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Robin,©Julie Zickefoose

17 Sep goldfinch videos [Stephanie Hazen ]
17 Sep Lower Yaquina Bay birds [Wayne Hoffman ]
17 Sep Black-Headed Grosbeak [Barbara Combs ]
17 Sep Malheur update [Alan Contreras ]
17 Sep Ankeny White Faces Ibises [Colby ]
17 Sep Home (Jo Co) Pacific Wren ["Dennis Vroman" ]
17 Sep Marion County: Ankeny White-faced Ibis [Roy Gerig ]
17 Sep Western Field Ornithologists conference - 8-12 OCT, San Diego, CA [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Birds & Brew Festival - OCT 11, Fernhill Wetlands & McMenamins [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Final Reminder about Multnomah/Columbia NAMC [Hannah Fritz ]
17 Sep Gabriel Park SW Portland 15 Sept [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Wednesday morning/Eugene [Donald Schrouder ]
17 Sep goldfinch swarm at Koll Wetlands [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Wash Co Sanderling, Semi Sandps, RN Phalaropes, Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe [Jay Withgott ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move ["Dennis Vroman" ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Stefan Schlick ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Jim Danzenbaker ]
17 Sep first of season Golden Crowned Sparrows in Cedar Mill , Washington County Oregon [Jeff and Lauretta Young ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Tom McNamara ]
17 Sep Re: count week starts tomorrow! Green Heron be here! [Joel Geier ]
17 Sep Re: Swainson's on the move [Hendrik Herlyn ]
16 Sep Swainson's on the move [Floyd Schrock ]
17 Sep Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk ["dawn v" ]
16 Sep Excessive Egrets? Tualatin [clay crofton ]
16 Sep Migration activity, Yamhill Co [Pamela K Johnston ]
16 Sep Malheur possible Cape May [Alan Contreras ]
16 Sep Gladstone: Evening grosbeaks [Jeff Dillon ]
16 Sep Pelagic Spots Remain [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]
16 Sep Sauvie Island - Sabines Gull, Swainson's Hawk, Lewis's Woodpecker [Steve Nord ]
16 Sep Re: Snowy Plover on the River Beach at SJCR [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
16 Sep Re: Snowy Plover on the River Beach at SJCR [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
16 Sep Snowy Plover on the River Beach at SJCR [Mike Patterson ]
16 Sep Re: A Fun bird ID challenge! [Wayne Hoffman ]
16 Sep A Fun bird ID challenge! [Zia Fukuda ]
16 Sep count week starts tomorrow! Green Heron be here! [Linda Fink ]
16 Sep Re: Varied Thrush in Washington County [Gerard Lillie ]
16 Sep Varied Thrush in Washington County [Lars Per Norgren ]
16 Sep Malheur Catbird [Tim Blount ]
16 Sep Western Screech-Owl on Portland's Kings Hill [George Neavoll ]
15 Sep Olallie Scenic Area in Marion County [Jim Kopitzke ]
15 Sep Re: Cascade Head AM 9/15 ["Phil Pickering" ]
15 Sep Cascade Head AM 9/15 ["Phil Pickering" ]
15 Sep Yaquina Bay Auklets ["Wayne Hoffman" ]
15 Sep Sanderling at Redmond Sewer pond ["kimdelo AT yahoo.com" ]
15 Sep more on Snowies at Tillamook [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
15 Sep OBA Monthly Photo Contest - September! [Rhett Wilkins ]
15 Sep Salem Audubon Scouting Trip Summary [Mike Unger ]
15 Sep Re: More Snowy Plovers at Tierra del Mar, Tillamook Co. [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
15 Sep Re: Acorn Woodpecker west of Creswell [Noah Strycker ]
15 Sep More Snowy Plovers at Tierra del Mar, Tillamook Co. [Wink Gross ]
15 Sep Acorn Woodpecker west of Creswell ["Sally Nelson" ]
15 Sep Raptor at Swift Watch Sep 14 [David Koskamp ]
15 Sep [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
14 Sep Townsend's Solitaire and other Portland birds [Max Smith ]
14 Sep Northern Parula [Lois Miller ]
14 Sep Re: grouse []
14 Sep Re: grouse []
14 Sep Fern Ridge Reservoir ["John Sullivan" ]
14 Sep Whiskey Springs [Steve Kornfeld ]
14 Sep Whiskey Springs [Steve Kornfeld ]
14 Sep Lane Coast F.O.S. FOX SPARROWS 14 Sept 2014 ["Diane Pettey" ]
14 Sep Snowy Plovers at Sand Lake [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
14 Sep Alice Parker passed away [Matthew G Hunter ]
14 Sep Northern Parula Curry co [Lois ]
14 Sep Tierra del Mar Snowy Plover- Yes (Bayocean Spit- No) [Jen Sanford ]
14 Sep Re: Tillamook Snowy Plovers [Laura Paulson ]
14 Sep Re: Tierra del Mar Snowy Plover(s) [Wink Gross ]
14 Sep Harney County Birds 9/13-9/14 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
14 Sep Tillamook Snowy Plovers [Russ Namitz ]
14 Sep Re: SNOWY PLOVERS Tierra del Mar, Tillamook [Laura Paulson ]
14 Sep Green Ridge Hawk Migration ["Kim Boddie" ]
14 Sep more Barn Swallows in Sunday morning flyout ["Paul Sullivan" ]
13 Sep OBA meeting [Linda Fink ]
13 Sep 22-25,000 BARN SWALLOWS - location information ["Paul Sullivan" ]
13 Sep save the date [Stephanie Hazen ]
13 Sep Fern Ridge Fisher Unit ["John Sullivan" ]

Subject: goldfinch videos
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:27:26 -0700
Earlier in the year, Ray plowed a circle in the back yard where a gopher had 
been already plowing. He edged 

it with pavers, and I planted a packet of wildflower mix seeds. We really did 
not know what to expect. The result 

has been a tangled mix of interesting plants, bees, butterflies, frogs, quail, 
garter snakes, and this week, gold finches. 


Click on links below to see the action.


https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/GoldfinchInGarden?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCInD2LiQ_duX6QE&feat=directlink 



https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/ObolGoldfinches?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLa5-6C8qIGCMg&feat=directlink 


stephaniehazen&raytemple

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Subject: Lower Yaquina Bay birds
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:53:12 -0700
Hi -

This afternoon (Sept. 17). 4:50 - 5:20 the lower bay below the bridge had a
lot of activity.

Large, loose aggregations of cormorants (Brandt's + Double-crested) were
swimming around and diving, and coming up with 3-5 inch baitfish.

a couple dozed Brown Pelicans were present with attendant Heermann's Gulls.

Also present were 10+ Common Murres, 20+ Rhinoceros Auklets, and 2 Marbled
Murrelets, both in juv./winter plumage.

Also 1 Green-winged Teal

Wayne
Subject: Black-Headed Grosbeak
From: Barbara Combs <bcombs232 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:31:43 -0700
One was at my suet feeder just now.
The goldfinches are monopolizing the seed feeders, so it is eating
seed-filled suet.
Subject: Malheur update
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:08 -0700
Catbird continues at HQ. Variety of flycatchers, warblers and vireos moving; 
highlight Olive-sided this evening at HQ. Golden-crowned Sparrow at Frenchglen. 
Plenty of accipiters. 


Main news here is weather and road closures. It has been very hot and windy. 
There is a fire north of the South Steens access road. That road is closed, 
though HQ mentioned that it may technically be usable. But don't. Just heard of 
a fire north of Fields. SW winds 10-15 with gusts are making these fires a real 
problem. The Blitzen Valley, especially the south end, is intermittently smoky. 
Frenchglen switchbacks are being repaved, expect a wait there. 


Benson Pond has about three days of water left, then will be dry. Expect best 
shorebirding to be at Buena Vista after that. Benson today had a good variety 
including Baird's, Pec, three Snowy Egret, ibis, swans, dows, lots of 
yellowlegs, avocets, BN Stilt. 


Next few days cooler.  Will post news as available.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Ankeny White Faces Ibises
From: Colby <jcolbyspell AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:19 -0700
I have not been keeping up with OBOL lately so I don't know if this has
been reported.  This morning, while with my third grade class, I saw and
photoed three White Face Ibises in flight.  This was at Pintail Marsh.  I
will post pictures if people are interested.

