 
Steve Mauvais 

Subject: Baskett Slough Trip Summary
From: Mike Unger <unger730 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:06:02 -0700
Tuesday afternoon my wife and I went to Baskett Slough and it was somewhat
active with shorebirds and other larger birds.  The Black-necked Stilts
were still at The Narrows on Colville Rd.  We also saw 27 American White
Pelicans and three Great Egrets.

Further down Colville Road toward Hwy. 99 we observed numerous Turkey
Vultures, American Kestrels and a Northern Harrier all actively hunting
with some success.  We also saw a lone Ring-necked Pheasant just before
reaching the Rich Guadagno Trail parking lot.

Mike Unger
Keizer, OR

*Here is today's list for July 22, 2014:*

Number of Checklists: 2
Number of Species: 17

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Oregon2020--The Narrows  AT  4:14 PM
(2): Colville Road from The Narrows to Highway 99W  AT  4:57 PM

42 Mallard -- (1)
1 Ring-necked Pheasant -- (2)
1 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1)
27 American White Pelican -- (1)
2 Great Blue Heron -- (1)
3 Great Egret -- (1)
8 Turkey Vulture -- (2)
1 Northern Harrier -- (2)
4 American Coot -- (1)
4 Black-necked Stilt -- (1)
1 Killdeer -- (1)
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- (1)
1 Greater Yellowlegs -- (1)
4 Least Sandpiper -- (1)
6 American Kestrel -- (2)
21 American Crow -- (2)
200 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1)
Subject: Hatfield Marine Science Center Catbird, Marbled Godwit, & Great Egrets
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:26 -0700
Hi,

At the Hatfield Marine Science Center Nature Trail this morning
(7/22), Chuck Philo saw the lingering Gray Catbird.  He was the first
to see it in that area on June 18, so it has lingered over a month.

At Idaho Flats near the Nature Trail today, he saw 1 Marbled Godwit,
20 peeps, and 3 Great Egrets.  These may be the first Great Egrets of
the season in lower Yaquina Bay.  In the past, Great Egrets also
usually showed up in lower Yaquina Bay in mid- to late July, though
scattered ones could be elsewhere in the County during June-early
July.

"Fall" shorebird migration in which we now are in has been an iffy
proposition in the past as well as today.  They are not as
concentrated, numerous, and as predictable as during spring migration.

Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon


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Subject: Shorebirds, Tenmile Coos Cty
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:46:26 -0700
We heard from Joe Metzler today....he reports 15 species of shorebirds 
Tenmile, Coos Cty.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western and Least Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Dunlin
Sanderling
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Marebled Godwit
Snowy Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover

We had large numbers of shorebirds along South Beach Coos Bay North 
Spit, but did not note anything unusual.

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein




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Subject: Pectoral Sandpipers at Nehalem S. Ponds
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:04:05 -0700
Tuesday 22 July 2014

I took a walk around the public areas of the Nehalem sewage ponds
(Tillamook County) this morning a few hours before high tide. Not one, but
three PECTRORAL SANDPIPERS, at least two of which were adults (the third I
did not see well enough to age before it flew off), were roosting on the
rock edges. Two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and two LEAST SANDPIPERS were the
only other migrant shorebirds around other than a single SPOTTED SANDPIPER
and KILLDEER which are probably a resident breeder. A half dozen CINNAMON
TEAL were paddling the ponds with about 50 or so MALLARDS. Lots of
swallows  representing all species that occur in Oregon were working the
aerial plankton over the NW pond, with the exception of Bank Swallow. I
tried to relocate the one I saw there last week with no positive result. A
juvenile YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was in the small hybrid poplar patch on the
N. side of the compound.

David

David C. Bailey
Manzanita, Oregon (for the summer)
Subject: South Jetty this morning - 7/22/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:55:19 -0700
I spent just short of three hours today not seeing rare Eurasian Stints.

It seemed pretty clear that there had been a turn over in the
shorebirds.  There were fewer birds in general.  The river beach flock
had a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER and an adult and a juvenile
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.  Neither of these were noted yesterday during
the same time interval of watching.

A juvenile LEAST SANDPIPER was at the big shorebird pond on the flats-
a tall, rangy one with long toes...

Also a single LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and not much else.

No birds on the Hammond jetty during the high tide either which was kind
of weird.

