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18 Feb: @ 16:26:31  Re: NO MOCKINGBIRD in SW Beaverton [Shawneen Finnegan]
18 Feb: @ 16:18:53  Re: NO MOCKINGBIRD in SW Beaverton [David Irons]
18 Feb: @ 16:15:40  Backyard Bird Count and a couple notable individuals [Harry Fuller]
18 Feb: @ 16:02:33  Sedge Wren, Florence [Daniel Farrar]
18 Feb: @ 16:00:07  3rd North Grants Pass raptor survey [dpvroman]
18 Feb: @ 15:08:06  Re: Bluebirds [Alan Contreras]
18 Feb: @ 14:39:31  Scarf found at end of Rentenaar Road, Sauvie Island [Mary Reese]
18 Feb: @ 14:05:47  NO MOCKINGBIRD in SW Beaverton [Shawneen Finnegan]
18 Feb: @ 13:16:46  Sandhills over my house, Clackamas county [Steve Jaggers]
18 Feb: @ 13:07:49  Tricolored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Multnomah County [Nicholas Mrvelj]
18 Feb: @ 13:01:28  Bluebirds [Bruce Newhouse]
18 Feb: @ 12:41:16  Re: Townsend's Warbler In Portland [Barbara Combs]
18 Feb: @ 12:40:01  Northern Shrike Ankeny [DICK AFTEN]
18 Feb: @ 12:38:45  NW Portland birds [Nathaniel Wander]
18 Feb: @ 12:32:37  Re: Townsend's Warbler In Portland [France Davis]
18 Feb: @ 12:05:22  fyi, Harris Sparrow on Sauvie Island yesterday [Steve Jaggers]
18 Feb: @ 12:03:19  Harris' Sparrow Rentenaar Rd [Lars Norgren]
18 Feb: @ 11:16:41  Re: Townsend's Warbler In Portland [Matthew Olson]
18 Feb: @ 10:16:48  Townsend's Warbler In Portland [Donald Burns]
18 Feb: @ 02:00:11  Harrisburg-Coburg Raptor Run February 17 [Barbara Combs]
18 Feb: @ 00:21:06  Re: Kumlien's Gull on dragonboathouse roof Pdx [Phil Pickering]
17 Feb: @ 23:57:59  Photo: Common Goldeneye Pair Baskett Slough NWR [Jim Leonard]
17 Feb: @ 23:20:06  Lane Raptor Route Unit 2 [John Sullivan]
17 Feb: @ 19:23:50  Coos Rufous Hummer 2/17/19 [Tim Rodenkirk]
17 Feb: @ 17:21:39  SANDHILL CRANES over Koll [Shawneen Finnegan]
17 Feb: @ 17:05:53  Sandhill Cranes Near Silverton Now [John Thomas]
17 Feb: @ 16:29:12  Kumlien's Gull on dragonboathouse roof Pdx [larspernorgren]
17 Feb: @ 16:01:41  Sedge Wren continues, Lane County [Daniel Farrar]
17 Feb: @ 14:31:29  Re: Sandhill cranes over Eugene/Santa Clara [J Hayes]
17 Feb: @ 13:51:22  Sandhill cranes over Eugene/Santa Clara [[email protected]]
17 Feb: @ 04:31:44  Re: Unusual Goose Visitors to Philomath Ponds [JOHN S MC DONALD]
17 Feb: @ 01:29:12  Re: Sauvie Island - Rentenaar Road Tree Sparrows [Jeff Gilligan]
17 Feb: @ 01:06:26  Greater White-fronted Goose Maury Jacobs Park [Rakar West]
17 Feb: @ 01:01:20  Re: Blackish Oystercatchers [Jeff Gilligan]
16 Feb: @ 23:59:20  Re : Blackish Oystercatchers [Mike Patterson]
16 Feb: @ 23:47:43  Re: Re : Blackish Oystercatchers [Alan Contreras]
16 Feb: @ 23:41:19  Re : Blackish Oystercatchers [Redacted sender avitours for DMARC]
16 Feb: @ 21:50:03  Sauvie Island - Rentenaar Road Tree Sparrows [Philip Kline]
16 Feb: @ 20:53:53  Re: Unusual Goose visitors to Philomath Ponds [Shawneen Finnegan]
16 Feb: @ 20:37:19  Unusual Goose visitors to Philomath Ponds [Pam Otley]
16 Feb: @ 17:25:17  Coos Tree Swallows 2/16/19 [Tim Rodenkirk]
16 Feb: @ 17:12:55  Yamhill County TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD [Shawneen Finnegan]
16 Feb: @ 16:54:15  Tualatin River NWR yesterday [Harry Fuller]
16 Feb: @ 14:35:09  Finley NWR Tundra Bean-Goose continues [Hendrik Herlyn]
15 Feb: @ 23:51:37  Black-legged Kittiwake in Eugene [Nancy Clogston]
15 Feb: @ 22:08:21  Coquille valley raptor count [Kay & JoAnne]
15 Feb: @ 20:59:12  Lincoln Co. eBird Alerts for 2/15: Magnolia Warbler at Ona Beach SP; Northern Shrike at Yaquina and Siletz Bays [Range Bayer]
15 Feb: @ 14:50:24  Sauvie Island Brant [Abby Haight]
15 Feb: @ 13:18:34  3 Prairie Falcons in western mid-Willamette Valley ... or make that 4? [clearwater]
14 Feb: @ 20:24:56  Shawneen says pixelation; I say pixilated;....convergence.. [Tom McNamara]





