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Snowy Owl,©Julie Zickefoose

22 Apr Re: Burrowing Owl [Christopher Hinkle ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early? [Lars Per Norgren ]
23 Apr The Fancy Chickens of Timber, Oregon (Washington Co)-Sooty Grouse and Mountain Quails [Khanh Tran ]
22 Apr Semipalmated Plovers? [Joel Geier ]
22 Apr GREATER YELLOWLEGS - Clackamas County [Richard Leinen ]
22 Apr Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds [Brandon Green ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early? ["Wayne Hoffman" ]
22 Apr Re: dead bird [Steve Valasek ]
22 Apr Oregon Spring Migration Count May 10-11th [Joel Geier ]
22 Apr Oregon Spring Migration Count May 10-11th [Joel Geier ]
22 Apr dead bird [Marlowe Kissinger ]
22 Apr Coos 'n Curry of Late [Tim Rodenkirk ]
22 Apr Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
22 Apr Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds [Thomas Meinzen ]
22 Apr FOY Western Tanager, north Salem [john shewey ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early? [Alan Contreras ]
22 Apr Re: On Semiplover numbers [Alan Contreras ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early? [David Irons ]
22 Apr On Semiplover numbers [Mike Patterson ]
22 Apr Jo Co Yellow Warblers ["Dennis Vroman" ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 [Lars Per Norgren ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 [Alan Contreras ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 [Jamie Simmons ]
22 Apr Boiler Bay ["Phil Pickering" ]
22 Apr FW: Please post to Obol Digest this week ["Hawes, Susan" ]
22 Apr Crook County's first Snowy Plover [Charles Gates ]
22 Apr Marbled Godwit, Douglas co [Daniel Farrar ]
22 Apr Re: [birding] Benton Co. Burrowing Owl, etc. [Pam Otley ]
22 Apr Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
22 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
21 Apr Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds [Mark Nikas ]
21 Apr Mt. Tabor yesterday [Christopher Hinkle ]
21 Apr Monday, April 21, 2014 [Owen Schmidt ]
21 Apr Lincoln Co birding 4/19 ["Jamie S." ]
21 Apr Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County [David Irons ]
21 Apr Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County [David Irons ]
21 Apr Benton Co. Burrowing Owl, etc. [Oscar Harper ]
21 Apr March Lincoln Co. Bird Notes Received During 2/26-3/23 [Range Bayer ]
21 Apr Ridgefield NWR Closure - Update [Scott Carpenter ]
21 Apr Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County [Jeff Gilligan ]
21 Apr Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County [Brandon Green ]
21 Apr possible Black Vulture reported Curry County [Jeff Gilligan ]
21 Apr The warbler and the vulture [Jack Williamson ]
21 Apr Jackson County birds [Russ Namitz ]
21 Apr Jo Co Mac Warbler/ more Lazulis ["Dennis Vroman" ]
21 Apr Arrivals in W. Yamhill Co. [Floyd Schrock ]
21 Apr [Fwd: Postdoc job opportunity: Climate Change and Species Interactions] [Joel Geier ]
21 Apr Nashvilles, etc., Mt. Tabor, Portland [Jeff Gilligan ]
21 Apr Eugene Hammond's [Brandon Green ]
21 Apr Eugene/Skinner Butte this am... ["Diane Pettey" ]
21 Apr Purple Martins and Am Goldfinches [Paul Buescher ]
21 Apr Pdx area nashville warblers [Brad vrilakas ]
21 Apr Whitaker Ponds Nature Park [Sandi Morey ]
21 Apr Ankeny Black-necked Stilt [Roy Gerig ]
21 Apr McMinnville Monday birders ["Paul Sullivan" ]
21 Apr Malheur crow data needed [Alan Contreras ]
21 Apr Baskett Butte Nashville Warbler [Brandon Wagner ]
21 Apr This morning on Coxcomb Hill - 4/21/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
21 Apr Fwd: [birding] Tagged Raptor ["Marcia F. Cutler" ]
21 Apr Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants) [Jack Williamson ]
21 Apr FOY Wilson's Warbler [Lars Per Norgren ]
21 Apr Re: More Eugene Migrants [Brandon Green ]
21 Apr Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants) [Alan Contreras ]
21 Apr Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants) ["Pamela Johnston" ]
21 Apr [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
20 Apr Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants) [Adrian Hinkle ]
20 Apr Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants) [Jeff Gilligan ]
20 Apr Swainson's Thrushes and Vaux's Swifts [Barbara Combs ]
20 Apr Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants) ["Wayne Weber" ]
20 Apr Lincoln's Sparrow today [Barbara Combs ]
20 Apr Re: More Eugene Migrants [Larry McQueen ]
21 Apr Re: More Eugene Migrants [David Irons ]
20 Apr Yamhill county Western Kingbird, etc ["Paul Sullivan" ]
20 Apr Re: More Eugene Migrants [Thomas Meinzen ]
20 Apr Camas Prairie 4/20/14 [Bob Archer ]

Subject: Re: Burrowing Owl
From: Christopher Hinkle <christopher.hinkle2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:03:07 -0700
Given the date, the Burrowing Owl that we (Adrian, Hendrik, Oscar, Jamie
and I) found on Sunday was probably a migrant. It wasn't clarified in
Oscar's post, but we flushed the owl from the edge of a roadside ditch
after dark (we saw it in the headlights). Driving roads in good habitat
after dark might be a good strategy for finding Burrowing Owls in the
Willamette Valley; I know that's a good way to see them east of the
Cascades.

Cheers,

Christopher Hinkle
Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:37:33 -0700
***********

I spent some time on Siletz Bay at high tide in Oct and Nov about seven years 
ago. Shorebird numbers were impressive where they roosted on the abundant logs 
and snags. I was in a kayak and probably wouldn't have seen much scoping from 
shore. Lars 

On Apr 22, 2014, at 7:33 PM, Wayne Hoffman wrote:

> Hi –
>  
> Unfortunately you are right that Yaquina Bay does not get much shorebird use. 
One problem is that it lacks good high tide roosting habitat. The marginal 
areas that it does have tend to have high levels of human traffic. The beach 
just south of the South Jetty has potential for high tide roosting, but gets a 
lot of human and dog traffic. 

>  
> I think Siletz Bay gets a bit more shorebird use, but it is much harder to 
bird. 

>  
> Wayne
>  
> From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf 
Of David Irons 

> Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:43 PM
> To: deweysage AT frontier.com
> Cc: OBOL-to post; deborah.holland AT star-thrower.com
> Subject: [obol] Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?
>  
Subject: The Fancy Chickens of Timber, Oregon (Washington Co)-Sooty Grouse and Mountain Quails
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:57:20 +0000
Hi Obolers: 

We birded a few hours near the Timber area and was able to find some fun birds 
between the light rain and low light.  It was more productive than we thought-- 
especially with the fancy chickens.   


Heard at least, five SOOTY GROUSE males and a pair along the road with an 
aggressive male pursuing the female.   Another male was seen displaying high in 
the conifers, close to the trunk. They can be tough to track down, but fun, 
when you see one.   


We were lucky to glimpse on two pairs of MOUNTAIN QUAILS along the gravel road 
not far from the clear cut areas.  A Ruffed Grouse was also seen in the lower 
elevations of Round Top.   


HERMIT WARBLERS were seen along with a couple of WILSON'S and MACGILLIVRAY'S 
WARBLERS.  These were all year birds for me and it was fun to see an AMERICAN 
DIPPER along the creek.  


Close to dusk, I spotted a BARRED OWL along Hwy 6, not far from the town of 
Timber.   


For those who are interested, here are a few updated photos from this past 
month of GREAT GRAY OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, SPRUCE GROUSE, and other fun 
birds.   


https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496 AT N02/

Good birding and peace:)

Khanh Tran 

(www.ktbirding.com) 		 	   		  

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Subject: Semipalmated Plovers?
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:06:24 -0700
What's a Semipalmated Plover?

I vaguely recall that we used to get a few at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area
in spring, but it's been about 10 years now. The small wetland where I
last saw some (also witnessed by Alan McGie) is now fenced off to the
public as a brand-new archery range.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: GREATER YELLOWLEGS - Clackamas County
From: Richard Leinen <rick.lumen AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:41:19 -0700
There are approximately 10 - 15 GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Coffee Creek Wetlands. 
This is on the opposite side of Grahams Ferry Road from the lake. The lake is 
high and has spilled over the dike and flooded the wetlands. I first saw them 
today during lunch, then went back after work to get pictures. Good opportunity 
to see these in Clackamas county. 


Rick
Wilsonville

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Subject: Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds
From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:41:10 -0700
As of yesterday, I was still hosting WT SPARROW (both morphs) as well.  But
things are winding down quickly.

Good stuff on Skinner Butte this morning: LAZULI BUNTING, PAC-SLOPE,
WILSON'S WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, and multiple NASHVILLES and BT GRAYS.

Brandon
Eugene
Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?
From: "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:33:37 -0700
Hi – 

 

Unfortunately you are right that Yaquina Bay does not get much shorebird use. 
One problem is that it lacks good high tide roosting habitat. The marginal 
areas that it does have tend to have high levels of human traffic. The beach 
just south of the South Jetty has potential for high tide roosting, but gets a 
lot of human and dog traffic. 


 

I think Siletz Bay gets a bit more shorebird use, but it is much harder to 
bird. 


 

Wayne

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of 
David Irons 

Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:43 PM
To: deweysage AT frontier.com
Cc: OBOL-to post; deborah.holland AT star-thrower.com
Subject: [obol] Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?

 

 

Greetings all,

 

Dave Lauten is spot on in this case. By the date of the report in question (19 
April), we are at the front end of the prime window for not only Semipalmated 
Plover, but all of the Arctic and sub-Arctic breeding shorebirds that pass 
through Oregon as northbound migrants. I had a few Semi Plovers in Clatsop Co. 
last Friday and was surprised to not find more than I did. 


 

Surely some will disagree with this opinion, but if your phenology for migrant 
shorebirds is calibrated based on what you see inside Yaquina Bay, it's not 
going to be very good. For all of its outward attractiveness for shorebirds 
(good-looking mudflats), the shorebirding there is pathetic. I have no 
explanation for why this is the case, but in recent years this estuary is often 
devoid of waders even right in the middle of spring or fall migration. 


 

If I'm looking for shorebirds along the northern Oregon coast, I will drive 
Clatsop Beach, go to Youngs Bay or Tillamook Bay. Even the tiny little 
Necanicum estuary is better than Yaquina Bay most of the time. Sadly, if you 
compare the 'best' Oregon estuaries to Humboldt Bay to the south or Willapa and 
Grays Harbor in Washington, you will discover that these out of state estuaries 
offer far better shorebirding and present a better picture of the phenologies 
for migrant waders. 


 

 

I am currently watching a Virginia Rail while taking a work break next to a 
little wetland in NW. McMinnville. 


 

Dave Irons

Portland, OR

 










 

 

 

 
Subject: Re: dead bird
From: Steve Valasek <botheringbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:11:05 -0700
Only if it has a band. You can just remove it and there's a number or
website on there where to report the information. Sounds to me like a Coot.
On Apr 22, 2014 6:30 PM, "Marlowe Kissinger"  wrote:

> Are you suppose to report when you see a dead bird? I don't think this one
> died of natural causes.
> Saw it by the steps of the library at Dawson Creek.  It was bigger than a
> blackbird. Maybe a duck?
>
> Just thought I'd check.
>
>           Marlowe
>
> The picture is gross.
>
>
> 
http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/134b96bd-65e5-4210-8f8e-1d57c46c807c_zps31520845.jpg?t=1398216456 

>
Subject: Oregon Spring Migration Count May 10-11th
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:47:00 -0700
Hi all,

The spring migration count is coming up May 10-11th. This count, known
as NAMC (North American Migration Count) is now going into its third
decade here in Oregon, since Pat French got us involved in 1993.

This is possibly the easiest bird count to contribute to, even easier
than CBCs. All you need to do is to keep a count of birds that you see
during the day (plus hours and mileage), and send them into your
county's coordinator.

Although this count has sometimes been criticized for its lack of
statistical rigor, it's starting to develop value based on its
longevity, as only the CBC and BBS have a longer track record here in
Oregon -- and neither of those counts covers migration.

Last year, the Oregon 2020 crew made an appeal for NAMC volunteers to
include more point counts, in order to enhance the usability of NAMC
data for their project.

While I encourage birders to contribute point counts for the OR 2020
project if you're so inclined, I'd like to add a couple of caveats.

#1: If you're not comfortable doing point counts according to a strict
protocol, don't worry -- you can still contribute to the migration
count, just by recording the birds that you find (plus your mileage &
hours). That's the way that we've always done NAMC, and it's still
valid.

#2: If you do try to do a series of point counts to contribute to OR
2020, please also keep count of birds that you see while driving (or
bicycling/walking) between your point count locations. 

Last year it was obvious from the data that volunteers who tried to
adhere to the point-count protocols were missing birds that would
typically be seen between stops. We do need to count those roadside
scrub-jays and Brewer's Blackbirds, to maintain consistency with past
years' counts!

