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21 Dec Re: Roseburg IBIS ["5hats AT peak.org" ]
20 Dec Re: Roseburg IBIS ["Paul Sullivan" ]
20 Dec Re: Roseburg IBIS [Mike Patterson ]
20 Dec Re: Roseburg IBIS [Alan Contreras ]
20 Dec Re: Roseburg IBIS [Kevin Spencer ]
20 Dec Roseburg IBIS [Alan Contreras ]
20 Dec Ankeny White-throated Sparrow [john shewey ]
20 Dec Re: Antone CBC results Dec 19th -- correction [Joel Geier ]
20 Dec Re: Antone CBC results Dec 19th -- correction [Joel Geier ]
20 Dec Fwd: SE Oregon odds & ends 16-19 Dec: No gas in Denio [Joel Geier ]
20 Dec Antone CBC results Dec 19th [Joel Geier ]
20 Dec Re: Storm birds ["Deb Holland" ]
20 Dec Re: Storm birds [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
20 Dec Storm birds ["Wayne Hoffman" ]
20 Dec Catbird habitat loss followup ["Wayne Hoffman" ]
20 Dec Sheldon NWR bird count Dec 18: Am. Tree Sparrows, wrens, rails and more [Joel Geier ]
20 Dec removing native vegetation [Bobbett Pierce ]
20 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat ["5hats AT peak.org" ]
20 Dec [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
19 Dec Fern Ridge Friday ["John Sullivan" ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat [Jeff Gilligan ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat ["melissa" ]
19 Dec A few Coos Birds 12/19/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat [Tim Rodenkirk ]
19 Dec Lots of Activity at Ankeny - 12/19/14 [Lillian ]
19 Dec JoCo Ross's Goose ["Dennis Vroman" ]
19 Dec It's Alive!!! Astoria Snow Bunting continues [Mike Patterson ]
19 Dec Columbia Co. yard birds [Bobbett Pierce ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat ["melissa" ]
19 Dec Re: obol Digest V3 #398 [danny bell ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat ["Deb Holland" ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat [Jeff Gilligan ]
19 Dec Re: Loss of Catbird habitat [Nels Nelson ]
19 Dec Loss of Catbird habitat [Wayne Hoffman ]
18 Dec Clatsop rarities on Thursday, 12/18 [Tim Shelmerdine ]
18 Dec siskiyou county CBC [Harry Fuller ]
18 Dec Questar for sale [Erik Knight ]
18 Dec Questar for sale [Erik Knight ]
18 Dec HARRIS'S SPARROW -4th day- Silverton [John Thomas ]
18 Dec Glaucous Gull - Vanport Wetlands YES [Nels Nelson ]
18 Dec possible Merlin [linda phelan thompson ]
18 Dec Snowy Owl, Lane County ["Allen Prigge" ]
18 Dec Seasonal RBA: probable Caspian Tern [Mike Patterson ]
18 Dec Second Call: Coquille Valley CBC centered in Bandon Jan 3 [HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE ]
18 Dec Re: Wet and wild weekend [Bob Archer ]
18 Dec Wet and wild weekend [Mike Patterson ]
18 Dec Wet and wild weekend [Mike Patterson ]
17 Dec RBA: Portland, OR 12-18-14 [Harry Nehls ]
17 Dec Unwitting Urban Owling (Portland) ["Robert O'Brien" ]
17 Dec Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 12/17/2014 [Wink Gross ]
17 Dec Photos taken at Ankeny & Baskett Slough NWR in December [Jim Leonard ]
17 Dec 63 year old Laysan Albatross nesting [Bob Archer ]
17 Dec Wednesday morning/Eugene [Donald Schrouder ]
17 Dec Corvallis CBC - Preliminary Results ["Marcia F. Cutler" ]
17 Dec Illinois Valley 115th CBC results summary - Dec 14, 2014 [Romain Cooper ]
17 Dec Re: North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question ["Phil Pickering" ]
16 Dec North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question []
16 Dec Fw: new Sunriver Audubon Christmas Bird Count ["Don Albright" ]
16 Dec Re: Brown Creeper [Maria Michalczyk ]
16 Dec Re: Brown Creeper [Maria Michalczyk ]
16 Dec Harris's Sparrow -Silverton [John Thomas ]
16 Dec Broughton Beach Tufted Duck [Jason Wolf ]
16 Dec Fwd: Fw: [nwcalbird] Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count [Tim Rodenkirk ]
16 Dec Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call [Courtney Kelly Jett ]
16 Dec Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call [Courtney Kelly Jett ]
16 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy [Bob Archer ]
16 Dec Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid? ["Paul Sullivan" ]
16 Dec Ukiah (Umatilla County) Pinyon Jays [Bill Bradford ]
16 Dec Tree Sparrow - Dawson Creek Park [Steve Nord ]
16 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy [Shawneen Finnegan ]
16 Dec Please post on obol - thank you! ["Hawes, Susan" ]
16 Dec Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy ["Tim Janzen" ]
16 Dec Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid? [David Irons ]
16 Dec Sauvie Island CBC coming right up! []
15 Dec Thank you! (Trip report) [James Cleaver ]
15 Dec Re: snowys [Karen Saxton ]

Subject: Re: Roseburg IBIS
From: "5hats AT peak.org" <5hats@peak.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:18:59 +0000
seems to me there might once have been an ibis on the Tillamook CBC.

Darrel


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From: Mike Patterson
Sent: ‎December‎ ‎20‎, ‎2014 ‎6‎:‎04‎ ‎PM
To: 'OBOL'
Subject: [obol] Re: Roseburg IBIS


There are no ibis of any stripe on the official Columbia Estuary CBC
spreadsheet going back to 1979.

Black Tern is on the list (1979,1982,1983), though, I'd love to get
details on those...


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



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Subject: Re: Roseburg IBIS
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:13:16 -0800
The Birding Oregon checklist maintained by ECAS and Chuck Gates
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwlY-wfLN-fEMmoydVlwcHNYRTA/edit?pli=1
lists White-faced Ibis as a county rarity (< 5 records) in Douglas County.

-------------------------------
Subject: Re: Roseburg IBIS
Date: Sat Dec 20 2014 19:38 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
I surmise that ibis is unusual in Douglas Co. I recall a record from a
Columbia Estuary CBC maybe 30 years ago - maybe by Dave Irons?

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon
acontrer56 AT gmail.com
----------------
 On Dec 20, 2014, at 5:28 PM, Kevin Spencer  wrote:

> I have seen White-faced Ibis 2-3 times in the past, during the Tule Lake
CBCs,in the Klamath Basin on the CA side, and during some incredibly cold
icy counts. So, they can endure. But over in Roseburg, it could be possible
that it's a Glossy. Does Douglas Co get White-faced? If not, then both would
be out of the normal.

> Kevin Spencer
> rriparia AT charter.net
> Klamath Falls, OR

-------------------------------
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Alan Contreras wrote:

>  I am just back from the Roseburg CBC; came home early because I have a
stomach problem and I also didn't want to drive in the nasty weather in the
dark.  I don't have the count results  in hand because I skipped the meeting
but I personally had a great day.  I have heard of Ford's Pond for 30 years
but had never been there til today.  What a great place. Stuffed with birds.

> Almost the first bird I saw there this morning was a plegadis IBIS.  It
flew around the pond most of the morning.  The light and distance precluded
telling whether it was a White-faced or a Glossy.  This is the first ibis I
have ever seen in Oregon in winter.



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Subject: Re: Roseburg IBIS
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:04:52 -0800
There are no ibis of any stripe on the official Columbia Estuary CBC
spreadsheet going back to 1979.

Black Tern is on the list (1979,1982,1983), though, I'd love to get
details on those...


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



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Subject: Re: Roseburg IBIS
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:37:37 -0800
I surmise that ibis is unusual in Douglas Co. I recall a record from a Columbia 
Estuary CBC maybe 30 years ago - maybe by Dave Irons? 


Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Sent from my iPhone 



> On Dec 20, 2014, at 5:28 PM, Kevin Spencer  wrote:
> 
> I have seen White-faced Ibis 2-3 times in the past, during the Tule Lake 
CBCs,in the Klamath Basin on the CA side, and during some incredibly cold icy 
counts. So, they can endure. But over in Roseburg, it could be possible that 
it's a Glossy. Does Douglas Co get White-faced? If not, then both would be out 
of the normal. 

> 
> Kevin Spencer
> rriparia AT charter.net
> Klamath Falls, OR
> 
> 
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Alan Contreras wrote:
> 
> I am just back from the Roseburg CBC; came home early because I have a 
stomach problem and I also didn't want to drive in the nasty weather in the 
dark. I don't have the count results in hand because I skipped the meeting but 
I personally had a great day. I have heard of Ford's Pond for 30 years but had 
never been there til today. What a great place. Stuffed with birds. 

> 
> Almost the first bird I saw there this morning was a plegadis IBIS. It flew 
around the pond most of the morning. The light and distance precluded telling 
whether it was a White-faced or a Glossy. This is the first ibis I have ever 
seen in Oregon in winter. 

> 
> 
> Also at the pond (across the road, actually) were a BARN SWALLOW and two TREE 
SWALLOWS. 

> 
> 
> I found five SWAMP Sparrows along the south dike at the pond - three of them 
were out in the open, at least by Swamp Sparrow standards. I also saw an 
amazing 36 Lincoln's Sparrows there - not an everyday happening. 

> 
> 
> Anyone seeking the ibis or Swamp sparrows, you need serious boots. The south 
dike is heavily flooded and I was walking in four inches of water much of the 
time. The whole circuit of the pond is extremely muddy and slithery. The ibis 
stayed mainly in the sw part of the pond, deep in the grass in areas used by 
teal and other ducks. 

> 
> 
> I assured myself of good birds today by leaving my camera home for the first 
time on a CBC in maybe ten years. 

> .
> .
> Alan Contreras
> acontrer56 AT gmail.com
> 
> Eugene, Oregon
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Roseburg IBIS
From: Kevin Spencer <rriparia AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:28:41 -0500 (EST)
I have seen White-faced Ibis 2-3 times in the past, during the Tule Lake 
CBCs,in the Klamath Basin on the CA side, and during some incredibly 
cold icy counts. So, they can endure. But over in Roseburg, it could be 
possible that it's a Glossy. Does Douglas Co get White-faced? If not, 
then both would be out of the normal.

Kevin Spencer
rriparia AT charter.net
Klamath Falls, OR

On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Alan Contreras wrote:

  I am just back from the Roseburg CBC; came home early because I have a 
stomach problem and I also didn't want to drive in the nasty weather in 
the dark.  I don't have the count results  in hand because I skipped the 
meeting but I personally had a great day.  I have heard of Ford's Pond 
for 30 years but had never been there til today.  What a great place. 
Stuffed with birds.

Almost the first bird I saw there this morning was a plegadis IBIS.  It 
flew around the pond most of the morning.  The light and distance 
precluded telling whether it was a White-faced or a Glossy.  This is the 
first ibis I have ever seen in Oregon in winter.

Also at the pond (across the road, actually) were a BARN SWALLOW and two 
TREE SWALLOWS.

I found five SWAMP Sparrows along the south dike at the pond - three of 
them were out in the open, at least by Swamp Sparrow standards.  I also 
saw an amazing 36 Lincoln's Sparrows there - not an everyday happening.

Anyone seeking the ibis or Swamp sparrows, you need serious boots.  The 
south dike is heavily flooded and I was walking in four inches of water 
much of the time.  The whole circuit of the pond is extremely muddy and 
slithery.  The ibis stayed mainly in the sw part of the pond, deep in 
the grass in areas used by teal and other ducks.

I assured myself of good birds today by leaving my camera home for the 
first time on a CBC in maybe ten years.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com 
 


  
Eugene, Oregon 


  
Subject: Roseburg IBIS
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:55:13 -0800
I am just back from the Roseburg CBC; came home early because I have a stomach 
problem and I also didn't want to drive in the nasty weather in the dark. I 
don't have the count results in hand because I skipped the meeting but I 
personally had a great day. I have heard of Ford's Pond for 30 years but had 
never been there til today. What a great place. Stuffed with birds. 


Almost the first bird I saw there this morning was a plegadis IBIS. It flew 
around the pond most of the morning. The light and distance precluded telling 
whether it was a White-faced or a Glossy. This is the first ibis I have ever 
seen in Oregon in winter. 


Also at the pond (across the road, actually) were a BARN SWALLOW and two TREE 
SWALLOWS. 


I found five SWAMP Sparrows along the south dike at the pond - three of them 
were out in the open, at least by Swamp Sparrow standards. I also saw an 
amazing 36 Lincoln's Sparrows there - not an everyday happening. 


Anyone seeking the ibis or Swamp sparrows, you need serious boots. The south 
dike is heavily flooded and I was walking in four inches of water much of the 
time. The whole circuit of the pond is extremely muddy and slithery. The ibis 
stayed mainly in the sw part of the pond, deep in the grass in areas used by 
teal and other ducks. 


