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Flamingoes,©Tony Disley

23 Nov hawks and geese [Darrel Faxon ]
23 Nov JoCo Herring Gulls [Russ Namitz ]
23 Nov Larophile alert - probable Lesser Black-backed Gull near Creswell []
23 Nov S. Coast Kingbirds and other stuff of late [Tim Rodenkirk ]
23 Nov Lane Coast SNOW GOOSE still here ["Diane Pettey" ]
24 Nov Oregon Birds Fall 2014 issue ["dawn v" ]
23 Nov the dustbin of history [Mike Patterson ]
23 Nov Canvasback x Redhead- another photo [Dwight P ]
23 Nov Re: local RBA SE Wash Co; [Thomas Love ]
23 Nov Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland [Hendrik Herlyn ]
23 Nov Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland [Alan Contreras ]
23 Nov Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland [Will Wright ]
23 Nov Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland [Wayne Hoffman ]
23 Nov Broughton Beach Short-eared Owl [Bob Archer ]
23 Nov local RBA SE Wash Co; [Thomas Love ]
23 Nov Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland [Dwight P ]
23 Nov Columbia County weekend [Donald Coggswell ]
23 Nov Brownsville, Linn County, Chiloe Wigeon ["W. Douglas Robinson" ]
23 Nov Siskin, Eugene yard [Brandon Green ]
23 Nov Boiler Bay ["Phil Pickering" ]
23 Nov Malheur Field Station news [Alan Contreras ]
23 Nov OBA Renewal bounces - Carolyn Mann, Cheryl Chessick ["dawn v" ]
23 Nov Saturday at Ridgefield NWR [Stephanie Hazen ]
22 Nov Cool Creeper photo [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov Washinton Co scoter, YB Sapsucker [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov 2 minute video of swans at Ridgfield NWR 11-22-14 [Stephanie Hazen ]
22 Nov Crabtree, Linn County Snow Goose, Finley Redhead ["Jeff Harding" ]
22 Nov Cattle Egret yes, Hooded Oriole no- S. Coast 11/22/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
22 Nov Rentenaar Road, Sauvie Island ["Will Risser" ]
22 Nov id help result: heron not crane [Linda Fink ]
22 Nov Heavy Offshore Movement- Coos 11/22/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
22 Nov Re: Finley Black Phoebe? [Hendrik Herlyn ]
22 Nov Finley Black Phoebe? [Alan Contreras ]
22 Nov Salem C Goldeneyes, Barn Swallows 11/22 [Roy Gerig ]
22 Nov Black phoebe - Canby Community Park [Jeff Dillon ]
22 Nov Yamhill Red Phalarope [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov Clatsop seawatches - 11/22/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
22 Nov Best days to bird Sauvie Is. [Bob Archer ]
22 Nov No Newport booby? [Wayne Hoffman ]
22 Nov Boiler Bay, Nov. 22 - BROWN BOOBY [Wayne Hoffman ]
22 Nov Re: Florence Snow Goose [Roy Lowe ]
22 Nov Lincoln City CBC, call for Owlers ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov Lincoln City CBC, Sunday December 14th ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov Florence Snow Goose [Alan Contreras ]
22 Nov Finley birds, Yellowthroat [Alan Contreras ]
22 Nov Columbia Co birds [Russ Namitz ]
22 Nov Re: Bean goose/booby [Gerard Lillie ]
22 Nov Bean goose/booby [Colleen McDaniel ]
22 Nov Mary's Peak 11/22 [Luke Ferrenburg ]
22 Nov id help needed [Linda Fink ]
22 Nov OBA Renewal bounces - Dale & Elva Paulson, Norman Barrett ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov OBA Renewal Bounces - Carol Cwiklinski, Suzy Murphy, David Ball ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov Re: special seawatch challenge... ["dawn v" ]
22 Nov special seawatch challenge... [Mike Patterson ]
22 Nov [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
21 Nov Sauvie's Island birds [Tom McNamara ]
21 Nov Re: Birder News for Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival this weekend [Mary Ratcliff ]
21 Nov Linn Co birds [Russ Namitz ]
21 Nov Re: Tundra Bean-Goose [Pete Fahey ]
21 Nov Coos Hooded Oriole 11/21/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
21 Nov Columbia County [Donald Coggswell ]
21 Nov Seeking observations of birds eating oak mistletoe berries ["Pritchard, Kyle" ]
21 Nov Tundra Bean Goose Yes 11-21-14 [James Billstine ]
21 Nov Bean Goose [david smith ]
21 Nov Birder News for Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival this weekend [Mary Ratcliff ]
21 Nov Hermit thrush Westmorland [Chris Bennett ]
21 Nov Tundra Bean-Goose [Gerard Lillie ]
21 Nov Re: Mary's Peak PINE GROSBEAK & Rosyfinches [David Irons ]
21 Nov Weather this weekend [Mike Patterson ]
21 Nov Re: dead owl [Jeff Gilligan ]
21 Nov Re: Help Dying Bird [Marlowe Kissinger ]
21 Nov Mary's Peak PINE GROSBEAK & Rosyfinches [Russ Namitz ]
21 Nov Re: Help Dying Bird [Carole Hallett ]
21 Nov Help Dying Bird [Marlowe Kissinger ]
20 Nov dead owl date correction [Darrel Faxon ]
20 Nov dead owl [Darrel Faxon ]

