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30 Mar: @ 12:57:50  Big Day at Home - Sunday April 5th [Stephen Holzman]
30 Mar: @ 11:33:39  Talent Calif Thraser back [Thomas Love]
29 Mar: @ 22:57:58  surprised Kinglet [Larry S. Goodhew]
29 Mar: @ 21:02:46  FOY common Yellow throat in Keizer [Margaret Stephens]
29 Mar: @ 20:07:27  backwards Downy, Coop seeks breakfast, kinglet migration [Harry Fuller]
29 Mar: @ 19:42:27  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Teresa Hertzel]
29 Mar: @ 17:19:23  Angry Bushtit [Kevin Smith]
29 Mar: @ 15:04:32  Re: Eurasian Wigeon party at LCC Ponds [Tye Jeske]
29 Mar: @ 15:01:38  thick-billed fox sparrow in Portland [Will Risser]
29 Mar: @ 14:37:42  Burrowing Owl at the Coast [Nature's Coast Oregon]
29 Mar: @ 13:41:30  Seeking Birder Contact Info [cgates326]
29 Mar: @ 07:22:00  Banded Oregon Vesper Sparrow back on territory near Finley NWR [clearwater]
28 Mar: @ 23:15:13  Re: All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs [Tom Crabtree]
28 Mar: @ 21:30:18  Re: [ADV] All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs [t4c1x]
28 Mar: @ 19:37:53  Corvid mimicry [larspernorgren]
28 Mar: @ 19:24:26  All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs [larspernorgren]
28 Mar: @ 19:14:00  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert [Teresa Hertzel]
28 Mar: @ 18:33:59  Vedanta Retreat: thank you and consensus opinion [Duke Tufty]
28 Mar: @ 18:23:59  Re: Duke Tufty recordings [Clayton Rickett]
28 Mar: @ 18:09:48  Duke Tufty recordings [Lars Norgren]
28 Mar: @ 17:42:42  Frenchglen Hotel is closed until May 8th [Sally Hill]
28 Mar: @ 17:38:31  Vedanta Retreat: three sets of audio recordings [Duke Tufty]
28 Mar: @ 16:05:50  FW: [COBOL] Fw: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5 [Steve Kornfeld]
28 Mar: @ 16:00:04  stay home [Paul Sullivan]
28 Mar: @ 15:30:11  Singing Birds Coos 3/28/20 [Tim Rodenkirk]
28 Mar: @ 14:51:45  Turkey Vultures headed north [Karl Schneck]
28 Mar: @ 14:47:16  Re: [ADV] Rakar West's voice the redwood [t4c1x]
28 Mar: @ 14:20:50  Re: Tucson Audubon Society Hummingbird Web Cam [Nels Nelson]
28 Mar: @ 12:05:28  Rakar West's voice the redwood [larspernorgren]
28 Mar: @ 11:54:13  Re: Coos Purple Martins 3/27/20 [Tim Rodenkirk]
28 Mar: @ 11:24:06  Re: Sound ID? [Rakar West]
28 Mar: @ 09:31:27  Tucson Audubon Society Hummingbird Web Cam [William Risser]
27 Mar: @ 23:54:03  Pied-billed Grebe on the Willamette [Kay Carter]
27 Mar: @ 23:30:15  Extraordinarily Early Willow Flycatcher [Barbara Combs]
27 Mar: @ 22:27:21  Toledo-Siletz Area Common Yellowthroat and White-throated Sparrow [Range Bayer]
27 Mar: @ 19:47:55  Yamhill: No mocker, some snipe, Merlin on Baker Creek Road [Harry Fuller]
27 Mar: @ 18:40:46  Coos Purple Martins 3/27/20 [Robert O'Brien]
27 Mar: @ 18:34:23  Re: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5 [Robert O'Brien]
27 Mar: @ 18:27:31  Coos Purple Martins 3/27/20 [Tim Rodenkirk]
27 Mar: @ 18:03:25  Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5 [Caleb Centanni]
27 Mar: @ 16:17:38  Re: Pine Siskins today [Susan Deagle]
27 Mar: @ 15:22:55  Vesper Sparrow, Delta Ponds [Torrey G-T]
27 Mar: @ 15:17:21  Yamhill county social distance ramble [Paul Sullivan]
27 Mar: @ 15:06:28  Re: Sound ID? [Rakar West]
27 Mar: @ 14:36:55  Clarification of Finley NWR (partial) closure [Jamie Simmons]
27 Mar: @ 14:25:05  Re: Sound ID? [Roger Freeman]
27 Mar: @ 14:19:35  Re: Portland Audubon's weekly Rare Bird Alert [Robert O'Brien]
27 Mar: @ 14:02:48  FOY Purple Martin [Torrey G-T]
27 Mar: @ 13:32:56  Birding in the time of Covid [Jack Maynard]
27 Mar: @ 12:26:42  Accipiter nuptial aerobatics [Lars Norgren]





Subject: Big Day at Home - Sunday April 5th
Date: Mon Mar 30 2020 12:57 pm
From: steveholzman2 AT gmail.com
 
Last Sunday, an International Facebook Group conducted a worldwide big
day from home challenge. Some 922 species were recorded across the
world. Stealing that idea, how about an Oregon Big Day at Home
(#OBDaH) this Sunday, April 5th. I've created a google sheet that
anyone with this link
(https://docs.google.com/spread...
can edit.
The idea would be that from 12am - 12pm Sunday April 5th we try to
see/hear as many birds as we can from our own properties. The
birds can be off our property but the rule is that WE have to be on
our properties. Only the first sighting of the day is recorded, so get
up early. When you see a bird, you go to the google sheet and if it
hasn't been recorded before you add a "Yes" , your name, and your
location in the appropriate fields on the sheet. How many species do
you think we can get across Oregon?

I'm going to share this with the Oregon Birders Association Facebook
page, but feel free to share it as you see fit. We can't gather
together on a bird walk or at a rare bird stakeout, so this
alternative might be a fun diversion after two weeks (or more) of
social distancing.

Good luck and see you (virtually) on Sunday.

Steve & Rachel Holzman
South Beach (Lincoln County), Oregon

P.S. The google sheet has ALL Oregon birds reported via eBird so
there are many that are not seen in April, and a few rarities that
we'd be lucky to see again. If you want to make the list smaller you
might be able to create a filter on column G to hide the zeros. You
can use Crtl-F on a PC to search for a species if you don't want to
scroll. If you find a bird not on the list (major kudos to you), email
me and I'll add it.
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Subject: Talent Calif Thraser back
Date: Mon Mar 30 2020 11:33 am
From: tlove AT linfield.edu
 
I hadn't seen this posted on OBOL yet. The CALIFORNIA THRASHER is back - same channel, same station... Consult Rogue Valley RBA for details.




Tom



Subject: surprised Kinglet
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 22:57 pm
From: lsg AT surfin-g.com
 
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Subject: FOY common Yellow throat in Keizer
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 21:02 pm
From: mlstep AT msn.com
 
What a joy to hear witchity witchity!

