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2 Oct The 100 club in Texas [BILL ROSIE ]
01 Oct Merlin season [Pamela K Johnston ]
1 Oct OLD NEWS . . . Sauvie Island Shorebirds - No Scope No Hope [Jack Williamson ]
1 Oct Coos/Curry of Late [Tim Rodenkirk ]
1 Oct Lots of geese [Bobbett Pierce ]
1 Oct Sharp-tailed Sandpiper @ Fern Ridge Fisher Unit ["John Sullivan" ]
1 Oct Photos: Cedar Waxwing, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron Flying [Jim Leonard ]
1 Oct Jo Co Willow Flycatcher ["Dennis Vroman" ]
01 Oct Necanicum Willet - 10/1/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
1 Oct Sandy river delta hermit warbler and more. [Brad vrilakas ]
1 Oct Black-throated Blue photo [Zia Fukuda ]
1 Oct Fwd: Clark's Grebe and Common Tern, Broughton Beach, PDX [Beverly Hallberg ]
1 Oct 200! [Ray ]
1 Oct Curry Coast October 10, 11, and 12. [James Billstine ]
01 Oct Fwd: [Tweeters] Personal Mission Accomplished: 200 X 39 - With Thanks to Many... [Mike & MerryLynn ]
30 Sep Bill Price [Frank Isaacs ]
30 Sep county listing in other states ["Paul Sullivan" ]
30 Sep county listing in other states ["Paul Sullivan" ]
30 Sep Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county [Romain Cooper ]
30 Sep Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county [Stefan Schlick ]
30 Sep JoCo Race to 200! [Russ Namitz ]
30 Sep Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county [Jay Withgott ]
30 Sep Gulls and Terns Coos 9/30/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
30 Sep Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county ["Paul Sullivan" ]
30 Sep Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county ["Paul Sullivan" ]
30 Sep Smith-Bybee Franklin's Gull continues [Andy Frank ]
30 Sep video goldfinches and downy woodpecker [Stephanie Hazen ]
30 Sep Photos: Newport Long-Tailed Duck Summer 2014 [Molly Sultany ]
1 Oct Fw: Fogarty surprises 9-30-2014 (Lincoln County) ["dawn v" ]
30 Sep Little Gull Tues AM - Nope [Noah Strycker ]
30 Sep Sauvie Island - Last Day [Donald Coggswell ]
30 Sep PHOTOS: waxwings and longspurs [Mike Patterson ]
30 Sep Willet on Necanicum Estuary [David Bailey ]
30 Sep JoCo Clay-colored Sparrow - NO [Russ Namitz ]
30 Sep Tule White-fronted Goose ["John Sullivan" ]
30 Sep Hunting at TR NWR [clay crofton ]
30 Sep Birders helping to support NWRs through duck stamp program [Joel Geier ]
30 Sep Re: White-fronts heading the wrong direction [David Irons ]
30 Sep Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice [David Irons ]
29 Sep Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge ["Tom Crabtree" ]
29 Sep Re: White-fronts heading the wrong direction [Alan Contreras ]
29 Sep White-fronts heading the wrong direction [Noah Strycker ]
29 Sep Cacklers in passage [J Hayes ]
29 Sep Little Gull Monday [paultsullivan ]
29 Sep Eugene White-fronts [Alan Contreras ]
30 Sep Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge ["dawn v" ]
29 Sep Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice ["Hemstrom, William" ]
30 Sep Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge ["dawn v" ]
29 Sep Re: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening [Jeff Gilligan ]
29 Sep Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge [Michael Medina ]
29 Sep Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge [GreatSkua ]
29 Sep Smith-Bybee today- nothing exciting [Andy Frank ]
29 Sep Re: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties [Nels Nelson ]
29 Sep Ankeny White-Fronts. And then there were ten. [Roy Gerig ]
29 Sep Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge [Pamela K Johnston ]
29 Sep Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice [Noah Strycker ]
29 Sep Re: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening [Jack Williamson ]
29 Sep wf geese over Eugene [Alan Contreras ]
29 Sep Re: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening [Lars Per Norgren ]
29 Sep PEWEE EATS ONE FOR OUR SIDE [Harry Fuller ]
29 Sep Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening [David Irons ]
29 Sep Shift of Season [John Thomas ]
29 Sep Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge [Marlowe Kissinger ]
29 Sep Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice [Hendrik Herlyn ]
29 Sep Aleutian Cackling Geese Migrating South Over South Beach (Lincoln Co.) [Range Bayer ]
29 Sep Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice ["Hemstrom, William" ]
29 Sep Sisters Williamson's and Red-breasted Sapsucker (Deschutes Co) [Stefan Schlick ]
29 Sep Another new yardbird! ["L Markoff" ]
29 Sep *Re: Re: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties [Range Bayer ]
29 Sep Re: Clark's Grebe and Common Tern, Broughton Beach, PDX [David Irons ]
29 Sep Harney Blackpoll [Tim Blount ]
29 Sep Re: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties [Wayne Hoffman ]
29 Sep Fern Ridge Am. Golden Plover [Sylvia Maulding ]
29 Sep Re: Empidonax Flycatcher in SW Portland [Hendrik Herlyn ]
29 Sep Sturgeon Lake shorebirds, Sauvie Island [Wink Gross ]
29 Sep Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties [Jay Withgott ]

Subject: The 100 club in Texas
From: BILL ROSIE <watice AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 04:08:50 +0000
When Paul mentioned the county listers in Minnesota, I was reminded of a 
conversation I had with a birder who said there are 100 counties in Texas, 
making an interesting feat do see 100 in each of the 100 counties. I suspect it 
would take more than a year or two to accomplish such a feat. He thought there 
was an actual club of birders called the 100/100 club. Does anyone know if this 
is so? 


Bill Tice: Birding - The best excuse for getting outdoors, and avoiding chores. 
Subject: Merlin season
From: Pamela K Johnston <pamelaj AT spiritone.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:14:47 -0700
This morning in Yamhill I saw a Merlin fly to a tree on Olive St. If Trask 
Colby reads this, it was near the spot where we saw one while well outside the 
circle of the Forest Grove CBC. 


Later on Pike Rd I saw a small flock of Barn Swallows and a few vultures. It's 
not over. 


Pamela 
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Subject: OLD NEWS . . . Sauvie Island Shorebirds - No Scope No Hope
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:45:25 -0700
I was ill-equipped (carrying only a medium-size lens and bins) for the task
of trying to repeat the experiences of Steve Nord, Jay Withgott, and the
many other birders that followed their lead chasing shorebirds on Sauvie
Island last week.

Not all was lost though - I enjoyed good views of three Merlin harassing
all birds larger than themselves, one member of the family Tytonidae
perched alone in a quiet space, and sharing notes with fellow birder Linda
Phelan Tompson.

It's always a plus when you have a chance to put a face together with a
name you're familiar with from a list-serve.

Five photos:


http://www.jack-n-jill.net/blog/2014/10/sauvie-island-shorebirds-no-scope-no-hope 


-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Coos/Curry of Late
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:20:50 -0700
Knute Andersson had 3 PALM WARBLERS at his place SW of Langlois, Curry on
30 Sep.

Also yesterday there was a WILLET at Bandon Marsh with the same birds from
last weekend.  Also, at Floras Lake I had a fly-over LAPLAND LONGSPUR and
20 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

Working out on the north spit today I heard the Elegant Terns, nice to have
them into October!

Merry migration,
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Lots of geese
From: Bobbett Pierce <ensatina3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:11:52 -0400
lots of geeseBobbett Pierce 9:10 PM To: obolGorgeous walk on the CrownZ Trail 
in the Scappoose lowlands this evening, and we were the only ones there. This 
had the mallards, and green-wing teals very close in the wetlands, and we 
surprised between 250-300 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. They were in the far marsh with 
the duck blind where usually waterfowl don't fly up because of the distance, 
but these birds did. They gave us great views of them, and they settled back 
down nearby. On our walk back out, we could hear a large number of cacklers 
rising up, out of sight. It wasn't long before they were flying low over us -- 
I estimate 5,000. Quite a spectacle. A few white-fronted were with them, as 
well. They settled down in a large field just to the north of the trail.Lona 
PierceColumbia County 
Subject: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper @ Fern Ridge Fisher Unit
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:00:34 -0700
In the southwest corner of the observation platform pond, looking at it now 
from the south end of the west dike looking east. 15 Pectoral Sandpipers in the 
area. Nice light, but too far for a decent photo. 


John Sullivan
Springfield, OR

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Subject: Photos: Cedar Waxwing, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron Flying
From: Jim Leonard <photojleonard AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:06:09 -0700
I went to Baskett Slough NWR this morning and had fun photographing
birds!!  All photos were taken out my pickup window parked on the road.  I
was watching a Great Blue Heron in a field waiting for it to catch some
food when the Ring-necked Pheasant walked right by my truck.  Click on link
below for photos.  Happy Birding, Jim Leonard.





https://plus.google.com/photos/108302360004365615395/albums/6065371191661353921?authkey=CLvYx73U6fbytwE 
Subject: Jo Co Willow Flycatcher
From: "Dennis Vroman" <dpvroman AT budget.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:55:10 -0700
Appears that at least one WILLOW FLYCATCHER is still hanging around the western 
Rogue Valley. One seen today (10-01-2014) at the location east of the Grants 
Pass Grange Co-op (the Clay-colored Sparrow spot; no sign of it). 


Dennis (north of Grants Pass)
Subject: Necanicum Willet - 10/1/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:48:47 -0700
The WILLET reported yesterday on the Necanicum Estuary yesterday
was still present today.  This is most probably the same bird that
was reported to eBird by Dan van den Broek and others on 9/20/2014.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/sets/72157648205484226/

I should note that I can count the number of Willets I've seen in
Clatsop County on one hand.  One might think they'd be more regular in
Clatsop County given that they winter in fair numbers at Tokeland, WA,
a short 75km to the north.  Chalk it up to site fidelity.

