Date: 7/5/17 10:53 am From: Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> Subject: [obol] Sandy River Delta VEERY
My mom and I were very surprised to see a Veery at Sandy River Delta, Multnomah County this morning. Unfortunately it did not vocalize. It was between the "kingbird tower" and the blind overlooking the Columbia River, in the cottonwoods and willows close to the slough. A quarter mile past the kingbird tower on the confluence trail is a trail on the left leading down the bank to the slough. We had the Veery about 50 meters beyond that on both sides of the trail. I scattered grass on the ground and tied some to a branch over the trail where we saw it.
The Veery was redder-backed than a Swainson's Thrush, though not as strikingly so as the eastern form of Veery depicted in many field guides. It had very weak brown spotting on the upper breast, faintly washed in buff. The flanks were pale grayish, almost white. The face was gray with a faint whitish eye-ring. It stayed at least ten feet off the ground, and despite several good views over the course of a couple minuntes, I was unable to snap a useful photo. It's unfortunate, as silent Catharus thrushes are extremely difficult to ID, but we feel confident that it was a Veery.
It does not seem like appropriate breeding habitat for the species, but perhaps it is an over summering individual. We did not try playback to lure it in, but it responded to pishing. Many Swainson's Thrushes were also in the vicinity, including a juvenile.
Are there any verified Western Oregon records? I know of sight records from Curry, Benton, Tillamook, Multnomah, and perhaps elsewhere. Any insight would be appreciated.