Colby
Subject: Home (Jo Co) Pacific Wren
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:12:58 -0700
About noon today (09-17-14) a PACIFIC WREN was seen at our place (just east of 
the Merlin I-5 exit) just outside a window. It has been a good number of years 
since one turned up at our place. 


Perhaps the fire in the mountains to the west and the overcast conditions sent 
it out scouting around. 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: Marion County: Ankeny White-faced Ibis
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:27:47 -0700
At 11 AM I saw 3 WHITE-FACED IBIS on Pintail Marsh at Ankeny NWR south of 
Salem. They were near the log on the island toward the far end of the marsh as 
viewed from the parking area. They tend to stay in the considerable vegetation 
so are not always in view. When I got back to the parking area I was able to 
re-find them, with difficulty, because I knew where to look. Walk in parallel 
to the railroad tracks, and they are on the right maybe 3/4 of the way to the 
far end. 

I know some of you can relate to this game. I made a list of birds that I 
considered still possible to add to my obsessively driven Marion County year 
list. The list consisted of about 50 bird species, not necessarily likely but 
certainly within reason. To prove that I still cannot predict birds, WFIB is 
not on that list. 

I saw my local LINCOLN'S SPARROWS of the season, but no Brewer's Sparrow this 
time. 

Roy Gerig, Salem OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Western Field Ornithologists conference - 8-12 OCT, San Diego, CA
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:10 -0700
OK, one final posting from me, and then I'm signing off for the day, I promise! 
... 


Just a reminder that this year's annual conference of Western Field 
Ornithologists is being held in San Diego, CA, on October 8th-12th. As is the 
case every year, this meeting brings together many of the top birders and field 
ornithologists in North America, and provides the one venue for bird 
enthusiasts from all the western states to get together. Many field trips, 
workshops, and hotel rooms are filled by now, but there is so much going on at 
these meetings that a wonderful time is guaranteed even for late registrants. 
Full information can be found here: 
http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php 


Jay Withgott, Portland
Former Board member, WFO



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Subject: Birds & Brew Festival - OCT 11, Fernhill Wetlands & McMenamins
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:59:14 -0700
The 3rd Annual Birds and Brew Festival will be held at Fernhill Wetlands and 
the nearby McMenamin's Grand Lodge in Forest Grove on Saturday, October 11th. 
This year's festival includes birding walks for adults and kids led by John 
Rakestraw and Mike Houck, a documentary film, live birds of prey from Portland 
Audubon, refreshments from local businesses, and a featured talk by Portland 
Audubon's Bob Sallinger. Details can be found here: 
http://fernhillnts.org/events/ 


This year's event comes in the midst of the wetland reconstruction project that 
is remaking Fernhill -- a project that should result in cleaner water, savings 
to ratepayers, and improved habitat for birds and wildlife. Although some trail 
access will be limited at this year's Birds & Brew festival, you will be able 
to view the project midstream and hear about what Clean Water Services is doing 
in this fascinating multi-million-dollar effort. Just a week or two after the 
festival, the first of 1.75 million wetland plants will be planted in the newly 
landscaped areas. 


For an overview of the project, you can see my article on page 10 of the latest 
issue of Portland Audubon's Warbler, at: 

http://audubonportland.org/files/warbler/warbler-sept2014/at_download/file

And complete information may be found at CWS's website at: 
http://fernhillnts.org/. 


I am volunteering as a liaison between Portland Audubon and Clean Water 
Services on this project, and would be happy to receive and pass on any input 
that birders may have about the project, or to answer what questions I can. 


Jay Withgott
Secretary, Audubon Society of Portland, and member, Fernhill Wetlands Council



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Subject: Final Reminder about Multnomah/Columbia NAMC
From: Hannah Fritz <hannah.fritz AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:48:06 -0700
Final reminder/request, I promise! If you're going to be birding in the
Portland area this Saturday or Sunday, with a teensy bit of additional data
aside from what you may normally track (hours and miles) you can contribute
valuable data to the North American Migration Count! You know you'll be out
there birding at some point this weekend anyhow... :)

If you are willing to help out, please reply to let me know which day and
where you will be birding, just so I can make sure there's no overlap.
Since no one has volunteered to cover ANY of Multnomah County yet, it's
wide open.

Hannah Fritz
St. Helens, OR
Subject: Gabriel Park SW Portland 15 Sept
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:33:05 -0700
Hi again. Two mornings ago I had one of my best-ever migration days at Gabriel 
Park, my local park in SW Portland. The vast majority of the migrants were in 
the bushes and trees in the hedgerow and restoration area in the southern end 
of the park. Thanks to Portland Parks' Natural Areas staff, Bureau of 
Environmental Services, and the many volunteers who have helped restore natural 
areas in the park in recent years, the habitat is becoming better and better 
for birds. A new "Friends of Gabriel Park" friends group for the park has been 
recently established and may help with further projects -- contact me if you 
live in the area and would like to join. 


On 15 Sept. I had 44 species with highlights being: 
   * 1 Cassin's Vireo -- I believe this was my first record for the park
   * 2 Warbling Vireos
   * 2 Willow Flycatchers
   * 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
   * 1 Pileated Woodpecker
   * 1 American Pipit flyover
   * Yellow, Orange-cr, & BT Gray Warblers
   * 1 Lincoln's Sparrow
   * 1 Chipping Sparrow

Varied Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and 
Hermit Thrush have all made their first fall appearances in the park, my yard, 
or my neighborhood in the past week. Also flyover Pipits and migrant Ospreys. 
Western Tanager and Swainson's Thrush numbers dwindling but still daily. 


Jay Withgott
Multnomah Village, SW Portland




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Subject: Wednesday morning/Eugene
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:26:59 -0700
 Our morning group chose to check out Zumwalt park on the western shore of Fern 
Ridge today. We ran across two good sized flocks of migrants working the tree 
tops. Getting good looks at any individual however was difficult at best. Most 
of the time they were backlit by the bright sky and/or moving constantly among 
the firs. The bugs must have been in good supply up there. Birds seen: 


Wood Duck
Mallard
Wild Turkey- on Ellmaker on the way to the park
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe
Clarks Grebe
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture- along Hwy 126
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Virginia Rail- heard only
American Coot
Eurasian Collared Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Stellers Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewicks Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilsons Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincolns Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
European Starling

Observers: Dave Brown, Jim Regali, Kit Larson, Vickie Buck, Sylvia Maulding, 
Dennis Arendt and Don Schrouder 





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Subject: goldfinch swarm at Koll Wetlands
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:13:06 -0700
Two evenings ago (15 Sept) I stopped by Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton and 
witnessed an unexpected spectacle -- hundreds of American Goldfinches that I 
can only describe as "swarming" over the bushes, weeds, and small trees at the 
south end viewpoint (off Gemini St; I think "Creekside Seven" or some such 
address?). There were well over 500 of them; my conservative tallied estimate 
for eBird was 475, but the actual number was certainly greater. At times it was 
like a twittering carpet was rolling over the shrubs below the parking lot. At 
one point I got a photo with 100 on the ground at once. The most interesting 
aspect was that they would fly and cling to the vertical walls of the red brick 
building there, several dozen at a time, and peck at the masonry, evidently 
eating grit. I've seen Red Crossbills getting grit and salt from artificial 
structures, and ash from campfires, but had never seen something like this from 
goldfinches. The whole thing was a very engaging exper 

 ience.   - Jay Withgott, Portland



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Subject: Wash Co Sanderling, Semi Sandps, RN Phalaropes, Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:53:53 -0700
Yesterday afternoon, 16 Sept., I hit a few Washington County spots hoping for 
shorebirds. 


Jackson Bottoms was dry except for the northernmost lake and Pintail Pond at 
the south end. At Pintail Pond there were two SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS providing 
nice comparisons with 19 Western Sandpipers and 3 Least Sandpipers. Both Semis 
were fairly easily picked out with binoculars and confirmable with scope. Two 
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and an immature GREEN HERON were also here. 


At Hagg Lake, a SANDERLING was the prime highlight. It was in basic plumage and 
was on the mudflats and muddy channel where Scoggins Creek enters the reservoir 
at its NW end. Because the channel dips down into the mud, the bird was NOT 
visible from the pier at Boat Ramp C. I only found it after stopping at the 
Walnut Grove trail, which leads down to where the mud is and gives a much 
better view of this area. It stood out as white against the mud even with the 
naked eye, and at one point flew and alighted next to a Western Sandpiper for a 
size comparison. 