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Subject: backwards Downy, Coop seeks breakfast, kinglet migration
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 20:07 pm
From: atowhee AT gmail.com
 
and a wintering (probably) Lincoln's Sparrow:https://atowhee.blog/2020/03/2...
--
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author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA: https://ecowise.wordpress.com/... of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
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my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com



Subject: Oregon Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 19:42 pm
From: teresa.hertzel AT gmail.com
 
*** Species Summary:


Brant (4 Benton)

Brant (Atlantic) (1 Benton)

Trumpeter Swan (1 Crook, 2 Lane)

Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (2 Jackson)

Redhead (1 Polk)

Greater Scaup (1 Benton)

Virginia Rail (5 Jackson)

Common Gallinule (1 Klamath)

Black Tern (1 Lane)

American White Pelican (1 Sherman)

Warbling Vireo (1 Multnomah)

Purple Martin (1 Benton, 1 Lane)

Cliff Swallow (2 Washington)

Bushtit (Interior) (1 Jefferson)

California Thrasher (4 Jackson)

Chipping Sparrow (1 Multnomah)

Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (1 Lane)

Vesper Sparrow (1 Lane)

Song Sparrow (rufina Group) (1 Jackson)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 Multnomah)


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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated


Brant (Branta bernicla) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 17:59 by Robert Jilek

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing."


Brant (Branta bernicla) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 16:45 by Eric Pratt

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Black goose with white collar and white flanks."


Brant (Branta bernicla) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 16:45 by Howard Feltmann

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing"


Brant (Atlantic) (Branta bernicla hrota) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 15:30 by Pam Otley

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 3 Photos

- Comments: "Pale breast, white neck collar broken in front. First reported in east wetland by Hendrik Herlyn."


Brant (Branta bernicla) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:59 by Jamie Simmons

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:32 by Cindy Zalunardo

- Crooked River Wetlands Complex, Crook, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 4 Photos


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 16:14 by Barbara Combs

- Noti, A Line bridge just S of Vaughn Rd, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing rarity."


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 15:57 by Barbara Combs

- Vaughn Rd, E pullout along mill pond, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing rarity."


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 10:17 by Janet Kelly

- Kirtland Rd.--Ponds, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Found yesterday by Alex Lamoreaux. Horizontal white line, no vertical white. Photos"


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 10:15 by Gary Shaffer

- Kirtland Rd.--Ponds, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Bird found by Alex and Lauren yesterday. Photos. Horizontal white stripe."


Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 12:02 by Helen Browning

- 11985 Smithfield Road, Dallas, Oregon, US (44.983, -123.276), Polk, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "This bird spotted before at this pond. Came today to see if I could add to my life list and it was present. Russet head, black tipped beak. Mostly gray with darker chest. Diving repeatedly. In the presence of three ring necked ducks. Pond at corner across from van duzer winery."


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:59 by Jamie Simmons

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Injured"


Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 15:19 by Sammie Peat

- Denman WMA--Ave. G and Ave. H ponds, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Rare? Heard kiddick call several times behind me at pond"


Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)

- Reported Mar 23, 2020 11:03 by Anne Goff

- Denman Wildlife Refuge, Central Point US-OR (42.4141,-122.8662) hall tract south, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...


Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2)

- Reported Mar 23, 2020 11:03 by Janet Kelly

- Denman Wildlife Refuge, Central Point US-OR (42.4141,-122.8662) hall tract south, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...


Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (4)

- Reported Mar 26, 2020 16:37 by Dan Kuhlman

- Jackson County Expo Lake, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos


Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:40 by bob hunter

- Ousterhout farm, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...


Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:08 by Matt Cahill

- Klamath, OR - HWY 97 Pump Station (Gallinule Pond), Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "(Rare & Unreported dot) Photos. Continuing along north edge of second pond north of pullout. Red shield turning to yellow bill, blackish body with brownish tones on back, prominent white tail feathers it flicked repeatedly, bright white side feathers unlike coot.


Third visit - this time I planned for a long sit. Sat on a rock behind the reeds with my scope at a low height, with my noise cancelling headphones, ready to wait a while. Turns out I didn't need to - 5 minutes after I settled in the coots started feeding again and then the bright red shield of the gallinule popped out. It stayed in the back marsh for a while but eventually came out in full view.


I had been telling myself this was everything I disliked in birding - chasing a not really rare bird in an unpleasant spot full of noise from the highway. But with my headphones on and my expectation to wait, it turned out quite nice. Song sparrows came hopping by. Gadwall and bufflehead settled back in. And the gallinule was the loveliest I'd ever seen - not the least because in all the times I've seen them I've rarely spent so long watching. Satisfying."


Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 17:28 by Barbara Combs

- Oregon2020 Anna's Hummingbird EWEB facility along road going south near flagpole at entrance, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Term with long narrow wings and shallow wing beats. Black head and chest, gray back."


American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) (4)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 12:01 by Angus Pritchard

- I-84 W, Rufus US-OR 45.69602, -120.73968, Sherman, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Four White Pelicans, long orange bills and orange feet. Photos."


Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:34 by Mary Shivell

- 10702 Northeast 5th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, US (45.6, -122.661), Multnomah, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "This location is from a footpath next to a drainage slough in the Bridgetown neighborhood of NE Portland. This birding activity was from the perspective of looking into the slough at the mixed woods which line both sides.There is heavy vegetation and small areas of exposed ground. Trees are a mix of alder, fir and birch.The bird was heard and identified with the repeated song of ascending 3 -note phrases ending with a final highest note."


Purple Martin (Progne subis) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 11:20 by Duncan Evered

- Butterfield Wetland, Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Adult male eventually seen and heard well. Initially direct comparison with VGSW very high and distant overhead -clearly larger, not showing any flashes of white below, and frequent extended, stable glides (in some ways recalling a very elegantly shaped starling). Watched for several minutes, eventually seen closer overhead (to 100 yards) several times but without comparison: a large compact swallow, uniformly black below, especially dark on underwing coverts, with occasional hints of a blue sheen on underparts, and an obviously forked tail. Several times uttered rich, low, gurgling warble."


Purple Martin (Progne subis) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 10:00 by Roger Robb

- Fern Ridge WMA--Royal Ave. area (general), Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "All dark swallow, larger than tree swallow with notched tail"


Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:35 by Conor Scotland

- Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Washington, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Compact swallow with dark upperparts, tan rump, rusty chin. Square tail."


Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 09:17 by Ken Tweedt

- Koll Center Wetlands, Washington, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Clearly saw the buff-colored rump and white forehead."


Bushtit (Interior) (Psaltriparus minimus plumbeus) (2)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 16:44 by Caleb Centanni

- Deschutes River (44.4946,-121.3249) where no one has birded before (03/28/2020), Jefferson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "entirely gray, no brown head or on face"


California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 10:00 by Karl Schneck

- CATH, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 1 Photo

- Comments: "same location as last year"


California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:14 by Sammie Peat

- stakeout California Thrasher, Talent (2019), Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen by Karl Schneck earlier today"


California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:14 by Rene Allen

- stakeout California Thrasher, Talent (2019), Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen by Karl Schneck earlier today"


California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 12:02 by Janet Kelly

- stakeout California Thrasher, Talent (2019), Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Singing beautifully atop a Cedar tree"


Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 15:12 by Dena Turner

- 2008 SE 34th Ave, Portland US-OR 45.50871, -122.62956, Multnomah, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Rusty crown, black eyeline, plain breast. Continuing."


Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis cismontanus) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:12 by Rich Hoyer

- Calliope Corner, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Photos"


Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 17:28 by Barbara Combs

- Oregon2020 Anna's Hummingbird EWEB facility along road going south near flagpole at entrance, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Singing male near the gate into the plant. This is a little bit early, but a couple of others have been seen prior to today."