As many of you know, I'm not the most eBird-adept individual on these
lists. I've put put a question to a few folks who are more eBird-savvy,
as to whether it's possible to keep two lists open at one time: one for
point-count birds, and another for birds detected in between stops.  For
NAMC it would be best to have both of these types of data. However, from
initial replies, it sounds as if the time-honored technology of pencil
and paper could still come in handy.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Oregon NAMC coordinator
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis





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Subject: Oregon Spring Migration Count May 10-11th
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:47:00 -0700
Hi all,

The spring migration count is coming up May 10-11th. This count, known
as NAMC (North American Migration Count) is now going into its third
decade here in Oregon, since Pat French got us involved in 1993.

This is possibly the easiest bird count to contribute to, even easier
than CBCs. All you need to do is to keep a count of birds that you see
during the day (plus hours and mileage), and send them into your
county's coordinator.

Although this count has sometimes been criticized for its lack of
statistical rigor, it's starting to develop value based on its
longevity, as only the CBC and BBS have a longer track record here in
Oregon -- and neither of those counts covers migration.

Last year, the Oregon 2020 crew made an appeal for NAMC volunteers to
include more point counts, in order to enhance the usability of NAMC
data for their project.

While I encourage birders to contribute point counts for the OR 2020
project if you're so inclined, I'd like to add a couple of caveats.

#1: If you're not comfortable doing point counts according to a strict
protocol, don't worry -- you can still contribute to the migration
count, just by recording the birds that you find (plus your mileage &
hours). That's the way that we've always done NAMC, and it's still
valid.

#2: If you do try to do a series of point counts to contribute to OR
2020, please also keep count of birds that you see while driving (or
bicycling/walking) between your point count locations. 

Last year it was obvious from the data that volunteers who tried to
adhere to the point-count protocols were missing birds that would
typically be seen between stops. We do need to count those roadside
scrub-jays and Brewer's Blackbirds, to maintain consistency with past
years' counts!

As many of you know, I'm not the most eBird-adept individual on these
lists. I've put put a question to a few folks who are more eBird-savvy,
as to whether it's possible to keep two lists open at one time: one for
point-count birds, and another for birds detected in between stops.  For
NAMC it would be best to have both of these types of data. However, from
initial replies, it sounds as if the time-honored technology of pencil
and paper could still come in handy.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Oregon NAMC coordinator
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Subject: dead bird
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:30:07 -0700
Are you suppose to report when you see a dead bird? I don't think this one died 
of natural causes. 

Saw it by the steps of the library at Dawson Creek. It was bigger than a 
blackbird. Maybe a duck? 


Just thought I'd check. 

          Marlowe

The picture is gross. 


http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx156/rosebudgurl/134b96bd-65e5-4210-8f8e-1d57c46c807c_zps31520845.jpg?t=1398216456 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Coos 'n Curry of Late
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:06:46 -0700
Knute Andersson reports his first PAC-SLOPE FLYS from this past weekend
(4/19 & 4/20), that would be SW of Langlois, Curry.  I haven't heard or
seen any yet in Coos- maybe tomorrow?!

Besides the SWAINSON'S HAWK Terry Wahl reported on Monday (thanks Jeff;
Terry has only had one other before- a very rare south coast migrant with
three records in Coos- maybe the same amount in Curry?), he has also had
several CHIPPING SPARROWS- one yesterday and 4 or 5 today.  This is
normally a species one needs to go to Agness or up Floras Creek (Curry) or
Powers (Coos) to see in their breeding locations, on the outer coast they
are uncommon but regular for about two or three weeks late April/early May
and are normally a "good" find (Terry's place is well, not normal for the
south coast, many more good birds but private ranchlands).

Out on the north spit of Coos Bay at the old Weyco pond site (now owned by
the Port of Coos Bay and open to the public) there has been several
CINNAMON TEAL easily seen from the north dike that goes out to the ocean.
 Also present since Sunday have been a couple BLUE-WINGED TEALS (males).
Green-wingeds are still around out there also, always a good spot for late
ducks. Many calling SORA and AMERICAN BITTERN there also.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS are migrating everywhere, always cool to see
them in their spiffy breeding plumage.

Oh, the Black Vulture reported by Jeff G. was seen on 12 April, but since
no one could relocate it, and since I suspect OBRC will never see a written
record, I am not sure we have our firsrt Black Vulture record for OR.

Merry migration!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:52:28 -0700
Thomas

One of ours is still here too, just north of Bandon.   It's a white 
one.   There was a dark striped one too, but I'm not sure if it's still 
hanging around.

Cheers
Dave Lauten

On 4/22/2014 5:42 PM, Thomas Meinzen wrote:
> Our wintering WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at our feeders daily 
> here as well. Strange to have it so late.
>
> Happy migration,
> Thomas Meinzen
> Eugene
>
>
> On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM, Mark Nikas  > wrote:
>
>     Oscar's report of a Burrowing Owl in Benton County is 2 weeks
>     later than any previous record for wintering birds in the valley
>     and about 5 weeks later than typical late dates.Nice find.
>
>     The bird that wintered this year near Halsey departed sometime
>     between March 4th and 17th. Most years wintering birds disappear
>     in February. East side birds often return to nesting territories
>     in March.
>
>     I've had 50 species of birds from my yard in west Eugene the past
>     2 days with 42 the count for each day. There's been a lot of
>     turnover.  Every spring I hope to hit the magic 50 in one day but
>     49 has been the limit so far. After almost 20 years here new yard
>     birds are scarce but there's still a few I expect sooner or later.
>     BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was not on that expected list but as I
>     stepped out the door last evening I had 1 croaking directly
>     overhead as it flew westbound towards Fern Ridge Res. a mile away.
>
>     A male CALLIOPE HUMMER has visited apple blossoms briefly the past
>     2 days but has ignored my feeders. The wintering WHITE-THROATED
>     SPARROW continues and is quite late for here.
>
>     BAND-TAILED PIGEONS made an impressive showing today. They nest in
>     the neighborhood and first showed up last month in small numbers.
>     Today I had flocks of 12, 14 and 44 fly over. The group of 12 flew
>     to a nearby butte but the other 2 flocks continued northward. The
>     group of 44 was quite high - aprox. 1000' up. I'm guessing these
>     were late migrants.
>
>     HOUSE WREN showed up today. So did House Sparrows. They nest in
>     neighboring barns and attempt to use my nest boxes each year but
>     then disappear later in summer rarely to be seen again until the
>     following spring. I used to think of them as a more sedentary species.
>
>     Mark Nikas
>
>     Eugene
>
>
Subject: Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds
From: Thomas Meinzen <thomasmeinzen AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:42:16 -0700
Our wintering WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at our feeders daily here as
well. Strange to have it so late.

Happy migration,
Thomas Meinzen
Eugene


On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM, Mark Nikas  wrote:

> Oscar's report of a Burrowing Owl in Benton County is 2 weeks later than
> any previous record for wintering birds in the valley and about 5 weeks
> later than typical late dates.  Nice find.
>
>
>
> The bird that wintered this year near Halsey departed sometime between
> March 4th and 17th. Most years wintering birds disappear in February. East
> side birds often return to nesting territories in March.
>
>
>
> I've had 50 species of birds from my yard in west Eugene the past 2 days
> with 42 the count for each day. There's been a lot of turnover.  Every
> spring I hope to hit the magic 50 in one day but 49 has been the limit so
> far. After almost 20 years here new yard birds are scarce but there's still
> a few I expect sooner or later. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was not on that
> expected list but as I stepped out the door last evening I had 1 croaking
> directly overhead as it flew westbound towards Fern Ridge Res. a mile away.
>
>
>
> A male CALLIOPE HUMMER has visited apple blossoms briefly the past 2 days
> but has ignored my feeders. The wintering WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues
> and is quite late for here.
>
>
>
> BAND-TAILED PIGEONS made an impressive showing today. They nest in the
> neighborhood and first showed up last month in small numbers. Today I had
> flocks of 12, 14 and 44 fly over. The group of 12 flew to a nearby butte
> but the other 2 flocks continued northward. The group of 44 was quite high
> - aprox. 1000' up. I'm guessing these were late migrants.
>
>
>
> HOUSE WREN showed up today.  So did House Sparrows.  They nest in
> neighboring barns and attempt to use my nest boxes each year but then
> disappear later in summer rarely to be seen again until the following
> spring. I used to think of them as a more sedentary species.
>
>
>
> Mark Nikas
>
> Eugene
>
Subject: FOY Western Tanager, north Salem
From: john shewey <jshewey AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:06:45 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Yesterday afternoon a Western Tanager was singing incessantly in my Doug fir in 
north Salem...only him, though, and earlier in the year than the usual small 
flock that arrives and spends 2 to 3 days here. --John Shewey, 
www.birdingoregon.com 



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Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:46:45 -0700
Dave's comment is certainly true for spring shorebirding.  My impression is
that it is extremely coastal, for one thing, with big movements right along
the beaches and nothing up the rivers.  Fall is quite different and even
Yaquina Bay gets a bird now and then !  And of course a lot of the good fall
shorebirding is inland at Fern Ridge, Summer Lake and so on.

-- 
Alan Contreras

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




From:  Dave Irons 
Reply-To:  Dave Irons 
Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:42 PM
To:  Dave Lauten 
Cc:  OBOL , "deborah.holland AT star-thrower.com"

Subject:  [obol] Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?


>      
>>> Greetings all,

Dave Lauten is spot on in this case. By the date of the report in question
(19 April), we are at the front end of the prime window for not only
Semipalmated Plover, but all of the Arctic and sub-Arctic breeding
shorebirds that pass through Oregon as northbound migrants. I had a few Semi
Plovers in Clatsop Co. last Friday and was surprised to not find more than I
did.

Surely some will disagree with this opinion, but if your phenology for
migrant shorebirds is calibrated based on what you see inside Yaquina Bay,
it's not going to be very good. For all of its outward attractiveness for
shorebirds (good-looking mudflats), the shorebirding there is pathetic. I
have no explanation for why this is the case, but in recent years this
estuary is often devoid of waders even right in the middle of spring or fall
migration.

If I'm looking for shorebirds along the northern Oregon coast, I will drive
Clatsop Beach, go to Youngs Bay or Tillamook Bay. Even the tiny little
Necanicum estuary is better than Yaquina Bay most of the time. Sadly, if you
compare the 'best' Oregon estuaries to Humboldt Bay to the south or Willapa
and Grays Harbor in Washington, you will discover that these out of state
estuaries offer far better shorebirding and present a better picture of the
phenologies for migrant waders.


I am currently watching a Virginia Rail while taking a work break next to a
little wetland in NW. McMinnville.

Dave Irons
Portland, OR


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Subject: Re: On Semiplover numbers
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:43:52 -0700
They are not annual on Coquille Valley CBC.  Usually absent at Florence.

My impression is that they like very large estuaries in winter. Maybe Matt
Hunter could enlighten us about the medium-sized Umpqua estuary.

-- 
Alan Contreras

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon








On 4/22/14 4:34 PM, "Mike Patterson"  wrote:

>CBC for 2013-14
>	
>WAEV 	Everett            3
>WAGH 	Grays Harbor     162
>WALP 	Leadbetter Point   8
>ORTB 	Tillamook Bay      7
>ORCE 	Columbia Estuary   3
>ORCB 	Coos Bay          36
>ORCV 	Coquille Valley    3
>
>-- 
>Mike Patterson
>Astoria, OR
>Some assembly required
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Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19 -- Semi Plover early?
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:42:48 -0700
>> Greetings all,

Dave Lauten is spot on in this case. By the date of the report in question (19 
April), we are at the front end of the prime window for not only Semipalmated 
Plover, but all of the Arctic and sub-Arctic breeding shorebirds that pass 
through Oregon as northbound migrants. I had a few Semi Plovers in Clatsop Co. 
last Friday and was surprised to not find more than I did. 


Surely some will disagree with this opinion, but if your phenology for migrant 
shorebirds is calibrated based on what you see inside Yaquina Bay, it's not 
going to be very good. For all of its outward attractiveness for shorebirds 
(good-looking mudflats), the shorebirding there is pathetic. I have no 
explanation for why this is the case, but in recent years this estuary is often 
devoid of waders even right in the middle of spring or fall migration. 


If I'm looking for shorebirds along the northern Oregon coast, I will drive 
Clatsop Beach, go to Youngs Bay or Tillamook Bay. Even the tiny little 
Necanicum estuary is better than Yaquina Bay most of the time. Sadly, if you 
compare the 'best' Oregon estuaries to Humboldt Bay to the south or Willapa and 
Grays Harbor in Washington, you will discover that these out of state estuaries 
offer far better shorebirding and present a better picture of the phenologies 
for migrant waders. 



