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28 May: @ 23:30:59  Request for Information to Locate Isolated Western Gull Nests in Newport and South Beach (Lincoln Co.) [Range Bayer]
28 May: @ 21:53:39  Hooded O refound [Alan Contreras]
28 May: @ 18:15:03  SAS Ankeny NWR Field Trip Report [Mike Unger]
28 May: @ 17:10:17  Re: PUMA [Wayne Weber]
28 May: @ 16:41:20  the Duckflat plover(s) [Roy Gerig]
28 May: @ 16:24:00  Great-Tailed Grackle - Fern Ridge Royal- Lane [1sallyhill.9]
28 May: @ 14:51:05  Re: Brown Pelicans-- Netarts [Kathleen Krall]
28 May: @ 14:29:30  Brown Pelicans-- Netarts [Tricia Snyder]
28 May: @ 11:09:09  Re: Duckflat Golden Plover & Mystery plover??? [Craig Miller]
28 May: @ 10:20:50  late report of godwit [5hats]
27 May: @ 23:46:01  southern Oregon Oregon, Day #2 [Harry Fuller]
27 May: @ 23:13:19  Portland Audubon trip to the Washington County Coast Range on 5/27 [Stefan Schlick]
27 May: @ 20:31:13  oriole update [Alan Contreras]
27 May: @ 19:30:46  Hooded Or HQ [Alan Contreras]
27 May: @ 18:57:51  Cliff Swallows have perfect timing [Pamela Johnston]
27 May: @ 18:50:11  Olive Sided Flycatchers [Mark J. Greenfield]
27 May: @ 17:29:32  Duckflat Golden Plover & Mystery plover??? [Robert O'Brien]
27 May: @ 13:46:24  rb grosbeak p ranch [Alan Contreras]
27 May: @ 12:26:01  Coos sparrow wren swallow [Tim Rodenkirk]
27 May: @ 09:20:57  Pectoral Sandpiper - Tualatin River NWR [Steve Nord]
27 May: @ 00:00:53  Josephine County Illinois Valley Common Poorwill [Romain Cooper]
26 May: @ 22:10:51  Re: BRA Deschutes Co Bobolink [Wayne Hoffman]
26 May: @ 21:35:24  Portland Audubon Roadscholar Bend trip (sightings from May 22-25) [Stefan Schlick]
26 May: @ 21:31:02  Re: A silly, but related, story to the Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat [Tom Crabtree]
26 May: @ 21:16:53  Green Herons - - -Englewood Park [linda phelan thompson]
26 May: @ 20:26:12  Benton County Ash-throated Flycatcher seems to have moved on [Joel Geier]
26 May: @ 20:07:39  Southern Cascades today [Harry Fuller]
26 May: @ 17:27:39  Request [Bill Tice]
26 May: @ 16:56:11  SAS Shorts: Cascades Gateway Park Bird Walk Report [Mike Unger]
26 May: @ 15:48:59  A silly, but related, story to the Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat [Roy Gerig]
26 May: @ 15:00:48  Re: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd [DJ Lauten and KACastelein]
26 May: @ 14:47:08  Re: Pacific-golden Plover at Duckflat Rd [Roy Gerig]
26 May: @ 14:45:35  Re: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd [Bob Archer]
26 May: @ 14:43:34  Re: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd [Pam Otley]
26 May: @ 14:32:05  Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd [Roy Gerig]
26 May: @ 13:35:56  BRA Deschutes Co Bobolink [Wayne Hoffman]
26 May: @ 10:44:06  Memorial Day Big Sit: Lilly's Bench at Malheur HQ on Monday May 29 [David Irons]
26 May: @ 10:28:16  Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [Pam Otley]
26 May: @ 09:45:17  Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [Bob Archer]
26 May: @ 08:42:23  Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [DJ Lauten and KACastelein]
26 May: @ 08:37:30  Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [DJ Lauten and KACastelein]
26 May: @ 08:12:45  Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [Lars Per Norgren]
26 May: @ 08:09:27  Duck Flat Gadwall [Lars Per Norgren]
26 May: @ 08:00:31  Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [DJ Lauten and KACastelein]
26 May: @ 05:39:56  Sex in the City! Fwd: [BIRDWEST] May 25 Calgary Bird Alert [Robert O'Brien]
26 May: @ 01:33:50  Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more [Pam Otley]
26 May: @ 00:19:34  Wandering Tattlers at Depoe Bay [Jeff Gilligan]
25 May: @ 23:32:45  Deschutes County, west of Sisters: American Three-toed Woodpecker-two pairs! [Jim Moodie]
25 May: @ 15:54:27  Shorebirds [Roy Lowe]
25 May: @ 10:40:53  Great-tailed Grackle, Fern Ridge [sylviaspfd]





Subject: Request for Information to Locate Isolated Western Gull Nests in Newport and South Beach (Lincoln Co.)
Date: Sun May 28 2017 23:30 pm
From: range.bayer AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

Alayna Lawson is a student at Oregon State University who is studying
the nesting biology of isolated/urban Western Gulls (including on
buildings and rooftops) in Newport and South Beach the rest of this
spring term and this summer to compare to the nesting success of
Western Gulls nesting in colonies.

If you know the location in Newport or South Beach of any Western Gull
nests, gulls carrying nesting material, or gulls displaying
territorial behavior over a potential isolated/urban nesting location
such as buildings or roofs, please contact her at: Alayna Lawson


Thank you!
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Subject: Hooded O refound
Date: Sun May 28 2017 21:53 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
I heard second hand that the imm male Hooded Oriole was seen using hummer feeders at MHQ this afternoon and that two people got pics. I have not seen the photos.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56@gmail.com

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Subject: SAS Ankeny NWR Field Trip Report
Date: Sun May 28 2017 18:15 pm
From: unger730 AT gmail.com
 
SAS ANKENY NWR FIELD TRIP SUMMARY



For today's Salem
Audubon birding field trip at Ankeny NWR, Fred, Kay and I were joined by 13 other
birders. The weather was partly cloudy
then turned partly sunny late in the field trip. It was 53 degrees at the start but warmed up to
63 degrees at the end. We made six stops
around the refuge including a 1.85 mile walk around Pintail Marsh and a walk down
the Pintail- Egret Marsh Boardwalk. We
identified (saw or heard) 54 species.



Most notable sightings:

We saw six duck species
including quite a few Blue-winged Teal,
some Cinnamon Teal and a pair of Lesser Scaup;

There were quite a few
warblers around especially Yellow
Warblers. We kept our streak going
as we heard two Yellow-breasted Chats
during the field trip;

A Green Heron flew over us at Pintail Marsh. We also heard a Sora at Pintail Marsh;

Two Rufous Hummingbirds were seen with one being a very bright male;

The Marsh Wrens were quite active as they were loud and seemed very
protective of their space;

A Great
Egret was seen at the pullout just before Eagle Marsh. It was on the far left side near the
cattails; and

We got good looks at a Swainson™s Thrush at the Pintail and
Egret Marsh Boardwalk.


A complete list of
today's birds follows. Our next SAS field trip will be to Tualatin River NWR
on Saturday, June 10th at 8:00 AM. Meet at the Airport Park & Ride
parking lot. The Minto-Brown Island Park bird walk is
at 7:00 AM on Sunday, June 11th. Meet at Parking Lot #3 at the end of Minto
Island Road. The next SAS-Shorts bird
walk is at Keizer Rapids Park on Tuesday,
June 27th at 9:00 AM. Meet at the parking
lot near the boat ramp. Please join us
if you can.



