The latest from Wendy. I think the screen shot she got off the internet.
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: *Wendy Dodson* <wdodson...> Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017 Subject: Fwd: Wagtail? To: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
To me, Northern Mockingbirds are more gray and white than black and white. This bird was black and white, period, no signs of gray. I'm attaching a photo that shows what the tail looked like. The wing coloration does not look quite right for the bird I saw but this is as close to what I saw as I have been able to find. It paused in flight right in front of us to grab an insect in flight, almost like a flycatcher or a bluebird. My impression of size of the bird was larger than a junco, smaller than a robin with a longish tail, with the long white outer feathers.
On 10/8/17 12:39 PM, Tim Rodenkirk wrote:
One other species that is black and white as you described is Northern Mockingbird. They are a regular coastal migrant, not sure if you considered that species as many field guides do not show them in Oregon. They are quite a bit larger than wagtails but have a long tail and match your description pretty well.
> 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 > Oregon. > > Thanks for the details, > Tim > > On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Wendy Dodson <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 >>> www.kalmiopsisaudubon.org >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 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 >>> >>> >>> >