Photos at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/?details=1

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



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Subject: 7/22/14 - Union County, OR : Fall Shorebird Fall-out
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "AVITOURS@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:04:26 -0400 (EDT)
Birders -

Cathy Nowak called me this morning (6/22, 7:50 am), reporting that she had  
located 4 MARBLED GODWITS south of the Schoolhouse Pond.  I arrived at the  
Schoolhouse Pond a bit before 9 am and with a little patience, was able to  
relocate the four MARBLED GODWITS.  Cool birds, Cathy!  Other  Shorebirds 
scattered around the mud flats included:
6 - WHITE-FACED IBIS  (Adults with juveniles, I am certain they bred here 
again!)
1 - SEMIPALMATED  PLOVER (with an apparent injured right foot)
7 - PECTORAL SANDPIPER (a first  for the year for me)
1 - calling juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER with 15  LONG-BILLEDS 
Bunches of SPOTTED, WESTERN & LEAST SANDPIPERS,  BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 
WILSON'S & RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were present  too.
According to eBird and our Listservs, it looks like shorebirds are  showing 
up in all available habitats around these parts, thanks in  part to the 
cooler July weather which recently hit. 
Good Shorebirding,

- Trent Bray
The Bobolink - Linking Birders  & Birds
1707 5th Street
La Grande, OR  97850
(541) 963 -  2888
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Subject: 7/22/14 - Union County, OR : Fall Shorebird Fall-out
From: AVITOURS AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:04:26 -0400
Birders -

Cathy Nowak called me this morning (6/22, 7:50 am), reporting that she had  
located 4 MARBLED GODWITS south of the Schoolhouse Pond.  I arrived at the  
Schoolhouse Pond a bit before 9 am and with a little patience, was able to  
relocate the four MARBLED GODWITS.  Cool birds, Cathy!  Other  Shorebirds 
scattered around the mud flats included:
6 - WHITE-FACED IBIS  (Adults with juveniles, I am certain they bred here 
again!)
1 - SEMIPALMATED  PLOVER (with an apparent injured right foot)
7 - PECTORAL SANDPIPER (a first  for the year for me)
1 - calling juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER with 15  LONG-BILLEDS 
Bunches of SPOTTED, WESTERN & LEAST SANDPIPERS,  BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 
WILSON'S & RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were present  too.
According to eBird and our Listservs, it looks like shorebirds are  showing 
up in all available habitats around these parts, thanks in  part to the 
cooler July weather which recently hit. 
Good Shorebirding,

- Trent Bray
The Bobolink - Linking Birders  & Birds
1707 5th Street
La Grande, OR  97850
(541) 963 -  2888
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Subject: Older BIRDING, American Birds, NAB available for adoption
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:53:16 -0700
Before I recycle or take them to Goodwill, is anyone interested in older bird 
magazines? NOT complete sets. 



BIRDING Magazine: mostly from the early 2000's but also a few from the 1990's 
to 2007. 


AMERICAN BIRDS/Audubon Field Notes, NAB (various names for the same magazine): 
Many -- from the early 1970's to a few years ago. 


Please let me know if you have any interest or suggestions of who might want 
them. 


Shawneen Finnegan
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Subject: Keizer Area Birding Summary
From: Mike Unger <unger730 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:33 -0700
Hello Birders:



Roy and I birded three locales in the Keizer area this morning.  It was
rather quiet but the weather was nice except for a brief light shower at
Spong’s Landing.  We walked about 3.3 miles through the three locales and
identified (saw or heard) 34 birds.



*Most notable sightings:*

·  Two *Green Herons* at Willow Lake Treatment Plant;

·  Seven *Marsh Wrens* that were quite vocal at Willow Lake Treatment Plant;

·  One *Greater Yellowlegs* at Spong’s Landing along the Willamette River;

·  One *Red-breasted Nuthatch* and one *White-breasted Nuthatch* at Spong’s
Landing;

·  Two *Spotted Sandpipers* at Spong’s Landing on the other side of the
river;

·  One *Purple Finch* at Spong’s Landing;

·  One young *Common Yellowthroat* was seen at Country Glen Park.

A complete list of today's birds follows.

Mike Unger

Keizer, OR

-------------------------------------------------------------------

BirdLog Checklist Summary for July 22, 2014


Number of Checklists: 3
Number of Species: 34



Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Willow Lake Treatment Plant  AT  8:00 AM
(2): Spong’s Landing  AT  9:11 AM
(3): Country Glen Park  AT  10:26 AM

43 Canada Goose -- (2)
3 Mallard -- (1),(2),(3)
1 Great Blue Heron -- (2)
2 Green Heron -- (1)
2 Spotted Sandpiper -- (2)
1 Greater Yellowlegs -- (2)
4 Mourning Dove -- (1),(3)
1 Anna's Hummingbird -- (3)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (3)
1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) -- (2)
2 Western Wood-Pewee -- (2)
4 Steller's Jay -- (2)
7 Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) -- (1),(3)
7 American Crow -- (1)
2 Tree Swallow -- (1)
12 Barn Swallow -- (1),(3)
21 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1),(2),(3)
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch -- (2)
1 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (2)
1 Brown Creeper -- (2)
7 Marsh Wren -- (1)
1 Swainson's Thrush -- (2)
2 American Robin -- (1),(3)
6 European Starling -- (1),(3)
2 Cedar Waxwing -- (3)
2 Common Yellowthroat -- (1),(3)
5 Spotted Towhee -- (1),(2),(3)
7 Song Sparrow -- (2),(3)
3 Black-headed Grosbeak -- (2),(3)
11 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1)
5 House Finch -- (3)
1 Purple Finch -- (2)
24 American Goldfinch -- (1),(3)
5 House Sparrow -- (3)
Subject: ECD
From: Bobolink06 AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:12:59 +0000 (UTC)
Obolites, This morning I observed a Eurasian Collared Dove on Villard St. in 
Eugene. I had heard it for several days in the alley way , but it was on the 
street perched on a utility wire this A.M. Any other observations in the South 
Eugene area? Bob Bender 
Subject: Fwd: Ridgefield NWR (Clark County) shorebirds
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:11:17 -0700
OBOLers,

An update on shorebirds at Ridgefield NWR in Clark County, Washington.

