Date: 1/3/18 7:02 pm
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Coos N’ Curry of late
I almost forgot that Norm Shorts had a BARN SWALLOW at Pacific Dunes golf
course near Bandon yesterday (Tuesday) for a count week bird for the
Coquille Valley CBC.


On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> wrote:

> On Sunday my wife and I hiked for three hours on the trail system at Cape
> Arago, Coos which is almost entirely in Sitka spruce forest. We heard and
> saw many Reds Crossbills but no White-wingeds. After hiking we found more
> Reds in a few places along road including the end of the road at the Cape
> but still all Reds. Incidentally there is what appears to be a clay lick on
> the south end of the Cape across from the parking areas near bathrooms just
> below road in the cliffs there. Many crossbills can be found low in trees
> or on the clayey area where they zip into the low vegetation when
> humanoids approach. We did also hear two or three pygmy owls and all the
> usual wood’s species (kinglets, chickadees, thrushes, creepers) on our hike.
> On Monday I took a drive out into the same area and had great audios of a
> single WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL with 6 Reds. It never let me see it though.
> It was between Shore Acres and the sea lion overlook at a pull off where
> I have heard them three times in the last month but have just seen a single
> female.
> Terry Wahl teports the continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD at the family ranch
> near Cape Blanco today.
> I saw only one WILLET at the usual downtown Coos Bay wintering spot
> today. The once large flock was down to 2 last year- this could be the last
> winter for them?
> One CLARK’S GREBE with Westerns and assorted ducks including Canvasback on
> N Spit Coos Bay yesterday. Also the lone REDHEAD continues on Johnson Mill
> Pond near Coquille if you can find it amongst the 10,000+ waterfowl there
> now (not to be confused with the 14 male Eurasian Wigeon there also, three
> more were in pasture adjacent to pond on the CBC).
> Low 60s in the moonscape of the Chetco Bar fire NE of Brookings today
> where I was working. There was no snow on the adjacent Kalmiopsis
> Wilderness high peaks either. I did see some in the high Siskiyous of N CA
> but Preston Peak (7200’) had a lot of snowless areas- very unusual for
> January. Of course that could all change in a heartbeat.
> Merry New Bird!
> Tim R
> Coos Bay

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