I am currently watching a Virginia Rail while taking a work break next to a 
little wetland in NW. McMinnville. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR


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Subject: On Semiplover numbers
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:42 -0700
CBC for 2013-14
	
WAEV 	Everett            3
WAGH 	Grays Harbor     162
WALP 	Leadbetter Point   8
ORTB 	Tillamook Bay      7
ORCE 	Columbia Estuary   3
ORCB 	Coos Bay          36
ORCV 	Coquille Valley    3

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
Some assembly required
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Subject: Jo Co Yellow Warblers
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:14:34 -0700
Three YELLOW WARBLERS today (04-22-14) in the willow/cottonwood stand at 
Whitehorse Park singing away. 


51 species for the area this morning

Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:55:51 -0700
Jamie and All,

I'm not intending to argue either. :-)

Ok, let's look at some facts.

You wrote:
Our sighting of a single Semipalmated Plover was the first reported 
anywhere in Lincoln County since September, 2013.
Data sources were 3 robust sources: OBOL, Lincoln County field notes 
from The Sandpiper, and eBird.
(I know some of us eBird users--and other birders--report EVERYTHING we 
see.)

First, just because a bird has not been reported does not mean it is not 
there or has not been seen or has not passed thru.  It means it hasn't 
been reported.

Second, on 29 March 2014 in Pacific WA Semi Plover was reported (by Dave 
Irons).   One might think that because no Semp P's were reported in 
Lincoln Co since Sept 2013 that might mean that there are none north of 
there, or even none within that area.

Three, how can a bird that is reported quite a distance north of Lincoln 
Co be "early" in Lincoln Co nearly a month after the date in WA?

We can certainly have a debate as to the definition of "early". Are 
these birds "early"?   Well, maybe, but actually maybe they are right on 
time.   And importantly I am not suggesting or saying it is not a worthy 
bird to report (all birds are worthy of reporting, especially 
shorebirds! ;-) ).

Another fact, we have watched flocks of shorebirds migrating north 
within the past couple of weeks.  Included in those flocks are Semi 
P's.   Some one else asked:  "have you been working on Lincoln County 
beaches"  - No, I have not, but if you are suggesting that the flocks of 
shorebirds  we see that are migrating north are somehow dropping all 
their Semi P's off before they get to Lincoln Co.....well, somehow I 
doubt that.   While I have not been to Lincoln Co, I am willing to bet 
that some Semi P's have passed thru Lincoln Co over the past 3 weeks if 
not before that.  If no observers witnessed it does not mean that it did 
not happen.

I don't have the Coos Bay CBC data in front of me, but as I recall Semi 
P is not an unusual bird on that CBC (Tim???).   Yes, I grant you maybe 
in Lincoln Co it is a rare winter bird, or even absent.   I submit that 
is because of either a lack of habitat that they prefer, or a lack of 
observers looking in the places they like.   I do not know whether they 
winter in Pacific Co WA, but it wouldn't surprise me if they did (there 
is good habitat, but whether anyone is looking is another story).

And yes, I agree Lincoln Co is not Coos Co - and thus that might be the 
issue - we have better habitat for them.  However, we are 2 hours away 
from Lincoln Co, and Lincoln is what - 4, 6 hours from Pacific Co WA, so 
I think Coos Co beaches are a bit more comparable to Lincoln Co 
beaches.  Both Coos and Pacific Co have reported Semi P before the 
Lincoln Co report.   Hence my statement that it is not really "early" 
for Semi P's, it is rather right on time.

I would also suggest that if you walked a beach with good habitat for 
them on a daily basis in April in Lincoln Co (and maybe some months 
before that), you'd find some Semi P's.   What I am fairly sure of, is 
few people walk the kind of beaches and the length of beaches we do on a 
daily basis starting in April thru Sept.   When you hit a beach for a 
couple of hours one day a week (or even less than that), you are likely 
to miss a lot of what goes on out there.

Again, I agree Coos Co is not Lincoln Co, but there is no doubt in my 
mind that the daily observations we have of Semi P's (and believe me, it 
is daily as they are rather a common bird) are not all individuals who 
either wintered in Coos or stopped in Coos and didn't keep going 
north.   They are migrants and we see them come and go all the time.   
They are quite normal in April.

PS - As a side note, there are actually breeding records of Semi P for 
Coos Bay!   Not sure how many people are aware of that.

Cheers
Dave Lauten








On 4/22/2014 10:47 AM, Jamie Simmons wrote:
> Dave and all,
>
> Not intending to argue, but rather to present facts:
> Our sighting of a single Semipalmated Plover was the first reported 
> anywhere in Lincoln County since September, 2013.
> Data sources were 3 robust sources: OBOL, Lincoln County field notes 
> from The Sandpiper, and eBird.
> (I know some of us eBird users--and other birders--report EVERYTHING 
> we see.)
>
> Thus it seemed worthy of posting, albeit with a question mark.
> (Your beach ain't Lincoln County beaches...)
>
> Jamie Simmons
> Corvallis
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein 
> > wrote:
>
>     On 4/21/2014 10:27 PM, Jamie S. (REDACTED: yahoo.com
>      uses DMARC) wrote:
>>
>>
>>     HMSC trail:
>>     Semipalmated Plover - 1 (early?)
>>
>>
>>     Jamie Simmons
>>     Corvallis
>>
>
>     Semipalmated Plover is not "early" at this time of year.   They
>     are rather common on the beach and have been all month.   I
>     suppose if you work on the beach like we do you get used to what
>     is around and don't even really realize what you folks who don't
>     work on the beach every day don't see.   Just a little
>     clarification (to tell you the truth, Semi P is a bird you could
>     seen just about any time, albeit they are a lot less common in
>     winter).
>
>     Cheers
>     Dave Lauten
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:20:24 -0700
The species has been recorded on the Eugene CBC. I don't know how often. 
Perhaps a late fall detection? Clearly Lane Co represents the northern fringe 
of winter occurence. Similarly, Yellowlegs are routine at Fern Ridge Res all 
winter, but highly sporadic in Washington County after October. Lars 

On Apr 22, 2014, at 10:53 AM, Alan Contreras wrote:

> Semis are much more common (numbers) and regular (frequency) in winter from 
about Coos Bay southward, as are Western Sandpipers. 

> 
> -- 
> Alan Contreras
> 
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
> 
> Eugene, Oregon
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: Jamie Simmons 
> Reply-To: 
> Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:47 AM
> To: Dave Lauten , OBOL 
> Subject: [obol] Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
> 
> Dave and all,
> 
> Not intending to argue, but rather to present facts:
> Our sighting of a single Semipalmated Plover was the first reported anywhere 
in Lincoln County since September, 2013. 

> Data sources were 3 robust sources: OBOL, Lincoln County field notes from The 
Sandpiper, and eBird. 

> (I know some of us eBird users--and other birders--report EVERYTHING we see.)
> 
> Thus it seemed worthy of posting, albeit with a question mark.
> (Your beach ain't Lincoln County beaches...)
> 
> Jamie Simmons
> Corvallis
> 
> 
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein 
 wrote: 

>> On 4/21/2014 10:27 PM, Jamie S. (REDACTED: yahoo.com uses DMARC) wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> HMSC trail:
>>> Semipalmated Plover - 1 (early?)
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Jamie Simmons
>>> Corvallis
>>> 
>> 
>> Semipalmated Plover is not "early" at this time of year. They are rather 
common on the beach and have been all month. I suppose if you work on the beach 
like we do you get used to what is around and don't even really realize what 
you folks who don't work on the beach every day don't see. Just a little 
clarification (to tell you the truth, Semi P is a bird you could seen just 
about any time, albeit they are a lot less common in winter). 

>> 
>> Cheers
>> Dave Lauten
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>>  
>> 
> 
Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:53:04 -0700
Semis are much more common (numbers) and regular (frequency) in winter from
about Coos Bay southward, as are Western Sandpipers.

-- 
Alan Contreras

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




From:  Jamie Simmons 
Reply-To:  
Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:47 AM
To:  Dave Lauten , OBOL 
Subject:  [obol] Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19

Dave and all,

Not intending to argue, but rather to present facts:
Our sighting of a single Semipalmated Plover was the first reported anywhere
in Lincoln County since September, 2013.
Data sources were 3 robust sources: OBOL, Lincoln County field notes from
The Sandpiper, and eBird.
(I know some of us eBird users--and other birders--report EVERYTHING we
see.)

Thus it seemed worthy of posting, albeit with a question mark.
(Your beach ain't Lincoln County beaches...)

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis


On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein
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>     
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> DMARC) wrote:
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> beach like we do you get used to what is around and don't even really realize
> what you folks who don't work on the beach every day don't see.   Just a
> little clarification (to tell you the truth, Semi P is a bird you could seen
> just about any time, albeit they are a lot less common in winter).
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Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
From: Jamie Simmons <sapsuckers AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:47:29 -0700
Dave and all,

Not intending to argue, but rather to present facts:
Our sighting of a single Semipalmated Plover was the first reported
anywhere in Lincoln County since September, 2013.
Data sources were 3 robust sources: OBOL, Lincoln County field notes from
The Sandpiper, and eBird.
(I know some of us eBird users--and other birders--report EVERYTHING we
see.)

Thus it seemed worthy of posting, albeit with a question mark.
(Your beach ain't Lincoln County beaches...)

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis


On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein <
deweysage AT frontier.com> wrote:

>  On 4/21/2014 10:27 PM, Jamie S. (REDACTED: yahoo.com uses DMARC) wrote:
>
>
>
> HMSC trail:
> Semipalmated Plover - 1 (early?)
>
>
> Jamie Simmons
> Corvallis
>
>
> Semipalmated Plover is not "early" at this time of year.   They are rather
> common on the beach and have been all month.   I suppose if you work on the
> beach like we do you get used to what is around and don't even really
> realize what you folks who don't work on the beach every day don't see.
> Just a little clarification (to tell you the truth, Semi P is a bird you
> could seen just about any time, albeit they are a lot less common in
> winter).
>
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Boiler Bay
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:28:30 -0700
6:45-8:00 AM (4/22):
partly clear, wind W 5-15 swells 6-8

200 Red-throated Loon
4500 Pacific Loon (clumpy 30-200/min)
25 Common Loon
19 Red-necked Grebe (all N with loons)
6 Western Grebe
24 Brown Pelican
285 Brant
3 Northern Shoveler
6 scaup sp.
3 Black Scoter
40 White-winged Scoter
2500 Surf Scoter
8 Red-breasted Merganser
3 Black-bellied Plover
9 Whimbrel
20+ Dunlin
600+ Western/Least
1 Ring-billed Gull
8 California Gull
150 Western Gull
15 Glaucous-winged Gull
1 Heermann's Gull (alternate adult S)
200 Caspian Tern
6000+ Common Murre (roughly 2/3 S)
30 Pigeon Guillemot
2 Marbled Murrelet
150+ Rhinoceros Auklet (roughly 2/3 S)
2 Cassin's Auklet
1 Tufted Puffin
1 Eurasian Collared Dove (N)

Phil
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Subject: FW: Please post to Obol Digest this week
From: "Hawes, Susan" <Susan.Hawes AT portlandoregon.gov>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:47 -0700
Hi there,

If you have room, would you post the following announcement (listed below under 
my signature) in this week's Digests, please? The training is this Friday. 


I greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!
Susan


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

From: Hawes, Susan
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 3:22 PM
To: 'obol AT freelists.org'
Subject: Please post to Obol Digest

Hello,

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


Thanks so much!
Susan


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



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


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

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

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

Subject: Crook County's first Snowy Plover
From: Charles Gates <cgates326 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:25:47 -0700
I found a Snowy Plover at Houston Lake in western Crook County just 
north of the community of Powell Butte 
(http://birdingoregon.info/Home/CrookCounty/tabid/167/Default.aspx#houston). 
This is a county first for this species.  It was observed by myself, Kim 
Owen and Lew Rems.  Near dusk, I tried to re-find the bird with my wife 
and Cindy Zalunardo but with no luck.  Will check again today.

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

Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
Oregon Birding Site Guide
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Subject: Marbled Godwit, Douglas co
From: Daniel Farrar <jdanielfarrar AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:19:55 -0700
Obol,
   There was a MARBLED GODWIT on the beach with 2 WHIMBREL at Tahkenitch
Creek mouth yesterday morning (4-21).



-- 
Daniel Farrar
Dunes City, Oregon
jdanielfarrar AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: [birding] Benton Co. Burrowing Owl, etc.
From: Pam Otley <pamo1954 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:59:10 -0700
Oscar and all,

Wow, good on you for the burrowing owl! I predict traffic will increase on
Llewellyn Rd for awhile.....