Subject: hawks and geese
From: Darrel Faxon <5hats AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:40:14 -0800
      This afternoon Laura and I headed north from Lincoln City.  We
first drove by the pastures at Otis to look for geese, just in case the
Bean Goose had decided to move south.  It hadn't, but the pastures had a
couple hundred Canada Geese with a sprinkling of Cacklers.
     Just before we got back on Hwy 101, in the pasture south of East Three
Rocks Road we saw a Rough-legged Hawk.  That pasture is where the species
has been found with some regularity early in other winters.  However, the
Rough-legs which arrive there around November do not tend to stay the whole
winter, so anyone wishing to look for them there would be advised to do so
fairly soon.
     We drove on north to Tillamook County, and after turning on
Christiansen Road found the Bean Goose in about one minute.  It was about
twenty feet from the road right after we passed the first group of trees.
Then we drove to the overlook, and looked at the geese below us for about
one minute before a heavy rain squall came in.
     Since we were already up that way, we drove on into Pacific City.  By
the time we got to the parking area at the beach, it was raining so hard
and the cloud ceiling was so low we could barely see Haystack Rock, much
less look for boobies.  We went into a store and got some chowder, then
went back about half an hour later, By that time it had cleared enough to
see the rock well,  We spent about five minutes halfheartedly looking for
boobies, but since we had already seen the goose, the effort seemed almost
anticlimactic, even if we had seen them, which we didn't.  Besides, by now
Brown Boobies are trash birds.  Well, not quite, but once in a while
a person should be able to need forgiveness for making an overstatement.

Darrel & Laura
Subject: JoCo Herring Gulls
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:06:14 -0800
Tim Shelmerdine and I birded around Grants Pass today and found 2 juvenile 
HERRING GULLS roosting with 2 juvenile CALIFORNIA GULLS on a floating dock at 
Copeland Ponds. There was also a BONAPARTE'S GULL near the shoreline. Any gull 
species is uncommon in Josephine, let alone 3 species in a single day, let 
alone 3 species in a single location!! 

There is a HORNED GREBE at Rogue Lea Estate ponds as well as 4 BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERONS. 

Feeding in the pumpkin patch at the junction of Lower & Upper River Rd, there 
was a huge flock of blackbirds that we didn't have time to check. This was the 
flock that had Tricolored & Yellow-headed last winter. 

Good birding,Russ Namit
Medford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Larophile alert - probable Lesser Black-backed Gull near Creswell
From: bcombs232 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:03:15 -0800
I was birding between Creswell and Goshen today, and decided to check out 
Ricketts Road as a last stop before heading home. I parked a little west of the 
railroad tracks. After checking out the pond to the north, I started scanning 
the field to the south. At the west edge of the field there was a large group 
of gulls scattered around on the ground. Most were Ring-billed, with a few 
Californias and maybe others, but then my focus was totally diverted to a gull 
whose back was so dark that it looked black at a distance. The gull was larger 
than the Ring-billeds, but I didn't think that it towered over them as one of 
the coastal pink-legged gulls might. I tried to take some pictures, but the 
gulls were quite distant so I may not have gotten much. I will check later. 
Based on its really, really, really dark back and on its size, Lesser Black- 
backed Gull seems to be the most likely ID for this bird. 


A local hunter stopped by to chat. He said that he had previously seen the 
darker gull feeding at the edge of the creek but had not yet seen it mingle 
with the other gulls. It had been around for a while. 


After he left, I decided to try to get some pictures from closer in. As I drove 
closer, the gulls decided to wrap it up for the day. By the time I had gotten 
to where they had been feeding, they were all gone. 


