Date: 10/8/17 1:42 pm
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Wagtail?
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.


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

> 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
>>> 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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