Jim
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Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com

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From: Jim Danzenbaker 
Date: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM
Subject: Ridgefield NWR (Clark County) shorebirds
To: tweeters tweeters 


Tweeters,

Since it was raining down here in Clark County this morning and since Randy
Hill found a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Ridgefield yesterday, I decided to
visit the refuge this morning and try my luck.  Shorebirds are definitely
arriving and any visit to the refuge specifically to look for shorebirds
should be planned based on the tides.  High Tide or the rising tide is
best.  This morning's shorebird tally on S. Big Lake (on the right side of
the auto tour loop on the south end of Rest Lake - between markers 11 and
12):

Killdeer: 15
Greater Yellowlegs: 15
Lesser Yellowlegs: 1
Least Sandpiper: 40
Western Sandpiper: 12
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 (first of season - adult)
Pectoral Sandpiper: 5+ (first of season - presumably all adults - 2
observed on the mud and nearby vegetation and a flock of four flying off to
nearby Campbell Lake)
Long-billed Dowitcher: 10
Wilson's Snipe: 6

I wasn't able to locate the Semipalmated Sandpiper.

There were two very cute River Otters near stop 12 quite audibly enjoying
their morning breakfast.

Currently, the water level on Rest Lake is still too high to attract
shorebirds although there was one lone Long-billed Dowitcher on the edge of
it this morning.

Keep your eyes and ears skyward.

Jim
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Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
Subject: goshawk
From: Bobolink06 AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:05:38 +0000 (UTC)
Birders, on Sunday we saw a large accipiter fly by our cabin on the Metolius 
River.My impression was a large long tailed, robust, fast flying bird at mid 
Ponderosa level. My diagnosis was Goshawk.The look was brief as usual, but it 
seemed to be too big for a Coopers. Supporting evidence could be a pile of 
Raven feathers we discovered near our cabin and at the base of a tree where it 
must have been plucked.This was in mid June at the time of the Woodpecker 
Festival. We have had almost annual sightings of Goshawk near our cabin but 
have not discovered a nest in the area. Bob Bender. Camp Sherman and Eugene 
Subject: goshawk
From: Bobolink06 AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:05:38 +0000 (UTC)
Birders, on Sunday we saw a large accipiter fly by our cabin on the Metolius 
River.My impression was a large long tailed, robust, fast flying bird at mid 
Ponderosa level. My diagnosis was Goshawk.The look was brief as usual, but it 
seemed to be too big for a Coopers. Supporting evidence could be a pile of 
Raven feathers we discovered near our cabin and at the base of a tree where it 
must have been plucked.This was in mid June at the time of the Woodpecker 
Festival. We have had almost annual sightings of Goshawk near our cabin but 
have not discovered a nest in the area. Bob Bender. Camp Sherman and Eugene 
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Subject: Pectoral SP
From: Daniel Farrar <jdanielfarrar AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:03:57 -0700
Obol,
     Today there is an adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Tenmile Creek Coos
county mixed with the more regulars.   Starting to see hatch year
shorebirds but still mostly adults.

Daniel Farrar


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Subject: Josephine Co barred owl fledglings
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:34:33 -0700
Here at our place on the edge of our garden, Takilma area, Illinois 
Valley, Josephine County, On July 20th, just as it was getting dark, 
Christie heard what she thought were begging calls from owl young.

We never got great looks at them but saw and heard 2 Barred Owl 
fledglings with a female adult.  IDed the species from the adult's 
"contact call".

Barred Owl have been very vocal here lately with some hooting (8 note 
location calls, etc.) during daytime.

Romain Cooper
10398 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
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Subject: Bend Hooded Oriole
From: Charles Gates <cgates326 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:46:14 -0700
The Hooded Oriole was seen for the third consecutive day yesterday east 
of Bend in Deschutes County.  Some image can be seen at 
https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZhPNUJ.

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

Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
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Subject: camping at Lost Lake
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:16:46 -0700
https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/CampingLostLakeJuly202014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJXb1YLV39nPBw&feat=directlink 


Click on link to see what we saw camping at Lost Lake.  What a wonderful place!