I assured myself of good birds today by leaving my camera home for the first 
time on a CBC in maybe ten years. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Ankeny White-throated Sparrow
From: john shewey <jshewey AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:02:04 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Managed to take a quick spin through Ankeny yesterday and found a 
White-throated Sparrow near the north end of the driveway leading down to the 
boardwalk trail parking lot. Wasn't much of a day for photos, but I did manage 
a few shots of the bird: http://www.birdingoregon.com/sightings.html 

John Shewey


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Subject: Re: Antone CBC results Dec 19th -- correction
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:38:34 -0800
Hi again,

We've had a lot of amazing volunteers on the Antone CBC over the years,
but neither Darwin Barney (former OSU Beavers shortstop) nor Ginger
Rogers (the great dancer who let Fred Astaire pretend that he was
leading) showed up.

Darwin Wile and Ginger Sanders were birding with us, though!

As suggested by the person who kindly pointed out these twin-billing
errors, I am indeed running on fumes here.

Happy birding,
Joel

On Sat, 2014-12-20 at 13:36 -0800, Joel Geier wrote:

> Two new species for this count were CACKLING GOOSE (found by our Antone
> Ranch team: Clarence Story, Darwin Barney and Charlie Berry) ...
> 
> Species previously found for count week but not count day were
> RING-NECKED DUCK (found by our Picture Gorge/Birch Creek team: Judy
> Meredith, Diane Burgess and Ginger Rogers), ...





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Subject: Re: Antone CBC results Dec 19th -- correction
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:38:34 -0800
Hi again,

We've had a lot of amazing volunteers on the Antone CBC over the years,
but neither Darwin Barney (former OSU Beavers shortstop) nor Ginger
Rogers (the great dancer who let Fred Astaire pretend that he was
leading) showed up.

Darwin Wile and Ginger Sanders were birding with us, though!

As suggested by the person who kindly pointed out these twin-billing
errors, I am indeed running on fumes here.

Happy birding,
Joel

On Sat, 2014-12-20 at 13:36 -0800, Joel Geier wrote:

> Two new species for this count were CACKLING GOOSE (found by our Antone
> Ranch team: Clarence Story, Darwin Barney and Charlie Berry) ...
> 
> Species previously found for count week but not count day were
> RING-NECKED DUCK (found by our Picture Gorge/Birch Creek team: Judy
> Meredith, Diane Burgess and Ginger Rogers), ...



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Subject: Fwd: SE Oregon odds & ends 16-19 Dec: No gas in Denio
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:16:25 -0800
Hi again,

Wil and I also participated in the Summer Lake and Hart Mountain CBCs on
our way to do the Sheldon and Antone counts. We covered upland areas and
didn't find anything outrageously unusual, but we did our best to boost
the count of Townsend's Solitaires, Canyon Wrens and the like.

Highlights of our stint on the Summer Lake CBC included a CLARK'S
NUTCRACKER down at low elevation the near the "shoreline" of the
currently dry lakebed formerly known as Silver Lake. Later in the
afternoon as the sun's rays lit up the south face of Flat Iron Point, a
CANYON WREN launched into full song, and kept going long enough to
prompt a couple of phrases from a ROCK WREN high on the rim.

During the Hart Mountain CBC, down in the Warner Valley we watched a
dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK capture and eat some small rodent out on
the dry bed of Flagstaff Lake, while we searched the lakebed fruitlessly
for larks or longspurs. While hiking up Hart Canyon we encountered a
flock of BIGHORN SHEEP (including two young of the year) which kept an
eye on us while we admired them from lower down on the other side of the
canyon. They were only about 150 yards from us but they didn't seem too
worried about us as a potential threat (no doubt they noticed how
ineffective we were at climbing).

We did most of our driving between counts in the dark so didn't see many
birds along the way. One exception -- and the only bird that I saw while
driving from Adel to Sheldon NWR early on Thursday morning -- was a
roughly robin-sized (or slightly larger) bird that flew across Hwy 140
in the Guano Valley and vanished into some tall sagebrush. My best guess
from general shape and impression was WESTERN SCRUB-JAY(?); I've
sometimes seen them high up Greaser Canyon a few miles to the west.
However it wasn't a good view, mostly just the back side of the bird
flying in dim light. Its manner of flight didn't really strike me as a
shrike.

We left Sheldon NWR at 2 AM on Friday. Even though we drove through 65
miles of Harney County by way of the Fields-Denio Rd. along the edge of
the Alvord Desert, we didn't see anything but the occasional jackrabbit
dashing across the road. I didn't even see Steens Mountain but I'm
guessing that it's still there. No other vehicles, either.

One useful bit of information for anyone planning a similar route is
that you can't buy gas in Denio Junction. Word is that the tanks were
leaking and they haven't managed to replace them yet. So the only places
to buy gas once you get past Lakeview/Valley Junction are Plush, Adel,
Fields, and of course Burns (not sure about Frenchglen, since we didn't
go that way).

Happy birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis





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Subject: Antone CBC results Dec 19th
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:36:01 -0800
Hi all,

Yesterday's Antone Winter Bird Count (SE Wheeler & SW Grant Co., between
Mitchell and Dayville) took place in very mild conditions, with
temperatures ranging from 43 F at dawn to 51 F in the afternoon. Apart
from a passing shower between 11 AM and noon, the weather was generally
good for birding, with occasional bright sunshine and open water
throughout the circle. The drawback of balmy conditions was that
unimproved roads in the fabled red clays of this part of Oregon were
thawed, which means greasy, so this limited access to the higher
elevations where we usually look for forest birds.

Once again huge thanks go to Shirley Hoh, Integrated Resource Manager
for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, for arranging our morning &
afternoon meeting place, lining up access on Antone Ranch, and putting
in full day in the field.

Two new species for this count were CACKLING GOOSE (found by our Antone
Ranch team: Clarence Story, Darwin Barney and Charlie Berry) and HOUSE
SPARROW (found by Tom Winters near a ranch stead -- there goes our
14-year run of no House Sparrows!). 

Species previously found for count week but not count day were
RING-NECKED DUCK (found by our Picture Gorge/Birch Creek team: Judy
Meredith, Diane Burgess and Ginger Rogers), and AMERICAN WIGEON (poached
by Wil and I as we came into the count circle on our way to the morning
meeting).

Record high counts were recorded for TUNDRA SWAN (5 on Antone Ranch),
WILD TURKEY (132 including 110 in a single stubble field on Antone
Ranch), EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (now up to 12), WILSON'S SNIPE (4 in the
Picture Gorge/Birch Creek sector), BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE (105 mainly
around cattle herds), CANYON WREN (22 mostly on cliffs and rocky
hillsides right along the John Day River South Fork), and MOUNTAIN
BLUEBIRD (60 mainly in the Blue Basin area).

Previous high counts were matched for GREAT BLUE HERON (5), GOLDEN EAGLE
(9), and ROCK WREN (3). 

Low counts for species that we usually find in numbers included MOUNTAIN
QUAIL (1), HAIRY WOODPECKER (1), MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE (3), BUSHTIT (7),
and AMERICAN DIPPER (1). No nuthatches or pygmy-owls were found this
year.

The dearth of dippers might have been because the river was running
high. Bushtit numbers have been depressed for two years now; this year's
low count was despite better coverage than usual of brushy side
drainages. The lack of nuthatches was most likely just an artifact of
limited access to ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir habitats in the higher
elevations of the circle. 

Northern Pygmy-Owls numbers on this count are correlated with Mountain
Chickadees. When Mountain Chickadees stay higher up in the Ochocos, we
see few or no pygmy-owls. No one tried for nocturnal owls for this year,
so there was little likelihood of finding screech, saw-whet or
long-eared owls.

We did not find any Barn Swallows, though there had been a report from
recent weeks. If there are still some in the area, they could be finding
plenty of flying insects as some sort of stonefly(?) hatch was going on.

The full list with provisional tallies is appended below.

Happy birding,
Joel

This report was mailed for Joel Geier by http://birdnotes.net

Date: December 19, 2014
Location: Antone Circle (all counties) , Oregon

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Canada Goose                      142
CACKLING GOOSE                      1
TUNDRA SWAN                         5
American Wigeon                     2
Mallard                            85
Green-Winged Teal                   2
Ring-necked Duck                    1
Common Merganser                    2
Chukar                             10
Wild Turkey                       132
MOUNTAIN QUAIL                      1
California Quail                   56
Great Blue Heron                    5
Bald Eagle                          5
Northern Harrier                    2
Sharp-shinned Hawk                  2
Cooper's Hawk                       2
Accipiter sp. (small)               1
Red-tailed Hawk                    16
GOLDEN EAGLE                        9
American Kestrel                    5
WILSON'S SNIPE                      4
Rock Pigeon                        57
Eurasian Collared-Dove             12
Great Horned Owl                    1
Belted Kingfisher                   2
Hairy Woodpecker                    1
Northern Flicker                   14
NORTHERN SHRIKE                     3 Antone Rd. and Blue Basin
Steller's Jay                       2
Black-billed Magpie               105
Common Raven                       32
Mountain Chickadee                  3 low numbers
Bushtit                             7
Brown Creeper                       3
ROCK WREN                           3
CANYON WREN                        22 record high count
American Dipper                     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet                8
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD                  60 Blue Basin area and vicinity
Townsend's Solitaire               89
HERMIT THRUSH                       1 Humphreys Ranch Rd.
American Robin                    881
European Starling                 100
Spotted Towhee                      5 second-highest count on record.
Song Sparrow                       32
White-crowned Sparrow              22
Dark-eyed Junco                   252 (including 1 SLATE-COLORED)
House Sparrow                       2

Total number of species seen: 49


--
Joel Geier
Corvallis, Oregon





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Subject: Re: Storm birds
From: "Deb Holland" <deborah.holland AT star-thrower.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:33:10 -0800
     Hi,
   
  On the subject of Stormbirds, a White-throated Sparrow has visited my
backyard feeder again today.
  It seems to only show up when the weather is especially bad.  
   
  Could this bird be a Fowl Weather Friend?
   
  Deb in Newport
   
   
   
  On Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:56:17 -0800, DJ Lauten and KACastelein  wrote:

         On 12/20/2014 12:44 PM, Wayne Hoffman wrote:

          
   
  1 Dunlion, same place
   
   

  Was this a male with a mane or a female?   Normally Dunlion's are
seen in a pride, very surprising to see only one.    :-)

  Merry all!

Cheers
  Dave Lauten

   
   
Subject: Re: Storm birds
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:56:17 -0800
On 12/20/2014 12:44 PM, Wayne Hoffman wrote:
>
> 1 Dunlion, same place
>
>

Was this a male with a mane or a female?   Normally Dunlion's are seen 
in a pride, very surprising to see only one. :-)


Merry all!

Cheers
Dave Lauten
Subject: Storm birds
From: "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:44:47 -0800
Hi - 

 

I checked the south jetty (Newport) area twice this morning during heavy
rain, 25mph winds, and very high tides.

 

About 100 Brown Pelicans were present, mostly in tight groups on the water.

 

9 Black Turnstones on the "parking area" grass.

 

1 Dunlion, same place

 

2 Red Phalaropes

 

20+ Thayer's Gulls

 

10+ Herring Gulls

 

1 Ad. Bonaparte's Gull

 

Wayne
Subject: Catbird habitat loss followup
From: "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:55:50 -0800
Hi -

 


I drove by the site of former Catbird habitat this morning in our current
rainstorm (over 3 inches in the past 24hrs) and muddy water was running off
into the bay.

 

Wayne
Subject: Sheldon NWR bird count Dec 18: Am. Tree Sparrows, wrens, rails and more
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:41:04 -0800
Hi all,

The 2nd demonstration Christmas Bird Count on Sheldon National Wildlife
Refuge took place in beautiful, mild weather for the season, with just
patchy snow, mostly light breezes, and temperatures up to 44 F in the
afternoon. This year we had six volunteers so we could field three
teams, for a total of 18 party hours.

With just two years' worth of data it's hard to say what counts as
unusual. We've now found AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, MARSH WRENS, and
VIRGINIA RAILS two years in a row, with much higher numbers in this
winter's more mild conditions (last year was very windy and nearly all
of the ponds were frozen over).

Thanks go to Doug Peterson (Winnemucca), Clarence Story (Eugene OR),
Steve Dougill and Jake Schas (Redmond OR) for making the long drive from
various points of the compass, and to my son Wil for helping his old man
on another batch of bird counts in the northern Great Basin. Thanks also
to Sheldon NWR manager, Brian Day, for giving us access to the
bunkhouse, and to Jeff Mackay on Sheldon's sister refuge, Hart Mountain
National Antelope Refuge, for letting us stay there the night before.

With two years of data now, we hope to convince National Audubon to add
this as an official CBC next winter. The wetlands of the Virgin Valley
are clearly important winter habitat in the otherwise harsh landscape.

