Date: 10/30/17 6:57 pm From: David Irons <LLSDIRONS...> Subject: [obol] Re: Tillamook Tropical Kingbird and Rock Sandpiper
I remain in contact with a former customer in Veneta who is Alex Walker's niece. He was "Uncle Buck" to her. I don't know if she or other family members have maintained any of his birding records, but I could reach out to her and see if she or another family member might have access to some of his records.
From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> on behalf of Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 11:36 AM
To: Jeff Gilligan
Cc: David Mandell; OBOL Birders Online
Subject: [obol] Re: Tillamook Tropical Kingbird and Rock Sandpiper
Ha. I wish he had done a memoir. Maybe the county historical society has something.
He told me about the Dotterel at his home. He had a couple of chests of drawers of bird specimens at his home, including his collection of Peregrines. Alan - you will always have the first authenticated record. :-)
When I was a kid birder, the former curator of the natural history display at the Tillamook County Museum (Alex Walker) saw one at about that same location, the first sighting for Oregon. He was without his collector’s gun and returned the next morning, but it was gone. Alex Walker collected for various museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Some of his records are mentioned in Gabrielson and Jewett’s book. He wasn’t always a good shot. He missed a Eurasian Dotterel on the beach between Netarts and Oceanside. Lacking good books then (maybe the 40s or 30s) he sent for specimens to confirm his tentative identification. I well remember his inquiry when Stewart Janes and I stopped by the museum on a youthful camping birding trip to the coast. We had seen a breeding Sabine’s Gull on the beach, which we had been able to closely approach. we saw two Ash-throated Flycatchers during that weekend - one in Cannon Beach and one on the sand spit at Tillamook. (In a reminiscing mood…). Jeff Gilligan
Yesterday afternoon, there was a TROPICAL KINGBIRD on Bayocean Spit, about 4/5ths of the way to the gate and on the right side of the road. This afternoon around 1pm, there was a very cooperative ROCK SANDPIPER at the base of Barview Jetty. Nehalem Sewage Ponds had a decent collection of gulls, including two “THAYER’S” and a single BONAPARTE’S. There were also about 50 DUNLIN, 20 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and one WESTERN SANDPIPER. The fields just past the ponds were full of blackbirds, but I couldn’t turn up anything unusual. The plowed field on the right about 100 yards past the ponds had at least 75 WILSON’S SNIPE, about 30 KILLDEER, a few LEAST SANDPIPERS, a pair of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a few AMERICAN PIPITS.