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15 Dec: @ 16:41:06  Re: Sedge Wren access [Jack Williamson]
15 Dec: @ 16:24:32  Cape Meares Seawatch, Tillamook CBC [Phil Pickering]
15 Dec: @ 14:09:11  Sedge Wren YES [Alan Contreras]
15 Dec: @ 13:59:20  Re: RBA CATTLE EGRET Lane County [Pam Otley]
15 Dec: @ 12:26:15  RBA CATTLE EGRET Lane County [sylviaspfd]
15 Dec: @ 11:10:00  Request for Wing-tagged Red-tailed Hawk sightings [Carole Hallett]
15 Dec: @ 09:22:57  Fwd: St lucia [Tim Rodenkirk]
15 Dec: @ 06:36:59  Birding- St. Lucia [Tim Rodenkirk]
15 Dec: @ 00:06:32  Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon [Mike Patterson]
14 Dec: @ 23:28:50  Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon [Tom Crabtree]
14 Dec: @ 22:16:19  Re: Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose [Lars Norgren]
14 Dec: @ 22:14:34  Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon [Russ Namitz]
14 Dec: @ 21:48:47  Re: Boiler Bay Crested, Parakeet Auklets [philliplc]
14 Dec: @ 20:20:01  Re: Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose [tom]
14 Dec: @ 20:14:07  Re: Tuesday weather [Alan Contreras]
14 Dec: @ 19:58:41  Re: Tuesday weather [Courtney Kelly Jett]
14 Dec: @ 19:51:47  Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose [Dave Mellinger]
14 Dec: @ 19:28:54  Boiler Bay Crested, Parakeet Auklets [Phil Pickering]
14 Dec: @ 19:00:31  Coos Harris's Sparrow 12/14/18 [Tim Rodenkirk]
14 Dec: @ 17:37:29  Re: Tuesday weather [Nicholas Mrvelj]
14 Dec: @ 17:32:53  Re: Tuesday weather [Craig Tumer]
14 Dec: @ 17:20:27  Tuesday weather [Alan Contreras]
14 Dec: @ 15:38:48  Re: Sedge Wren update [Alan Contreras]
14 Dec: @ 12:24:14  Sedge Wren update [Alan Contreras]
14 Dec: @ 10:58:45  Landscaping request (Again) [Bill Tice]
14 Dec: @ 10:39:53  Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon [Mike Patterson]
14 Dec: @ 00:10:36  Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon [Russ Namitz]
13 Dec: @ 23:12:40  Fun bird pics [Tim]
13 Dec: @ 22:04:27  Madras Raptor Route [Kevin Smith]
13 Dec: @ 20:36:59  Re: OPB Segment on Umatilla Depot Burrowing Owls [Lars Norgren]
13 Dec: @ 20:32:43  Re: OPB Segment on Umatilla Depot Burrowing Owls [Wayne Hoffman]
13 Dec: @ 20:08:55  OPB Segment on Umatilla Depot Burrowing Owls [Jack Williamson]
13 Dec: @ 19:37:07  Tangent Bald Eagle roost [Mary Garrard]
13 Dec: @ 19:12:54  SEDGE WREN [Alan Contreras]
13 Dec: @ 17:59:56  Sedge Wren, Waite Ranch (private property), Lane County [Roger Robb]
13 Dec: @ 16:55:38  Swamp Sp/Wh-thr Sp [Thomas Love]
13 Dec: @ 16:44:59  Eared Grebes - columbia County [Philip Kline]
13 Dec: @ 16:29:21  Re: Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co) [Stefan Schlick]
13 Dec: @ 16:17:03  1st North Grants Pass raptor survey [dpvroman]
13 Dec: @ 15:56:04  Re: Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co) [Alan Contreras]
13 Dec: @ 15:53:11  Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co) [Stefan Schlick]
13 Dec: @ 15:47:40  Fwd: Benton Co. North raptor route Dec 13 2018 [clearwater]
13 Dec: @ 15:45:50  Re: WA. Co. Sherwood red naped YES [Bill Shanahan]
13 Dec: @ 15:42:44  WA. Co. Sherwood red naped YES [Bill Shanahan]
13 Dec: @ 14:54:51  Hi Ho the Carrion Crow, and 3 Northern Shrikes today in Polk County [Roy Gerig]
13 Dec: @ 14:49:27  Sauvie Island CBC, Sunday December 23, 2018 [Karen Bachman]
13 Dec: @ 12:17:03  Coos Harris’s Sparrow 12/13/18 [Tim Rodenkirk]
13 Dec: @ 11:47:06  Fwd: [midvalleybirds] Bald Eagles [Lars Norgren]
12 Dec: @ 23:06:28  RBA: Portland OR 12-13-18 [Harry Nehls]
12 Dec: @ 22:31:10  Re: CBC weekend weather [clearwater]





Subject: Re: Sedge Wren access
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 16:41 pm
From: jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com
 
Alan,
Thank you - as reminder I will only be able to make it to one of the weekend dates if there are any.
On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 10:58 AM Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:



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



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Subject: Cape Meares Seawatch, Tillamook CBC
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 16:24 pm
From: philliplc AT charter.net
 
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Subject: Sedge Wren YES
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 14:09 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Waite Ranch team saw and heard Sedge Wren on today™s Florence CBC.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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www.alanlcontreras.com


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Subject: Re: RBA CATTLE EGRET Lane County
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 13:59 pm
From: pamo1954 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
Cattle Eget still in marshy pasture, west side of Washburn Lane, 30 yds north of Milepost 1.Thanks, Sylvia, for quick post!!
Pam Otley



On Sat, Dec 15, 2018, 10:26 AM <[email protected] wrote:
I found a CATTLE EGRET with 10 Great Egrets on Washburn Lane near Junction City at 10:20


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Subject: RBA CATTLE EGRET Lane County
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 12:26 pm
From: sylviaspfd AT gmail.com
 
I found a CATTLE EGRET with 10 Great Egrets on Washburn Lane near Junction City at 10:20

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Subject: Request for Wing-tagged Red-tailed Hawk sightings
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 11:10 am
From: carole.hallett AT gmail.com
 
Between CBCs,  Winter Raptor Surveys, waterfowl counts, WAFLS Short-eared
Owl surveys and all the rare birds popping up I know there are plenty of
eyes out there. *Please be on the lookout for wing-tagged redtails!*
Orange tags with a 2 character letter and or number code are Portland
Airport (PDX) birds, blue or yellow tags are Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) birds and
white tags are Vancouver, B.C. (YVR) birds.
Report sightings to: www.reportband.gov
Or check out: http://www.pdxraptors.com.