Mike Unger

Keizer, OR



Ankeny NWR Checklist Summary for May 28, 2017

Number of Species: 54



Checklists included in this summary: 6


(1): Ankeny NWR--Eagle Marsh Overlook @ 6:55 AM

(2): Second Pullout on left along Buena Vista Rd. @ 7:22 AM

(3): Ankeny NWR--Eagle Marsh @ 7:39 AM

(4): Willow Tree parking lot @ 8:21 AM

(5): Ankeny NWR--Pintail Marsh @ 8:43 AM
(6): Ankeny NWR--Pintail and Egret Marsh--Boardwalk and Blind
@ 10:33 AM





43 Canada Goose -- (3),(5)
3 Gadwall -- (2),(3)
63 Mallard -- (1),(2),(3),(5)
15 Blue-winged Teal -- (2),(3),(5)
11 Cinnamon Teal -- (2),(3),(5)
4 Northern Shoveler -- (2),(3),(5)
2 Lesser Scaup -- (5)
6 Pied-billed Grebe -- (2),(3),(5)
1 American Bittern -- (3)
8 Great Blue Heron -- (2),(3),(5)
1 Great Egret -- (2)
1 Green Heron -- (5)
12 Turkey Vulture -- (4),(5)
1 Osprey -- (5)
1 Red-tailed Hawk -- (5)
1 Sora -- (5)
25 Killdeer -- (2),(4),(5)
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- (5)
5 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- (4)
3 Mourning Dove -- (4),(5)
2 Rufous Hummingbird -- (3),(5)
2 Downy Woodpecker -- (3),(5)
4 Northern Flicker -- (3),(5)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (2)
1 American Kestrel -- (5)
4 Western Wood-Pewee -- (5),(6)
3 California Scrub-Jay -- (1),(4),(5)
4 American Crow -- (3),(5)
18 Tree Swallow -- (2),(5),(6)
1 Violet-green Swallow -- (2)
6 Barn Swallow -- (3),(4)
54 Cliff Swallow -- (3),(5)
2 Black-capped Chickadee -- (2),(5)
1 Brown Creeper -- (6)
14 Marsh Wren -- (3),(5),(6)
4 Bewick's Wren -- (5),(6)
5 Swainson's Thrush -- (3),(5),(6)
7 American Robin -- (2),(5),(6)
76 European Starling -- (1),(5)
17 Cedar Waxwing -- (3),(4),(5),(6)
10 Common Yellowthroat -- (3),(4),(5),(6)
17 Yellow Warbler -- (3),(5),(6)
1 Wilson's Warbler -- (3)
2 Yellow-breasted Chat -- (2),(6)
2 Savannah Sparrow -- (2),(5)
13 Song Sparrow -- (3),(4),(5),(6)
7 Spotted Towhee -- (2),(3),(5),(6)
3 Black-headed Grosbeak -- (3),(5),(6)
2 Lazuli Bunting -- (4),(5)
99 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
1 Western Meadowlark -- (1)
9 Brewer's Blackbird -- (1),(2),(4)
12 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (2),(3),(5),(6)
8 American Goldfinch -- (3),(5)



Subject: Re: PUMA
Date: Sun May 28 2017 17:10 pm
From: contopus AT telus.net
 
A belated response to Tim™s message of May 19th. For the record, the first Purple Martins I ever saw were at Honeyman State Park near Florence in June of 1969. They must have been nesting somewhere in the area at that time, although martins are known to forage up to 3-4 miles away from their nesting sites. This record is in eBird at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... , although unfortunately I didn™t keep track of numbers till a few years later.
From eBird data, it looks like Purple Martins still nest at the docks of the Port of Siuslaw in Florence. This is close enough to Honeyman that it could account for my sighting there. However, like Tim, I suspected that they were nesting in holes in snags around some of the sand-dune lakes like Woahink and Siltcoos.
Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC, Canada
From: obol-bounce@freelists.org [mailto:obol-bounce@freelists.org] On Behalf Of Tim Rodenkirk
Sent: May-19-17 4:38 AM
To: obol@freelists.org
Subject: [obol] PUMA
Had a bird at 11 AM on Wednesday at Lost Lake (south of Bandon) while doing rare plant work with the NW Youth Crew and some BLM interns. The bird was over the sand dune area between the two lakes. Lotsa old POC snags in lake but never noticed PUMA there before. Probably nesting somewhere near? I bet theynest in snags in the OR Dunes too. Someone once told me they nested in snags in sand dunes around Florence?
How goes the PUMA work? I saw new boxes in parking lot at BLM boat ramp- not yours?
Enjoy the sun!
Tim



Subject: the Duckflat plover(s)
Date: Sun May 28 2017 16:41 pm
From: roygerig AT gmail.com
 
A couple of comments here on obol made me want add this: Yesterday, Saturday I watched this quite uncooperative Pacific Golden-plover in the NW corner I guess it was around 0800 or so, one time if flew up and circled halfway around the main pond. In flight it was joined by another bird that looked the same as it, all on the far side and thats pretty far away so looks weren't great, especially in the morning glare. I can say for pretty sure neither was Black-bellied Plover from seeing the back and tail and underwings. From that, I do believe there are/were two Golden-plovers out there. It, or they, are not cooperative
Roy Gerig Salem OR



Subject: Great-Tailed Grackle - Fern Ridge Royal- Lane
Date: Sun May 28 2017 16:24 pm
From: 1sallyhill.9 AT gmail.com
 
Saw a GT Grackle on Royal just past the scrub trees to the south where the water starts.  It was with other blackbirds.  Initially perched on tree then dropped to ground.

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Subject: Re: Brown Pelicans-- Netarts
Date: Sun May 28 2017 14:51 pm
From: krallfamily AT comcast.net
 
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Jim Border had 4 Pelicans at Three Graces May 6; as far as I know, no one else in Tillamook county reported pelicans during the survey that day.
However, we saw 6 at Cape Meares two days ago (Friday), 7 at Oceanside yesterday and 5 at Short Beach today.

Last year we saw Brown Pelicans at Cape Meares May 15.

Have you seen the Purple Martins nesting in the tsunami warning siren at the Netarts Boat Basin? They are back again, for the third year in a row.

Kathy Krall



Kathy Krall

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>
> We spotted two BROWN PELICANS on Netarts Bay today. They seem early. Are they?
>
> Tricia Snyder
> Netarts
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Subject: Brown Pelicans-- Netarts
Date: Sun May 28 2017 14:29 pm
From: triciasnyder1 AT gmail.com
 
We spotted two BROWN PELICANS on Netarts Bay today.  They seem early.  Are they?

Tricia Snyder
Netarts

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Subject: Re: Duckflat Golden Plover & Mystery plover???
Date: Sun May 28 2017 11:09 am
From: gismiller AT gmail.com
 
Bob and all,

Any photo this blurred is speculative, but I think the flying bird is a Killdeer. In addition to the white marking above the bill, the upperparts are dark, consistent with Killdeer, and there are two dark smudges on the upper breast consistent with the two black rings that a killdeer has. The underparts are apparently in shadow, so not as bright white as you might expect.