Subject: Re: NO MOCKINGBIRD in SW Beaverton
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 16:26 pm
From: shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com
 
Guess I was having a hard time with my post as I was so late to work! Thanks Dave for the clarification and those who told me I put the photo under Northern Pintail!
Shawneen ˜

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On Feb 18, 2019, at 2:18 PM, David Irons <[email protected]> wrote:






As Shawneen™s subject line might be misinterpreted to indicate that there is no Northern Mockingbird southwest of Beaverton (there actually is one) I thought that would point out that NO in the subject is in reference to NORTHERN.


I took a break from work and saw the bird with Shawneen at about 11:30 this morning.


Dave Irons
Beaverton, OR

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On Feb 18, 2019, at 12:05 PM, Shawneen Finnegan <[email protected]> wrote:



Somehow i missed this alert from the 16th of a Mocker found just barely inside our 5MR area found byAnne Sammis & Eric Gropp.


At 15201 SE Pleasant Valley Rd there is a huge fruiting holly tree in their yard. The bird has been perching on the house and other spots in the yard.


https://ebird.org/view/checkli...


My checklist is here:
https://ebird.org/pnw/view/che...


Cheers,
Shawneen Finnegan

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Subject: Re: NO MOCKINGBIRD in SW Beaverton
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 16:18 pm
From: llsdirons AT msn.com
 
As Shawneen™s subject line might be misinterpreted to indicate that there is no Northern Mockingbird southwest of Beaverton (there actually is one) I thought that would point out that NO in the subject is in reference to NORTHERN.

I took a break from work and saw the bird with Shawneen at about 11:30 this morning.

Dave Irons
Beaverton, OR

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On Feb 18, 2019, at 12:05 PM, Shawneen Finnegan > wrote:

Somehow i missed this alert from the 16th of a Mocker found just barely inside our 5MR area found by Anne Sammis & Eric Gropp.

At 15201 SE Pleasant Valley Rd there is a huge fruiting holly tree in their yard. The bird has been perching on the house and other spots in the yard.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

My checklist is here:
https://ebird.org/pnw/view/che...

Cheers,
Shawneen Finnegan

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Subject: Backyard Bird Count and a couple notable individuals
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 16:15 pm
From: atowhee AT gmail.com
 
The Backyard Bird Count internet traffic is so heavy the eBird site has
slowed to a crawl, yesterday it timed out on my browser in late afternoon.
That's all good.
Watching every bird means you see more: today it was Cheeky tghr Junco and
a carotene-bright House Finch in our garden. PIcs attached.