Thank you!
Carole Hallett
Wildlife Biologist
Pacific Habitat Services
971-806-5021
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Subject: Fwd: St lucia
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 9:22 am
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Linda Lorenz <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, Dec 15, 2018 at 6:30 AM
Subject: Re: St lucia
To: <[email protected]>



I would highly recommend Adams Toussaintand his colleague Vision's - their e-mail [email protected] We got all 5 endemics. My favorite sighting was the St. Lucia Parrot. We pulled over to the side of a rainforest Canyon and Adams said, do you hear that? . And a pair of St. Lucia parrots flew out of the trees towards us. It was a fantastic sight! Linda Lorenz

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On Dec 15, 2018, at 6:25 AM, Linda Lorenz <[email protected]> wrote:


We buried it on Saint Lucia two years ago and hired a wonderful guide. I had the only feeling he was the only guide but we hit gold. He was delightful and knew about birds in the economy in the history of occupation etc. we had a fantastic day.

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Subject: Birding- St. Lucia
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 6:36 am
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
A friend asked me if I had any birder contacts for St. Lucia. Since I do not I thought I would check on OBOL- anyone know much about birding on St. Lucia that could share info with this friend?
Thanks!Tim RodenkirkCoos Bay



Subject: Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 0:06 am
From: celata AT pacifier.com
 
Alright, let's look at BNA

caurina - winters in PNW
morphna - coastal resident
cleonensis - resident SW OR
fallax - prossibly mistaken montana
fisherella -considered syn montana NE OR
merrilli - Eastern OR

And I found the write up by Johnson, Pyle and Tietz
https://www.westernfieldornith...
Which contains information even fresher than the BNA

On 12/14/2018 8:39, Mike Patterson wrote:
> Gabrielson and Jewett (1940) cite 6 subspecies of Song Sparrow.
> Pyle places them as follows:
>
> rufina group (rusty):
> caurina
> morphna
>
> gouldii group (California mainland)
> cleonensis
>
> montana group (interior west)
> fallax
> fisherella
> merrilli
>
> Members of the eastern group (melodia), though not mentioned in
> G&J have been observed in Oregon, but remain unassigned beyond
> "Eastern-type"
>

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Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
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Subject: Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 23:28 pm
From: tc AT empnet.com
 
Closer to 80 years, Russ!
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Russ Namitz
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 8:14 PM
To: OBOL Freelist
Subject: [obol] Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon
No offense to Gabrielson & Jewett, as they have contributed an amazing amount of knowledge to Oregon birding, but I suspect that geographic ranges have been fine-tuned within the last 60 years by genetic analysis.
https://www.researchgate.net/f...
As has already been put forth, Birds of North America (BNA) has a great write up on each species, including Song Sparrow. The eBird excel spreadsheet that I have mentioned in previous emails also elucidates ranges.
Cheers,
Russ Namitz
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Subject: Re: Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 22:16 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
Truth to be told, passerine birding is generally more dipping than ticking in Linn County. I have seen Snow Bunting once out there, and in the past half decade my efforts have been substantial, sustained by steady success with raptors, swans and gulls. Lars
On Fri, Dec 14, 2018, 6:20 PM <[email protected] wrote:
Yesterday across the Willamette in Linn, along American Drive, I counted 125 Tundra Swan (which I failed to photo), and 4 other Tundra ?or Trumpeter? Swan 300+ feet away (which I did photo). I don™t know if said separation is any hint of type differences?


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


Between Halsey, Shedd and Corvallis, out in the grass fields, Savanah Sparrow are abundant, but the Horned Lark seem to be moving around, and I haven't been able to track down the Snow Bunting reported by others. Odd to see flocks of Horned Lark one day, none the next.


--tg


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Subject: [obol] Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose


McFadden Marsh in Finley NWR had hundreds of swans this morning. I counted 274 but there were undoubtedly many I missed. Most of the ones I could see well were TUNDRA SWANS, but there were at least four TRUMPETERS. Hundreds of NORTHERN PINTAIL were there too, more than I've ever seen there at once.


The TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE was also in the marsh, on the south side of the road.


Dave

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Subject: Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 22:14 pm
From: namitzr AT hotmail.com
 
No offense to Gabrielson & Jewett, as they have contributed an amazing amount of knowledge to Oregon birding, but I suspect that geographic ranges have been fine-tuned within the last 60 years by genetic analysis.



https://www.researchgate.net/f...


As has already been put forth, Birds of North America (BNA) has a great write up on each species, including Song Sparrow. The eBird excel spreadsheet that I have mentioned in previous emails also elucidates ranges.


Cheers,

Russ Namitz


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Subject: Re: Boiler Bay Crested, Parakeet Auklets
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 21:48 pm
From: philliplc AT charter.net
 
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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Subject: Re: Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 20:20 pm
From: tom AT barbless.com
 
Yesterday across the Willamette in Linn, along American Drive, I counted 125 Tundra Swan (which I failed to photo), and 4 other Tundra ?or Trumpeter? Swan 300+ feet away (which I did photo). I don™t know if said separation is any hint of type differences?

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

Between Halsey, Shedd and Corvallis, out in the grass fields, Savanah Sparrow are abundant, but the Horned Lark seem to be moving around, and I haven't been able to track down the Snow Bunting reported by others. Odd to see flocks of Horned Lark one day, none the next.