2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were on the water between Sain Creek and Boat Ramp C, 
and the lake had five species of grebes: 

   4 Western Grebe
  1 CLARK'S GREBE
  23 Horned Grebe
  1 EARED GREBE
  1 Pied-billed Grebe

Good birding,

Jay Withgott
Portland



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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:50:20 -0700
At least one drifted over our place (just east of the Merlin I-5 exit) this 
morning (09-16-14), possibly flying low due to the overcast sky. Heard its 
in-flight call about 0640; my first fallish bird here. 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Floyd Schrock 
  To: OBOLINKS ; Yamhillbirders 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:31 PM
  Subject: [obol] Swainson's on the move


 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the first 
time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes passing 
overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky. 



  Floyd Schrock




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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:28:34 -0400
I can concur with Floyd. At around 10:30pm, there was a solid stream of 
Swainson's over Orenco (Hillsboro). 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR

Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:43:50 -0700
Subject: [obol] Re: Swainson's on the move
From: jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
To: tmcmac67 AT gmail.com
CC: hhactitis AT gmail.com; fschrock AT gmail.com; OBOL AT freelists.org; 
YamhillBirders AT yahoogroups.com 


HI All,
I heard some Swainson's Thrush movement up here in Battle Ground, WA too but I 
don't think as many as you were hearing as reported earlier. 

Jim in Battle Ground, WA 
On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Tom McNamara  wrote:
Small apologies for lack of "real time" reporting but when I took la perrita 
out for her nightly constitutional (about 8 hours ago) I too was hearing, by 
far, the highest number of Swainson's yet in this migration. 

good birding,
Tom

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM, Hendrik Herlyn  wrote:
At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but we 
also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call heard 
every 3 to 5 seconds. 


Hendrik

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock  wrote:
11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the first 
time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes passing 
overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky. 

Floyd Schrock

Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."
     -- Gary Snyder





-- 
Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:43:50 -0700
HI All,

I heard some Swainson's Thrush movement up here in Battle Ground, WA too
but I don't think as many as you were hearing as reported earlier.

Jim in Battle Ground, WA

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Tom McNamara  wrote:

> Small apologies for lack of "real time" reporting but when I took la
> perrita out  for her nightly constitutional (about 8 hours ago)  I too was
> hearing, by far, the highest number of Swainson's yet in this migration.
> good birding,
> Tom
>
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM, Hendrik Herlyn 
> wrote:
>
>> At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but
>> we also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call
>> heard every 3 to 5 seconds.
>>
>> Hendrik
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the
>>> first time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes
>>> passing overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.
>>>
>>> Floyd Schrock
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> __________________________
>> Hendrik G. Herlyn
>> Corvallis, OR
>>
>>
>> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
>>
>
>


-- 
Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
360-702-9395
jdanzenbaker AT gmail.com
Subject: first of season Golden Crowned Sparrows in Cedar Mill , Washington County Oregon
From: Jeff and Lauretta Young <jeffandlaurettayoung AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:49:08 -0700
this AM were the first flush of many juvenile birds--- about 20 or so in our 
yard 


it's fall!

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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:50:38 -0700
Small apologies for lack of "real time" reporting but when I took la
perrita out  for her nightly constitutional (about 8 hours ago)  I too was
hearing, by far, the highest number of Swainson's yet in this migration.
good birding,
Tom

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM, Hendrik Herlyn 
wrote:

> At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but
> we also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call
> heard every 3 to 5 seconds.
>
> Hendrik
>
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock 
> wrote:
>
>> 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the
>> first time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes
>> passing overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.
>>
>> Floyd Schrock
>>
>>
>> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>>
>
>
>
> --
> __________________________
> Hendrik G. Herlyn
> Corvallis, OR
>
>
> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
>
Subject: Re: count week starts tomorrow! Green Heron be here!
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:21:45 -0700
Hi Linda & All,

Count week definitely add some fun to NAMC, but I should add, it wasn't
me who dreamt up the idea!

I can't remember for sure now who first suggested it (maybe Barbara
Combs?) so let's just say it was "by popular demand" from some of the
county coordinators.

Now I'm going to go outside to listen for my first bird of Count Week
for Benton County -- hoping to hear some of those migrating Swainson's
Thrushes!

Happy birding,
Joel

Linda Fink wrote: 

        I'm ready for my favorite bird count of the year... the Yamhill
        County NAMC. All the suet feeders are full and I'll keep the
        sunflower seed feeder full for the next week only. Birds go
        through those seeds in half  a day and I can't spend all my time
        (or money) filling it. But since  Joel dreamed up this count
        week idea, I'll pamper the birds for one week  (starting
        tomorrow but I'm getting them primed today).
        
        This year I will certainly get the Green Heron that lives by our
        pond. Every year it disappears on count day, just out of
        perverseness, I'm sure. But now it will have to disappear for a
        whole week to avoid being counted. Hah!
        
        I'm eager to see what other birds will show up on our Yamhill
        county 
        farm on Saturday, or during the next week. Maybe that Pygmy Owl
        that I thought I saw the other day...
        
        Hope you all have as much fun as I do on NAMC weekend!
        
        Linda, near Grand Ronde Agency 




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Subject: Re: Swainson's on the move
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:40:09 -0700
At 12:35 am, Sept. 17, in Corvallis - clear skies here, no sprinkles, but
we also have a steady movement of Swainson's Thrushes tonight, with a call
heard every 3 to 5 seconds.

Hendrik

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Floyd Schrock  wrote:

> 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the
> first time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes
> passing overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.
>
> Floyd Schrock
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>



-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR


*"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
Subject: Swainson's on the move
From: Floyd Schrock <fschrock AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:31:23 -0700
11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. Starting to sprinkle in McMinnville, and for the first 
time this Fall I'm hearing a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes passing 
overhead, southward under the dark, cloudy sky.  


Floyd Schrock


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Subject: Early Polk Rough-legged Hawk
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:39:04 +0200




Subject: Excessive Egrets? Tualatin
From: clay crofton <ruffledgrouch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:11:52 -0700
The pond at 115th and Tualatin/Sherwood road is drying to mud this year.
This afternoon I was surprised to find 59 Great Egrets there. They were
concentrated into a tight group that seemed more concerned with dominance
interactions than feeding.

-- 


*Happy birdingClay*
*The boy Who* *Cried Wrentit*
Subject: Migration activity, Yamhill Co
From: Pamela K Johnston <pamelaj AT spiritone.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:08:58 -0700
About 6 Evening Grosbeaks passed through on the 14th, Robins have been showing 
up in small flocks, and today the first Golden-crowned Kinglets since spring 
moved through the treetops. Also, a Black-capped Chickadee came to the feeder 
after their summer vacation, making Chestnut-backed look even littler. 


Pamela. 
Johnston8rz0zX+r{Sʋi({h칻&ކi0zX+bnB{Zr٨uڶ졺%^hyb( 
Subject: Malheur possible Cape May
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:41:21 -0700
Stephan Nance and I wandered over to Malheur today. We stopped at Lost Lake on 
the pass and ran into a small flock of migrants that included RC Kinglets, two 
yellow warbs and a Hammond's Fly. Also a grayheaded fox sparrow. 


Indian Ford was slow but had a rednaped sapsucker.

Brothers rest area was very birdy. Every tree had birds in it. Two yellow 
warbs, a vesper sparrow, lots of Savannahs and whitecrowns. Several horned 
larks flew over. 


MHQ catbird was still around this eve. Also Wilsons warb, several yellow, mtn 
chick, a nighthawk and a fair number of rumps and rc kinglets. 


I had a brief look at a possible CAPE MAY Warbler at HQ, heavily streaked and 
pretty yellow. It also acted like a Cape May, ramming a yellow-rump off a 
perch. Stephan saw what was probably the same bird later. We never got a really 
decent look at it. For those in the area, it was in the nw corner, west of the 
spruce tree. 


Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Gladstone: Evening grosbeaks
From: Jeff Dillon <hirundorustica AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:50:27 -0700
A small flock (14+) of evening grosbeaks were working the conifers above 
Oatfield road in Gladstone this evening. 



Jeff

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Subject: Pelagic Spots Remain
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:40 -0700
The Oregon Birding Association is getting many contacts regarding whether the 
Pelagic trip on September 26 is already full. If that is what is holding you 
back from this fantastic birding weekend on the southern Oregon coast, fear 
not! 