That's my take,

Craig Miller
Bend, OR

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> On May 27, 2017, at 3:27 PM, "Robert O'Brien" wrote:
>
> The golden plover found by Pam Otley at Duckflat Road a few days ago was
> a very interesting bird. But.......................what about the real mystery bird?
>
> This was in flight when she took the first plover photo and was apparently
> an accidental addendum. The most distinguishing feature might be the
> white marking above the bill which is overexposed and blurred in the flight
> photo. This might be indicative of Kildeer, which would certainly be an
> expected accidental photo there. Her plover photo#1 was on her original eBird posting.
> I've adjusted her photo and it's included here.
> But nothing else about it looks like a kildeer to me. In fact, it looks
> like another golden or perhaps black-bellied plover. But noone else
> has reported either so it's a bit of a mystery. Any ideas?
>
> Bob Obrien
>
>
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Subject: late report of godwit
Date: Sun May 28 2017 10:20 am
From: 5hats AT peak.org
 
I received a report from Friday, May 26 of two godwits on the beach south of the Punchbowl at Otter Crest, Lincoln County. One was a Marbled, the other a Hudsonian, which looked exactly like the one Noah Stryker observed earlier in the week near Florence.

Darrel



Subject: southern Oregon Oregon, Day #2
Date: Sat May 27 2017 23:46 pm
From: atowhee AT gmail.com
 
Goshawk plus:
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/...

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Subject: Portland Audubon trip to the Washington County Coast Range on 5/27
Date: Sat May 27 2017 23:13 pm
From: greenfant AT hotmail.com
 
12 folks joined me today on a Portland Audubon trip to the Timber area in eastern Washington County.


Our first bird was a lazy American Dipper at the Nehalem River bridge just east of Reeher's Camp.


We struggled early morningat Reeher's Camp, but eventually got ok looks at Hammond's and Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and Evening Grosbeak. We heard a lot, but got on verylittle on that stop.


The clearcut just before the turnoff to Round Top Rd was amazingly active mid morning. We found Willow andOlive-sided Flycatcher, among many of the regular low to mid elevation birds.The highlight were fine looks at a Northern Pygmy-Owl in the scope.


Further up Round Top Rd near the Rice Rd turnoff, asingingMacGillivray's Warbler was perched up nicely for the whole group to admire him at length.


It took us until about 1:30pm to finally get everyone on a pair of Hermit Warblers up near Round Top. Another really well-seen bird today.We also found Gray Jay and Hairy Woodpecker in the area. A singing Yellow-rumped Warbler near the gate at the topwas
the only one of the day. AWestern Bluebird putin a brief appearance at the nearby clearcut.


Oddly, we never saw a single Wilson's Warbler all day, but we did hear them at pretty much every stop.


Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR



Subject: oriole update
Date: Sat May 27 2017 20:31 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Apparently malheur oriole is imm male Hooded, not F

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56@gmail.com

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Subject: Hooded Or HQ
Date: Sat May 27 2017 19:30 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Tristen Hynes reports a female Hooded Oriole at Malheur HQ 5:15 pm. Evergreens along s side. Also Black-throated Gray.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56@gmail.com

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Subject: Cliff Swallows have perfect timing
Date: Sat May 27 2017 18:57 pm
From: pamelaj AT spiritone.com
 
Today I arrived at one of the horse barns I visit and saw Cliff Swallows streaming back and forth from a muddy spot in a pasture to the roof overhang of the wooden barn. In  couple of hours they had nearly completed a colony of nests. They barely touched the ground as they picked up balls of mud, and packed them together as the mud quickly dried. This is just north of Hwy 211 in Canby, Clackamas Co.

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Subject: Olive Sided Flycatchers
Date: Sat May 27 2017 18:50 pm
From: markgreenfield AT involved.com
 
I just returned from 7 days in the Upper Klamath Basin and Sycan Marsh, where I saw/heard over 110 species. North of Sycan, near Silver Creek Marsh, we heard numerous olive sided flycatchers. They do NOT say quick, three beers. Rather, they say quick, free beer. Personally, I prefer the free stuff. Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone. Here™s to summer and to the recent arrivals of Swainson™s thrush, Western wood-pewee and Cedar waxwings greeting us when we returned home.

Mark Greenfield
14745 NW Gillihan Road
Portland, Oregon 97231
(503) 227-2979
markgreenfield@involved.com



Subject: Duckflat Golden Plover & Mystery plover???
Date: Sat May 27 2017 17:29 pm
From: baro AT pdx.edu
 
The golden plover found by Pam Otley at Duckflat Road a few days ago was
a very interesting bird. But.......................what about the real
mystery bird?

This was in flight when she took the first plover photo and was apparently
an accidental addendum. The most distinguishing feature might be the
white marking above the bill which is overexposed and blurred in the flight
photo. This might be indicative of Kildeer, which would certainly be an
expected accidental photo there. Her plover photo#1 was on her original
eBird posting.
I've adjusted her photo and it's included here.
But nothing else about it looks like a kildeer to me. In fact, it looks
like another golden or perhaps black-bellied plover. But noone else
has reported either so it's a bit of a mystery. Any ideas?

Bob Obrien



Subject: rb grosbeak p ranch
Date: Sat May 27 2017 13:46 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Male RB Grosbeak on first part of Long Barn trail at p ranch Malheur 11:45

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

acontrer56@gmail.com

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Subject: Coos sparrow wren swallow
Date: Sat May 27 2017 12:26 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
This morning (5/27)at 0500 I was up Bethel Mtn in SW Coos. Walked from quarry to top where road is gated. I heard three VESPER SPARROWS singing, one in Coos and two in Curry (this road is right next to county line). Lots of singing meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows and Lazuli Buntings. When I got back down to the quarry there was a ROCK WREN singing away (Coos County). Also heard a Purple Martin and a turkey.Further down the road near where the powerline crosses it, there was a chat and a Willow Fly calling from a plantation.
Along Hwy 101, right near the Coos/Curry line, there was a GREEN HERON atop a powerline pole for the what the heck moment of the morning (there was indeed a marsh nearby).
Yesterday afternoon, while unloading my work truck at the BLM office in N Bend, a BANK SWALLOWflew right by me.
Merry migration!Tim RCoos Bay



Subject: Pectoral Sandpiper - Tualatin River NWR
Date: Sat May 27 2017 9:20 am
From: stevernord AT gmail.com
 
OBOL;
4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS on pond below visitor center.
Good BirdingSteve NordBeaverton



Subject: Josephine County Illinois Valley Common Poorwill
Date: Sat May 27 2017 0:00 am
From: romain AT frontiernet.net
 
This evening (5/26/2017), a Common Poorwill was vocalizing freely
near our residence (Takilma area, Illinois Valley, Josephine County -
our place is a bit off the valley floor.). I got a glimpse of a COPO
(perhaps the same bird but I'm hoping there's a pair around) last
night when we returned home late. Our place is proximate to
ultramafic (serpentine/ peridotite) based plant communities - a
preferred habitat of COPO hereabouts.