The good news is that these gulls have been in the area for a while and are 
likely to come back so that others can view them. I'll probably go back 
tomorrow at some point when I am free of other obligations. I hope others will 
be able to find this bird, too. 


Sent from my iPad

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Subject: S. Coast Kingbirds and other stuff of late
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:37:07 -0800
Terry Wahl had three TROPICAL KINGBIRDS at the family ranch near Cape
Blanco on the 22nd.

Today (the 23rd) I saw the north spit of Coos Bay TROPICAL KINGBIRD also.
It has been a bit hard to find at times.  It often appears at the SE end of
the old Weyco areation pond (4 mile marker along Transpacific Hwy).  Later
today I saw it across the road along the bay which is probably where it has
been spending most of its time.  There has been at least one bird here
since 2 November with a couple around two weeks ago but apparently only one
now.

It sounds like many of the loons I saw late yesterday PM decided to stop in
Port Orford.  Knute Andersson said that he and Lois Miller saw thousands at
Port Orford today sitting on the ocean all the way from the harbor to
Battle Rock and as far out as they could see.  A huge raft of all three
species.

No Hooded Oriole today either- dang!

Merry Happy,
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Lane Coast SNOW GOOSE still here
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:28:49 -0800
Greetings OBOLers,
I checked C&M Stables west pasture for the Snow Goose earlier this morning 
and it wasn't there. A third pass (early afternoon) found the bird browsing 
with several Cacklers and numerous Western Canada Geese.

Beautiful November day on the coast!

regards,
Diane Pettey
Heceta Beach, OR
surfbird AT q.com



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Subject: Oregon Birds Fall 2014 issue
From: "dawn v" <dawnv AT birdlover.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:20:20 +0100




Subject: the dustbin of history
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:07:19 -0800
I discover that I wasn't nearly as smart as I thought I was
30 years ago...

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

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



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Subject: Canvasback x Redhead- another photo
From: Dwight P <gpic4dp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:55:34 -0800
I added another photo of the left side of the bird- it looks like there is
a faint thin eyering.

http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/image/158330741

Dwight Porter
Portland, Oregon
Subject: Re: local RBA SE Wash Co;
From: Thomas Love <tlove AT linfield.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:44:50 +0000
Ouch, I meant the ponds SOUTH of Nyberg, east of I-5, of course (for the 
TRUMPETER SWAN, etc.). 


And of course for yesterday's sightings I meant the ponds west of I-5, north of 
the Tualatin PO on TUALATIN-SHERWOOD (not Nyberg) Road. 


Tom L.

From: Thomas Love >
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014 2:05 PM
To: OBOL >
Subject: local RBA SE Wash Co;

A lone TRUMPETER SWAN was in the ponds behind/north of the strip of businesses 
along Nyberg St. west of I-5 this morning. A local worker said it had been 
there for maybe three weeks. 


Also, among quite a collection of waterfowl here and farther west in Browns 
Ferry park this morning were a nice assortment of regulars, including: 


Canada Goose - 25
Mallard - 15
Gadwall - 50
Northern Pintail - 20
American Wigeon – 50
[Eurasian Wigeon – 0; this stretch has been reliable for this species in past 
winters] 

Northern Shoveler - 10
Green-winged Teal - 40
Ring-necked Duck - 8
Bufflehead - 12
Hooded Merganser - 1 female

All of these species were present yesterday in the ponds south of the Tualatin 
PO, east of I-5 about a mile, and also included: 

Ruddy Duck – 2 juv

Tom L.
Subject: Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:41:41 -0800
To me, the shape of the head and bill don't quite match Common Pochard.

Hendrik

On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM, Alan Contreras 
wrote:

> There is a ghostly bill pattern, vaguely closer to Redhead than to
> Pochard.  The bird is is desperate need of a molt; with luck it will define
> itself more clearly pretty soon.
> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
> On Nov 23, 2014, at 2:24 PM, Wayne Hoffman wrote:
>
> Hi -
>
> This is a very interesting bird, and good photos!  I suspect your ID is
> correct, but can you completely discount Common Pochard?
>
> Wayne
>
> On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM, Dwight P  wrote:
>
>> A Canvasback x Redhead hybrid has been hanging out at the Oregon
>> Episcopal School Wetlands in SW Portland since Tuesday. It took me a few
>> visits and then finally some closer looks and decent photos to figure it
>> out. It was there this morning (11/23).
>>
>> Photo-
>> http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/image/158329933
>>
>> Dwight Porter
>> Portland, Oregon
>>
>
>
>


-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:39:08 -0800
There is a ghostly bill pattern, vaguely closer to Redhead than to Pochard. The 
bird is is desperate need of a molt; with luck it will define itself more 
clearly pretty soon. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Nov 23, 2014, at 2:24 PM, Wayne Hoffman wrote:

> Hi - 
> 
> This is a very interesting bird, and good photos! I suspect your ID is 
correct, but can you completely discount Common Pochard? 