--tg

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Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 5:51 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [obol] Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose

McFadden Marsh in Finley NWR had hundreds of swans this morning. I counted 274 but there were undoubtedly many I missed. Most of the ones I could see well were TUNDRA SWANS, but there were at least four TRUMPETERS. Hundreds of NORTHERN PINTAIL were there too, more than I've ever seen there at once.

The TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE was also in the marsh, on the south side of the road.

Dave
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Subject: Re: Tuesday weather
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 20:14 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
There are many considerations involved in scheduling people and cars for this kind of situation. I would appreciate it if people who have the gate code and ae not docents do not take cars in there during times that we have arranged with MRT to provide organized access. Right now that looks like Monday and Thursday mornings. We may try to maintain a window for Tuesday for those of you who are more amphibian.
We are guests at this site and the owners have approved a specific way of providing access. They have asked me to manage this process in my spare time. I am trying to. As of today I have about 25 requests for access. I think we can manage all of them as long as freelancing is kept to a minimum.
It is fine to walk in if you have the proper permission. However, please do NOT park in the gate area if you do that on Monday or Thursday morning.
Those who are doing the Coos Bay CBC and also want to Wren on Monday are welcome to do so. Try to coordinate with each other. It™s convenient to park extra cars at the shopping center at 126 & 101, two miles downstream, or at the even closer parking area by the North Fork.

Finally, I would be deeply grateful if the exact location of the Wren is not posted or shared except as part of the organized process to provide access.
Alan [email protected], Oregon
www.alanlcontreras.com



On Dec 14, 2018, at 5:57 PM, Courtney Kelly Jett <[email protected]> wrote:re Monday,
Monday could work for me,
I was even thinking of getting my form turned in and going Monday morning anyway, since I™m doing coos CBC on Sunday and will still be in area.
This morning I woke near Waite ranch on a forest road,first birds began vocalizing 7:28am (Fox Sparrow sang first), and were chatty esp for first half hour after,and then I just birded the highway along Waite Ranch until other birders showed up to accompany me in at 10:30am, (incl Daniel F, nice meeting you!) whereupon immediately began winds and rain storm.
But until 10:30am was nice, and birdiest esp. starting about 9:00/9:15am,
with my first Marsh Wrens vocalizing 9amand popping up 9:50-10:15am,
after which we never heard a single Marsh Wren, no one in our group .
Roger™s list was 8:00-10:30am,so he must have experienced the sedge wren no later than 10am,
so I did feel a bit bummed about this morning, that I could have been looking for the sedge wren during that time instead of just along the highway during that time, I couldn™t understand why the other birders didn™t want to start till after 10am! oh well,
but I certainly would want to start very early when I do try again.
We also looked again for it late this afternoon, with some of same crew as this morning,Ellen and Kit and Jim (Kit and Jim both MRT board members) and Scott,but we only had an hour of daylight left,
and I did get to encounter 12-15 Marsh Wrens, mostly only single notes, but did see half dozen of them,one of them seen very poorly at last light I fantasized looked a little paler and stockier ...and twice heard some strange vocals from that area , a few notes (4 ?) strung together sounded like mix of snipe and wren, so if it was poss the bird would be closest to buzz calls ... but who knows ... I don™t !
So , if not raining,Monday by 7:30am sounds good to me, is my vote :-)
The area Roger saw bird is 0.5-mile from gate.
Today I parked 1.0-mile east of entrance gate and it is pleasant walk to gate, and berm walk is birdy, so maybe no cars are needed at all?
Courtney Kelly Jett,Bend, OregonSent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits
On Dec 14, 2018, at 3:19 PM, Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:

For those of you that expressed an interest in looking for the Sedge Wren on Tuesday, note that the forecast for Tuesday at Florence is, as of now, nasty. Windy and heavy rain. Chances of success if it stays that way are pretty low.
Waite is super on a nicer day, with all the grassland birds teed up and chipping. When it is nasty it is very rough.
Monday morning looks a lot better. Not windy, with showers. We may try to switch the first access to Monday and see what happens. Let me know how this works for you. We could do this as late as Sunday eve, I think.

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



Subject: Re: Tuesday weather
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 19:58 pm
From: ckjannabirds AT gmail.com
 
re Monday,
Monday could work for me,
I was even thinking of getting my form turned in and going Monday morning anyway, since I™m doing coos CBC on Sunday and will still be in area.
This morning I woke near Waite ranch on a forest road,first birds began vocalizing 7:28am (Fox Sparrow sang first), and were chatty esp for first half hour after,and then I just birded the highway along Waite Ranch until other birders showed up to accompany me in at 10:30am, (incl Daniel F, nice meeting you!) whereupon immediately began winds and rain storm.
But until 10:30am was nice, and birdiest esp. starting about 9:00/9:15am,
with my first Marsh Wrens vocalizing 9amand popping up 9:50-10:15am,
after which we never heard a single Marsh Wren, no one in our group .
Roger™s list was 8:00-10:30am,so he must have experienced the sedge wren no later than 10am,
so I did feel a bit bummed about this morning, that I could have been looking for the sedge wren during that time instead of just along the highway during that time, I couldn™t understand why the other birders didn™t want to start till after 10am! oh well,
but I certainly would want to start very early when I do try again.
We also looked again for it late this afternoon, with some of same crew as this morning,Ellen and Kit and Jim (Kit and Jim both MRT board members) and Scott,but we only had an hour of daylight left,
and I did get to encounter 12-15 Marsh Wrens, mostly only single notes, but did see half dozen of them,one of them seen very poorly at last light I fantasized looked a little paler and stockier ...and twice heard some strange vocals from that area , a few notes (4 ?) strung together sounded like mix of snipe and wren, so if it was poss the bird would be closest to buzz calls ... but who knows ... I don™t !
So , if not raining,Monday by 7:30am sounds good to me, is my vote :-)
The area Roger saw bird is 0.5-mile from gate.
Today I parked 1.0-mile east of entrance gate and it is pleasant walk to gate, and berm walk is birdy, so maybe no cars are needed at all?
Courtney Kelly Jett,Bend, OregonSent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits
On Dec 14, 2018, at 3:19 PM, Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:

For those of you that expressed an interest in looking for the Sedge Wren on Tuesday, note that the forecast for Tuesday at Florence is, as of now, nasty. Windy and heavy rain. Chances of success if it stays that way are pretty low.
Waite is super on a nicer day, with all the grassland birds teed up and chipping. When it is nasty it is very rough.
Monday morning looks a lot better. Not windy, with showers. We may try to switch the first access to Monday and see what happens. Let me know how this works for you. We could do this as late as Sunday eve, I think.