Song Sparrow (rufina Group) (Melospiza melodia [rufina Group]) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 11:30 by Alex Lamoreaux

- Ashland--75 Wimer St, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing"


Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)

- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:06 by Justus Gabriel

- Sauvie Island (Multnomah Co.), Multnomah, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Female feeding on seed put out. See photos"


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Subject: Angry Bushtit
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 17:19 pm
From: kevinsmithnaturephotos AT gmail.com
 
During these trying times I am selecting some of my favorite bird photos
which bring a smile to my face. This week I have selected my ANGRY
BUSHTIT. I think it beats the Mad Bird (Eastern Bluebird) photographed
by Michael Smith back in 2002 in a "Face-Off"

You can find it on my website at

https://www.kevinsmithnatureph...

Kevin Smith

http://www.kevinsmithnaturepho...



Subject: Re: Eurasian Wigeon party at LCC Ponds
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 15:04 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
We had 4 there from our Oakridge trip a couple weeks ago that included 2 adult and 1 imm. Male and a female. Looking at ebird before us, Gerry Meenaghan had 4 there also, but he had 2 adult males and 2 imm. Males. So my guess is there maybe at least 6 birds flying between the LCC ponds, and I believe those Wigeon also use some ponds around Mt. Pisgah as well.Good BirdingTye J.

Sent from my iPhone
On Mar 29, 2020, at 9:47 AM, Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:

Those were there a couple of weeks back when Tye, Josh and I made our foray up to Oakridge. I had only seen one there all winter.

Alan [email protected], Oregon
www.alanlcontreras.com


On Mar 29, 2020, at 9:31 AM, Joshua Little <[email protected]> wrote:Hello all,
I stopped by the LCC Ponds this morning and was shocked to find FIVE Eurasian Wigeon amongst the many Americans there! Four adults in view at once, and one immature. They were spread between the middle and East ponds. Personal high count for me!
Good social distancing birding!
Joshua--
Joshua Little



Subject: thick-billed fox sparrow in Portland
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 15:01 pm
From: wlrisser AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday morning Jan and I saw a thick-billed fox sparrow bathing and sitting on our bird bath for at least a minute. We had time to run through all of the important field marks, but the honkin™ great gray bill was probably all that we needed.
We haven™t seen it today.
Our research seems to indicate that this bird is rare this far north in Oregon.
No picture.
For those of you who have been concerned about birder misbehavior: we never left the shelter of our house!
Will Risser, Portland



Subject: Burrowing Owl at the Coast
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 14:37 pm
From: info AT naturescoast.org
 
For anyone who might have missed the Burrowing Owl that recently
visited the coast, here's a short video that not only shows numerous
cool owl behaviors, but in such close-up / slo-mo / digital detail as
I have seldom been blessed to see a single subject reflect so happily.
He was definitely a beauty ... enjoy!

https://naturescoast.org/conte...

Howard Shippey,
Newport



Subject: Seeking Birder Contact Info
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 13:41 pm
From: cgates326 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings OBOLers,
I™m working on the website for the Crooked River Wetlands in Prineville (https://www.cityofprineville.c... On that page, there is a photo album for the common birds of those wetlands (https://www.cityofprineville.c... There is also a page for Unusual Species (https://www.cityofprineville.c... I™ve been checking eBird photos and I find there are some unusual bird photos that I would like to post on the Wetlands page. I need to contact the photographers to get permission. If you have contact emails for any of the following people, would you consider forwarding that info to me?
Ken Tweedt “ Portland
Thomas and Donna-Dimski Gilg - Shedd
Chuck Gates
Prineville Bird Club
Crooked River Wetlands Volunteer
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/birdi...
Oregon County Checklists
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Subject: Banded Oregon Vesper Sparrow back on territory near Finley NWR
Date: Sun Mar 29 2020 7:22 am
From: clearwater AT peak.org
 
Yesterday (28 Mar) Bob Altman found a male "Oregon" Vesper Sparrow singing at the same site where we banded it last April, as part of an American Bird Conservancy study of this subspecies (proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act).

This is our earliest "return" of a banded bird, by a couple of days. First detections of returning banded birds from previous years of this study have been on 31 Mar 2017, 2 Apr 2018, and 31 Mar 2019.

A banded bird from the small population that nests in the south Puget Sound region, being monitored by Gary Slater's group with the Center for Natural Lands Management, was photographed near Vacaville, California on 6-7 Mar and again on 15 Mar.

Please keep your eyes open for color-banded Vesper Sparrows if you're out in the field this spring. Normally banded birds will have a metal band and a colored plastic band on one leg, and two different colored bands on the other leg. For our local mid-Willamette Valley birds the metal band is always on the right leg, but some of the birds from Puget Sound or the Rogue Valley might have it on the left leg.

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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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Subject: Re: All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 23:15 pm
From: tc AT empnet.com
 
Lars,
Scrub-Jays and Anna™s Hummingbirds both arrived in Bend in 1975. You™d have to be not trying real hard to take an hour to find both today in the proper season. Fifteen minutes would be more like it.
Tom Crabtree, Bend
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of larspernorgren
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:24 PM
To: OBOL Oregon Birders Online
Subject: [obol] All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs
Not only was at least one Hutton's Vireo well photo'd by many at Malheur HQs last year, there was at least one at Page Springs that same week. The stephensi group of HUVI subspecies may well be elevated to full species status. It is 10% bigger than the Pacific slope HUVIs, so in the hand measurements would probably be definitive. Phainopepla and Broad-billed Hummingbird showed up at Malheur last year, why not their neighbor the "Mexican" Hutton's? But there are many subspecies of HUVI in California and some of them have white(as opposed to grungey) spectacles, wing bars, etc.. Such a subspecies inhabitats the Sierras and strikes me as most likely explanation for the Bend area birds. Ponderosa/juniper woodland is continuous from central Oregon down to the known heartland of that taxon.
When l started birding in the late 60s neither Scrubjay nor Anna's Hummingbird was an expected species in Bend. I believe a dedicated daylight effort today would yield both inside an hour .
I also think observer effort in that part of Oregon has increased by two orders of magnitude. Equally important, the skill level of birders in general is much higher today. They go everywhere and report everything. Who knows how many Ruby-crowned Kinglets were misID'd in past decades, were really HUVIs? Sibley and multiple other authorities are currently promoting the notion that large numbers of "rare" birds are routinely being dismissed on sight as a commoner, more expected species.
A lot of western Oregon CBCs report one or no HUVIs on a typical count. But the species is almost certainly present in every sector of every circle on countday. Not everyone is comfortable IDing them by audio or visual means. This year saw plenty of HUVIs reported on the Brownsville, Dallas, and Yaquina Counts, an artifact of the robust talent pool those counts attracted. Thinking back half a century, many of Oregon's "best" birders were regrettably dogmatic. These practitioners of the Blue Grouse Deathmarch knew where a bird "was supposed to be" and when a putative extralimital was rubbed in their nose they sometimes preferred to close their eyes rather than enjoy a pleasant surprise.
Open-mindedness has always been a hallmark of Harry Nehls, a refreshing departure from the greatest generation of birders. His approach has been vindicated time and again, to the benefit of a great many.
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 21:30 pm
From: t4c1x AT peak.org
 
Lars.Perhaps the dogmatism of that generation of birders regarding extralimital reports was influenced by the example of Stanley Jewett's terse comment "possible not probable" in regard to them. The paucity of rare species listed in Birds of Oregon perhaps speaks more loudly of the author's bias than it does of their inferior optics, travel opportunities and resource data. Even such close-vested (that I say not close-minded) conservatism has long since been blown clear out of the water by birders with better optics, travel opportunities and resource data.
Darrel
From: "larspernorgren" <[email protected]>
To: "OBOL Oregon Birders Online" <[email protected]>
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:23:46 PM
Subject: [ADV] [obol] All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs

Not only was at least one Hutton's Vireo well photo'd by many at Malheur HQs last year, there was at least one at Page Springs that same week. The stephensi group of HUVI subspecies may well be elevated to full species status. It is 10% bigger than the Pacific slope HUVIs, so in the hand measurements would probably be definitive. Phainopepla and Broad-billed Hummingbird showed up at Malheur last year, why not their neighbor the "Mexican" Hutton's? But there are many subspecies of HUVI in California and some of them have white(as opposed to grungey) spectacles, wing bars, etc.. Such a subspecies inhabitats the Sierras and strikes me as most likely explanation for the Bend area birds. Ponderosa/juniper woodland is continuous from central Oregon down to the known heartland of that taxon.When l started birding in the late 60s neither Scrubjay nor Anna's Hummingbird was an expected species in Bend. I believe a dedicated daylight effort today would yield both inside an hour . I also think observer effort in that part of Oregon has increased by two orders of magnitude. Equally important, the skill level of birders in general is much higher today. They go everywhere and report everything. Who knows how many Ruby-crowned Kinglets were misID'd in past decades, were really HUVIs? Sibley and multiple other authorities are currently promoting the notion that large numbers of "rare" birds are routinely being dismissed on sight as a commoner, more expected species. A lot of western Oregon CBCs report one or no HUVIs on a typical count. But the species is almost certainly present in every sector of every circle on countday. Not everyone is comfortable IDing them by audio or visual means. This year saw plenty of HUVIs reported on the Brownsville, Dallas, and Yaquina Counts, an artifact of the robust talent pool those counts attracted. Thinking back half a century, many of Oregon's "best" birders were regrettably dogmatic. These practitioners of the Blue Grouse Deathmarch knew where a bird "was supposed to be" and when a putative extralimital was rubbed in their nose they sometimes preferred to close their eyes rather than enjoy a pleasant surprise. Open-mindedness has always been a hallmark of Harry Nehls, a refreshing departure from the greatest generation of birders. His approach has been vindicated time and again, to the benefit of a great many.

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: Corvid mimicry
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 19:37 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
Joshua Galpern makes a great point, that the Red-breasted Sapsucker call may in fact be an imitation uttered by a Whiskeyjack. A few days ago l was enjoying a mid-morning chorus from my patio, led by a Pygmy Owl on top of a tree 100 feet above my head. A Whiskeyjack responded from the rhododendrons below every time with a poor imitation of the NOPO toot. Then what l presumed was a Steller's Jay gave a Red-tailed Hawk imitation. I have never knowingly heard Canada Jay's imitate RTHA, but they probably do. In this case the sound came from the same area as the false owl toots. Then l heard a Red-breasted Sapsucker. The species is present here year round, but l haven't heard one for many weeks. And in this case the single Sapsucker quark came from the same spot as the raptor sounds.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: All those extralimital/Eastside HUVIs
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 19:24 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
Not only was at least one Hutton's Vireo well photo'd by many at Malheur HQs last year, there was at least one at Page Springs that same week. The stephensi group of HUVI subspecies may well be elevated to full species status. It is 10% bigger than the Pacific slope HUVIs, so in the hand measurements would probably be definitive. Phainopepla and Broad-billed Hummingbird showed up at Malheur last year, why not their neighbor the "Mexican" Hutton's? But there are many subspecies of HUVI in California and some of them have white(as opposed to grungey) spectacles, wing bars, etc.. Such a subspecies inhabitats the Sierras and strikes me as most likely explanation for the Bend area birds. Ponderosa/juniper woodland is continuous from central Oregon down to the known heartland of that taxon.When l started birding in the late 60s neither Scrubjay nor Anna's Hummingbird was an expected species in Bend. I believe a dedicated daylight effort today would yield both inside an hour .   I also think observer effort in that part of Oregon has increased by two orders of magnitude. Equally important, the skill level of birders in general is much higher today. They go everywhere and report everything. Who knows how many Ruby-crowned Kinglets were misID'd in past decades, were really HUVIs? Sibley and multiple other authorities are currently promoting the notion that large numbers of "rare" birds are routinely being dismissed on sight as a commoner, more expected species.    A lot of western Oregon CBCs report one or no HUVIs on a typical count. But the species is almost certainly present in every sector of every circle on countday. Not everyone is comfortable IDing them by audio or visual means. This year saw plenty of HUVIs reported on the Brownsville, Dallas, and Yaquina Counts, an artifact of the robust talent pool those counts attracted. Thinking back half a century, many of Oregon's "best" birders were regrettably dogmatic. These practitioners of the Blue Grouse Deathmarch knew where a bird "was supposed to be" and when a putative extralimital was rubbed in their nose they sometimes preferred to close their eyes rather than enjoy a pleasant surprise.   Open-mindedness has always been a hallmark of Harry Nehls, a refreshing departure from the greatest generation of birders. His approach has been vindicated time and again, to the benefit of a great many.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: Oregon Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 19:14 pm
From: teresa.hertzel AT gmail.com
 
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*** Species Summary:


Brant (Atlantic) (2 Benton)

Brant (2 Benton)

Trumpeter Swan (3 Crook)

Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (2 Jackson)

Redhead (1 Polk)

Greater Scaup (2 Benton)

Wild Turkey (1 Klamath)

Western Sandpiper (1 Benton)

Willet (1 Klamath)

Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Klamath)

Bonaparte's Gull (1 Klamath)

White-faced Ibis (3 Klamath)

Willow Flycatcher (1 Lane)

Cassin's Vireo (1 Benton)

Black-capped Chickadee (1 Klamath)

Cliff Swallow (1 Multnomah, 2 Washington)

Chipping Sparrow (1 Multnomah)

Harris's Sparrow (1 Deschutes)

Vesper Sparrow (2 Lane)

Song Sparrow (rufina Group) (1 Jackson)

Great-tailed Grackle (1 Klamath)

Orange-crowned Warbler (1 Klamath)


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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated


Brant (Atlantic) (Branta bernicla hrota) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 14:01 by Jesse Laney

- 4900“4922 Bellfountain Rd, Corvallis US-OR 44.51718, -123.33821, Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing bird, reported earlier today by H. Herlyn. Very pale breast, suggestive of Atlantic subspecies"


Brant (Branta bernicla) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:57 by Kim Nelson

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 1 Photo

- Comments: "Pale breasted Atlantic type"


Brant (Branta bernicla) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:57 by Will Wright

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 1 Photo

- Comments: "Pale breasted Atlantic type"


Brant (Atlantic) (Branta bernicla hrota) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 11:30 by Hendrik Herlyn

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 3 Photos

- Comments: "With Canada Geese in wetland. Photos."


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 12:15 by Tom Crabtree

- Crooked River Wetlands Complex, Crook, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "With green neckband"


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 12:07 by Cash Lowe

- Crooked River Wetlands Complex, Crook, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Neck Band."


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:32 by Charles Gates

- Crooked River Wetlands Complex, Crook, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Photo coming. Green neck band."


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 12:38 by Lauren diBiccari

- Kirtland Rd.--Ponds, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 4 Photos

- Comments: "Male in upper impoundment. Finally picked out one of these rare Asian strays among the masses of American GWTE here. White line horizontally down top of flanks (instead of vertical white line on sides of breast). Thin white border around green eye-mask. Also noticed that the body is a shade or two lighter gray than nearby American GWTE. Distant photos. First record for Jackson County."