> 
> Wayne
> 
> On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM, Dwight P  wrote:
> A Canvasback x Redhead hybrid has been hanging out at the Oregon Episcopal 
School Wetlands in SW Portland since Tuesday. It took me a few visits and then 
finally some closer looks and decent photos to figure it out. It was there this 
morning (11/23). 

> 
> Photo-
> http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/image/158329933
> 
> Dwight Porter
> Portland, Oregon
> 
Subject: Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland
From: Will Wright <willwright26 AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:38:32 -0500 (EST)
A good question, Wayne. However, I see no hint of an eye ring. 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne Hoffman"  
To: gpic4dp AT gmail.com 
Cc: obol AT freelists.org 
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 2:24:10 PM 
Subject: [obol] Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland 


Hi - 


This is a very interesting bird, and good photos! I suspect your ID is correct, 
but can you completely discount Common Pochard? 



Wayne 


On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM, Dwight P < gpic4dp AT gmail.com > wrote: 









A Canvasback x Redhead hybrid has been hanging out at the Oregon Episcopal 
School Wetlands in SW Portland since Tuesday. It took me a few visits and then 
finally some closer looks and decent photos to figure it out. It was there this 
morning (11/23). 


Photo- 
http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/image/158329933 

Dwight Porter 
Portland, Oregon 

Subject: Re: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:24:10 -0800
Hi -

This is a very interesting bird, and good photos!  I suspect your ID is
correct, but can you completely discount Common Pochard?

Wayne

On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM, Dwight P  wrote:

> A Canvasback x Redhead hybrid has been hanging out at the Oregon Episcopal
> School Wetlands in SW Portland since Tuesday. It took me a few visits and
> then finally some closer looks and decent photos to figure it out. It was
> there this morning (11/23).
>
> Photo-
> http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/image/158329933
>
> Dwight Porter
> Portland, Oregon
>
Subject: Broughton Beach Short-eared Owl
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:05:37 -0800
Hi:

Short-eared Owl was hanging out on the rocks around the Sea Scout area of 
Marine Dr., Portland , OR this morning (11/23/14) around 11ish. 


Pipits were in area as well.

Bob Archer
PDX





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Subject: local RBA SE Wash Co;
From: Thomas Love <tlove AT linfield.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:05:31 +0000
A lone TRUMPETER SWAN was in the ponds behind/north of the strip of businesses 
along Nyberg St. west of I-5 this morning. A local worker said it had been 
there for maybe three weeks. 


Also, among quite a collection of waterfowl here and farther west in Browns 
Ferry park this morning were a nice assortment of regulars, including: 


Canada Goose - 25
Mallard - 15
Gadwall - 50
Northern Pintail - 20
American Wigeon – 50
[Eurasian Wigeon – 0; this stretch has been reliable for this species in past 
winters] 

Northern Shoveler - 10
Green-winged Teal - 40
Ring-necked Duck - 8
Bufflehead - 12
Hooded Merganser - 1 female

All of these species were present yesterday in the ponds south of the Tualatin 
PO, east of I-5 about a mile, and also included: 

Ruddy Duck – 2 juv

Tom L.
Subject: Canvasback x Redhead hybrid in SW Portland
From: Dwight P <gpic4dp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:49:33 -0800
A Canvasback x Redhead hybrid has been hanging out at the Oregon Episcopal
School Wetlands in SW Portland since Tuesday. It took me a few visits and
then finally some closer looks and decent photos to figure it out. It was
there this morning (11/23).

Photo-
http://www.pbase.com/dwight_porter/image/158329933

Dwight Porter
Portland, Oregon
Subject: Columbia County weekend
From: Donald Coggswell <dcoggswell AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:04:25 -0800
 Saturday, Nov. 22 birded lower Columbia River, hoped for windstorm did not 
materialize, almost dead calm. 

 
Single Trumpeter Swan on Westport Slough next to road along Woodson Rd. Juv. 
Northern Shrike & Red-shouldered Hawk on Erickson Dike Road. 

 
Sunday, Nov. 23 Redhead pair reported by Russ seen from viewing platform along 
Reeder Road on Sauvie Island. Dipped on Barrow's Goldeneye also reported by 
Russ at Ellis Dairy on Scappoose Bottoms. Only one Common Goldeneye there. A 
Rough-legged Hawk was hunting the big field at the corner. 