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



Subject: Finley NWR: hundreds of swans and pintail, bean goose
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 19:51 pm
From: David.Mellinger AT oregonstate.edu
 
McFadden Marsh in Finley NWR had hundreds of swans this morning. I counted 274 but there were undoubtedly many I missed. Most of the ones I could see well were TUNDRA SWANS, but there were at least four TRUMPETERS. Hundreds of NORTHERN PINTAIL were there too, more than I've ever seen there at once.

The TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE was also in the marsh, on the south side of the road.

Dave
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Subject: Boiler Bay Crested, Parakeet Auklets
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 19:28 pm
From: philliplc AT charter.net
 
Had a pair of Parakeets and an almost certainsingle Crested Auklet south in great light atclose range between 3:20 and 3:30 today. Thiswas during an intense west wind event followingmultiple frontal bands- which unfortunately forSat. CBC's is going to be a brief one with windsshifting SE overnight.
Will eBird details when I can but briefly on theCrested- great look at Ancient-size plump alcidwith proportionately small rounded head/tiny billand blunt flight profile, south by itself to within 200yards in diffuse angled sunlight. Entirely smoothvery dark gray including solidly on the bellyeven when banking in direct light, but obviousunique-looking 2-tone appearance with underpartsfrom flanks to the upper breast slightly less darkthan the upperparts/upperwings. Underwingswhen banking in direct light also appeared slightlypaler than upperparts but clearly solidly dark.I was not able to resolve any color in the bill.
Phil



Subject: Coos Harris's Sparrow 12/14/18
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 19:00 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
On my dog walk right before dark we saw the Harris's Sparrow at the seed at the kiosk near the pond at Millicoma Marsh on the east side of Coos Bay. Looks like it will be around for the count on Sunday rain or shine as it was pouring when we were at the seed which is conveniently located near a kiosk where you can stand and stay dry while you watch the sparrows feeding. All the regulars were also there including a Swamp Sparrow; the only local missing was a Lincoln's which are present in the nearby reed canary-grass thickets usually.
Happy CBCing!Tim RodenkirkCoos Bay



Subject: Re: Tuesday weather
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 17:37 pm
From: nickmrvelj AT gmail.com
 
I'm flexible so Monday could work for me as well.
-Nick
On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 3:19 PM Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:
For those of you that expressed an interest in looking for the Sedge Wren on Tuesday, note that the forecast for Tuesday at Florence is, as of now, nasty. Windy and heavy rain. Chances of success if it stays that way are pretty low.
Waite is super on a nicer day, with all the grassland birds teed up and chipping. When it is nasty it is very rough.
Monday morning looks a lot better. Not windy, with showers. We may try to switch the first access to Monday and see what happens. Let me know how this works for you. We could do this as late as Sunday eve, I think.

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



Subject: Re: Tuesday weather
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 17:32 pm
From: craig AT greatskua.com
 
I could so this Monday instead of Tuesday.
Craig



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Subject: [obol] Tuesday weather

From: Alan Contreras <[email protected]>

Date: Fri, December 14, 2018 3:19 pm

To: Craig Tumer <[email protected]>

Cc: Shawneen Finnegan <[email protected]>, Nicholas Mrvelj

<[email protected]>, Nels Nelson <[email protected]>, Colby

Neuman <[email protected]>, Sylvia Maulding <[email protected]>,

Lars Norgren <[email protected]>, Daniel Farrar

<[email protected]>, Diane Pettey <[email protected]>, Nikki

Thomas <[email protected]>, Adele Dawson <[email protected]>,

Daniel Dietz <[email protected]>


For those of you that expressed an interest in looking for the Sedge Wren on Tuesday, note that the forecast for Tuesday at Florence is, as of now, nasty. Windy and heavy rain. Chances of success if it stays that way are pretty low.
Waite is super on a nicer day, with all the grassland birds teed up and chipping. When it is nasty it is very rough.
Monday morning looks a lot better. Not windy, with showers. We may try to switch the first access to Monday and see what happens. Let me know how this works for you. We could do this as late as Sunday eve, I think.
Alan [email protected]
Eugene, Oregon
www.alanlcontreras.com



Subject: Tuesday weather
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 17:20 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
For those of you that expressed an interest in looking for the Sedge Wren on Tuesday, note that the forecast for Tuesday at Florence is, as of now, nasty. Windy and heavy rain. Chances of success if it stays that way are pretty low.
Waite is super on a nicer day, with all the grassland birds teed up and chipping. When it is nasty it is very rough.
Monday morning looks a lot better. Not windy, with showers. We may try to switch the first access to Monday and see what happens. Let me know how this works for you. We could do this as late as Sunday eve, I think.

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



Subject: Re: Sedge Wren update
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 15:38 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
here you go.
Shawneen is interested in carpooling.


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




On Dec 14, 2018, at 1:29 PM, Nicholas Mrvelj <[email protected]> wrote:Can I have Craig Tumer's email by chance?
On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:25 PM Nicholas Mrvelj <[email protected]> wrote:
Sounds good Alan, I'll reach out to all of them.
On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:23 PM Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:
And Colby Neuman, Jack Williamson, Nels Nelson.
I would dearly love someone to set up Portland carpooling.
Nels is signed up for a 10:30 access slot. We can take one more car at 8:30 and a couple at 9:30.


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




On Dec 14, 2018, at 1:20 PM, Nicholas Mrvelj <[email protected]> wrote:Cool, I can reach out to them if you start to tire of all this organizing. Just let me know.

On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:18 PM Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:
Shawneen F and Craig T, among others.


