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Snail Kite,©Dan Lane

26 Oct Pine Grosbeak near Boardman ["Jeff" ]
26 Oct Tweeters subscribers -- please share the Broad-billed Hummer posting [David Irons ]
26 Oct FW: broad-billed in Stabler WA? [David Irons ]
25 Oct Sea watch [Lois Miller ]
25 Oct Gilliam CBC [Darrel Faxon ]
25 Oct Seawatch tomorrow [Russ Namitz ]
25 Oct Re: coordinating seawatches tomorrow [Alan Contreras ]
25 Oct Re: Mandarin Duck in Tualatin [Jack Williamson ]
25 Oct Re: coordinating sea watches [Colby Neuman ]
25 Oct Re: coordinating sea watches [Joel Geier ]
26 Oct Re: coordinating sea watches [David Irons ]
25 Oct Re: coordinating sea watches [Wink Gross ]
25 Oct Pipit Tomorrow [James Billstine ]
26 Oct Re: coordinating seawatches tomorrow [d_villa ]
26 Oct Re: coordinating seawatches tomorrow [David Irons ]
25 Oct coordinating seawatches tomorrow [Mike Patterson ]
25 Oct Re: Mandarin Duck in Tualatin [Tim Rodenkirk ]
25 Oct Curry south coast [Russ Namitz ]
25 Oct Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please! [Janet Leavens ]
25 Oct Mandarin Duck in Tualatin [M E French ]
25 Oct Fwd: [RV Birds] Red-throated Pipit [Romain Cooper ]
25 Oct Still NO Red-throated Pipit today! [David Irons ]
25 Oct Up here it's not so bad... yet [Mike Patterson ]
25 Oct Lincoln Co. storm birding ["Wayne Hoffman" ]
25 Oct A wet n' wild one- s. coast 10/25/2014 [Tim Rodenkirk ]
25 Oct Re: Red-throated Pipit today? [GreatSkua ]
25 Oct Re: Fun (or not) for a blustery afternoon -- goose photo quiz [Mike Patterson ]
25 Oct Re: Fun (or not) for a blustery afternoon -- goose photo quiz [Mike Patterson ]
25 Oct Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please! [David Irons ]
25 Oct Fun (or not) for a blustery afternoon -- goose photo quiz [David Irons ]
25 Oct Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please! [Lawrence McQueen ]
25 Oct Red-throated Pipit today? [David Irons ]
25 Oct Curry Coast [Russ Namitz ]
25 Oct Curry coast [Russ Namitz ]
25 Oct Re: Crows. Names, misnomers for... [Gerard Lillie ]
25 Oct Re: High Wind Warning for the Valley Today [Alan Contreras ]
25 Oct High Wind Warning for the Valley Today [Jack Williamson ]
25 Oct Probable LITTLE GULL, Tierra del Mar [Wink Gross ]
25 Oct Snow Geese over Gladstone ["grantandstacy17 ." ]
25 Oct BROWN BOOBY, Tierra del Mar (Tillamook) [Wink Gross ]
25 Oct Field Report with Red-throated Pipit Photos and Map [David Irons ]
25 Oct JoCo addendum [Stefan Schlick ]
24 Oct Russ's Pipit may be a sneaky bird ["judy" ]
24 Oct Re: Slate-colored Junco at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area [Pamela K Johnston ]
24 Oct Fulmars and grebes - 10/24/2014 [Mike Patterson ]
24 Oct Re: Red-throated Pipit [Romain Cooper ]
24 Oct Re: Selmac R-thr Pipit - no [Alan Contreras ]
25 Oct Selmac R-thr Pipit - no [Thomas Love ]
24 Oct Slate-colored Junco at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area [Joel Geier ]
24 Oct Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please! [Joel Geier ]
24 Oct Red-throated Pipit ["Peter Thiemann" ]
24 Oct Red-throated Pipit [Lars Skalnes ]
24 Oct Hutton's Vireo song? ID help please! [Janet Leavens ]
24 Oct Varied Thrush: Success!! [Janet Leavens ]
24 Oct Snowy Plovers on the Oregon Coast, 2014 [DJ Lauten and KACastelein ]
24 Oct Smith and Bybee Lakes - Franklin's Gull continues [Philip Kline ]
24 Oct Timber area birding: Mountain Quail, Northern Pygmy Owl and Ruffed Grouse (PHOTOS) [Khanh Tran ]
24 Oct Jackson Co - Surf Scoter [Russ Namitz ]
24 Oct Re: Brown Pelicans headed south, Lincoln City 10-24-2014 ["Phil Pickering" ]
24 Oct Re: Brown Pelicans headed south, Lincoln City 10-24-2014 [Jeff Gilligan ]
24 Oct Crows. Names, misnomers for... [Tom McNamara ]
24 Oct Brown Pelicans headed south, Lincoln City 10-24-2014 []
24 Oct Red-throated Pipit updates ["Anne & Dan Heyerly" ]
24 Oct Red-throated Pipit -- Yes 9:10 [David Irons ]
24 Oct This weekend at Lake Selmac ["Mary Anne Sohlstrom" ]
24 Oct [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Treesa Hertzel ]
24 Oct 10/23/14 - Lake Selmac : RED-THROATED PIPIT ["" ]
24 Oct Re: Least Tern ["Phil Pickering" ]
23 Oct Re: Red-throated Pipit ["Tim Janzen" ]
23 Oct Least Tern [Susan Norris ]
23 Oct Re: Owen's Pipit pics [Bob Archer ]
23 Oct Re: Owen's Pipit pics [Shawneen Finnegan ]
23 Oct Re: Owen's Pipit pics [Bob Archer ]
23 Oct Re: id help needed! (bud break in the Willamette Valley) [Wayne Hoffman ]
23 Oct Re: Owen's Pipit pics [Russ Namitz ]
23 Oct BirdsEye-Redmond Sewage Ponds-2014-10-23 ["kimdelo AT yahoo.com" ]

Subject: Pine Grosbeak near Boardman
From: "Jeff" <jeff17_marks AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:57:30 -0700
While taking down owl boxes on the Boardman Tree Farm yesterday (Friday the 
24th), I was surprised to find a male Pine Grosbeak calling from atop a hybrid 
poplar. It was a first for me at the tree farm, although I've not spent much 
time there in fall and winter. 


Jeff Marks
Portland
Subject: Tweeters subscribers -- please share the Broad-billed Hummer posting
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:43:38 +0000
Greetings all,
If any of you are Tweeters subscribers, please forward the message that I just 
posted to OBOL a few minutes ago to that listserv. I am not a Tweeters 
subscriber, thus I have no way to share the Broad-billed Hummingbird message 
with that forum. 

Thanks in advance,
Dave IronsPortland, OR  		 	   		  
Subject: FW: broad-billed in Stabler WA?
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:23:39 +0000
Greetings All,
Earlier today, I got a message from Bob Hansen who lives up in south-central 
Washington, telling me about a possible Broad-billed Hummingbird near Stabler, 
Skamania County, Washington. I exchanged some messages with the person who 
photographed it (Matt Schroeder) and based on the photo and what he describes 
seeing, I believe that he indeed had an immature Broad-billed Hummer in his 
yard. He saw and photographed the bird at 8AM today (Saturday) and I learned 
about it in the mid-afternoon. I followed up asking if he was willing to have 
folks up to look for the bird. Several hours passed and I had not heard back 
from him and then I got involved in other things. I just checked my email for 
the first time in several hours and found the response below from Matt. 
Obviously, I cannot share the images of the bird here, but Matt's photo shows 
an light-bellied immature hummer with a fairly obvious orangish-red base to the 
bill and some curvature to the bill. Matt confirmed to me that these are not 
photo artifacts and indeed the bill curved downward and the base of it was 
reddish. 

To my knowledge the bird has not been seen since this morning, but Matt put up 
a hummer feeder in hopes of keeping it around. If you chase this bird, please 
report back on your findings. Matt has provided directions to his place and a 
contact number. Note that cell service in his area is non-existent. I birded up 
that way late this summer and early this fall and I can confirm this being the 
case. The location is roughly and hour and a half drive from Portland. 

Dave IronsPortland, OR

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:17:35 -0700
Subject: Re: broad-billed in Stabler WA?
From: matt.j.schroeder AT gmail.com
To: llsdirons AT msn.com

Hello Dave- 

I want to share. Please post the message for me. Folks are welcome to come by 
Sunday the 26th. 


81 Wind Crest Road, Carson, WA.  

10.2 miles North of Carson on the Wind River Hwy
Turn Left on Sadie (private drive)
Stay Left on Wind Crest, 81 is on the left.

Feel free to give me a call 509-427-8543. There is no cell phone service north 
of Carson. 


Cheers

Matt Schroeder





Hello Dave

This bird was outside my house this morning at 8 am. My wife and I both had 
long looks with the binoculars. We confirmed the curved bill with orange base. 
It was visiting the flower beds and eating flies. We first saw this bird one 
week ago, but thought it was an Anna's. Today was the first day we got a good 
look. 


I put a feeder out in hopes of getting a better photo. 

ms



On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM, David Irons  wrote:



Matt,

Did you notice the reddish-orange at the base of the bill when you saw this 
bird in the field? Also, was it someplace where it might be chaseable? I am 
always leery of single out-of-focus images taken in low light situations. At 
higher ISO settings, my camera occasionally introduces false color noise into 
images. If you saw the reddish-orange and the photo is accurately representing 
the bill pattern, I would say this bird is likely a Broad-billed Hummingbird. 
Where and when was it seen? From the looks of the leaves, it appears recently. 
The location should be shared on Tweeters in hopes that someone can relocate it 
and get better photos. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:27 -0700
Subject: Re: broad-billed in Stabler WA?
From: matt.j.schroeder AT gmail.com
To: llsdirons AT msn.com
CC: bobhansen AT gorge.net; johnstonstuartf AT hotmail.com

Here it is, with a comparison too.