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


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Subject: Re: BRA Deschutes Co Bobolink
Date: Fri May 26 2017 22:10 pm
From: whoffman AT peak.org
 
Hi, Tom -
Yes I meant mile. I typed mi and my phone did its worst. Also I see the title said BRA instead of RBA. I don't know if I can blame that one on the phone or not? And yes this is north of the Lower Bridge road exit. The area it flew into was hayfield/pasture and looked like it might be irrigated.
Wayne



On 5/26/2017 12:18:07 PM, Tom Crabtree <tc@empnet.com> wrote:I presume you meant 1 mile north of Terrebonne, Wayne. Is that uphill from the Lower Bridge exit?
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Subject: [obol] BRA Deschutes Co Bobolink
Flew across hwy 97 1 million N of Terrebonne.
Wayne
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Subject: Portland Audubon Roadscholar Bend trip (sightings from May 22-25)
Date: Fri May 26 2017 21:35 pm
From: greenfant AT hotmail.com
 
For the last few days,I was part of a 4 trip tripleader gang that rana Portland Audubon Roadscholar trip to Bend. It was a fun trip with lots of good birds and great participants.




Here the highlights:




Black-backed Woodpecker (China Hat CG, 1018 burn)

Three-toed Woodpecker (1018 burn)

White-headed Woodpecker (Cabin Lake, Camp Sherman,
44.2083455,-121.6145158)

Lewis's Woodpecker (Shevlin Park, Cabin Lake)

Red Crossbill (many at Cabin Lake, one very cooperative bird at Calliope Crossing)

Pinyon Jay (Cabin Lake)

Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow,
singing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW alongSpencer
Wells Rd at43.8791,-120.9863

Gray Jay (1018 burn)

Williamson's and
Red-breasted (pure)Sapsucker (44.2083455,-121.6145158)

Green-tailed Towhee (44.282929,
-121.683037 and Spencer Wells Rd)

Gray, Dusky, Hammond's Flycatcher at various spots

Calliope Hummingbird (Calliope Crossing)

American Dipper (Camp Sherman, also later at Marion Forks on my own)

Ferruginous Hawk(nearFt.
Rock)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Lost Lake)


I was very surprised to find at least 2 singing Black-throated Gray Warblers at China Hat CG; I had expected Townsend's.




Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR



Subject: Re: A silly, but related, story to the Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat
Date: Fri May 26 2017 21:31 pm
From: tc AT empnet.com
 
Roy, I put a long strap on mine and sling them over one shoulder. That way they aren™t bothering my neck or back and I can get them to my eyes just as fast. They are protected on my hip and I have both hands free for when I am climbing rocks or holding on to railings.
Tom
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Subject: [obol] A silly, but related, story to the Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat
I have a very bad and sensitive back. Please don't slap me on the back or all the titanium in the middle will make it hurt a lot, and I might curse and I curse only when necessary. About a month ago, I took the strap off my binoculars as I seldom wear them on my neck anyway for the same reason but carry them in my hand instead like I do 90 percent of the time.
Soon after, I've dropped them once, damaging an eyecup but nothing else. The other thing I put them down more often to put my scope away or something. After being at Duckflat this morning, and Mary Schmidgall (first name?) was there too, the sun was fairly blinding and we wouldn't feel sure of much on the distant plover in the glare. She went home, then I left soon after, and I put my binoculars somewhere on my car to put my scope away. When I got where I was going, I had no bins. I went right back to Duckflat, got there 30 minutes or more after I left and found them 1/2 mile down the road from where the Plover is clearly in the roadway and scuffed on the pavement. What are the chances of that? They still have a damaged eyecup, and have new scuff marks but they still work just fine.
As I was back anyway, and the sun was higher, I got better looks at the Pacific Golden Plover. From that I am not sure if I should put a strap back onto my binoculars or not...
Roy Gerig Salem OR



Subject: Green Herons - - -Englewood Park
Date: Fri May 26 2017 21:16 pm
From: lindaphelanlmt AT gmail.com
 
While waiting to see if it was a Towhee, or a Black-Headed Grosbeak that just flew into a tree, a Green Heron flew by right in front of me. A few minutes later, after not hearing any calls, or seeing any movement, I continued on. Most of my walks do not provide any cardio benefits, due to all the stopping, and standing around, and I was trying to get some weight bearing exercise in.
Imagine my surprise when I saw not one, but two Green Herons fly back out of the wetlands together back over the trail overhead. I had never seen more than one Heron at a time before, so this was pretty cool. There were two times I strongly suspected hearing a BH Grosbeak, but didn't see one today.
This is the Fanno Creek trail, midway between SW Scholls Fry and SW No. Dakota. Linda, Tigard
--
Linda Lee



Subject: Benton County Ash-throated Flycatcher seems to have moved on
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:26 pm
From: joel.geier AT peak.org
 
Hi all,

Today I was back at the private conservation easement near Wren (NW of
Philomath, in Benton County), to check on an "Oregon" Vesper Sparrow
nest that Bob Altman and I observed there four days ago. In and around
checking on the nest, I listened for the Ash-throated Flycatcher that we
found singing around the edge of an oak woodland on the previous visit.

I neither heard nor saw it during the 15 minutes or so that I was in the
vicinity. Presumably that bird got frustrated by the difficulty of
finding a female of its species in rural Benton County, and moved on.

Good birding,
Joel

--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Subject: Southern Cascades today
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:07 pm
From: atowhee AT gmail.com
 
GG Owl, WH Woodpecker, et al.
https://atowhee.wordpress.com/...
--
Harry Fullerauthor of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA, see: https://ecowise.wordpress.com/... of Freeway Birding, see: freewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com



Subject: Request
Date: Fri May 26 2017 17:27 pm
From: ticebill7 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,Some time back I thought I read on OBOL that someone was doing some research on snag nesting Purple Martins in the state. If this is so, can they get in touch with me personally as I know of a few sites where they are nesting in Polk County.
Also, on Bald Mt (in western Polk County) my wife and I saw a Northern Goshawk this morning. A great bird for the county, and a off time of year for such in the coast range, although I get the idea they are likely very rare breeders there.
--
Bill Tice
Birding: The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores



Subject: SAS Shorts: Cascades Gateway Park Bird Walk Report
Date: Fri May 26 2017 16:56 pm
From: unger730 AT gmail.com
 
SAS SHORTS: CASCADES GATEWAY PARK BIRD WALK REPORT

May 26, 2017



Hello Birders:



On Friday morning, Fred led our SAS
Shorts bird walk at Cascades Gateway Park.
It was a beautiful morning as evidenced by many of us in short sleeves. Eight (8) birders including some new birders
from Southern California joined Fred for the walk. It was 63 - 69 degrees during the walk. We
walked around Walter Wirth Lake which was about a one mile walk. The park and its paths were pretty dry. The group had some good discussions on
various identification topics which was fun.
We identified (saw or heard) 35 species.



Most notable sightings:

We saw four (4) Bullock™s
Orioles including one at close range near the parking lot. It looked like one pair of orioles were
getting nesting material;

One Spotted Sandpiper
was seen in the mud flat toward the southwest end of the lake;

We saw or heard several Black-headed
Grosbeaks;

Our luck continued as we heard then saw a Yellow-breasted Chat on the east side
of the lake about half way around the lake;

There was a Red-breasted
Sapsucker on a sign post that was hammering on the metal sign occasionally;

We saw a female Yellow
Warbler fly onto a nest on the east side of the lake near where the chat
was located; and

The birds of the day were the Cedar Waxwings that were fly-catching around the park and the
numerous Violet-green Swallows.