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



On Dec 14, 2018, at 1:16 PM, Nicholas Mrvelj <[email protected]> wrote:Perfect. I haven't talked to any other Portland birder friends about this yet. I can imagine a few folks who will be making the trip down. I'm open to carpooling, no problem. I'll be on standby.
-Nick

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On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:
Yes you fit.
Just you? As of now there are 2-3 people coming from Portland Tuesday morning with a 10:30 ETA. As we are restricted by number of cars, not number of humans, I™m going to encourage carpooling. Will post more later.


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




On Dec 14, 2018, at 12:19 PM, Nicholas Mrvelj <[email protected]> wrote:Hello Alan,
Thanks for organizing all of this and keeping us all informed. If relocated, and there™s still room available, I™d be interested in giving it a go on this upcoming Tuesday.
Best,-Nick

On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 10:24 AM Alan Contreras <[email protected]> wrote:
Here™s the latest wren-truth.
Observers associated with McKenzie River Trust (MRT) will look for the bird this morning. The CBC team will look for it tomorrow. If either of them finds it in the same place, then McKenzie River Trust will allow escorted access on several dates in December.
If the bird is not relocated, there is no group access, for the simple reason that the site is over a mile long and half a mile wide and they don™t want people stomping around out in the grass and marsh. The area is being carefully managed for return to a natural salt marsh condition.
You™ll sign up for a specific date and time. All requests for access come to me. Total power, that™s my thing. Requests can start now. When we have the dates settled, I™ll give people the liability waiver and the map with instructions.
Right now we think we can get people in on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20, with two weekend dates to follow. These dates are tentative, subject to the MRT work schedule at the site.
Anyone who wants to be on the access list, go ahead and get in touch now. There is limited parking so we have a limit on cars per time slot. Access does not require mud boots.
***McKenzie River Trust is a great organization that has been preserving land in Lane County and locally in adjacent counties for many years. Several local birders have been on its board and active in the organization. Please support them as you are able.***
https://www.mckenzieriver.org


Alan [email protected], Oregon
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Subject: Sedge Wren update
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 12:24 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Here™s the latest wren-truth.
Observers associated with McKenzie River Trust (MRT) will look for the bird this morning. The CBC team will look for it tomorrow. If either of them finds it in the same place, then McKenzie River Trust will allow escorted access on several dates in December.
If the bird is not relocated, there is no group access, for the simple reason that the site is over a mile long and half a mile wide and they don™t want people stomping around out in the grass and marsh. The area is being carefully managed for return to a natural salt marsh condition.
You™ll sign up for a specific date and time. All requests for access come to me. Total power, that™s my thing. Requests can start now. When we have the dates settled, I™ll give people the liability waiver and the map with instructions.
Right now we think we can get people in on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20, with two weekend dates to follow. These dates are tentative, subject to the MRT work schedule at the site.
Anyone who wants to be on the access list, go ahead and get in touch now. There is limited parking so we have a limit on cars per time slot. Access does not require mud boots.
***McKenzie River Trust is a great organization that has been preserving land in Lane County and locally in adjacent counties for many years. Several local birders have been on its board and active in the organization. Please support them as you are able.***
https://www.mckenzieriver.org


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



Subject: Landscaping request (Again)
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 10:58 am
From: ticebill7 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,Close to a year ago, I put out a request for landscaping for birds, and a few of you responded. Now that I am done with my back yard's terracing and water line and etc, I am finally ready to plant bushes and what not. I was sure I filed away a few responses some of you sent, but I cannot find them now. There was someone from Eugene who sent me some specific info which I am hoping to obtain again. Please respond to my email. Thanks so much.
--
Bill Tice
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Birding - The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores



Subject: Re: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 10:39 am
From: celata AT pacifier.com
 
Gabrielson and Jewett (1940) cite 7 subspecies of Song Sparrow.
Pyle places them as follows:

rufina group (rusty):
caurina
morphna
gracilis

gouldii group (California mainland)
cleonensis

montana group (interior west)
fallax
fisherella
merrilli

Members of the eastern group (melodia), though not mentioned in
G&J have been observed in Oregon, but remain unassigned beyond
"Eastern-type"

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Astoria, OR
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Subject: Song Sparrow subspecies in Oregon
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 0:10 am
From: namitzr AT hotmail.com
 
We have 3 subspecies of SONG SPARROW (Melospiza
melodia)that breed in Oregon,
M.m.morphna, M.m.montana
and
M.m.cleonensis.
Each of these are lumped in a larger subspecific group in eBird which I have listed below. The streaking of the birds east of the Cascades is crisper and neater
which makes the white background of the chest/belly really stand out.






Melospiza melodia morphna (SONG SPARROW (rufina Group)) = found west of the Cascades and along the coast to SW Oregon.

Characterized by dark, rufescent overall coloration with diffuse rufescent streaking on chest.




Jamie Simmons - Tillamook County

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




Shawn Billerman - Tillamook County

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






Cody Smith - Benton County

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






Melospiza melodia montana (SONG SPARROW (merrilli/montana)) = east of the Cascades in central & eastern Oregon.

Characterized by white underparts with well-defined blackish streaking and reddish-brown dorsal streaking on brownish-gray background.




Mark Ludwick - Umatilla County

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





John Doty - Sherman County

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





Greg Haworth - Harney County

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





Jim Scott - Klamath County

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











Melospiza melodia cleonensis (SONG SPARROW (heermanni Group)) = extreme SW coastal Oregon & Siskiyou Mtns, but may involve Josephine/Jackson Counties.

Characterized by chestnut streaking on chest, buffy flanks and chestnut streaking on back against a dark brown background.




Janet Kelly - Curry County

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





Glenn Anderson - Del Norte County

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


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








Most of our Oregon birds are resident and thus should be around to study on the CBC season. Who knows, you may find an out-of-place subspecies of Song Sparrow on your count area.