Stephanie Hazen
Ray Temple
Salem

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Subject: BirdsEye-Redmond Sewage Ponds-2014-7-21
From: "kimdelo AT yahoo.com" <kimdelo@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:43:50 -0700
Observer: Kimdel Owen
2014-07-21 19:20
Redmond Sewage Ponds
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
45 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    3    Canada Goose       
    50    Mallard       
    1    Cinnamon Teal       
    1    Green-winged Teal       
    1    Ring-necked Duck       
    18    Bufflehead       
    2    Hooded Merganser       
    1    Common Merganser       
    1    Ruddy Duck       
    1    Horned Grebe       
    1    Great Blue Heron       
    2    Red-tailed Hawk       
    1    American Coot       
    1    Semipalmated Plover       
    30    Killdeer       
    4    Spotted Sandpiper       
    3    Greater Yellowlegs       
    1    Lesser Yellowlegs       
    28    Least Sandpiper       
    3    Pectoral Sandpiper       
    15    Western Sandpiper       
    13    Long-billed Dowitcher       
    1    Wilson's Snipe       
    2    Wilson's Phalarope       
    4    Mourning Dove       
    30    Common Nighthawk       
    1    White-throated Swift       
    1    Ash-throated Flycatcher       
    2    Western Kingbird       
    5    Black-billed Magpie       
    15    European Starling       
    28    Brewer's Blackbird       

This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog 
(http://birdseyebirding.com/) 


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Subject: Wandering Tattler - Ecola State Park
From: Bill Bradford <billbradford1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:13:49 -0700
Today we got reasonably good views of a WANDERING TATTLER, first on the
sand and then on a rock, below the wooden viewing platform facing south
just off the south parking lot at Ecola State Park. It was too distant for
pictures but we saw it well, including its tail bobbing behavior. This
wasn't far from where Diana Byrne saw a pair of them on July 27, 2013.

Other highlights of the trip were 6 TUFTED PUFFINS at Haystack Rock (around
8 to 8:30 AM), a few flocks of 12 to 15 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, mixed with a
handful of LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS at Bayocean Spit.
There were also 5 WIMBRELS at the Spit. Lots of small groups of RHINOCEROS
AUKLETS were on the move by Barview Jetty. The huge numbers of COMMON
MURRES everywhere were impressive.

Bill Bradford & Lora Minty
Subject: Benton Co. shorebirds
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:18:09 -0700
Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and a single BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were the only
shorebirds in evidence at the Philomath Sewage Ponds this morning.Also
present were 69 CALIFORNIA GULLS.

Hendrik & Oscar

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__________________________
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Corvallis, OR


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Subject: Coos shorebirds
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:29:44 -0700
A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were at New River, Coos 
Cty today.

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein


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Subject: Re: RBA: Probably LITTLE STINT SJCR shorebird flats
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:09:34 -0800
Mike the new sequence is "shoot first, ask questions later." That's the only 
way we can document pelagics. 


Tom

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Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 1:12 PM
To: 'OBOL'; swalalahos
Subject: [obol] RBA: Probably LITTLE STINT SJCR shorebird flats

I went out to look for Elegant Terns and got distracted by a brightly marked 
juvenile peep imbedded in a flock of WESTERN SANDPIPERS at the big pond in the 
South Jetty Shorebird Flats. 


I am reasonable confident that it was a juvenile LITTLE STINT.
I did not get any photos, because the sequence is observe, note details, get 
photos. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER spooked the flock before I could get to the 
photographing. 


Written details at:
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/

I spent most of the rest of the morning sifting through the shorebird flocks on 
the river beach. Lots of birds, but nothing like what I first saw... 


I may have heard ELEGANT TERN, didn't see any though.


--
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Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: RBA: Probably LITTLE STINT SJCR shorebird flats
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:11:49 -0700
I went out to look for Elegant Terns and got distracted by a
brightly marked juvenile peep imbedded in a flock of WESTERN
SANDPIPERS at the big pond in the South Jetty Shorebird Flats.

I am reasonable confident that it was a juvenile LITTLE STINT.
I did not get any photos, because the sequence is observe, note
details, get photos.  A PECTORAL SANDPIPER spooked the flock before I
could get to the photographing.

Written details at:
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/

I spent most of the rest of the morning sifting through the shorebird
flocks on the river beach.  Lots of birds, but nothing like what I
first saw...

I may have heard ELEGANT TERN, didn't see any though.


-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Possible RBA: Little Stint, S Jetty Columbia River
From: "Jim Johnson" <jt_johnson AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:58:38 -0700
I just heard (via David Bailey) that Mike Patterson is looking at a possible
juvenile Little Stint this morning at parking lot C at the South Jetty
Columbia River. Lack of palmations, relatively fine bill, and strong white
braces on the back were mentioned, but I'm sure Mike will provide full
details later.

 

Jim Johnson
Subject: RBA LITTLE STINT
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:56:20 -0700
Second-hand report that Mike Patterson found a Little Stint at South Jetty 
Columbia this morning. Details/updates as available. 


.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Turkey Vultures starting to migrate?
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:54:37 -0700
This morning (07-21-14) perched in tall conifers near our place (east of the 
Merlin I-5 exit) were 21 TURKEY VULTURES. Many more then the past month or so. 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: Baskett Slough shorebird update
From: Brandon Wagner <bmwboarder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:19:07 -0700
Hey friends,

I got too busy to post about my visit to Baskett Slough yesterday, but Paul
Sullivan's post on a lack of shorebirds reminded me that I should post what
I saw.  So this is for Sunday (7-21-14) morning at Baskett Slough NWR.