Pam O  :-)


On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM, Oscar Harper  wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> Yesterday evening, Hendrik and I birded with Jamie Simmons, Adrian and
> Christopher Hinkle at Finley NWR. Things were rather slow overall, but
> there were still 5 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS at the Conservation Wetland, along
> with a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPERS and DUNLIN. We also heard 2
> SORAS.
>
> Along Bruce Rd., we found 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at the scrape, and
> McFadden Marsh hosted a small flock of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.
>
> On the way back to Corvallis, we drove down Llewellin Road to check for
> Short-eared Owls south of the airport. We didn't find any, but driving back
> to Hwy 99, we flushed a BURROWING OWL off the south side of the road. It
> was well seen by 3 of us. Unfortunately, Adrian and I missed it (although
> Adrian tried hard to relocate it by jogging alongside the car in hopes of
> finding the bird again as we made a second pass along that stretch of
> road).
>
> This is the first Burrowing Owl report from Benton County in several years.
> An exciting find, and a great way to end the day.
>
> Good birding
>
> Oscar
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Subject: Re: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:53:10 -0700
On 4/21/2014 10:27 PM, Jamie S. (REDACTED: yahoo.com uses DMARC) wrote:
>
>
> HMSC trail:
> Semipalmated Plover - 1 (early?)
>
>
> Jamie Simmons
> Corvallis
>

Semipalmated Plover is not "early" at this time of year.   They are 
rather common on the beach and have been all month.   I suppose if you 
work on the beach like we do you get used to what is around and don't 
even really realize what you folks who don't work on the beach every day 
don't see.   Just a little clarification (to tell you the truth, Semi P 
is a bird you could seen just about any time, albeit they are a lot less 
common in winter).

Cheers
Dave Lauten



Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:38:28 -0700
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: April 22, 2014 5:14:24 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Ross's Goose (1 Washington)
Surf Scoter (1 Benton)
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (1 Umatilla)
Black-bellied Plover (1 Jackson)
Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Harney)
Burrowing Owl (5 Benton)
Calliope Hummingbird (1 Benton)
Dusky Flycatcher (4 Multnomah)
Warbling Vireo (1 Multnomah)
Swainson's Thrush (1 Multnomah)
Yellow Warbler (1 Benton)
Hermit Warbler (1 Benton, 1 Clatsop, 1 Jackson)
White-throated Sparrow (2 Deschutes)
Black-headed Grosbeak (1 Lane)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (1 Klamath)

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 View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35555
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Re: Benton Burrowing Owl and some Eugene yard birds
From: Mark Nikas <elepaio AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:39:51 -0700
Oscar's report of a Burrowing Owl in Benton County is 2 weeks later than
any previous record for wintering birds in the valley and about 5 weeks
later than typical late dates.  Nice find.



The bird that wintered this year near Halsey departed sometime between
March 4th and 17th. Most years wintering birds disappear in February. East
side birds often return to nesting territories in March.



I've had 50 species of birds from my yard in west Eugene the past 2 days
with 42 the count for each day. There's been a lot of turnover.  Every
spring I hope to hit the magic 50 in one day but 49 has been the limit so
far. After almost 20 years here new yard birds are scarce but there's still
a few I expect sooner or later. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was not on that
expected list but as I stepped out the door last evening I had 1 croaking
directly overhead as it flew westbound towards Fern Ridge Res. a mile away.



A male CALLIOPE HUMMER has visited apple blossoms briefly the past 2 days
but has ignored my feeders. The wintering WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues
and is quite late for here.



BAND-TAILED PIGEONS made an impressive showing today. They nest in the
neighborhood and first showed up last month in small numbers. Today I had
flocks of 12, 14 and 44 fly over. The group of 12 flew to a nearby butte
but the other 2 flocks continued northward. The group of 44 was quite high
- aprox. 1000' up. I'm guessing these were late migrants.



HOUSE WREN showed up today.  So did House Sparrows.  They nest in
neighboring barns and attempt to use my nest boxes each year but then
disappear later in summer rarely to be seen again until the following
spring. I used to think of them as a more sedentary species.



Mark Nikas

Eugene
Subject: Mt. Tabor yesterday
From: Christopher Hinkle <christopher.hinkle2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:50:24 -0700
Had a busy day yesterday and never got around to posting. I was in Portland
for the weekend so my mom and I birded Mt. Tabor yesterday morning (4/20)
from 8:30 to noonish. (We were also up there in the afternoon of 4/19 and
had a slightly early WESTERN TANAGER.) Migrants on 4/20:

Northern Harrier  1
Hammond's Flycatcher  4-5
Dusky Flycatcher  1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  2
Cassin's Vireo  4-5
Warbling Vireo  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  8
Hermit Thrush  7
Orange-crowned Warbler  8
Nashville Warbler  5-6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)  20+
Black-throated Gray Warbler  15+
Townsend's Warbler  12+
Wilson's Warbler  1
Lincoln's Sparrow  1

The Dusky Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo were slightly early. A quick note
on Dusky Flycatchers: From 2011 - 2013, between late April and late May, I
recorded Duskys on 68% of morning birding trips to Tabor. Low count 0 (32%
of trips), median count 1 (42% of trips), high count 8 (twice), average
count about 1.3/trip. Recognizing their call note is by far the best way to
detect and identify them.

Cheers,

Christopher Hinkle
Subject: Monday, April 21, 2014
From: Owen Schmidt <oschmidt AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:49:46 -0700
Birded the North Coast today with Jack Kiley and John Elizalde, all in Clatsop 
County. 


At Silver Point several bunches of Brown Pelicans, quite a few Red-throated 
Loons, several small tight flocks of shorebirds .... all flying north. 


At Necanicum Estuary 19 Black-bellied Plovers, scattering of Dunlin in mostly 
alternate plumage. At Stanley Lake 6 Greater Yellowlegs. 


Along Sunset Beach very few Sanderlings in mostly basic plumage, small number 
of Western Sandpipers in complete or nearly complete alternate plumage. Along 
Wireless Road a quite satisfying flock of 120+ Whimbrel with 4 Marbled Godwits. 


All along the usual Savannah Sparrows (some are migrants with a lot of yellow 
in the face), Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, the 
White-crowned Sparrows are singing, a few leftover Golden-crowned Sparrows, 
Barn Swallows in good numbers, Bald Eagles everywhere. 


oschmidt AT att.net
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Subject: Lincoln Co birding 4/19
From: "Jamie S." <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (REDACTED: yahoo.com uses DMARC)
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:27:22 -0700 (PDT)
My apologies for the late report.
Hendrik Herlyn, Oscar Harper, and Adrian Hinkle & I birded Saturday (4/19) in 
Lincoln County. 

Highlights:

Fall Creek Rd:
Hermit, Wilson's, Black-thr Gray, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped Warblers
American Dipper - 2

Grass Mountain (nw side; rain & wind off and on): 
Mountain Quail - 3
Varied Thrush - 1

Eckman Lake:
Cinnamon Teal  - 1 sleeping male

Eckman Slough:
Greater White-fronted Goose

Seal
 Rock pullouts 
Whimbrel - 4 on the beach

HMSC trail:
Semipalmated Plover - 1 (early?)
Whimbrel - 26
Merlin - 1 dark "Pacific" form
Western Scrub-Jay with a short tail (2 inches?) 

Complete results are on eBird.

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis
Subject: Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:58:31 -0700
Definitely a species has long been expected to show up in Oregon.

Dave Irons

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 21, 2014, at 9:13 PM, "Jeff Gilligan"  wrote:

> It would be a first Oregon record. The species has also been north of us in 
British Columbia. 

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> On Apr 21, 2014, at 9:08 PM, Brandon Green  wrote:
> 
>> Would that be a first for Oregon? There have been at least a few sightings 
in Humboldt County, CA over the past 20 or so years. That's also not a 
difficult ID. 

>> 
>> -Brandon
>> 
>> -----
>> Subject: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
>> Date: Mon Apr 21 2014 22:22 pm
>> From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com 
>> A possible Black Vulture was seen in northern Curry County (not on Terry 
Wahl's ranch) by an observer who is likely to be right. The observer was the 
first to have seen and identified the Crested Caracara in that area a few years 
ago. Terry looked for the Black Vulture without success. He said that there 
were a lot of Turkey Vultures and ravens in the area feeding on dead lambs and 
after birth. 

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still had two Palm Warblers earlier in the month there. 

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Subject: Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:57:17 -0700
This is a species that has been 

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 21, 2014, at 9:13 PM, "Jeff Gilligan"  wrote:

> It would be a first Oregon record. The species has also been north of us in 
British Columbia. 

> 
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> On Apr 21, 2014, at 9:08 PM, Brandon Green  wrote:
> 
>> Would that be a first for Oregon? There have been at least a few sightings 
in Humboldt County, CA over the past 20 or so years. That's also not a 
difficult ID. 

>> 
>> -Brandon
>> 
>> -----
>> Subject: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
>> Date: Mon Apr 21 2014 22:22 pm
>> From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com 
>> A possible Black Vulture was seen in northern Curry County (not on Terry 
Wahl's ranch) by an observer who is likely to be right. The observer was the 
first to have seen and identified the Crested Caracara in that area a few years 
ago. Terry looked for the Black Vulture without success. He said that there 
were a lot of Turkey Vultures and ravens in the area feeding on dead lambs and 
after birth. 

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still had two Palm Warblers earlier in the month there. 

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Subject: Benton Co. Burrowing Owl, etc.
From: Oscar Harper <oeharper3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:49:23 -0700
Hello all,

Yesterday evening, Hendrik and I birded with Jamie Simmons, Adrian and
Christopher Hinkle at Finley NWR. Things were rather slow overall, but
there were still 5 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS at the Conservation Wetland, along
with a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPERS and DUNLIN. We also heard 2
SORAS.

Along Bruce Rd., we found 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS at the scrape, and
McFadden Marsh hosted a small flock of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

On the way back to Corvallis, we drove down Llewellin Road to check for
Short-eared Owls south of the airport. We didn't find any, but driving back
to Hwy 99, we flushed a BURROWING OWL off the south side of the road. It
was well seen by 3 of us. Unfortunately, Adrian and I missed it (although
Adrian tried hard to relocate it by jogging alongside the car in hopes of
finding the bird again as we made a second pass along that stretch of road).

This is the first Burrowing Owl report from Benton County in several years.
An exciting find, and a great way to end the day.

Good birding

Oscar
Subject: March Lincoln Co. Bird Notes Received During 2/26-3/23
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:40:19 -0700
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
BIRD FIELD NOTES from the March 2014 Sandpiper 35(3)
for Observations Received During 2/26-3/23 by Range Bayer

The Sandpiper is a publication of Yaquina Birders and Naturalists, a
Lincoln County (Oregon) natural history group.

Comments in this column about abundance or seasonality refer to
LINCOLN COUNTY only.

There is room here for only some of the many Lincoln County sightings
posted to Oregon Birders On-Line (OBOL), eBird.org, Lincoln Co.
Birding & Nature Observing (LCBNO), and BirdNotes.net; or emailed,
telephoned, or mailed to me.

If you have any Lincoln County field notes, please share them with
Range (range.bayer AT gmail.com; P.O. Box 1467, Newport, OR 97365;
541-265-2965) by the 20th of the month.  Bird field notes columns in
the Sandpiper since 1992 are at
http://yaquina.info/ybn/bird/bird.htm#recent

Abbreviations, terms, and some Lincoln Co. site locations (numbers
refer to site numbers in the Oregon Coast Birding Trail Guide
http://www.oregoncoastbirding.com/):  BEAVER CREEK (#78, in part):
creek flowing through Ona Beach State Park that includes Beaver Creek
State Natural Area (SNA)
(http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_261.php), BOILER BAY STATE
WAYSIDE (#59): about 0.5 mi north of Depoe Bay, ECKMAN LAKE (#84):
lake 2 mi east of Waldport along HWY 34, HMSC (#75): OSU Hatfield
Marine Science Center, IDAHO FLATS: large embayment just east of the
HMSC, LNG TANK: large green Liquefied Natural Gas tank on the north
side of Yaquina Bay about 1.5 miles east of Yaquina Bay Bridge, ONA
BEACH (renamed as Brian Booth State Park in 2013) (#77): State Park
about 6.6 mi south of Yaquina Bay bridge along HWY 101 at Beaver
Creek, SALLY'S BEND (#66): large Yaquina Bay embayment east of the LNG
tank, SALMON RIVER ESTUARY (#44 and 45): estuary at north end of
Lincoln Co.; the mouth is in Tillamook Co., YBSJ (#71): Yaquina Bay
South Jetty, YAQUINA HEAD OUTSTANDING NATURAL AREA (#65): headland
north of Newport (requires recreation pass or vehicle entrance fee).


WATERFOWL

Since late Nov., 10-16 GR. WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have found a protected
place from people and dogs on the lawn inside the chain link fence
around the large green LNG tank in Newport, west of Sally's Bend,
where they can graze and rest.  15-17 were still there on 3/14 & 23
(RB; PT & SM).

The high counts of BRANT during the 2/26-3/23 reporting period were
200 near the HMSC on 3/1 (JH) and 197 at Idaho Flats on 3/14 (RB).  It
is unusual to have Brant far upstream at Yaquina Bay, but 185 Brant
were feeding on native eelgrass (Zostera marina) on the south side of
the Bay across from Sawyer's Landing (JL & CP); this is approximately
at Road Milepost 4.2 along north Yaquina Bay Road.  Starting in 2007,
YB&N is a project partner of the International Brant Monitoring
Project (IBMP) (http://www.padillabay.gov/brant/agencies.html); see
their Observations Log for reports along the Pacific Coast
(http://www.padillabay.gov/brant/observationlogs/log1314.asp ).
Historical Yaquina Estuary records for Brant are accessible by
clicking "View/Open" at
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/8081

WW found our first REDHEAD of the year, an adult male, at Sally's Bend on 3/12.