Good birding,

Russ Namitz



Subject: Fun bird pics
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 23:12 pm
From: timberwolf69 AT hotmail.com
 
Nothing special, just some fun shots taken up in Yachats last weekend. Mostly Mew gulls feeding in the surf and a few shorebirds that wandered by. Also the Surf Scoter I was trying to get some ideas on. I cropped and lightened the pic a bit. You can see the
white feathers on it and the very small forehead spot. And no it's not foam, too bright and it didn't show on any other bird in well over a hundred shots I took of the Black and Surf Scoters. And fair warning, there is a few sunset and wave pics you might
need to suffer through. ;-)




https://www.flickr.com/photos/...





Tim Gannon

Reedsport



Subject: Madras Raptor Route
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 22:04 pm
From: kevinsmithnaturephotos AT gmail.com
 
Kei and I did the Madras RR today in partly cloudy skies, mild temps and
variable winds & gusts. Hi-lites were a 'family' of Baldies, a Northern
Goshawk adult and two California Condors. I managed to photograph one
of them near the corner of Clackamas and Dogwood and I'm sure they will
be around for the Madras CBC on the 19th.

The rest are as listed.

39 Red-tailed Hawks

21 American Kestrels

8 Northern Harriers

4 Bald Eagles (family??)

1 Rough-legged Hawk

1 Northern Goshawk

1 Cooper's Hawk

2 California Condors

77 total Raptors

I will admit the two Condors woodn't make it on e-bird, I'm afraid

Kevin Smith

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Subject: Re: OPB Segment on Umatilla Depot Burrowing Owls
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 20:36 pm
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
I believe hundreds of species of birds are sex segregated at some point in their annual cycle . An example close to home is Prairie Falcon. All wintering birds in the Willamette Valley are female. I do not claim to tell the difference in the field, but there are those that can. My father cited diving ducks to me as another example, some 50 years ago. Apparently Wayne and l started writing at the same time. I was diverted by the doorbell. Lars
On Thu, Dec 13, 2018, 6:08 PM Jack Williamson <[email protected] wrote:
As anyone heard of another example of migratorydimorphism?
Probably not since I just coined the term :-) Or at least I think so . . .
Nevertheless, this the only reference I am able to find where males overwinter north of their breeding territory while females migrate south. The hypothesized reason for the behavior seemed reasonable to me when I first listen to it, but as I think about it more - it doesn't.
Hoping others are as interested as I am in hearing about other possible explanations.
The Burrowing Owl Segment of the program is the first 10 minutes. So it's easy to get to.
https://watch.opb.org/video/se...
Jack WilliamsonWest Linn, Oregon



Subject: Re: OPB Segment on Umatilla Depot Burrowing Owls
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 20:32 pm
From: whoffman AT peak.org
 
Hi, Jack -


There are quite a few bird species in which males and females have different migration patterns.
1. I hsave been told that essentially all the Prairie Falcons wintering in Oregon are females, as the male go further south.
2 Male Northern Harriers tend not to migrate as far south as females. When I lived in South Florida, adult male harriers were exceedingly rare, but brown-plumaged birds were fairly common. I did a fair mount of fall migration hawkwatching in the Florida Keys and we regularly got harrier counts of 20-50 birds per day in October, but I do not think we ever saw an adult male. (Most of the fall harriers seen in the Keys are en route into the neotropics).
3. Quite a few diving duck species have differential migration. Again from the Florida Keys, femaleRed-breasted Mergansers were fairly common in winter but fewer than 1 % of birds were in male plumage - they stopped further north.
Wayne
On 12/13/2018 9:09:14 PM, Jack Williamson <[email protected]> wrote:As anyone heard of another example of migratorydimorphism?
Probably not since I just coined the term :-) Or at least I think so . . .
Nevertheless, this the only reference I am able to find where males overwinter north of their breeding territory while females migrate south. The hypothesized reason for the behavior seemed reasonable to me when I first listen to it, but as I think about it more - it doesn't.
Hoping others are as interested as I am in hearing about other possible explanations.
The Burrowing Owl Segment of the program is the first 10 minutes. So it's easy to get to.
https://watch.opb.org/video/se...
Jack WilliamsonWest Linn, Oregon



Subject: OPB Segment on Umatilla Depot Burrowing Owls
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 20:08 pm
From: jack.williamson.jr AT gmail.com
 
As anyone heard of another example of migratorydimorphism?
Probably not since I just coined the term :-) Or at least I think so . . .
Nevertheless, this the only reference I am able to find where males overwinter north of their breeding territory while females migrate south. The hypothesized reason for the behavior seemed reasonable to me when I first listen to it, but as I think about it more - it doesn't.
Hoping others are as interested as I am in hearing about other possible explanations.
The Burrowing Owl Segment of the program is the first 10 minutes. So it's easy to get to.
https://watch.opb.org/video/se...
Jack WilliamsonWest Linn, Oregon



Subject: Tangent Bald Eagle roost
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 19:37 pm
From: springazure1 AT gmail.com
 
Hello, this evening I did my first bald eagle count at the tangent roost. I
was running a bit late, so I didn't arrive until 4:27 (sunset was at 4:33).
At that time there were 15 bald eagles in the cottonwood trees, 7 full
adult, and 8 either sub-adult or age indistinguishable.

By the time I left at 4:50, the count was up to 31, of which 17 were full
adult and 14 either sub-adult or age indistinguishable.

It was a lovely evening in the mid valley. The sunset was gloriously
beautiful, and the not quite quarter moon was shining high above. A herd
of sheep grazed in the field across the road from where I parked.

In previous years, there have been roosting Northern Harriers settling into
the fields and Short-eared Owls flying at sunset, but I haven't seen either
phenomenon in recent years, likely due to changes in the crops planted in
the fields. However, tonight, just as I was putting away my spotting scope,
a Short-eared Owl appeared out of nowhere, then disappeared against the
hedgerow, quite dark by this time. I watched for it, or another, in vain
for a few moments. I am happy to know that they're still around.

Happy holidays and winter birding!

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Subject: SEDGE WREN
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 19:12 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
Those who are interested in looking for the Florence area Sedge Wren, chill for a couple of days, we™re working on some options. If the bird is relocated on the CBC Saturday we will post some information.
We is the group of local birders who have been doing surveys at Waite in recent years.