5 Black-necked Stilts!  3 of which appeared to be juveniles (smaller with
less brightness to them)
4 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Least Sandpipers
23 Long-billed Dowitchers
1 Wilson's Phalarope (juvenile I think)

This was all right at the narrows.  I would note though that I didn't pull
up and see all of these at once.  The juvenile Stilts didn't come in until
I had been there for 45 min or so, and the dowitchers didn't come in until
I had been there for more than an hour.  Who knows what else was there if I
had waited a little longer!  The stilts were quite fun to watch, the adults
chased away other shorebirds and even crows!  Aggressive for how dainty
they are.

I'd love to hear reports for anyone else that visits the refuge.

Cheers!
Brandon Wagner
Independence
Subject: Re: local RBA: ELEGANT TERN (correction)
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:59:22 -0700
Five ELEGANT TERNS...

Mike Patterson wrote:
> The tern watchers on East Sand Island reported a single, well
> described ELEGANT TERN loafing on the beach there with CASPIAN
> and COMMON TERNS Saturday.
>
> Elegant Terns have not been reported elsewhere along the Oregon
> Coast, yet, which is not the usual sequence of things, but it is
> and el Nino year and we saw plenty last year.
>
> In other news:
> I was unable to relocate the SNOWY PLOVER or the banded SEMIPALMATED
> SANDPIPER reported Saturday on Gearhart Beach.  There were very good
> numbers of WESTERN SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and frustrating
> numbers of unleashed dogs being encouraged to run through the flocks,
> however,
>

-- 
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Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: local RBA: ELEGANT TERN on the Columbia River Estuary
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:53:06 -0700
The tern watchers on East Sand Island reported a single, well
described ELEGANT TERN loafing on the beach there with CASPIAN
and COMMON TERNS Saturday.

Elegant Terns have not been reported elsewhere along the Oregon
Coast, yet, which is not the usual sequence of things, but it is
and el Nino year and we saw plenty last year.

In other news:
I was unable to relocate the SNOWY PLOVER or the banded SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER reported Saturday on Gearhart Beach.  There were very good
numbers of WESTERN SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and frustrating
numbers of unleashed dogs being encouraged to run through the flocks,
however,

-- 
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Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: grouse? crossbills? shorebirds?
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:50:20 -0700
Folks,

 

Carol & I went out into the foothills and Coast Range of Yamhill county
three days last week.  We found no grouse, no Mountain Quail.  We found 2
(count 'em - 2) Red Crossbills, our first of the year.  We also found our
FOY Hairy Woodpecker (wooo-hoo!).  We did enjoy Gray Jays and Hermit
Warblers.

 

We couldn't get in at Sheridan sewage ponds because they had inmates from
the prison working last week.  At Yamhill sewage ponds we found NO
shorebirds, not even a Killdeer.  NO shorebirds in the woods either.

 

So yesterday we went to the coast.  We visited Pacific City, Tierra del Mar,
Whalen Island, Netarts Bay, Oceanside, Little Beach, Cape Meares, Fenk Road,
Bay City oyster plant, Miami Cove, the Three Graces, and Barview jetty.  Net
shorebirds: ~8 Least Sandpipers at Whalen Island and 50 Western Sandpipers
at Bay City.  NO OTHER SHOREBIRDS.  Shorebird deficit disorder. 

 

We looked for Tufted Puffins at Pacific City's Haystack Rock, and at the
view of Three Arch Rock from Oceanside and Cape Meares.  Maybe we saw a
silhouette of a "football with wings" at Pacific City.

 

Oh, for a county with shorebird habitat.  If you got 'em, enjoy 'em.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

 

Paul & Carol

 

 
Subject: grouse? crossbills? shorebirds?
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:50:20 -0700
Folks,

 

Carol & I went out into the foothills and Coast Range of Yamhill county
three days last week.  We found no grouse, no Mountain Quail.  We found 2
(count 'em - 2) Red Crossbills, our first of the year.  We also found our
FOY Hairy Woodpecker (wooo-hoo!).  We did enjoy Gray Jays and Hermit
Warblers.

 

We couldn't get in at Sheridan sewage ponds because they had inmates from
the prison working last week.  At Yamhill sewage ponds we found NO
shorebirds, not even a Killdeer.  NO shorebirds in the woods either.

 

So yesterday we went to the coast.  We visited Pacific City, Tierra del Mar,
Whalen Island, Netarts Bay, Oceanside, Little Beach, Cape Meares, Fenk Road,
Bay City oyster plant, Miami Cove, the Three Graces, and Barview jetty.  Net
shorebirds: ~8 Least Sandpipers at Whalen Island and 50 Western Sandpipers
at Bay City.  NO OTHER SHOREBIRDS.  Shorebird deficit disorder. 