Below is the full bird list with comments on locations. Mammalian
highlights included a BADGER that came trundling through the Virgin
Valley Campground while we were tallying up results, and a flock of 17
BIGHORN SHEEP that Wil spotted just below Hwy 140 along the Thousand
Springs grade.

Date: December 18, 2014
Location: Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt County, Nevada

Gadwall                             1 Dufurrena ponds
Mallard                            27 Virgin Valley and Dufurrena ponds
Common Goldeneye                    1 male on Dufurrena ponds
Northern Harrier                    3 Dufurrena ponds & Virgin Valley
Golden Eagle                        3 Widely separated locations
Prairie Falcon                      1
Virginia Rail                       9 Dufurrena ponds & Virgin Valley
American Coot                       6 Dufurrena ponds
Rock Pigeon                         1 Big Spring Creek canyon
Northern Flicker                    8 Dufurrena ponds & Virgin Valley 
Loggerhead Shrike                   1 Virgin Valley Campground
Black-billed Magpie                 2 Dufurrena ponds & Virgin Valley
Common Raven                        2 Virgin Valley
Horned Lark                         2 Sagebrush Creek road
Rock Wren                           2 Big Spring Creek canyon
Canyon Wren                         8 Mainly in Big Spring Creek canyon;
                                      one on cliffs above bunkhouse 
                                      responded to whistled screech-owl
                                      imitations at dusk.
Marsh Wren                         15 Dufurrena ponds & Virgin Valley 
American Robin                     11 Dufurrena ponds & Virgin Valley 
European Starling                  12 Virgin Valley Campground area
Spotted Towhee                      1 Dufurrena ponds 
American Tree Sparrow              10 In willows around Dufurrena ponds 
Sagebrush Sparrow                   3 Includes one that responded to owl
                                      imitations at dusk.
Song Sparrow                       33 Thick around Dufurrena ponds
White-crowned Sparrow               3 Virgin Valley campground
Dark-eyed Junco                     4 Dufurrena ponds area

Total number of species seen: 25

--
Joel Geier
Corvallis, Oregon





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Subject: removing native vegetation
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:14:08 -0500
Regarding the removal of native shrub species at the Hatfield Center on the 
coast: Often the staff that maintains the grounds of a public space have free 
rein in landscape decisions. Even when they get a message from higher ups to 
leave a certain patch of vegetation alone, in a few years that message is lost 
because of staff turnover. I've seen it locally in Columbia County, and it can 
be frustrating. 

You go to the trouble of protecting a nice population of wildflowers or 
ninebark in a semi-natural area, then presto, suddenly the flowers are mowed or 
the shrubs torn out. Once the only species left on a "protected" site was some 
carefully saved scotch broom that had popped up in a natural meadow. The scotch 
broom was in bloom and the native plants weren't. Years later the diverse 
invertebrate population still hasn't recovered. Just this past summer a nice 
riparian zone along a salmon stream was torn out in a city park -- in spite of 
city rules -- because of ignorance. 

It's ongoing: if you don't routinely remind those in charge, the native plants 
will surely be weedwhacked to be replaced by a tidy row of aborvitae, lawn or 
daffodils. A permanent sign must be staked that says Natural Area, or 
Pollinator Habitat, etc., or the vegetation will be torn out by landscapers who 
want things neat and tidy. 

Lona Pierce     		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: "5hats AT peak.org" <5hats@peak.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:34:30 +0000
The loss of catbird habitat is simply the most recent of a series of events 
which have reduced the entire South Beach peninsula from a once rich birding 
area to one almost devoid of habitat for any kind of birds. If you want to be 
enlightened to just how much the area has changed, sometime walk down the 
corridor in the east wing of the Marine Science Center and look on the wall at 
the series of photos taken of the area over a number of decades. It really is 
quite shocking. 


 

Darrel

 

 

Sent from Windows Mail


From: Jeff Gilligan
Sent: ‎December‎ ‎19‎, ‎2014 ‎8‎:‎37‎ ‎PM
To: mmcdowell1955 AT charter.net
CC: Tim Rodenkirk; Nels Nelson; Wayne Hoffman; obol
Subject: [obol] Re: Loss of Catbird habitat


The area across the road from the Rogue Brewery used to be great habitat too - 
before it was "cleaned up". In that formerly messy looking vegetation Owen 
Schimdt, Dave Irons, Richard Smith and I once found what were Oregon's first 
Prairie Warbler and Orchard Oriole within minutes of each other. It seems like 
the plan is almost always to clean away messy looking vegetation or plant a 
forest. 



Jeff Gilligan




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Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
From: Treesa Hertzel <Autumn207 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:25:46 -0800
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: December 20, 2014 6:13:51 AM PST

*** Species Summary:

Ross's Goose (2 Josephine)
Snowy Owl (2 Lane)
Burrowing Owl (1 Lincoln)
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (1 Polk)
Steller's Jay (Coastal) (1 Polk)
Spotted Towhee (Pacific) (1 Polk)
Swamp Sparrow (1 Jackson)
Harris's Sparrow (1 Marion)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
Subject: Fern Ridge Friday
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:26:03 -0800
Hello All,

I walked from the Royal Ave parking area, west to the end of Royal Avenue late 
morning / early afternoon today. The SNOWY OWL was in it's usual location, a 
couple hundred yards west and south of Royal Avenue. One drake EURASIAN WIGEON 
was in the pond near the Caspian Tern Island. Two WHITE-TAILED KITES were north 
of the Royal Parking area. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was in the same area. A 
YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER was also seen near the parking area. 


Good Birding,

John Sullivan
Springfield, OR

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Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:37:14 -0700
The area across the road from the Rogue Brewery used to be great habitat too - 
before it was "cleaned up". In that formerly messy looking vegetation Owen 
Schimdt, Dave Irons, Richard Smith and I once found what were Oregon's first 
Prairie Warbler and Orchard Oriole within minutes of each other. It seems like 
the plan is almost always to clean away messy looking vegetation or plant a 
forest. 



Jeff Gilligan




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Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: "melissa" <mmcdowell1955 AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:24:39 -0800
I realize that catbird habitat is an anomaly and the least of our problems here 
on the coast. But it stands for any habitat really and the more people are 
informed about invasive plants vs. native plants and habitat removal in 
general, the better, no? A lot of budding birders aren't aware of habitat loss 
in general and invasives in particular. And I realize it's happening everywhere 
and I am just one small voice but I insist on defending native habitat! 



From: Tim Rodenkirk 
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 6:08 PM
To: mmcdowell1955 AT charter.net 
Cc: Nels Nelson ; Wayne Hoffman ; obol 
Subject: Re: [obol] Re: Loss of Catbird habitat


I can't tell you how much habitat has been removed in Coos County, it is crazy, 
but I think that is the case everywhere. As for catbird habitat being removed? 
It was such a bizarre event to begin with, but to think that catbirds would 
breed a second year at the same spot is well crazy too : ) 



It is always a bummer when good birding habitat disappears. I saw much of that 
today driving from Bandon to Coquille. The Barred Owl spot along Hwy 42N (that 
I heard them from Hwy 42S) on the local CBC has been clearcut. Also, there has 
been a fantastic passerine spot for years at the Norway pond sight near Myrtle 
Point, Coos. It has been totally leveled with cats. There is no veg anywhere 
along the east side of the pond and it looks like they may be planning on 
building something. 



I can't even begin to talk about all the changes around Coos Bay also. You all 
may think that we get good birds down here and such (at times) but the reality 
is that good birding spots are hard to find and mostly they are emphermal 

locations on lands not protected for any reason. Very frustrating indeed, 
nothing like what you all have happening in the valley. That said, I couldn't 
imagine living in a bigger city than Coos Bay! The ups and the downs... 



Tim R
Coos Bay


On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM, melissa  wrote:

 As a retired invasive plant manager for a federal agency, it is frustrating 
that native plants were removed in favor of holly, etc. Thanks are in order for 
the removal of English ivy and Himalayan blackberry but if in fact a state 
agency was involved in this vegetation project the agency needs to be 
questioned. If it happened on private, then yes I agree that landowners should 
be informed (with much diplomacy). 



  From: Nels Nelson 
  Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 8:46 AM
  To: Wayne Hoffman 
  Cc: obol 
  Subject: [obol] Re: Loss of Catbird habitat


  Wayne/all,


 I'm wondering if this disaster (for the GRCA and all of us birdwatchers that 
got to see them there) is partly my/our fault for not letting the powers that 
be at HMSC know of this unique west side GRCA nesting site and it's importance, 
or was it simply insensitivity or incompetence on the part of someone at HMSC. 



 It's too late for this site (at least in the near future, absent prompt 
re-plantings of the mature native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and 
Waxmyrtle), but makes me ponder the importance of developing a protocol within 
OBA that would trigger someone from OBA informing the landowner of any/all 
future nesting sites (of this and other rare/semi-rare species) when they are 
discovered and the negative impact it would have on the species if the 
landowner should decide to alter that habitat. Just some random thoughts 
passing through my mind. I'm curious if other OBOLites have similar thoughts or 
suggestions to consider. 



  Nels
  Hillsboro


     


  On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote: 
    Hi -  


 Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science Center 
where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared. This may have been 
done as part of an exotics control program. The area did have a lot of English 
Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native Salal, Salmonberry, Red 
Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed. And, the exotic holly tree and 
Cherry Laurel were retained. 



 In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting west 
of the Cascades is no longer. 



    Wayne
Subject: A few Coos Birds 12/19/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:21:57 -0800
Was in Bandon for some non-birding stuff then took Hwy 42S over to the
Coquille area to walk our dog Teak at Johnson Mill Pond.  It poured on and
off much of the time.

Bird wise here are the highlights:

1- SNOW GOOSE - Hwy 42S a bit east of where Lampa Lane comes in which would
be about the 7.5 mile mark, with Canadas.

No Tundra Swans anywhere- I checked numerous locations.

1- SWAMP SPARROW calling really loud and easy to see while it poured at
Johnson Mill Pond in Coquille.  Should I saw it POURED again. I have
oftened noted that Sump Sparrows are much easier to find during nasty
weather than nice sunny days!

I looked for TURKEY VULTURES around Norway without luck.  So I headed south
and saw 10 circling overhead somewhwere between Myrtle Point and Arago. So
cool to see them!  I looked for other species of vultures without luck,
although I could spot a Black from 10 miles ; )

Nasty weather headed in- good luck on all the Saturday CBCs, you'll need it!

Merry Happy!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:08:01 -0800
I can't tell you how much habitat has been removed in Coos County, it is
crazy, but I think that is the case everywhere.  As for catbird habitat
being removed?  It was such a bizarre event to begin with, but to think
that catbirds would breed a second year at the same spot is well crazy too
: )

It is always a bummer when good birding habitat disappears.  I saw much of
that today driving from Bandon to Coquille.  The Barred Owl spot along Hwy
42N (that I heard them from Hwy 42S) on the local CBC has been clearcut.
Also, there has been a fantastic passerine spot for years at the Norway
pond sight near Myrtle Point, Coos.  It has been totally leveled with
cats.  There is no veg anywhere along the east side of the pond and it
looks like they may be planning on building something.

I can't even begin to talk about all the changes around Coos Bay also.  You
all may think that we get good birds down here and such (at times) but the
reality is that good birding spots are hard to find and mostly they are
emphermal
locations on lands not protected for any reason.  Very frustrating indeed,
nothing like what you all have happening in the valley.  That said, I
couldn't imagine living in a bigger city than Coos Bay! The ups and the
downs...

Tim R
Coos Bay

On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM, melissa  wrote:

>  As a retired invasive plant manager for a federal agency, it is
> frustrating that native plants were removed in favor of holly, etc. Thanks
> are in order for the removal of English ivy and Himalayan blackberry but if
> in fact a state agency was involved in this vegetation project the agency
> needs to be questioned. If it happened on private, then yes I agree that
> landowners should be informed (with much diplomacy).
>
>  *From:* Nels Nelson 
> *Sent:* Friday, December 19, 2014 8:46 AM
> *To:* Wayne Hoffman 
> *Cc:* obol 
> *Subject:* [obol] Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
>
>  Wayne/all,
>
> I'm wondering if this disaster (for the GRCA and all of us birdwatchers
> that got to see them there) is partly my/our fault for not letting the
> powers that be at HMSC know of this unique west side GRCA nesting site and
> it's importance, or was it simply insensitivity or incompetence on the part
> of someone at HMSC.
>
> It's too late for this site (at least in the near future, absent prompt
> re-plantings of the mature native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and
> Waxmyrtle), but makes me ponder the importance of developing a protocol
> within OBA that would trigger someone from OBA informing the landowner of
> any/all future nesting sites (of this and other rare/semi-rare species)
> when they are discovered and the negative impact it would have on the
> species if the landowner should decide to alter that habitat.  Just some
> random thoughts passing through my mind.  I'm curious if other OBOLites
> have similar thoughts or suggestions to consider.
>
> Nels
> Hillsboro
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:
>>
>> Hi -
>>
>> Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science
>> Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared.  This
>> may have been done as part of an exotics control program.  The area did
>> have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native
>> Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And,
>> the exotic holly tree and Cherry Laurel were retained.
>>
>> In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting
>> west of the Cascades is no longer.
>>
>> Wayne
>>
>
Subject: Lots of Activity at Ankeny - 12/19/14
From: Lillian <lillian.e AT prodigy.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:25:30 -0800
Hello Birders!