Checklists and lots of pics at:
https://atowhee.blog/2019/02/1...
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author of: *San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:*
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author of *Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA*:
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author of *Freeway Birding*: *freewaybirding.com
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Subject: Sedge Wren, Florence
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 16:02 pm
From: jdanielfarrar AT gmail.com
 
The SEDGE WREN at Waite Ranch offered superb views this morning. It took several hours, but Noah Strycker relocated it and was able to pin it down for the whole group to see. It proceeded to perch up in the open offering some of the best views I've had this winter. Thanks Noah!
If you'd like to try for it, please send me a note so we can arrange a time for you to visit.
Many thanks to McKenzie River Trust for the continued access to this property.
www.mckenzieriver.org
Daniel FarrarDunes City--
Daniel Farrar

Dunes City



Subject: 3rd North Grants Pass raptor survey
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 16:00 pm
From: dpvroman AT budget.net
 
The 3rd North Grants Pass raptor survey was completed today, 02-18-19.

Traveled 37.9 miles in 3.25 hours. Weather: overcast to mostly sunny

Observed were:

Red-tailed Hawk - 10

American Kestrel -6

Bald Eagle - 1 (adult)

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1

Turkey Vulture - 1

Two Tree Swallows seen, have been some around since mid-December. No
other unexpected birds found.

Dennis (north of Grants Pass)

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Subject: Re: Bluebirds
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 15:08 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
There are Westerns all over the place around Eugene this winter. West of Eugene they are all but ubiquitous in reasonable habitat. A far cry from the 1970s.


Alan [email protected], Oregon
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On Feb 18, 2019, at 10:57 AM, Bruce Newhouse <[email protected]> wrote:A friend just reported seeing a flock of bluebirds in Eugene where he'd never seen any close by. Is it my imagination, or are there a higher than normal number of Western Bluebird and vagrant Mountain and Eastern bluebird reports in the Willamette Valley?

Bruce Newhouse in Eugene


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Subject: Scarf found at end of Rentenaar Road, Sauvie Island
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 14:39 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
Turquoise scarf tied to yellow road barrier. Portland Thorns pattern.

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Subject: NO MOCKINGBIRD in SW Beaverton
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 14:05 pm
From: shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com
 
Somehow i missed this alert from the 16th of a Mocker found just barely inside our 5MR area found by Anne Sammis & Eric Gropp.

At 15201 SE Pleasant Valley Rd there is a huge fruiting holly tree in their yard. The bird has been perching on the house and other spots in the yard.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

My checklist is here:
https://ebird.org/pnw/view/che...

Cheers,
Shawneen Finnegan

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Subject: Sandhills over my house, Clackamas county
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 13:16 pm
From: sjjag AT comcast.net
 
Nice new yard bird for us! Just had 7 Sandhill Cranes fly over our house in the Milwaukie/Jennings Lodge area. 
They were heading in a north easterly direction at medium height, easily seen. First heard passing through our area by Linda while on a walk.

Fun times!

Steve Jaggers
Linda Neumann



Subject: Tricolored and Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Multnomah County
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 13:07 pm
From: nickmrvelj AT gmail.com
 
Greetings all,
Following up on Zack Schlanger™s interesting Blackbird that he found yesterday*,I decided to pay an overdue visit to the Purina factory in the Rivergate Industrial area.
I arrived rather early this morning, 2/18, and the place was shrouded in fog. As the morning progressed, visibility improved. I found two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS rather quickly, as they were quite conspicuous and vocalizing intermittently as they do. I™m assuming they are early migrants, but it™s possible that maybe they over wintered in the greater area.
The flock kept increasing as the minutes dragged on, but was scattered as there were a few areas the birds were feeding. Right before I was about to call it a morning, I found a pretty solid male TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD mixed in with the myriad Brewer™s and Red-winged Blackbirds. There were also good numbers of Brown-headed Cowbirds and Europeans Starlings.
Here™s the coordinates of the exact location:(45.6405077,-122.7675169).
There really is no legal parking on N Simmons Road. The birds spend most of their time flying around the area, usually on private property. Good luck to any that try to relocate.
My checklist:https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Good Birding,-Nick Mrvelj (PDX)
*Zack™s bird (https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Subject: Bluebirds
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 13:01 pm
From: newhouse AT efn.org
 
A friend just reported seeing a flock of bluebirds in Eugene where he'd
never seen any close by. Is it my imagination, or are there a higher
than normal number of Western Bluebird and vagrant Mountain and Eastern
bluebird reports in the Willamette Valley?