 
                                                    Don Coggswell
 		 	   		  
Subject: Brownsville, Linn County, Chiloe Wigeon
From: "W. Douglas Robinson" <w.douglas.robinson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:46:28 -0800
This morning there was an interesting male duck in the Brownsville sewage ponds 
that appears to be a Chiloe Wigeon, or possibly a hybrid with that species. 
Very handsome, well-marked bird. Pretty unlikely, if a pure Chiloe Wigeon, that 
it got here on its own. I couldn't make out its legs to inspect for signs of 
captivity, but it's a very long way for a bird from Chile and Argentina to get 
here naturally. 


As you were
Doug

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Subject: Siskin, Eugene yard
From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:30:55 -0800
A single PINE SISKIN and a small flock of Lesser Goldfinches are currently
at my feeders. This is the first Siskin I've seen in Western Oregon since
the spring of 2013.

Brandon
Eugene
Subject: Boiler Bay
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:51:09 -0800
7:00-10:00 (11/23):
overcast wind S/SSW 10-20 swells 10+
after 8:15 with Wayne Hoffman & 
Cheryl Courtney

2000+ Red-throated Loon (loons scattered 15-80/min
       decreasing late)
2500+ Pacific Loon
30 Common Loon
5 Red-necked Grebe
60 Western Grebe
120 Northern Fulmar (thinly scattered S all dark-end)
4 Sooty/Short-tailed 
15 Brown Pelican
35 Double-crested Cormorant
200 Brandt's Cormorant (most N)
40 Pelagic Cormorant
11 Canada Goose
2 Northern Pintail
10 Black Scoter
80 White-winged Scoter
900 Surf Scoter
1 Harlequin Duck
14 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Black Turnstone
3 Red Phalarope
2 Pomarine Jaeger
5 Bonaparte's Gull
600 Mew Gull
400 California Gull
400 Herring Gull
100 Thayer's Gull (adults easily detected with 
        effort among close in gulls)
200 Western Gull
400 Glaucous-winged Gull
1000+ larus sp.
4 Black-legged Kittiwake
1500+ Common Murre (S)
8 Pigeon Guillemot
3 Marbled Murrelet
220+ Ancient Murrelet (thin leapfroggy close in 
     movement with dozens scattered feeding)
60 Cassin's Auklet (most S in first hour)
6 Rhinoceros Auklet

Phil
philliplc AT charter.net


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Subject: Malheur Field Station news
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:04:32 -0800
Dear Friends of Great Basin birds:

Last year the Malheur Field Station was once again able to provide two summer 
student interns to assist with bird survey work on Malheur refuge. We do this 
entirely with private donations. In order to get the best interns, we need to 
post the positions in January. That means that we need to have secure funding 
in hand by the end of the year. 


An intern costs $1500 a season. $1000 is paid to the student (who also gets 
free housing at MFS) and $500 goes to the station to cover the summer housing. 
Thus we need to raise $3,000 a year for this project. 


I'm writing to ask for your donations. I'll match the first $500 donated by the 
end of December. 


Send your donations to Great Basin Society, marked "2015 interns," to: 

Chris Mathews
3336 SW Willamette Avenue 
Corvallis OR 97333


We appreciate your support.

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: OBA Renewal bounces - Carolyn Mann, Cheryl Chessick
From: "dawn v" <dawnv AT birdlover.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:54:49 +0100




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


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

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

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

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


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

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


click on link below to see what we saw:


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

Good birding,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hendrik

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

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


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

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



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

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


Jeff Dillon
Gladstone, Oregon

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Thanks -

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

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

Everything was southbound unless otherwise noted.

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

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

Otherwise:

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

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

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

Roy

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




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




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

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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


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

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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


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


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

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

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


Gerard Lillie
Portland, OR

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

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


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

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

Bird On,
Colleen 

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


-Luke Ferrenburg 
- Kelsey O'Sullivan

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

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

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




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




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




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

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

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

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

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

*** Species Summary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Ratcliff

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


Pete Fahey
Snoqualmie, WA



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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


We hope to see you there!

Mary Ratcliff
Wild Arts Festival Book Fair Committee

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

Thanks,

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


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


Sent from my iPhone

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

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

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


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



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

Jeff Gilligan


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

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

>  
> Darrel



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


Anyone seen a bird do that?

  Thanks, I feel a little better now. 
             Marlowe

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




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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

Darrel