A complete list of today's birds
follows. Our next SAS field trip will be
at Ankeny NWR this Sunday, May 28th at 7:00
a.m. Meet at the Overlook off of
Ankeny Hill Road. The next SAS Shorts
field trip is at Keizer Rapids Park on Tuesday,
June 27th at 9:00 a.m. Meet in the parking
lot in the back of the park near the boat ramp.
Please join us if you can.


Mike Unger

Keizer, OR

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Checklist
Summary for May 26, 2017

77 Canada Goose
25 Mallard
3 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1 Mourning Dove
2 Anna's Hummingbird
1 Red-breasted Sapsucker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
4 Western Wood-Pewee
1 American Crow
2 Tree Swallow
16 Violet-green Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Bushtit
16 American Robin
11 European Starling
16 Cedar Waxwing
2 Yellow Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
4 Song Sparrow
3 Spotted Towhee
3 Black-headed Grosbeak
3 Red-winged Blackbird
12 Brewer's Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 Bullock's Oriole
1 House Finch
8 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow



Subject: A silly, but related, story to the Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat
Date: Fri May 26 2017 15:48 pm
From: roygerig AT gmail.com
 
I have a very bad and sensitive back. Please don't slap me on the back or all the titanium in the middle will make it hurt a lot, and I might curse and I curse only when necessary. About a month ago, I took the strap off my binoculars as I seldom wear them on my neck anyway for the same reason but carry them in my hand instead like I do 90 percent of the time.
Soon after, I've dropped them once, damaging an eyecup but nothing else. The other thing I put them down more often to put my scope away or something. After being at Duckflat this morning, and Mary Schmidgall (first name?) was there too, the sun was fairly blinding and we wouldn't feel sure of much on the distant plover in the glare. She went home, then I left soon after, and I put my binoculars somewhere on my car to put my scope away. When I got where I was going, I had no bins. I went right back to Duckflat, got there 30 minutes or more after I left and found them 1/2 mile down the road from where the Plover is clearly in the roadway and scuffed on the pavement. What are the chances of that? They still have a damaged eyecup, and have new scuff marks but they still work just fine.
As I was back anyway, and the sun was higher, I got better looks at the Pacific Golden Plover. From that I am not sure if I should put a strap back onto my binoculars or not...
Roy Gerig Salem OR



Subject: Re: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd
Date: Fri May 26 2017 15:00 pm
From: deweysage AT frontier.com
 
Agree.

Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 5/26/2017 12:45 PM, Bob Archer wrote:
> Based on that , it clearly is not a Black-bellied. Black-bellied always have white rump and white in tail, well done.
>
> Bob Archer
>
>> On May 26, 2017, at 12:31 PM, Roy Gerig wrote:
>>
>> I spent a long time looking at this bird this morning, while looking into the sun more or less and that part got better later in the morning with the sun higher. I am convinced it is not a Black-bellied Plover based on these things: 1) careful size comparisons with nearby shorebirds, including 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS with which it is roughly equal in size, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES which it is noticeably larger than but not enough so to be BBPL, and a KILLDEER and it is a little bulkier than that. During my time there it got side by side with all three of those species, showing to be smaller than Black-bellied.
>>
>> 2) I saw if fly a short distance, its underwings seemed almost as brown as upperwings, no dark axilllars could be seen, no white could be seen on the upper tail. 3) Seen from behind the bird was uniformly golden-brown head to tail, more golden than any BBPL I ever saw.
>>
>> 4) I had a pretty good impression of bill size, which matches Pacific-golden and not BBPL. 5) Pattern of black on the belly matched Golden-plover much better than Black-bellied.
>>
>> Based on those things and even though the bird is distant and seems to be transitional - black on the belly extends almost back to the undertail and does not reach the breast, throat or face, nor does it it reach the wings or undertail coverts - leaving for possible confusion, I will go out on a limb and call it PACIFIC-GOLDEN PLOVER.
>>
>> If it gets closer to the road, in better light in the afternoon, and someone proves it to be other than PGPL, then I'll be wrong, but at this time I believe it to be PGPL.
>>
>> By color, the golden-brown upperparts, plus I think this is the default Golden-plover in spring here, it would be Pacific and not American Golden-plover
>>
>> Roy Gerig, Salem OR
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Subject: Re: Pacific-golden Plover at Duckflat Rd
Date: Fri May 26 2017 14:47 pm
From: roygerig AT gmail.com
 
I should have it clear, it was the bird Pam Otley found yesterday evening I
was speaking of just now



Subject: Re: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd
Date: Fri May 26 2017 14:45 pm
From: rabican1 AT gmail.com
 
Based on that ,  it clearly is not a Black-bellied. Black-bellied always have white rump and white in tail,  well done.

Bob Archer

> On May 26, 2017, at 12:31 PM, Roy Gerig wrote:
>
> I spent a long time looking at this bird this morning, while looking into the sun more or less and that part got better later in the morning with the sun higher. I am convinced it is not a Black-bellied Plover based on these things: 1) careful size comparisons with nearby shorebirds, including 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS with which it is roughly equal in size, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES which it is noticeably larger than but not enough so to be BBPL, and a KILLDEER and it is a little bulkier than that. During my time there it got side by side with all three of those species, showing to be smaller than Black-bellied.
>
> 2) I saw if fly a short distance, its underwings seemed almost as brown as upperwings, no dark axilllars could be seen, no white could be seen on the upper tail. 3) Seen from behind the bird was uniformly golden-brown head to tail, more golden than any BBPL I ever saw.
>
> 4) I had a pretty good impression of bill size, which matches Pacific-golden and not BBPL. 5) Pattern of black on the belly matched Golden-plover much better than Black-bellied.
>
> Based on those things and even though the bird is distant and seems to be transitional - black on the belly extends almost back to the undertail and does not reach the breast, throat or face, nor does it it reach the wings or undertail coverts - leaving for possible confusion, I will go out on a limb and call it PACIFIC-GOLDEN PLOVER.
>
> If it gets closer to the road, in better light in the afternoon, and someone proves it to be other than PGPL, then I'll be wrong, but at this time I believe it to be PGPL.
>
> By color, the golden-brown upperparts, plus I think this is the default Golden-plover in spring here, it would be Pacific and not American Golden-plover
>
> Roy Gerig, Salem OR
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Subject: Re: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd
Date: Fri May 26 2017 14:43 pm
From: pamo1954 AT gmail.com
 
Roy, all,
Fantastic that you were able to see the plover, Roy! I was hoping other birders could see the bird "live" and not only have my photos to go by.
Also, very helpful presentation of the reasoning behind an identification of Pacific Golden-plover.
Pam