Bruce Newhouse in Eugene


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Subject: Re: Townsend's Warbler In Portland
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 12:41 pm
From: bcombs232 AT gmail.com
 
I have a male and a female Townsend™s Wabler coming to my Eugene area suet feeders regularly. I usually have one or two here every year. 
On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 10:32 AM France Davis <[email protected]> wrote:
I've also had a single Townsend's Warbler (not sure if it's the same bird) come to our suet feeder in SW Portland every winter since we moved here in 2012.

France DavisSW Portland, Multnomah area



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Lane County, OR



Subject: Northern Shrike Ankeny
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 12:40 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
Yesterday 5:30 PM parking lot Eagle Marsh



Subject: NW Portland birds
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 12:38 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
Ducks
Approximately a week ago (I apologize for not having recorded the date), there were seven Lesser Scaup on the Willamette near the Albers Mill office building ,just downstream of the Broadway Bridge. Between the building and the bridge, there was a male Common Goldeneye swimming on its own.
Insectivores
This (cold) morning a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flitted and hunted through the branches of a leafless tree in Tanner Springs Park.
Shorebirds
Killdeer have been over-nighting for at least a week in a cleared-for-building site between Quimby and what would be Raleigh close to what would be 11th Avenue. ('Would be' because these streets don't actually go through.)
Nathaniel WanderPortland, OR
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Subject: Re: Townsend's Warbler In Portland
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 12:32 pm
From: franceinoregon AT gmail.com
 
I've also had a single Townsend's Warbler (not sure if it's the same bird) come to our suet feeder in SW Portland every winter since we moved here in 2012. 

France DavisSW Portland, Multnomah area



Subject: fyi, Harris Sparrow on Sauvie Island yesterday
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 12:05 pm
From: sjjag AT comcast.net
 
Apologies if this becomes multiple posts, I have been having Comcast/obol post difficulty byt wanted to let folks know we had this somewhat shy Harris Sparrow with the many others yesterday.

Along with 4 White throated, Fox, Lincoln, Swamp, no Tree Sparrows.Location, Rentenauuer rd. 2/3 from check station, rt. side just before the "lake" water on both sides. Path of sorts towards old shack, lots of seed spread, many White and Golden Crowned as well.
Steve Jaggers



Subject: Harris' Sparrow Rentenaar Rd
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 12:03 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
Right now, at seed patch immediately east of slough. Numerous
White-throats-maybe half a dozen. 32 degrees,foggy. Bewick's Wren and Song
Sparrow have been singing.



Subject: Re: Townsend's Warbler In Portland
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 11:16 am
From: gentlesenator AT gmail.com
 
We™ve the same Townsend™s visitor to our suet cage that we™ve seen every winter for the past 6 years! Easily identified year after year due to a missing toe. He typically mingles with the two-dozen bushtits.

Best,

Matt
about.me/matthewolson

> On Feb 18, 2019, at 8:15 AM, Donald Burns wrote:
>
> There is a Townsend™s Warbler at our feeders in the Raleigh Hills area of southwest Portland this frosty morning. Per Harry Nehls from the past, some winter here as we have had them before and not sure if this is one of those or a migrant. Poor photo quality as I had to take it through a window and from well into our house.
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Subject: Townsend's Warbler In Portland
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 10:16 am
From: burnsdacey AT comcast.net
 
There is a Townsend™s Warbler at our feeders in the Raleigh Hills area of southwest Portland this frosty morning.  Per Harry Nehls from the past, some winter here as we have had them before and not sure if this is one of those or a migrant.  Poor photo quality as I had to take it through a window and from well into our house.