Also on the Necanicum to day were GREAT EGRET, WILSON'S SNIPE and
a funny looking HORNED GREBE.

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



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Subject: Sandy river delta hermit warbler and more.
From: Brad vrilakas <vrilakas AT hevanet.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:34:12 -0700
Birded the delta this morning, very summer meets winter mix of birds! Five 
species of warblers including a HERMIT WARBLER, many BLACK THROATED GREY and 
COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, a few YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. 
Also WHITE FRONTED GEESE, FOX SPARROWS, many GOLDEN CROWNED and RUBY CROWNED 
KINGLETS and many GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS with a few WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS. 
Lots of other stuff too, full report on ebird. 

Like to add my congrats to Paul!
Brad.

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Subject: Black-throated Blue photo
From: Zia Fukuda <zialeefukuda AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:37:09 -0700
Apparently you can recover photos you stupidly, and accidentally deleted
from your camera.


https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101638534116406&id=11522678&set=a.10100364085681286.2509255.11522678&source=43 
Subject: Fwd: Clark's Grebe and Common Tern, Broughton Beach, PDX
From: Beverly Hallberg <mapsout AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:44:08 -0700
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Irons 
Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM
Subject: RE: [obol] Clark's Grebe and Common Tern, Broughton Beach, PDX
To: "mapsout AT comcast.net" 


Greetings All,

I apologize for the incorrect conclusion that I offered on Beverly's grebe
after only looking at the photo on my phone. I had intended to take another
look at this photo on my computer when I got home from work and forgot to
do so. On my phone it looked like the eye was surrounded by dark
feathering, which clearly isn't the case when I look at a larger version of
the image on my computer monitor.

After looking at the bird more, I think it is a hybrid Western Grebe X
Clark's Grebe. In addition to the eye being totally surrounded by white
feathering (not really the case here), pure Clark's are also noticeably
paler on the flanks than a Western, they show a more yellow-orange bill (a
la an adult Western Gull) and the black along the hind neck is narrower
than it is in on a Western Grebe. The face pattern around the eye and the
bill color seem intermediate on this bird and the darkness of the flanks
and width of black on the hind neck seem more like what is shown by a
Western Grebe. Hybrids typically show an ambiguous dark/light pattern
around the eye, which this bird shows.

Dave Irons


------------------------------
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:21:16 -0700
Subject: [obol] Clark's Grebe and Common Tern, Broughton Beach, PDX
From: mapsout AT comcast.net
To: obol AT freelists.org


I was taking pictures of the Western Grebes at Broughton just on the water
near the sandbar with the gulls this morning around 11:30 am and spotted a
Clark's Grebe - unless you think this is a hybrid.  The photo is bad - the
bill is definitely more yellow compared to the dusky green bills on the
others.  Plus there is the white patch above the eye.  But I'm not seeing
any lighter flanks.  One Common Tern continues to fly back and forth near
the gulls.
Photos on flickr:
https://flic.kr/p/paVtkK
https://flic.kr/p/psnJqm

Beverly Hallberg
Subject: 200!
From: Ray <rkorpi AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:01:36 -0700
My congrats to Paul as well. I have been going through my records, trying to 
resurrect some of my lists, and the sheer magnitude of the effort to do that 
shows what effort is needed just to keep track of it all. 


One of my fondest pieces of paper is a list from the Port Orford Christmas 
Count, jan 1 1994, written on hotel stationery. A wonderful day with Paul among 
others in the field-- 

RK

Ray Korpi

rkorpi AT hotmail.com

Vancouver WA
 		 	   		  
Subject: Curry Coast October 10, 11, and 12.
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:40:42 -0700
I am planning on birding Curry County on October 10th, 11th, and 12th. If
anyone will be in the area and would like to join me email me and we can
plan some birding!
Subject: Fwd: [Tweeters] Personal Mission Accomplished: 200 X 39 - With Thanks to Many...
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:37:55 -0700
Congratulations Paul - just amazing that you and Tom reached this goal 
the same week!



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[Tweeters] Personal Mission Accomplished: 200 X 39 - With 
Thanks to Many...
Date: 	Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:28:42 -0400
From: 	Tom Mansfield 
To: 	Tweeters (tweeters AT u.washington.edu) , 
inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu 



Hey Tweets and Inlanders -- Yesterday (9/27/14) was a very special day 
for me in that my quest to be the first person to see 200 species of 
birds in every one of Washington's 39 counties reached its successful 
conclusion on White's Island in the Columbia, upriver from Cathlamet in 
Wahkiakum County.  Horned Lark, of the rare streaked subspecies, was the 
bird capping my 6-year mission that covered over 180,000 miles of 
driving, hundreds of hours of research/planning, and the pleasure of 
emailing, meeting and birding with many of you all over Washington.  And 
while not proud of my carbon footprint, I can say with certainty I made 
a six-figure contribution to the state's economy -- much of it in small, 
out of the way places.

Your posts to Tweeters, Inland Northwest, BirdYak, BirdKitt, 
WhatcomBirds, LCBirds, Admiralty Audubon, San Juan Audubon Facebook, and 
eBird have all contributed so significantly to the success of this 
personal mission.  And while I wished that I could have chartered a 
larger boat yesterday so that more could have been along for the final 
push (space was so limited the leader, Wahkiakum expert/naturalist 
Andrew Emlen, came by kayak -- his preferred mode anyway), I was honored 
to be joined by Andy and Ellen Stepniewski (luckily for me, the first 
birders I ever met when I started birding in 2006), Mike and MerryLynn 
Denny (incredibly skilled and knowledgeable about birds and our natural 
surroundings ), and MaryFrances Mathis and Matt Bartels (my first 
"regular" birding buddies who got me started at Marymoor, helped me get 
a list going, made countless trips/chases with me, taught me so much).  
My true mentor and the Godfather of Washington County Listing, Ken 
Knittle, was unable to make the assault on White's, a dredge spoils 
island with no dock or improvements, but he was waiting for us when we 
landed back at the Cathlamet Marina and after a celebratory picnic, 
joined us birding the remainder of the beautiful day in Wahkiakum.

To all who so willing shared their tips, experience, and knowledge -- 
many, many thanks. *The Washington County Listing gauntlet has been 
thrown down!* There are some outstanding young birders (and many not so 
young) who can take the threshold higher than 200 in every county.  I 
hope you do -- because we will all learn more about the birds of 
Washington from your efforts along the way.  Just beware:  The listing 
bug's bite can change your life forever!

Tom Mansfield headed home to Seattle -- but still county listing on the 
way...


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Subject: Bill Price
From: Frank Isaacs <fbisaacs AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:29:52 -0700
My close friend Bill Price died suddenly today. He was 70 years young and 
participated fully in all kinds of outdoor activities with youthful energy and 
enthusiasm. He made outstanding contributions to natural history research and 
education in Oregon and nationally. Just yesterday we talked at length on how 
to improve the Oregon golden eagle nest monitoring project that he contributed 
to immensely the past four years. We have lost a dedicated champion of the 
wild, tireless seeker of truth, and sincere and compassionate friend. 


Ill provide details on memorial opportunities as they develop. If you feel 
like writing a Bill story, send it to me and Ill see that it becomes part of a 
memorial collection. 

- Frank
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Oregon Eagle Foundation, Inc.
24178 Cardwell Hill Drive
Philomath, OR 97370-9735
541-929-7154
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Subject: county listing in other states
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:01:47 -0700
Stefan mentions county listing in Minnesota.  I keep track of birding there.
They have 82 counties, mostly small.  Yet they have 3 people who have
reached the 200-in-every-county benchmark.

 

Consider working toward that level in every slice of Oregon that has 20
townships - it's like doing it 20 times in each National Forest of Oregon.

 

Good birding, even if you don't keep any list,

 

Paul Sullivan

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

Subject: Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county

Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 22:39 pm

From: greenfant AT hotmail.com

 

Paul, congratulations on this great achievement! Nobody is even close in OR.
Has anyone else even reached 150 yet? Btw, the OR listing results are here:
http://www.orbirds.org/listing...

 

Just for reference, Tom Mansfield is about to crack the 200 barrier in WA
any day now (last I heard he was 1 short in Wahkiacum). A few folks in WA
have reached 175. The WA listing results can be found here:
http://www.wabirder.com/online...

 

If you think you are nuts, Paul, look at CA. The county birder page with
those neat maps is here: http://www.sterlingbirds.com/c... John Luther was
at 232 by beginning of the year ...

 

County birding seems to be particular popular on the West Coast, largely
since there is a "manageable" number of counties. Look at TX for example,
where there are 254 counties. County birding from hell, I would say. Even
for Paul ... :-) Other states like AZ only have 15 counties. There it is
probably less interesting to take the 100-a-county challenge.

 

A few other states like MN (http://moumn.org/cgi-bin/countylist.pl?op=cunty)
and FL (http://www.flcountylisting.com...) also do it. There are likely many
more that I'm not aware. Maybe this is an appeal for Paul to do a write-up
for Oregon Birds. :-]

 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR

 
Subject: county listing in other states
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:01:47 -0700
Stefan mentions county listing in Minnesota.  I keep track of birding there.
They have 82 counties, mostly small.  Yet they have 3 people who have
reached the 200-in-every-county benchmark.

 

Consider working toward that level in every slice of Oregon that has 20
townships - it's like doing it 20 times in each National Forest of Oregon.

 

Good birding, even if you don't keep any list,

 

Paul Sullivan

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

Subject: Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county

Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 22:39 pm

From: greenfant AT hotmail.com

 

Paul, congratulations on this great achievement! Nobody is even close in OR.
Has anyone else even reached 150 yet? Btw, the OR listing results are here:
http://www.orbirds.org/listing...