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



Subject: Sedge Wren, Waite Ranch (private property), Lane County
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 17:59 pm
From: brrobb AT comcast.net
 
This morning I found a SEDGE WREN at the Waite Ranch, a property owned by the McKenzie River Trust with no public access, some three miles east of Florence. The wren was heavily streaked on the back with streaking continuing all the way to the tail. The head was streaked as well, and the bird had a pale supercilium. The wings were heavily barred. The underparts appeared white on the throat and upper breast, turning to a bright buffy color on the lower breast and belly. The Sedge Wren appeared a bit shorter and stumpier than the many nearby Marsh Wrens. The bird was in thick grass and loosely associated with Song Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow and Marsh Wrens. The wren made no sound.
As Daniel reported earlier in the week there good numbers of SWAMP SPARROWS here; I found six.
Roger Robb
Springfield, OR



Subject: Swamp Sp/Wh-thr Sp
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 16:55 pm
From: tlove AT linfield.edu
 
My sense is that good year for SWAMP SPARROW are also good years for WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. I have no data to present.



Tom



Subject: Eared Grebes - columbia County
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 16:44 pm
From: pgeorgekline AT gmail.com
 
There are 2 Eared Grebes currently on Vernonia Lake.
Philip Kline



Subject: Re: Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co)
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 16:29 pm
From: greenfant AT hotmail.com
 
Totally agreed. It™s been a stellar winter for them.


Stefan Schlick

Hillsboro, OR




From: Alan Contreras [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:56 PM
To: Stefan Schlick <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [obol] Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co)




My impression is that Swamp Sparrow numbers in western Oregon are as high this winter as they have ever been. That is certainly true in Lane County. After the CBCs it might be useful to compare some numbers. Some energetic person might
write something for Oregon Birds on this subject.














Alan Contreras



[email protected]



Eugene, Oregon






www.alanlcontreras.com



















On Dec 13, 2018, at 1:52 PM, Stefan Schlick <[email protected]> wrote:





I walked part of the Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose this morning. Highlight was a smart Swamp Sparrow at the small wetland at 45.754998, -122.852349. A Rough-legged Hawk
was there as well.







Stefan Schlick



Hillsboro, OR



Subject: 1st North Grants Pass raptor survey
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 16:17 pm
From: dpvroman AT budget.net
 
The 1st North Grants Pass raptor survey was completed today, 12-13-18.

Traveled 38.1 miles in 3.25 hours. Weather: mostly cloudy to partly
cloudy.

Observed were:

Red-tailed Hawk - 14

American Kestrel - 9

Golden Eagle - 1 (immature)

Bald Eagle - 2 (adults)

Red-shouldered Hawk - 3 (2 seen on 12-12-18 and not today)

Peregrine Falcon - 1 (seen on 12-12-18 and not today by me; seen today
by fellow living where it was seen yesterday)

Cooper's Hawk - 2

A couple of juvenile Snow Geese seen along Lower River Road.

Dennis (north of Grants Pass)

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Subject: Re: Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co)
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 15:56 pm
From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
 
My impression is that Swamp Sparrow numbers in western Oregon are as high this winter as they have ever been. That is certainly true in Lane County. After the CBCs it might be useful to compare some numbers. Some energetic person might write something for Oregon Birds on this subject.


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

On Dec 13, 2018, at 1:52 PM, Stefan Schlick <[email protected]> wrote:I walked part of the Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose this morning. Highlight was a smart Swamp Sparrow at the small wetland at 45.754998, -122.852349. A Rough-legged Hawk was there as well.
Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR



Subject: Swamp Sparrow at Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose (Columbia Co)
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 15:53 pm
From: greenfant AT hotmail.com
 
I walked part of the Crown Zellerbach trail in Scappoose this morning. Highlight was a smart Swamp Sparrow at the small wetland at 45.754998, -122.852349. A Rough-legged Hawk was there as well.


Stefan Schlick

Hillsboro, OR



Subject: Fwd: Benton Co. North raptor route Dec 13 2018
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 15:47 pm
From: clearwater AT peak.org
 
From: "clearwater" <[email protected]>
To: "birding" <[email protected]>
Cc: "Jeff Fleischer" <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:45:56 PM
Subject: Benton Co. North raptor route Dec 13 2018

Hi all,

My daughter Martha and I surveyed the Benton Co. North raptor route this morning, as part of an East Cascades Audubon project that Jeff Fleischer organizes each year.
This route covers an area roughly from Lewisburg north to the Benton/Polk County line, and from the Palestine area west to the Camp Adair rifle range. Jeff has run this route himself in years past, so this was the first time for Martha and me.
Our totals were as follows:

Time 3:04, Survey miles 53

RTHA 52 Red-tailed Hawk: incl. dark morphs on Gilmour Ln and on Rifle Range Rd.
AMKE 27 American Kestrel
NOHA 6 Northern Harrier
BAEA 4 Bald Eagle (3 adults, 1 subadult)
RLHA 3 Rough-legged Hawk: 1 on Camp Adair Rd w. of E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area,
1 along e. side of Hwy 99W north of E.E. Wilson,
1 on the n. side of Coffin Butte off Wiles/Robison Rds.

No other falcons, no accipiters, no owls (and no shrikes).

There was some weird, dull-grayish black plastic(?) bird on a pole about 1/4 mile north of Granger, 1/2 mile west of Pettibone, that had me thinking about Zone-tailed Hawk. That road is nearly as busy as Hwy 99W.

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Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



Subject: Re: WA. Co. Sherwood red naped YES
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 15:45 pm
From: iamshanahan AT gmail.com
 
Right along the trail on the north side.

On Thu, Dec 13, 2018, 1:41 PM Bill Shanahan <[email protected] wrote:
At the same coordinates. There's a tree with many obvious rows of sapsucker holes.45.351988, -122.850894.



Subject: WA. Co. Sherwood red naped YES
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 15:42 pm
From: iamshanahan AT gmail.com
 
At the same coordinates. There's a tree with many obvious rows of sapsucker holes.45.351988, -122.850894.