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca crecca) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 12:38 by Alex Lamoreaux

- Kirtland Rd.--Ponds, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 4 Photos

- Comments: "Male in upper impoundment. Finally picked out one of these rare Asian strays among the masses of American GWTE here. White line horizontally down top of flanks (instead of vertical white line on sides of breast). Thin white border around green eye-mask. Also noticed that the body is a shade or two lighter gray than nearby American GWTE. Distant photos. First record for Jackson County."


Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 26, 2020 18:15 by Karen Koepl

- Smithfield Road - Pond at corner opposite Van Duzer Vineyards, Polk, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Beautiful red head with yellow eyes, pale gray body with black chest and tail. Observed here before, still no mate."


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 11:30 by Hendrik Herlyn

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 3 Photos

- Comments: "Injured male on C pond."


Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 07:22 by Will Wright

- Philomath Sewage Ponds (restricted access), Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Injured. Rounded crown, broad bill. Drake. Something stuck in bill"


Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) (1)

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 20:16 by Hilary Turner

- Spencer Creek Rd, Keno US-OR 42.22424, -122.09986, Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Gobbled when I closed the door of my car. I am sure of the sound."


Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 14:01 by Jesse Laney

- 4900“4922 Bellfountain Rd, Corvallis US-OR 44.51718, -123.33821, Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Dark legged peep, slightly smaller than nearby Dunlin with slightly drooping bill and very clean underparts."


Willet (Tringa semipalmata) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 10:16 by Julie Van Moorhem

- Township Rd., Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Large shorebird with relatively long dark bill. Chinkier than nearby GRYE. Didn™t fly so couldn™t see wing patches. Previously reported this location."


Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:05 by David Hewitt

- Township Rd., Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Just one. Studied nearly all yellowlegs well."


Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (2)

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 14:41 by Wes Stone

- Wingwatchers Lake Ewauna Nature Trail, Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Petite gulls swimming in flooded field at end of trail. One with mostly black head, white forehead. The other with black ear patch. Both with very long dark primaries."


White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (7)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:21 by Julie Van Moorhem

- Lower Klamath NWR--White Lake (OR side), Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Large brown wader with long decurved bill. Appropriate arrival time."


White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (24)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 13:39 by Julie Van Moorhem

- Township Rd, Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Large brown wader with decurved bill"


White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (25)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:05 by David Hewitt

- Township Rd., Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Flooded field"


Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 14:43 by Barbara Combs

- River Loop 1, new park area just SE of Beacon Drive in 2017-18, Eugene US-OR (44.1239,-123.1154), Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "I first heard the bird call fitz-bew. The call was unmistakably that of a Willow Flycatcher. I then located it at the top of a tall evergreen. I could see that it was small. This was not a starling doing an imitation. Then the bird sat up and called several more times. The shape of this bird, with its head feathers looking slightly peaked rather than rounded, was clearly that of an empidonax. This is astoundingly early, but earlier and earlier arrival dates might become the new normal."


Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:18 by Kai Frueh

- Willamette Park, Benton, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "At south end of park by houses. With small flock of RCKI. Photos"


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) (1)

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 14:41 by Wes Stone

- Wingwatchers Lake Ewauna Nature Trail, Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing bird near end of trail. Solid black cap and buffy flanks."


Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:54 by Stefan Schlick

- Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Washington, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing early birds"


Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 10:00 by Rick Bennett

- Koll Center Wetlands, Washington, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "clearly saw white forehead, buffy yellow rump, and short squared-off tail"


Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) (1)

- Reported Mar 26, 2020 15:05 by Ezra Cohen

- Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Multnomah, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Orange rump, brownish overall. Seen flying over lake."


Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:59 by Anne Tucker

- 2001“2099 SE 34th Ave, Portland US-OR 45.50843, -122.62959, Multnomah, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 3 Photos

- Comments: "Black line through eye, rusty cap, unstreaked breast. Photo to be uploaded"


Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 07:29 by Ondi Hibbs

- 52736 Bridge Drive, La Pine, Oregon, US (43.716, -121.496), Deschutes, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing"


Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:18 by Vickie Buck

- Delta Ponds, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 2 Photos

- Comments: "Somewhat pale, medium-sized sparrow with bright eye rings. In the same area as reported yesterday, east of the rusty bridge and on the bridge (located near southern parking area of Delta Ponds). First reported by Forest and Torrey Tomlinson on March 27. Nice find at Delta!"


Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1) CONFIRMED

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 13:02 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson

- Delta Ponds, Lane, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Media: 3 Photos

- Comments: "Medium size sparrow with a distinct eye ring, streaked breast and flanks, prominent Buffy malar stripe, white outer tail feathers in flight. Seen at the foot bridge nearest the gravel parking lot. Flew off to the north on the east side of the pond."


Song Sparrow (rufina Group) (Melospiza melodia [rufina Group]) (1)

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 16:10 by Alex Lamoreaux

- Ashland--75 Wimer St, Jackson, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Continuing"


Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) (2)

- Reported Mar 28, 2020 12:22 by Julie Van Moorhem

- Oregon Drain, Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Male. All black with light eye, large with long keel-shaped tail. Female had brownish tones. Both seen at water control gate at south end of Oregon Drain."


Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata) (1)

- Reported Mar 27, 2020 14:41 by Wes Stone

- Wingwatchers Lake Ewauna Nature Trail, Klamath, Oregon

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

- Comments: "Plain grayish-green back, greenish-yellow underparts, faint dark eye line. Working through brush near end of trail."


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Subject: Vedanta Retreat: thank you and consensus opinion
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 18:33 pm
From: dukedt AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
Thank you for all of the feedback on the recordings. I think that I'm going to like making more recordings and focusingmore on birding by ear. Also thank you for the introduction to xeno-canto. Seems like a great place to spend some time listeningto birds.
Consensus seems to be that the first recording was a red breasted sapsucker with the second and third recording likely being Canada jays. I did see a red breastedsapsucker earlier (but not while calling), but did not see the Canada jays.
Thanks,Duke
Duke Tufty
503.320.3130
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Subject: Re: Duke Tufty recordings
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 18:23 pm
From: crrickett11 AT gmail.com
 
The sapsuckers make that call but it is slowest and roughest in Williamson's, quite rapid and cleanest in Red-naped. Can't say I know the more subtle differences between R-B Sap and Y-B Sap but presumably it's an R-B. Below is some commentary by Nathan Pieplow.
https://www.xeno-canto.org/for...

Ross Barnes-RickettSE Portland
On Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 4:09 PM Lars Norgren <[email protected]> wrote:
First bird is (Red-breasted) Sapsucker. Is this call species specific?Third bird is Canada Jay.I don't know about no 2. The single note is reminiscent of Mtn Quail, but doesn't sound close enough on my device.



Subject: Duke Tufty recordings
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 18:09 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
First bird is (Red-breasted) Sapsucker. Is this call species specific?Third bird is Canada Jay.I don't know about no 2. The single note is reminiscent of Mtn Quail, but doesn't sound close enough on my device.



Subject: Frenchglen Hotel is closed until May 8th
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 17:42 pm
From: 1sallyhill.9 AT gmail.com
 
A photographer friend just alerted me to the fact that the Frenchglen Hotel is currently closed.
Sally Hill

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Subject: Vedanta Retreat: three sets of audio recordings
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 17:38 pm
From: dukedt AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

I spent some time this afternoon at Vedanta Retreat where it is very easy
to maintain 6 feet (or 60 or even 600 feet distancing). The Vedanta
Retreat is located to the north of Portland high in the West Hills. I
spent a lot of time getting audio recordings, mainly of cooperative and
vocal Pacific Wrens. However, I did have three clips that I've been
struggling with (though I may have figured out one now after multiple
listens). I tried to keep each clip short and focused. Each clip was
taken from the side of the trail overlooking a dense wooded area using
Voice Record Pro on my iPhone.

