Date: 4/20/17 1:06 pm From: Jim Moodie <jmoodie...> Subject: [obol] Possible State bird replacements for Western Meadowlark
I did a quick scan of ranges using Thayer’s Birding Software version 7. Using the eyeball test for species with broad distribution in the state, but fairly restricted outside of the state, I came up with:
Mountain Quail (can be hard to see)
Flammulated Owl (ditto)
Rufous Hummingbird (I ignored ranges into Canada. OK, and Alaska)
Given the restrictions of range to the west side of the state for Hermit Warbler, I would lean towards Rufous Hummingbird: green and orange (UO & OSU alumni can get behind this), colorful, entertaining, easy to see with a feeder in place, and feisty! There are no hummer species representing any state at present.
Dr. Jim Moodie
From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Tyler Hallman
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:32 AM
To: Wayne Hoffman
Cc: Darrel Faxon; Oregon Birders OnLine
Subject: [obol] Re: hermit warbler questions
I'm all for it. I'd take the Hermit or Townsend's Warbler over Osprey. Despite the history of the Western Meadowlark as the state bird, it has always bothered me how many other states have it.
We seem to have conflicting requirements here.
1. Statewide: We want a bird that is present throughout the state.
2. Uniquely Oregonian: We want a bird that is not common in other states.
Oregon is a large diverse state. It would be quite difficult to find a species that occurs throughout the huge diversity of habitats statewide while somehow being restricted from bordering states. If state borders were created based on changes in habitat, then such a feat would be far easier. As is, it seems to me that any species that occurs statewide will also occur in many other states.
That said, I'd be all for a species that is uniquely west coast, yet not so habitat restricted as to only be visible on the coast itself.
I'd hypothetically be all for Hermit Warblers! Throw my vote in this hypothetical decision.
On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:20 AM, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...><mailto:<whoffman...>> wrote:
I doubt that they breed regularly anywhere east of Hwy 97.
If we are considering Meadowlark replacements as State Bird, I would suggest a different species that has not yet been brought up, but has some things in its favor.
1. It does breed in Oregon, but not so extensively as Hermit Warbler.
2. Some also winter in the state.
3. It probably is regular in every Oregon county, at least in migration.
4. It is not the State Bird of any other state.
5. It is beautiful and considered a real treat by nearly everyone who sees it.
6. It's range is larger than that of Hermit Warbler, but is still pretty much a west coast/Rocky Mountain specialty.
This is one of the Hermit Warbler's closest relatives: Townsend's Warbler.