 
We can squeeze at least six or seven more folks on the trip. But please hurry 
and get your registrations in. Registration forms can be found on our web-site 
at http://orbirds.org/2014annualmeeting.html or by contacting me offline by 
e-mail and I will get it to you as an attachment in the response. Remember, it 
is first come, first served. 

 
Get ready for a great three days on the coast including the pelagic trip, field 
trips to build your Coos and Curry county lists during this peak passerine and 
shorebird migration time, entertaining speakers, food, refreshments and a 
chance to interact with some of the best birders from around the state. Again, 
registration forms for the annual meeting are on the same site above or by 
contacting me offline. And remember, you do not have to be an OBA member to 
participate! 

 
Harv Schubothe
 
Bandon
 		 	   		  
Subject: Sauvie Island - Sabines Gull, Swainson's Hawk, Lewis's Woodpecker
From: Steve Nord <stevernord AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:58:50 -0700
OBOL;

This morning did a walk around the loop at Oak Island, on Sauvie Island.
On Sturgeon Lake I saw 2 SABINE'S GULLS actively feeding from the water
surface.

Further along the loop, an immature SWAINSON'S HAWK soared overhead, mobbed
by Barn Swallows.  It was flying southward.  There were several Red-tailed
Hawks, and many Turkey Vultures also soaring southward, seemingly
migrating..

Now it felt unreal to have seen all these rare birds on one walk, when I
was shocked to see a northbound LEWIS'S WOODPECKER flying over the oaks.
The bird did not appear to be staying on Oak Island, its flight height
looked like it was moving further north.

Other highllights:

FOS 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
some FOX SPARROWS
many SANDHILL CRANES
many GREATER YELLOWLEGS
many AMERICAN PIPITS - walking on mudflats of Sturgeon Lake
many WESTERN SCRUB-JAYS - also seemingly moving through the area, and acorn
gathering

Good Birding
Steve Nord
Beaverton, OR
Subject: Re: Snowy Plover on the River Beach at SJCR
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:48:23 -0700
PS - Mike's photo is very nice and shows a juvenile plover.   You can 
tell by the bands it is born with.   You can also tell by the white 
fringing on all the brown feathers, giving the bird a scaly look.   This 
is only found in juvenile plumage, and the white edges will wear off and 
the bird will eventually look more like an adult.

This bird is also a good example of some of the differences I was 
talking about between Aqua, Blue and Violet, as well as Orange and Red.

Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 9/16/2014 1:30 PM, Mike Patterson wrote:
> Today I found a juvenile SNOWY PLOVER on the river beach about
> 100m north of the jetty at the South Jetty of the Columbia.  I first
> found it with two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS.  They all left and then returned
> with more Baird's Sandpiper (for six all together).
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15074610210/
>
> I am a bit color-sight challenged, but I make the band combo
> right blue; left light blue over orange.
>



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Subject: Re: Snowy Plover on the River Beach at SJCR
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:45:35 -0700
A/O:V

that would be Aqua/Orange:Violet, reading left to right leg.......

Thanks Mike!

Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 9/16/2014 1:30 PM, Mike Patterson wrote:
> Today I found a juvenile SNOWY PLOVER on the river beach about
> 100m north of the jetty at the South Jetty of the Columbia.  I first
> found it with two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS.  They all left and then returned
> with more Baird's Sandpiper (for six all together).
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15074610210/
>
> I am a bit color-sight challenged, but I make the band combo
> right blue; left light blue over orange.
>



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Subject: Snowy Plover on the River Beach at SJCR
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:30:50 -0700
Today I found a juvenile SNOWY PLOVER on the river beach about
100m north of the jetty at the South Jetty of the Columbia.  I first
found it with two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS.  They all left and then returned
with more Baird's Sandpiper (for six all together).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15074610210/

I am a bit color-sight challenged, but I make the band combo
right blue; left light blue over orange.

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Re: A Fun bird ID challenge!
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:06:08 -0700
Hi -

I cannot do much with these views.  Is there a reason not to pull it apart,
clean bones and feathers for individual examination?

Wayne

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Zia Fukuda  wrote:

> Earlier this season I collected some pellets from underneath a spotted owl
> nest. As expected, there were a lot of rodents, but one pellet I found had
> an unexpected surprise! One of the owls had depredated  a bird! I could see
> feathers, and the remains of a bird foot. I know that spotted owls will
> occasionally take a bird, but I had never found an example before.
> So, my challenge is, can anyone ID the bird species from the pellet?! One
> will have to have some good knowledge of feather ID. A great book I use as
> reference is 'Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species', by S.David
> Scott. I haven't tried to suss out the species of the unfortunate bird yet,
> but I thought it might be a fun challenge to the OBOLers out there. I'm not
> sure if anyone will be able to come up with a positive ID, but, fun
> nonetheless.
>
>
> 
https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/112491104317230198761/albums/6059723537305914481 

>
> --
> Cheers,
> Zia Fukuda
>
Subject: A Fun bird ID challenge!
From: Zia Fukuda <zialeefukuda AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:27:53 -0700
Earlier this season I collected some pellets from underneath a spotted owl
nest. As expected, there were a lot of rodents, but one pellet I found had
an unexpected surprise! One of the owls had depredated  a bird! I could see
feathers, and the remains of a bird foot. I know that spotted owls will
occasionally take a bird, but I had never found an example before.
So, my challenge is, can anyone ID the bird species from the pellet?! One
will have to have some good knowledge of feather ID. A great book I use as
reference is 'Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species', by S.David
Scott. I haven't tried to suss out the species of the unfortunate bird yet,
but I thought it might be a fun challenge to the OBOLers out there. I'm not
sure if anyone will be able to come up with a positive ID, but, fun
nonetheless.


https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/112491104317230198761/albums/6059723537305914481 


-- 
Cheers,
Zia Fukuda
Subject: count week starts tomorrow! Green Heron be here!
From: Linda Fink <linda AT fink.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:27:00 -0700
I'm ready for my favorite bird count of the year... the Yamhill County 
NAMC. All the suet feeders are full and I'll keep the sunflower seed 
feeder full for the next week only. Birds go through those seeds in half 
a day and I can't spend all my time (or money) filling it. But since 
Joel dreamed up this count week idea, I'll pamper the birds for one week 
(starting tomorrow but I'm getting them primed today).

This year I will certainly get the Green Heron that lives by our pond. 
Every year it disappears on count day, just out of perverseness, I'm 
sure. But now it will have to disappear for a whole week to avoid being 
counted. Hah!

I'm eager to see what other birds will show up on our Yamhill county 
farm on Saturday, or during the next week. Maybe that Pygmy Owl that I 
thought I saw the other day...

Hope you all have as much fun as I do on NAMC weekend!

Linda, near Grand Ronde Agency
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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush in Washington County
From: Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie AT outlook.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:16:18 -0700
While slowly waking up this morning (no alarm clock for a change) I heard one 
in out back yard on Mt. Tabor, Portland. I also heard a very vocal WESTERN 
TANAGER greeting the morning with calls and song along with a calling HERMIT 
THRUSH. 

 
Also, here is a late report from Mt. Tabor Park. Last Saturday there were 
between 25- 30 EVENING GROSBEAKS, 4 PINE SISKINS- the first in the area I have 
seen in a long time, 2 CASSIN'S VIREOS, 8 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, 4 FOX 
SPARROWS, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED and 1 BLACK-THROATED WARBLERS. I heard the "chuck" 
call of HERMIT THRUSHES everywhere I went in the park. There were many 
hummingbirds and all were ANNA'S, the Rufous appear to have left. On Sunday the 
only new bird I detected was GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. 

    
Good birding,
Gerard Lillie
Portland, OR

 
> From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
> Subject: [obol] Varied Thrush in Washington County
> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:36:22 -0700
> To: obol AT freelists.org
> 
> I heard a Varied Thrush a few minutes ago. Someone reported one yesterday 
"right on time". I believe the one at my house is four or five days earlier 
than any I recall in past years.Red Crossbills just flew over, which have been 
conspicuous in their absence for awhile. They were detectable several times a 
week in mid summer. Evening Grosbeaks were also calling when I heard the Varied 
Thrush. I am 3 km west of Hwy 26, milepost 47, a third of the way to Seaside 
from downtown Portland. Lars 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Varied Thrush in Washington County
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:36:22 -0700
 I heard a Varied Thrush a few minutes ago. Someone reported one yesterday 
"right on time". I believe the one at my house is four or five days earlier 
than any I recall in past years.Red Crossbills just flew over, which have been 
conspicuous in their absence for awhile. They were detectable several times a 
week in mid summer. Evening Grosbeaks were also calling when I heard the Varied 
Thrush. I am 3 km west of Hwy 26, milepost 47, a third of the way to Seaside 
from downtown Portland. Lars 


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Subject: Malheur Catbird
From: Tim Blount <harneybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:29:08 -0700
Catbird at HQ this morning.