Thanks!

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM, David Irons  wrote:



Bob et al.,

Is there a jpg image of this bird? I did not receive any photo of the bird.

Dave Irons


> Subject: Re: broad-billed in Stabler WA?
> From: bobhansen AT gorge.net
> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:31:11 -0700
> CC: llsdirons AT msn.com; johnstonstuartf AT hotmail.com
> To: matt.j.schroeder AT gmail.com
> 
> Matt,
> 
> I am passing this on to David Irons and Stuart Johnston for their input and 
thoughts... 

> 
> Bob 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Oct 25, 2014, at 11:12 AM, Matt Schroeder  
wrote: 

> > 
> > Hello Bob
> > 
> > Could this be a broad billed?
> > 
> > Thanks
> > 
> > MattSchroeder
> > 
 		 	   		  

 		 	   		  

 		 	   		  

 		 	   		  
Subject: Sea watch
From: Lois Miller <rarebirdart AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:30:25 -0700
We will do sea watch in Port Orford tomorrow.  That is. What's left of it 


http://m.theworldlink.com/news/article_1a0d9c1a-5c99-11e4-b84b-97dad077ec6f.html?mobile_touch=true 

Pelicans all over town. Hundreds !!! Even saw one sitting on someone's porch 
this afternoon :( 

Lois Miller 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Gilliam CBC
From: Darrel Faxon <5hats AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:16:46 -0700
To be held Tuesday, December 23.  Logistics are such that it works best to
have sectors pre-assigned if possible.  Please contact me if interested.
Darrel
Subject: Seawatch tomorrow
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:59:14 -0700
I will be just north of Brookings at Lone Ranch or House Rock at first light.

Russ Namitz
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: coordinating seawatches tomorrow
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:58:07 -0700
I plan to seawatch from the hump at south jetty Florence starting about 8:30 
Sunday. Doubt I can get there before 8:00; I am not into driving 126 in the 
dark under these conditions. 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Oct 25, 2014, at 5:59 PM, Mike Patterson wrote:

> I don't want to make this a chore (or have the argument with
> folks about making it a chore), but I thought it might be fun to
> coordinate seawatching tomorrow.
> 
> As Phil will certainly tell you, starting as early as possible is
> the best practice, as is planning to spend at least an hour and
> longer if possible.
> 
> Depending on what the weather looks like tomorrow when I check in the
> morning here on the North Coast, I will either go to the North Jetty of
> the Columbia which has a nice surface for walking most of the way out,
> but a commitment to sitting through rain showers out in the open or
> driving down to Silver Point where I can park at the view point and
> easily hide in the car if need be.
> 
> It would be nice to have someone covering Silver Point even if I
> go to the North Jetty, so if someone will be in the area...
> 
> If you have a spot you're planning to cover, let us know.  If you'd
> like company, let us know.  If you feel like standing in the rain
> with someone who does this all the time and learn the ropes, let us know.
> 
> I suspect that Boiler Bay and Wink's Porch will both be pretty
> crowded, but there are plenty of other good seawatching perches.
> Let us know.
> 
> -- 
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> String Theory
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
> 
> 
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> 
Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck in Tualatin
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:55:10 -0700
There was a female hanging out in Dawson Creek (corporate) Park near the
Hillsboro Public Library a couple weeks ago. It was initially found by
Steve Nord, and then observed for days afterward by many others - sometimes
flying in and/or out of the area.

Reports showed up on the eBird alerts - but a species search on eBird for
Mandarin Duck in Oregon yield no results.  Unlike a search for Northern
Bobwhite which turns up the following results:


http://ebird.org/ebird/map/norbob?neg=true&env.minX=-133.05215502232704&env.minY=38.98952107380198&env.maxX=-107.32217455357704&env.maxY=48.6875197135685&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2014 


I am hoping someone will opine as to why Northern Bobwhite is considered
(by eBird) a more likely vagrant than Mandarin Duck in western Oregon.



On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM, Tim Rodenkirk 
wrote:

> Noticed many reports of this bird.  It must just be an escapee- right?  I
> imagine there could be eBird reports though?
>
> Tim R
> Coos Bay
>
> On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM, M E French  wrote:
>
>> Doug Niwa and I got some good looks at a male Mandarin Duck today at
>> Sweek Pond in Tualatin.  Spotted it before this afternoon wind storm,
>> didn't see it much after the weather turned nasty.
>>
>> Doug's eBird report is here:
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20335834
>>
>> Doug's Flickr page with some photos and maps is here:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/43birds/
>>
>> Sweek Pond is surrounded by vegetation, so difficult to get more than a
>> glimpse of the duck.
>>
>> Mary French and Doug Niwa
>>
>
>


-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Re: coordinating sea watches
From: Colby Neuman <colby.neuman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:53:54 -0700
I agree with Dave...winds were south at 50-65mph for several hours at buoys 
(Buoy 50 has an under reporting problem) off the entire Oregon coast today so 
it would not have been difficult for birds to end up way farther quickly. 


Fog shouldn't be an issue in the morning. Seas should come down into the to low 
to mid teens by morning, which should help reduce sea spray along the immediate 
coastline. 


Here is the Coastal Waters Forecast...

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=pqr&pil=CWF&sid=PQR

Colby
PDX

> On Oct 25, 2014, at 6:42 PM, David Irons  wrote:
> 
> Wink,
> 
> Sounds like a pretty ideal wind pattern, especially if it mellows out 
tomorrow morning. 

> 
> Dave Irons
> 
> > From: winkg AT hevanet.com
> > Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:32:53 -0700
> > Subject: [obol] Re: coordinating sea watches
> > To: obol AT freelists.org
> > 
> > I'll be out on my deck by 8am. Anybody's invited to join me. 5745 Austin 
Ave (last house on the left), Tierra del Mar. 

> > 
> > Strong SW winds right now, predicted to swing due west and moderate by AM. 
Hoping for clear air. 

> > 
> > Wink
> > 
> > Sent from my iPad
> > 
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> > 
> > 
Subject: Re: coordinating sea watches
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:52:00 -0700
Be it known, if the Pacific Ocean starts spilling over the Coast Range
into the Willamette Valley, local birders will post to OBOL.

I checked some local sewerage ponds north of Corvallis this afternoon
but found them vacant of scoters, phalaropes and tubenoses.

From the birds' point of view, I'd just as soon that Red Phalaropes etc.
manage to stick to the ocean where they belong, in this season. But I
recognize that much of the thrill of birding, for many participants, is
in finding birds in places where they don't belong.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis




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Subject: Re: coordinating sea watches
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:42:44 +0000
Wink,

Sounds like a pretty ideal wind pattern, especially if it mellows out tomorrow 
morning. 


Dave Irons

> From: winkg AT hevanet.com
> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:32:53 -0700
> Subject: [obol] Re: coordinating sea watches
> To: obol AT freelists.org
> 
> I'll be out on my deck by 8am. Anybody's invited to join me. 5745 Austin Ave 
(last house on the left), Tierra del Mar. 

> 
> Strong SW winds right now, predicted to swing due west and moderate by AM. 
Hoping for clear air. 

> 
> Wink
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
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> 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: coordinating sea watches
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:32:53 -0700
I'll be out on my deck by 8am. Anybody's invited to join me. 5745 Austin Ave 
(last house on the left), Tierra del Mar. 


Strong SW winds right now, predicted to swing due west and moderate by AM. 
Hoping for clear air. 


Wink

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Pipit Tomorrow
From: James Billstine <billstinj AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:35:19 -0700
I'm thinking about driving down and looking for the Pipit tomorrow from my
home in Myrtle Creek, OR. If anyone is interested in carpooling with me let
me know.

Jimmy Billstine
Subject: Re: coordinating seawatches tomorrow
From: d_villa <d_villa AT mail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:23:59 GMT
My porch in Lincoln City is available. My own reports have limited benefit but 
I'm open for company. 


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone


------ Original message------
From: Mike Patterson
Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 6:00 PM
To: 'OBOL';
Subject:[obol] coordinating seawatches tomorrow

I don't want to make this a chore (or have the argument with
folks about making it a chore), but I thought it might be fun to
coordinate seawatching tomorrow.

As Phil will certainly tell you, starting as early as possible is
the best practice, as is planning to spend at least an hour and
longer if possible.

Depending on what the weather looks like tomorrow when I check in the
morning here on the North Coast, I will either go to the North Jetty of
the Columbia which has a nice surface for walking most of the way out,
but a commitment to sitting through rain showers out in the open or
driving down to Silver Point where I can park at the view point and
easily hide in the car if need be.

It would be nice to have someone covering Silver Point even if I
go to the North Jetty, so if someone will be in the area...

If you have a spot you're planning to cover, let us know.  If you'd
like company, let us know.  If you feel like standing in the rain
with someone who does this all the time and learn the ropes, let us know.

I suspect that Boiler Bay and Wink's Porch will both be pretty
crowded, but there are plenty of other good seawatching perches.
Let us know.

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



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Subject: Re: coordinating seawatches tomorrow
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:17:14 +0000
Shawneen and I will be at Boiler Bay at or near first light and plan on at 
least 3-4 hours, unless it is too good to leave. If you are birding anywhere 
near there tomorrow and find something chaseable, please don't hesitate to call 
me 541-359-7064. We will post something to OBOL as soon we gauge the flight. 