WH noticed a herring spawn at YBSJ on 3/11 that resulted in scoters
aggregating.  On 3/14, RL saw a variety of birds taking advantage of
the recent herring spawn, with 12 HARLEQUIN DUCKS (11 males) hanging
out at the 2nd finger jetty with a lot of squawking directed toward
the lone female, photos at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24707703 AT N06/sets/72157642411797915/
E&RG had the high Harlequin count with 22 at the YBSJ on 3/17.   For
12 photos and comments that well show and describe the bird behavior
and aggregations as well as photos of 3 Long-tailed Ducks at this
herring spawn, see JSa's blog for her 3/20 observation date (posted on
3/21) at http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/2014/03/newport.html

A report of Harlequin records through 1992 that includes some records
for other Oregon coastal counties and Alex Walker's unpublished
nesting report in Tillamook County is at

http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/8061/vol.%203%20pg.%20243-260.pdf 


The female, rare KING EIDER found off 68th Street in north Newport
during the Jan. 5 Yaquina Bay CBC was often noted with the latest
report at the end of the reporting period on 3/23 (eBird).  The
Lincoln Co. King Eider residency record is for a female that KM found
at the YBSJ on 12/8/1996 that was reported last on 3/24/1997 -- will
the 68th Street eider remain later?  The 68th Street eider was along
with 400 BLACK SCOTERS and 320 SURF SCOTERS on 3/8 (A&CH, HH, JSi &
OH); this area may be the best Lincoln County site for Black Scoters.

There were many reports of 1-3 BARROW'S GOLDENEYES at Yaquina Bay and
also reports of 1 at north Siletz Bay during 3/8 & 12 (MR; WW).  1-4
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were also regularly viewed at Yaquina Bay during the
report period ending on 3/23 (m.ob.)

[Image Not Included: One of 11 male and 1 female Harlequin Ducks at
the Yaquina Bay South Jetty on 3/14.  Photo © by Roy Lowe from one of
6 Harlequin photos at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24707703 AT N06/sets/72157642411797915/]


QUAIL-RAPTORS (including falcons)

M&SN found a MOUNTAIN QUAIL on 3/19 at Fox Creek (1 mile south of Seal
Rocks) (fide BB).

Single CLARK'S GREBES were noted at Yaquina Bay during the reporting
period (m.ob.), and 1 LAYSAN ALBATROSS and 3 NORTHERN FULMARS washed
ashore in Feb. along 4.6 miles of beach north of Ona Beach (B&SLo,
L&VO); in 2013, 2 beached Laysans were found there, so beached Laysans
are uncommon to rare.

So far this year through 3/23, BROWN PELICANS have been absent with
the exception of an uncertain report at Seal Rocks on 3/15.  This is a
big change from the past 2 years when we had records each month during
Jan.-March, and there were records each month of the year in 2008,
2010, & 2012 (FN).

We had a scattering of reports of single GREAT EGRETS at Yaquina,
Siletz, & Alsea Bays, Beaver Cr., Salmon River, and Eckman Lake, along
with a report of 2 at Eckman Lake on 3/10 (m.ob.).

Oregon Winter Raptor Surveys are a good relative index to the
abundance of wintering raptors and are coordinated by the East
Cascades Birds Observatory (www.ecbcbirds.org/Default.aspx?tabid=73).
JL & CP finished the Raptor Run season with one last run on 3/7 along
the Inland or Yaquina River-Siletz Raptor Route that was 66 miles long
and took 4.3 hours.  JL reports that:

"the weather was warm and partly sunny after a series of stormy days,
and fields and pastures were partly flooded.  Since March count
numbers are usually low, we were surprised to find more than our
average number of RED-TAILED HAWKS (20), many of them flying, but no
kites, harriers, peregrine or accipiters.  We were also pleased to see
one RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a lone AMERICAN KESTREL, and five BALD EAGLES
(all adults)."

Another Red-shouldered Hawk was at the HMSC during 3/7-8 (eBird), but
we had no reports of White-tailed Kites.

1 or 2 OSPREY were intermittently reported during winter until 2/9,
but the apparent first migrant was detected at Yachats on 3/4 (BB).

On 2/25, PD saw 4 COMMON RAVENS and a PEREGRINE FALCON flying north of
Mo's Restaurant along the Newport Bayfront.  The Peregrine was
attacking by flying at one of the larger ravens, and the raven was
doing aerial acrobatics in twisting and turning while in flight.  PD
said she felt like she was watching a WWII movie of fighters attacking
bombers!  Ravens have become more common in lower Yaquina Bay, but 4
ravens there also seems an unusually high number.

Update to the Peregrine soap opera at Yaquina Head, WH notes that he
has seen 4 females there this winter, including the breeding female
and the interloping female banded as C5.  On 2/28, there was aerial
combat between C5 and apparently the breeding female at Yaquina Head
(DC).

No MERLINS were reported, and, other than during the Raptor Run,
single kestrels were also at Hudson Loop between Toledo and Siletz on
3/7 (JL) and at Beaver Creek on 3/11 (DHo).


SHOREBIRDS-WOODPECKERS

A WHIMBREL was at Seal Rocks on 3/8 (A&CH, HH, JSi & OH), and a
BONAPARTE'S GULL at Yaquina Bay on 3/9 (CC) is a few weeks early so
may be a vagrant rather than early migrant.

During a 1 hour morning seawatch on 3/10 at Boiler Bay, PP estimated
25,000+ COMMON MURRES in flocks streaming south.  2 MARBLED MURRELETS
were at Seal Rocks on 3/8 (A&CH, HH, JSi & OH), and another 2 were off
of 32nd Street in Lincoln City on 3/22 (MR).

An adult, rare PARAKEET AUKLET was less than 150 yards off Boiler Bay
on 3/10 (PP).

The first BAND-TAILED PIGEONS arrived at Eckman Lake on 2/28 (RL).

JL saw 1-2 BARRED OWLS at Hudson Loop between Toledo and Siletz during
5 days in March.

RL led the YBNFT on 3/22, and they observed female RUFOUS and ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRDS gathering furry cattail seeds to line their nests at
Eckman Lake.

1 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was at Hudson Loop between Toledo and Siletz
on 3/11 & 19 (JL).

On 3/19, CP saw a NORTHERN FLICKER with yellow-shafts at his home in
Toledo.  For records through 1992, flickers with yellow-shafts were
not reported here from 4/11 to 10/8 (SemiL).  Will they be later this
year?

[Image Not Included: Female Rufous Hummingbird harvesting fluffy
cattail seeds for use as nesting material at Eckman Lake on March 22.
Photo © by Roy Lowe from 1 of 7 photos of female Rufous and Anna's
Hummingbirds harvesting cattail seeds at Eckman Lake at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24707703 AT N06/sets/72157642817867604/]


FLYCATCHERS-GOLDFINCH

BW found a SAY'S PHOEBE near the apartments at the HMSC on 3/15 & 16
that was resighted in that area through 3/18 (m.ob.); click on MS's
photo to see more photos at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17507536  Prior to 1993,
we only had 3 records (SemiL), but since 2000, they were reported
during Feb.-April in 2001 and 2006, there was 1 sighting each year
during 2009-2011, 2 sightings in 2012, but none in 2013 (FN).

1-2 WESTERN SCRUB-JAYS were in Newport during 4 days in March, and 1
was also at Otter Crest north of Otter Rock on 3/5 (MG).

Spring firsts include: TREE SWALLOW on 2/22 at Beaver Creek (DHo), 3/1
at Yachats (BB), and 3/2 in Toledo (DHa & RP); first singing BROWN
CREEPER on 3/12 in Toledo (DHa), and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW on 3/13 in
the HMSC area (WW).

The only WESTERN BLUEBIRD record received during the reporting period
was at Yaquina Head on 2/9 (BLM).

AMERICAN PIPITS were at Yaquina Head on 2/8-9 (BLM) during the cold
snap as reported in last month's newsletter, but our only report after
2/15 was on 3/8 at the HMSC (A&CH, HH, JSi & OH).

A Slate-colored DARK-EYED JUNCO appeared at ME's feeder at Road's End,
north of Lincoln City, on 3/13-14, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW singing
in Newport on 3/23 suggests their spring arrival, although some
overwinter (RB).

A HOODED ORIOLE on private property about 2 miles south of Waldport on
2/14 (DR) was included in last month's newsletter.  With landowner
BC's gracious permission, one was appreciated and reported in the same
area on 3/8 (A&CH, HH, JSi & OH); see AH's photos at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17366097  It was
subsequently seen through 3/11 (m.ob.).

[Image Not Included: Male Hooded Oriole that had been coming to a
hummingbird feeder south of Waldport.  March 8 photo © by Jamie
Simmons.]

With Spring, there are departures as well as arrivals.  Our latest
WESTERN MEADOWLARK was at the HMSC on 3/18 (MS); click on MS's
meadowlark photo at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17507536 to see more.

An uncommon LESSER GOLDFINCH was at HMSC feeders on 3/8 (A&CH, HH, JSi
& OH).  Thanks to their prompt reporting, CP saw it at the USFWS
feeders at the south end of the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
campus on 3/9.

OBSERVERS/SOURCES: Betty Bahn, Range Bayer, Birding Oregon
(http://birdingoregon.info/), BirdNotes.net, Bureau of Land Management
staff and volunteers at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (BLM),
Don Campbell, Bob Carr, Cheryl Chessick, Pat Dickey, eBird.org
(location and observer not accessible in "View and Explore Data" for
"All Observations" but available through "Bar Charts"), Mark Elliott,
fide ("as reported by" someone other than the observer), Eve & Rob
Gill, Michael Green, Jeff Harding, Oscar Harper, Dawn Harris (DHa),
Hendrik Herlyn, Adrian & Christopher Hinkle, Wayne Hoffman, Deb
Holland (DHo), Janet Lamberson, Lincoln Co. Birding & Nature Observing
(LCBNO) (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LCBNO/info), Bob Loeffel
(BLo) & Shirley Loeffel (SLo), Roy Lowe, Kathy Merrifield, Sandra
Morey, m.ob. (multiple observers), Michael & Sally Noack, Field Notes
(FN; Lincoln County records from the Sandpiper since 1992 are
searchable in search box at
http://yaquina.info/ybn/bird/bird.htm#recent), Oregon Birders On-Line
(OBOL; recent postings at http://birdnews.aba.org/maillist/OR01),
Laimons & Vicki Osis, Ram Papish, Chuck Philo, Phil Pickering, Mitch
Ratzlaff, Doug Robinson, Jen Sanford (JSa), SemiL (semimonthly Lincoln
Co. bird records through 1992 for each species at ScholarsArchive AT OSU
[http://hdl.handle.net/1957/8070]), Jamie Simmons (JSi), Molly
Sultany, Patti Truhn, Dawn Villaescusa, Wayne Weber, Ben Wishnek,
Yaquina Birders & Naturalists (http://yaquina.info/ybn/) Field Trip
(YBNFT) led by RL.


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Subject: Ridgefield NWR Closure - Update
From: Scott Carpenter <slcarpenter AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:39:57 -0700
CARTY AND RIVER 'S' UNITS CLOSED APRIL 25
Weather Related Change in Construction Schedule

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will be closed on Friday, April
25th for road improvements. These repairs will impact both the River 'S'
and Carty Units. The closures will allow crews to extend asphalt at the
Refuge entrances and replace asphalt along the Observation Blind trail.

Please note: Construction closures were previously announced for April
24th, however, precipitation in the forecast has delayed the work to April
25th.

For more information check out these websites:

Refuge Complex -
     www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges
Ridgefield Friends Website -
     www.ridgefieldfriends.org
Gorge Stewards Website -
     www.refugestewards.com


-- 
Scott Carpenter
Portland, Oregon
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http://www.scottcarpenterphotography.com/
Subject: Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:12:58 -0700
It would be a first Oregon record. The species has also been north of us in 
British Columbia. 





On Apr 21, 2014, at 9:08 PM, Brandon Green  wrote:

> Would that be a first for Oregon? There have been at least a few sightings in 
Humboldt County, CA over the past 20 or so years. That's also not a difficult 
ID. 

> 
> -Brandon
> 
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> Subject: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
> Date: Mon Apr 21 2014 22:22 pm
> From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com 
> A possible Black Vulture was seen in northern Curry County (not on Terry 
Wahl's ranch) by an observer who is likely to be right. The observer was the 
first to have seen and identified the Crested Caracara in that area a few years 
ago. Terry looked for the Black Vulture without success. He said that there 
were a lot of Turkey Vultures and ravens in the area feeding on dead lambs and 
after birth. 

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still had two Palm Warblers earlier in the month there. 

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Subject: Re: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:08:32 -0700
Would that be a first for Oregon?  There have been at least a few sightings
in Humboldt County, CA over the past 20 or so years.  That's also not a
difficult ID.