 

Just for reference, Tom Mansfield is about to crack the 200 barrier in WA
any day now (last I heard he was 1 short in Wahkiacum). A few folks in WA
have reached 175. The WA listing results can be found here:
http://www.wabirder.com/online...

 

If you think you are nuts, Paul, look at CA. The county birder page with
those neat maps is here: http://www.sterlingbirds.com/c... John Luther was
at 232 by beginning of the year ...

 

County birding seems to be particular popular on the West Coast, largely
since there is a "manageable" number of counties. Look at TX for example,
where there are 254 counties. County birding from hell, I would say. Even
for Paul ... :-) Other states like AZ only have 15 counties. There it is
probably less interesting to take the 100-a-county challenge.

 

A few other states like MN (http://moumn.org/cgi-bin/countylist.pl?op=cunty)
and FL (http://www.flcountylisting.com...) also do it. There are likely many
more that I'm not aware. Maybe this is an appeal for Paul to do a write-up
for Oregon Birds. :-]

 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR

 
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Subject: Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:00:07 -0700
Congratulations, Paul !

My only regret is that I'm sure we'll see a tiny bit less of Paul in 
Josephine County from now on out.  Paul was one of the most active 
birders in the county for the past half year which is saying 
something considering he lives on the other end of the state.

And what does this say for his nemesis county, Josephine?  It's a 
wonderful, beautiful county with a botany (& ecology) of national 
significance, so there !

Romain



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



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Subject: Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:38:45 -0400
Paul, congratulations on this great achievement! Nobody is even close in OR. 
Has anyone else even reached 150 yet? Btw, the OR listing results are here: 
http://www.orbirds.org/listing.html. 

Just for reference, Tom Mansfield is about to crack the 200 barrier in WA any 
day now (last I heard he was 1 short in Wahkiacum). A few folks in WA have 
reached 175. The WA listing results can be found here: 
http://www.wabirder.com/online.html 

If you think you are nuts, Paul, look at CA. The county birder page with those 
neat maps is here: http://www.sterlingbirds.com/county_birders.htm. John Luther 
was at 232 by beginning of the year ... 

County birding seems to be particular popular on the West Coast, largely since 
there is a "manageable" number of counties. Look at TX for example, where there 
are 254 counties. County birding from hell, I would say. Even for Paul ... :-) 
Other states like AZ only have 15 counties. There it is probably less 
interesting to take the 100-a-county challenge. 

A few other states like MN (http://moumn.org/cgi-bin/countylist.pl?op=county) 
and FL (http://www.flcountylisting.com/) also do it. There are likely many more 
that I'm not aware. Maybe this is an appeal for Paul to do a write-up for 
Oregon Birds. :-] 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR
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birding-neoregon-group AT eou.edu 

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Subject: [obol] Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:41 -0700

In 1977, I noted Chestnut-backed Chickadees south of Florence on my first visit 
to Oregon, hitchhiking down the coast. In 1979 I settled in Wallowa County and, 
under the guidance of kindly Frank Conley, began birding. I found 100 new 
species that year. I was encouraged to keep notes, and in 1980 I began 
recording my daily sightings on 4 X 6 spiral notebooks. In 1985 I became 
friends with Martha Sawyer in Douglas County and Barb & Jerry Bellin in Marion 
County. I began to keep track of species by county. In 1988 I went back through 
my old notebooks and extracted lists for all the Oregon Counties Id visited. 
In 1992 I reached the goal of seeing 200 species in each of Oregons 6 coastal 
counties. In 1994 Donna Lusthoff and I became the sixth and seventh birders to 
tally 100 species in all 36 of Oregons counties. (There are now 16 people who 
have reached that goal. Carol Karlen did it in 2008.) In 1996 I surpassed 125 
species in all 36 counties; in 1997 I bumped that up to 150 species. In 2005 I 
reached 175 species in all 36 counties. No one else is this crazy. ;-) In 2004 
I went on a tear and tallied 100 species in all 36 counties in one year. In 
recent years Ive nibbled away at the under 200 counties until it came down 
to Josephine County in 2014. I began the year at 188 species. As of last week 
Id seen 198 species in the county. Two to go. Then on Sept 25 Dennis Vroman 
found a Clay-colored Sparrow and Russ Namitz found Pectoral Sandpiper and 
Blue-winged Teal in Josephine County. Carol & I drove down Saturday. On Sunday 
we spent 4 hours (morning & evening) at the location of the Clay-colored 
Sparrow with no luck. We visited Lake Selmac in the middle of the day and 
scoured the mudflats. We found two BLUE-WINGED TEAL (species #199). Back at our 
motel we got news the Russ had found a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Lapland 
Longspur at Lake Selmac late in the afternoon. So early on Monday morning we 
met Russ Namitz and Dennis Vroman at the SW corner of the lake. After a little 
searching we found the PECTORAL SANDPIPER (species #200 in Josephine, species 
7200 in the 36 counties). Phew!! GRINS ALL AROUND. Thanks, Russ & Dennis. 
Thanks too, to Romain Cooper and Christie Dunn. THANKS, Carol. Thanks to all 
the people along the way on this journey. We didnt add anything more in 
Josephine County on this trip, but we figured Agency Lake was on the way home 
from Grants Pass, so we went that way and saw the LITTLE GULL. (Klamath County 
bird #252) ;- ) Good birding, everyone, Paul Sullivan P.S. Future plans? No, 
Im not going for 225 in all the counties 
Subject: JoCo Race to 200!
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:58:56 -0700
Paul~
First of all, congratulations on all of your accomplishments! It was 
interesting to read a brief rundown of your birding history. I think most 
people would agree that you have been, and continue to be, a prominent figure 
in Oregon birding. Your comprehensive birding knowledge of each of the 36 
Oregon counties is arguably unparalleled, though some are close. 

My most recent sighting of a Lapland Longspur at Lake Selmac landed me at #199 
species for Josephine County and I feel a special kinship as we were working on 
the same goal. A tough feat, no doubt,but I couldn't be happier that you 
reached your goal when you did. 

Kudos, best wishes and I know I will see you and Carol in the field again soon.
Sincerely,Russ NamitzMedford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:44:10 -0700
CONGRATULATIONS, Paul!

200 species in every county is a VERY impressive feat. And of course, 
unprecedented. I have enjoyed vicariously following your progress toward this 
goal over the years. I remember your "100-species-in-every-county-in-one-year" 
feat in 2004 shortly after I moved to Oregon, and I've day-dreamed of trying to 
do the same but have never seemed to be able to put in the time or harness the 
dedication. Considering the challenge of finding even 150 or so birds over many 
years in counties like Gilliam, Sherman, and Josephine, I find it hard to even 
conceive of tallying 200 in all 36 counties. 


County-listing is a thoroughly engaging pursuit (addiction?). It has taken me 
into many fascinating nooks and crannies of Oregon -- wonderful pockets of 
habitat, both local and far-flung, that I might never otherwise have visited or 
known existed. I can only begin to imagine the fine-grained depth and detail of 
knowledge you have gained into Oregon's birding areas and the patterns of bird 
distribution across the length and breadth of this state. We can all continue 
to learn a great from you. Thank you for sharing your sightings and your 
experiences, and I promise I won't hold you to 225. 


Jay Withgott
Portland



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Subject: Gulls and Terns Coos 9/30/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:34:55 -0700
I was out on the north spit of Coos Bay this evening.  The old Weyco pond
had about 1,000 CA Gulls on or flying over when I was there.  The gulls fly
in from the ocean and either land or pause over the pond and then fly into
the bay. I have seen this numerous falls now. I think there was close to
10,000 gulls in the bay with this stream heading to and fro off the old
Weyco pond site.  The enitire bay is filled with gulls now, probably 80 to
90% CA Gulls. As I said, this is typical for this time of year.

Also in the bay were numerous ELEGANT TERNS. I know they have been
everywhere this year, but it may be a year we remember for decades? Anyhow,
there were at least 130 on pilings at the Empire Boat Ramp which all flew
at one point plus another 20 to 50 in the bay.  Getting late- all these
birds will probably be gone with in a week or less.

Merry October!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:41 -0700
In 1977, I noted Chestnut-backed Chickadees south of Florence on my first
visit to Oregon, hitchhiking down the coast.  

 

In 1979 I settled in Wallowa County and, under the guidance of kindly Frank
Conley, began birding.  I found 100 new species that year. I was encouraged
to keep notes, and in 1980 I began recording my daily sightings on 4" X 6"
spiral notebooks.  

 

In 1985 I became friends with Martha Sawyer in Douglas County and Barb &
Jerry Bellin in Marion County.  I began to keep track of species by county.
In 1988 I went back through my old notebooks and extracted lists for all the
Oregon Counties I'd visited.

 

In 1992 I reached the goal of seeing 200 species in each of Oregon's 6
coastal counties.

 

In 1994 Donna Lusthoff and I became the sixth and seventh birders to tally
100 species in all 36 of Oregon's counties.  (There are now 16 people who
have reached that goal. Carol Karlen did it in 2008.)

 

In 1996 I surpassed 125 species in all 36 counties; in 1997 I bumped that up
to 150 species.  In 2005 I reached 175 species in all 36 counties.  No one
else is this crazy.   ;-)

 

In 2004 I went on a tear and tallied 100 species in all 36 counties in one
year.

 

In recent years I've nibbled away at the "under 200" counties until it came
down to Josephine County in 2014. I began the year at 188 species.  As of
last week I'd seen 198 species in the county.  Two to go.

 

Then on Sept 25 Dennis Vroman found a Clay-colored Sparrow and  Russ Namitz
found Pectoral Sandpiper and Blue-winged Teal in Josephine County.  Carol &
I drove down Saturday.  On Sunday we spent 4 hours (morning & evening) at
the location of the Clay-colored Sparrow with no luck.  We visited Lake
Selmac in the middle of the day and scoured the mudflats.  We found two
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (species #199).  Back at our motel we got news the Russ had
found a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Lapland Longspur at Lake Selmac late in the
afternoon.