Big winds out of the south today make the possibility of things like boobies, 
frigatebirds, or hopefully some Black-vented Shearwaters a very real 
possibility. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 

> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:59:31 -0700
> From: celata AT pacifier.com
> To: obol AT freelists.org
> Subject: [obol] coordinating seawatches tomorrow
> 
> I don't want to make this a chore (or have the argument with
> folks about making it a chore), but I thought it might be fun to
> coordinate seawatching tomorrow.
> 
> As Phil will certainly tell you, starting as early as possible is
> the best practice, as is planning to spend at least an hour and
> longer if possible.
> 
> Depending on what the weather looks like tomorrow when I check in the
> morning here on the North Coast, I will either go to the North Jetty of
> the Columbia which has a nice surface for walking most of the way out,
> but a commitment to sitting through rain showers out in the open or
> driving down to Silver Point where I can park at the view point and
> easily hide in the car if need be.
> 
> It would be nice to have someone covering Silver Point even if I
> go to the North Jetty, so if someone will be in the area...
> 
> If you have a spot you're planning to cover, let us know.  If you'd
> like company, let us know.  If you feel like standing in the rain
> with someone who does this all the time and learn the ropes, let us know.
> 
> I suspect that Boiler Bay and Wink's Porch will both be pretty
> crowded, but there are plenty of other good seawatching perches.
> Let us know.
> 
> -- 
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> String Theory
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=2182
> 
> 
> 
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> 
> 
 		 	   		  
Subject: coordinating seawatches tomorrow
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:59:31 -0700
I don't want to make this a chore (or have the argument with
folks about making it a chore), but I thought it might be fun to
coordinate seawatching tomorrow.

As Phil will certainly tell you, starting as early as possible is
the best practice, as is planning to spend at least an hour and
longer if possible.

Depending on what the weather looks like tomorrow when I check in the
morning here on the North Coast, I will either go to the North Jetty of
the Columbia which has a nice surface for walking most of the way out,
but a commitment to sitting through rain showers out in the open or
driving down to Silver Point where I can park at the view point and
easily hide in the car if need be.

It would be nice to have someone covering Silver Point even if I
go to the North Jetty, so if someone will be in the area...

If you have a spot you're planning to cover, let us know.  If you'd
like company, let us know.  If you feel like standing in the rain
with someone who does this all the time and learn the ropes, let us know.

I suspect that Boiler Bay and Wink's Porch will both be pretty
crowded, but there are plenty of other good seawatching perches.
Let us know.

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



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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck in Tualatin
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:56:16 -0700
Noticed many reports of this bird.  It must just be an escapee- right?  I
imagine there could be eBird reports though?

Tim R
Coos Bay

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM, M E French  wrote:

> Doug Niwa and I got some good looks at a male Mandarin Duck today at Sweek
> Pond in Tualatin.  Spotted it before this afternoon wind storm, didn't see
> it much after the weather turned nasty.
>
> Doug's eBird report is here:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20335834
>
> Doug's Flickr page with some photos and maps is here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/43birds/
>
> Sweek Pond is surrounded by vegetation, so difficult to get more than a
> glimpse of the duck.
>
> Mary French and Doug Niwa
>
Subject: Curry south coast
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:39:44 -0700
After lunch, I headed back up to Gold Beach. In between the jetties, there was 
a pair (male & female) of BLUE-WINGED TEAL. At the "cat houses" on the north 
jetty, there was a single BRANT hanging out in the gull flock. At the 
Wedderburn Oxidation Ponds (just north of the north jetty), there were 3 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES (getting late) and 2 BONAPARTE'S GULL. 

Lots of grebes, gulls and pelicans stacked up in the marina getting out of the 
rough stuff, but conditions weren't too bad. 

Later in the afternoon, there was a RED PHALAROPE hanging out in the south 
jetty parking lot of Brookings Harbor. 

Good birding,Russ NamitzMedford 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please!
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:17:01 -0400
Don't worry -- it's not a downer at all. Purple Finch isn't a life bird for
me, but they *are* rare in Florida (still don't have one on my state list),
so it's not as if it's a junk bird. Besides, Hutton's Vireo wouldn't have
been a lifer anyway (found one a couple of years ago in the Seattle area in
the summer). Just trying to get the ID straight and learn something in the
process ...

I found a vireo-like call for the PUFI on the iBird pro app. It's called
"Purple Finch 5" and is described as "Vireo-like alarm calls given in
presence of a hawk." It's funny though, this recorded vocalization actually
sounds more like a song and not at all like an alarm call, which I'd
expected to be a little harsher and to the point. Anyway ... I do think
that this is the closest approximation to my recording, closer than any
vireo song. The only difference is that the song is a lot more leisurely
and less hurried in my recording. Like I mentioned there is about 2 seconds
pause between each phrase. But maybe my Purple Finch was just less stressed
out. LOL!

Thanks!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 8:41 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:

>  Hi Janet (and anyone else who isn't currently chasing the Red-throated
> Pipit),
>
> Since 95% of Oregon's top birders are probably overwhelming the septic
> systems around Lake Selmac right now, I will try to respond.
>
> It is really hard to judge bird songs from a written description. Hutton's
> Vireos have a very monotonous song (just "zu-weeep, .... zu-weeep" over and
> over, and extremely regular). The variability that you describe, and the
> similarity to Red-eyed Vireo that you mention, makes me think that you were
> more likely hearing a Western Purple Finch. They are indeed less burry
> sounding than, say, Cassin's Vireo.
>
> Hopefully this is not too much of a downer, since you still have a couple
> of very cool lifers to celebrate today (Varied Thrush and Red-breasted
> Sapsucker). And I could very well be wrong, since it's hard to go from a
> written description. If you can find a way to send me the sound file, I'll
> give it another shot.
>
> Good birding,
> Joel
>
Subject: Mandarin Duck in Tualatin
From: M E French <m.french512 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:23:59 -0700
Doug Niwa and I got some good looks at a male Mandarin Duck today at Sweek
Pond in Tualatin.  Spotted it before this afternoon wind storm, didn't see
it much after the weather turned nasty.

Doug's eBird report is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20335834

Doug's Flickr page with some photos and maps is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43birds/

Sweek Pond is surrounded by vegetation, so difficult to get more than a
glimpse of the duck.

Mary French and Doug Niwa
Subject: Fwd: [RV Birds] Red-throated Pipit
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:48:09 -0700
Don't know the time of Ron K's "morning" sighting, but this indicates 
a RT Pipit sighting today in the rain.

romain

>Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:31:33 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Ron Ketchum 
>To: rv-birds AT googlegroups.com
>Subject: [RV Birds] Red-throated Pipit
>
>It was there again even in hard rain, at the SW corner of Lake 
>Selmec.  Rain was heavy to light on Sat. morning, but we had good looks.
>
>Ron & Midge
>
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10398 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
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Subject: Still NO Red-throated Pipit today!
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:30:51 +0000
I just received a text message from Dan and Anne Heyerly. After a long wet and 
windy day at Lake Selmac, they are heading for home. According to Dan, all 
other Red-throated Pipit searchers, sans one guy from B.C. have packed it in. 
They did have varying numbers of American Pipits throughout the day at the 
usual spot, but no Red-throated Pipit. 



Dave Irons
Portland, OR 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Up here it's not so bad... yet
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:27:58 -0700
The wind was blowing east this morning and things were kind of
dull at Hammond Boast Basin and the South Jetty.  There are still
13 ELEGANT TERNS at the boat basin, but it was otherwise quiet.

Still not much wind or rain in Astoria, though I guess there have
been 60+ gusts closer to the beach.  The low pressure center is
passing right over us so it's kind of like being in the eye of the
hurricane.  Remnants of Typhoon Ana coming later in the week...

I've been told that the North Jetty Lighthouse is closed (including
the trail in for repairs and stuff.  I guess that means I'll have to
haul myself down to Silver Point for sea-watching tomorrow, if I
want to see any albatrosses or boobies...


-- 
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Astoria, OR
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Subject: Lincoln Co. storm birding
From: "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:44:34 -0700
Hi - 

 

I spent the morning (till 1:15 PM) birding Yaquina Bay and Boiler Bay.
Highlights below:

 

Yaquina Bay South Jetty:  8:05 - 8:20

Red Phalarope                                                  2  on
rainwater pool

Cackling Goose                                                 6  all imm.?
Maybe 2 Aleutians, others Taverners?

 

 

Boiler Bay seawatch  8:50 to 9:58  Weather windy, primarily from east,
shower at end

Joined by Mark Eliott

 

Pacific Loon                                                     700  S
10-20/min early, then tailed off

Red-throated Loon                                      50    S

Common Loon                                               1    on water

Western Grebe                                             12 on water

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel                            2  close in, flying

Brown Pelican                                                250 S

Green-winged Teal                                      1  S

Ring-necked Duck                                        2  S  drakes

Surf Scoter                                                       300  S

White-winged Scoter                                  12 S, 1 on water

Red Phalarope                                               50++  hard to
keep track of, count, some stopping to feed

Dunlin                                                               4  S

Parasitic Jaeger                                             1   pale,
looked like adult  chasing terns 

Tern Sp.                                                           15+  too
far out to ID but see below

Heermann's Gull                                         120+  S

Mew Gull                                                       25       S

Common Murre                                          15  on water

Pigeon Guillemot                                       6

Ancient Murrelet                                       1  Flying, lit and
disappeared

 

Unid. Passerines                                        2  S together  -
gave soft churring call, seemed chunky, big-headed;  possibly longspurs

 

 

Yaquina Bay South Jetty  11:45 - 1:15 - Gull Spot

 

Black Turnstone                                          18

Western Sandpiper                                   1

Dunlin                                                             20

SABINE'S GULL                                            1   in juvenal
plumage - roosted but moved around, left when flushed by oblivious person

Heermann's Gull                                        6   (max count,
likely some turnover)

Mew Gull                                                      3

Western Gull                                               +

Glaucous-winged Gull                             +

Herring Gull                                                 3 Ad

Thayer's Gull                                              1  first cycle

ELEGANT TERN                                          63+  initially 2, then
joined by several groups.  Max count (late) was 63, but may have been some
turnover.