-Brandon

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*Subject: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County*
Date: Mon Apr 21 2014 22:22 pm
From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com

A possible Black Vulture was seen in northern Curry County (not on
Terry Wahl's ranch) by an observer who is likely to be right.   The
observer was the first to have seen and identified the Crested
Caracara in that area a few years ago.  Terry looked for the Black
Vulture without success.  He said that there were a lot of Turkey
Vultures and ravens in the area feeding on dead lambs and after birth.



Today Terry saw a light phase Swainson's Hawk on his Cape Blanco
Ranch, and still had two Palm Warblers earlier in the month there.




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Subject: possible Black Vulture reported Curry County
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:21:34 -0700
A possible Black Vulture was seen in northern Curry County (not on Terry Wahl's 
ranch) by an observer who is likely to be right. The observer was the first to 
have seen and identified the Crested Caracara in that area a few years ago. 
Terry looked for the Black Vulture without success. He said that there were a 
lot of Turkey Vultures and ravens in the area feeding on dead lambs and after 
birth. 


Today Terry saw a light phase Swainson's Hawk on his Cape Blanco Ranch, and 
still had two Palm Warblers earlier in the month there. 





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Subject: The warbler and the vulture
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:54:29 -0700
We ran out to Champoeg State Park over the lunch hour today to look for
Chipping Sparrow in the same area we found two of them last year - we're
hoping to locate a nesting-pair. We did not find the sparrow, but we did
find and enjoy two birds in particular, a Myrtle Warbler and two Turkey
Vultures. The later, I had read about the night before in Noah Strycker's
latest book, "The thing with feathers: the surprising lives of birds and
what they reveal about being human".  I will not give up the story line -
but I will say the account of his earliest efforts to study and photograph
the Turkey Vulture is both entertaining and enlightening. I am grateful to
have had the opportunity to observe this species in close-proximity so soon
after reading Noah's book.

Four Images:

http://www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/4/the_warbler_and_the_vulture

-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Jackson County birds
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:32:04 -0700
I was working again in the woods along the far reaches of Kane Creek Rd off Old 
Stage Rd south of Gold Hill. There were 2 HOUSE WRENS singing in a clearcut and 
at least a dozen HERMIT WARBLERS singing in the forest. There was also a 
WILSON'S WARBLER singing along with the other warbler species that are already 
on territory. PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was the only flycatcher of the day. 

I stopped by Kirtland Ponds this evening after work and saw 27 BONAPARTE'S 
GULLS and 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. The SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was still around as 
was the single DUNLIN. Two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were feeding by themselves in 
the front pond. There were 6 pairs of GADWALL and 2 pairs of CINNAMON TEAL. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18023671
Good birding,
Russ Namitz
Medford 		 	   		  
Subject: Jo Co Mac Warbler/ more Lazulis
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:11:59 -0700
Mike Klem found 2 LAZULI BUNTINGS and a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER at the frontage 
road east of the Manzanita I-5 R.S. today (04-21-14). 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: Arrivals in W. Yamhill Co.
From: Floyd Schrock <fschrock AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:11:58 -0700
This morning (4-21-14) my earliest ever "first of the season"
MacGillivray's Warbler was singing in the hills west of Willamina.  Also a
Black-throated Gray Warbler was singing, and White-fronted Geese were
headed northwest high overhead.

====================
Floyd Schrock
McMinnville, Oregon   USA
http://empids.blogspot.com
====================
Subject: [Fwd: Postdoc job opportunity: Climate Change and Species Interactions]
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:25:38 -0700
-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: Joel Geier 
Reply-to: joel.geier AT peak.org
To: MidValley Birds , Mid-Valley Nature

Subject: Postdoc job opportunity: Climate Change and Species
Interactions
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:24:07 -0700


Hi all,

This job listing came out on the OSU water list-serv, but seems like it
could be a great opportunity for any doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D.
graduates from the biological, ecological, or statistical departments on
campus.

I see hundreds of post-doc job listings every year but this one looks
like by far the most FUN!!!!

Heck, if I was still 26 or 27 years old and without a mountain of
obligations to deal with, I'd be looking into apartment prices in East
Lansing right now. I also hear (from a close friend who's a Spartan
alum) that they have football & basketball teams that are fun to watch,
and that East Lansing is not a bad town to live in. Also it's not too
far to drive if you want to look for Kirtland's Warblers.

Best of luck if you decide to apply for this!
Joel

--

Postdoctoral Associate – Climate Change and Species Interactions
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral associate with experience in
spatio-temporal modeling, data management, and community ecology.

The research project focuses on predicting the effects of climate change
on ecological communities, and specific goals include: 1) developing
spatio-temporal models over recent history that account for interactions
among birds, insects, trees, disturbance regimes, LULCC, and climate
across forests of the continental United States, and 2) applying climate
change scenarios to project changes in community composition. 

The postdoctoral associate will be expected to manage and analyze large
spatial and temporal data sets and will work collaboratively with Drs.
Phoebe Zarnetske and Andrew Finley to develop the models, carry out
analyses, and write manuscripts and proposals. Expected start timeframe
is September 2014-January 2015. Applicants must hold a PhD in ecology,
geography, forestry, statistics, or related field by the start of the
position. Applicants must have a strong background in ecology, modeling,
R, GIS, and writing, and experience with Bayesian models and
collaborative research.

This position is based at Michigan State University (MSU) with
competitive salary and excellent health benefits. This is a full-time,
12-month, fixed-term position, with reappointment conditional on
satisfactory performance. Funding is available for 2 years. To apply,
email as a single PDF: 1) a cover letter (2-pg max) with your research
interests and qualifications for this position, 2) CV, 3) list of 3
references with contact information, and 4) 1 recent first-authored
publication, to: Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske, Department of Forestry, MSU: plz
[at] anr.msu.edu. Application review will begin May 2, 2014 and the
position will remain open until filled.

Phoebe Lehmann Zarnetske
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Forestry
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
phone: (517) 355-7671
plz AT msu.edu 
http://www.msu.edu/~plz



Subject: Nashvilles, etc., Mt. Tabor, Portland
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:08:27 -0700
I birded Mt. Tabor this morning from about 8:45 AM to 10:30 AM.

Nashville Warblers: 11 (5 in the big-leaf maple on the upper circle, as were 
all of the rest I saw - they were feeding on insects in the maple blossoms). 


MacGillivray's Warblers - 3

Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1

Townsend's Warblers - 12

many Yellow-rumped Warblers (and about 15 in my yard of both races)

Hammond's Flycatchers - 2

Jeff Gilligan






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Subject: Eugene Hammond's
From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:49:26 -0700
Earlier today, a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER was hawking insects my neighbor's
overgrown shrubs.

-Brandon
Subject: Eugene/Skinner Butte this am...
From: "Diane Pettey" <surfbird AT q.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:24:22 -0700
Two flocks of EVENING GROSBEAKS totalling about 40.

regards,
Diane Pettey
Heceta Beach, OR


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Subject: Purple Martins and Am Goldfinches
From: Paul Buescher <paul AT furzwo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:50:25 -0700
Purple Martins returned to my nest boxes on the 17th and today the first Am 
Goldfinch arrived on the river. Osprey are on their usual nest sites (BNSF RR 
bridge and The shopping center parking lot) 


We have just returned from Panama ( Canopy Towers), if anyone is considering at 
trip south I'd be will willing to share thoughts and or experiences. 


Warm Regards,

Paul
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix
        
Subject: Pdx area nashville warblers
From: Brad vrilakas <vrilakas AT hevanet.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:39:44 -0700
Saw my FOS NASHVILLE WARBLERS today at sandy river delta and at the Gresham 
city park. 

happy spring! Brad.

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Subject: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
From: Sandi Morey <hobbsmorey AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:29:21 -0700
Hello, just a heads-up that the lovely little birding hotspot Whitaker Ponds 
Nature Park on NE 47th Avenue off Columbia Blvd. apparently is undergoing a 
property-line issue; today when we went there to see what birds were about, we 
encountered a brand new and unfinished cyclone fence running across several 
spots on the south part of the pond loop trail. The mesh is peeled back so 
hikers can get through, but there's no signage to say what's going on. 

 
When I queried the Columbia Slough folks, they said the Portland Parks Bureau 
is sending out this message: 

 
“It turns out that the fence restricting access to the trail on the south side 
of Whitaker Ponds was constructed by the neighboring property owner; the trail 
is actually on their property. Parks has been, and is continuing, to attempt to 
negotiate an easement but right now Parks is still working with the property 
owner.We will keep trying, and appreciate your concern and advocacy.” I'm not 
sure who the appropriate folks to contact at PPB might be, but I just now 
e-mailed their Environmental Education section asking about and expressing 
concern about the situation. If you're interested in expressing your concern, 
the e-mail address I used was enviroed AT portlandoregon.gov (it's the one I found 
when I went to PPR and put Whitaker Ponds in their search box). If you are 
interested and know of a better contact e-mail, it'd be great to have that. 
Thanks! 

Sandi Morey, NE Portland PS: Birds were the usual suspects, lots of WOOD DUCKS, 
some MALLARDS, a BELTED KINGFISHER, a CEDAR WAXWING, several CANADA GEESE, a 
GREAT EGRET, a few E. STARLINGS, an AUDUBON'S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, etc. 
Subject: Ankeny Black-necked Stilt
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:45:49 -0700
I have fat fingers (if this appears twice), a BLACK NECKED STILT was in the NW 
corner of Pintail Marsh late this morning. The location is about 0.6 mile from 
where I saw one 2 days ago. It could be hard to find as it was along the edge 
of the willows in rather deep vegetation.A breeding plumage EARED GREBE was not 
far from there. I cannot say with certainty that it was not Horned Grebe, the 
light was not in my favor and I could not see color, but the shape was 
right.Roy Gerig, Salem OR 
Subject: McMinnville Monday birders
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:42:32 -0700
Folks,

 

Our local group got out to McMinnville's Rotary Park (Tice Park) 8:30-11:30
this morning.  The park is a wooded nature park with a pond that is growing
closed with willows.  It's located on Baker Street near NW 27th.

 

We found:

 

125  Greater White-fronted Geese - flyovers, a first for the park

    3 Wood Ducks - local breeders

    2 Mallards

    1 Red-tailed Hawk - flyover

    1 Cooper's Hawk - local breeder

    1 Turkey Vulture - flyover

    1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS 

    1 Anna's Hummingbird - local breeder

    1 Flicker

    1 male PILEATED WOODPECKER

    1 Hutton's Vireo - local breeder

    3 Steller's Jays

    1 Common Raven - flyover

    3 Black-capped Chickadee

    3 Bushtits - nest building at parking lot

    2 Red-breasted Nuthatches

    1 Brown Creeper - local breeder

    3 Bewick's Wrens

    1 HERMIT THRUSH

10 Robins - local breeder, one on nest

   2 Orange-crowned Warbler

   2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - FOS (heard last week)

   1 singing BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK - heard only

   4 Spotted Towhee

   6 Song Sparrows

   1 singing PURPLE FINCH 

   2 Evening Grosbeak - flyover

 

When we got home, we had the FOY EVENING GROSBEAKS for our backyard!

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sulllivan & Carol Karlen

McMinnville
Subject: Malheur crow data needed
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:19:52 -0700
Michael Murphy at PSU wants to get data from anyone who has kept count of
crows at Malheur NWR, especially in the period since 2000.  If you have any
notes as to when you first saw crows, or groups of crows, at Malheur, during
that period, please send to him at:

murphym AT pdx.edu


Numbers are clearly way up in the past 20 years, and the effect on other
breeders may be substantial.

-- 
Alan Contreras

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




Subject: Baskett Butte Nashville Warbler
From: Brandon Wagner <bmwboarder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:50:03 -0700
Hey Friends,

Baskett Butte had quite a lot of activity this morning.  Most warblers were
Yellow-rumped Warblers or Orange-crowned Warblers, but there was one
Nashville Warbler and one Townsend's Warbler mixed in.  Nashvilles are not
terribly easy to find in Polk county, so that made my day!  Definitely a
life bird for my 7 month old daughter too ;)

Along Farmer Rd I heard a Bittern for the first time this year.  There were
also Soras calling.

Cheers!
Brandon Wagner
Independence
Subject: This morning on Coxcomb Hill - 4/21/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:29:56 -0700
I took a walk up Coscomb Hill to see if there was any early
migrant action.  Most of the migrant activity was in the alders
at the bottom edge of the lower meadow.  The morning started
with a big, moving flock of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS.  I ended
the morning with six warbler species and a good sized flock of
VAUX'S SWIFTS.

Notable species:
   Band-tailed Pigeon - fos
   Vaux's Swift - fos
   Red-breasted Sapsucker - territorial rapping
   Ruby-crowned Kinglet - large gray _R.c.calendula_ migrant subsp.
   Orange-crowned Warbler - 32
   Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2
   Black-throated Gray Warbler - 3
   Townsend's Warbler - at least 4
   Hermit Warbler - 1 bright male; fos
   Wilson's Warbler - 3; fos

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
Some assembly required
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Subject: Fwd: [birding] Tagged Raptor
From: "Marcia F. Cutler" <marciafcutler AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:20:47 -0700
Could this be one of the birds tagged from PDX?