Tim
Subject: Western Screech-Owl on Portland's Kings Hill
From: George Neavoll <gneavoll AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:57:42 -0700
WESTERN SCREECH-OWL calling from trees along S.W. Park Place on Portland's 
Kings Hill in Goose Hollow neighborhood about 12:30 a.m. - always a magical 
sound in still of night. 


George Neavoll
S.W. Portland

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Subject: Olallie Scenic Area in Marion County
From: Jim Kopitzke <james.kopitzke63 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:18 -0700
Good evening Obolers

Roy Gerig and I birded several spots in NE Marion County yesterday and
today, spending the night at Olallie Meadow. All sires mentioned are along
Forest Road 4220, a decent quality gravel road. The meadow area is about 35
miles from Detroit Lake, most of that route paved.

We birded Olallie Meadow, Triangle Lake, Lower Lake campground, the
powerline corridor that crosses 4220, and both Russ and Jude Lakes which
are a short hike from the meadow. Highlights follow.

American Wigeon 14 at Triangle Lake
Barrow's Goldeneye 4 total, 2 each at Russ and Jude Lakes
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 at Olallie Meadow
Pileated Woodpecker 1 heard at Triangle Lake
Other woodpeckers other than flickers were sparse. We saw 1 Red-breasted
Sapsucker and signs of recent Black-backed work at Olallie Meadow.
Merlin 1 very dark bird with prey at Triangle Lake
Western Wood-Pewee 1 at Triangle Lake
Gray Jay was everywhere it seemed, with groups of 10 each at Olallie and
Triangle, and 5 or 6 at Lower Lake.
Barn Swallow 3 migrants at Triangle Lake
Mountain Chickadee 4 along the powerline, 2 at Triangle Lake
American Pipit 1 at Triangle Lake
Warblers-Yellow-rumped by the dozens everywhere. Only 2 Orange-crowned at
Lower Lake
Sparrows
a few Lincoln's at Ollalie, 5 Golden-crowned and 3 Fox(1 for sure a
Thick-billed)  at the powerline, a few scattered Whie-crowned.
Finches-small flocks of Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins, and Evening Grosbeaks
at most stops.

Jim Kopitzke
Subject: Re: Cascade Head AM 9/15
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:38:58 -0700
+ Variegated meadowhawks: several hundred 
scattered mostly flushing from the ground with
no obvious directional trend.


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Subject: Cascade Head AM 9/15
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:37:16 -0700
1 Palm Warbler
1 Black-throated Gray (teasingly moving with
       Chickadee Flock)
1 Lapland Longspur
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Kestrel
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 N. Pygmy Owl (apparent transient hopping
       treetops N)
30 American Pipit (S)
6 Red-breasted Nuthatch (S)
50 Cedar Waxwing (juv N)
400 Red Crossbill (flocks N, majority of birds
             I was able to sample were juv.)
150 Pine Siskin (N)
18 Purple Finch (S)

Phil
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Subject: Yaquina Bay Auklets
From: "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:05:39 -0700
Tonight (15 Sept.) at 5:30 PM over 300 Rhinoceros Auklets were between the
Yaquina Bay jetties, resting on the water in groups of up to 80 birds.

 

Wayne
Subject: Sanderling at Redmond Sewer pond
From: "kimdelo AT yahoo.com" <kimdelo@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:19:06 -0700
I found a juvenile Sanderling at the Redmond Sewer ponds this afternoon. Below 
is the complete list. 


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Subject: more on Snowies at Tillamook
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:30 -0700
I'm getting a few more photos from Tillamook and we have determined a 
couple of things a few people might be interested in.   One, Russ did 
have two juveniles and they may have been the same birds Wink saw - they 
most likely were the same birds Wink saw last night. The bird reported 
as O/Y:B is actually Y/O/Y:V, and it is a juvenile from Coos Bay.   The 
B/L/B:B bird is also from Coos Bay.

Cheers
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Subject: OBA Monthly Photo Contest - September!
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:31:32 -0700
Hi All,

It's that time again.  Visit our site to vote for your favorite image!

http://www.orbirds.org/photocontestrules.html

Rhett Wilkins
Subject: Salem Audubon Scouting Trip Summary
From: Mike Unger <unger730 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:58:32 -0700
*SAS Ankeny Scouting Trip Report*


Hello all -



Barbara, Fred, Kay and I scouted Ankeny NWR in preparation for our Salem
Audubon birding field trip on *Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 a.m.*  The
four of us covered five locations around the refuge including a 2.5 mile
trek around Pintail Marsh.  Eagle Marsh is still empty and dry but there
was quite a bit of activity around the brushy areas and road.  Smoke from
the Estacada fire was visible during our entire trip but at the end the
smoke really started to settle into the area.  As usual it was a successful
day but what day birding is not a good day.  During the scouting trip we
identified 53 species.



Most notable identifications:

·  One *Red-shouldered Hawk* that we heard;

·  One *Chipping Sparrow* was seen at Eagle Marsh;

·  Three *Green Herons *at Pintail Marsh;

·  Seventeen (17) *Wilson’s Snipe* that we saw on the west side of Pintail
Marsh;

·  One *Sharp-shinned Hawk* being chased by a single *Barn Swallow*;

·  The only warbler we saw and heard were 17 *Common Yellowthroats*;

·  A total of 137 *American Goldfinches* which may be a low count.  The
goldfinches were all over the place throughout our adventure;

·  Six *American Bitterns *with one seen flying at Eagle Marsh and five at
Pintail Marsh; and

·  Twelve* Marsh Wrens *of which many were very vocal.


A complete list of today's birds follows.  Our next SAS field trip will be
at Ankeny NWR on *Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 a.m.*  Meet at the
Overlook off of Ankeny Hill Road.  Join us if you can.



Mike Unger

Keizer, OR



*Checklist Summary for September 15, 2014*

Number of Checklists: 5
Number of Species: 53

*Checklists included in this summary:*
(1): Ankeny NWR--Eagle Marsh Overlook  AT  7:33 a.m.
(2): Intersection of Ankeny Hill Rd & Buena Vista Rd  AT  8:01 a.m.
(3): Pullout on north side of Buena Vista RD, just before Eagle Marsh  AT 
9:00 a.m.
(4): Ankeny NWR--Eagle Marsh  AT  9:17 a.m.
(5): Ankeny NWR--Pintail Marsh  AT  10:14 a.m.

1 Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) -- (5)
6 Wood Duck -- (5)
26 Mallard -- (5)
6 Northern Pintail -- (5)
16 Green-winged Teal -- (5)
2 Ring-necked Duck -- (5)
9 Pied-billed Grebe -- (5)
6 American Bittern -- (4),(5)
2 Great Blue Heron -- (5)
3 Great Egret -- (5)
3 Green Heron -- (5)
2 Turkey Vulture -- (5)
3 Northern Harrier -- (2),(5)
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk -- (5)
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (5)
2 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1)
1 Virginia Rail -- (5)
20 American Coot -- (5)
7 Killdeer -- (2),(5)
4 Greater Yellowlegs -- (5)
3 Least Sandpiper -- (5)
30 Long-billed Dowitcher -- (5)
17 Wilson's Snipe -- (5)
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- (2)
7 Acorn Woodpecker -- (2)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (5)
3 Northern Flicker -- (1),(2)
2 American Kestrel -- (1),(5)
2 Western Wood-Pewee -- (5)
4 Steller's Jay -- (2),(4),(5)
13 Western Scrub-Jay -- (1),(2)
2 Western Scrub-Jay (Coastal) -- (5)
2 American Crow -- (5)
1 Violet-green Swallow -- (5)
91 Barn Swallow -- (2),(3),(5)
1 Cliff Swallow -- (2)
7 Black-capped Chickadee -- (2),(3)
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch -- (2)
2 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (2)
12 Marsh Wren -- (5)
1 Bewick's Wren -- (4)
21 European Starling -- (2),(5)
27 Cedar Waxwing -- (2),(3)
21 Common Yellowthroat -- (3),(4),(5)
5 Spotted Towhee -- (3),(4)
1 Chipping Sparrow -- (4)
11 Savannah Sparrow -- (5)
22 Song Sparrow -- (2),(3),(4),(5)
4 White-crowned Sparrow -- (2)
1 Golden-crowned Sparrow -- (3)
43 Red-winged Blackbird -- (2),(4),(5)
10 Brewer's Blackbird -- (2),(3),(5)
4 House Finch -- (1),(3)
137 American Goldfinch -- (2),(3),(4),(5)
Subject: Re: More Snowy Plovers at Tierra del Mar, Tillamook Co.
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:51:52 -0700
Folks,

