Date: 7/6/17 5:29 pm
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Re: Townsend's Warblers in the Oregon Coast Range
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From: *Tim Rodenkirk* <timrodenkirk...>
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Subject: [obol] Re: Townsend's Warblers in the Oregon Coast Range
To: "<paultsullivan...>" <paultsullivan...>

Paul did you see the June Townsends? I have had Townsends in Coos up to the
very end of May but never in June. Been working in the Coos and Curry Coast
Range since 1988. Was ear birding by 1993 and really started to pay
attention to early and late dates in 1998.

By the way Hermits readily come down for tapes so it is not to difficult to

Geoff Keller did a lot of recording in the Coast Range and loved to fool me
with Black-throated Gray songs that sometimes sounded like Hermits and
Hermits that sounded just like Black-throated Grays so I think they imitate
each others songs sometime. He always visually IDed birds he recorded.
Habitat differerences are really helpful though for sure.

Incidentally I hear this species from my yard this time of year as they
breed in the back of Mingus Park.

Tim Rodenkirk
Coos Bay

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<paultsullivan...>');>> wrote:

> For what it's worth...
> I worked on Old Growth research in the central part of the Oregon Coast
> Range in 1985-86. We had plots in sort of a rough rectangle bounded by
> Rice
> Hill and Roseburg on I-5 and inland 20 mi from the ocean from Coos Bay to
> Reedsport, We had plots in various ages of timber.
> I just went back to my notes of the birds that I recorded on the days that
> I
> worked, representing various stands of timber on different days. I pulled
> data from April 19 - June 30 for both years.
> 1985 (34 days afield)
> 32 Black-throated Gray Warbler
> 226 Hermit Warbler
> 1 Townsend's Warbler (May 16, 1985)
> 1986 (37 days afield)
> 19 Black-throated Gray Warbler
> 293 Hermit Warbler
> 2 Townsend's Warbler (April 19 & June 19, 1986)
> That's all the Townsends I recorded.
> Paul Sullivan
> -----------------------------
> Subject: Re: Townsend's Warblers in the Oregon Coast Range
> Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 16:58 pm
> From: whoffman AT
> Hi -
> Here around Newport Townsend's are uncommon wintering, and regular at least
> from September to April. However, they seem to be much less common than in
> the 1970s. Back then I regularly encountered wintering flocks of 20-30
> birds, whereas I now mainly see numbers in single digits.
> I suspect they like the Sitka Spruce zone here better than the Doug Fir
> dominated east side of the Coast Range.
> Wayne
> ----------------------
> On 7/5/2017 1:20:07 PM, Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>
> wrote:*
> I have lived in the Washington County Coast Range for 25 years and seen
> Townsend's Warbler
> at best TWICE in all those years. Even spring records at the peak of
> migration should be well
> documented in my opinion. When there are scores on Mt Tabor there are zero
> at my house. I
> learned about ten years ago that "heard only" Hermit/Black-throated Gray in
> my immediate area
> are best reported that way. I have seen enough Hermits singing B-t G songs
> on Hayward Rd to make
> me gunshy everywhere I hear either species now.
> Lars
> -------------------------
> On Jul 5, 2017, at 9:46 AM, Russ Namitz wrote:
> > Excellent discussion. Townsend's Warbler was listed as my most likely
> potential Yamhill County bird in late June via eBird "needs" list. What?
> That seemed unlikely and almost certainly due to number of accepted records
> during that month.
> > There are number of accepted June records for a few other Coast Range
> counties in OR. I'm sure this discussion will hop over to the OR eBird
> Reviewer listserve on how to best to handle this issue. Reports from the
> southern Cascades would need to undergo the same scrutiny.
> > Good birding,
> > Russ Namitz
> ________________________________________
> Subject: Re: Townsend's Warblers in the Oregon Coast Range
> Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 10:21 am
> From: celata AT
> I would not be so bold as to speak for the entire Coast Range, but I can
> say that in the last 30 years...
> that's right, I moved to Astoria in 1987.
> the last 30 years I have chased many claims of summering
> Townsend's Warblers between Pacific Co and TillamooK Co. I have never
> been able to verify any because all the (mostly) Hermit Warblers were
> making far too much noise and doing so with a reckless disregard for
> what the tapes, CD's and smartphone apps would have us believe Hermit
> Warblers are supposed to sound like.
> ...and if they're not Hermits, they are Black-throated Gray Warblers...
> I have done the ground work using tape play-back and/or diligent
> chasing. No Townsend's.
> The last of the Townsend's Warblers usually clear out by the end of May
> and do not re-appear until August.
> So...
> Listing Hermit Warbler OR Black-throated Gray OR Hermit/BTYW would be
> reasonable for ebirders, but throwing Townsend's into the mix muddies
> the waters unnecessarily. I would argue that if a birder is that unsure
> about what they are hearing they might want to consider warbler sp. (or
> just pretend like they didn't hear the thing).
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
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