Subject: Hi Ho the Carrion Crow, and 3 Northern Shrikes today in Polk County
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 14:54 pm
From: roygerig AT gmail.com
 
A month or two ago I complained here about the lack of Shrikes in the Willamette Valley in recent years and decades and since then they have popped up everywhere. This morning I looked for the Burrowing Owl along Livermore Road after the Road Grader incident a few days ago. I made three passes and saw none of it. I did see two different NORTHERN SHRIKES about 1/2 mile apart along the mid section of Livermore, and one along Farmer Road. Maybe I should decry the lack of less than common birds more often, assuming I have as much to do with it as a leaf has on the wind. A PRAIRIE FALCON was a mile south
I did not mean that trash birds or junk birds or carrion birds have no reason to live a few days ago when I wrote about my junk bird free side yard here. I do not enjoy trash birds as much as other birds and they don't mind at all. Christian and Zen myself - it is like a leaf in a stream you can use it to measure stream flow
Roy Gerig Salem OR



Subject: Sauvie Island CBC, Sunday December 23, 2018
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 14:49 pm
From: pppahooie AT comcast.net
 
Counters desired for the Oregon side of the count.
The Sauvie Island CBC is set for Sunday 12/23/2018.

Areas will be assigned in advance if you fill out the form at this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/...
Please remember there is more to the count area than Oak Island.

Optional AM pre-count meeting will be 7:00 AM at the Linnton Community Center, 10614 NW St Helen's Rd (Hwy 30 in Linnton.)

End of day "compare your birds" get-together will be4 PM at the Lighthouse Inn, 10808 NW St Helen's Rd (Hwy 30 in Linnton).

My contact information is:
Karen Bachman
[email protected]
971-207-7754

I'm hoping to hear from you.



Subject: Coos Harris’s Sparrow 12/13/18
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 12:17 pm
From: timrodenkirk AT gmail.com
 
1st winter at seed at Millicoma Marsh- 2nd kiosk east of parking area near pond. Also calling yellowthroat, OC Warbler and a few Swamps including one calling out in the open.
Tim Rscouting for Sunday Coos Bay CBC



Subject: Bald Eagles
Date: Thu Dec 13 2018 11:47 am
From: larspernorgren AT gmail.com
 
The perennial grass seed field in the new corner of McClagan and Bell Plain has had a noteworthy concentration of Raptors since late October. Every time l check, 1 Rough-leg, 1-2 harriers, 7-8 Redtails, and an adult Bald Eagle, all perched on the ground. No sheep in the field, is the eagle mousing with the rest of them? Lars
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From: Delores Porch <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Dec 13, 2018, 8:33 AM
Subject: [midvalleybirds] Bald Eagles
To: Mid Valley Birding <[email protected]>


Saw 16 Bald Eagles this morning in Tangent. 14 on McLagan Drive. Six in the

roost tree,rest on the ground near sheep. Three were mature, rest immature.

Two were seen on ground on Bell Plain Rd. One was mature & other 4th year

immature.


Delores Porch

SE Albany

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Subject: RBA: Portland OR 12-13-18
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 23:06 pm
From: hnehls6 AT comcast.net
 
- RBA* Oregon* Portland* December 13, 2018* ORPO1812.13
- birds mentionedTUNDRA BEAN GOOSEPARAKEET AUKLETLAYSAN ALBATROSSSHORT-TAILED ALBATROSSWhite-tailed KiteWestern type FlycatcherViolet-green SwallowNorthern Rough-winged SwallowBarn SwallowEASTERN BLUEBIRDSnow BuntingMCKAY™S BUNTINGMAGNOLIA WARBLER
- transcript
hotline: Portland Oregon Audubonnumber: 503-292-6855To report: Harry Nehls 503-233-3976 <[email protected]>compiler: Harry NehlsCoverage: entire state
Hello, this is the Audubon Society of Portland Rare Bird Report. This report was made Thursday December 12. If you anything to add call Harry Nehls at 503-233-3976.
The twoEastern Bluebirdscontinue to be seen at the Dhama Rain Zen Center in Northeast Portland. TheTundra Bean Gooseis still being seen at McFadden Marsh at Finley NWR. The Clatsop BeachMcKay™s Buntingand the Ona Beach State ParkMagnolia Warbleralso continue.
ASnow Buntingwas seen December 8 on the north shore of Yaquina Bay in Newport.On December 8 an offshore boat trip out of Newport found many migrants including aShort-tailed Albatross,3-5Lasysan Albatrossand a couple ofparakeet Auklets.
ABarn Swallowwas seen December 6 at Willow Bar on Sauvie Island. That day a Northern Rough-winged Swallowand aViolet-green Swallowwere at the River Island Natural Island along Hwy 224 near Eagle Creek.
On December 8 aflycatcher was photographed at the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove. It was identified as aWestern type flycatcher. On December 7 aSnow Buntingwas found along County Road 211 northwest of Halsey. That day 19White-tailed Kiteswere noted along Northbank Road in the Coquille River Valley.
That™sit for this week.
- end transcript



Subject: Re: CBC weekend weather
Date: Wed Dec 12 2018 22:31 pm
From: clearwater AT peak.org
 
Thanks Mike, for noting the weather conditions on the north coast!
You know better than most how these observations can be really valuable when trying to sum up the CBC season. It's especially helpful to me as I put most of my personal effort into inland counts.

Weather really controls what we see, and not just weather on the day of the count. I'll appreciate commentary on weather conditions from here on out, through the CBC season.

Thanks,
Joel

P.S. Tim, yup, if that empid hangs around for the CBC I'll definitely be glad for the efforts that have gone into identifying it! I'm in the Dusky camp too.

Mike Patterson wrote:

The weather guys have currently posted a high surf advisory for the
coast and an atmospheric river of moisture for the weekend. This
will mean raincoat weather for counters, but the westerly flow could
also push some interesting stuff nearshore.

I'd advise coordinators to put a lot of energy into count period
birding to cover the stuff that might be scarce on count days.

--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR


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