Mountain Chickadees and California Scrub-Jays are a dime a dozen in Bend.
I agree with Alan about Emperor Geese. There is no indication that this bird is anything but a wild bird. It hangs out with the two Greater White-fronted Geese and a couple of dozen Canadas. No one has suggested they are domesticated. Nor was the Dipper that came within 10 feet of you. . . .
There are a number of Pine Siskins around now. There was a Common Redpoll that was seen for two days last week, but it hasn’t been seen since the 23rd. It could still be in the area and avoiding binoculars.
Tom Crabtree, Bend
From: COBOL [mailto:<cobol-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Jacob Mathison
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:55 PM
To: OBOL; <cobol...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Deschutes Emperor Goose Origin
To attack its ego, that is. I didn’t try to throttle this one.
On Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 3:48 PM Jacob Mathison <jacobmathison1...> wrote:
I saw the EMPEROR GOOSE at Scholes road today. It was a lifer! It’s cooperative, and it let me get good photos.
I have been thinking, though: is it necessarily a wild bird? It has been hanging around farmland and near an urban mall, and Emperor Goose is frequent domestic bird. Could it be domestic? I checked the wingtips for signs of clipping, but didn’t see any. No apparent leg bands or scars from bands, either. Does anyone have a photo of the bird with its wings spread, though, as that would better show whether it had its wings clipped? That would be good to check.
Are there any other signs of domesticity to check for? Any other thoughts?
Some other highlights from the day include:
An extremely cooperative AMERICAN DIPPER along the Deschutes River Trail. It came to within ten feet of me and let me get great pics.
At least two male COMMON GOLDENEYES along the river.
A few MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and some CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAYS (not sure of these are unusual because I don’t bird Central OR much).
An interesting call that was somewhere between a Pine siskin and a Redpoll. Frustrating.
(Oh, and sorry, Deschutes County, to attack your prized new bird ;-) )