 

So early on Monday morning we met Russ Namitz and Dennis Vroman at the SW
corner of the lake.  After a little searching we found the PECTORAL
SANDPIPER (species #200 in Josephine, species 7200 in the 36 counties).
Phew!!  GRINS ALL AROUND.  

 

Thanks, Russ & Dennis.  Thanks too, to Romain Cooper and Christie Dunn.
THANKS, Carol.  Thanks to all the people along the way on this journey.

 

We didn't add anything more in Josephine County on this trip, but we figured
Agency Lake was on the way home from Grants Pass, so we went that way and
saw the LITTLE GULL. (Klamath County bird #252)   ;- )

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sullivan

 

P.S.  Future plans?  No, I'm not going for 225 in all the counties.
Subject: Goal met -- 200 species in every Oregon county
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:41 -0700
In 1977, I noted Chestnut-backed Chickadees south of Florence on my first
visit to Oregon, hitchhiking down the coast.  

 

In 1979 I settled in Wallowa County and, under the guidance of kindly Frank
Conley, began birding.  I found 100 new species that year. I was encouraged
to keep notes, and in 1980 I began recording my daily sightings on 4" X 6"
spiral notebooks.  

 

In 1985 I became friends with Martha Sawyer in Douglas County and Barb &
Jerry Bellin in Marion County.  I began to keep track of species by county.
In 1988 I went back through my old notebooks and extracted lists for all the
Oregon Counties I'd visited.

 

In 1992 I reached the goal of seeing 200 species in each of Oregon's 6
coastal counties.

 

In 1994 Donna Lusthoff and I became the sixth and seventh birders to tally
100 species in all 36 of Oregon's counties.  (There are now 16 people who
have reached that goal. Carol Karlen did it in 2008.)

 

In 1996 I surpassed 125 species in all 36 counties; in 1997 I bumped that up
to 150 species.  In 2005 I reached 175 species in all 36 counties.  No one
else is this crazy.   ;-)

 

In 2004 I went on a tear and tallied 100 species in all 36 counties in one
year.

 

In recent years I've nibbled away at the "under 200" counties until it came
down to Josephine County in 2014. I began the year at 188 species.  As of
last week I'd seen 198 species in the county.  Two to go.

 

Then on Sept 25 Dennis Vroman found a Clay-colored Sparrow and  Russ Namitz
found Pectoral Sandpiper and Blue-winged Teal in Josephine County.  Carol &
I drove down Saturday.  On Sunday we spent 4 hours (morning & evening) at
the location of the Clay-colored Sparrow with no luck.  We visited Lake
Selmac in the middle of the day and scoured the mudflats.  We found two
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (species #199).  Back at our motel we got news the Russ had
found a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Lapland Longspur at Lake Selmac late in the
afternoon.

 

So early on Monday morning we met Russ Namitz and Dennis Vroman at the SW
corner of the lake.  After a little searching we found the PECTORAL
SANDPIPER (species #200 in Josephine, species 7200 in the 36 counties).
Phew!!  GRINS ALL AROUND.  

 

Thanks, Russ & Dennis.  Thanks too, to Romain Cooper and Christie Dunn.
THANKS, Carol.  Thanks to all the people along the way on this journey.

 

We didn't add anything more in Josephine County on this trip, but we figured
Agency Lake was on the way home from Grants Pass, so we went that way and
saw the LITTLE GULL. (Klamath County bird #252)   ;- )

 

Good birding, everyone,

 

Paul Sullivan

 

P.S.  Future plans?  No, I'm not going for 225 in all the counties.
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Subject: Smith-Bybee Franklin's Gull continues
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:42:52 -0700
This afternoon a FRANKLIN'S GULL was on Bybee Lake (previous sightings were
all on Smith Lake).

Shorebird numbers remained low with small numbers of Least and Western
Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers and Killdeer and nothing else.  All the
shorebirds were seen from the Smith Lake canoe launch.

Andy Frank
Subject: video goldfinches and downy woodpecker
From: Stephanie Hazen <stephaniehazen17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:10:42 -0700
https://picasaweb.google.com/101700670573128910486/Obol9302014?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMuQioTapMfdeg&feat=directlink 


I took some still shots and some videos of a downy wood pecker feeding on 
sunflower heads. It did not seem to be eating the seeds. 


In one series of stills it looks like it is eating a white grub.

Also photos of goldfinches eating seeds from Hairy Evening Primrose. We planted 
a wildflower seed mix, not knowing what would 

come up. We were pleased to find that the goldfinches appreciate the fall seed 
heads. 


Stephanie Hazen
Ray Temple
Salem

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Subject: Photos: Newport Long-Tailed Duck Summer 2014
From: Molly Sultany <mollysultany AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:54:52 -0700
I saw a long-tailed duck at Yachats State Park on June, 20th, 2014. Photo
here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93963414 AT N06/14298911760/

On July 12th, a long-tailed duck was seen with a surf-scoter sitting on the
dock at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Photo here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/93963414 AT N06/14669237061/

~Molly Sultany
Portland, Or.
Subject: Fw: Fogarty surprises 9-30-2014 (Lincoln County)
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:39:38 +0200




Subject: Little Gull Tues AM - Nope
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:11:47 -0700
Hi birders,

I scoped from the Agency Lake Resort from 8:15 to 12:15 this morning,
joined by Cathy from Bend for a couple of hours, no dice. Only five
Bonaparte's used the roost spot, no Franklin's, and no Common Terns. But
there appeared to be dozens of Bonaparte's feeding way out on the middle of
the lake, in the shimmer zone, and I have a feeling that the Little Gull
was out there with them... so I wouldn't assume that it's gone.

I did see a very distant SABINE'S GULL, two SNOW GEESE, a MERLIN, and
thousands of other birds, so it was pleasant enough morning.

Good birding,

Noah Strycker
Subject: Sauvie Island - Last Day
From: Donald Coggswell <dcoggswell AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:04:33 -0700
Today, Sept. 30, last day to visit west side units on Sauvie Island Wildlife 
Area. Clarice Johnson and I tried The Narrows first but Sturgeon Lake was 
nearly empty of water. Apparently a combo of lowered Columbia River and low 
tide. The Wash had more action. Dwight, et al. told us Common Tern was in the 
area. Couple of hours later flew right to us for great looks. Franklin's Gull 
was resting on mudflat. Wink's youthful Snow Goose was wandering around on dry 
mud. Three Marbled Godwits were afar. Black-bellied Plovers, peeps & yellowlegs 
all stayed distant. Nice day to end a great month out there... 

 
 Don Coggswell 

 		 	   		  
Subject: PHOTOS: waxwings and longspurs
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:18:51 -0700
There were at least 8 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 15+ AMERICAN PIPITS
keeping a lonely BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER company at the South Jetty
of the Columbia River.

A sizable flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS were feasting on crabapples
at the Hammond Boat Basin.

No Elegant Tern since last Friday.

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



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Subject: Willet on Necanicum Estuary
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:40:34 -0700
3Steve Warner is watching a WILLET on the Necanicum Estuary just south of
the overlook west of the High school to about 15th St. (he just called).
Seaside: Clatsop Co.
30 Sept 2014

David C. Bailey
Subject: JoCo Clay-colored Sparrow - NO
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:50:54 -0700
Several people have looked for the Clay-colored Sparrow in Grants Pass without 
success. Dennis Vroman originally found this bird and informed by that this is 
only the 2nd county record. The 1st was also found by Dennis in June 8th, 1998 
as it was captured in a one of his mistnets. 

Two photos of this year's bird can be found here. 
https://picasaweb.google.com/113581614565937060167/JosephineCountyRareBirds# 

Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford, OR

 		 	   		  
Subject: Tule White-fronted Goose
From: "John Sullivan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "oropendolas@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:44:53 -0400
Two weeks ago on Sept 14, I reported a Greater White-fronted Goose at Fern 
Ridge with a neck collar to the banding lab. Last weekend, Sept 26 Barry 
McKenzie, Luke Ferrenburg and I saw the goose again in the same area. We talked 
with Wayne Morrow at the Fern Ridge Wildlife area HQ later that day. He asked 
if we'd heard about the Tule White-fronted Goose that had been seen on the 
refuge. We not only hadn't heard of it, but didn't know how we'd tell a Tule 
apart from any other White-front if we were to see one. Now, you probably have 
guessed.... Yes, the neck-collared bird I reported is the Tule White-fronted 
Goose! It was banded at Summer lake as an adult male in Sept 2013. I've since 
learned more about (Anser albifrons elgasi). 


* It is the least numerous subspecies of Greater White-fronted Goose with an 
estimated breeding population of less that 10,000 birds. 


* They breed in the upper Cook Inlet region of Southern Alaska and winter in 
California in the Sacramento Valley. 


* Difficult, but not impossible to separate in the field by larger size and 
darker brown coloration with less black "speckling" on the belly than other 
White-fronts. Very dark coloration of the thicker necks and bigger heads with 
longer and thicker bills. Some birds may show a thin orange eye-ring. 


This information and much more can be found on these links:

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=10377

http://www.cvbirds.org/CVBC_Bull/V.8no.1/V.8no.1pp1-7..pdf

http://www.cvbirds.org/CVBC_Bull/V.8no.1/V.8no.1pp8-15..pdf

Good Birding,

John Sullivan
Springfield, OR





 

Subject: Hunting at TR NWR
From: clay crofton <ruffledgrouch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:03:31 -0700
Yes, there is still substantial hunting near the main unit (Atfalati).
There are hunting clubs across the south boundary and west of Roy Rodgers
Road between the two properties that have been acquired (Tualatin River).
The Onion Flats Unit is also surrounded by hunting blinds on the private
properties.

I hear far less shooting in the area around the Riverboat Unit then at
Atfalati. Although I oppose hunting and fear that the program will expand
past a feel good *youth* program, it is an appropriate location.