If anyone is going out to Sand Lake to look for these Snowy Plovers, can 
you please note the color bands and take any photos if you can.   At the 
moment I am getting a few photos and it is clear from Wink, Russ, Jen 
and Ken that there are as many as 4 or maybe 5 plovers there.   However, 
most of the photos I have seen have not been clear enough for me to 
confirm the band combos. And furthermore there is some confusion over 
the exact colors that are on the bands.   It might be helpful to know 
that we use Blue and Aqua (light blue), Green and Lime (light green), 
and Violet. It is rather important to know these differences in color, 
because, for instance, Wink reported B/G/B:B but in the photo he sent me 
the bird is actually B/L/B:B, and in another photo sent to me - O/Y:B - 
the bird may have a Violet band and not a Blue band (although I am 
uncertain due to photo quality).   (PS - no offense to the 
photographers!!!!!   It's hard enough getting any photo never mind one 
that clearly shows the band colors).   You should also be aware we use 
both Red and Orange, which often require a decent look if the band is a 
double or triple color band.

Anyhow, great birds and great find, and please let us know if you 
continue to see these and any other birds.

Cheers
Dave Lauten



On 9/15/2014 12:48 PM, Wink Gross wrote:
> SNOWY PLOVERS continue to pour into Tierra del Mar (OK--a slight 
overstatement). 

>
> Yesterday evening I walked the dog up the beach and found 4 individuals, only 
one of which had been reported earlier. They were all about 1.5 miles north of 
my starting point (Austin Ave). In the fading light we were not able to get all 
the way up to the outlet of Sand Lake, the only place where Ive seen them 
until yesterday. 

>
> Their bands were as follows:
>
> Green-white-green :  Blue
>
> Yellow-green-yellow : Yellow
>
> (aluminum) :  Yellow (Jens bird)
>
> Blue-green-blue : Blue
>
> Wink Gross
> Portland



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Subject: Re: Acorn Woodpecker west of Creswell
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:51 -0700
Hi Sally and OBOL,

Wow - I also had an Acorn Woodpecker in my yard this morning, five miles east 
of Creswell - first I've ever seen here, and a big surprise at 1200' in the 
foothills. The closest colony I know of is west of Creswell at the north end of 
Sher Khan Rd, which I first stumbled upon a couple years ago and continues to 
host ACWOs, though these traveling birds could be from anywhere. 


Also had my first Varied Thrush of the season here this morning (right on time) 
and our first Sooty Fox Sparrow arrived on Sep 4th, my earliest-ever fall date. 


Good birding,

Noah Strycker


> On Sep 15, 2014, at 10:13 AM, "Sally Nelson"  
wrote: 

> 
> OBOLinks:
>  
> There was an acorn woodpecker calling and foraging for breakfast acorns in 
the oaks near our house this morning. The last one seen here was 5/11/14, so 
maybe there is some migration thing happening? This is only the 3rd one here in 
all the decades I've watched, but of course if I had walked faster into the 
house I wouldn't have known about this one. 

>  
> Regards,
> Sally Nelson
> 2 miles W of Creswell, Lane County
Subject: More Snowy Plovers at Tierra del Mar, Tillamook Co.
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:48:39 -0700
SNOWY PLOVERS continue to pour into Tierra del Mar (OK--a slight 
overstatement). 


Yesterday evening I walked the dog up the beach and found 4 individuals, only 
one of which had been reported earlier. They were all about 1.5 miles north of 
my starting point (Austin Ave). In the fading light we were not able to get all 
the way up to the outlet of Sand Lake, the only place where Ive seen them 
until yesterday. 


Their bands were as follows:

Green-white-green :  Blue

Yellow-green-yellow : Yellow

(aluminum) :  Yellow (Jens bird)

Blue-green-blue : Blue

Wink Gross
Portland

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Subject: Acorn Woodpecker west of Creswell
From: "Sally Nelson" <nelson_sm AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:13:47 -0700
OBOLinks:

There was an acorn woodpecker calling and foraging for breakfast acorns in the 
oaks near our house this morning. The last one seen here was 5/11/14, so maybe 
there is some migration thing happening? This is only the 3rd one here in all 
the decades I've watched, but of course if I had walked faster into the house I 
wouldn't have known about this one. 


Regards,
Sally Nelson
2 miles W of Creswell, Lane County
Subject: Raptor at Swift Watch Sep 14
From: David Koskamp <dkoskamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:01:31 -0700
Does anyone know if that was a Cooper's hawk sitting up on the chimney last
night at Chapman Elementary during Swift Watch?

Thanks,

-David
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:20:51 -0700

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: September 15, 2014 6:08:57 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Red-throated Loon (1 Deschutes)
Golden Eagle (1 Lane)
Broad-winged Hawk (1 Jefferson)
Snowy Plover (3 Tillamook)
Band-tailed Pigeon (1 Jefferson)
Lewis's Woodpecker (1 Douglas)

---------------------------------------------
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire and other Portland birds
From: Max Smith <oregonmax AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:00:17 -0700
Our Multnomah Village neighborhood was busy with birds this morning.
SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and WESTERN TANAGERS were conspicuous in the trees, I
spotted my first-of-season GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW in a neighbor's yard, and
a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE paid a visit to our own backyard. We watched the
solitaire for several minutes until it disappeared into a mountain ash.

Happy birding,

Max Smith
Portland
Subject: Northern Parula
From: Lois Miller <rarebirdart AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:47:05 -0700
I never could relocate this bird but I will look again in the morning
Here is a photo. What a pretty little thing !
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97916088 AT N06/15241136501/

Lois Miller
Port Orford
Subject: Re: grouse
From: <towhee AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:13:43 -0700
Pam and OBOLers,

My apologies. This was a thread on COBOL, not OBOL, and I inadvertently 
attached the wrong address. 

Silly me.

Mark



Mark A Gonzalez
Bend, Oregon

----- Original Message -----
From: Pamela K Johnston 
Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:06 pm
Subject: Re: [obol] Re: grouse

> Mark, somewhere along the way I missed what you are responding to. 
> I have no problem with the ideas, though.
> 
> Pamela Johnston
> 
> On Sep 14, 2014 8:21 PM, towhee AT bendbroadband.com wrote:
> >
> > With a degree of trepidation for the potential backlash, I think 
> the record should be set straight. 
> >
> > Honestly, this seems like much ado over nothing. I've hunted 
> ducks and upland birds since I was big enough to hold a small 
> shotgun (and so did Theodore Roosevelt, John James Audubon, and 
> Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest conservation-minded, bird 
> heroes and civic leaders in American history). I would never think 
> of any bird listserve as a source of promising hunting outings. 
> The criteria for a wonderful outdoor experience with man's/woman's 
> best friend does not involve a message on a single sighting or 
> collection of sightings. It's a bit more involved than that. 
> >
> > If you think differently, that's fine. You can send the 
> obligatory, educationally minded disagreement through back channels 
> directly to me. For the freedom to express one's opinion, I would 
> appreciate a modicum of civility. Such an exchange might be 
> illuminating if not enjoyable.. 
> >
> > Good birding, 
> >
> > Mark 
> > And for the record, I love all aspects of grouse--the spring 
> dancing at leks, the summer brooding season, the fall effort to 
> fatten up, the remarkable stamina to endure harsh winters, etc. 
> >
> > Mark A Gonzalez 
> > Bend, Oregon 
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: grouse
From: <towhee AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:21:09 -0700
With a degree of trepidation for the potential backlash, I think the record 
should be set straight. 