I would greatly appreciate any help on identifying the source of the
recording.

Thanks,
Duke


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Subject: Fw: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 16:05 pm
From: sbkornfeld AT msn.com
 
I agree this is extraordinary.

Questions

Did all of these birds over winter and are now being found as they begin to their spring song? Or are they recent arrivals?

Are these from the Pacific (huttoni) population or from the Mexican (stephensi) population? While I did not see the Huttons from Malheur last year, I believe it was considered the Mexican subspecies? While I have seen a few of the recent Central Oregon sightings, I have a hard time telling. Perhaps those with keener eyes can comment
So which is more likely huttoni to cross the cascades or stephensi to cross the desert?

All the recent sightings were heard before seen. Perhaps this is a good time for Central Oregon birders to learn the Huttons Vireo call notes to be ready to more fully document this phenomenon.

Thanks

Steve Kornfeld
Bend




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From: David Tracy
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 5:34 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [COBOL] Fw: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5

Saw this message on OBOL from Caleb and Courtney. Wow, something is definitely going on locally with HUVIs this winter/spring.

Dave Tracy
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Subject: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 18:03 pm
From: caleb AT centanni.com

Hi all,

Courtney Kelly Jett and I found a Hutton's Vireo today at 1:50 PM on the Benham Falls section of the Deschutes River Trail, southwest of Bend. The bird gave several scold calls and sang for about 30 seconds, and we also saw it well. Here is our checklist with a recording and notes:

https://ebird.org/pnw/checklis...



This represents the fifth individual bird and the fourth location in this remarkable irruption winter for the species into Central Oregon, starting with one found early December at Sawyer Park in Bend by Peter Low. All have been associated with rivers and creeks in the second growth Ponderosa/Juniper woodland zone, in the foothills of the Cascades.

Good birds and love to all in these fear-filled times!

Best wishes,

Caleb Centanni

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Subject: stay home
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 16:00 pm
From: paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com
 
The vole didn™t heed the governor™s order to stay home and shelter in place. It went home with the red-tail.
Paul Sullivan



Subject: Singing Birds Coos 3/28/20
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 15:30 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
Stepped out the front door at my place this AM and heard a TOWNSEND™S WARBLER singing in a Doug-fir across the street, a nice surprise!
On our two hour+ dog walk out on N Spit Coos Bay I heard 5 singing OC WARBLERS. No Purple Finches though? About 40 Red Crossbills. Lotsa singing YR Warblers. In the bay the Horned Grebes are molting with some almost complete and others looking like some strange new species of grebe. Lots of other ducks and grebes molting also of course, the Horned Grebes being the most striking to my eyes.
I saw no humans the entire walk except two trucks that passed- was walking along the inside of bay where there is a road at low tide.
Happy birding where ever you can!Tim RCoos Bay



Subject: Turkey Vultures headed north
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 14:51 pm
From: keschneckdds AT gmail.com
 
In case you haven't seen enough Turkey Vultures already, I just saw about 150 headed north through the Rogue Valley over Ashland... they looked like they were on a mission.
Karl SchneckAshland, Oregon"As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail." John Muir
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Subject: Rakar West's voice the redwood
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 14:47 pm
From: t4c1x AT peak.org
 
I forget where I read the line, "the crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark, when he is unattended."
Darrel

From: "larspernorgren" <[email protected]>
To: "OBOL" <[email protected]>
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:04:48 AM
Subject: [ADV] [obol] Rakar West's voice the redwood

I wondered about a parrot or other liberated exotic. This time of year Crows get highly individualistic, repeating things no other crow seems to know.


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Subject: Re: Tucson Audubon Society Hummingbird Web Cam
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 14:20 pm
From: nelsnelson7 AT gmail.com
 
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-bi...

On Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 7:31 AM William Risser <[email protected]> wrote:
The Society has a hummingbird web cam set up at the Paton Center. Mostly broad-bills but occasional violet-crowns.



Subject: Rakar West's voice the redwood
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 12:05 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
I wondered about a parrot or other liberated exotic. This time of year Crows get highly individualistic, repeating things no other crow seems to know.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



Subject: Re: Coos Purple Martins 3/27/20
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 11:54 am
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
There were four of them and they had me surrounded but I managed to escape!
Tim
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 4:40 PM Robert O'Brien <[email protected]> wrote:
Puma are really expanding in Oregon, that is true, but are very dangerous and should never be closely approached. If they approach you, be sure to stand up tall and seem threatening, Never turn & run. Anonymous, elsewhere

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Tim Rodenkirk <[email protected]> wrote:
The PUMA are in at Tenmile Lake in Lakeside, Coos their traditional earliest location in county. At least 4 birds- two adult males down low, one perched on a box and another atop a pole. There were at least two white-bellied birds up high that could be young males or females. And upwards of 100 Tree Swallows.
Merry migration!Tim RodenkirkLakeside, Coos



Subject: Re: Sound ID?
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 11:24 am
From: rakarw AT peak.org
 
Thanks for all the suggestions, validating my guesses - owl? dove? mimic? I'll keep listening.
On Mar 27, 2020, at 9:43 PM, Thomas Cable <[email protected]> wrote:

It sounds like one of the many odd sounds a Crow can make.Tom Cable
On Mar 27, 2020, at 1:06 PM, Rakar West <[email protected]> wrote:

Yes.
On Mar 27, 2020, at 12:24 PM, Roger Freeman <[email protected]> wrote:

Just to clarify, are you referring to the two sets of hi/lo pitched call notes at the beginning and end of the clip?Roger Freeman
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 9:10 AM Rakar West <[email protected]> wrote:
We have been hearing this from our neighbor™s Redwood. Can anyone ID?

Rakar West

Whiteaker near Maury Jacobs Park

Eugene



Subject: Tucson Audubon Society Hummingbird Web Cam
Date: Sat Mar 28 2020 9:31 am
From: wlrisser AT gmail.com
 
The Society has a hummingbird web cam set up at the Paton Center. Mostly broad-bills but occasional violet-crowns.



Subject: Pied-billed Grebe on the Willamette
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 23:54 pm
From: KayCarter001 AT outlook.com
 
Yesterday I spotted a bird I assumed was a small duck diving in the Willamette at Canby.  It was too far for me to make out much of anything other than general shape and a chunky bill, even with my 10x binoculars.  But, ever hopeful, I snapped a few photos with my 600 mm lens.

Didn't get around to looking at those until tonight. The attached is mega-cropped, but I don't think it can be anything other than a Pied-billed Grebe. Strange place for it . . .

