Date: 10/8/17 8:01 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: Wagtail? (Cape Blanco State Park on 9/26)
Hi Tim, Ann & All,
The description sounds reasonable for a wagtail. The fact that it was only seen once certainly fits the pattern for most wagtails found in Oregon!
It could be helpful to ask if the observer can recall anything about the bird's behavior, after she backed up and relocated it for a better view. Or did she only see it flying?
Happy birding, Joel
Wendy Dodson wrote:
I'm a birder from Montana who recently spent 10 days at Cape Blanco State Park. As we were leaving the park on the morning of 9/26, my husband and I encountered a black and white bird flying across the road from north to south just west of the Pioneer Cemetery. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a bird I did not know. I hit the brakes and backed up to try and relocate it for a better view. It was bigger than a junco, smaller than a robin, not a woodpecker or a shorebird. It was only black and white with a longish tail and white on the outside edges of the tail, similar to a junco. I consulted the only bird book I had with me, a Peterson's Guide to Western Birds as well as iBird Pro and Audubon Birds on my electronic device. The only bird that matched what both my husband and I saw was a Black-Backed Wagtail. We looked every day as we went by the fields and drove along the road to the horse camp at Cape Blanco hoping to see it but never did relocate it. Just thought I would let you know about the possibility of a rare bird in your area.