 

I suspect the terns at Boiler Bay were some of the same group that came to
South Jetty.

 

Wayne

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: A wet n' wild one- s. coast 10/25/2014
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:38:18 -0700
I started out at low tide in the AM in the Empire area of Coos Bay.  It was
blowing pretty good with brief heavy rain showers, and got much wilder as
the morning went on.  Highlights in Empire:

10- MARBLED GODWITS
1- WILLET
300- DUNLIN
80- BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
50- BLACK TURNSTONE
50- WESTERN SANDPIPERS
20- LEAST SANDPIPERS
40- ELEGANT TERNS
1- BONIE GULL
1- late RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (close looks)
and the usual hundreds of gulls, mostly CAs but quite a few Mews also.

I then decided to go to Cape Arago but conditions were getting pretty bad,
the wind was blowing so hard and visibility was very reduced so I decided
to drive out to Bastendorff Beach instead.

Quite a wad of gulls at the mouth and a heavy offshore movement.  The waves
and wind were spectacular.  I waited out some very heavy showers and then
set up my scope behind my truck as we were having gusts 50+ by now.  In 45
minutes I counted 37 JAEGERS, mostly right offshore, all headed south.  One
flew in and circled over my truck (Parasitic) then went out again.  Every
few minutes I would see a few Elegant Terns go by, usually with 3 or 4
jaegers trailing them.  Many (jaegers) landed just offshore then flew up
and off again.  I would say 2/3rds Pom and 1/3 Parasitic.  Holly  then came
out to meet me and we did a quick half hour beach walk between showers- I
saw 8 more jaegers from the beach with my bins.  Phalaropes were
occasionally blowing by, all REDS.

I then went down to Charleston were the BROWN PELICANS were stacking up, I
counted 600 (there were hundreds more offshore and around the bay).  Many
HEERMANN'S GULLS here and offshore, several hundred anyhow. Many RED
PHALAROPES blowing around Charleston by this time.

The conditions just kept getting worse and the rain was picking up.  I
decided to stop at Pigeon Point one last time, the water was very high
there and there was no beach.  Visibility was almost gone, the bay was
looking like the ocean.  There were about 20 Elegant Terns fishing right
offshore here and two PARASITIC JAEGERS showed up and landed in the bay and
disappeared in the swell and blowing water off the waves- cool!  Then a
large tree banch broke and fell right behind me- I decided it was probably
time to head home! Final jaeger total- 47.

While at Pigeon Point Knute Andersson called me and said there was a pretty
good wreck of pelis in Port Orford, they were all over town.  He mentioned
a gust of 94mph, must have been at Blanco.  Anyhow, the shack at the end of
the harbor in PO blew off into the ocean this morning also.  In Coos Bay,
there has been a boat anchored off Fossil Point for several months now.
Not sure whose boat, looks like an old dredge, I saw it floating up the bay
at my last stop in Pigeon Point.

By the way- the McCullough Bridge coming into Coos Bay has been CLOSED for
several days now.  I truck went off the bridge a few days ago and killed a
person and there was some damage to the bridge from some scaffolding that
came apart.  It was suppose to maybe open today but I can't imagine they
got much work done.  Traffic has been routed around the bay.  It takes one
hour to drive around the bay- just a warning to anyone headed south through
Coos Bay.  Maybe they'll have it done tomorrow?  Check ODOT for updates.

Suppose to calm down by this evening, first good windy storm of the season,
ENJOY!
Tim R
Coos Bay
Subject: Re: Red-throated Pipit today?
From: GreatSkua <craig AT greatskua.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:23:08 -0700
The pipit has not yet made an appearance. 

Craig Tumer

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 25, 2014, at 11:29 AM, David Irons  wrote:
> 
> Have you have looked for and more importantly seen the Red-throated Pipit 
today? Please report your findings to OBOL. There are surely folks who are 
planning to look for it tomorrow (Sunday) who are waiting for updates. 

> 
> Perhaps I missed it, but so far today I've not seen any reports.
> 
> Dave Irons
> Portland, OR 
Subject: Re: Fun (or not) for a blustery afternoon -- goose photo quiz
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:28:38 -0700
And compared to these two from Brownsmead last weekend

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15390991230/in/photostream

Mike Patterson wrote:
> Here are links to the bird that spent the week at the Hammond
> Boat Basin River Overlook.  I have labeled it (ambiguously)
> Cackling Goose, because that much is obvious.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15425834070/in/photostream
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15611433925/in/photostream
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15578606796/in/photostream
>
> I believe it can also be fine-tuned to subspecies (check out that
> forehead)...
>

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Astoria, OR
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Subject: Re: Fun (or not) for a blustery afternoon -- goose photo quiz
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:26:08 -0700
Here are links to the bird that spent the week at the Hammond
Boat Basin River Overlook.  I have labeled it (ambiguously)
Cackling Goose, because that much is obvious.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15425834070/in/photostream

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15611433925/in/photostream

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbalame/15578606796/in/photostream

I believe it can also be fine-tuned to subspecies (check out that
forehead)...

-- 
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Astoria, OR
String Theory
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Subject: Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please!
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:17:17 +0000
Janet,

I too am in agreement with Joel (and Larry). The vocalization you describe 
sounds like Purple Finch. Note that there are two distinct subspecies of Purple 
Finch and the vocalizations of western birds are likely to differ from what you 
might normally hear in the east. 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 

> Subject: [obol] Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please!
> From: larmcqueen AT msn.com
> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:13:02 -0700
> To: janet.leavens1 AT gmail.com; obol AT freelists.org
> 
> Janet,
> 
> I agree with Joel that the Purple Finch is the most likely candidate. I wish 
to add some detail in the way of explanation. 

> 
> The song that Joel refers to is a ‘secondary' song of the Purple Finch. This 
song is not projected or delivered in the way that a ‘primary' song would be. 
The primary song is loud and typically sung from a high, exposed porch. This is 
its territorial song that identifies its singer. The vireo-like song of a 
Purple Finch can be heard during the non-breeding seasons. It is not as loud 
(even as a vireo song would be), and is often sung from a more concealed, lower 
position. I don’t know what the purpose of this vireo-like song would be, but 
many songbirds have an alternate, more quiet song. Even jays, that do not have 
a primary ‘song’ such as that of a robin for instance, have a quiet, 
thrasher-like song that is very surprising. Robins and many songbirds have what 
is referred to as a ‘sub-song’. This can be as quiet as a whisper. And, over 
all, there are other classes of songs that might sound like a private 
conversation or the ‘practice’ session of a young bird, that m 

> ight have little resemblance to the ‘territorial’ song of an adult male of 
the species. 

> 
> Hope this helps if it doesn’t confuse the matter.
> 
> Larry
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  
> On Oct 24, 2014, at 5:41 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:
> 
> > Hi Janet (and anyone else who isn't currently chasing the Red-throated 
Pipit), 

> > 
> > Since 95% of Oregon's top birders are probably overwhelming the septic 
systems around Lake Selmac right now, I will try to respond. 

> > 
> > It is really hard to judge bird songs from a written description. Hutton's 
Vireos have a very monotonous song (just "zu-weeep, .... zu-weeep" over and 
over, and extremely regular). The variability that you describe, and the 
similarity to Red-eyed Vireo that you mention, makes me think that you were 
more likely hearing a Western Purple Finch. They are indeed less burry sounding 
than, say, Cassin's Vireo. 

> > 
> > Hopefully this is not too much of a downer, since you still have a couple 
of very cool lifers to celebrate today (Varied Thrush and Red-breasted 
Sapsucker). And I could very well be wrong, since it's hard to go from a 
written description. If you can find a way to send me the sound file, I'll give 
it another shot. 

> > 
> > Good birding,
> > Joel
> 
> 
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Subject: Fun (or not) for a blustery afternoon -- goose photo quiz
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:13:53 +0000
Greetings All (or at least all who are not chasing a certain pipit),

With the split of the "white-cheeked" geese, the cluster of species/subspecies 
that we formerly called Canada Goose have joined gulls as birds that many 
birders don't actively try to sort out. Even for those of us who embrace the 
torture there are many white-cheeked guess that don't fit a convenient 
taxonomic pigeon hole, even after thorough examination. 


On Sunday 19 October, I arrived at Boiler Bay State Wayside about 7:30AM. 
Instead of the usual assemblage of loafing Western Gulls, I found a single 
white-cheeked goose standing on the lawn by the parking area. It was 
fun-looking bird, so I snapped a few photos. As I was setting up my scope to do 
a seawatch, Phil Pickering drove up. He noticed the goose, not a normal sight 
at this locale, and commented on it. Remarkably, or perhaps not so remarkably, 
his subspecific ID and aging of the bird were exactly the same as mine. 
Figuring that perhaps this bird is more readily identifiable and ageable than 
some white-cheeked geese, I decided to offer it up in a photo quiz. There are 
three images, all taken under dense overcast early in the morning at Boiler Bay 
State Wayside in Lincoln County, Oregon. 


I will let this percolate for a day or so and then offer my thoughts about this 
bird. Phil is obviously disqualified until after the veil is lifted, but I hope 
he will offer his thoughts about this bird and what led him to his conclusion 
after others have kicked it around a bit. If you can age it, do so. If you can 
ID it to species great. If you think you know what subspecies it is, that's 
even better. I hope to use this as an exercise in how to look at these birds 
rather than a "gotcha" ID quiz. 


http://www.birdfellow.com/photos/gallery/917-a-goose-photo-quiz

Dave Irons
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please!
From: Lawrence McQueen <larmcqueen AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:13:02 -0700
Janet,

I agree with Joel that the Purple Finch is the most likely candidate. I wish to 
add some detail in the way of explanation. 