Link to map of TR NWR.

http://www.fws.gov/tualatinriver/visit.html

-- 


*Happy birdingClay*
*The ​Boy W​*​*ho* *Cried Wrentit*
Subject: Birders helping to support NWRs through duck stamp program
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:17:42 -0700
Hi all,

As Dawn notes, many birders purchase duck stamps voluntarily to help
fund the National Wildlife Refuge system.

Now there is a way (via the American Birding Association) to have your
voluntary purchases counted:


http://blog.aba.org/2014/06/make-birders-count-buy-your-duck-stamp-through-the-aba.html 


I was very happy to hear about this opportunity via OBOL a couple of
months ago.

If you haven't yet bought your 2014 duck stamp, please take a look and
consider doing so today. The total cost ($15 plus about $5 for shipping
and handling) is less than you'd spend on gas, if you were to drive down
from Portland to visit Baskett Slough, Ankeny, or Finley NWR for a day.

Another program that helps to conserve non-game species at the state
level is the ODFW Habitat Conservation Stamp:

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/habitat_conservation_stamp.asp

If you buy the 2014 stamp, as a bonus you'll receive a parking permit
that gives access to Sauvie Island, Summer Lake, E.E. Wilson, Denman,
and other state wildlife areas that require parking permits. There are
still three months left in the year, to make use of these!

Good birding,
Joel

> We've talked about it before, but many of us birders do purchase duck
> stamps annually.   
> 
> dawn v Lincoln City/Nelscott dvillabirds.blogspot.com

--
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Camp Adair area north of Cirvallis




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Subject: Re: White-fronts heading the wrong direction
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:21:38 +0000
Greetings All,

The birds that I saw over Dayton were all on a slightly southwesterly heading, 
which unusual. It may have been a response to the weather pattern. Normally, 
birds seen crossing over the Willamette Valley are almost all on a 
southeasterly heading, angling across the valley. 


Dave Irons

Subject: [obol] Re: White-fronts heading the wrong direction
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:26:46 -0700
CC: obol AT freelists.org
To: noah.strycker AT gmail.com

Noah, we saw one flock of White-fronts heading west at a fairly low elevation 
well below the cloud layer late this afternoon at Agate Hall. They had clearly 
opted out of the usual "Willamette Pass" route for tonight and were on a 
heading for Fern Ridge. 

Most of the White-fronts were very high and on the standard route.

..Alan Contrerasacontrer56 AT gmail.com
Eugene, Oregon



On Sep 29, 2014, at 9:18 PM, Noah Strycker wrote:Hi birders,
This afternoon I watched flight after flight of White-fronted Geese fly low 
over my house east of Creswell, flying lower than usual under the drizzle and 
cloud layer, all following the same path (approximately toward the Klamath 
Basin). 

In late afternoon I looked up and was surprised to see a group of about 150 
birds heading north, in exactly the opposite direction. I watched them for a 
couple of minutes until they disappeared over the horizon, following the same 
straight line but in reverse of all the other birds. I wonder if that group met 
a cloudburst or something and decided to turn around? They covered at least a 
couple of miles while I watched, looking like they were locked on that path. 
Not something I've seen here before. 

Good birding,
Noah Strycker



 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:19:14 +0000
Will,

I concur with both Hendrik and Noah on the ID of your bird. The bill length and 
shape, along with the rather long primary projection are perfect for Hammond's. 
As Noah suggests, Hammond's Flycatchers tend to linger later than most other 
Empids in the Fall. I've seen Willow, Pacific-slope and Hammond's into early 
October in western Oregon and when I've visited SE Oregon in late September it 
seems that the any Empid I've seen has always been either a Hammond's or a 
Willow. Gray and Dusky Flycatchers seem to depart earlier and 
Pacific-slopes/Cordilleran types are rather scarce migrants in the Harney 
Basin. 


Least Flycatchers tend to be paler below than Hammond's and they lack the gray 
wash on the breast and flanks that is typically seen on Hammond's. Their 
eyerings are more uniform in thickness all the way around the eye, unlike the 
the eyering of a Hammond's which tends to flare a bit in front of and behind 
the eye. As mentioned by Hendrik, Least Flycatchers have comparatively short 
primary projection. They wingbars tend to be even more conspicuous than what is 
shown by your bird and the area between the wingbars is generally quite dark. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR  

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:16:38 -0700
Subject: [obol] Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice
From: noah.strycker AT gmail.com
To: hhactitis AT gmail.com
CC: hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu; obol AT freelists.org

Hi Will,
I agree with Hendrik - I believe this is a Hammond's Flycatcher (and I think I 
saw this same bird in Fields on Saturday!). I encountered Hammond's in half a 
dozen different places in Harney Co. this weekend; my impression is that they 
straggle later into late September and early October than other empids (i.e. 
Dusky) typically do in Oregon. 

Good birding,
Noah



On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM, Hendrik Herlyn  wrote:
Hi Will,

I think your bird is a Hammond's, based on the small, dark bill, short tail and 
long primary projection. Least Flycatcher has a much shorter primary 
protection. 


Good birding

Hendrik

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM, Hemstrom, William 
 wrote: 

Hey OBOL,

Jessica Greer, Mike Brawner, 
and I had a small flycatcher at the Fields Oasis on Saturday. We called 
it as a LEAST FLYCATCHER based on its round head, small bill, strong 
wing-bars, and strong eye-ring, but I'm not sure of that ID (I think 
HAMMOND'S could also be a possibility).

In light of Shoaib's recent post, I thought that I might jump on the band wagon 
and ask for some advice with this bird. 


Pics at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3R5NKB

Thanks,
Will Hemstrom
hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu



-- 
__________________________
Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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


 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: "Tom Crabtree" <tc AT empnet.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:43:35 -0800
Just a reminder that hunting is not an appropriate topic for OBOL. Let’s talk 
birds instead. I had a late Osprey and Western Tanager in Bend today. 


 

Tom Crabtree
Subject: Re: White-fronts heading the wrong direction
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:26:46 -0700
Noah, we saw one flock of White-fronts heading west at a fairly low elevation 
well below the cloud layer late this afternoon at Agate Hall. They had clearly 
opted out of the usual "Willamette Pass" route for tonight and were on a 
heading for Fern Ridge. 


Most of the White-fronts were very high and on the standard route.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Sep 29, 2014, at 9:18 PM, Noah Strycker wrote:

> Hi birders,
> 
> This afternoon I watched flight after flight of White-fronted Geese fly low 
over my house east of Creswell, flying lower than usual under the drizzle and 
cloud layer, all following the same path (approximately toward the Klamath 
Basin). 

> 
> In late afternoon I looked up and was surprised to see a group of about 150 
birds heading north, in exactly the opposite direction. I watched them for a 
couple of minutes until they disappeared over the horizon, following the same 
straight line but in reverse of all the other birds. I wonder if that group met 
a cloudburst or something and decided to turn around? They covered at least a 
couple of miles while I watched, looking like they were locked on that path. 
Not something I've seen here before. 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Noah Strycker
> 
> 
Subject: White-fronts heading the wrong direction
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:18:23 -0700
Hi birders,

This afternoon I watched flight after flight of White-fronted Geese fly low
over my house east of Creswell, flying lower than usual under the drizzle
and cloud layer, all following the same path (approximately toward the
Klamath Basin).

In late afternoon I looked up and was surprised to see a group of about 150
birds heading north, in exactly the opposite direction. I watched them for
a couple of minutes until they disappeared over the horizon, following the
same straight line but in reverse of all the other birds. I wonder if that
group met a cloudburst or something and decided to turn around? They
covered at least a couple of miles while I watched, looking like they were
locked on that path. Not something I've seen here before.

Good birding,

Noah Strycker
Subject: Cacklers in passage
From: J Hayes <balgryph AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:15:07 -0700
I've been hearing flocks of Cackling Geese passing over SE Portland all
evening.  Saw several flocks this morning as well.

Jeff Hayes
Subject: Little Gull Monday
From: paultsullivan <paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:54:04 -0700
The Little Gull was seen today at noon and 4:30 PM.  Seen from the resort.
Paul & Carol




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Subject: Eugene White-fronts
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:59:45 -0700
The final tally of White-fronts passing over the Eugene swift-watch was about 
1600 birds. I'm sure we missed a lot because many of them were very high, above 
the patchy cloud cover. 


Swift count was a little over 8,000, second-highest this fall, I think. Strange 
to think that in a few days they will all be gone. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon



Subject: Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:58:12 +0200




Subject: Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice
From: "Hemstrom, William" <hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:57:03 -0700
Great, thanks for the help Hendrik, Noah. Empids are still one of the more
challenging groups for me, unless I can hear them call, so I appreciate the
help. We've actually got photos of a few more from the same trip that I'm
slowly trying to tease through as well.

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM, Noah Strycker 
wrote:

> Hi Will,
>
> I agree with Hendrik - I believe this is a Hammond's Flycatcher (and I
> think I saw this same bird in Fields on Saturday!). I encountered Hammond's
> in half a dozen different places in Harney Co. this weekend; my impression
> is that they straggle later into late September and early October than
> other empids (i.e. Dusky) typically do in Oregon.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Noah
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM, Hendrik Herlyn 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Will,
>>
>> I think your bird is a Hammond's, based on the small, dark bill, short
>> tail and long primary projection. Least Flycatcher has a much shorter
>> primary protection.
>>
>> Good birding
>>
>> Hendrik
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM, Hemstrom, William <
>> hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> Hey OBOL,
>>>
>>> Jessica Greer, Mike Brawner, and I had a small flycatcher at the Fields
>>> Oasis on Saturday. We called it as a LEAST FLYCATCHER based on its round
>>> head, small bill, strong wing-bars, and strong eye-ring, but I'm not sure
>>> of that ID (I think HAMMOND'S could also be a possibility).
>>>
>>> In light of Shoaib's recent post, I thought that I might jump on the
>>> band wagon and ask for some advice with this bird.
>>>
>>> Pics at:
>>> https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3R5NKB
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Will Hemstrom
>>> hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> __________________________
>> Hendrik G. Herlyn
>> Corvallis, OR
>>
>>
>> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
>>
>
>
Subject: Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: "dawn v" <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:54:33 +0200




Subject: Re: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:41:37 -0700
This morning there were flocks of White-fronted Geese flying to the south-east 
over the Long Beach Peninsula. I suspect they were the same birds seen over 
Yamhill County in the afternoon. 