Marcia

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Susan Brown" 
> Date: April 20, 2014 9:14:33 PM PDT
> To: 
> Subject: [birding] Tagged Raptor
> 
> Lori McGovern and I were driving past the Tangent Post Office on Hi. 99E this 
past Friday afternoon, when we saw a hawk (fairly sure it was a Red-tailed 
Hawk) sitting on the power line to the west of the road, and were startled by 
the large area of red color on the bird's left shoulder. We wondered if it had 
been hit by a "paint gun" or injured, so we pulled over as soon as possible and 
walked back along the road edge. It was quickly evident we were looking at a 
patagial tag reading "20" in black letters on a red background. The tag was 
large enough for us to read it without binoculars, maybe 3 or 4 inches? I 
hurried to get my camera, but the bird flew across the road and into a large 
evergreen before I could get a picture. 

> 
> I was wondering if anyone else has seen this bird or has additional 
information about reporting? 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks.  Susan  
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Subject: Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:53:54 -0700
Yesterday without realizing it - I followed Pamela Johnston's advice and
went . . " to an east-facing slope on a reasonably bright morning (i.e.,
not raining), stand where you can see into the  newly-leafed-out bigleaf
maples (timing!), and listen for chip notes", and voila there popped up my
first Nashville Warbler of the season in the Camassia Natural Area.  I
generally run into just one or two there each year about this time.

-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: FOY Wilson's Warbler
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:59:11 -0700
 Pamela Johnston and Joni Dawning both reported Wilson's Warblers for the first 
time this year in their yards. I too heard them in mine on Easter here on the 
extreme east slope of the Coast Range in nw Washington County. I spent a long 
time on the roof Saturday morning enjoying the dawn chorus and heard none. 
Impressive what a unified effort this or that species makes this time of year. 
I suppose weather has everything to do with it. None (Wilson's) audible today. 
Last night at 7pm 70 White-fronted Geese flew over, headed due north oddly 
enough. Every other spring flock I have observed in my life was headed nw. 
Twenty minutes later a flock of 150 came along, pursuing the "proper" azimuth. 
Lars 


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Subject: Re: More Eugene Migrants
From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:49:14 -0700
Speaking of Eugene migrants, I birded Skinner Butte on Friday morning
(4/18) with John Sullivan and Maitreya.  I'm told that it was far less
birdy than during the rain the day before, but I still had my FOY NASHVILLE
WARBLER (initially spotted by John), my FOY BT PIGEONS, CASSIN'S VIREO,
LINCOLN'S SPARROW, a couple of BT GRAY WARBLERS, a handfull of VAUX'S
SWIFTS, a few EVENING GROSBEAKS, a half dozen or so PURPLE FINCHES.
 Earlier in the morning, Maitreya had a couple of RB SAPSUCKERS and a
possible CALLIOPE.

My full list is on eBird.

Brandon
Eugene
Subject: Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:17:46 -0700
I think my personal high for a flock of Nashvilles in nw Oregon was 8 at the n 
end of Hendricks Park in Eugene, many years ago. This is basically the same 
area as Judkins Point, which Larry mentioned earlier. I used to cover it quite 
a bit when I lived nearby; I once saw three Calliopes in fifteen minutes up 
there. 


That area is a pretty good funnel, as is Perkins peninsula at Fern Ridge, but 
people tend to go to Skinner Butte. 


Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Sent from my iPhone 



> On Apr 21, 2014, at 8:08 AM, "Pamela Johnston"  wrote:
> 
> After reading yesterday’s news of Nashville Warblers, their numbers, 
history and locations, the conclusion I’m drawing from these collected 
records and reminiscences is that Nashvilles migrate in flocks that mix in with 
other species while feeding, but move on together, hitting certain buttes as 
they go north. It makes me wonder how much they utilize the south edges of 
Ankeny Hill, Mt Talbert, Mt Scott, the smaller buttes of east Portland and 
Gresham, Parrett Mtn, or any part of the Salem, Eola, or Amity Hills. Looking 
for free-standing buttes along the Willamette Valley on a topo map might turn 
up some new good spots. A motivated person could go walk around the southern 
hillside neighborhoods of West Salem, for example, where there are enough 
public streets that access wouldn’t be difficult, and there’s tree cover. 
Some of these other hills are a more rural and harder to cover due to the 
closed private land and higher speed limits. 

>  
> Yesterday I was birding my backyard and thinking about the general rule that 
has brought me the best luck with warblers: go to an east-facing slope on a 
reasonably bright morning (i.e., not raining), stand where you can see into the 
newly-leafed-out bigleaf maples (timing!), and listen for chip notes. It was 
working then- Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, 
Wilson’s being FOY. 

>  
> Pamela Johnston
>  
> From: Adrian Hinkle
> Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:54 PM
> To: obol AT freelists.org
> Subject: [obol] Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
>  
> Nashville Warblers are fairly common migrants in spring at Mt. Tabor 
(Portland). My sightings have always fallen between April 17th and May 26th. 
The peak is end of April/beginning of May. My highest count was 30 on 5/6/12, 
and that was an exact tally. I've also seen numbers in the 15-20 range on 
5/1/07, 4/24/10, and 5/1/10. 

>  
> Still waiting for my first Nashvilles to show up here in Corvallis.
> 
> Happy spring,
> 
> Adrian 
Subject: Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
From: "Pamela Johnston" <pamelaj AT SpiritOne.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:08:44 -0700
After reading yesterday’s news of Nashville Warblers, their numbers, history 
and locations, the conclusion I’m drawing from these collected records and 
reminiscences is that Nashvilles migrate in flocks that mix in with other 
species while feeding, but move on together, hitting certain buttes as they go 
north. It makes me wonder how much they utilize the south edges of Ankeny Hill, 
Mt Talbert, Mt Scott, the smaller buttes of east Portland and Gresham, Parrett 
Mtn, or any part of the Salem, Eola, or Amity Hills. Looking for free-standing 
buttes along the Willamette Valley on a topo map might turn up some new good 
spots. A motivated person could go walk around the southern hillside 
neighborhoods of West Salem, for example, where there are enough public streets 
that access wouldn’t be difficult, and there’s tree cover. Some of these 
other hills are a more rural and harder to cover due to the closed private land 
and higher speed limits. 


Yesterday I was birding my backyard and thinking about the general rule that 
has brought me the best luck with warblers: go to an east-facing slope on a 
reasonably bright morning (i.e., not raining), stand where you can see into the 
newly-leafed-out bigleaf maples (timing!), and listen for chip notes. It was 
working then- Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, 
Wilson’s being FOY. 


Pamela Johnston 

From: Adrian Hinkle 
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:54 PM
To: obol AT freelists.org 
Subject: [obol] Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)

Nashville Warblers are fairly common migrants in spring at Mt. Tabor 
(Portland). My sightings have always fallen between April 17th and May 26th. 
The peak is end of April/beginning of May. My highest count was 30 on 5/6/12, 
and that was an exact tally. I've also seen numbers in the 15-20 range on 
5/1/07, 4/24/10, and 5/1/10. 



Still waiting for my first Nashvilles to show up here in Corvallis.

Happy spring,

Adrian 
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:28:13 -0700
*** Species Summary:

Graylag Goose (1 Lane)
Chukar (1 Klamath)
White-faced Ibis (1 Washington)
Black-necked Stilt (1 Marion)
Snowy Plover (1 Deschutes)
Semipalmated Plover (4 Lincoln)
Whimbrel (1 Klamath)
Vaux's Swift (1 Klamath)
Northern Flicker (intergrade) (1 Crook)
Dusky Flycatcher (1 Klamath, 2 Multnomah)
Western Kingbird (1 Gilliam)
Cassin's Vireo (1 Klamath)
Warbling Vireo (1 Benton, 1 Josephine, 2 Multnomah)
Swainson's Thrush (1 Lane)
Nashville Warbler (1 Klamath)
MacGillivray's Warbler (1 Hood River)
Hermit Warbler (1 Jackson, 4 Lincoln)
Brewer's Sparrow (1 Washington)
Black-headed Grosbeak (1 Linn)
Lazuli Bunting (1 Josephine)

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Subject: Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
From: Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:54:42 -0700
Nashville Warblers are fairly common migrants in spring at Mt. Tabor
(Portland). My sightings have always fallen between April 17th and May
26th. The peak is end of April/beginning of May. My highest count was 30 on
5/6/12, and that was an exact tally. I've also seen numbers in the 15-20
range on 5/1/07, 4/24/10, and 5/1/10.

Still waiting for my first Nashvilles to show up here in Corvallis.

Happy spring,

Adrian
Subject: Re: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:26:55 -0700
On Apr 20, 2014, at 11:15 PM, "Wayne Weber"  wrote:

> Oregon birders,
>  
> As someone who does a lot of birding around Vancouver, BC and Bellingham, WA, 
I can assure you that Nashville Warblers are not regular breeders anywhere in 
the Puget Trough in Washington or southwestern BC. They do breed in small 
numbers around Hope, BC and between Newhalem and the Ross Dam in WA, which are 
on the west side of the Cascades, but they are uncommon in this area. Once one 
crosses over to the east side of the Cascades, they become one of the commonest 
breeding birds, mostly in Douglas-fir forest from about 2000 to 4000 or 5000 
feet altitude, as far north as the Williams Lake area of BC. Their breeding 
distribution does not seem to have changed much in recent years. 

>  
> Around Vancouver, Nashvilles are regular but rare migrants in both spring and 
fall. Most records are of single birds, but I have on rare occasions recorded 2 
or 3 birds in a day. However, it does not surprise me to hear that they are 
much commoner migrants around Eugene, considering that much of their breeding 
range lies north of Eugene, and that they are very common over much of that 
range. 

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





> For clarification, my recollection of what I was told is that they had been 
found on a breeding survey in recent years that Clarke and someone else have 
done for 20 years or so, but that in the early years of doing the survey they 
had found none. I think he said that they were in regenerating clear cut 
forests on the western slope of the Cascades, near Bellingham, though not in 
the Puget Trough. 


Jeff Gilligan


Subject: Swainson's Thrushes and Vaux's Swifts
From: Barbara Combs <bcombs232 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:26:38 -0700
I did some birding in the University of Oregon area this evening.  I walked
the perimeter of Washburn Park.  On the east side of the park, I heard a
single call from a Swainson's Thrush in the undergrowth.  Further along on
my walk, I was able to obtain a complete view of another bird that was very
clearly a Swainson's Thrush.  There were a couple of other places where I
could hear leaves rustling, but could not find the critter responsible for
the noise.

Almost 1700 Vaux's Swifts entered the chimney at Agate Hall. Two almost
made it, but were caught and eaten by a Cooper's Hawk.  The hawk caught a
swift trying to enter the chimney early on, and then went back for
seconds.  The first hawk attack caused the swifts to scatter and the hawk
was able to eat and get back to the chimney top before the remaining swifts
tried to enter it.

-- 
Barbara Combs   obie '70
Lane County, OR
Subject: Nashville Warblers (was: more Eugene migrants)
From: "Wayne Weber" <contopus AT telus.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:15:38 -0700
Oregon birders,

 

As someone who does a lot of birding around Vancouver, BC and Bellingham,
WA, I can assure you that Nashville Warblers are not regular breeders
anywhere in the Puget Trough in Washington or southwestern BC.  They do
breed in small numbers around Hope, BC and between Newhalem and the Ross Dam
in WA, which are on the west side of the Cascades, but they are uncommon in
this area. Once one crosses over to the east side of the Cascades, they
become one of the commonest breeding birds, mostly in Douglas-fir forest
from about 2000 to 4000 or 5000 feet altitude, as far north as the Williams
Lake area of BC. Their breeding distribution does not seem to have changed
much in recent years.

 

Around Vancouver, Nashvilles are regular but rare migrants in both spring
and fall. Most records are of single birds, but I have on rare occasions
recorded 2 or 3 birds in a day. However, it does not surprise me to hear
that they are much commoner migrants around Eugene, considering that much of
their breeding range lies north of Eugene, and that they are very common
over much of that range.

 

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus AT telus.net

 

 

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf
Of David Irons
Sent: April-20-14 10:37 PM
To: OBOL Oregon Birders Online
Cc: rjm284 AT gmail.com; Brad Waggoner
Subject: [obol] Re: More Eugene Migrants

 

Alan and Jeff,

Over the years, dating clear back into the early 1980's, peak fallout
conditions at Skinner Butte (Eugene) have occasionally produced Nashville
Warblers counts of 20+ birds. This is not a new phenomenon per se. I've been
on the butte many times when I estimated that 10-15 Nashvilles were present.
I've never found any other place in w. Oregon where I could see so many
migrant Nashvilles. Perhaps the Hinkles can weigh in with their high counts
from Mt. Tabor, where I can't recall ever seeing more than maybe 5-8 in a
day.

