Date: 10/2/17 10:31 pm From: Oscar Harper <oeharper3...> Subject: [obol] Curry Co. gnatcatcher, longspurs, Snow Geese and others
The Hinkle brothers, Hendrik and I (or, as Thomas Meinzen once referred to us, the 4 Hs) did our traditional, third annual fall trip to the South Coast last weekend (Sep 30/Oct 1). The weather was very pleasant, and while we failed to turn up any jaw-dropping rarities, we had a great time and found a nice variety of birds in most places we stopped at.
The best bird of the trip was a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER discovered by Adrian at Mill Beach in Brookings (while Chris, Hendrik and I checked Chetco Point, so we missed it).
Other good finds included LAPLAND LONGSPURS (one at Cape Blanco with a flock of Am. Pipits on 9/30, and 2 at Floras Lake on 10/1), a flock of 18 (!) SNOW GEESE flying south over Floras Lake (10/1), a male WOOD DUCK at the S Jetty in Gold Beach, a RUDDY TURNSTONE with 31 Black Turnstones at Bandon, two MARBLED MURRELETS off McVay Rock SP in Brookings, a couple of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS at Arizona Beach, PACIFIC-SLOPE and WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (Pistol River), several WARBLING VIREOS (Winchuck River, Chetco Point and Pistol River, all 10/1), a couple of CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAYS at Ophir and one at Lone Ranch, a singing AMERICAN DIPPER at Humbug Mt. campground, a good variety of warblers in many places (Orange-crowned, Yellow, Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, Wilson's, MacGillivray's, along with many Yellow-rumps (almost exclusively Myrtles) and Common Yellowthroats), a CHIPPING SPARROW at Crissey Field, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at McVay Rock, and a WANDERING CONTRERAS at Arizona Beach and again at Gold Beach.
Alas, we were unable to relocate the BLACKPOLL WARBLER found by Tim Rodenkirk and Terry Wahl at the Pistol River, despite looking with them for over an hour.