On May 26, 2017 12:31 PM, "Roy Gerig" <roygerig@gmail.com> wrote:
I spent a long time looking at this bird this morning, while looking into the sun more or less and that part got better later in the morning with the sun higher. I am convinced it is not a Black-bellied Plover based on these things: 1) careful size comparisons with nearby shorebirds, including 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS with which it is roughly equal in size, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES which it is noticeably larger than but not enough so to be BBPL, and a KILLDEER and it is a little bulkier than that. During my time there it got side by side with all three of those species, showing to be smaller than Black-bellied.
2) I saw if fly a short distance, its underwings seemed almost as brown as upperwings, no dark axilllars could be seen, no white could be seen on the upper tail. 3) Seen from behind the bird was uniformly golden-brown head to tail, more golden than any BBPL I ever saw.
4) I had a pretty good impression of bill size, which matches Pacific-golden and not BBPL. 5) Pattern of black on the belly matched Golden-plover much better than Black-bellied.
Based on those things and even though the bird is distant and seems to be transitional - black on the belly extends almost back to the undertail and does not reach the breast, throat or face, nor does it it reach the wings or undertail coverts - leaving for possible confusion, I will go out on a limb and call it PACIFIC-GOLDEN PLOVER.
If it gets closer to the road, in better light in the afternoon, and someone proves it to be other than PGPL, then I'll be wrong, but at this time I believe it to be PGPL.
By color, the golden-brown upperparts, plus I think this is the default Golden-plover in spring here, it would be Pacific and not American Golden-plover
Roy Gerig, Salem OR



Subject: Pacific Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd
Date: Fri May 26 2017 14:32 pm
From: roygerig AT gmail.com
 
I spent a long time looking at this bird this morning, while looking into the sun more or less and that part got better later in the morning with the sun higher. I am convinced it is not a Black-bellied Plover based on these things: 1) careful size comparisons with nearby shorebirds, including 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS with which it is roughly equal in size, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES which it is noticeably larger than but not enough so to be BBPL, and a KILLDEER and it is a little bulkier than that. During my time there it got side by side with all three of those species, showing to be smaller than Black-bellied.
2) I saw if fly a short distance, its underwings seemed almost as brown as upperwings, no dark axilllars could be seen, no white could be seen on the upper tail. 3) Seen from behind the bird was uniformly golden-brown head to tail, more golden than any BBPL I ever saw.
4) I had a pretty good impression of bill size, which matches Pacific-golden and not BBPL. 5) Pattern of black on the belly matched Golden-plover much better than Black-bellied.
Based on those things and even though the bird is distant and seems to be transitional - black on the belly extends almost back to the undertail and does not reach the breast, throat or face, nor does it it reach the wings or undertail coverts - leaving for possible confusion, I will go out on a limb and call it PACIFIC-GOLDEN PLOVER.
If it gets closer to the road, in better light in the afternoon, and someone proves it to be other than PGPL, then I'll be wrong, but at this time I believe it to be PGPL.
By color, the golden-brown upperparts, plus I think this is the default Golden-plover in spring here, it would be Pacific and not American Golden-plover
Roy Gerig, Salem OR



Subject: BRA Deschutes Co Bobolink
Date: Fri May 26 2017 13:35 pm
From: whoffman AT peak.org
 
Flew across hwy 97 1 million N of Terrebonne.
Wayne


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Subject: Memorial Day Big Sit: Lilly's Bench at Malheur HQ on Monday May 29
Date: Fri May 26 2017 10:44 am
From: LLSDIRONS AT msn.com
 
Greetings All,


Shawneen and I will be part of the horde at Malheur this weekend. In September 2015 weplaced amemorial bench for my late daughter Lillyat Malheur HQ. We had planned to do a big sit from the bench last Memorial Day Weekend, but the closure of HQ all last
yearscratched that plan. This coming Monday (Memorial Day) we plan to do a big sit at the bench from about 9AM (depending how efficiently we break camp) until about 2PM or so when we will start heading back to Portland. We invite one and all to stop by,say
hello, enjoy the comfort of the bench and help us add to our list.


For all the eBirders visiting Malheur this weekend, I would encourage you to do an eBird stationary countchecklist from the bench. Vjera Thompson has created an eBird hotspot for the bench site. It will be fun to see how many total species can be listed
from the bench site over the weekend. Please use the Malheur Headquarters hotspot for checklists of birds that you see as you walk around the headquarters grounds.


I just pulled up the cumulative eBirdlist for the bench hotspotMalheur NWR--Lilly Irons Memorial Bench at Headquartersand found that 26 checklists with189 species have been submitted there. Many of the checklists predate the placement of the bench and
include species (i.e. Chukar and Greater Sage-Grouse) that were surely seen elsewhere in the the county. We need to do some work to clean up the list so that it doesn't include county or refuge-wide lists, or checklists from dates going back to before Lilly
was even born.


We can't wait to see you all in "The Big Country."


To all who are traveling this weekend, safe travels and of course good birding.


Dave Irons
Beaverton, OR



Subject: Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 10:28 am
From: pamo1954 AT gmail.com
 
Hi Bob,
By white in the tail, are you referring to undertail coverts or tail feathers?I have a photo I didn't post of the bird from back with tail up, head down that shows all white coverts. Is that definitive of one species or not?I'm away from computer for the day so can't post that photo.
Pam


On May 26, 2017 7:45 AM, "Bob Archer" <rabican1@gmail.com> wrote:
The Pluvialus plover can be as small as a Killdeer in length but even the largest Killdeer should not approach the bulk of a Golden-Plover, if my sources are correct.
Hard to see bill in photos, but I cannot eliminate a SY Black-bellied Plover, young B-bellied can be very golden-brownish in tones.Pale face looks like a Black-bellied, and I cropped way in and thought I saw white in tail.
Bob ArcherPDX
On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 6:51 AM, Pam Otley <pamo1954@gmail.com> wrote:
The golden color on the face around the eye was very prominent with the sun shining on it as seen through my scope. It struck me as something different than I had seen before. So unfortunate that it doesn't show in the photos!
Size - my impression was that it was smaller than Killdeer but not that much difference. I mention because I would think that Black-bellied would appear somewhat larger than Killdeer.
Pam
On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 6:41 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage@frontier.com> wrote:
I think the face is too white, but again the photos could be deceiving.


Cheers

Dave



On 5/26/2017 6:36 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:

Golden Plovers are not smaller than Killdeer, they are the same size.


Cheers

Dave



On 5/26/2017 6:11 AM, Lars Per Norgren wrote:

Pam says it was a bit smaller than the Killdeer, so I think that precludes B-b. Definately confusing when Black-bellies are transitioning. Their basic plumage feathers can appear surprisingly golden next to the emerging black feathers.

On May 26, 2017, at 5:59 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:


Looks like a Black-bellied Plover to me, but the photos are a bit distant.


Cheers

Dave Lauten



On 5/25/2017 11:33 PM, Pam Otley wrote:

Hi all,


I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this evening. There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond. What first struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not show in my way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was just transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on breast and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a

bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but didn't seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in guidebook.


I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my best determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome. Photos on eBird list.


Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in the big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a white ring around his neck. I don't know if that is just a variation or if that indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...