Jeff Gilligan


On Sep 29, 2014, at 5:15 PM, David Irons  wrote:

> Over the past hour I been hearing flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese going 
over Dayton, Yamhill Co. Almost constantly. I've had over 1000 birds so far. 

> 
> Dave Irons
> Portland,OR
> 
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Subject: Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: Michael Medina <802redwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:40:59 -0700
I used to live on a property that abutted the refuge, near the junkyard.
There was a lot of illegal hunting there in the early 2000s.  Well there
was at least a lot of shooting and some of it with what I understood to be
illegally modified guns too.  I think a lot of the work they did there
since then (observation areas, etc.) did a lot to remedy it at least in
that area.

I guess that's not very bird related, but I don't think anyone's getting
offended yet either :D

Michael Medina
​
Subject: Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: GreatSkua <craig AT greatskua.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:28:11 -0700
Another thing to consider is that national wildlife refuges are funded in part 
by the sale of duck stamps, which are required of duck hunters., while birders 
and others participating in non-consumptive uses are often not charged a fee to 
use the refuge. 


Craig Tumer
Portland

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> On Sep 29, 2014, at 6:28 PM, Pamela K Johnston  wrote:
> 
> The first thing to understand is that TRNWR is made up of many separate 
units, only one of which is open to the public. This is several miles away from 
the place we think of as the refuge. I am not familiar with the Riverboat Unit, 
but I do want to make it clear that this proposed program would happen some 
miles away if it does take place. 

> 
> Another thing to think of is that there is a lot of duck & goose winter 
habitat on and off the refuge where hunting doesn't take place. 

> 
> Pamela Johnston
> 
> On Sep 29, 2014 4:08 PM, Marlowe Kissinger  wrote:
> Has anyone seen this? It was just on the news. 
> 
> 
http://portlandtribune.com/ttt/91-features/231955-95674-hunting-at-tualatin-wildlife-refuge-its-darn-likely 

> 
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Subject: Smith-Bybee today- nothing exciting
From: Andy Frank <andydfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:42:34 -0700
I went to Smith-Bybee this afternoon and found it much quieter than 2 days
ago.  Far fewer shorebirds and much less diversity.  My visit was again cut
short by rain so I may have missed some birds, but I did not see any
unusual gulls, and the only shorebirds I saw were Western and Least
Sandpipers, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitchers and one distant Pectoral
Sandpiper.  No plovers or yellowlegs.  I did not stop at Bybee Lake but
there have been no shorebirds there due to the water level being much
higher there.

Having read Wink's account of Sauvie Island having many shorebirds today,
it seems the birds are taking turns being at the two locations and not
being numerous at both at the same time.

Andy Frank
Subject: Re: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:40:58 -0700
I'd like to second (or third) LInda and Jay's comments.  Super convention
that I almost didn't attend.  I didn't sign up until late, then got to
thinking - what might I miss if I DON'T attend.  Sure glad I did - NINE
'Lifer's' and 14 'year' birds is what I'd have missed IF I hadn't
attended.  Plus, I'd have missed getting to meet many of the great birders
whose names I've seen on OBOL but had never met.

Happy Birder in Hillsboro,
Nels

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Jay Withgott  wrote:

>
> I second Linda Fink's assessment:  The OBA meeting in Bandon was a rousing
> success.  Thank you, Harv, Pam, Tim, Russ, Roy, Dan, and everyone else for
> a great weekend.
>
> On Sunday morning I did a seawatch at Cape Blanco, Curry County, where I
> was able to find a windless spot on the south side with the morning sun
> behind me for great viewing conditions.  I was rewarded with a MANX
> SHEARWATER, my first from shore on the West Coast after many years of
> seawatching. A nearby Sooty Shearwater and Common Terns provided good size
> comparisons for this bird, and more details are with the full checklist on
> eBird:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19982231.
>
> My day ended with a smaller bang but one perhaps even more surprising:  An
> immature LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the marina viewed from the parking lot of
> the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, at dusk. I'll put a photo on
> eBird.  A very early arrival!
>
> In between these endpoints I made my way up the coast trying to find
> Elegant Terns in as many counties as I could.  Common Terns turned out to
> be numerous as well.  Results:
>
> CURRY:
> 5 Elegant Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading north
> 35 Common/Arctic (likely Common) Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading
> north
>
> COOS:
> 4 Elegant Terns off the jetty at Bandon
> 9 Elegant Terns from the causeway (Jordan Cove Rd) north of Coos Bay that
> leads off 101 to the North Spit.
> 1 Common Tern from this same causeway.
> 2 Terns that looked at a distance like Forster's but were probably
> Commons, from this same causeway.
>
> DOUGLAS:
> (OK, I'm cheating; this was on 26 Sept. on the way south):
> 93 Elegant Terns at Winchester Bay
> 1 Common Tern at Winchester Bay
>
> LANE:
> 2 Elegant Terns at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, viewed from end of
> South Jetty Road, flying and perched on the rocks nearer the North Jetty
> Road. (However, when perched I'm not sure they would have been visible from
> the North Jetty Rd.)
> 7 Common Terns also here at the mouth of the Siuslaw with the Elegants.
> One adult was still in breeding plumage.
>
> LINCOLN:
> 49 Tern sp. flying very far out to the NW north of the North Jetty at
> Newport, viewed from the South Jetty just before sunset.  I could see no
> real field marks but they appeared to be Elegants. However, I then got on
> about 12 terns somewhat closer in that were pretty clearly Common Terns, so
> this made me doubt the ID of the original ones, which were disappearing in
> the distance by this time.  So I'm not sure what the majority were.  I
> found no terns at all in the channel or in the bay.
>
>
> There was also 1 RED-NECKED GREBE at the mouth of the Siuslaw and an
> astonishing total of 44 MARBLED MURRELETS off the jetties at Bandon.  44
> was my highest exact count, but it was becoming wavy enough that I'm sure I
> missed some and that there were actually more.
>
> Jay Withgott
> Portland
>
>
>
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Subject: Ankeny White-Fronts. And then there were ten.
From: Roy Gerig <roygerig AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:38:13 -0700
After 4 or 5 days of 500-1000 or more Greater White-fronted Geese on Pintail 
Marsh I could find only about 10 today. I was on my way to Albany to meet with 
my moms new stockbroker. Whaa? It turned out OK. Then I birded along the tracks 
on the way back. Like a diesel train you'd better not be there when it rolls 
over. I have an old girlfriend who thinks that really can happen and she was 
afraid to walk along the tracks with me for that reason. Including Hunsaker Rd 
about 10 years ago. There are 5 ponds along the tracks north. The last pond is 
the other place in Marion County where WHITE-FACED IBIS have been seen, as I 
know it. I saw about 10 of them there then. It was in May and there were 
BLACK-NECKED STILTS. I ramble but I did see and hear several LINCOLNS SPARROWS 
today along the tracks while their call notes made me look for Swamp Sparrows, 
and the 2 or 3 Pintail Marsh WHITE-FACED IBIS seemed to be gone again. 

Roy Gerig, Salem OR  
   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: Pamela K Johnston <pamelaj AT spiritone.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:28:43 -0700




Subject: Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice
From: Noah Strycker <noah.strycker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:16:38 -0700
Hi Will,

I agree with Hendrik - I believe this is a Hammond's Flycatcher (and I
think I saw this same bird in Fields on Saturday!). I encountered Hammond's
in half a dozen different places in Harney Co. this weekend; my impression
is that they straggle later into late September and early October than
other empids (i.e. Dusky) typically do in Oregon.

Good birding,

Noah




On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM, Hendrik Herlyn  wrote:

> Hi Will,
>
> I think your bird is a Hammond's, based on the small, dark bill, short
> tail and long primary projection. Least Flycatcher has a much shorter
> primary protection.
>
> Good birding
>
> Hendrik
>
> On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM, Hemstrom, William <
> hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu> wrote:
>
>> Hey OBOL,
>>
>> Jessica Greer, Mike Brawner, and I had a small flycatcher at the Fields
>> Oasis on Saturday. We called it as a LEAST FLYCATCHER based on its round
>> head, small bill, strong wing-bars, and strong eye-ring, but I'm not sure
>> of that ID (I think HAMMOND'S could also be a possibility).
>>
>> In light of Shoaib's recent post, I thought that I might jump on the band
>> wagon and ask for some advice with this bird.
>>
>> Pics at:
>> https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3R5NKB
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Will Hemstrom
>> hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu
>>
>
>
>
> --
> __________________________
> Hendrik G. Herlyn
> Corvallis, OR
>
>
> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."     -- Gary Snyder*
>
Subject: Re: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:14:07 -0700
I went upstairs for a short nap this afternoon because I wasn't feeling
well. When I found myself counting geese instead of sheep, I closed the
windows to quiet the noise, but quickly realized the non-stop sound of
geese flying overhead was much more relaxing than silence.


On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM, Lars Per Norgren 
wrote:

> I'm hearing them at my house, 38 miles north of McMinnville. They've been
> passing over all day.  Lars
> On Sep 29, 2014, at 5:15 PM, David Irons wrote:
>
> > Over the past hour I been hearing flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese
> going over Dayton, Yamhill Co. Almost constantly. I've had over 1000 birds
> so far.
> >
> > Dave Irons
> > Portland,OR
> >
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West Linn, Oregon
Subject: wf geese over Eugene
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:55:21 -0700
About 725 White-fronts in multiple flocks came over the Agate Hall swift 
station in Eugene starting about 5:35. Still coming, most are above the cloud 
layer. 


Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:35:16 -0700
I'm hearing them at my house, 38 miles north of McMinnville. They've been 
passing over all day. Lars 

On Sep 29, 2014, at 5:15 PM, David Irons wrote:

> Over the past hour I been hearing flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese going 
over Dayton, Yamhill Co. Almost constantly. I've had over 1000 birds so far. 

> 
> Dave Irons
> Portland,OR
> 
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Subject: PEWEE EATS ONE FOR OUR SIDE
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:18:49 -0700
Sequence shows Western Wood-Pewee getting down a female cabbage white in
Ashland, not an easy task...took about half a minute or more.
http://atowhee.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/on-greenwater-pond/

-- 
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Subject: Major Greater White-fronted Goose flight happening
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:15:11 -0700
Over the past hour I been hearing flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese going 
over Dayton, Yamhill Co. Almost constantly. I've had over 1000 birds so far. 


Dave Irons
Portland,OR

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Subject: Shift of Season
From: John Thomas <johnpam AT mtangel.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:37:23 -0700
Just saw a Pacific Wren in our woodlot. We are on valley floor though close to 
foothills. Usually they show up in late fall or early winter and seem to be 
driven down by snow. 


Large groups of Cedar Waxwings still in area. Had around 150 this morning in 
wine grapes (unpicked) and also dozens eating berries off our Mountain Ash 
tree. Hoping we don't get the invasion of 

Starlings I saw in a vineyard two miles north this afternoon. Probably 2-3 
thousand doing a murmuration swirl. 


John Thomas
5 mi NE of Silverton

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Subject: Hunting at Tualatin wildlife refuge
From: Marlowe Kissinger <rosebudgurl AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:08:23 -0700
Has anyone seen this? It was just on the news. 


http://portlandtribune.com/ttt/91-features/231955-95674-hunting-at-tualatin-wildlife-refuge-its-darn-likely 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:06:28 -0700
Hi Will,

I think your bird is a Hammond's, based on the small, dark bill, short tail
and long primary projection. Least Flycatcher has a much shorter primary
protection.

Good birding

Hendrik

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM, Hemstrom, William <
hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu> wrote:

> Hey OBOL,
>
> Jessica Greer, Mike Brawner, and I had a small flycatcher at the Fields
> Oasis on Saturday. We called it as a LEAST FLYCATCHER based on its round
> head, small bill, strong wing-bars, and strong eye-ring, but I'm not sure
> of that ID (I think HAMMOND'S could also be a possibility).
>
> In light of Shoaib's recent post, I thought that I might jump on the band
> wagon and ask for some advice with this bird.
>
> Pics at:
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3R5NKB
>
> Thanks,
> Will Hemstrom
> hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu
>



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Subject: Aleutian Cackling Geese Migrating South Over South Beach (Lincoln Co.)
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:59:40 -0700
Hi,

At about 3:30 PM today (Sept. 29), Roy Lowe saw a flock of 30 Aleutian
Cackling Geese fly over the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center headed
south.  He notes that they are likely moving in this weak cold front.

Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon


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Subject: Fields Flycatcher 9/27 ID advice
From: "Hemstrom, William" <hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:58:56 -0700
Hey OBOL,

Jessica Greer, Mike Brawner, and I had a small flycatcher at the Fields
Oasis on Saturday. We called it as a LEAST FLYCATCHER based on its round
head, small bill, strong wing-bars, and strong eye-ring, but I'm not sure
of that ID (I think HAMMOND'S could also be a possibility).

In light of Shoaib's recent post, I thought that I might jump on the band
wagon and ask for some advice with this bird.

Pics at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3R5NKB

Thanks,
Will Hemstrom
hemstrow AT onid.oregonstate.edu
Subject: Sisters Williamson's and Red-breasted Sapsucker (Deschutes Co)
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:44:09 -0400
En route back home, I stopped in Sisters to look for Pinyon Jay and 
White-headed Woodpecker yesterday afternoon. I found both easily NE of 
Lafollete & Railway. Also present were a female Williamson's 
(http://birdmeister.wordpress.com/) and a pure Red-breasted Sapsucker. Lots of 
birds in the area. 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Another new yardbird!
From: "L Markoff" <canyoneagle AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:17:47 -0700
I needed to shake crumbs out of a table cloth so I glanced out the window to
make sure there weren't any birds on the feeders or Turkeys loafing in the
yard, for I didn't want to startle anyone.  The coast was clear so I went
out the door.  I heard wing whistle and stopped cold...Mourning Dove?  Here?
Nah, couldn't be, never had one here before.  In fact I haven't had ANY
Doves/Pigeons here before except for 3 Band-tailed Pigeons that flew over
above the tree tops last May.

 

I convinced myself I was imagining things and went back inside.  Moments ago
as I was washing dishes I glanced out the window and saw a MODO foraging on
the ground.  Well whaddya know.  Another new yardbird for the day, and
another blast from the past.

 

You gotta love migration.  :-)

 

Lori Markoff

Eugene
Subject: *Re: Re: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:13:23 -0700
Hi,

Re: Lincoln Co. female Long-tailed Duck(s) during June-Sept. 2014 in eBird.

Photos of female Long-tailed Duck in lower Yaquina Bay during
July-Sept., 2014 as of the time of this email; scroll down the eBird
checklist page if necessary to see the photo:
7/6/2014 by Louisa Evers on dock at HMSC
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19009834
7/12/2014 by Molly Sultany on dock at HMSC at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19082029
8/16/2014 by Jeff Harding with photo at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19491025
8/18/2014 by Mike Patterson in water by HMSC at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19522790

To see all eBird checklists with Long-tailed Duck sightings for
June-Sept. 2014 in Lincoln County as of the time of this email go to
http://bit.ly/1roljes   They are not all at Yaquina Bay.  Zoom in all
the way for Yaquina Bay because some blue icons with sightings are
atop each other.

Other Lincoln Co. photos of a female Long-tailed Duck away from
Yaquina Bay during July-Sept., 2014 as of the time of this email:
6/20/2014 by Molly Sultany at Yachats at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18847890
7/21/2014 by Ben Bright at Devil's Punchbowl at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19257658

Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM, Wayne Hoffman  wrote:
> Hi  -
>
> At least 1 scruffy-plumaged Long-tailed Duck summered in Yaquina Bay this
> year.  I have seen at least 2 photos of it but do not remember whose they
> were.
>
> So your bird may be that one... If the peple who photographed it read this
> maybe they can re-post and you can see if it is the same as yours?
>
> One photo was of the bird hauled out on the floating raft by the small dock
> by the beginning of the Nature Trail.
>
> Wayne
>
> On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Jay Withgott  wrote:
>>
>> I second Linda Fink's assessment:  The OBA meeting in Bandon was a rousing
>> success.  Thank you, Harv, Pam, Tim, Russ, Roy, Dan, and everyone else for a
>> great weekend.
>>
>> On Sunday morning I did a seawatch at Cape Blanco, Curry County, where I
>> was able to find a windless spot on the south side with the morning sun
>> behind me for great viewing conditions.  I was rewarded with a MANX
>> SHEARWATER, my first from shore on the West Coast after many years of
>> seawatching. A nearby Sooty Shearwater and Common Terns provided good size
>> comparisons for this bird, and more details are with the full checklist on
>> eBird:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19982231.
>>
>> My day ended with a smaller bang but one perhaps even more surprising:  An
>> immature LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the marina viewed from the parking lot of
>> the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, at dusk. I'll put a photo on
>> eBird.  A very early arrival!
>>
>> In between these endpoints I made my way up the coast trying to find
>> Elegant Terns in as many counties as I could.  Common Terns turned out to be
>> numerous as well.  Results:
>>
>> CURRY:
>> 5 Elegant Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading north
>> 35 Common/Arctic (likely Common) Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading
>> north
>>
>> COOS:
>> 4 Elegant Terns off the jetty at Bandon
>> 9 Elegant Terns from the causeway (Jordan Cove Rd) north of Coos Bay that
>> leads off 101 to the North Spit.
>> 1 Common Tern from this same causeway.
>> 2 Terns that looked at a distance like Forster's but were probably
>> Commons, from this same causeway.
>>
>> DOUGLAS:
>> (OK, I'm cheating; this was on 26 Sept. on the way south):
>> 93 Elegant Terns at Winchester Bay
>> 1 Common Tern at Winchester Bay
>>
>> LANE:
>> 2 Elegant Terns at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, viewed from end of
>> South Jetty Road, flying and perched on the rocks nearer the North Jetty
>> Road. (However, when perched I'm not sure they would have been visible from
>> the North Jetty Rd.)
>> 7 Common Terns also here at the mouth of the Siuslaw with the Elegants.
>> One adult was still in breeding plumage.
>>
>> LINCOLN:
>> 49 Tern sp. flying very far out to the NW north of the North Jetty at
>> Newport, viewed from the South Jetty just before sunset.  I could see no
>> real field marks but they appeared to be Elegants. However, I then got on
>> about 12 terns somewhat closer in that were pretty clearly Common Terns, so
>> this made me doubt the ID of the original ones, which were disappearing in
>> the distance by this time.  So I'm not sure what the majority were.  I found
>> no terns at all in the channel or in the bay.
>>
>> There was also 1 RED-NECKED GREBE at the mouth of the Siuslaw and an
>> astonishing total of 44 MARBLED MURRELETS off the jetties at Bandon.  44 was
>> my highest exact count, but it was becoming wavy enough that I'm sure I
>> missed some and that there were actually more.
>>
>> Jay Withgott
>> Portland
>>
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Subject: Re: Clark's Grebe and Common Tern, Broughton Beach, PDX
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:38:38 -0700
Beverly,

The eye of this bird seems to be surrounded by dark feathering (looking at this 
on my phone), which leads me to believe it's probably just a Western with a 
bill that is more yellow than normal. In my experience hybrids show a 
dark/light divide line that runs right through the eye. They also tend to be 
lighter on the flanks than this bird. Aside from bill color, this individual 
shows the pattern of a Western Grebe. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 29, 2014, at 1:21 PM, "Beverly Hallberg"  wrote:

> I was taking pictures of the Western Grebes at Broughton just on the water 
near the sandbar with the gulls this morning around 11:30 am and spotted a 
Clark's Grebe - unless you think this is a hybrid. The photo is bad - the bill 
is definitely more yellow compared to the dusky green bills on the others. Plus 
there is the white patch above the eye. But I'm not seeing any lighter flanks. 
One Common Tern continues to fly back and forth near the gulls. 

