Date: 9/9/17 5:13 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: Townsend's Solitaires in downtown Portland
Hi Nathaniel & All,
A Townsend's Solitaire, described by the observer as very worn and "tired-looking," visited a backyard water feature in Corvallis on July 29th.
Solitaires nest very sparsely in the central section of the Oregon Coast Range from Marys Peak north to Laurel Peak (west of Falls City), usually found around clearcuts. In addition, I once encountered one during breeding season in a similar situation in the Western Cascades, near Snow Peak on the Linn County side.
We also usually get a few transients at lower elevations in the mid-Willamette Valley, in April/May and less often in early fall.
However having one on the valley floor in late July was unusual. The observer speculated that it might have been displaced by fires in the Santiam Pass area (which were already going at that time), and I tend to agree.