Ankeny was really beautiful this afternoon! One minute the sky was filled with 
big gray clouds (and a little light rain), the next moment the clouds would 
part and the sun would be shining. There were way more birds than we could 
identify... "everyone" was out looking for something to eat before the next 
storm hits. 



Large numbers of:

Pintails
American Wigeons
Green-winged Teals
Northern Shovelers
assorted shorebirds (sorry that's the best I can give you)
Eurasian Collared Doves



Also:

Scrub Jays
Buffleheads 
Mallards 
swans 
American Coots
Pied-billed Grebes
Ruddy Ducks
hawks
Kestrels
over 20 Great Egrets
Great Blue Herons
Song Sparrows
Blackbirds
Starlings
Gadwalls
Rings-necked Ducks
Cackling Geese


Single sightings:

Eurasian Wigeon

Black Phoebe
immature Bald Eagle
immature White-crowned Sparrow


Could hear, but did not see:

Flickers
Killdeer

Good Birding!
Lillian

P.S. - Birding Tip: If you want to see more birds... leave your camera at 
home... 
Subject: JoCo Ross's Goose
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:55:21 -0800
A Ross's Goose was reported to me a few day past by Mike Klem. Not seen (my 
myself at least) again until this morning (12-19-14). Was in a field with a 
large flock of Canada Geese off Lower River Road just west of Hunt Lane. Near 
the "pumpkin patch." 


Ross's are not as common as Snow Geese in the western part of the Rogue Valley.

Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: It's Alive!!! Astoria Snow Bunting continues
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:42 -0800
Rumors of its demise appear to have been exaggerated...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15436510594/

I had not seen it since last Sunday, in spite of repeated efforts,
but talk from yesterday of buff colored feathers made me try one
more time.

Rule of thumb: if you try to think like a Snow Bunting, you will fail.

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Columbia Co. yard birds
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:55:22 -0500
A dozen EVENING GROSBEAKS have been coming to the sunflower feeder, and this 
morning around 50 SISKINS showed up. At least 4 ANNA'S "share" the single 
feeder I maintain for them over the winter. They add a lot of liveliness to our 
covered patio.A dozen jays (mostly Steller's) and same number of collared doves 
arrive each morning to scarf down the scratch mix. They all show up as soon as 
I put the seed out so must have scouts nearby. Everyone else gets the 
leftovers. A male PHEASANT was among the ground dwellers yesterday -- haven't 
had one in the yard for months. A COOPER'S has been regular lately, and once in 
a while he will get a meal here. The birdbaths are enjoyed by all even on cold 
wet days for bathing and drinking. Bushtits are daily visitors to the beef suet 
chunks I put out for them. 

On the Scappoose dikelands: I saw a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK last week on a post at 
the 90 degree pullover. There were at least 40 GREAT EGRETS in the fields 
around the Honeyman loop. Lots of geese -- primarily cacklers (one with orange 
neckband) -- but low numbers of ducks. On the Crown Z hiking trail, most of the 
tall snags were snapped off from the windstorm. I have seen these dead trees 
utilized by hawks and owls in the past. A PILIATED WOODPECKER was calling and 
flying around, so maybe he was affected by the loss. If you are driving the 
Honeyman loop, make sure to stop and glass the swans on the gravel pit lakes 
near the airport. There are often more than 50 there resting during the day. 

Lona Pierce,Warren





 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: "melissa" <mmcdowell1955 AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:33:11 -0800
As a retired invasive plant manager for a federal agency, it is frustrating 
that native plants were removed in favor of holly, etc. Thanks are in order for 
the removal of English ivy and Himalayan blackberry but if in fact a state 
agency was involved in this vegetation project the agency needs to be 
questioned. If it happened on private, then yes I agree that landowners should 
be informed (with much diplomacy). 



From: Nels Nelson 
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 8:46 AM
To: Wayne Hoffman 
Cc: obol 
Subject: [obol] Re: Loss of Catbird habitat


Wayne/all,


I'm wondering if this disaster (for the GRCA and all of us birdwatchers that 
got to see them there) is partly my/our fault for not letting the powers that 
be at HMSC know of this unique west side GRCA nesting site and it's importance, 
or was it simply insensitivity or incompetence on the part of someone at HMSC. 



It's too late for this site (at least in the near future, absent prompt 
re-plantings of the mature native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and 
Waxmyrtle), but makes me ponder the importance of developing a protocol within 
OBA that would trigger someone from OBA informing the landowner of any/all 
future nesting sites (of this and other rare/semi-rare species) when they are 
discovered and the negative impact it would have on the species if the 
landowner should decide to alter that habitat. Just some random thoughts 
passing through my mind. I'm curious if other OBOLites have similar thoughts or 
suggestions to consider. 



Nels
Hillsboro


   


On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote: 
  Hi -  


 Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science Center 
where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared. This may have been 
done as part of an exotics control program. The area did have a lot of English 
Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native Salal, Salmonberry, Red 
Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed. And, the exotic holly tree and 
Cherry Laurel were retained. 



 In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting west 
of the Cascades is no longer. 



  Wayne
Subject: Re: obol Digest V3 #398
From: danny bell <bellsdc AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:49:32 -0800
My Name is Danny Bell and I am just wondering if you all want to know about
a flock of 75 or more Pinyon Jays that are at our feeder most every day.
New back in Central and not sure what is seen regularly.

Dannyb

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM,  wrote:

> obol Digest     Thursday, December 18 2014      Volume: 03  Issue: 398
>
> In This Issue:
>         #1:     From: "Robert O'Brien" 
>                 Subject: [obol] Unwitting Urban Owling (Portland)
>         #2:     From: Harry Nehls 
>                 Subject: [obol] RBA: Portland, OR  12-18-14
>         #3:     From: Mike Patterson 
>                 Subject: [obol] Wet and wild weekend
>         #4:     From: Bob Archer 
>                 Subject: [obol] Re: Wet and wild weekend
>         #5:     From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE 
>                 Subject: [obol] Second Call: Coquille Valley CBC centered
> in Bandon J
>         #6:     From: Mike Patterson 
>                 Subject: [obol] Seasonal RBA: probable Caspian Tern
>         #7:     From: "Allen Prigge" 
>                 Subject: [obol] Snowy Owl, Lane County
>         #8:     From: linda phelan thompson 
>                 Subject: [obol] possible Merlin
>         #9:     From: Nels Nelson 
>                 Subject: [obol] Glaucous Gull - Vanport Wetlands YES
>         #10:    From: Lyn Topinka 
>                 Subject: [obol] one "Gutsy Glaucous Gull" !!!!!!!!!!!
>         #11:    From: John Thomas 
>                 Subject: [obol] HARRIS'S SPARROW -4th day- Silverton
>         #12:    From: Erik Knight 
>                 Subject: [obol] Questar for sale
>         #13:    From: Harry Fuller 
>                 Subject: [obol] siskiyou county CBC
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Msg: #1 in digest
> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:25:34 -0800
> Subject: [obol] Unwitting Urban Owling (Portland)
> From: "Robert O'Brien" 
>
> Of possible CBC interest:
> http://www2.rdrop.com/users/green/BAOW/UrbanOwl.jpg
>
> Bob OBrien  Carver OR
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #2 in digest
> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:48:13 -0800
> Subject: [obol] RBA: Portland, OR  12-18-14
> From: Harry Nehls 
>
> - RBA
> * Oregon
> * Portland
> * December 18, 2014
> * ORPO1412.18
> - birds mentioned
>
> TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE
> TUFTED DUCK
> Lesser Scaup
> Brown Pelican
> Golden Eagle
> Willet
> Red Knot
> Red Phalarope
> Glaucous Gull
> Snowy Owl
> Burrowing Owl
> Short-eared Owl
> Tropical Kingbird
> Pinyon Jay
> Tree Swallow
> Violet-green Swallow
> Barn Swallow
> Mountain Chickadee
> Snow Bunting
> American Tree Sparrow
> Swamp Sparrow
> Harris零 Sparrow
> INDIGO BUNTING
>
> - transcript
>
> hotline: Portland Oregon Audubon RBA (weekly)
> number: 503-292-6855
> To report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976  
> compiler: Harry Nehls
> coverage: entire state
>
> Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This
> report
> was made Thursday December 18. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls
> at 503-233-3976.
>
> An INDIGO BUNTING is now being seen along Holladay Drive in Seaside. On
> December 16 a TUFTED DUCK was seen among flock of LESSER SCAUP on the
> Columbia River off Broughton Beach in North Portland. The Nestucca NWR BEAN
> GOOSE continues.
>
> The Fern Ridge Reservoir SNOWY OWL continues to be seen. The SNOWY OWL at
> Dallas has moved to a new inaccessible location.
>
> On December 11 the WILLET, two RED KNOTS, two RED PHALAROPES, and four
> BROWN
> PELICANS were at Coos Bay. On December 13 four RED PHALAROPES were along
> Beaver Creek south of Newport, and 26 BROWN PELICANS were at Seal Rocks
> State Park. The BUROWING OWL continues to be seen at Yaquina Head. He SNOW
> BUNTING continues along the Astoria waterfront. At least one TROPICAL
> KINGBIRD continues in Astoria. On December 12 at least 11 RED PHALAROPES
> were at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.
>
> On December 15 a BURROWING OWL was in Vancouver, but did not remain. On
> December 13 a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was in Vancouver. That day a GOLDEN EAGLE
> was on Sauvie Island. A bright well-marked GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed
> December 15 in Delta Park in North Portland. At least four SHORT-EARED OWLS
> continue at Broughton Beach. On December 12 a SWAMP SPARROW at the Koll
> Wetlands in Beaverton. A TREE SPARROW was seen December 16 at the Library
> at
> Dawson Creek in Beaverton. A HARRIS酬 SPARROW continues at a Silverton
> feeder. On December 14 four BARN SWALLOWS and a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW were
> in
> Salem. Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Ankeny NWR December 13.
>
> On December 14 a flock of at least 32 PINYON JAYS were along Abbee Road
> near
> Ukiah. Also near Ukiah nine TREE SPARROWS were along Mossie Road.
>
> That零 it for this week.
>
> - end transcript
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #3 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:26:08 -0800
> From: Mike Patterson 
> Subject: [obol] Wet and wild weekend
>
> Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
> your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
> "atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
> and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.
>
> Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
> Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
> of pelagic species.
>
> The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
> think any flooding will be localized.
>
> Be careful out there...
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> String Theory
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #4 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:42:36 -0800
> Subject: [obol] Re: Wet and wild weekend
> From: Bob Archer 
>
> Taking on-line classes for work today, so lots of "not paying attention
> time"...if it rains 8 inches that will be 910 tons of water per acre..find
> a reinforced umbrella.
> Bob Archer
> PDX
>
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 7:26 AM, Mike Patterson 
> wrote:
> >
> > Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
> > your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
> > "atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
> > and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.
> >
> > Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
> > Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
> > of pelagic species.
> >
> > The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
> > think any flooding will be localized.
> >
> > Be careful out there...
> >
> > --
> > Mike Patterson
> > Astoria, OR
> > String Theory
> > http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
> >
> >
> >
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> >
> >
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #5 in digest
> From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE 
> Subject: [obol] Second Call: Coquille Valley CBC centered in Bandon Jan 3
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:52:00 -0800
>
> To everyone in OBOL land, I am finalizing teams to cover the January 3,
> 2015 Coquille Valley CBC. Our circle centers in Bandon and stretches inland
> to the Coquille area so we have quite a variety of habitat. We have
> averaged around 150 species in our 16 counts.
>
> Most of our team leaders are back so you will find plenty of experienced
> birders with knowledge of their assigned areas to work with.
>
> A primary need at the moment is someone to do a seawatch. We do not have
> spectacular venues like Boiler Bay, but we do not want to miss some species
> that may fly by. If there is someone out there that does not want to spend
> an entire day with us but who may be interested in getting involved with
> that aspect only, we could use your set of eyes.
>
> Harv Schubothe
> Bandon
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #6 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:44 -0800
> From: Mike Patterson 
> Subject: [obol] Seasonal RBA: probable Caspian Tern
>
> While driving across the Youngs Bay bridge around 11:20, I saw a
> large-ish tern flyby heading toward the Lewis and Clark River.
> I couldn't pull over (safely) on the bridge and was therefore obliged to
> go across and turn around at the round-a-bout. I saw it briefly on the
> return while still driving, but was unable to relocate it once properly
> parked.
>
> The size and wing beat cadence best fit CASPIAN TERN.  It had fairly
> uniform, plain gray upper wings and no noticeable duskiness underneath.
>
> I can confidently rule out Common and Arctic.  I'm pretty sure I can
> exclude Elegant.
>
> Folks in the area show keep an eye out...
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> String Theory
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #7 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:23:22 -0800
> Subject: [obol] Snowy Owl, Lane County
> From: "Allen Prigge" 
>
>
>
> The Fern Ridge Snowy Owl was seen about 10:30am west along the road west
>  from  Tern Island. It was at an ~5-10 degree angle to the left of the
> road.
>
> Al Prigge
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #8 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:27:56 -0800
> Subject: [obol] possible Merlin
> From: linda phelan thompson 
>
> Dear Obolers,
>                           I saw a possible Merlin late this morning. I was
> driving out of our complexes parking lot when I noticed a dark bird fly
> into a tree. I slowed down, and located it in the tree. I didn't stop and
> get my binoculars out, but it didn't look like a Sharpie, which I don't
> think are around this time of year. This was a dark bird, right size for a
> Merlin, but as I had to get somewhere, I didn't stop for better looks. I
> was surprised to see this, and I'm curious as to what it was. This is near
> the Fanno Wetland.
> Linda, Tigard
>
> --
>
> *Linda Lee*
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #9 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:36:14 -0800
> Subject: [obol] Glaucous Gull - Vanport Wetlands YES
> From: Nels Nelson 
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/101538169 AT N05/sets/72157649814829802/
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUcWbfkTw94
>
> I arrived at Vanport WL dog park area just a moment or two after Lyn and
> Gene Topinka (about 10AM this morning).  They'd already spotted the gull
> from another vantage point.  We walked to the cyclone fence area and
> quickly re-located the gull.  As we started taking photos, the rain started
> falling.  They left not long after the heavier rain started. I stuck around
> until about 10:50. After feeding on the carcass of some bird or animal, the
> GLGU flew and landed on a log and was still resting and preening there when
> I left.  Another 'lifer' bites the dust.
>
> Please pardon the poor quality of my photos, but with the bird being way at
> the back (north) part of the pond/swampy area along with the falling rain
> and dark day, I was glad to get what I got.
>
> Nels
> Hillsboro
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #10 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:23:43 -0800
> From: Lyn Topinka 
> Subject: [obol] one "Gutsy Glaucous Gull" !!!!!!!!!!!
>
>
> Rainy, overcast, cold, and in the distant, but still fun pictures ...
> this was one "Gutsy Glaucous Gull" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
>
>
> 
http://northwestbirding.com/Images14Dec/vanport_wetlands_gutsy_glaucous_gull_12-18-14.jpg 

