Date: 3/29/17 9:38 am From: Tom & Allison Mickel <tamickel...> Subject: [obol] Re: Roman Nose Mountain area
Sally and OBOL,
FYI - the summit of Roman Nose Mountain (with its 360 degree view, radio towers and former fire lookout tower) is just over two miles south of the Lane/Douglas county line, so it's in Douglas County. It's one of the few places in the central Oregon Coast Range where Yellow-rumped Warblers breed - another being Prairie Mountain with its summit just north of the Lane/Benton county line. In 32 years of working in the Lane County Coast Range, I never did find breeding Yellow-rumped Warblers there, but just across the line to the north and south! Just a word of caution if you're planning a birding trip into the Coast Range or for that matter the Cascades, cell phones don't work most of the time, so be prepared to get yourself out of any trouble you might find yourself in! I had a few very long walks to the nearest highway with a dead car battery or more than one flat tire and no radio reception in the middle of the night calling Spotted Owls.
Tom Mickel Eugene
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Linda Gilbert and I explored the Roman Nose Mountain area in Lane County today. Temperatures ranged from 38 degrees to 54. We dodged sand and gravel dump trucks and logging trucks in between the foggy mist and vestiges of snow. Highlights included venturing up a steep logging spur road that provided almost a 360 degree view of a herd of elk, a logging operation, hearing pileated woodpeckers a large flock of Pine Siskins, Western Bluebirds and watching a small flock of Violet Green Swallows excavating nesting holes in a red clay cut bank. Down slope we saw a northern Pygmy owl on a snag and heard another calling . What a great State we live in!
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