Date: 9/10/17 5:26 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Western MeadowLark help
Hi Jim,

I think that bad egg laid by the Oregon State Senate failed to hatch in
the House chamber. At last word (in late June) the House leadership were
signaling that they had more important things to deal with.

But like a female cowbird, I'm sure Sen. Girod will keep coming back to
try this tactic in future seasons.

I've cc:d the BOO list here in case anyone wants to prolong the
discussion off of OBOL.


On Sun, 2017-09-10 at 15:55 -0700, Jim Anderson wrote:
> Howdy All,
> Is the Western Meadowlark still our State Bird or did those knuckle
> heads in Salem mess that up as well...
> Jim-in-Sisters
> On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 9:10 AM, Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
> wrote:
> Hi David (and others who might have similar questions).
> Baskett Slough NWR is one of the best places in the Willamette
> Valley to
> see Western Meadowlarks, year-round. There is a nesting
> population of 30
> or more pairs which are easiest to see in April through June
> when males
> are singing from perches.
> Finley NWR and the West Eugene Wetlands also have substantial
> nesting
> populations, and there are also some nesting on private
> agricultural
> land in Linn County, and in the Umpqua Valley. But those
> places are a
> longer drive from the Portland metro area.
> At this point in the year, they're more difficult to see than
> during
> nesting season but they still should be around. Good places to
> look are
> along Coville Road east of the refuge (where nearly the whole
> area north
> of the road is being restored with native prairie plants), and
> along
> Morris Rd (off of Smithfield Rd.) and Livermore Rd. north of
> the
> refuge.
> You could also try walking up the Rich Guadagno memorial trail
> to the
> top of Baskett Butte. The native upland prairie remnant on the
> upper
> part of the butte is prime nesting habitat. I'd guess there
> are still
> meadowlarks up there, taking advantage of insects which tend
> to be
> abundant in botanically diverse grasslands.
> Over the next month or so, meadowlark numbers in the valley
> will
> increase as the resident population is bolstered by arrival of
> wintering
> birds from east of the Cascades.
> Once those birds arrive, there could be flock of up to 50
> meadowlarks in
> practically any grass field in areas with open landscapes in
> the
> mid-Willamette Valley (particularly in eastern Polk County,
> western Linn
> County, eastern Benton County, and adjacent parts of Lane
> County). It
> becomes a matter of random chance to spot them. Often they'll
> feed right
> alongside of European Starlings (which are remarkably similar
> in shape
> and winter foraging habits), so watch for "starlings" with
> white outer
> tail feathers when a flock picks up and flies for a short
> distance.
> Good luck!
> Joel
> From: David Lantz <lantz503...>
> Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:19:37 -0700
> Subject: [obol] Western MeadowLark help
> A friend of mine has never seen a Western Meadowlark and would
> like to
> see one for they migrate to. It looks like baskets Slough
> might be my
> best chance. I am in Washington County. Does anyone have a
> recommendation?
> Thank you in advance, David
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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