>
> he didn't win the prize but he tried ... at Vanport Wetlands, Portland,
> Oregon
>
>
> enjoy,
> Lyn
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Lyn Topinka,
> NorthwestJourney.com
> NorthwestBirding.com
> ColumbiaRiverImages.com
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #11 in digest
> From: John Thomas 
> Subject: [obol] HARRIS'S SPARROW -4th day- Silverton
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:23 -0800
>
> Sparrow still showing between 3:50-4:20 in very late afternoon. Beautiful
> bird.
>
> John Thomas
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #12 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:15 -0800
> Subject: [obol] Questar for sale
> From: Erik Knight 
>
> All,
> I have a Questar Field Model scope and carrying case with inside foam
> padding for sale if anyone is interested.
>
> --
> -------------------------------------
> Erik Knight
> Portland, Oregon
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Msg: #13 in digest
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:35:27 -0800
> Subject: [obol] siskiyou county CBC
> From: Harry Fuller 
>
> Just twenty miles south of Oregon border:
> https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/shasta-valley-birding/
> --
> Harry Fuller
> author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
> *
> Atowhee AT gmail
> http://www.towhee.net
> my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of obol Digest V3 #398
> **************************
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: "Deb Holland" <deborah.holland AT star-thrower.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:04:05 -0800
     Hi,
   
  I noticed.
  That part of the property might belong to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
 They had a group of young volunteers clearing shrubbery close to
their pond last summer.
   
  Deb in Newport
   
   
  On Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:20 -0800, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:

         Hi -   
  Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine
Science Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been
cleared.  This may have been done as part of an exotics control
program.  The area did have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan
Blackberry, however the native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and
Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And, the exotic holly tree and Cherry
Laurel were retained.
   
  In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird
nesting west of the Cascades is no longer.
   
  Wayne

   
   
Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:01 -0700
I suggest the local Audubon Society get involved. Not only have they done what 
Wayne has described, but they also have planted alders, pines, and spruce. As 
those trees grow the area will match the vast expanse of habitat up and down 
the coast, and they days of interesting birds that like more open and brushy 
habitats will end there. Giant lupine, wax myrtle, coyote brush, and evergreen 
huckleberry (all natives) in a fairly open scheme have made that area so 
interesting for birds. 


Somehow many people think planting  trees is always a good thing.


Jeff Gilligan





On Dec 19, 2014, at 7:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:

> Hi - 
> 
> Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science 
Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared. This may 
have been done as part of an exotics control program. The area did have a lot 
of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native Salal, Salmonberry, 
Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed. And, the exotic holly tree and 
Cherry Laurel were retained. 

> 
> In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting west 
of the Cascades is no longer. 

> 
> Wayne



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Subject: Re: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:46:25 -0800
Wayne/all,

I'm wondering if this disaster (for the GRCA and all of us birdwatchers
that got to see them there) is partly my/our fault for not letting the
powers that be at HMSC know of this unique west side GRCA nesting site and
it's importance, or was it simply insensitivity or incompetence on the part
of someone at HMSC.

It's too late for this site (at least in the near future, absent prompt
re-plantings of the mature native Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and
Waxmyrtle), but makes me ponder the importance of developing a protocol
within OBA that would trigger someone from OBA informing the landowner of
any/all future nesting sites (of this and other rare/semi-rare species)
when they are discovered and the negative impact it would have on the
species if the landowner should decide to alter that habitat.  Just some
random thoughts passing through my mind.  I'm curious if other OBOLites
have similar thoughts or suggestions to consider.

Nels
Hillsboro



On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:
>
> Hi -
>
> Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science
> Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared.  This
> may have been done as part of an exotics control program.  The area did
> have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native
> Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And,
> the exotic holly tree and Cherry Laurel were retained.
>
> In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting
> west of the Cascades is no longer.
>
> Wayne
>
Subject: Loss of Catbird habitat
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:20 -0800
Hi -

Earlier this week the patch of shrubbery at the Hatfield Marine Science
Center where the Gray Catbirds nested last summer has been cleared.  This
may have been done as part of an exotics control program.  The area did
have a lot of English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, however the native
Salal, Salmonberry, Red Elderberry, and Waxmyrtle were also removed.  And,
the exotic holly tree and Cherry Laurel were retained.

In any case the habitat that housed the only documented catbird nesting
west of the Cascades is no longer.

Wayne
Subject: Clatsop rarities on Thursday, 12/18
From: Tim Shelmerdine <tim.spanish.guide AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:27:24 -0800
Hello, all.
I snuck over to Clatsop counting hoping to see some of the great birds
others have found. To make it short, the INDIGO BUNTING showed at least
three times between 9:35 and 10:05 at the seed pile on N. Holladay in
Seaside.  A PALM WARBLER was easily found at the Seaside Sewage Treatment
Plant at the end of N. Franklin. I checked twice between 11:05 and 12:30
for the SNOW BUNTING in the warehouse area where it has been seen, with no
luck.  I am a little concerned, because there were two thin scatterings of
small white feathers near the tracks close to Door 23.  One clump of
feathers had feathers with buff and rust on them. So maybe I am mistaken
and the little guy is still around -- hope so.
Tim
Subject: siskiyou county CBC
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:35:27 -0800
Just twenty miles south of Oregon border:
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/shasta-valley-birding/

-- 
Harry Fuller
author of FREEWAY BIRDING, see: *freewaybirding.com
*
Atowhee AT gmail
http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com
Subject: Questar for sale
From: Erik Knight <erikknight05 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:15 -0800
All,

I have a Questar Field Model scope and carrying case with inside foam
padding for sale if anyone is interested.

-- 
-------------------------------------
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Subject: Questar for sale
From: Erik Knight <erikknight05 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:15 -0800
All,

I have a Questar Field Model scope and carrying case with inside foam
padding for sale if anyone is interested.

-- 
-------------------------------------
Erik Knight
Portland, Oregon
Subject: HARRIS'S SPARROW -4th day- Silverton
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:52:23 -0800
Sparrow still showing between 3:50-4:20 in very late afternoon. Beautiful bird.

John Thomas

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Subject: Glaucous Gull - Vanport Wetlands YES
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:36:14 -0800
https://www.flickr.com/photos/101538169 AT N05/sets/72157649814829802/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUcWbfkTw94

I arrived at Vanport WL dog park area just a moment or two after Lyn and
Gene Topinka (about 10AM this morning).  They'd already spotted the gull
from another vantage point.  We walked to the cyclone fence area and
quickly re-located the gull.  As we started taking photos, the rain started
falling.  They left not long after the heavier rain started. I stuck around
until about 10:50. After feeding on the carcass of some bird or animal, the
GLGU flew and landed on a log and was still resting and preening there when
I left.  Another 'lifer' bites the dust.

Please pardon the poor quality of my photos, but with the bird being way at
the back (north) part of the pond/swampy area along with the falling rain
and dark day, I was glad to get what I got.

Nels
Hillsboro
Subject: possible Merlin
From: linda phelan thompson <lindaphelanlmt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:27:56 -0800
Dear Obolers,
                          I saw a possible Merlin late this morning. I was
driving out of our complexes parking lot when I noticed a dark bird fly
into a tree. I slowed down, and located it in the tree. I didn't stop and
get my binoculars out, but it didn't look like a Sharpie, which I don't
think are around this time of year. This was a dark bird, right size for a
Merlin, but as I had to get somewhere, I didn't stop for better looks. I
was surprised to see this, and I'm curious as to what it was. This is near
the Fanno Wetland.

Linda, Tigard

-- 

*Linda Lee*
Subject: Snowy Owl, Lane County
From: "Allen Prigge" <prigge1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:23:22 -0800

The Fern Ridge Snowy Owl was seen about 10:30am west along the road west  
 from  Tern Island. It was at an ~5-10 degree angle to the left of the road.

Al Prigge


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Subject: Seasonal RBA: probable Caspian Tern
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:44 -0800
While driving across the Youngs Bay bridge around 11:20, I saw a
large-ish tern flyby heading toward the Lewis and Clark River.
I couldn't pull over (safely) on the bridge and was therefore obliged to
go across and turn around at the round-a-bout. I saw it briefly on the
return while still driving, but was unable to relocate it once properly
parked.

The size and wing beat cadence best fit CASPIAN TERN.  It had fairly
uniform, plain gray upper wings and no noticeable duskiness underneath.

I can confidently rule out Common and Arctic.  I'm pretty sure I can
exclude Elegant.

Folks in the area show keep an eye out...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Second Call: Coquille Valley CBC centered in Bandon Jan 3
From: HARVEY W SCHUBOTHE <ninerharv2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:52:00 -0800
To everyone in OBOL land, I am finalizing teams to cover the January 3, 2015 
Coquille Valley CBC. Our circle centers in Bandon and stretches inland to the 
Coquille area so we have quite a variety of habitat. We have averaged around 
150 species in our 16 counts. 

 
Most of our team leaders are back so you will find plenty of experienced 
birders with knowledge of their assigned areas to work with. 

 
A primary need at the moment is someone to do a seawatch. We do not have 
spectacular venues like Boiler Bay, but we do not want to miss some species 
that may fly by. If there is someone out there that does not want to spend an 
entire day with us but who may be interested in getting involved with that 
aspect only, we could use your set of eyes. 

 
Harv Schubothe
Bandon
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Wet and wild weekend
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:42:36 -0800
Taking on-line classes for work today, so lots of "not paying attention
time"...if it rains 8 inches that will be 910 tons of water per acre..find
a reinforced umbrella.

Bob Archer
PDX

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 7:26 AM, Mike Patterson  wrote:
>
> Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
> your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
> "atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
> and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.
>
> Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
> Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
> of pelagic species.
>
> The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
> think any flooding will be localized.
>
> Be careful out there...
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> String Theory
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
>
>
>
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Subject: Wet and wild weekend
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:26:08 -0800
Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
"atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.

Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
of pelagic species.

The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
think any flooding will be localized.

Be careful out there...

-- 
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Wet and wild weekend
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:26:08 -0800
Those of you doing Christmas Counts this weekend will want to pack
your rain-gear and knee-boots.  The forecast is calling for another
"atmospheric river" event with up to 8 inches of rain on the Coast
and winds gusting to 50mph.  On the plus side, it should be warmish.

Winds will be southerly on Saturday and shift to westerlies on Sunday.
Coastal counts scheduled for Sunday have some potential for a dose
of pelagic species.

The forecasters are iffy on the potential for flooding, but generally
think any flooding will be localized.

Be careful out there...