The song that Joel refers to is a ‘secondary' song of the Purple Finch. This 
song is not projected or delivered in the way that a ‘primary' song would be. 
The primary song is loud and typically sung from a high, exposed porch. This is 
its territorial song that identifies its singer. The vireo-like song of a 
Purple Finch can be heard during the non-breeding seasons. It is not as loud 
(even as a vireo song would be), and is often sung from a more concealed, lower 
position. I don’t know what the purpose of this vireo-like song would be, but 
many songbirds have an alternate, more quiet song. Even jays, that do not have 
a primary ‘song’ such as that of a robin for instance, have a quiet, 
thrasher-like song that is very surprising. Robins and many songbirds have what 
is referred to as a ‘sub-song’. This can be as quiet as a whisper. And, over 
all, there are other classes of songs that might sound like a private 
conversation or the ‘practice’ session of a young bird, that m 

 ight have little resemblance to the ‘territorial’ song of an adult male of the 
species. 


Hope this helps if it doesn’t confuse the matter.

Larry





 
On Oct 24, 2014, at 5:41 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:

> Hi Janet (and anyone else who isn't currently chasing the Red-throated 
Pipit), 

> 
> Since 95% of Oregon's top birders are probably overwhelming the septic 
systems around Lake Selmac right now, I will try to respond. 

> 
> It is really hard to judge bird songs from a written description. Hutton's 
Vireos have a very monotonous song (just "zu-weeep, .... zu-weeep" over and 
over, and extremely regular). The variability that you describe, and the 
similarity to Red-eyed Vireo that you mention, makes me think that you were 
more likely hearing a Western Purple Finch. They are indeed less burry sounding 
than, say, Cassin's Vireo. 

> 
> Hopefully this is not too much of a downer, since you still have a couple of 
very cool lifers to celebrate today (Varied Thrush and Red-breasted Sapsucker). 
And I could very well be wrong, since it's hard to go from a written 
description. If you can find a way to send me the sound file, I'll give it 
another shot. 

> 
> Good birding,
> Joel



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Subject: Red-throated Pipit today?
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:29:54 +0000
Have you have looked for and more importantly seen the Red-throated Pipit 
today? Please report your findings to OBOL. There are surely folks who are 
planning to look for it tomorrow (Sunday) who are waiting for updates. 


Perhaps I missed it, but so far today I've not seen any reports.

Dave Irons
Portland, OR 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Curry Coast
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:27:53 -0700
Sorry about that. Conditions were not good for a seawatch this morning which is 
why I'm over here. 

At Pistol River, there was a POMARINE JAEGER roosting with gulls & pelicans. 
There was a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER feeding with a 
couple hundred DUNLIN there. 

At the south jetty of Brookings Harbor, there are still at least 50 ELEGANT 
TERNS and a single BONAPARTE'S GULL in the parking lot gull flock. 

Good birding,Russ Namitz
 		 	   		  
Subject: Curry coast
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:24:13 -0700
I am relaxing in Brookings 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Crows. Names, misnomers for...
From: Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie AT outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:15:15 -0700
Here here, indeed. 

Gerard Lillie
Portland, OR

 
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:16:20 -0700
Subject: [obol] Crows. Names, misnomers for...
From: tmcmac67 AT gmail.com
To: obol AT freelists.org

OBOL,

I just returned from giving Tule her morning perambulation in Mt. Tabor park 
and found, to my delight, a pile of crows in my front yard and immediate 
surrounds. No, no McNamara, not a "pile" you mean a murder. Yeahyeah 

There were upwards of 100 and the majority were giving voice. I knew of the 
murder, the flogged murmuration of starlings, the wisp of teal etc. But as I 
was looking at the raucous buggers I was thinking that they reminded me of a 
kind of a hyper-obstreperous version of one Tolkien's Ent moots. There was no 
raptor about that they were taking to task they just seemed to be yelling. So 
if not a moot, then maybe a British Parliament; all that vociferous 
yapping---that seemed like an apt analog. But owls have the collective name 
claim for Parliament ostensibly because they are wise and deliberative. 
Parliament = wise and deliberative--there's a poser. Methinks they should sign 
over the brand to the crows...full of sound and fury,signifying whoknowswhat. 
But it's damn entertaining. 

good birding,
Tom
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: High Wind Warning for the Valley Today
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:45:32 -0700
Central coast forecast this afternoon includes gusts to 85mph. A good time to 
not be birding. 


Who knows where Wink's Brown Booby will end up. Check the Sheridan sewage 
ponds, Paul ! 

.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




On Oct 25, 2014, at 10:40 AM, Jack Williamson wrote:

> This just came up and I thought I should pass it along.  
> 
> 
http://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=b0198236ae4ac806&hl=en&gl=US&source=web 

> 
> -- 
> Jack Williamson
> West Linn, Oregon
Subject: High Wind Warning for the Valley Today
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:40:14 -0700
This just came up and I thought I should pass it along.


http://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=b0198236ae4ac806&hl=en&gl=US&source=web 


-- 
Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon
Subject: Probable LITTLE GULL, Tierra del Mar
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:19:56 -0700
Sea lions kicked up a close to shore feeding frenzy of gulls. Among them was a 
very small gull with an "M" on the wings, but not as neat and clean as on a 
kittiwake. There was not a white wedge as on a Bonie's. Black tip to the tail. 
Pale wing linings, which threw me off because I forgot that 1st winter LITTLE 
GULL doesn't have the dark linings--I kept thinking it was a disheveled 
kittiwake. "But it's so small!" 


Superb viewing this morning, even though or because the wind was out of the SE. 
That would also explain the complete lack of tubenoses. 


Wink Gross
Tierra del Mar

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Subject: Snow Geese over Gladstone
From: "grantandstacy17 ." <grantandstacy17 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:21:50 -0700
A flock of 100 flying south near the Clackamas River this morning was
unusual for the area; my first for Clackamas County.

Also, quite an agitated little mob of small birds (Scrub Jay, Bewick's
Wren, two Anna's Hummingbirds, Spotted Towhee, Oregon Junco) was hopping
about a large tangled thicket of clematis and blackberry giving alarm
calls.  Almost certainly an owl back out of sight, but did not spot it.

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Subject: BROWN BOOBY, Tierra del Mar (Tillamook)
From: Wink Gross <winkg AT hevanet.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:48:57 -0700
At 8:30 this morning, I saw an adult BROWN BOOBY flying south in front of my 
beach house. Brown head, back, and breast. Sharp demarcation between breast and 
white belly. Pale bill and pale wing linings. Close in, just beyond surf. 


Wink Gross
Tierra del Mar

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Subject: Field Report with Red-throated Pipit Photos and Map
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:26:33 +0000
Greetings All,

I've put together a field report with photos of the Red-throated Pipit at Lake 
Selmac along with a satellite map of the area. The report also includes a 
complete list of the 41 species that we saw around Lake Selmac today. Wish the 
weather would have been a bit nicer with more light for photos, but it was fun 
birding and nice shared adventure with our carload and several other birders 
that we met on site. 


Here's a link to the report:


http://www.birdfellow.com/members/dave_irons/field_reports/884-red-throated-pipit-24-october-2014-lake-selmac-oregon 


Dave Irons
Portland, OR 
 		 	   		  
Subject: JoCo addendum
From: Stefan Schlick <greenfant AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:15:03 -0400
After successfully twitching the Red-throated Pipit earlier today (Shawneen's 
link for separating Pechora from Red-throated is REALLY worth reading), I 
stopped by Whitehorse County Park around lunch: There were no less than 150 
Violet-green Swallows!!! Also around was a yellow-shafted Northern Flicker. 

Along Illinois River Rd west of Selma a White-throated Sparrow was in the mix 
of sparrows (42.278671, -123.635620), a second one was pointed out to me by 
Dave at Lake Selmac (SW side). The SE side also had a crisp adult 
Red-shouldered Hawk and 2 Marsh Wrens. 

2 Oak Titmice were the first birds to come in behind the Merlin rest stop off 
I-5. 

I often see mudflats mentioned as a place where the Red-throated Pipit is seen 
at Lake Selmac. If you look carefully, it will spend almost its whole time in 
the green, slightly uphill from the mudflats. Generally, Red-throated Pipits 
are not mudflat birds, but lawn birds. 

Stefan SchlickHillsboro, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: Russ's Pipit may be a sneaky bird
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:49:26 -0700
The pipit might be conserving energy and hiding in furrows or dips in the 
mud.  Although a raptor had flushed the flock just before we arrived on 
Thursday, 2 of us watched that same spot of mud near the pavement. We saw 
Yellow rumps land on the mud island and watched for perhaps 30 to 40 minutes 
scanning around for the pipit. But then we noticed that the pipit was 
visible after a time and none of us, 3 birders by now, had seen it fly into 
that area. During the one hour that we observed the bird after that, it 
didn't move beyond a 8 to 10 foot square area. Or smaller. Another pipit 
arrived,  a Killdeer was around, but the bird kept apart, was quite 
sedentary, perhaps due to the disability with the foot/ankle. Appears to 
have a "foot drop" .  Because it is so sedentary, some other birders 
arriving looked in our scopes to see the bird but had trouble finding it 
themselves to get it into their scopes. It was so still for periods of time, 
then finally bobbing and feeding within very defined areas. This was all on 
a small island near the pavement.  Just something to consider. Go get it Tom 
Love!  Judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



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Subject: Re: Slate-colored Junco at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area
From: Pamela K Johnston <pamelaj AT spiritone.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:50:29 -0700
I've had 2 Slate in my yard in the past week. Already 200% more sightings than 
last year. 