Honestly, this seems like much ado over nothing. I've hunted ducks and upland 
birds since I was big enough to hold a small shotgun (and so did Theodore 
Roosevelt, John James Audubon, and Aldo Leopold, arguably the greatest 
conservation-minded, bird heroes and civic leaders in American history). I 
would never think of any bird listserve as a source of promising hunting 
outings. The criteria for a wonderful outdoor experience with man's/woman's 
best friend does not involve a message on a single sighting or collection of 
sightings. It's a bit more involved than that. 


 If you think differently, that's fine. You can send the obligatory, 
educationally minded disagreement through back channels directly to me. For the 
freedom to express one's opinion, I would appreciate a modicum of civility. 
Such an exchange might be illuminating if not enjoyable.. 


Good birding,

Mark
And for the record, I love all aspects of grouse--the spring dancing at leks, 
the summer brooding season, the fall effort to fatten up, the remarkable 
stamina to endure harsh winters, etc. 


Mark A Gonzalez
Bend, Oregon


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Subject: Fern Ridge Reservoir
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:42:10 -0700
Laura and I paddled our canoe out on the lake today. Our high count for sterna 
terns was a flock of 29 flying along the west shore. We eventually got close 
enough to ID about a dozen COMMON TERNS. Later in the day we had a flock of 6 
fly past, just a bit too far, that could have been FORSTER'S TERNS. A raft of 6 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES out in the middle of the lake were fun to see. 5 EARED 
GREBES far from shore were unexpected. 


Good Birding,

John Sullivan 
Springfield, OR


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Subject: Whiskey Springs
From: Steve Kornfeld <sbkornfeld AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:19:57 -0700
Whisky Springs in Jefferson County continues to be quite an enjoyable place to 
spend a few hours in the morning. So many birds at eye level. Very nice 

 
Williamson's Sapsucker - 2
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Flicker
Cassin's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 4
White-breasted Nuthatch
Hermit thrush
American robin - 5
Western Bluebird - flying over
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Black-throated Gray Warbler - 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler - >25
Spotted Towhee - 2
Chipping Sparrow - 5
Fox Sparrow - 20
White-crowned Sparrow - 4
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - >25
Purple Finch
Cassin's Finch
Pine Siskin - flying over
Evening Grosbeak - flying over
 
Steve Kornfeld
Bend
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Whiskey Springs
From: Steve Kornfeld <sbkornfeld AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:19:57 -0700
Whisky Springs in Jefferson County continues to be quite an enjoyable place to 
spend a few hours in the morning. So many birds at eye level. Very nice 

 
Williamson's Sapsucker - 2
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Flicker
Cassin's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 4
White-breasted Nuthatch
Hermit thrush
American robin - 5
Western Bluebird - flying over
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Black-throated Gray Warbler - 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler - >25
Spotted Towhee - 2
Chipping Sparrow - 5
Fox Sparrow - 20
White-crowned Sparrow - 4
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - >25
Purple Finch
Cassin's Finch
Pine Siskin - flying over
Evening Grosbeak - flying over
 
Steve Kornfeld
Bend
 
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Subject: Lane Coast F.O.S. FOX SPARROWS 14 Sept 2014
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:03:09 -0700
The first of season FOX SPARROWS arrived in our yard today. 

regards,
Diane Pettey
Heceta Beach, OR
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Subject: Snowy Plovers at Sand Lake
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:48:36 -0700
Concerning the Snowy Plovers being reported from Sand Lake, Tillamook.

The picture Ken send of R/W:Y is likely an adult male (there is a 
possibility there is an adult female with this combo too, I'm not sure 
at this time but will know soon).

Wink saw O/Y:B, he is correct it is an adult, but it could be a male or 
female (there were two individuals with this combo).   It may be the 
same individual Laura photo'd earlier this summer (I am uncertain at 
this time because I am unsure if there were two adults present this 
summer with this combo, again I will know soon).

All adults at this time are molting and worn but could have new 
feathers.   Juveniles may or may not look worn depending on their fledge 
date (if it was early they look a lot like females right now, if they 
fledged recently they will look like typical juveniles).

The picture of the bird sent today by Jen appears to be a third 
individual, Silver:Yellow.   This bird is missing some colors - the 
color tape we use on the federal band on the left leg fell off (a 
somewhat normal occurrence).   It is difficult to tell from the photos 
but I have good reason to believe it is an adult female (it almost 
certainly is not an adult male).   There is a slight possibility it is a 
juvenile from this year, but based on the band colors I suspect it is 
not (we did not use many yellow bands on the right leg of juveniles this 
year, but we did use some).

Ken's photo looks tinted blue on my screen.   Jen's photos look a bit 
washed out.   If there are any better photos I'd love to see them.   
Thanks for your interest, we very much appreciate the sitings and 
information!

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
Bandon OR


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Subject: Alice Parker passed away
From: Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:47:56 -0700
Greetings Folks,

Alice Parker passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Alice was a
long-time birder/botanist in Douglas County and member of Umpqua Valley
Audubon Society, with her husband Fred. She was 93. Alice taught birding
classes for many years at Umpqua Community College, and many credit her
with getting them interested in birds and birding.

If you have particular memories or stories of Alice that you would like to
contribute, I would like to put some of those together (or excerpts of
them) for an article in Oregon Birds magazine. I would need your
information by early October. Thank-you!

If you read this and you are way ahead of me on this little project, I am
happy to let you do it. I only want to see it done. Thanks.

Matt Hunter
Melrose, OR
Subject: Northern Parula Curry co
From: Lois <rarebirdart AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:17:02 -0700
I had a Northern Parula with a mixed flock of Chestnut backed Chickadees and a 
Townsends Warbler pass through the yard and I can't relocate. If it shows back 
up I will post. 

Garrison lake Port Orford 
Lois Miller 

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Subject: Tierra del Mar Snowy Plover- Yes (Bayocean Spit- No)
From: Jen Sanford <jjsanford AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:09:14 -0700
Hi all,

I spent two and half hours walking the beach on the west side of Bayocean
Spit in Tillamook this morning and turned up zero Snowy Plovers.  I did
have 4 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and 7 SANDERLINGS but those just aren't the same.

I checked out Tierra del Mar for the first time and walked north from the
"car entrance" to the beach for about a mile, maybe longer (Russ is right-
it's a bit of a hike) , before finally seeing a juvenile SNOWY PLOVER
perched up on top of the dune that peaks down the middle of the spit.  I
took a few photos but the bird seemed pretty skittish, so I left it alone
after only a couple minutes.  I could only make out a yellow leg band on
the right leg, and maybe a grey/silver one on the left.  Photos on my
Flickr if you want to see:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stoptellingmeitsokay/

Good birding,

Jen Sanford
Subject: Re: Tillamook Snowy Plovers
From: Laura Paulson <laura AT riverdaughter.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:45:21 -0500
More Snowy Plovers is a good thing, me thinks :)

Laura

On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM, Russ Namitz  wrote:

> Laura~
>
> I took a photo of the two SNOWY PLOVERS on the beach at the south spit of
> Sand Lake.  Both birds are juvenile birds.  They were roosting and I did
> not care to disturb them to see leg bands.
>
> There were also 17 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 40 WESTERN SANDPIPERS & 45 LEAST
> SANDPIPERS on the beach.  This was a long walk on the beach, almost 2 miles
> one way for anyone trying to see these birds.
>
> Good birding,
> Russ Namitz
>
Subject: Re: Tierra del Mar Snowy Plover(s)
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:48:48 -0700
The plover I saw Friday, with the same color-banding as Laura's bird, appeared 
to me to be a molting adult--feathers looked very worn. 


I will post a photo when I get home. I forgot to bring the doohickey for 
uploading photos to my iPad. 


Wink Gross
Tierra del Mar

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Subject: Harney County Birds 9/13-9/14
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:10:22 -0700
Greetings from Winnemuca, NV!

On my way further south in NV but just spent the past couple days in very
birdy Harney County.  Here are my highlights:

Camping west of Burns on the 13th, 35F at dawn, but a C. POORWILL was
calling anyhow.

Highlights at Hdqs. on the 13th:
the continuing GRAY CATBIRD
a getting late C. NIGHTHAWK
and the sighting of the morning- a BADGER digging for ground squirrels (?)
in the NE corner of Hdqs.  Seen by several excavating a burrow (dirt
flying) which it came in and out of observing us observing it.

