Date: 1/4/18 5:35 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [birding] Northern Pygmy-Owl in flatlands near Luckiamute State Natural Area

Thanks as always for your sharp recollection of historical sightings,
and for cross-posting this to OBOL (or should I call it the Oregon
Iiwi-Fanciers List, based on today's main thread? ;-).

I neglected to mention a third Northern Pygmy-Owl that my son Wil found
as roadkill on the east shoulder of Hwy 99W, while he was walking home
from the bus stop in Adair Village a couple of years ago.

Clearly these birds sometimes wander out onto the valley floor, and the
expansion of conifer forests as you note makes this less of a stretch.
But still it seems to be infrequent, and I just haven't encountered many
examples since we moved to this area in 1998. Noting that your examples
from the Corvallis are about 50 years in the past, the idea that this is
rare seems to hold up.


On Thu, 2018-01-04 at 14:44 -0800, Lars Per Norgren wrote:

> *
> Harry Nehls and Dave Fix got two Pygmy Owls at the Oak Grove Cemetary or such place
> in the far eastern part of the Corvallis CBC circle(Tangent,Fayetteville) in 1979. I saw one
> on the OSU campus one Saturday afternoon the winter of 1975/76. One at the tip of the
> Zumwalt Penninsula on the Eugene CBC 2006 was a pleasant surprise. That part of Fern
> Ridge Reservoir is continuous forest with the Coast Range these days so hardly surprising.
> Lars
> On Jan 4, 2018, at 12:56 PM, Joel Geier wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I went over to Luckiamute SNA this morning with the idea to check the
> > spot where I thought I might have heard American Tree Sparrow(s) on
> > Sunday.
> >
> > I didn't find any rare sparrows, but on my way back I heard a very
> > distant Northern Pygmy-Owl tooting, probably about half a mile away from
> > where I was walking. It might have been up in the conifers on the bluff
> > on the north side of the Luckiamute River confluence. It kept going for
> > at least a couple of minutes, long enough for me to rule out the other
> > main possibilities (Northern Saw-whet Owl which toots faster, Gray Jay
> > imitating a pygmy-owl -- they can be pretty good at it but normally they
> > throw in some more querulous notes -- or Townsend's Solitaire which has
> > more of a piping quality).
> >
> > Normally when I've encountered Northern Pygmy-Owls in this area, they've
> > been in the Coast Range or its foothills, and nearly always west of Hwy
> > 99W. This is only the second time I can recall hearing one east of Hwy
> > 99W in either Polk County or Benton County.
> >
> > Happy birding,
> > Joel
> >
> >
> > --
> > Joel Geier
> > Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
> >
> >
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