Subject: Harrisburg-Coburg Raptor Run February 17
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 2:00 am
From: bcombs232 AT gmail.com
 
Kai Williams and I did the Harrisburg-Coburg Raptor Run on Sunday, February 17.Temperatures were mostly in the low to mid 40s.We had one brief rain shower. Skies were partly cloudy most of the time.There was hardly any wind.
We drove 68 miles in 3 hours and 45 minutes.
The raptors:24 Red-tailed Hawk19 American Kestrel 1 Northern Harrier
23 Bald Eagle (12 adults, 11 immatures)
2 Cooper's Hawk



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Barbara Combs obie '70
Lane County, OR



Subject: Re: Kumlien's Gull on dragonboathouse roof Pdx
Date: Mon Feb 18 2019 0:21 am
From: philliplc AT charter.net
 
Speaking of which I was just going through photosfrom Lincoln County taken this year and noticed thisinteresting pale Iceland photographed at the D Riveron 1/10 by Zack Schlanger. It's the petite 1st-cycleunder Thayer's here -
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Thayer's -> Kumlien's seem to form a cline so it ishard to know where to draw lines between the endsand what might be intermediate. But this one doesshow some impressively Kumlien's-like featuresfor the west coast, such as uniform coloration andpale tertials with internal patterning.
The first 2 photos under Thayer's are of the resident2nd-cycle that has been confusing me for the last 5months.
Phil



Subject: Photo: Common Goldeneye Pair Baskett Slough NWR
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 23:57 pm
From: photojleonard AT gmail.com
 
Common Goldeneye Pair seen at Taverner's Marsh at Baskett Slough NWR today. Located in the water along the far northwest shore. Photo is a long distance and is of poor quality. Click on link for photo. Photo by Jim Leonard.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jH9u...



Subject: Lane Raptor Route Unit 2
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 23:20 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
Hello All,
Tye Jeske and I enjoyed a good numberof birdson the Route today whichcovers the West Eugene Wetlands areanorth to the Lane County line. A record number of Bald Eagles for this Route were counted. 42 werein one field with sheep carcasses near the State Hospital on Hwy 99 south of Junction City. There are also2 occupied BaldEagle nests along the route.A Barn Owl on the Meadowview andHwy 99Barn was a surprise. The last one seen here during the route was Feb. 2009! AGreat Horned Owl is back on the nest at the Water Treatment Facility on Aubrey Road. Still no White-tailed Kites.
Red-tailed Hawk-66Kestrel- 51Harrier - 9Kite- 0Red-shouldered Hawk- 5Bald Eagle- 64Rough-legged Hawk-2Merlin- 1Cooper™s Hawk- 2Great Horned Owl- 1Barn Owl - 1
Good Birding,
John SullivanSpringfield, OR




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Subject: Coos Rufous Hummer 2/17/19
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 19:23 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
I saw my first male Rufous of the year in some flowering manzanita at New River (Storm Ranch), Coos. Also about a dozen male Anna™s on our hour long dog walk this AM.
I tried to go to Floras Lake, Curry but it was flooded and I didn™t have hip waders to get to beach but did get great looks at a Rough-legged Hawk on my drive in a little past the blue silos.
Happy birding all!Tim RCoos Bay



Subject: SANDHILL CRANES over Koll
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 17:21 pm
From: shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com
 
We have four high-flying Sandhills Flying north over 217 by Koll & Washington Square.

Shawneen Finnegan and Dave Irons

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Near Silverton Now
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 17:05 pm
From: johnpam AT mtangel.net
 
Just saw 50+ Sandhill Cranes going NNE 2:40 PM.  Fairly high altitude and calling loudly. Should be over OR City or Portland area about now.

John Thomas
5 mi NE of Silverton near Hwy 213
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Subject: Kumlien's Gull on dragonboathouse roof Pdx
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 16:29 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
I'm on the viewing platform at the end of Se Madison, e end of Hzwthorne Br. A 1st year bird. I'm not succeeding in digiscope photo. If anyone with a real camera is interested the sun is bright and most of the 100 gulls are sleepy. Lars


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Subject: Sedge Wren continues, Lane County
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 16:01 pm
From: jdanielfarrar AT gmail.com
 
Our group got brief but good views of one of the SEDGE WRENS at Waite Ranch this morning. Weather was ideal, but the wrens were not vocal and very skulky while we were there. Other highlights from the morning were a flock of 9 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, a juvenile NORTHERN SHRIKE, a SWAMP SPARROW and several Lincoln's.
Two spots have opened up for tomorrows trip if any are interested. Please contact me off list.
If you would like to try on a future date please let me know.
Good birding,Daniel FarrarDunes City--
Daniel Farrar