Pamela Johnston

On Oct 24, 2014 6:06 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:
>
> Hi all, 
>
> I haven't seen many reports so far of Slate-colored Juncos in the 
> Willamette Valley. Even though these are not birds that get many birders 
> excited, my view is that they tend to herald the arrival of other 
> sparrows from the middle part of the continent, such as American Tree 
> Sparrows. 
>
> Today at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area I found a female/hatch-year 
> Slate-colored Junco. She seemed to be all on her own, apart from 
> chickadees and kinglets (which was unusual in my experience). I've 
> posted a more detailed report on the Midvalley birding list and on 
> www.birdnotes.net. 
>
> Good birding, 
> Joel 
>
> P.S. Hurray for Nina Pham! 
>
> -- 
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> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis 
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Subject: Fulmars and grebes - 10/24/2014
From: Mike Patterson <celata AT pacifier.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:40:37 -0700
I drove all the way down to Silver Point this morning in hopes
of cashing in on some of the tubenose action that has been reported
farther to the south.  But the weather was too nice and what wind
there was was blowing from the wrong direction.

I found an impressive southbound migration of PACIFIC LOONS and
BROWN PELICANS, but except for a few NORTHERN FULMARS things were
otherwise tubenose slow.

I also spent some time watching the Necanicum Estuary from the High
School overlook.  I was able to find the CLARK'S GREBE and the EARED
GREBE reported earlier this week by David Bailey.  There were two
MARBLED GODWITS and two GREAT EGRETS there, as well.  The lingering
WILLET was reported earlier in the week, but I did not see it today.

I think I might head to North Head lighthouse on Sunday for the
predicted westerlies.  Not quite as much of a time and distance
commitment as Silver Point...


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Subject: Re: Red-throated Pipit
From: Romain Cooper <romain AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:16:59 -0700
I know I'm "sticking my neck out" but I'd like to encourage visitors 
to Josephine Co to pay the day use fee (& perhaps write on the ticket 
that you are at the park "birding").  The $4 and 5 minutes is paltry 
compared to the cost of & time spent driving.  And the Josephine Co. 
Parks can sorely use the $.

thanks,

Romain Cooper
10398 Takilma Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523
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Subject: Re: Selmac R-thr Pipit - no
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:34:45 -0700
Tom, you're a jinx, go back to Cave Junction !

I suspect that the pipits have an evening roost site.
.
.
Alan Contreras
acontrer56 AT gmail.com

Eugene, Oregon




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> 5:45-6:30 pm Friday - no pipits anywhere.  
> Tom L.
> 
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Subject: Selmac R-thr Pipit - no
From: Thomas Love <tlove AT linfield.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:30:27 +0000
5:45-6:30 pm Friday - no pipits anywhere.  
Tom L.

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Subject: Slate-colored Junco at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:06:31 -0700
Hi all,

I haven't seen many reports so far of Slate-colored Juncos in the
Willamette Valley. Even though these are not birds that get many birders
excited, my view is that they tend to herald the arrival of other
sparrows from the middle part of the continent, such as American Tree
Sparrows.

Today at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area I found a female/hatch-year
Slate-colored Junco. She seemed to be all on her own, apart from
chickadees and kinglets (which was unusual in my experience). I've
posted a more detailed report on the Midvalley birding list and on
www.birdnotes.net.

Good birding,
Joel

P.S. Hurray for Nina Pham!

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Subject: Hutton's Vireo song: ID help please!
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier AT peak.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:12 -0700
Hi Janet (and anyone else who isn't currently chasing the Red-throated
Pipit),

Since 95% of Oregon's top birders are probably overwhelming the septic
systems around Lake Selmac right now, I will try to respond.

It is really hard to judge bird songs from a written description.
Hutton's Vireos have a very monotonous song (just "zu-weeep, ....
zu-weeep" over and over, and extremely regular). The variability that
you describe, and the similarity to Red-eyed Vireo that you mention,
makes me think that you were more likely hearing a Western Purple Finch.
They are indeed less burry sounding than, say, Cassin's Vireo.

Hopefully this is not too much of a downer, since you still have a
couple of very cool lifers to celebrate today (Varied Thrush and
Red-breasted Sapsucker). And I could very well be wrong, since it's hard
to go from a written description. If you can find a way to send me the
sound file, I'll give it another shot.

Good birding,
Joel
Subject: Red-throated Pipit
From: "Peter Thiemann" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "peterjthiemann@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:00:44 -0700
As reported by others the Red-throated Pipit was seen all morning thru rain and 
shine with some great photo ops toward noon. My photos are on flickr, google: 
Peter J Thiemann, and under flickr you have my photo stream. Happy Birding ! 
Subject: Red-throated Pipit
From: Lars Skalnes <lskalnes AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:49:27 -0700
In addition to the sightings by people who get up earlier than I do, the pipit 
was also seen from 11:15 am to about 12:00 at which time it and three American 
pipits took off. We saw it again between 12:30-1:00 pm, at which point I left. 
The sun even came out for much of the time I spent there. 


Lars Skalnes

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Subject: Hutton's Vireo song? ID help please!
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:30:14 -0400
Hi all,

Out at Mr. Tabor Park today, I heard what I'm about 99% positive was a
vireo singing. I wasn't sure which kind, so I made 2 recordings with my
iTalk app. Ideally, I'd upload the audio files, but each time I've tried to
do this the file loses volume somehow and becomes inaudible. So, I'll just
try my best to describe  the recordings I have.

The song went on for a very long time (> 1 minute each time) and was
composed of short or very short evenly spaced phrases. So far so good for
Hutton's Vireo. However, the songs I recorded differed from all the songs
I've heard of this species (I listened to about 30+ on xeno-canto and
Macaulay library this afternoon) in a couple of  ways:

First, the tempo of the song seemed slower. The phrases had about 2 seconds
of silence in between them, whereas the Hutton's Vireo's song seems more
hurried.

Second, although all the phrases had little pitch variation, they were not
all the same. Some moved up a little; Some moved down a little; Some moved
sideways (up then down then back); Some phrases had 3 distinct notes
(see-oo-ee); Some had two and some had only one slightly slurred note. In
each case, it seems as if the syllables got simpler as the song went along.
Towards the end of each song, there were mostly just slurred down and
sounded exactly like Hutton's Vireo phrases. It was almost as if it was a
Hutton's Vireo that was trying to sound like a more musical vireo then
gradually giving up as the song proceeded. It also sounded a little bit
like a very lazy, unmusical Red-eyed Vireo.


Oh yes, ... and there were no burry notes in the song -- they were all
clear.

Ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL
Subject: Varied Thrush: Success!!
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:58:49 -0400
Hi all,

I'm happy to say that I've had a wonderful day seeing and hearing Varied
Thrushes at Mt. Tabor Park. I'll probably wind up eBirding 20 to 25 of them
-- there were that many!

I got out there before 1st light ... at 6:50 am. Within about 10-15 minutes
-- as dawn began to break -- I started to hear first, House Finches flying
over, then, a tiny bit later, Dark-eyed Juncos and Golden-crowned Kinglets
calling. But where were the thrushes?!

Then, I heard: "Spronnnnng" and another "Spronnnnng," and many more
"Spronngggs".  At last! However, each time I'd head over toward a group,
they seemed to fall silent and I'd hear a lot of calling about 100 yards
off in the opposite direction. So, I head over there and they'd call from
somewhere else. This went on for about 45 minutes, until I decided to tick
VATH as "heard only" and just have fun birding.

Then, around 8:30 am, I found a medium-sized deciduous tree (sorry, I suck
at tree IDs) in amongst lots of tall conifers (to the Northeast of the
large oval reservoir) with lots of activity -- Golden-crowned Kinglets and
... medium-sized birds which did not look like Robins. Bingo!! My first
Varied Thrush sighting, followed quickly by ay least 6 more VATH sightings
all in the same area. I seem to have hit a motherlode of VATH activity.
When I circled back to this area in the early afternoon they were still
active and visible.

Thanks so much to the approximately *30 people* who responded to my query!
You guys are great!

In addition to Varied Thrush, I also had a 2nd lifer: Red-breasted
Sapsucker. I'm pretty sure I also heard a Hutton's Vireo, but upon
listening to the recordings I made, I'm not 100% sure. But I think I'll ask
about this in a separate post.

Thanks again,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL
Subject: Snowy Plovers on the Oregon Coast, 2014
From: DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:54:13 -0700
Folks,

It may be of interest to some to know that the 2014 breeding season for 
Snowy Plovers on the Oregon coast produced a record number of 
fledglings.   We counted a minimum of 271 fledglings, shattering our 
previous record of 180 fledglings in 2012.   Some may have seen a press 
release pertaining to this that I believe was released this past 
Wednesday.   We are still working on crushing data so we do not at this 
time have an accurate estimate of adults, but it was 300+ individuals.   
As some may have noticed, there have been a good number of sitings of 
plovers on the north coast, including at some places that have not seen 
plovers in a long time (Nehalem Spit had 5 plovers about 3 weeks ago).   
USFWS would certainly like to receive any reports of plovers seen in 
Oregon throughout the winter.   The large number of fledglings has also 
produced bigger flocks of wintering plovers at places like Clam Beach 
Humboldt Co Cal and in Mendocino Co Cal also.

