Date: 10/8/17 11:06 am
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Wagtail?
Some comments from the wagtail observer.


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From: *Wendy Dodson* <wdodson...>
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Subject: Fwd: Wagtail?
To: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>

We did not see it land. I hit the brakes immediately and backed up trying
to find it in the field on the south side of the road but could not see it.
I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a new bird for me. Had no idea it
was going to be a rare bird. We looked every day after that when we went
through that area and drove down the road to the horse camp at Cape Blanco
since that road borders the west side of the field. We were at Cape Blanco
until 10/4 and kept looking for it. The only other bird I considered was a
snow bunting but the black and white was on both sides of the bird, not
just the back, plus the tail was long and slim with long white feathers on
each side of the tail. I'm not exactly a novice birder as I have traveled
to bird in AZ, TX, OR, NV and Panama but I am by no means an expert
either. We had such limited cell service and no internet that I didn't try
to contact anyone until after we got home and I had a chance to do some
more research and then find a local bird club to make the report.

Wendy Dodson

On 10/8/17 10:01 AM, Tim Rodenkirk wrote:

Wendy thanks for the response- just wanted to make sure it wasn't something
else. When it flew across the road did you see it land then? Very rare
species so interested in details, itbis actually a review species in

Thanks for the details,

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Wendy Dodson <wdodson...>
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','<wdodson...>');>> wrote:

> I have seen Black Phoebes many times in AZ. The bird we saw had much more
> white on the body, wings and tail than a Black Phoebe.
> Sent from my iPod
> On Oct 8, 2017, at 6:01 AM, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> wrote:
> Ann,
> It is certainly possible as long as they were sure it was not a Black
> Phoebe which are common in that area?
> Tim
> On Saturday, October 7, 2017, Ann Vileisis <annvil...> wrote:
>> I thought you guys would be interested in this reported sighting.
>> Any thoughts?
>> Ann
>> Ann Vileisis
>> President
>> Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
>> P.O. Box 1265
>> Port Orford, OR 97465
>> 541-332-0261
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> *From: *Wendy Dodson <wdodson...>
>> *Subject: **Wagtail?*
>> *Date: *October 7, 2017 at 1:24:30 PM MST
>> *To: *<annvil...>
>> Hi,
>> 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.
>> Wendy Dodson
>> Troy, MT

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