Dunes City



Subject: Re: Sandhill cranes over Eugene/Santa Clara
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 14:31 pm
From: balgryph AT gmail.com
 
I just saw a flock of roughly 25 Sandhills heading north over Southeast Portland, at 12:24 PM.
Jeff HayesPortland
On Sun, Feb 17, 2019, 11:51 AM [email protected] <[email protected]> wrote:
Obolitos,


Just had a flock of about 45 SANDHILL CRANES pass over our Eugene/Santa Clara-area yard (11:40). They were headed NNW and were very vocal. The only other February detection of Sandhills in 23 years at this location also happened to be on the 17th.


Rudi

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Subject: Sandhill cranes over Eugene/Santa Clara
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 13:51 pm
From: woodenapple AT juno.com
 
Obolitos,

Just had a flock of about 45 SANDHILL CRANES pass over our Eugene/Santa Clara-area yard (11:40). They were headed NNW and were very vocal. The only other February detection of Sandhills in 23 years at this location also happened to be on the 17th.

Rudi
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Subject: Re: Unusual Goose Visitors to Philomath Ponds
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 4:31 am
From: bigrocketman AT comcast.net
 
The bird on the left in the first photo looks like what is called a domestic African goose, which is also a descendant of the wild swangoose, as is another smaller domestic variety, called a Chinese goose. The other domestic goose looks like it must be a hybrid between swangoose and greylag goose ancestors. It has a raised knob on the top of its bill, that a pure greylag descendant would not have. 
All these domestic varieties and Canada geese freely join in hybrid breeding, but the offspring are not fertile. But since swangeese and greylag geese are more closely related and in the same Genus, hybrids from them may be fertile. That is actually a big maybe, as it is disputed by some and probably not of much interest to those who study wild species.
Steve McDonald

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Subject: Re: Sauvie Island - Rentenaar Road Tree Sparrows
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 1:29 am
From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com
 
Amazingly good photos.

On Feb 16, 2019, at 8:49 PM, Philip Kline <[email protected]> wrote:Rentenaar Road (aka sparrow alley) was a lot of fun this morning. I found 2 American Tree Sparrows near the west end of the road (just west of where the Savannah Sparrows hang out). Swamp Sparrows put on a nice show allowing close approach as they focused on feeding on some sort of aquatic insect. A non-local Song Sparrow stuck out like a sore thumb at the seed patch where the road crosses the wider slough. At least 2 White-throated Sparrows were here too.
I chased a Brant reported yesterday from the dike at the end of the road. No luck there. The Snow Geese put on their usual spectacular show.
I was happy to capture some decent images of the sparrows. They're in the ebird checklist here:
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good birding,
Philip Kline



Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose Maury Jacobs Park
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 1:06 am
From: rakarw AT peak.org
 
I saw one Greater White-fronted Goose this morning on my daily dog walk. It was hanging out with 40+ Canada Geese in Maury Jacobs Park by the river.

Rakar West
Whiteaker, Eugene

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Subject: Re: Blackish Oystercatchers
Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 1:01 am
From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com
 
I™ve seen Blackish Oystercatchers in South America. They are a real species. The coast of Chile is rocky like ours in many areas with cold water inshore. That the species look similar is not surprising. I assume the reference to Blackish Oystercatcher was a typo or an automatic correction by the computer.




On Feb 16, 2019, at 10:47 PM, Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:Not to be confused with the Kinda Dark Oystercatcher.

Alan ContrerasEugene, Oregon
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Subject: Re : Blackish Oystercatchers
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 23:59 pm
From: celata AT pacifier.com
 
Presumably part of that caravan...

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Subject: Re: Re : Blackish Oystercatchers
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 23:47 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Not to be confused with the Kinda Dark Oystercatcher.

Alan ContrerasEugene, Oregon
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On Feb 16, 2019, at 9:40 PM, (Redacted sender "avitours" for DMARC) <[email protected]> wrote:

At least there are 7 of them. I hope they stick around.
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- Trent

La Grande, OR



Subject: Re : Blackish Oystercatchers
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 23:41 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
At least there are 7 of them. I hope they stick around.

