Date: 7/5/17 3:09 pm
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Sandy River Delta VEERY
One singing bird at the New River boat ramp in SW Coos on 7 June 2002 also-
seemed like just yesterday...

Nice find!


On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:

> One sight record from Lane.
> The habitat sounds fine, they use that kind of area along the Umatilla
> River.
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
> <acontrer56...> <javascript:;>
> > On Jul 5, 2017, at 10:53 AM, Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...>
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > Good birding,
> > Adrian
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