Date: 7/12/17 7:51 pm
From: Craig Miller <gismiller...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Summer doldrums? What?!!!
Also, this is a premier time for shorebirds!

Craig Miller
Bend, Oregon

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 7:47 PM, Joel Geier <joel.geier...> wrote:

> Sorry, someone needs to speak up for summer!
> This is my favorite time of year for birding. Juvenile birds are all
> over the place. Even if none of them are "new" species for folks who are
> focused on state/county year lists, they are fascinating and often
> challenging birds to identify.
> This morning just a few mile north of Corvallis, I saw a juvenile Oregon
> Junco consorting with several juvenile Vesper Sparrows. A whole family
> groups of Chipping Sparrows wound up in our nets, while Savannah
> Sparrows chipped nearby. Streaky-breasted juvenile Lazuli Buntings were
> out and about too.
> Even though we were out in oak savanna habitat, a young Hairy Woodpecker
> flew through, and gave some strange calls that you probably won't hear
> any other time of year.
> There's nothing like summer, enjoy it while it's happening. Most of us
> only get to enjoy 60 or 70 summers in our life, if even that many. In
> what other season can you go outside and have any chance of hearing a
> Nighthawk? Or Purple Martins?
> Yesterday I ran into four Coyote pups playing outside their den in a
> brush thicket. Today I helped to extract a California Darner from a mist
> net (thanks Howard for the ID!). Autumn, winter, and spring are all
> great too, but there's nothing like summer, even for birders.
> Happy summer birding,
> Joel
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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