Benson Pond Mudflat- wow! I spent three hours trying to sort through all
the birds:
1400- LONG-BILLED DOWS
40- LESSER YELLOWLEGS
20- GREATER YELLOWLEGS
172- AMERICAN AVOCETS
4- BLACK-NECKED STILTS
30- LEAST SANDPIPERS
10- WESTERN SANDPIPERS
1- SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
5- PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
5- BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS
1- SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
10- KILLDEER
1- RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Also there were quite a few G. Egrets, several GB Herons, a couple BC
Night-herons, and a SNOWY EGRET.

I was going to camp in the Steens last night but changed plans, to smoky
from prescribed burns, I couldn't even see the Mt. from Frenchglen! So I
headed down towards Fields first stopping at Roaring Springs ranch (small
pond near entrance, east side of road) where Sharon Wright reported a N.
WATERTHRUSH on 9/12. No luck with the waterthrush but I had exceptional
looks at a RED-EYED VIREO which was out in the open at eye level in a
Russian olive the entire time I was there. Also in the same location was a
getting late YB Chat.

Camped near Borax Lake- only a balmy 47F at dawn.  In Fields the rumps were
in- huge numbers but no Myrtles that I saw.  Also the Lincoln's Sparrows
were almost as common as White-crowned Sparrows. I was there for 2 hrs.
getting ready to leave and did one last trip through the oasis and found: a
BG GNATCATCHER high in the cottonwoods which starting calling after I saw
it.  Near the little wet area on the NW end of the oasis I also saw a
female AMERICAN REDSTART.  Glad I made one last trip.

On to south central NV, back to Fields in a few days.

Merry migration!
Tim R
not in Coos Bay
Subject: Tillamook Snowy Plovers
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:25:31 -0700
Laura~
I took a photo of the two SNOWY PLOVERS on the beach at the south spit of Sand 
Lake. Both birds are juvenile birds. They were roosting and I did not care to 
disturb them to see leg bands. 

There were also 17 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 40 WESTERN SANDPIPERS & 45 LEAST 
SANDPIPERS on the beach. This was a long walk on the beach, almost 2 miles one 
way for anyone trying to see these birds. 

Good birding,Russ Namitz 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: SNOWY PLOVERS Tierra del Mar, Tillamook
From: Laura Paulson <laura AT riverdaughter.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:15:01 -0500
I finally got a chance to look through the hundreds of Snowy Plover
pictures I took in May south of Bandon in the area between China Creek and
New River. One of them may be of the same bird reported by Wink Gross on
9/12. I see the bands as orange above yellow and blue. Link below goes to
the photo ... the only one I have of this bird. It is heavily cropped but
in no other way altered.

Kathy and Dave, what do you think? Did one of your Bandon birds head north?

Laura Paulson

http://ourhousehaswheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/orange-yellow_blue.jpg

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 6:17 PM, Ken Chamberlain 
wrote:

> On arriving home I re-read Winks report and looked at my photos. It looks
> like we found two different SNOWY PLOVERS in the same area, just south of
> the Sand Lake mouth.
>
> The bird I saw was banded: Left: red above white; Right: yellow
>
> Apparently a different bird than SNPL reported by Wink Gross on 9/12 in
> same area. Wink reported: Left: orange above yellow; Right: blue
>
> Location.   45.276324º-123.964372º
>
> Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/100682706 AT N06/15228744212/
>
> eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19821941
>
> I also received eBird notices for two other SNPL sightings in Tillamook
> County today. Both on Bayocean Spit West side. One for two birds and one
> for one bird. Not clear from comments on bands if there are two or three at
> that site. Looks like a few SNPL arriving on to wintering (?) beaches.
>
> Ken Chamberlain
> Neskowin
>
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Green Ridge Hawk Migration
From: "Kim Boddie" <kcboddie AT bendbroadband.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:43:26 -0700
Our observers today were Judy Meredith, Cathy Beck and John Goodell. We
enjoyed the good company of 7 visitors as 31 birds moved through.
1 Osprey
5 Sharpies
3 Coops
8 Red-tailed (and a close look at at a resident)
1 Golden Eagle (juvenile)
1 Merlin
1 Peregrine (and a close look at a resident)
1 Unid. Accipiter
10 Turkey Vulture

Passerine (prey base) species seen on site:
5 Yellow-rumped, 3 Hairy Woodpeckers, 1 Mtn. Chickadee, 2 Junco, 2
Williamson's Sapsucker, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher, 7 Steller's Jay, 1
Cassin's Finch, 2 Fox sparrow, 1 Western Wood-Pewwe, 4 Flicker, 2 VG
Swallow, 1 Vaux's Swift, 1 Townsend's Solitaire,
5 Raven, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Sooty Grouse (half a mile from site
upon leaving)

David Vick
Terrebonne
Subject: more Barn Swallows in Sunday morning flyout
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:57 -0700
Folks, (Salem Birders take note)

 

Looking at the Portland radar images this morning I see a HUGE flyout of
BARN SWALLOWS from the Greenacres Rd. location south of Dayton, OR, between
6:26 and 7:15 AM.

 

I also see a sizeable flyout from a spot just west of Stayton during the
same time frame. (We saw this last year, too)

 

I also see a lesser flyout from the area of Wintel Rd on Ankeny NWR refuge
6:35-6:45 AM.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sullivan
Subject: OBA meeting
From: Linda Fink <linda AT fink.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:37:01 -0700
This will be my first OBA meeting and I'm really stoked. Looking forward 
to hearing and meeting, for the first time in person, Roy Lowe and Dan 
Gleason, two people whose expertise I greatly admire. And, of course, 
I'm looking forward to seeing whatever fabulous birds come my way on 
field trips. I'll be attending with a friend I met at the Shorebird 
Festival a few years ago... and hoping to make more birder friends this 
time. Would love to meet some of you obol folks.

Thanks, Pamela and whoever else planned this meeting, for a great 
line-up! It takes a lot to get me off the farm but you did it.

Linda Fink, whose kind husband will be milking goats and cleaning barns 
that weekend.
-- 
http://lindafink.blogspot.com/
http://lindafink-birdnotes.blogspot.com/
http://fffwildflowers.blogspot.com/
http://finkfamilyfarmtrees.blogspot.com/


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Subject: 22-25,000 BARN SWALLOWS - location information
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:24:43 -0700
Folks,

 

This evening we went out to look for the roost of the BARN SWALLOWS near the
Willamette River in eastern Yamhill county, south of Dayton.  

 

Turning east from Rt 221 on Mallard Ln to Dorsey Rd. we discovered that this
site has an insignificant cornfield and no access/poor visibility looking
south.

 

We returned to Rt 221. Turning east on Greenacres Rd we found HUGE
cornfields between  1.1-1.6 miles east of Rt 221 on the north side of the
road.  Visibility is limited because the corn is right next to the road and
TALL.  At 1.9 miles from Rt 221 there is a nice open wheat field that is now
stubble.  It provides an excellent view.  Looking north across this field we
saw two vortexes of BARN SWALLOWS going down into cornfields.  We estimate
20-25,000 birds.  At 2.3 miles from Rt 221 there is another open field with
another cornfield at the back of it (again on the north side of Greenacres
RD), but we saw no swallows there.  Greenacres Rd. ends shortly after that.

 

We could see from our vantage point on Greenacres Rd. that the birds were
not roosting on the east side of the Willamette River in Marion county; they
were coming from that direction into the Yamhill county site. 

 

A phone call from Floyd Schrock let us know that Barn Swallows were not
roosting on Grand Island this evening.

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen

McMinnville

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: save the date
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:34:53 -0700
http://www.nppnw.org

Click on link above to find out what is happening in Salem Saturday, Nov 1.

It is the fall meeting of the Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest.

A fun meeting, George Lepp is the speaker, and lots more!
Stephanie Hazen



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Subject: Fern Ridge Fisher Unit
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:03:02 -0700
The loop to the west around the Royal observation platform pond this afternoon 
was fairly quiet. 9 AMERICAN AVOCETS are still hanging out near Pelican Island. 
From the Northwest corner, scoping out onto the reservoir, 9 Sterna Terns were 
seen flying along the west shore of the lake. They were to far for me to see 
any field marks, but I suspect they are COMMON TERNS, based on behavior and the 
date. 


Good Birding,

John Sullivan
Springfield, OR


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