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



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Subject: RBA: Portland, OR 12-18-14
From: Harry Nehls <hnehls6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:48:13 -0800
- RBA
* Oregon
* Portland
* December 18, 2014
* ORPO1412.18

- birds mentioned

TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE
TUFTED DUCK
Lesser Scaup
Brown Pelican
Golden Eagle
Willet
Red Knot
Red Phalarope
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Burrowing Owl
Short-eared Owl
Tropical Kingbird
Pinyon Jay
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Snow Bunting
American Tree Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Harriss Sparrow
INDIGO BUNTING

- transcript

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

Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report
was made Thursday December 18. If you have anything to add call Harry Nehls
at 503-233-3976.

An INDIGO BUNTING is now being seen along Holladay Drive in Seaside. On
December 16 a TUFTED DUCK was seen among flock of LESSER SCAUP on the
Columbia River off Broughton Beach in North Portland. The Nestucca NWR BEAN
GOOSE continues.

The Fern Ridge Reservoir SNOWY OWL continues to be seen. The SNOWY OWL at
Dallas has moved to a new inaccessible location.

On December 11 the WILLET, two RED KNOTS, two RED PHALAROPES, and four BROWN
PELICANS were at Coos Bay. On December 13 four RED PHALAROPES were along
Beaver Creek south of Newport, and 26 BROWN PELICANS were at Seal Rocks
State Park. The BUROWING OWL continues to be seen at Yaquina Head. He SNOW
BUNTING continues along the Astoria waterfront. At least one TROPICAL
KINGBIRD continues in Astoria. On December 12 at least 11 RED PHALAROPES
were at the South Jetty of the Columbia River.

On December 15 a BURROWING OWL was in Vancouver, but did not remain. On
December 13 a MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE was in Vancouver. That day a GOLDEN EAGLE
was on Sauvie Island. A bright well-marked GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed
December 15 in Delta Park in North Portland. At least four SHORT-EARED OWLS
continue at Broughton Beach. On December 12 a SWAMP SPARROW at the Koll
Wetlands in Beaverton. A TREE SPARROW was seen December 16 at the Library at
Dawson Creek in Beaverton. A HARRISS SPARROW continues at a Silverton
feeder. On December 14 four BARN SWALLOWS and a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW were in
Salem. Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Ankeny NWR December 13.

On December 14 a flock of at least 32 PINYON JAYS were along Abbee Road near
Ukiah. Also near Ukiah nine TREE SPARROWS were along Mossie Road.

Thats it for this week.

- end transcript








Subject: Unwitting Urban Owling (Portland)
From: "Robert O'Brien" <baro AT pdx.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:25:34 -0800
Of possible CBC interest:

http://www2.rdrop.com/users/green/BAOW/UrbanOwl.jpg

Bob OBrien  Carver OR
Subject: Pittock, NW Portland, week ending 12/17/2014
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:05:48 -0800
Here is the summary of my morning dogwalks from NW Seblar Terrace to the 
Pittock Mansion for the week 12/11/14 to 12/17/14. Species neither seen nor 
heard the previous week are in ALL CAPS. 


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


The sightings are also in eBird.

We did the walk 7 days this week.

Species                # days found  (peak #, date)

Cackling Goose              2  (40, 12/11)
Canada Goose                1  (25, 12/14)
COOPERS HAWK               1  (1, 12/17)
RED-TAILED HAWK             1  (1, 12/14)
Mourning Dove               1  (1, 12/12)
Anna's Hummingbird          3  (3)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER      1  (1, 12/14)
Downy Woodpecker            2  (1, 12/12 & 17)
HAIRY WOODPECKER            2  (1, 12/12 & 14)
Northern Flicker            7  (3)
PILEATED WOODPECKER         1  (1, 12/12)
PEREGRINE FALCON            1  (1, 12/11)
Huttons Vireo              1  (1, 12/12)
Steller's Jay               7  (5)
American Crow               6  (9)
Black-capped Chickadee      7  (14)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   4  (4)     	
Red-breasted Nuthatch       6  (3)
Pacific Wren                3  (1)
Bewicks Wren               1  (1, 12/17)
Golden-crowned Kinglet      1  (1, 12/12)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet        2  (1, 12/14 & 15)
HERMIT THRUSH               2  (2, 12/16)
American Robin              6  (3)
Varied Thrush               5  (6)
European Starling           4  (5)
Spotted Towhee              6  (3)
Song Sparrow                7  (4)
Dark-eyed Junco             7  (13)
House Finch                 4  (2)

In the neighborhood but not found on dogwalk: SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, Brown 
Creeper, Lesser Goldfinch 


Wink Gross
Portland

Subject: Photos taken at Ankeny & Baskett Slough NWR in December
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:47:50 -0800
A collection of photos taken at Ankeny and Baskett Slough NWR this month
between rainy and foggy days.  Click on link below for photos.  Happy
Birding, Jim Leonard.





https://picasaweb.google.com/108302360004365615395/AnkenyBaskettDecember2014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOK264_G16v9pgE&feat=directlink 
Subject: 63 year old Laysan Albatross nesting
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:39:08 -0800
The family reunion must consist of most of the birds on the atoll by now:

http://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2014/12/17/Wisdom-Lays-an-Egg


Bob Archer
PDX
Subject: Wednesday morning/Eugene
From: Donald Schrouder <dcsbird AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:08:31 -0800
 The usual group chose to go to the Delta Ponds north of the Valley River 
Shopping Center. We started at the NW corner of the back parking lot, followed 
the bike path along the river before turning east at the apartment path over to 
the central ponds between Delta Hwy and Greenpasture Island road. Birded the 
dead end path on the north end of the ponds before working our way back south 
to the pond below the new cable stayed bike bridge that goes over the highway. 
Many good birds sighted, including a pair of Canvasbacks that we speculated may 
have led to the recent reported sighting to the Audubon hotline of a Common 
Eider? The pair were both males with quite grayish/white backs and dark heads 
and were found slightly north of the new bridge pond. Also had one Barn Swallow 
working the waters. Birds seen: 


Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Eurasian Teal- one male
Canvasback-2
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Bald Eagle- 2 adults
Red-tailed Hawk-3
Peregrine Falcon- seen twice, second time carrying off something in its talons
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher-2
Wilson’s Snipe
Glaucous-winged Gull
Gull species-flyovers
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird-many
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow-1
Black-capped Chickadee
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow-many
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow-3
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
European Starling

Observers: Dennis Arendt, Kit Larson, Dave Brown, Randy Sinnott, Jim Regali, 
Scott McNeeley and Don Schrouder. 




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Subject: Corvallis CBC - Preliminary Results
From: "Marcia F. Cutler" <marciafcutler AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:02:40 -0800
The Corvallis CBC was held on Tuesday, December 16th, under cloudy, but dry and 
mild conditions. There were 40 field observers plus additional feeder counters. 
So far, the total number of species seen is 128. 


The list of good birds includes: (no. of previous counts seen)

Snow Goose (27)
Greater White-fronted Goose (31)
Eurasian Wigeon (31)
Canvasback (22)
Western Grebe (13)
Eared Grebe (15)
Golden Eagle (7)
Virginia Rail (13)
Black-bellied Plover (5)
Greater Yellowlegs (12)
Western Sandpiper (13 - photo taken and confirmed)
Least Sandpiper (14)
Long-billed Dowitcher (27)
Thayer's Gull (4)
Herring Gull (14)
Western Gull (4)
N. Pygmy-Owl (26)
N. Saw-whet Owl (22)
Short-eared Owl (39)
Say's Phoebe (1 previous occurrence on count day and twice for count week; 
location not publicly accessible) 

Black Phoebe (13)
Lapland Longspur (6, location not publicly accessible)

Count week birds include

Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Goshawk
Barrow's Goldeneye (female seen today at the Philomath Sewage Ponds by Doug 
Robinson; new to count) 


Misses include Ring-necked Pheasant (3d straight year after being recorded 
every year of the count), Northern Shrike (45) and Evening Grosbeak (30). 


Count week runs until Friday, December 19th for any additional species. I have 
a wish list of possible birds including Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, 
any Swallows, White-tailed Kite, Mountain Quail and Red Crossbill. 


I'd like to thank all the participants on the count for making it a truly 
wonderful experience. 


Marcia F. Cutler
Compiler, Corvallis CBC




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Subject: Illinois Valley 115th CBC results summary - Dec 14, 2014
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:44:02 -0800
Hello all,

The Illinois Valley CBC was held Dec. 14, 2014.  This is the 16th 
count for the IV.  (We began the circle in 1998, the 99th count, and 
missed the 113th count.)

13 people participated (& that includes 4 "feeder watchers").  The 
weather was on the cold side (37 to 48 deg) and mostly cloudy.

Bird numbers were down (second lowest in count history) perhaps 
partly due to fewer than average surveyors but also, I believe, due 
to less birds.  Species diversity was a bit above average at 94 species.

Best birds were Common Goldeneye (2nd time in count history), Eared 
Grebe (3rd time), Sora (4th time), Spotted Sandpiper (4th time), 
Band-Tailed Pigeon (2nd time), Oak Titmouse (3rd time) & American 
Pipit (4th time).

Notable misses were Canvasback (1st miss in count history), 
White-Crowned Sparrow (1st miss) and Mt. Quail, Rock Pigeon, Hutton's 
Vireo, Bushtit, Savannah Sparrow & House Sparrow.  (If we would have 
found some of these misses & found some other owls besides the 
daytime N. Pygmy Owl, we could have broken the count record of 100 species).

Thanks to all the surveyors and especially the out-of-towners who traveled.

I have the detailed results so let me know if you want more info.


Romain Cooper
10398 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
541-592-2311 

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Subject: Re: North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:31:11 -0800
I don't know what the possible range of appearance is for 
the Hood on nearly but not fully mature Glaucous. I can
only recall 1 3rd-cycle here and there aren't a ton of
photos available, but what is does suggest a solid hood is
atypical. The hood is certainly typical for Glaucous-winged,
as are the fine latitudinal lines within the hood
(verm"Fix"ulations).

The outermost primaries are not fully grown, so the stack
is difficult to assess. In the preening shot it at least appears
that pale gray extends virtually to the tips of the outermost
currently grown primaries, which would also be suspect
for Glaucous depending on which they are.

Also as best as I can tell the iris looks more intermediate
brownish than pale yellow as in older Glaucous. It does
have the pink bill base typical of immature Glaucous.

It's not a Thayer's based on structure, and no pressing
reason to suspect Herring parentage. I think the default
hypothesis is probably Glaucous x Glaucous-winged.

Cheers,

Phil




>And speaking of Glaucous Gulls, I've been wondering about an older
sighting (Bay City, November 16, 2012):
http://www.qfwfq.org/baycity/gull.php
I initially took this gull for an adult Glaucous Gull, due to its pristine
white primaries and light iris. I'm puzzled though by the amount of
smudging around the neck and breast; Sibley indicates limited streaking on
an adult non-breeding Glaucous Gull. His bit on hybrids makes me think a
Glaucous cross with Glaucous-winged or Herring would likely have some
pigment in the primaries, and probably not as much neck smudging as this
bird has. If none of these, is it perhaps a melanistically challenged
Thayer's or Herring?

Tait
Portland


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Subject: North Portland Glaucous Gull, and id question
From: pnitens AT qfwfq.org
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:51:06 -0800
Yesterday and today there was a first cycle Glaucous Gull at Vanport
Wetlands. Today it also flew over to Heron Lakes Golf Course and Force
Lake, where it came into photographic range:
http://www.qfwfq.org/vanport/glaucous-gull-20141216a.jpg
http://www.qfwfq.org/vanport/glaucous-gull-20141216b.jpg
http://www.qfwfq.org/vanport/glaucous-gull-20141216c.jpg
(A Franklin's was present too.)

And speaking of Glaucous Gulls, I've been wondering about an older
sighting (Bay City, November 16, 2012):
http://www.qfwfq.org/baycity/gull.php
I initially took this gull for an adult Glaucous Gull, due to its pristine
white primaries and light iris. I'm puzzled though by the amount of
smudging around the neck and breast; Sibley indicates limited streaking on
an adult non-breeding Glaucous Gull. His bit on hybrids makes me think a
Glaucous cross with Glaucous-winged or Herring would likely have some
pigment in the primaries, and probably not as much neck smudging as this
bird has. If none of these, is it perhaps a melanistically challenged
Thayer's or Herring?

Tait
Portland



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Subject: Fw: new Sunriver Audubon Christmas Bird Count
From: "Don Albright" <donalbri AT teleport.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:00:49 -0800
Hi All,

See below for word of a new Christmas Bird Count for this winter. The complete 
CBC schedule is online at www.orbirds.org/cbc.html 


Don


----- Original Message ----- 
From: James Little 
To: donalbri AT teleport.com 
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 1:25 PM
Subject: new Sunriver Audubon Christmas Bird Count


 

The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is pleased to announce they will be 
hosting a new Audubon Christmas Bird Count Circle for the 115th Audubon 
Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 3, 2015. 