I'm not sure that I trust the report of Nashvilles being "regular breeders"
at Bellingham. I look at the eBird maps from Mar-May and Jun-July and there
are just a handful of lowland pin drops for the entire Puget Trough and
nothing from right around Bellingham. Of course eBird does not capture all
reports, but it usually reveals a pretty accurate picture for stuff like
this. If Nashvilles are now breeding around Bellingham, that would be a very
interesting change from their traditional nesting range and of interest to
me and my fellow North American Birds regional editors for Oregon and
Washington. I've cc'd this note Brad Waggoner and Ryan Merrill, who compile
the Washington and pelagic portions of our seasonal reports. I know that
Ryan has done a bunch of recent exploring in the northern Puget Trough. He,
if anyone, would know if Nashvilles are now breeding in this part of
Washington. In the North Cascades, there are numerous eBird reports of
Nashvilles in the upper reaches of the Skagit River drainage well to the
east-southeast of Bellingham (mostly reports from Ryan Merrill).

In my experience, Nashvilles breed mostly at higher elevations on west side
of the Cascades-they are locally uncommon to common nesters in eastern Linn
and Lane counties. I haven't explored eastern Clackamas or Marion enough to
know their status there, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they are
similarly abundant. Once you cross the Cascade summit (Wasco, Jefferson, and
Deschutes counties) Nashvilles are quite common. 

The farthest north I've found summering Nashvilles away from the Cascades is
along the Calapooya Divide sw. of Eugene (down towards Crow and Lorane) and
they are by no means common or even uncommon in this area. I think the
Oregon Breeding Bird Atlas project (1995-1999) found them in that area as
well (Barbara Combs if I'm not mistaken). I remember last summer that Doug
Robinson found a territorial Nashville in the Coast Range w. of Corvallis
and he was justifiably surprised. 

Finally, high counts of Nashvilles in the Willamette Valley do not
necessarily indicate that there are breeding birds to the north of us.
Nashvilles seem to arrive via lowland routes and then move upslope with the
spring thaw and leaf out of vegetation. In the late summer/early fall their
departure routes tend to follow the ridgelines that they nest along, with
almost no reports of fall migrants from the Willamette Valley floor.
Calliope Hummingbirds and Dusky Flycatchers are two other species that make
a decent W.V. showing every spring, are generally fairly common summering
birds in appropriate upslope habitats to the east of the W.V. and yet,
almost never get detected in the westside lowlands during fall migration.

Dave Irons
Portland, OR  

  _____  

Subject: [obol] Re: More Eugene Migrants
From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:53:05 -0700
CC: thomasmeinzen AT gmail.com; obol AT freelists.org
To: acontrer56 AT gmail.com



On Apr 20, 2014, at 3:38 PM, Alan Contreras  wrote:

 

I don't think I have ever seen 15 Nashvilles in one place in Lane County.
I'm not sure I have seen that many in one place anywhere, not even peak of
passage at Malheur.

 

-- 

Alan Contreras

 

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

 

Eugene, Oregon

 

 

In a recent  conversation with Bellingham, WA birder, Clark Blake, he told
me that Nashville Warblers are now regular breeders near Bellingham, but
that they were formerly only scarce transients.  Perhaps the 15 seen in
Eugene is related to the species increasing its numbers to our north.

 

Jeff Gilligan

 

 

 

 
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow today
From: Barbara Combs <bcombs232 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:15:06 -0700
I found a Lincoln's Sparrow among the lingering winter sparrows in my yard
this morning.  This is the first time I have seen one in the yard since
last fall.
My yard is in the River Road area outside of the the Eugene city limits.
-- 
Barbara Combs   obie '70
Lane County, OR
Subject: Re: More Eugene Migrants
From: Larry McQueen <larmcqueen AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:39:23 -0700
Related to this, waaaay back in the 70s, I would encounter Nashvilles 
practically filling the understory in Hendrick’s Park. Coleen Sweeney (she left 
us with fond memories) witnessed a fantastic fallout early on the morning of 
5/7/75 at Judkin’s Point (near Hendrick’s Park overlooking the river). A wave 
she said “you wouldn’t believe was pouring over the top of the cliff in the 
early sunlight and passing over Birch Lane into the foliage of the hilltop. 
Mostly warblers and hummingbirds. Most of the warblers were Nashville.” The 
following morning Nashvilles were gone from the area, including the rest of 
Hendrick’s Park, but Townsends and Black-throated Grays were plentiful. It 
seemed to me that Nashvilles would have their own flock and although, they 
would accompany a mixed wave, they moved through a different layer of foliage, 
which tended to be lower (admittedly based on a few impressions). Since those 
heady 70’s, I haven’t heard of or seen a Nashville migration that would 
resemble these and that has been a mystery to me. 


My notes indicate waves of Nashville from ’69 to ’84, with 19 at Skinner’s 
Butte on 4/26/84. 4/18 would be an arrival date. In the fall (7/31/78) there 
was a cluster of them at the start of the Alton-Baker canoe channel, including 
6 in one tree. No other warbler species with them. This river spot is not known 
for groups of Nashvilles at any time. 


Things change, and usually, we never know the reason. But it could simply be 
that there was not a birder at the right spot at the right time! 


Larry 


On Apr 20, 2014, at 8:53 PM, Jeff Gilligan  wrote:

> 
> On Apr 20, 2014, at 3:38 PM, Alan Contreras  wrote:
> 
>> I don't think I have ever seen 15 Nashvilles in one place in Lane County. 
I'm not sure I have seen that many in one place anywhere, not even peak of 
passage at Malheur. 

>> 
>> -- 
>> Alan Contreras
>> 
>> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>> 
>> Eugene, Oregon
> 
> 
> In a recent conversation with Bellingham, WA birder, Clake Blake, he told me 
that Nashville Warblers are now regular breeders near Bellingham, but that they 
were formerly only scarce transients. Perhaps the 15 seen in Eugene is related 
to the species increasing its numbers to our north. 

> 
> Jeff Gilligan
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: More Eugene Migrants
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:36:35 +0000
Alan and Jeff,

Over the years, dating clear back into the early 1980's, peak fallout 
conditions at Skinner Butte (Eugene) have occasionally produced Nashville 
Warblers counts of 20+ birds. This is not a new phenomenon per se. I've been on 
the butte many times when I estimated that 10-15 Nashvilles were present. I've 
never found any other place in w. Oregon where I could see so many migrant 
Nashvilles. Perhaps the Hinkles can weigh in with their high counts from Mt. 
Tabor, where I can't recall ever seeing more than maybe 5-8 in a day. 


I'm not sure that I trust the report of Nashvilles being "regular breeders" at 
Bellingham. I look at the eBird maps from Mar-May and Jun-July and there are 
just a handfull of lowland pin drops for the entire Puget Trough and nothing 
from right around Bellingham. Of course eBird does not capture all reports, but 
it usually reveals a pretty accurate picture for stuff like this. If Nashvilles 
are now breeding around Bellingham, that would be a very interesting change 
from their traditional nesting range and of interest to me and my fellow North 
American Birds regional editors for Oregon and Washington. I've cc'd this note 
Brad Waggoner and Ryan Merrill, who compile the Washington and pelagic portions 
of our seasonal reports. I know that Ryan has done a bunch of recent exploring 
in the northern Puget Trough. He, if anyone, would know if Nashvilles are now 
breeding in this part of Washington. In the North Cascades, there are numerous 
eBird reports of 

Nashvilles in the upper reaches of the Skagit River drainage well to the
 east-southeast of Bellingham (mostly reports from Ryan Merrill).

In my experience, Nashvilles breed mostly at higher elevations on west side of 
the Cascades–they are locally uncommon to common nesters in eastern Linn and 
Lane counties. I haven't explored eastern Clackamas or Marion enough to know 
their status there, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they are 
similarly abundant. Once you cross the Cascade summit (Wasco, Jefferson, and 
Deschutes counties) Nashvilles are quite common. 


The farthest north I've found summering Nashvilles away from the Cascades is 
along the Calapooya Divide sw. of Eugene (down towards Crow and Lorane) and 
they are by no means common or even uncommon in this area. I think the Oregon 
Breeding Bird Atlas project (1995-1999) found them in that area as well 
(Barbara Combs if I'm not mistaken). I remember last summer that Doug Robinson 
found a territorial Nashville in the Coast Range w. of Corvallis and he was 
justifiably surprised. 


Finally, high counts of Nashvilles in the Willamette Valley do not necessarily 
indicate that there are breeding birds to the north of us. Nashvilles seem to 
arrive via lowland routes and then move upslope with the spring thaw and leaf 
out of vegetation. In the late summer/early fall their departure routes tend to 
follow the ridgelines that they nest along, with almost no reports of fall 
migrants from the Willamette Valley floor. Calliope Hummingbirds and Dusky 
Flycatchers are two other species that make a decent W.V. showing every spring, 
are generally fairly common summering birds in appropriate upslope habitats to 
the east of the W.V. and yet, almost never get detected in the westside 
lowlands during fall migration. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR  

Subject: [obol] Re: More Eugene Migrants
From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:53:05 -0700
CC: thomasmeinzen AT gmail.com; obol AT freelists.org
To: acontrer56 AT gmail.com


On Apr 20, 2014, at 3:38 PM, Alan Contreras  wrote:I 
don't think I have ever seen 15 Nashvilles in one place in Lane County. I'm not 
sure I have seen that many in one place anywhere, not even peak of passage at 
Malheur. 

-- Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com
Eugene, Oregon

In a recent conversation with Bellingham, WA birder, Clake Blake, he told me 
that Nashville Warblers are now regular breeders near Bellingham, but that they 
were formerly only scarce transients. Perhaps the 15 seen in Eugene is related 
to the species increasing its numbers to our north. 

Jeff Gilligan



 		 	   		  
Subject: Yamhill county Western Kingbird, etc
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:51:33 -0700
Folks,

 

On Thursday, Apr. 17, we made a quick check of the Sheridan Sewage ponds
from the cemetery overlook under showery skies.  We saw the usual mix of
ducks:

 

60 Shovelers

45 L Scaup

30 C. Geese

30 Ruddy Ducks

25 Bufflehead

10 Mallards

  1 Wood Duck

  1 Ringneck

 

Plus 

  1 EARED GREBE

40 Coots

And an Osprey across the highway at the high school football field lights.

 

On Friday, Apr. 18, we visited a private wetland/mudflat and found:

 

40 Green-winged Teal

  4 Mallards

  1 Canada Goose

 5 Greater Yellowlegs

  8 Dunlin

  6 Least Sandpipers

  4 Killdeer

12 Am Pipits

 

Today, Apr. 20, we visited Breidwell Rd, W of Whiteson, and found

  4 calling Sora at Sheldon's marsh

  1 calling V. Rail

  2 Cinnamon Teal

  1 WESTERN KINGBIRD (FOY) on utility wire at the south end, at RR crossing 

And ..

9 Rough-winged Swallows (FOY) at the S. Yamhill River bridge on the
Amity-Bellevue Hwy

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

 

Paul & Carol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: Re: More Eugene Migrants
From: Thomas Meinzen <thomasmeinzen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:40:34 -0700
Indeed, I was amazed at the number. There were four or five popping every
time I pished, so unless they were following me all around the area, 15 was
probably a conservative estimate. It's the most I've seen in one morning,
too, with the exception of one time at Skinner Butte a couple of years ago,
when they were everywhere.

Happy spring!
Thomas Meinzen
Eugene


On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Alan Contreras wrote:

> I don't think I have ever seen 15 Nashvilles in one place in Lane County.
>  I'm not sure I have seen that many in one place anywhere, not even peak of
> passage at Malheur.
>
> --
> Alan Contreras
>
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
>
> Eugene, Oregon
>
>
>
>
> From: Thomas Meinzen 
> Reply-To: Thomas Meinzen 
> Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014 3:22 PM
> To: OBOL 
> Subject: [obol] More Eugene Migrants
>
> There was an exceptionally good flow of migrants through my neighborhood
> in North Eugene this morning. I raced out to the Maxwell Rd./Hwy. 99 ponds
> and found the willows and cottonwoods to be stuffed with warblers, most
> Yellow-rumps. In the fifteen minutes before church I had about 60
> Yellow-rumped Warblers, 30 Orange-crowned Warblers, 15 NASHVILLE WARBLERS,
> an obliging CASSIN'S VIREO and a bright male WILSON'S WARBLER. EVENING
> GROSBEAKS were also present. It was neat to see the Yellow-rumps in so many
> variations of plumage.
>
> Good birding,
> Thomas Meinzen
> Eugene
>
Subject: Camas Prairie 4/20/14
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:34:20 -0700
Hi:

Camas Prairie is off Hwy 216, which is off Hwy 26 about 80 miles from
Portland in Wasco County, Oregon.

Nothing super unusual , but I put together a field report with a few bird
pics and area info in case you want to visit this spot later this spring,
which you should :) :


http://www.birdfellow.com/members/BobArcher/field_reports/868-camas-prairie-4-20-14 



Bob Archer
PDX