To help put this in perspective, there were 35-50 plovers left along the 
coast of Oregon between 1990-1992 when Mark Stern of The Nature 
Conservancy began to monitor and assist managing the plovers along the 
coast.   Kudos to Mark Stern and all the people and land management and 
wildlife agencies who have worked and importantly funding the recovery 
efforts for the past 25 years:  USFWS, US Forest Service, US BLM, Oregon 
Parks and Recreation Dept, Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Army Corp, 
The Nature Conservancy, and The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center.

Cheers
Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein


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Subject: Smith and Bybee Lakes - Franklin's Gull continues
From: Philip Kline <pgeorgekline AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:43:14 -0700
I finally caught up with one of the continuing Franklin's Gulls at Smith
and Bybee Lakes this morning (not having a scope is certainly a handicap at
this location).  Today, it was fairly easy to spot along the shore towards
the canoe launch from the Smith Lake blind with Ring-billed Gulls.  Managed
some halfway decent photos.  Also present were at least three Bonaparte's
Gulls (adults), about 50 American White Pelicans, and a large flock of
mixed Dunlin (100+) and Dowitchers (50+) that contained a single Least
Sandpiper and also half a dozen Greater Yellowlegs.

Other notables included a latish female/1st-winter Black-throated Gray
Warbler in the trees by the Smith lake blind and a cool little Merlin in a
snag near the trail crossroads along the Interlakes trail.
Good birding,

Philip Kline
Subject: Timber area birding: Mountain Quail, Northern Pygmy Owl and Ruffed Grouse (PHOTOS)
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:26:24 +0000
Hi Obolers: 

Yesterday during the intermittent rain breaks, a friend and I birded around the 
Timber and Manning area in the afternoon for some target birds.   

Birding was quite slow but we managed to find a few, nifty birds.  Best birds 
were a cooperative NORTHERN PYGMY OWL that was hunting about 5 feet from the 
ground.   En our way out of Johnson Rd, there was a beautiful RUFFED GROUSE.  A 
few Sharp-shinned Hawks were cruising near the top of Round Top Rd.   


We were lucky to stumble upon some decent visuals of MOUNTAIN QUAIL near Round 
Top.  Those birds can be quite skittish and not surprising with all the hunters 
around.  It was my friend's 600th ABA seeing these beautiful quail---a special 
moment indeed!  A very enjoyable, fun day spent in birding in the 'high' 
elevations of Washington County! 


High elevation birding can be quite rewarding if you put the effort into it.   
Hope you had a fantastic summer, and September and parts of October was just 
fabulous for dry weather and comfortable temperatures.  


Here are some updated photos of the Northern Pygmy Owl as well as some other 
high elevation species (Boreal Owl, Spruce Grouse, White tailed Ptarmigan, and 
Gray-crowned Rosy-finches--both subspecies).  Hope you enjoy the photos.  


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

Peace, love and good birding, 

Khanh Tran

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Subject: Jackson Co - Surf Scoter
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:48:02 -0700
This morning Norm Barrett, Jim Livaudais and I birded the Medco A access to 
Lost Creek Reservoir in Jackson County. We saw a female SURF SCOTER there. 

There was a sizeable AMERICAN PIPIT flock and about a dozen COMMON LOONS.
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Subject: Re: Brown Pelicans headed south, Lincoln City 10-24-2014
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:13:39 -0700
For what it's worth wind charts currently show 
a moderate west wind suction effect trailing
Saturday's storm, potentially setting up Sunday
to be a decent day for pelagics. 

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Subject: Re: Brown Pelicans headed south, Lincoln City 10-24-2014
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:15:28 -0700
from North Point, Depoe Bay:

The slight SE breeze has resulted in a far different experience than what Phil 
Pickering saw yesterday. 


As Dawn noted, there has been a massive southerly movement of Brown Pelicans 
and Doubled-crested Cormorants today. The ocean is littered with Northern 
Phalaropes, and there has been a dribbling of Heerman's Gulls ands California 
Gulls. There are also a few Bonaparte's Gulls in the mix. The only alcids that 
I have seen are Common Murres and a single Rhinoceros Auklet. 


A large raft of kelp had 7 Arctic Terns on it, and one ELEGANT TERN flew by to 
the south. 


A small light-bellied Peregrine Falcon came by low over the ocean. It seemed to 
be hunting for phalaropes. 


Jeff Gilligan




On Oct 24, 2014, at 9:32 AM, d_villa AT mail.com wrote:

> Steady movement of BROWN PELICANS all morning. Stopped for a few minutes to 
count, got up to 160 in about 2 minutes. Small to medium sized groups, mostly 
single file just above the surf. 

>  
> Other movement includes DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PACIFIC LOON, and CACKLING 
GEESE (one flock of about 50-60), a few HEERMANN'S with the Pelicans. . On the 
water Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters (not seeing any Black this morning), 
Pacific and Common Loons, Brandt's Cormorant and little black dots further out. 

>  
> Water is calm, visibility decent but haven't had time to get out and scope.
>  
> dawn v
> Lincoln City/Nelscott
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Subject: Crows. Names, misnomers for...
From: Tom McNamara <tmcmac67 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:16:20 -0700
OBOL,

I just returned from giving Tule her morning perambulation in Mt. Tabor
park and found, to my delight, a pile of crows in my front yard and
immediate surrounds. No, no McNamara,  not a "pile" you mean a murder.
Yeahyeah
There were upwards of 100 and the majority were giving voice.  I knew of
the murder, the flogged murmuration of starlings, the wisp of teal etc. But
as I was looking at the raucous buggers I was thinking that they reminded
me of a kind of  a hyper-obstreperous version of one Tolkien's  Ent moots.
There was no raptor about that they were taking to task they just seemed to
be yelling. So if not a moot, then maybe a British Parliament; all that
vociferous yapping---that seemed like an apt analog.  But owls have the
collective name claim for Parliament ostensibly because they are wise and
deliberative. Parliament = wise and deliberative--there's a poser.
Methinks they should sign over the brand to the crows...full of sound and
fury,signifying whoknowswhat. But it's damn entertaining.
good birding,
Tom
Subject: Brown Pelicans headed south, Lincoln City 10-24-2014
From: d_villa AT mail.com
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:32:19 +0200




Subject: Red-throated Pipit updates
From: "Anne & Dan Heyerly" <tanager AT nu-world.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:19:02 -0700
Anne and I will scoot to JoCo and Lake Selmac on Saturday 10/25 if it
continues through today.

Timely updates by observers on Friday are very much appreciated.

Thanks.

Dan Heyerly, Eugene
Subject: Red-throated Pipit -- Yes 9:10
From: David Irons <llsdirons AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:13:08 -0700
The Lake Selmac Red-throated Pipit continues this morning.

Dave Irons 
Portland, OR

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Subject: This weekend at Lake Selmac
From: "Mary Anne Sohlstrom" <masohlstrom AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:50:17 -0700
All – Patty Bernardi and I will be in Yurt 1Y at Lake Selmac County Park. We 
would be happy to share information if folks want to stop by with updates. We 
were all ready planning to yurt camp in one of the Josephine Co parks this 
weekend, and when the pipit showed up, we were happy that the only yurt at Lake 
Selmac was still available. 


We will not arrive until later today.  Leave a note if we are not around.

Mary Anne Sohlstrom
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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:15:51 -0700

From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
Subject: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert 
Date: October 24, 2014 6:08:31 AM PDT

*** Species Summary:

Surf Scoter (2 Klamath)
Common Loon (4 Klamath)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Clatsop)
Short-billed Dowitcher (1 Deschutes)
Red-necked Phalarope (1 Lane)
Elegant Tern (2 Clatsop)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 Curry)
Swainson's Thrush (1 Benton)
Red-throated Pipit (6 Josephine)

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Subject: 10/23/14 - Lake Selmac : RED-THROATED PIPIT
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "AVITOURS@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:30:17 -0400
 
Birders - 
Mike  Mahoney and I just returned (10/24, 2:30 AM), from a successful trip 
to Lake  Selmac to see the continuing RED-THROATED PIPIT.  A few things that 
I noticed during our  visit that might be helpful for future searchers 
include:  Being patient.  The Pipits seem to prefer the SW  mudflat, but do 
travel around the lake shore.  If they are not at the SW mudflat, check  the 
rocky rip-raff at the spillway/impoundment near the western portion of the  
lake.  As we traveled to and from  the SW and SE portions of the lake, I had 
the passenger window down, and I heard  Pipits near the damn.  I would not  
doubt that this is a secondary location for these Pipits.  We also checked the 
SE portion of the  lake near the boat ramp, but came up empty handed; 
however, this may be a good place to check if they are nowhere else to be 
found. 

 Cellular phone service can be spotty  around the lake.  If you plan on  
being connected with other birders around the lake, maybe bring 2-way  radios. 
 It appears that the whole  lake shore is either private or Josephine 
County Park. The Park Rangers may enforce a 4 $ per vehicle per day fee, as it 

is posted at numerous locations around the lake.  Thanks again, Russ for 
finding the  bird and giving great directions and specifics.  Thanks to Judy 
Meridith and Bob Stites  for calling and getting us back on the bird.  This 
was a life bird for Mike and  me. 
Good  birding, Trent
 
Subject: Re: Least Tern
From: "Phil Pickering" <philliplc AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:11:26 -0700
I believe this is an Arctic - proportionately very small
bill, rounded head, very short reddish-black legs etc.
Very nice photos.

The 1st fall bird I saw at Boiler Bay this morning could
well have been also, although it had unexpectely
heavily marked upperwings (retained juv coverts?)