> Photos on flickr: 
> https://flic.kr/p/paVtkK
> https://flic.kr/p/psnJqm
> 
> Beverly Hallberg
Subject: Harney Blackpoll
From: Tim Blount <harneybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:31:41 -0700
Hi all,

There was a Blackpoll Warbler in the willows at the intersection of Lava
Bed Rd. and S. Diamond near Diamond. Lots of other warblers, mostly rumps
and a few OC.

Tim Blount
www.harneybirder.com
Subject: Re: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:15:04 -0700
Hi  -

At least 1 scruffy-plumaged Long-tailed Duck summered in Yaquina Bay this
year.  I have seen at least 2 photos of it but do not remember whose they
were.

So your bird may be that one... If the peple who photographed it read this
maybe they can re-post and you can see if it is the same as yours?

One photo was of the bird hauled out on the floating raft by the small dock
by the beginning of the Nature Trail.

Wayne





On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Jay Withgott  wrote:

>
> I second Linda Fink's assessment:  The OBA meeting in Bandon was a rousing
> success.  Thank you, Harv, Pam, Tim, Russ, Roy, Dan, and everyone else for
> a great weekend.
>
> On Sunday morning I did a seawatch at Cape Blanco, Curry County, where I
> was able to find a windless spot on the south side with the morning sun
> behind me for great viewing conditions.  I was rewarded with a MANX
> SHEARWATER, my first from shore on the West Coast after many years of
> seawatching. A nearby Sooty Shearwater and Common Terns provided good size
> comparisons for this bird, and more details are with the full checklist on
> eBird:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19982231.
>
> My day ended with a smaller bang but one perhaps even more surprising:  An
> immature LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the marina viewed from the parking lot of
> the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, at dusk. I'll put a photo on
> eBird.  A very early arrival!
>
> In between these endpoints I made my way up the coast trying to find
> Elegant Terns in as many counties as I could.  Common Terns turned out to
> be numerous as well.  Results:
>
> CURRY:
> 5 Elegant Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading north
> 35 Common/Arctic (likely Common) Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading
> north
>
> COOS:
> 4 Elegant Terns off the jetty at Bandon
> 9 Elegant Terns from the causeway (Jordan Cove Rd) north of Coos Bay that
> leads off 101 to the North Spit.
> 1 Common Tern from this same causeway.
> 2 Terns that looked at a distance like Forster's but were probably
> Commons, from this same causeway.
>
> DOUGLAS:
> (OK, I'm cheating; this was on 26 Sept. on the way south):
> 93 Elegant Terns at Winchester Bay
> 1 Common Tern at Winchester Bay
>
> LANE:
> 2 Elegant Terns at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, viewed from end of
> South Jetty Road, flying and perched on the rocks nearer the North Jetty
> Road. (However, when perched I'm not sure they would have been visible from
> the North Jetty Rd.)
> 7 Common Terns also here at the mouth of the Siuslaw with the Elegants.
> One adult was still in breeding plumage.
>
> LINCOLN:
> 49 Tern sp. flying very far out to the NW north of the North Jetty at
> Newport, viewed from the South Jetty just before sunset.  I could see no
> real field marks but they appeared to be Elegants. However, I then got on
> about 12 terns somewhat closer in that were pretty clearly Common Terns, so
> this made me doubt the ID of the original ones, which were disappearing in
> the distance by this time.  So I'm not sure what the majority were.  I
> found no terns at all in the channel or in the bay.
>
>
> There was also 1 RED-NECKED GREBE at the mouth of the Siuslaw and an
> astonishing total of 44 MARBLED MURRELETS off the jetties at Bandon.  44
> was my highest exact count, but it was becoming wavy enough that I'm sure I
> missed some and that there were actually more.
>
> Jay Withgott
> Portland
>
>
>
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Subject: Fern Ridge Am. Golden Plover
From: Sylvia Maulding <sylviaspfd AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:05:13 -0700
The AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was south of the platform along the center dike this 
morning about 10:30. It was hanging out with about 20 BB PLOVERS and 4 PECTORAL 
SP. 


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Subject: Re: Empidonax Flycatcher in SW Portland
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:54:22 -0700
I agree with Larry. Other characteristics that point toward Hammond's are
the rather big-headed appearance and the pronounced contrast between the
mostly gray head and an olive-green back - especially obvious in the fresh
fall plumage of this species.

Nice find, and nice photos!

Hendrik

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM, Lawrence McQueen 
wrote:

> Shoaib,
>
> I believe this is a Hammond’s Flycatcher, due to the small bill, long
> primary extension and shortish tail.  Love your pun.
> We can never be too sure from a photo and maybe there will be other
> suggestions.
>
> Larry
>
> On Sep 28, 2014, at 10:17 PM, Shoaib Tareen  wrote:
>
> > I found this flycatcher in the yard around 3PM today. It was in hanging
> around willow and alder trees.
> > My guess is Pacific-slope but I know this is a slippery slope. Your
> comments are welcome.
> > Thanks,
> > Shoaib
> >
> >
> > https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A15idkMwGnsYDB
> >
> >
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Subject: Sturgeon Lake shorebirds, Sauvie Island
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:53:46 -0700
The dog and I went out to The Wash (Columbia Co.) this morning. Shorebirds are 
back, big time. I counted 340 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 10 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 
a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and about 100 peep, sp. There was also an immature SNOW 
GOOSE and a lot of AMERICAN PIPITS. 


We then walked SSW from The Wash along the shore of Sturgeon Lake. I counted at 
least another 275 dowitchers, about 50 yellowlegs of both species, 15 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS, 85 GREG EGRETS (no SNEG), and another 100 or so peep sp (mostly 
WESTERN SANDPIPERS). A PEREGRINE FALCON came in to break up the party, but many 
of the shorebirds stuck around while the falcon was perched on some driftwood. 


Heading back up north to check out The Wash, again, we ran into Dennis Manzer 
and Jim ?. Dennis spotted a COMMON TERN perched on some driftwood. Another 
PEREGRINE was perched nearby. No sign of the Sabines Gulls today. 


Tomorrow is the last day to get out there before the whole area closes for the 
next 7 months. Go for it! 


Wink Gross
Portland




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Subject: Curry Manx Shearwater; Newport Long-tailed Duck; Elegant Terns in 4 counties
From: Jay Withgott <withgott AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:38:01 -0700
I second Linda Fink's assessment: The OBA meeting in Bandon was a rousing 
success. Thank you, Harv, Pam, Tim, Russ, Roy, Dan, and everyone else for a 
great weekend. 


On Sunday morning I did a seawatch at Cape Blanco, Curry County, where I was 
able to find a windless spot on the south side with the morning sun behind me 
for great viewing conditions. I was rewarded with a MANX SHEARWATER, my first 
from shore on the West Coast after many years of seawatching. A nearby Sooty 
Shearwater and Common Terns provided good size comparisons for this bird, and 
more details are with the full checklist on eBird: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19982231. 


My day ended with a smaller bang but one perhaps even more surprising: An 
immature LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the marina viewed from the parking lot of the 
Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, at dusk. I'll put a photo on eBird. 
A very early arrival! 


In between these endpoints I made my way up the coast trying to find Elegant 
Terns in as many counties as I could. Common Terns turned out to be numerous as 
well. Results: 


CURRY:
5 Elegant Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading north
35 Common/Arctic (likely Common) Terns from Cape Blanco seawatch, heading north

COOS:
4 Elegant Terns off the jetty at Bandon
9 Elegant Terns from the causeway (Jordan Cove Rd) north of Coos Bay that leads 
off 101 to the North Spit. 

1 Common Tern from this same causeway.
2 Terns that looked at a distance like Forster's but were probably Commons, 
from this same causeway. 


DOUGLAS:
(OK, I'm cheating; this was on 26 Sept. on the way south):
93 Elegant Terns at Winchester Bay
1 Common Tern at Winchester Bay

LANE:
2 Elegant Terns at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, viewed from end of South 
Jetty Road, flying and perched on the rocks nearer the North Jetty Road. 
(However, when perched I'm not sure they would have been visible from the North 
Jetty Rd.) 

7 Common Terns also here at the mouth of the Siuslaw with the Elegants. One 
adult was still in breeding plumage. 


LINCOLN:
49 Tern sp. flying very far out to the NW north of the North Jetty at Newport, 
viewed from the South Jetty just before sunset. I could see no real field marks 
but they appeared to be Elegants. However, I then got on about 12 terns 
somewhat closer in that were pretty clearly Common Terns, so this made me doubt 
the ID of the original ones, which were disappearing in the distance by this 
time. So I'm not sure what the majority were. I found no terns at all in the 
channel or in the bay. 



There was also 1 RED-NECKED GREBE at the mouth of the Siuslaw and an 
astonishing total of 44 MARBLED MURRELETS off the jetties at Bandon. 44 was my 
highest exact count, but it was becoming wavy enough that I'm sure I missed 
some and that there were actually more. 


Jay Withgott
Portland




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