Kay Carter
Canby



Subject: Extraordinarily Early Willow Flycatcher
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 23:30 pm
From: bcombs232 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon just before 3 p.m. I was walking around the circumference of a new park area on River Loop 1 in northwest Eugene. Soon after I started walking the last segment of the rectangle I heard the unmistakable fitz-bew of a Willow Flycatcher. Starlings imitate all sorts of birds, so I expected that would be the case here. I looked around and saw a small bird on the top of a tall evergreen tree. This bird was not a starling. It was far too small. For a while it seemed like an amorphous blob, but then it turned just the right way and the silhouette, with the feathers on the back of its head looking slightly peaked rather than rounded, screamed empidonax. Then the bird sang several more times, providing further amazement on my part and confirmation of its identity. Then the bird flew west over the large nearby field in this semi-rural neighborhood. There was no way to chase it. In the short time I had with the bird, I hadn™t had time to record the event in sound or pictures.
The coordinates of the park are 44.1239, -123.1154.
The tall evergreen tree is across the street from the park, near the south end of the park. The way the bird flew off over the field makes me think that the bird will go elsewhere, but there™s a chance it might come back..
--
Barbara Combs obie '70
Lane County, OR



Subject: Toledo-Siletz Area Common Yellowthroat and White-throated Sparrow
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 22:27 pm
From: range.bayer AT gmail.com
 
Hi,
Chuck Philo saw a first of season male Common Yellowthroat on 3/25 along Yasek Loop by HWY 229 between Toledo and the town of Siletz. He also saw a hen Mallard fly in and surprisingly land on a fence post.
Today, he saw a White-throated Sparrow in Toledo.Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon.



Subject: Yamhill: No mocker, some snipe, Merlin on Baker Creek Road
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 19:47 pm
From: atowhee AT gmail.com
 
no sighting of dippers on Baker Creek today...singing house finch in our garden...Audubon's Warblers galorecounty and state parksclosed, Yamhill city park closed, sewer ponds trail open
https://atowhee.blog/2020/03/2...
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author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA: https://ecowise.wordpress.com/... of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com



Subject: Coos Purple Martins 3/27/20
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 18:40 pm
From: baro AT pdx.edu
 
Puma are really expanding in Oregon, that is true, but are very dangerous and should never be closely approached. If they approach you, be sure to stand up tall and seem threatening, Never turn & run. Anonymous, elsewhere

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Tim Rodenkirk <[email protected]> wrote:
The PUMA are in at Tenmile Lake in Lakeside, Coos their traditional earliest location in county. At least 4 birds- two adult males down low, one perched on a box and another atop a pole. There were at least two white-bellied birds up high that could be young males or females. And upwards of 100 Tree Swallows.
Merry migration!Tim RodenkirkLakeside, Coos



Subject: Re: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 18:34 pm
From: baro AT pdx.edu
 
This is really amazing because Hutton's Vireo is not considered to be migratory. I really doubt they can make it through the winter there. So where are they coming from? Heading east over or through the Cascades to breed doesn't really make sense either. Quite the puzzle. Bob O'Brien Carver Oregon

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Caleb Centanni <[email protected]> wrote:
Hi all,
Courtney Kelly Jett and I found a Hutton's Vireo today at 1:50 PM on the Benham Falls section of the Deschutes River Trail, southwest of Bend. The bird gave several scold calls and sang for about 30 seconds, and we also saw it well. Here is our checklist with a recording and notes:
https://ebird.org/pnw/checklis...

This represents the fifth individual bird and the fourth location in this remarkable irruption winter for the species into Central Oregon, starting with one found early December at Sawyer Park in Bend by Peter Low. All have been associated with rivers and creeks in the second growth Ponderosa/Juniper woodland zone, in the foothills of the Cascades.
Good birds and love to all in these fear-filled times!
Best wishes,
Caleb Centanni



Subject: Coos Purple Martins 3/27/20
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 18:27 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
The PUMA are in at Tenmile Lake in Lakeside, Coos their traditional earliest location in county. At least 4 birds- two adult males down low, one perched on a box and another atop a pole. There were at least two white-bellied birds up high that could be young males or females. And upwards of 100 Tree Swallows.
Merry migration!Tim RodenkirkLakeside, Coos



Subject: Deschutes County Hutton's Vireo #5
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 18:03 pm
From: caleb AT centanni.com
 
Hi all,
Courtney Kelly Jett and I found a Hutton's Vireo today at 1:50 PM on the Benham Falls section of the Deschutes River Trail, southwest of Bend. The bird gave several scold calls and sang for about 30 seconds, and we also saw it well. Here is our checklist with a recording and notes:
https://ebird.org/pnw/checklis...

This represents the fifth individual bird and the fourth location in this remarkable irruption winter for the species into Central Oregon, starting with one found early December at Sawyer Park in Bend by Peter Low. All have been associated with rivers and creeks in the second growth Ponderosa/Juniper woodland zone, in the foothills of the Cascades.
Good birds and love to all in these fear-filled times!
Best wishes,
Caleb Centanni



Subject: Re: Pine Siskins today
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 16:17 pm
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
First  Pine Siskins in my yard today. In Jennings Lodge.

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> On Mar 26, 2020, at 10:33 PM, Anne Duston wrote:
>
> A couple of days ago there were a couple of siskins that flew off scolding when I went out to refill the feeder. First I'd seen this year. I live in East Portland, straight north a couple of miles from Powell Butte.
>
> Anne D.
>
>> Msg: #7 in digest
>> From: Steve Jaggers
>> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:36:37 -0700
>> Subject: [obol] Pine Siskins today
>>
>> Surprised to note a pair of Siskins visiting the feeders today. It has been
>> a mostly siskin-less winter around here.
>> Steve Jaggers
>> South of Milwaukie
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Subject: Vesper Sparrow, Delta Ponds
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 15:22 pm
From: tgagetomlinson AT gmail.com
 
Just had Vesper Sparrow at the footbridge at South Parking lot at Delta Ponds. Great looks but no decent photographs yet. Currently trying to relocate the bird.

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Subject: Yamhill county social distance ramble
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 15:17 pm
From: paultsullivan AT onlinenw.com
 
I did a 30-mile social distance ramble today to Fairdale Mineral Spring (45.363364,-123.331188), NW of Yamhill, to look for Band-tailed Pigeons. I found two (FOY for me). At the nearby N Yamhill River I heard a Kingfisher. Under the bridge I found lots of whitewash on the rocks and a dipper nearby (another FOY), a clear indication of a nest under the bridge. Just a quarter mile west up the road I found a cluster of 8 Varied Thrushes on the edge of the gravel, another nice find. 
Back home, a White-throated Sparrow turned up in the yard, the first since the 14th. The Lincoln™s Sparrow has been here every day for a week. The female Townsend™s Warbler shows up every couple days. The Fox Sparrow sings a snatch of song if the sun shines. The Purple Finches are more vocal.
No Savannah Sparrows or cowbirds. Save those for next time.
Good birding, everyone,
Paul Sullivan
McMinnville



Subject: Re: Sound ID?
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 15:06 pm
From: rakarw AT peak.org
 
Yes.
On Mar 27, 2020, at 12:24 PM, Roger Freeman <[email protected]> wrote:

Just to clarify, are you referring to the two sets of hi/lo pitched call notes at the beginning and end of the clip?Roger Freeman
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 9:10 AM Rakar West <[email protected]> wrote:
We have been hearing this from our neighbor™s Redwood. Can anyone ID?

Rakar West

Whiteaker near Maury Jacobs Park

Eugene



Subject: Clarification of Finley NWR (partial) closure
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 14:36 pm
From: sapsuckers AT gmail.com
 
The closure of William L. Finley NWR (south of Corvallis) is only partial.

Finley Refuge Rd (the north entrance off Hwy 99W), its trails, and the
Refuge office (headquarters) will be inaccessible for the time being.
Bruce Rd. remains open.

Jamie Simmons
Corvallis
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Subject: Re: Sound ID?
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 14:25 pm
From: freemanbecard AT gmail.com
 
Just to clarify, are you referring to the two sets of hi/lo pitched call notes at the beginning and end of the clip?Roger Freeman
On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 9:10 AM Rakar West <[email protected]> wrote:
We have been hearing this from our neighbor™s Redwood. Can anyone ID?