Happy birding all,


Pam Otley



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Subject: Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 9:45 am
From: rabican1 AT gmail.com
 
The Pluvialus plover can be as small as a Killdeer in length but even the largest Killdeer should not approach the bulk of a Golden-Plover, if my sources are correct.
Hard to see bill in photos, but I cannot eliminate a SY Black-bellied Plover, young B-bellied can be very golden-brownish in tones.Pale face looks like a Black-bellied, and I cropped way in and thought I saw white in tail.
Bob ArcherPDX
On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 6:51 AM, Pam Otley <pamo1954@gmail.com> wrote:
The golden color on the face around the eye was very prominent with the sun shining on it as seen through my scope. It struck me as something different than I had seen before. So unfortunate that it doesn't show in the photos!
Size - my impression was that it was smaller than Killdeer but not that much difference. I mention because I would think that Black-bellied would appear somewhat larger than Killdeer.
Pam
On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 6:41 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage@frontier.com> wrote:
I think the face is too white, but again the photos could be deceiving.


Cheers

Dave



On 5/26/2017 6:36 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:

Golden Plovers are not smaller than Killdeer, they are the same size.


Cheers

Dave



On 5/26/2017 6:11 AM, Lars Per Norgren wrote:

Pam says it was a bit smaller than the Killdeer, so I think that precludes B-b. Definately confusing when Black-bellies are transitioning. Their basic plumage feathers can appear surprisingly golden next to the emerging black feathers.

On May 26, 2017, at 5:59 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:


Looks like a Black-bellied Plover to me, but the photos are a bit distant.


Cheers

Dave Lauten



On 5/25/2017 11:33 PM, Pam Otley wrote:

Hi all,


I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this evening. There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond. What first struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not show in my way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was just transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on breast and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a

bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but didn't seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in guidebook.


I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my best determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome. Photos on eBird list.


Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in the big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a white ring around his neck. I don't know if that is just a variation or if that indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...


Happy birding all,


Pam Otley



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Subject: Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:42 am
From: deweysage AT frontier.com
 
I think the face is too white, but again the photos could be deceiving.

Cheers
Dave


On 5/26/2017 6:36 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:
> Golden Plovers are not smaller than Killdeer, they are the same size.
>
> Cheers
> Dave
>
>
> On 5/26/2017 6:11 AM, Lars Per Norgren wrote:
>> Pam says it was a bit smaller than the Killdeer, so I think that
>> precludes B-b. Definately confusing when Black-bellies are
>> transitioning. Their basic plumage feathers can appear surprisingly
>> golden next to the emerging black feathers.
>> On May 26, 2017, at 5:59 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:
>>
>>> Looks like a Black-bellied Plover to me, but the photos are a bit
>>> distant.
>>>
>>> Cheers
>>> Dave Lauten
>>>
>>>
>>> On 5/25/2017 11:33 PM, Pam Otley wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this
>>>> evening. There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond.
>>>> What first struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not
>>>> show in my way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was
>>>> just transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on
>>>> breast and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a
>>>> bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but
>>>> didn't seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in
>>>> guidebook.
>>>>
>>>> I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my
>>>> best determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome.
>>>> Photos on eBird list.
>>>>
>>>> Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in
>>>> the big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a
>>>> white ring around his neck. I don't know if that is just a
>>>> variation or if that indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.
>>>>
>>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>>>>
>>>> Happy birding all,
>>>>
>>>> Pam Otley
>>>
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Subject: Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:37 am
From: deweysage AT frontier.com
 
Golden Plovers are not smaller than Killdeer, they are the same size.

Cheers
Dave


On 5/26/2017 6:11 AM, Lars Per Norgren wrote:
> Pam says it was a bit smaller than the Killdeer, so I think that precludes B-b. Definately confusing when Black-bellies are transitioning. Their basic plumage feathers can appear surprisingly golden next to the emerging black feathers.
> On May 26, 2017, at 5:59 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:
>
>> Looks like a Black-bellied Plover to me, but the photos are a bit distant.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Dave Lauten
>>
>>
>> On 5/25/2017 11:33 PM, Pam Otley wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this evening. There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond. What first struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not show in my way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was just transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on breast and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a
>>> bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but didn't seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in guidebook.
>>>
>>> I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my best determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome. Photos on eBird list.
>>>
>>> Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in the big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a white ring around his neck. I don't know if that is just a variation or if that indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.
>>>
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>>>
>>> Happy birding all,
>>>
>>> Pam Otley
>>
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Subject: Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:12 am
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
Pam says it was a bit smaller than the Killdeer, so I think that precludes B-b. Definately confusing when Black-bellies are transitioning. Their basic plumage feathers can appear surprisingly golden next to the emerging black feathers.
On May 26, 2017, at 5:59 AM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein wrote:

> Looks like a Black-bellied Plover to me, but the photos are a bit distant.
>
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten
>
>
> On 5/25/2017 11:33 PM, Pam Otley wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this evening. There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond. What first struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not show in my way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was just transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on breast and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a
>> bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but didn't seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in guidebook.
>>
>> I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my best determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome. Photos on eBird list.
>>
>> Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in the big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a white ring around his neck. I don't know if that is just a variation or if that indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.
>>
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>>
>> Happy birding all,
>>
>> Pam Otley
>
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Subject: Duck Flat Gadwall
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:09 am
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
Interesting bird. Clearly a hybrid with Mallard. Besides the white ring, the base of the bill is orange,while Gadwalls' bills are all black, and the lower and back part of the neck look dark, maybe green, instead of gray. In the first picture it is in the company of a female Mallard. Lars POST: Send your post to obol@freelists.org
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Subject: Re: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:00 am
From: deweysage AT frontier.com
 
Looks like a Black-bellied Plover to me, but the photos are a bit distant.

Cheers
Dave Lauten


On 5/25/2017 11:33 PM, Pam Otley wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this evening.
> There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond. What first
> struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not show in my
> way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was just
> transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on breast
> and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a
> bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but didn't
> seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in guidebook.
>
> I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my best
> determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome. Photos
> on eBird list.
>
> Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in the
> big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a white ring
> around his neck. I don't know if that is just a variation or if that
> indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> Happy birding all,
>
> Pam Otley


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Subject: May 25 Calgary Bird Alert
Date: Fri May 26 2017 5:39 am
From: baro AT pdx.edu
 
The city of Calgary off all places. Who knew?
Five (count 'em) hybrids. Several I've never heard of.
Bob obrien Carver OR (Where we observe the normal proprieties)


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Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Subject: [BIRDWEST] May 25 Calgary Bird Alert
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-RBA

*Alberta(Canada)