 

We looked for Tufted Puffins at Pacific City's Haystack Rock, and at the
view of Three Arch Rock from Oceanside and Cape Meares.  Maybe we saw a
silhouette of a "football with wings" at Pacific City.

 

Oh, for a county with shorebird habitat.  If you got 'em, enjoy 'em.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

 

Paul & Carol

 

 
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:24:00 -0700

Begin forwarded message:

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: July 21, 2014 6:09:25 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Horned Grebe (1 Deschutes)
Black-necked Stilt (1 Polk)
Marbled Godwit (1 Jackson)
Elegant Tern (1 Clatsop)
Merlin (1 Jackson)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1 Jefferson)
Tricolored Blackbird (1 Jefferson)

---------------------------------------------
The report below shows observations of rare birds in Oregon. View this alert on 
the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Coos Marbled Godwits
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:34:36 -0700
There were 12 MARBLED GODWITS and 2 SB DOWITCHERS in the little bay 
beach cove at the south end of the Coos Bay North Spit yesterday, and 1 
MARBLED GODWIT was on the beach at CBNS yesterday also.   A few days ago 
a single MARBLED GODWIT was at Bandon Beach.   We have been seeing lots 
of shorebirds as others have reported also.....

Cheers
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Subject: Vista Ridge to Elk Cove Mt Hood
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:02:29 -0700
Hi:

On Saturday I hiked up Vista Ridge to Elk Cove on the north side of Mt
Hood.  Not many birds at all, maybe the late arriving  summer kept the
birds at lower elevations.Anyway, got some nice pictures :)



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PDX
Subject: Re: Photo Gallery of Migrant Adult Shorebirds
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:58:06 +0000
In my post just few minutes ago, I forgot to mention that we had two adult 
Pectoral Sandpipers at Trestle Bay on Saturday afternoon and that juvenile 
California Gulls are now in pretty good numbers along the northern Oregon 
coast. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR

 		 	   		  
Subject: Photo Gallery of Migrant Adult Shorebirds
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:48:49 +0000
Greetings All,

We are still about 8-10 days or so away from the onslaught juvenile shorebirds 
hitting Oregon, but there is no shortage of shorebirds of along the outer 
coast, where good numbers of adults of several species are still moving along 
outer beaches. Shawneen Finnegan and I spent much of the weekend near Gearhart, 
Oregon with her family. On Saturday, we managed to squeeze in several hours of 
shorebirding along the open beach between Gearhart and the wreck of the Peter 
Iredale. The most abundant species we found were Western Sandpiper, 
Semipalmated Plover, and Sanderling. We also had a few Short-billed Dowitchers, 
Black-bellied Plovers, and a small group of Marbled Godwits. In addition to 
these species, we found Greater Yellowlegs and Whimbrel at Trestle Bay (Parking 
lot D in Fort Stevens State Park) on the incoming tide late Saturday afternoon. 
I didn't see them, but during a walk on the beach with her sister, Shawneen saw 
a Snowy Plover (exceptionally rare in Clatsop County these days) and an adult 
Semipalmated Sandpiper with bright yellow leg flag–she reported these birds 
earlier on OBOL. 


Before heavy fog set on in the late afternoon, I took a bunch of photos of 
shorebirds along the open beach west of the end of 5th Street in Gearhart. 
Southbound adult shorebirds make for an interesting study of individual 
variation as the combination of feather wear and molt result in quite a bit of 
difference from one individual to the next. The gallery at the link below 
offers a sampling of this variation. I focused most of my attention on the 
Sanderlings, as those seemed to show the widest range of difference. 


http://www.birdfellow.com/photos/gallery/909-july-adult-shorebirds-in-oregon

Dave Irons
Portland, OR 
 		 	   		  
Subject: BirdsEye-Redmond Sewage Ponds-2014-7-20
From: "kimdelo AT yahoo.com" <kimdelo@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:22:08 -0700
Observer: Kimdel Owen
2014-07-20 11:30
Redmond Sewage Ponds
Protocol: Traveling
3 Miles
45 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    13    Canada Goose       
    60    Mallard       
    6    Ring-necked Duck       
    18    Bufflehead       
    4    Hooded Merganser       
    1    Common Merganser       
    2    Ruddy Duck       
    1    Pied-billed Grebe       
    1    Horned Grebe    red neck, flat head, solid yellow on head   
    1    Great Blue Heron       
    2    Turkey Vulture       
    1    Swainson's Hawk       
    2    Red-tailed Hawk       
    30    Killdeer       
    4    Spotted Sandpiper       
    6    Greater Yellowlegs       
    1    Lesser Yellowlegs       
    2    Least Sandpiper       
    3    Western Sandpiper       
    12    Long-billed Dowitcher       
    3    Wilson's Phalarope       
    15    Mourning Dove       
    25    Common Nighthawk       
    2    American Kestrel       
    1    Say's Phoebe       
    2    Western Kingbird       
    1    Pinyon Jay       
    4    Black-billed Magpie       
    2    Common Raven       
    5    Bank Swallow       
    2    Barn Swallow       
    12    European Starling       
    30    Brewer's Blackbird       
    2    Brown-headed Cowbird       

Also Long-eared Owl at Owl Thicket.