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- Trent
La Grande, OR



Subject: Sauvie Island - Rentenaar Road Tree Sparrows
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 21:50 pm
From: pgeorgekline AT gmail.com
 
Rentenaar Road (aka sparrow alley) was a lot of fun this morning. I found 2 American Tree Sparrows near the west end of the road (just west of where the Savannah Sparrows hang out). Swamp Sparrows put on a nice show allowing close approach as they focused on feeding on some sort of aquatic insect. A non-local Song Sparrow stuck out like a sore thumb at the seed patch where the road crosses the wider slough. At least 2 White-throated Sparrows were here too.
I chased a Brant reported yesterday from the dike at the end of the road. No luck there. The Snow Geese put on their usual spectacular show.
I was happy to capture some decent images of the sparrows. They're in the ebird checklist here:
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Good birding,
Philip Kline



Subject: Re: Unusual Goose visitors to Philomath Ponds
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 20:53 pm
From: shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com
 
Yes, they are domestic. A Swan Goose (Chinese origin) with the black bulbous bill and a Graylag type. We call them belly draggers. The domestic types like this are pot-bellied which is why we like to call them belly draggers.
Shawneen FinneganBeaverton

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On Feb 16, 2019, at 6:35 PM, Pam Otley <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi all,
These 2 domestic type(I think) geese were at the Philomath Ponds late this afternoon, seemingly in a family group with 4 Canada Geese. They seem to have characteristics of perhaps Swan Goose. One has a black bill, one an orangebill, both have bright orange legs and feet.
It was fun and surprising to see them and I would appreciate any comments from the goose knowledgeable as to species or if they are possible hybrids.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvDa1au
Thanks, happy cold weather birding!
Pam Otley



Subject: Unusual Goose visitors to Philomath Ponds
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 20:37 pm
From: pamo1954 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
These 2 domestic type(I think) geese were at the Philomath Ponds late this afternoon, seemingly in a family group with 4 Canada Geese. They seem to have characteristics of perhaps Swan Goose. One has a black bill, one an orangebill, both have bright orange legs and feet.
It was fun and surprising to see them and I would appreciate any comments from the goose knowledgeable as to species or if they are possible hybrids.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvDa1au
Thanks, happy cold weather birding!
Pam Otley



Subject: Coos Tree Swallows 2/16/19
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 17:25 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
50+ TREE SWALLOWS at Myrtle Point Marsh in the rain/hail this afternoon. Also a few bluebirds nearby at the fairgrounds.
The N Mocker is still in the tiny hamlet of Arago near Myrtle Point. I saw it chasing some Steller™s Jays out of its favorite holly tree. Two Turkey Vultures nearby.
At Moldycoma Marsh on the east side of Coos Bay early AM the Harris™s Sparrow and yellowthroat continue. Also Swamp Sparrow and 2-3 WT Sparrows at seed with the sparrow flock.
The Coquille Valley is indeed full of water, I think the Coquille River is currently right about flood stage.
Happy birding all!Tim RCoos Bay



Subject: Yamhill County TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 17:12 pm
From: shawneenfinnegan AT gmail.com
 
Dave and I went to Yamhill County this morning looking for gulls. Usually after a wet period there cane be hundreds. Today we saw 12.

We found a big blackbird flock that had one male Tricolored Blackbird in it around a big barn.

Here is the link to our eBird checklist with the coordinates.