*Calgary, Alberta

*May 25, 2017

*ABCA1705.25

Birds mentioned: CLARK'S WESTERN GREBE hybrid, American Bittern, Ross's Goose, Blue-winged-Cinnamon Teal hybrid, GADWALL-NORTHERN SHOVELER hybrid, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, COMMON-HOODED MERGANSER hybrid, Turkey Vulture, Krider's Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Yellow Rail, Black-bellied Plover, American Golden Plover, BLACK-NECKED STILT-AMERICAN AVOCET hybrid, Upland Sandpiper, SABINE'S GULL, Caspian Tern, ARCTIC TERN, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sedge Wren, EASTERN-MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD hybrid, Sprague's Pipit, Bohemian Waxwing, Black-throated Green Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, Lazuli Bunting.
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Hotline: City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert
Number: 403-300-1067
To report: 403-300-1067
Coverage: southern Alberta
Compiler: Terry Korolyk
Transcriber: Terry Korolyk
-----------------------------------------------------
Welcome to the City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert. This Bird Alert was recorded on Monday, May 25...........There have been many incredible hybrids discovered in Alberta since May 8..............Firstly on Monday, May 8, a hybrid BLACK-NECKED STILT-AMERICAN AVOCET was photographed by 2 birders at a slough on Highway 24 just south of Highway 560. The same 2 birders the same day photographed a hybrid male CINNAMON-BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the south end of Weed Lake at Langdon. On Saturday, May 20, Terry Korolyk photographed a hybrid GADWALL-NORTHERN SHOVELER at a small slough on Range Road 254 just north of Township Road 270 in the Irricana Sloughs. The same day, he photographed a hybrid CLARK'S-WESTERN GREBE on the slough immediately west of Railway Slough still in the Irricana Sloughs. Two days later on May 22, Ron Asp photographed a hybrid male EASTERN-MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD near Wetaskiwin. On Friday, May 19, a hybrid COMMON-HOODED MERGANSER was photographed on a stormwater pond in northeast Calgary......................An American Golden Plover was seen on Monday, May 8 at a wetland on Highway 24 just south of Highway 560, while a flock of 250 Black-bellied Plovers were seen in the southwest corner of Eagle Lake southeast of Strathmore by Andrew Hart on Friday, May 12...............A lone Ross's Goose was seen at Stirling Lake south of Lethbridge, also on Friday, May 12.........Lisa Carlson reported an Upland Sandpiper in Rocky View County east of Calgary on Monday, May 15............Kathy Coonfer saw a male Lazuli Bunting at Olds on Friday, May 19.............An adult ARCTIC TERN has returned to the pond at the Cattleland Feedlots Slough at the north end of Highway 817 north of Strathmore; Ted McKen reported the bird there on Tuesday, May 16; this may be the same bird that was at Langdon Corner Slough last year, and, at Cattleland the year before...... a lone Greater Scaup was reported at the Bridlewood Wetlands in Calgary on Friday, May 19, while, Monica Nugent reported 4 Yellow Rails at the Horse Creek Road marshes west of Cochrane on Saturday, May 20..............Blake Weis reported 5 Turkey Vultures at Glenbow Ranch east of Cochrane on Thursday, May 18.....Nick Bartok reported 3 Sedge Wrens there on Saturday, May 20...........Bernard Tremblay reported a pair of White-winged Scoters at Eagle Lake southeast of Strathmore on May 20................An immature BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was reported by Barb Castell at her feeders southeast of Priddis on Sunday, May 21, while, Bruce McTavish observed a flock of 150 Sabine's Gulls at Buffalo Lake east of Red Deer, also, on Sunday, May 21.....................Terry Korolyk observed 3 American Bitterns on Range Road 254 in the Irricana Sloughs on Saturday, May 20. The next day on Sunday, May 21, Terry watched 3 adult Krider's Red-tailed Hawks on 192 Street just north of Highway 549 northeast of Millarville..........A pair of White-winged Scoters were on Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary on Monday, May 22, while the same day a male Lazuli Bunting was seen in the Calgary area..................Chris Fisher reported 2 Upland Sandpipers on the west side of Highway 2 just north of Balzac north of Calgary on Monday, May 22, while, Andrew Slater saw 8 White-winged Scoters on Eagle Lake, also on May 22.................Rob Worona found 2 Caspian Terns on the Bow River in the Parkdale district of Calgary on Sunday, May 21, while a late Roughlegged Hawk was seen by Dave Russum in the Weaselhead area of Glenmore Reservoir on Monday, May 22......Kevin Shute found a Sprague's Pipit at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on May 22, while, still on May 22, Monica Nugent found 2 Swamp Sparrows at the Horse Creek Road marshes.................Blake Weis found a male Lazuli Bunting at Glenbow Ranch on Tuesday, May 23.........A pair of Upland Sandpipers was found on May 22 on 120 Street south of Highway 22X by Count the Species Day observers.... Al Borgardt saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Shannon Terrace in west Fish Creek PP in Calgary on Wednesday, May 24.............A male Black-throated Green Warbler was seen by 3 observers at Confederation Park in Northwest Calgary on Thursday, May 25..........................The next scheduled update of the Bird Alert is June 8.................Thank you from the City of Calgary and Nature Calgary Bird Alert..................................................................................................................................end transcript.



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Subject: Pacfic Golden-plover at Duckflat Rd & more
Date: Fri May 26 2017 1:33 am
From: pamo1954 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all, 
I visited Duckflat Rd Wetland Preserve (Marion County) this evening. There was a plover on the east shoreline of the main pond.What first struck me was the golden color on the face. This may not show in my way too far away photos (for my camera). The bird was just transitioning to breeding plumage with some black visible on breast and belly. At times it was right next to Killdeer and was a bit smaller than they were.The wings extended past the tail but didn't seem to be as long as American GP wings as depicted in guidebook.
I am not at all familiar with id-ing Golden-plover so this is my best determination and any input or opinions are certainly welcome. Photos on eBird list.
Also, there were at least 6 male and 1 female Blue-winged Teal in the big pond. A Gadwall pair was there. The male Gadwall had a white ring around his neck. I don't know if that is just a variation or if that indicates a hybrid. Photo on eBird list.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
Happy birding all,
Pam Otley



Subject: Wandering Tattlers at Depoe Bay
Date: Fri May 26 2017 0:19 am
From: jeffgilligan10 AT gmail.com
 
There were two near North Point, Depoe Bay.

Jeff Gilligan
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Subject: Deschutes County, west of Sisters: American Three-toed Woodpecker-two pairs!
Date: Thu May 25 2017 23:32 pm
From: jmoodie AT cocc.edu
 
OBOLanders and COBOLanders,

Scouting for my upcoming COCC bird ecology field trips, I made a quick visit to the NF 1018 burn site: after only a few minutes, found a female American Three-toed WP on a branch calling: wham! A male joined her: bam! And then they got together: wham, bam, thank you maam! I managed a photo of the female afterwards (cropped) and backed off. Photo on eBird. Also had a Pileated drumming and calling here.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

I then headed back down NF road 1018 to Whispering Pines CG. Walking back over Trout Creek to the west and then walking south, I heard tapping (love my new hearing aids!) and found another female 3-toed! There is white flagging with blue dots tied to trees on either side of the road. The bird was on the west side of the road near a huge, Ponderosa Pine snag with smaller burnt trees near it. The female was feeding close to the ground on the trunk of one of the burnt trees. As I was photographing her, another 3-toed came in and they both flew toward the SW.

Photos on eBird:

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Great morning for birds with lots of activity everywhere I stopped.

cheers,
Jim

Dr. Jim Moodie
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Bend, OR 97701
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Subject: Shorebirds
Date: Thu May 25 2017 15:54 pm
From: roy.loweiii AT gmail.com
 
At 1:00pm today I observed 97 whimbrels 1 marbled Godwit, and 3 red-necked phalaropes on the beach at NW 40th Street in Lincoln City.  That's the most whimbrels I've seen in a few weeks. I also found a dead fork-tailed storm-petrel on the the beach there. 

Roy

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Subject: Great-tailed Grackle, Fern Ridge
Date: Thu May 25 2017 10:40 am
From: sylviaspfd AT gmail.com
 
Cindy and I just (8:37) had a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE fly over Royal close to the parking lot heading east.

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