Cheers, Phil


-----Original Message----- 
From: Susan Norris 
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:49 PM 
To: OBOL 
Subject: [obol] Least Tern 


This cute little Least Tern showed up on the Nehalem Bay Jetty around 4:45pm 
tonight. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/128134659 AT N04/



Sue Norris


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Subject: Re: Red-throated Pipit
From: "Tim Janzen" <tjanzen AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:36:10 -0700
Dear All,

I thought I would add that there were no pipits of any kind to be found at 2 pm 
when I arrived. Paul fortunately spotted the Red-throated Pipit at about 3:20 
pm and then within 10 minutes or so after that a small flock of about 9 or so 
American Pipits showed up. I heard an American Pipit fly over the mudflats 
somewhere around 3:10 pm or so. In any case, if you don't see or hear any 
pipits when you first arrive it may pay off to hang around for a while since 
the pipits could show up later. Exactly where the flock of American Pipits and 
the Red-throated Pipit was between 2 pm and 3:20 pm is unclear to me. I 
certainly couldn't find them on any of the mudflats during that period of time. 
There was also a MERLIN flying around the lake when I arrived and it may have 
spooked the pipits before I arrived. I didn't see any major field marks that 
would suggest Pechora Pipit as I was studying the Red-throated Pipit in the 
scope. A GREAT EGRET was also present at the lake. 


Sincerely,

Tim Janzen

Portland

 

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Subject: [obol] Red-throated Pipit

 

Found at 3:20 pm after just a few minutes.

Paul & Carol
Subject: Least Tern
From: Susan Norris <norris6158 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:49:04 -0700
This cute little Least Tern showed up on the Nehalem Bay Jetty around
4:45pm tonight.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128134659 AT N04/


Sue Norris
Subject: Re: Owen's Pipit pics
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:40:07 -0700
I will add a plug to that Birds of Korea site, they have lots of good info 
there about birds that could show up over here, including the pipits. Good site 
to bookmark. 


Bob Archer



> On Oct 23, 2014, at 9:03 PM, Shawneen Finnegan  
wrote: 

> 
> When we first saw the photos we looked through the Per Alstrom and Krister 
Mild book Pipits and Wagtails and couldn’t turn it into anything but a RTPI. 

> 
> I had experience with multiple Pechora Pipits many years ago during the 
Spring of 1988 on Attu. They have a very different call note than Red-throated. 

> 
> If anyone hears the bird, one should note that Pechora’s give a singular 
monosyllabic note that can be heard on the Xeno-canto site at: 

> 
> http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Anthus-gustavi
> 
> Red-throated give a drawn out wheezy “speeeee” note that is very 
different. 

> 
> http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Anthus-cervinus
> 
> For more information on separating these two species there is an online 
article by Nial Moores. It is quite long but if you are interested in learning 
more about them then give it a read. 

> 
> 
http://www.birdskorea.org/Birds/Identification/ID_Notes/BK-ID-Pechora-Pipit.shtml 

> 
> Shawneen Finnegan
> Portland, OR
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Owen's Pipit pics
From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:03:45 -0700
When we first saw the photos we looked through the Per Alstrom and Krister Mild 
book Pipits and Wagtails and couldn’t turn it into anything but a RTPI. 


I had experience with multiple Pechora Pipits many years ago during the Spring 
of 1988 on Attu. They have a very different call note than Red-throated. 


If anyone hears the bird, one should note that Pechora’s give a singular 
monosyllabic note that can be heard on the Xeno-canto site at: 


http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Anthus-gustavi

Red-throated give a drawn out wheezy “speeeee” note that is very different.

http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Anthus-cervinus

For more information on separating these two species there is an online article 
by Nial Moores. It is quite long but if you are interested in learning more 
about them then give it a read. 



http://www.birdskorea.org/Birds/Identification/ID_Notes/BK-ID-Pechora-Pipit.shtml 


Shawneen Finnegan
Portland, OR


Subject: Re: Owen's Pipit pics
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:18:26 -0700
Hi:

Yes, I saw some more of Owen's pics and they are the underside of the opposite 
wing's tertials. It has no primary projection. I did not want to doubt the id, 
just wanted to be sure I wasn't seeing a projection. Luv them pipits. Sorry for 
unclear email, should have added sentence stating a RTPI would not have a 
projection. 


Bob
Pdx



> On Oct 23, 2014, at 8:07 PM, Russ Namitz  wrote:
> 
> Bob et al~
> 
> I think the tertials from the other side of the bird overlay the nearside 
tertials (i.e. the right tertials are on top of the left tertials). Hence, we 
are seeing the dark inner edge of the right tertials. 

> 
> Also, I assume that Bob's reference to the unpatterned nape was alluding to 
the possibility of a Pechora Pipit. Not that he suggested otherwise, but it 
made me do a little research in the subtle differences between the two. Aside 
from the field guides, it can be instructive to flip through Google images of 
each. 

> 
> I think this is a juvenile bird as it has crisp, fresh plumage. It lacks 
frayed edges to the wing coverts and tertials and also lacks red in the throat. 

> 
> Cheers,
> Russ Namitz
> Medford, OR
Subject: Re: id help needed! (bud break in the Willamette Valley)
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman AT peak.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:15:03 -0700
Hi,  Joel -

You posed an interesting and important question,

"Obviously this creates a problem, if the calendars for migrant
wood-warblers and the trees that they depend on for insects continue to
diverge.The question is whether birds will be able to adapt fast enough,
through natural selection in favor of early migrants, to the rapid
changes that we're seeing in tree phenology."

I do not see this a a major problem for spring arrivals.  I suspect that
spring insect availability increases continuously from bud break on through
the breeding season.  So food availability may be higher now than in the
past.

There may instead be a problem for birders:  it is so much more satisfying
to watch warblers in a Big-leaf Maple at bud break than when the tree is
leafed out!

Possibly there could be a pinch at the other end, when leaves are turning
and dropping earlier, relative to the migrants' programmed departure times.

Wayne

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM, Joel Geier  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I agree with Dave Irons' detailed analysis that this looks like a
> Wilson's Warbler.
>
> I believe that the comment, about the two plates of undertail patterns
> in Dunn & Garrett's warbler guide being "the most useful plates in any
> field guide," is due to Mike Patterson, in a review of this field guide
> that he posted on OBOL when it first came out.
>
> About using vegetation as a clue to warbler ID, a cautionary note
> (although it doesn't contradict Dave's analysis -- in fact it reinforces
> it for this instance) is that the timing of spring bud-break in the
> Willamette Valley has advanced by about a week, over the past decade.
>
> This information comes in part from systematic observations made as part
> of a global phenology project, by students and faculty of the Jane
> Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS) in Salem, which I've been
> privileged to be a part of. The interesting thing (though this is
> wandering off-topic) is that the fall phenology for trees changing color
> and dropping their leaves has also advanced by about a week.
>
> That might seem counterintuitive, as climate change has been extending
> the frost-free season (astonishingly apparent this year -- it looks like
> we could make it all the way into November before we have our first
> frost on the valley floor). The simplified version of the explanation
> that I've heard is that autumn leaf changes are basically dictated by
> time-dependent chemical processes that are set in motion when the trees
> leaf out in spring. So the season in which leaves are on the trees has
> basically just shifted forward by one week, rather than becoming longer.
>
> Getting back on topic, what I've noticed over my 18 years of residence
> here in the Camp Adair area of the mid-Willamette Valley is that migrant
> warbler species that used to peak in passage during big-leaf maples
> bud-break, now tend to show up a bit later, during bud-break for Oregon
> white oaks.
>
> This makes sense based on the idea that neotropical migrants are
> programmed to respond to changes in day length rather than temperature,
> while trees are chemistry-driven critters that seem to respond more
> directly to temperature, which influences the rate of chemical
> reactions.
>
> Obviously this creates a problem, if the calendars for migrant
> wood-warblers and the trees that they depend on for insects continue to
> diverge.The question is whether birds will be able to adapt fast enough,
> through natural selection in favor of early migrants, to the rapid
> changes that we're seeing in tree phenology.
>
> Good birding,
> Joel
>
> Dave Irons wrote:
>
>         1. Vegetation -- The deciduous tree in the photo is just
>         starting to bud and leaf out. In the Willamette Valley that
>         typically happens from late March to mid-April with bigger
>         trees. You say this photo was taken in April, but don't give us
>         the exact date. I think that if this image had been taken in the
>         latter days of April the leaf out would be further along.
>
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: Owen's Pipit pics
From: Russ Namitz <namitzr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:07:15 -0700
Bob et al~
I think the tertials from the other side of the bird overlay the nearside 
tertials (i.e. the right tertials are on top of the left tertials). Hence, we 
are seeing the dark inner edge of the right tertials. 

Also, I assume that Bob's reference to the unpatterned nape was alluding to the 
possibility of a Pechora Pipit. Not that he suggested otherwise, but it made me 
do a little research in the subtle differences between the two. Aside from the 
field guides, it can be instructive to flip through Google images of each. 

I think this is a juvenile bird as it has crisp, fresh plumage. It lacks frayed 
edges to the wing coverts and tertials and also lacks red in the throat. 

Cheers,Russ NamitzMedford, OR 		 	   		  
Subject: BirdsEye-Redmond Sewage Ponds-2014-10-23
From: "kimdelo AT yahoo.com" <kimdelo@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:49:36 -0700
Observer: Kimdel Owen
2014-10-23 19:41
Redmond Sewage Ponds
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
20 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    1    Eurasian Wigeon       
    25    Mallard       
    25    Northern Shoveler       
    12    Northern Pintail       
    20    Green-winged Teal       
    1    Hooded Merganser       
    8    Eared Grebe       
    75    American Coot       
    18    Killdeer       
    1    Greater Yellowlegs       
    5    Dunlin       
    1    Pectoral Sandpiper       
    1    Short-billed Dowitcher       
    17    Long-billed Dowitcher       
    3    Wilson's Snipe       
    2    Common Raven       
    4    European Starling       
    2    Savannah Sparrow       

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