Volunteers are needed to participate in field walks and also to count the birds 
at your own backyard feeder. The new fifteen mile diameter count circle 
includes all of Sunriver and is bounded by Route 372 on the north, Sheridan 
Mountain on the west, the southern boundary of LaPine State Park to the south, 
and Route 97 on the east. To learn more about how you can participate, call 
Compiler James Little at (541) 593-4442 or email to 
james AT sunrivernaturecenter.org. Field participants will meet at 7 am on January 
3rd at the Pozzi Building located at the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory 
to pick up Count forms and directions. Territories will be arranged at that 
time. Those new to birding will be paired with experienced birders. The nearby 
Bend Audubon Count is normally held on the first Saturday of the count period 
while the Sunriver Audubon Count is set up for the third Saturday in the count 
period. This provides an opportunity for birders from Bend to participate as 
well. For more information, call SNCO Executive Director James Little at (541) 
593-4442. 


 

Please share this with any birders you think may be interested.

 

Thank you,

 

James Little

Executive Director

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

(541) 593-4442

 

 
Subject: Re: Brown Creeper
From: Maria Michalczyk <mariam AT easystreet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:19:21 -0800
Ok I just looked at the pictures again....and yes it is a Bewicks
Wren...for sure.  I missed that white strip on its face yesterday.  Thanks
so much.  So I have a Bewicks Wren in a Junco's nest.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
wrote:
>
> Thank you all for responding about my little brown bird who is still
> residing in the Junco's nest, he flew out this evening when I came up to
> the door.  I still did not get a good look at its tail but will try my best
> to get a better look but it flew out pretty quickly.
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
> wrote:
>>
>> I believe I have seen a brown creeper who is hanging around our suet and
>> saw it too residing in the wreath nest made by the juncos this summer.  Is
>> this possible?  It looks like a sparrow with an upturned tail and a long
>> beak like a nuthatch with one thin white line on its face.  I have
>> looked at all the pics and just cannot ID it.
>>
>>
>>
>> Any help would be great.
>>
>>
>>
>> * Maria Michalczyk,*
>>
>> *[image: Signature]*
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
Subject: Re: Brown Creeper
From: Maria Michalczyk <mariam AT easystreet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:15:42 -0800
Thank you all for responding about my little brown bird who is still
residing in the Junco's nest, he flew out this evening when I came up to
the door.  I still did not get a good look at its tail but will try my best
to get a better look but it flew out pretty quickly.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Maria Michalczyk 
wrote:
>
> I believe I have seen a brown creeper who is hanging around our suet and
> saw it too residing in the wreath nest made by the juncos this summer.  Is
> this possible?  It looks like a sparrow with an upturned tail and a long
> beak like a nuthatch with one thin white line on its face.  I have looked
> at all the pics and just cannot ID it.
>
>
>
> Any help would be great.
>
>
>
> * Maria Michalczyk,*
>
> *[image: Signature]*
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow -Silverton
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:19:20 -0800
Back again tonight at 4:15. Maybe it WILL be predictable enough to try seeing 
if anybody is interested? 


John Thomas
5 mi N of Silverton/ 3 mi E of Mt Angel
NE Marion County

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Subject: Broughton Beach Tufted Duck
From: Jason Wolf <wolfjason71 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:34:05 -0800
Just found a Tufted Duck with a flock of Lesser Scaup in the Columbia River
just east of the Metro parking lot while scouting for the Portland CBC.
Good birding,
Jason W.
Subject: Fwd: Fw: [nwcalbird] Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co. Christmas Bird Count
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:53:21 -0800
I thought I would forward the Del Norte CBC results.  That would be the
Crescent City area, just south of the border.  They had a record count.  By
the way, there was a nice photo of the Red-eyed Vireo even, a species that
shouldn't be in the US this time of year?

Oh, the Port Orford count ended up with 143 species.

Merry CBCing!
Tim Rodenkirk
Coos Bay

Subject: Fw: [nwcalbird] Highlights Of Our Best Ever Del Norte Co.
Christmas Bird Count
To: Tim Rodenkirk 

   On Monday, December 15, 2014 3:50 PM, "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com
[nwcalbird]"  wrote:

The Del Norte County Christmas Bird Count was held yesterday 14 Dec. and
turned in our highest species diversity ever on the Count with 173 species.
Great weather and a number of key stakeout birds along with a great
experienced crew of birders (Thanks to all) truly made this a productive
and enjoyable count. Highlights are:

BLUE-HEADED VIREO - a bright male, and a 2nd county record found in the
large cemetery off Cooper Ave. (just off Hwy 101) and behind the Home
Depot. Gated entrance open during daylight hours every day for searchers,
bird seen along the top of the little ridge which overlooks a deep marshy
gulch along the left side of most of the cemetery.
RED-EYED VIREO - our only Winter record, found at the same spot along with
the Blue-headed!
ORCHARD ORIOLE - found in the town of Smith River visiting an apple tree
near First and Brookings Streets.
GOLDEN EAGLE - one of the two first year stakeout birds was seen on the
Count at the Alexandre Dairy near Fort Dick near the big pond along Lower
Lake Road.
SANDHILL CRANE - another stakeout, also at the Alexandre Dairy seen in
fields north of the main complex of dairy buildings and on the west side of
the road.
CATTLE EGRETS - the 2 stakeout birds where at the south end of the
Alexandre Dairy big pond with gulls.
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - getting to be a traditional bird with males seen again
in the Smith River either off the end of Pala Road or end of Sarina Road.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - a long present stakeout bird was at the
southwestern end of Lake Earl on Count day, but frequently visits the Smith
River mouth, the mouth of Lake Tolowa, the end of Lakeview Drive at the
southeastern corner of Lake Earl, or in the Crescent City Harbor.
ELEGANT TERN - a Count first also seen again today at the Crescent City
Harbor.
FORSTER'S TERN - also a Count first was at Lake Tolowa.
CASSIN'S AUKLET - is usually missed on our CBC.
ACORN WOODPECKER - a surprise for the lowlands was at Front Street Park
along the Crescent City Harbor.
TROPICAL KINGBIRD - Lower Lake Road along Lake Earl, a straggler from the
strong Fall movement.
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT - there were 2 different birds seen, singles of this
species have become a yearly wintering bird such as the end of Lakeview
Drive.
BAND-TAILED PIGEON - complete a 4 species pigeon/dove list with this rare
Count bird.
BARRED OWL - a bird hooted in, State Park forest along Walker Road off Hwy
199.
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE - high counts, how many more can the area handle?
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER X RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER a cooperative hybrid was well
photographed on State Park office lands in Elk Valley.
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER - in the Pacific Shores Subdivision.
A nice showing of ANCIENT MURRELETS and HARLEQUIN DUCKS was scoped of of
northwestern-most Point Saint George.

Alan D. Barron





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Subject: Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call
From: Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:56:55 -0800
Thank you to everyone who will be participating in the Sisters CBC this Sunday. 
Fortunately, we do have enough birders to run the count, now; though certainly 
there are spots still remaining, and teams of only 1 or 2 people, so here is my 
final invitation out to masters & novices alike, all ages: 


The 2014 Sisters Christmas Bird Count will be held this Sunday, December 21st
from 7:30am until dark. We welcome everyone to participate in this count.

Backyard counters are invited to share their numbers.

Count week starts on Thursday.

We meet at The Gallery in Sisters (come at 7am for breakfast) before 7:30am to 
divide into groups. If you can only attend half a day we will assign you to a 
group that will be back downtown around noon. After the count there will be a 
compilation at Three Creeks Brewery at 4:30/5pm. Come join the fun :) 


Place: The Gallery Restaurant

Time: 7-7:30am Sunday, December 21

Bring: Binoculars, scope (if you have one) and WARM CLOTHING, incl rain/snow 
gear if it does precipitate. 


If you need more information, drop me a line at 

Courtney Jett
ckjannabirds AT gmail.com
347-556-0619

I will send one more update email to participants only, before Sunday, when I 
can have some better idea of weather forecast. 


5-days ago, with Jake Schas (thank you!), all roads were entirely clear/dry -- 
only a couple icy patches on Steve Shunk's route :) , edging Black Crater 


notes:

Gallery Restaurant & Bar
171 W Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-2631
(opens Sunday at 7am)

Three Creeks Brewing LLC
721 S Desperado Ct, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-1963
(open Sunday until 9pm)

The Sisters CBC is a special circle: besides a downtown sector and an eastern 
agricultural sector, there are many forest sectors with roads into our National 
Forests, and one even bordering quite near the Three Sisters Wilderness 
boundary; also the meadows and property of Black Butte; also three Deschutes 
Land Trust preserves: Camp Polk Meadows, Indian Ford Meadows, and Whychus 
Canyon Preserve. 


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Subject: Sisters CBC Sun. 12/21 - last call
From: Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:56:55 -0800
Thank you to everyone who will be participating in the Sisters CBC this Sunday. 
Fortunately, we do have enough birders to run the count, now; though certainly 
there are spots still remaining, and teams of only 1 or 2 people, so here is my 
final invitation out to masters & novices alike, all ages: 


The 2014 Sisters Christmas Bird Count will be held this Sunday, December 21st
from 7:30am until dark. We welcome everyone to participate in this count.

Backyard counters are invited to share their numbers.

Count week starts on Thursday.

We meet at The Gallery in Sisters (come at 7am for breakfast) before 7:30am to 
divide into groups. If you can only attend half a day we will assign you to a 
group that will be back downtown around noon. After the count there will be a 
compilation at Three Creeks Brewery at 4:30/5pm. Come join the fun :) 


Place: The Gallery Restaurant

Time: 7-7:30am Sunday, December 21

Bring: Binoculars, scope (if you have one) and WARM CLOTHING, incl rain/snow 
gear if it does precipitate. 


If you need more information, drop me a line at 

Courtney Jett
ckjannabirds AT gmail.com
347-556-0619

I will send one more update email to participants only, before Sunday, when I 
can have some better idea of weather forecast. 


5-days ago, with Jake Schas (thank you!), all roads were entirely clear/dry -- 
only a couple icy patches on Steve Shunk's route :) , edging Black Crater 


notes:

Gallery Restaurant & Bar
171 W Cascade Ave, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-2631
(opens Sunday at 7am)

Three Creeks Brewing LLC
721 S Desperado Ct, Sisters, OR 97759
(541) 549-1963
(open Sunday until 9pm)

The Sisters CBC is a special circle: besides a downtown sector and an eastern 
agricultural sector, there are many forest sectors with roads into our National 
Forests, and one even bordering quite near the Three Sisters Wilderness 
boundary; also the meadows and property of Black Butte; also three Deschutes 
Land Trust preserves: Camp Polk Meadows, Indian Ford Meadows, and Whychus 
Canyon Preserve. 


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Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:44:43 -0800
Hi:

I tried to piece together the reportings for the three species of Shy
Albatross for CA , OR , and  WA and the other rare albatrosses accepted.  I
do not see in the CBRC the official acceptance of the Chatham's yet (it was
accepted in the salvini group),  but this is how it seems to fall:


WA:
 White-capped Albatross  ("collected" in 1951)
 White-capped Albatross on 1/22/2000

OR:

Wandering Albatross 9/13/08  ( this also was spotted far offshore CA,
outside the ABA area)
White-capped Albatross 10/5/96
White-capped Albatross 10/7/01

CA

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross  7/17/94
White-capped Albatross (shows rejected by CBRC, bird was seen by one person
from far away onshore)  5/28/96
White-capped Albatross  (same bird on two dates 8/24/99 and 9/25/99)
Chatham Albatross (thought to be same bird, 7/29/00 , 9/10/00 and 7/27/01)
Salvin's Albatross  7/26/14


Howell thinks that maybe the Washington, Oregon birds and the CA 1999
White-capped may all be same bird. AK has a Salvin's. I could not find a
Shy spotted off BC.


Bob Archer
PDX





On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM, Shawneen Finnegan <
shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Yesterday when I posted my comment I was rushing out the door and didn’t
> outwardly say they birds in Oregon were White-capped as I had intended. My
> bad.
>
> Dave Irons attempted to answer the question more thoroughly but he hit the
> wrong key and only sent it to me :-)
>
> Below is the comment he had intended to send to OBOL.
>
> Shawneen
>
>
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 12:48 AM, David Irons  wrote:
>
> John,
>
> The "Shy" Albatrosses recorded off of Oregon fall under the confusing
> umbrella of "White-capped." In the recently published "Rare Birds of North
> America" (Howell et al. 2014), Steve Howell refers to two forms of
> White-capped Albatross -- "Auckland Shy Albatross" and "Tasmanian Shy
> Albatross," which further confuses an already confusing taxonomy.
>
> For now, there are three recognized species as described below by
> Shawneen. If you saw one or both of the Oregon birds, you can add
> White-capped Albatross to your life list (in pencil).
>
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:34:28 -0800
When I looked at Beverly's photos I wondered whether the apparent "tuft"
wasn't a cattail (or something) BEHIND the bird's head.  I almost think I
can see the normal contour of the bird's head in the foreground, with the
tuft behind it.