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(http://birdseyebirding.com/) 


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Subject: Finley/Baskett Slough NWRs today
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:35:21 -0400
I can't walk, but I can drive. So I spent the day driving the auto tour at 
Finley NWR and stopping at the Narrrows at Baskett Slough NWR on the way back 
home, all without straying much from the car. Except for once when I hobbled 
the 100yds to the overlook at Cabell Marsh (where I saw 4 White Pelicans). It 
felt great to be out nevertheless on this perfect birding day. Here are the 
highlights of my day: 

Finley NWR:-Western Kingbirds (2+ at Prairie Overlook)-Wrentit (1 at parking 
lot of Woodpecker Trail)-Black Phoebe (pond near Cheadle Barn)-Red-shouldered 
Hawk (1 calling near Cheadle Barn) 

Baskett Slough NWR ("The Narrows"):-2 very early Pectoral Sandpipers-2 juvenile 
Wilson's Phalaropes-4 Black-necked Stilts (3 juvies and 1 adult)-3+ 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds 

At Finley mid morning, many birds were still singing/calling. Purple Finch 
could be heard at pretty much every stop, Lazuli Bunting also very conspicous. 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR

 		 	   		  
Subject: Bayocean Spit Peep Show
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT sou.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:44:01 -0700
Today at the Bayocean Spit I estimated there to be about 900+ peeps flying
around one large flock and several smaller flocks. After a couple hours of
scanning I couldn't pick out anything but Westerns and Leasts, with a
worthless speculative estimated ratio of about 6 to 1. However, I did count
41 Semipalmated plovers.

James Billstine
Subject: Am. White Pelican at Smith & Bybee Lakes in Portland
From: "Clausing, Arthur M" <clausing AT illinois.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:00:19 +0000
I arrived at the canoe launch area at Smith Lake this morning before the boats 
started to arrive and found 40+ American White Pelicans on the water. Later I 
saw a slightly smaller number in the air near Bybee Lake. I then headed to 
Force Lake where I saw four Green Herons. I placed several pictures of the 
pelicans and herons in my photo stream at: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcsbirds

Art Clausing
Subject: Curry Mt. Bluebirds et al. 7/19 & 7/20/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:35:18 -0700
Yesterday and today I did my annual backpack in to the Kalmiopsis
Wilderness east of Brookings.  I was up on the Chetco Rim trail.  It is
mostly around 4,000' and is also mostly treeless dating back to the 2002
Biscuit Fire- miles of snags now.  I hiked in about 6.5 miles and camped.
 The best birding is from Chetco Lake (about 4.5 miles in)  onwards.  At
about 5.5 miles one hits an area that wasn't burned and that is where I
found chickadees and several other forest species. Prior to the burn, one
had to search for views of the ocean.  Now the entire trail has good views
of the ocean. After 12 years I see trees coming back but they are only a
foot or two tall, it'll be many years before it looks like it did pre-burn.
 Still a very cool landscape. Although it gets about 140 inches of rain a
year it is like a desert up there this time of year, hot and dry- a nice
break from the chilly coast. Temps between 56 and 84.

Chetco Lake (pond) is a great swimming spot, water bottle fill up spot, and
a fun odonate location- I saw about 6 species of dragonflies and lots of
boreal/northern bluets. No live trees though.

This morning before sunrise while the nighthawks were overhead I had great
views of Mercury, a planet that is tough to see well most of the year.

The best birds were three MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at Chetco Lake- an adult male
with two juvies. I couldn't find the female but she could have been around
and I missed her.  This is the third time in five years I have seen likely
breeding birds in mid-July.  I also had six different singing/calling ROCK
WRENS, lots of habitat for them!

It was very windy on Saturday but barely even breezy this morning, here is
the rest of my bird list:
1- TURKEY VULTURE
2- OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS
1- WESTERN WOOD-PEEWEE
5- DUSKY FLYCATCHERS
2- AMERICAN ROBINS
4- RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
3- TOWNEND'S SOLITAIRES
1- HOUSE WREN
3- MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES
2- SELASPHORUS HUMMERS
10- STELLER'S JAYS
1- NORTHERN FLICKER (my only woodpecker!)
5- YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS
1- BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
1- ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
1- LAZULI BUNTING
10- SPOTTED TOWHEES
1- GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE
2- SONG SPARROWS
40- DARK-EYED JUNCOES
1- PINE SISKIN

Oh, saw flocks of Mt. Quail on my way up to the trailhead and leaving
today- adults with young birds in tow.

No terns in either Brookings or Gold Beach, lots of fog in Brookings
though, most of the day- seen well from above.