Rakar West

Whiteaker near Maury Jacobs Park

Eugene



Subject: Re: Portland Audubon's weekly Rare Bird Alert
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 14:19 pm
From: baro AT pdx.edu
 
Harry was (IS) an institution. A couple of memories.1. Many, many years ago we were driving back from San Francisco and saw lots of magpies in the Sacramento Valley. My wife, a nonbirder, was very impressed by their glamour. A week or two later she called me at work to tell me a flock of magpies had just flown over our house headed west at high altitude. We live at the base of a large hill and the height was no surprise, only the species.Soooooooooooooooo, not wanting to offend her I told her to call Harry at the number given by Gerard and report it. A flock of Magpies in the valley would be unprecedented. So, she did. Harry's response: "Well if there's that many around others will report them also".. I don't recall any further reports, but she still swears by her observation.
2. My favorite of many, many 'Harry' aphorisms, frequently give at Birder's Night, and regarding rare birds: They're out there, but nobody sees 'em..
I'm among the many that don't seem 'em. At least around Carver.
Bob OBrien Carver OR



On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 4:16 PM Gerard Lillie <[email protected]> wrote:







Many kudos indeed. In addition to what has already been mentioned, Harry was the Oregon Birds Record Committee Secretary for many years. He was always able to keep discussion on pace and thankfully kept meetings from dragging into the night. I moved to Portland
in 1983 and Harry was the face and voice of birding to me. I'm not sure how many years he took care of the RBA but it was a long time and he somehow did it week after week. He is iconic and Icongratulate him for his many years of service to the birding community.
I still remember his phone number from listening to his RBA so many times over the years and I know others do, too."If you have anything to add, call ---/----". (I won't give his number as I'm sure it's still active).







Gerard Lillie

Portland, OR








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Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:07 PM
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Subject: [obol] Re: Portland Audubon's weekly Rare Bird Alert



Many kudos to Harry Nehls for his many years of service. In addition to the

weekly audio tape available at Audubon, Harry provided those who wrote

quarterly Field Notes for Oregon Birds with a tabulation of all the reports

he'd received.


Good luck to Brodie Cass Talbott who is stepping into big shoes.


Paul Sullivan


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Subject: Portland Audubon's weekly Rare Bird Alert

Date: Thu Mar 26 2020 13:47 pm

From: sjaggers280 AT gmail.com



I have just learned that Harry Nehls who was the voice of our local and

statewide RBA for 55 years retired from that position last September. I

missed the mention in the Warbler but want to recognize his huge

contribution to information sharing long before the web and associated leaps

and bounds in information sharing.


For you newer folks it may be hard to imagine how limited our access to

information was 30 or more years ago.




Harrry recorded a list of rare and/or unusual sightings in the state on a

weekly basis that was accessed by dialing a number at Audubon and listening

to his discourse. It was Harry that most of us shared our sightings with and

he got them out-only once a week mind you. His summaries were printed in the

Audubon Warbler monthly and he reported similarly in the monthly Birder's

night meetings at PDX Audubon.




One other way we shared sighting information was a phone tree where one

called the people around you on an established grid. Owen was the father of

that?


I am sure lots of other birders of a certain age will comment, we all have

memories of Harry's recordings and comments.


I will also appreciate that Brodie Cass Elliot is taking on the Audubon RBA

duties and understand he is working out a method for us to get to his

summaries.


Best and health to us all.


Steve Jaggers



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Subject: FOY Purple Martin
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 14:02 pm
From: tgagetomlinson AT gmail.com
 
Just had a FOY Purple Martin at Fern Ridge, at platform over pond 5. 2 Barn Swallows as well. Bad picture in eBird link

https://ebird.org/checklist/S6...

Torrey



Subject: Birding in the time of Covid
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 13:32 pm
From: jmaynard AT peak.org
 
Hello Birders,
With the recent closures of NWRs and state parks and elsewhere, and the vague and sometimes contradictory information we are receiving about where and how far we are allowed to travel for exercise, I wondered where you all are birding in this time of covid.
I live in NE Portland and my wife Kelli and I can bicycle and walk to several good locations. For us, walking destinations include Laurelhurst Park, where one can see ducks in the ponds, Varied Thrush on the lawns, and if you are lucky and know where to look, Great Horned Owls in the Fir trees. Also Rufous Hummers, Ruby Crowned Kinglets and all the other usual suspects in city parks. The paths are wide and folks are respectful of social distance, but ready with a smile all the same.
Yesterday Kelli and I bicycled to the Dharma Rain Zen center near 82nd and Siskiyou, where last year (or year before?) was seen the Eastern Bluebird. We saw lots of White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and several very vocal Bewick™s Wrens. There are bike racks, and people at the center are around but not close, and they welcome people walking the (metro owned) paths that bisect their property. Last year I saw Western Meadowlarks there, but none yesterday.
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park appears to be open, but is difficult to access with road construction. This is a place I often bird when I™m on a break from my work as an electrical inspector for the city. It would be easy enough to access by bicycle, but a bit far for us to walk from home. I™ve seen more than 100 species at this spot, over many visits. They have been doing a lot of good work here, and when the road is done and the pandemic is passed it could be a real gem.
I wonder what other bicyclists/birders in the Portland area are doing? Is Smith/Bybee an appropriate place to bird with its bicycle paths? I™m not sure it is officially open, but as a transportation route for bicyclists it would be hard to effectively close. Same with Vanport Wetlands and Force Lake. ?
I™d love to hear wat others are doing in other regions also. I was bummed to hear Steigerwald NWR was closed as this is somewhere I had considered trying to bike to.
Anyways, hope everyone can stay well and not go crazy in these crazy times. Birding has always been a very social activity for me, birder-identification often as exciting as bird identification, and I look forward to getting back to that! I can remember last year when Kelli and I were visiting Fern Ridge in Eugene, looking for a Red Knott or a Ruff, and seeing two birders some distance away with their optics trained on us. They smiled and returned our wave and later introduced themselves as Barbara Combs and Ellen Cantor, names I recognized from this list and also eBird. That same day we met Vickie Buck and Sally Hill, who were kind enough to trade contact info with us, and shorty afterword texted us to let us now they were on the Ruff! (Life Bird!) and guided us into it.
That same day we met Nolan Clements and Caleb Centanni , who™s progress we had watched on eBird as they made their way to amazing birding years. We also met a retired couple, on the overlook who we came to find out had built our favorite bird resort in Ecuador, Wild Sumaco Lodge, and who had since moved to the Oregon Coast. I am looking forward to a return to social birding, and dispensing with the distance!
Wishing all good health and good birding!
Jack Maynard



Subject: Accipiter nuptial aerobatics
Date: Fri Mar 27 2020 12:26 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
I saw a Goshawk similarly engaged near my home on Hayward Road one spring years ago. The behavior was confirmed in Birds of Oregon a Gen. Ref . I believe. Then two years ago in April I was driving on Hwy 20/34 in Corvallis on a sunny day when l saw a large Accipter making similar frivolous moves. It was so big l was sure it was a Goshawk. But l was able to park safely, get it in binocular view and see the rusty underbelly.   This was at the jct of Brooklane Drive, so right across the river from Avery Park. It now occurs to me that two years in a row, mid-ninties l went to my nephew's birthday party at Avery Park and there was a begging Cooper's Hawk up in those tall trees.


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