Hmmmm

Paul Sullivan

------------------------------------
Subject: Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 2:31 am
From: llsdirons AT msn.com
Bev,



After looking at the photos just on my phone, I was a bit surprised that no
one had offered an opinion on this bird. Having now looked at the images on
my home computer, I understand why.



The most confounding thing about this photo is the stick/dried reed that
appears to almost be passing through the bird's head in three of the four
images. In the only image where it doesn't the bird seems to have a rather
odd tuft of feathers below what appears to be a big notch in the nape. The
shape and position of the tuft is not what it should be on either a Tufted
Duck or a Tufted Duck X scaup hybrid (an increasingly common cross). Also,
everything else about this bird seems to fit a male Lesser Scaup that is
just finishing its prebasic molt (still some brown feathers along the
flank). Aside from the possible tuft, I don't see any other aspects of this
bird that seem intermediate.

...

I have to wonder if this bird, which appears to be a Lesser Scaup, has just
suffered some sort of head injury that created the indentation on the top of
the nape and the odd tuft of feathers sticking out part way down the nape.

...


Dave Irons

Portland, OR
-----------------------------------


Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:16:36 -0800

Subject: [obol] Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?

From: mapsout AT comcast.net

To: obol AT freelists.org



Hi all,

This duck was at Vanport Wetlands this morning in Portland.  What do you
think this is?  A hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup or a female Tufted Duck or
neither?

He/she was out in the middle right in a grass clump with a bunch of other
ducks looking from the signage area.

There are 4 pictures on the Flickr photostream -

https://flic.kr/p/q9aqN6

https://flic.kr/p/q98TFa

https://flic.kr/p/q92GJd

https://flic.kr/p/q92GVq

...
Thanks, Beverly 



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Subject: Ukiah (Umatilla County) Pinyon Jays
From: Bill Bradford <billbradford1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:39:20 -0800
On Sunday afternoon we came across a flock of PINYON JAYS on Albee Road
near Ukiah. We'd read about of couple of first-ever Pinyon Jays showing up
in Umatilla County a few weeks ago, but never thought we'd be lucky enough
to see them, much less a flock. The birds were on Albee Road right at the
two mile marker. They were working the Ponderosas on both sides of the
road, and were quite vocal as the group flew from one tree to the next.  At
one point the flock flew over our heads and we counted 32 birds, but it's
probable that we missed a few.

We put up a 2-second video of a group of the birds in flight:
http://youtu.be/gjjRvN7kiY8
Some lousy photos are included in the eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20921616

Other good birds near Ukiah included a flock of nine AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS
on Mossie Rd, .3 of a mile from Camas St/Soap Hill Rd. They were in a bush
right next to the road. We don't see Tree Sparrows every winter (and it's
only Lora's third sighting), so were thrilled to get such good looks in in
Ukiah.

Bill Bradford & Lora Minty
Portland
Subject: Tree Sparrow - Dawson Creek Park
From: Steve Nord <stevernord AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:45:03 -0800
OBOL;

There is an American Tree Sparrow in the landscaping by the bike racks
behind the library at Dawson Creek. Same area last year's Rusty Blackbird
frequented.

Good Birding
Steve Nord
Beaverton OR
Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:33:06 -0800
Yesterday when I posted my comment I was rushing out the door and didnt 
outwardly say they birds in Oregon were White-capped as I had intended. My bad. 


Dave Irons attempted to answer the question more thoroughly but he hit the 
wrong key and only sent it to me :-) 


Below is the comment he had intended to send to OBOL.

Shawneen 



> On Dec 16, 2014, at 12:48 AM, David Irons  wrote:
> 
> John,
> 
> The "Shy" Albatrosses recorded off of Oregon fall under the confusing 
umbrella of "White-capped." In the recently published "Rare Birds of North 
America" (Howell et al. 2014), Steve Howell refers to two forms of White-capped 
Albatross -- "Auckland Shy Albatross" and "Tasmanian Shy Albatross," which 
further confuses an already confusing taxonomy. 

> 
> For now, there are three recognized species as described below by Shawneen. 
If you saw one or both of the Oregon birds, you can add White-capped Albatross 
to your life list (in pencil). 

> 
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR
Subject: Please post on obol - thank you!
From: "Hawes, Susan" <Susan.Hawes AT portlandoregon.gov>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:25:02 +0000
Calling all Birders! Powell Butte Volunteer Bird Survey Training
Saturday, January 24 2015
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Survey details: Survey runs from February 1 - March 31, 2015. Participants 
survey their 2-3 points 1x per week. 

Directions: Meet at the Powell Butte Visitor's Center in the main parking lot 
(bathrooms available). Take SE 162nd south from Powell Blvd. and up the hill to 
the parking area. 

Bring: yourself, donned with warm clothes (hats, gloves and raingear) and a 
water bottle 

We will provide: coffee/tea & cream, morning treats and/or KIND granola bars
Be ready to: learn about the results/analysis of the last three years of survey 
data, turn in/fill out paperwork, describe your favorite bird (bring a photo or 
recording of its call and tell us why it's your favorite), look over the survey 
protocol and datasheets, and hike out to your assigned points. We'll spend one 
hour indoors in the Visitor's Center, and then the second hour choosing survey 
points and hiking out to them so that you know where they are. 

Requirements: This training focuses on the survey protocol and goals only; it 
is not a training to learn bird identification. We ask that volunteers have at 
least intermediate birding skills. 

Please RSVP for the training or to participate in the survey: 
susan.hawes AT portlandoregon.gov, 
503.823.6131. 




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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Subject: Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy
From: "Tim Janzen" <tjanzen AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:55:32 -0800
Dear John and Bob,

The 1996 bird was definitely a White-capped Albatross. I can't say for sure 
whether it was a Tasmanian or an Auckland White-capped. A number of us took 
photos of that bird so further review of the photos might help us determine it 
if was a Tasmanian or an Auckland White-capped. Howell's book indicates that it 
can be very tough to separate Tasmanian from Auckland White-cappeds. The bird 
we saw in 1996 was seemingly transitioning from juvenile to sub-adult plumage. 
Howell mentions that some adult Tasmanians have obvious yellow on the basal 
third of the culmen whereas adult Aucklands don't have yellow there. As I 
recall the bird we saw in 1996 didn't have yellow on the basal third of the 
culmen, but since it wasn't an adult it might not have shown that field mark 
even it if was a Tasmanian. Howell speculates that the bird we saw in 1996 may 
have been the same bird (an adult Tasmanian) that was seen off California in 
1999. That could be true. 


Sincerely,

Tim Janzen

 

From: obol-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of 
Bob Archer 

Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:54 AM
To: OBOL
Subject: [obol] Re: RFI: albatross taxonomy

 

I think the 1996 bird was not named to subspecies and the other was Tasmanian. 
This according to a what I recall in Howell's book. All four have been found in 
North America however. So I am not sure why the ABA added only two of them and 
I assume the two new ones match up with the criteria for the birds in Howell? 


Does not make sense to me on the surface.  WIll dig into it tonight.

 

Bob Archer

PDX

 

 

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM, John Rakestraw  
wrote: 


The current ABA checklist has split Shy Albatross. What is the new species name 
for the formerly shy birds seen in Oregon? White-capped? 


Cheers, 

John Rakestraw



-- 

John Rakestraw

Portland, OR

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Subject: Re: Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:31:14 +0000
Bev,

After looking at the photos just on my phone, I was a bit surprised that no one 
had offered an opinion on this bird. Having now looked at the images on my home 
computer, I understand why. 


The most confounding thing about this photo is the stick/dried reed that 
appears to almost be passing through the bird's head in three of the four 
images. In the only image where it doesn't the bird seems to have a rather odd 
tuft of feathers below what appears to be a big notch in the nape. The shape 
and position of the tuft is not what it should be on either a Tufted Duck or a 
Tufted Duck X scaup hybrid (an increasingly common cross). Also, everything 
else about this bird seems to fit a male Lesser Scaup that is just finishing 
its prebasic molt (still some brown feathers along the flank). Aside from the 
possible tuft, I don't see any other aspects of this bird that seem 
intermediate. 


The pale gray flank and similar back panel color (at least most of it) are just 
right for a scaup. Male Tufted Ducks have a black back panel, which tends to be 
manifested as at least dark back panel on hybrids. Your bird is darker on the 
lower back, but the upper back looks normal for a scaup. Also, on male Tufted 
Duck X Scaup hybrids the flanks are usually at least noticeably paler than they 
would be on a scaup and in many cases males of this cross show flanks that are 
pure white or nearly so, just like a typical male Tufted Duck. Hybrids usually 
show an abbreviated tuft right at the transition of the hindcrown (horizontal 
plane) and the nape (vertical plane). Occasionally, as evidenced in one of the 
images at the links listed below, hybrids can show no obvious tuft. 


I have to wonder if this bird, which appears to be a Lesser Scaup, has just 
suffered some sort of head injury that created the indentation on the top of 
the nape and the odd tuft of feathers sticking out part way down the nape. 


I went online and found a number of images of Tufted Duck X Scaup in various 
plumages. This should provide a good basis of comparison with your bird. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/69317752 AT N02/12028661184/

http://www.pbase.com/image/92652395


http://grcforum.blogspot.com/2011/03/wing-pattern-of-lesser-scaup-and-scaup.html 


http://www.pbase.com/cplummer/image/89614691

http://www.oceanwanderers.com/Aythyahybrid.html

Dave Irons
Portland, OR 

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:16:36 -0800
Subject: [obol] Need ID: Tufted Duck female or Hybrid?
From: mapsout AT comcast.net
To: obol AT freelists.org

Hi all,
This duck was at Vanport Wetlands this morning in Portland. What do you think 
this is? A hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup or a female Tufted Duck or neither? 

He/she was out in the middle right in a grass clump with a bunch of other ducks 
looking from the signage area. 

There are 4 pictures on the Flickr photostream -
https://flic.kr/p/q9aqN6
https://flic.kr/p/q98TFa
https://flic.kr/p/q92GJd
https://flic.kr/p/q92GVq

Also there was a Swamp Sparrow along the hedge area!
Thanks, Beverly 		 	   		  
Subject: Sauvie Island CBC coming right up!
From: pppahooie AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:24:07 +0000 (UTC)

The Sauvie Island CBC will be this Sunday, December 21st. 

Volunteers are welcome. 

  

The folks on the Oregon side of the count will start and end our day at the 
Lighthouse Inn 


10808 NW Saint Helens Road (Highway 30) 

Linnton (The last community before you get to Sauvie Island) 

  

Morning 7:00   The Lighthouse will open early and have coffee & muffins.  
($2-$5  donation suggested) 




Evening 4:30    

  

  

For the Oregon side of the count, please contact: 

Karen Bachman 

(503) 289-3605 (home), (503) 802-2057 (work), (971)207-7754 (cell) 

pppahooie AT comcast.net or karen.bachman AT tonkon.com 

  

For the Washington side of the count, please contact: 

Scott Carpenter 

(503) 753-1267 

slcarpenter AT gmail.com .  

  

Happy Birding! 
Subject: Thank you! (Trip report)
From: James Cleaver <james.d.cleaver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:23:45 -0800
Hi all,
First, thank you so very much to all those who responded to my request last
week. We had a very successful trip, with a total of 79+ species, 5 life
birds for me, and 9 life birds for my co-birder.

Our first stop Sunday morning was at the Acorn Woodpecker colony at the
Evergreen Air and Space Museum. We then had no trouble locating the Bean
Goose about noon at the same spot at Nestucca Bay NWR. We then went to
Boiler Bay and got Ancient Murrelets, among other things. Our next stop was
at the South jetty area in Newport where we found a very accommodating
Wrentit in the bushes along the trail to the South. Monday morning we tried
a number of places for various birds, found a gorgeous Red - shouldered
Hawk Southeast of Lincoln city, and then we ended up on Fenk Rd. West of
Tillamook where we found three White-tailed Kites. Then we found two Rock
Sandpipers on the North Tillamook jetty hanging out with a Surfbird and
Black Turnstones.

The only real disappointment of the trip was searching Monday afternoon in
Astoria for over an hour for the Tropical Kingbird without success. A very
tame Townsends Warbler and an all white Junco around the blocks were
consolations.

Will definitely be back for more another day.

James Cleaver
Richland, WA
Subject: Re: snowys
From: Karen Saxton <kcsaxton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:48:18 -0800
Southern oregon coast - coos bay area.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM, Michael Medina <802redwood AT gmail.com>
wrote:
>
> From where?  Seems Fern Ridge in Veneta is the best guarantee.
>
>
> On Mon Dec 15 2014 at 8:27:17 PM Karen Saxton  wrote:
>
>> Hitting the road to portland tomorrow and want feedback on any snowy owls
>> anyone has seen. Thanks in advance!
>>
>