Merry summertime!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:11:25 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: July 20, 2014 6:07:55 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Snowy Plover (1 Clatsop)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1 Deschutes)
Band-tailed Pigeon (1 Deschutes)
Black-capped Chickadee (1 Deschutes)
Gray Catbird (4 Lincoln)
Tricolored Blackbird (2 Linn)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (3 Columbia)

---------------------------------------------
The report below shows observations of rare birds in Oregon. View this alert on 
the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Subject: Re: Surprising birds dust bagging
From: Dan Gleason <dan-gleason AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:13:02 -0700
Sun-bathing can be seen in many birds. Often, juncos sit on our deck, lean over 
to one side, open the upward wing and spread the feathers beneath. As they are 
doing this, you can see that the skin beneath is dark, which absorbs heat. This 
may seem like an odd thing to do on a hot summer day, but the likely 
explanation is not that they are trying to warm themselves, but that they are 
trying to get rid of parasites (lice). With exposure from the sun and increased 
heat, the ectoparasites (mostly lice and maybe some hippoboscid flies) become 
uncomfortable and move to nearby cooler parts of the body not in direct 
sunlight. As they become dislodged it is now easier for the bird to pluck them 
off and be rid of them. Note what seems like vigorous preening immediately 
after sun exposure. 


On one occasion, I observed a Western Scrub-Jay laying on the dirt of the 
flower bed with its wings and tail spread. When I pulled out the binoculars and 
looked much more closely, I could see some ants. The jay was laying atop an ant 
hill and allowing the ants to crawl over its body. This is called "passive 
anting.” Ants generally don’t wish to have any other insect company in their 
presence, so, with their large mandibles, they grab the lice and try to throw 
them off. I took photos, but unfortunately the ants are visible in the photos I 
took. Later, I did inspect the spot where the jay was doing this and, sure 
enough, there was a very active ant colony. Soon after watching this, the jay 
began preening, or so I thought. When I looked closely, I could see that it had 
an ant in its beak and was rubbing it through the base of the wing feathers and 
feathers of the breast. How extraordinarily fortunate I felt. Not only did I 
get to witness passive anting, but now I was seeing "active anting" by the same 
bird. During active anting, a bird catches an ant with its beak and squeezes it 
just enough to make it exude some of the formic acid in its sting. The formic 
acid is very bitter and irritating. It’s enough of an irritant to the parasites 
that they dislodge to move away. Once dislodged, these parasites are easy to 
grab and remove from the body. Afterwards, the bird may seek another ant and 
repeat this process. 


You never know what you are going to see if you just keep your eyes open for 
the unexpected. 


Dan Gleason
---------------
dan-gleason AT comcast.net
• Co-owner, Wild Birds Unlimited of Eugene
• Author of "Birds! From the Inside Out" and "Looking for Yellowheads"
• Instructor of Field Ornithology, University of Oregon
541-953-4726

On Jul 19, 2014, at 7:21 PM, Pamela K Johnston  wrote:

> In the recent hot weather I've seen quite a bit of sunning, including 
Band-tailed Pigeons raising one wing at a time to the sun, which was new to me. 
Steller's Jays have been fanning their wings and tails out and sprawling on the 
grass in the sun. So much for woodland birds clinging to the cool and bosky 
places. This kind of grooming must be pretty important to them. 

> Pamela Johnston
> 
> On Jul 18, 2014 10:04 PM, Joseph Blowers  wrote:
>> 
>> Today I saw a large group of Chestnut-backed Chickadees taking turns 
dust-bathing in a dry path at Lost Lake in Hood River County. While I’ve seen a 
number of species do dust bathing, it’s most often been ground nesting species 
or invasive species like House Sparrows. Given this species propensity to hang 
from misty conifer bows, it was surprising to see them wallowing in the dirt of 
the pathway kicking up dust. Apparently there is some evidence for dust-bathing 
reducing oil levels in feathers and some anecdotal evidence for it helping 
control ectoparasites. I’d be interested if anyone else has seen this species 
dust bathing. 

>> 
>> Here is a link to my best photo of the phenomena:  https://flic.kr/p/onL7bb 
>> 
>> Joe Blowers 
>> Beaverton, OR 
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Subject: Re: Newport Catbird continues
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:17:05 -0700
On Jul 19, 2014, at 8:28 PM, Oscar Harper  wrote:

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

> 
> Despite a favorable tide and some decent mud edges along the bay, the only 
shorebirds in attendance were 2 WHIMBRELS and 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS. 

> 
> One single BROWN PELICAN between the jetties was the only other bird of note.
> 
> Nice to get away from the Valley heat for a few hours (although it was 
surprisingly warm and sunny in Newport, about 70 F). 

> 
> Good summer birding
> 
> Oscar


In addition to the well-known problem for shorebirds at Yaquina Bay due to the 
destruction of high tide roosts, I suggest that the encroachment and near 
covering of flats by invasive Japanese Eel Grass has been very detrimental. 
Unlike the native eel grass, it colonizes areas much higher in the tidal cycle. 
It is now rampant at Willapa Bay, and is having a devastating effect on much of 
the shorebird flats. 


Jeff Gilligan

 

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