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Shawneen Finnegan and Dave Irons

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Subject: Tualatin River NWR yesterday
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 16:54 pm
From: atowhee AT gmail.com
 
one white-fronted goose among cacklers facing the visitors centerthree western bluebirds along trail near rivernothing rare
checklist and pics:https://atowhee.blog/2019/02/1...
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Subject: Finley NWR Tundra Bean-Goose continues
Date: Sat Feb 16 2019 14:35 pm
From: hhactitis AT gmail.com
 
Seen with Dusky Canada Geese in the field NW of the Prairie Overlook this morning.
Oscar Harper, Kai & Ben Frueh, Hendrik Herlyn
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Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake in Eugene
Date: Fri Feb 15 2019 23:51 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
Hello birders,
There was a Black-legged Kittiwake in the front parking lot of the VA on Chad Drive in Eugene this morning. Thanks to Daniel Farrar who helped me identify it from my emailed picture.Here is ebird link with picture.
eBird Checklist “ VA Medical Center, Lane County, Oregon, US “ Fri Feb 15, 2019 “ 1 species

eBird Checklist “ VA Medical Center, Lane County, Oregon, US “ Fri Feb 1...

Nancy Clogston



Subject: Coquille valley raptor count
Date: Fri Feb 15 2019 22:08 pm
From: hartbern1995 AT gmail.com
 
Sometimes tomorrow does not mean less rain....Kay and I did the Coquille Valley raptor count today. 70 miles, 40-42 degrees, rain, thunder and lightening, A LOT of water in the Winter Lakes area, as well as everywhere!
Red Tail Hawks, 21American Kestrel 5Northern Harrier 5Bald Eagle 11 adult, 8 immatureRPeregrine Falcon 1Red Shoulder Hawk 15White Tail Kite 5Peregrine Falcon 1Osprey 1
JoAnne Bernt



Subject: Lincoln Co. eBird Alerts for 2/15: Magnolia Warbler at Ona Beach SP; Northern Shrike at Yaquina and Siletz Bays
Date: Fri Feb 15 2019 20:59 pm
From: range.bayer AT gmail.com
 
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2019 08:23 by Karen Freiheit
- 200 North Beaver Creek Road, Seal Rock, Oregon, US (44.521,
-124.071), Lincoln, Oregon
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
- Comments: "Found in the bushes toward the beach."

==========================Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2019 09:54 by Karen Freiheit
- Yaquina Bay--Sally's Bend-LNG Facility, Lincoln, Oregon
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
- Comments: "Juvenile, in weeds, bramble near lng tank."

Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2019 15:53 by Annie Burks
- Siletz Bay NWR--Alder Island, Lincoln, Oregon
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
- Comments: "Great view. Called, flew over and perched in a tree 6 ft
away. Curved beak, black mask. FOY 78"

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Subject: Sauvie Island Brant
Date: Fri Feb 15 2019 14:50 pm
From: abhaight AT gmail.com
 
One of these things is not like the others...
[image: IMG_0341.jpg]

Seen around 10 a.m. in large flock of Canada geese, in the large field at
the end of Rentenauer Road (looking west from the corral parking lot).
Lots of sparrows, too



Subject: 3 Prairie Falcons in western mid-Willamette Valley ... or make that 4?
Date: Fri Feb 15 2019 13:18 pm
From: clearwater AT peak.org
 
Thanks to Brandon Wagner for reminding me that Frank Kolwicz
has still been seeing a Prairie Falcon around Baskett Slough
NWR, in the general neighborhood where Brandon and others
reported one during December.

So there may be as many as four Prairie Falcons patrolling
winter territories west of the Willamette River, in the
mid-Willamette valley region:

1 in Baskett Slough NWR area (ne. Polk Co.)
1 in Camp Adair area (ne. Benton and se. Polk Co.)
1 in Finley NWR-Corvallis airport area (se. Benton Co.)
1 in Fern Ridge-Junction City area (n. Lane Co.)

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Subject: Shawneen says pixelation; I say pixilated;....convergence..
Date: Thu Feb 14 2019 20:24 pm
From: tmcmac67 AT gmail.com
 
Birding folks,
As usual, Shawneen weighs in with sense and substance and posits difficulties with the modern plague of pixelation / distortion of this recently photo-ed bluebird creature. The thread was long; the thread was tortuous; the thread was damn fun.
In turn I offer an alternative word, somehow appropriate, I suggest, for the addled days of dreary February, one that is oh so close in spelling and, in meaning seemingly apropos, given the sitch.......... Okay, pixilated, defined by the OED as: Chiefly U S regional"slightly crazed; bewildered, confused..."So, two bird theory?..not so much. Two descriptive-word theory?... I say, bingo.good birding, Tom


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