Date: 1/9/18 9:21 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: [Fwd: [birding] Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches continuing on Marys Peak]
I'm reminded that not everyone on OBOL knows where Marys Peak is -- sorry that I left that information out of my posting.
Marys Peak is in the Coast Range west of Corvallis and Philomath. Access is via Hwy 34 from Philomath about 9 miles W to Marys Peak Rd., then 9 miles up that road to the parking lot for a viewpoint at the end of the road.
Usually when Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches are present, to see them you need to hike another half mile up the gravel service road that continues from the viewpoint parking lot to the communications towers at the summit.
When the rest of the summit area is snowy, the finches tend to hang out on the rocky south slope just below the summit which usually has some exposed ground due to the prevailing winds. Snow Buntings are also found there occasionally, and/or right in the gravel roadway. Sometimes other unusual species for western Oregon (such as Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, White-winged Crossbill, Cassin's Finch, etc.) wind up in the geographically isolated noble fir forest near the summit. Sooty Grouse and Mountain Quail are fairly regular along the road. But there is also a good chance of seeing not much besides a Raven or two, if the winds are howling.
A day-use permit is required (I think there is still a fee box where you can purchase one using check or cash at the bottom of Marys Peak Rd.), or else an annual access pass for National Forests (which you can purchase at any USFS ranger station, or at Siuslaw National Forest headquarters on the west side of the OSU campus).
The top end of the road is close to 4000 ft elevation, so be prepared for snowy conditions on the road.
Good luck if you try, Joel
On Mon, 2018-01-08 at 09:47 -0800, Joel Geier wrote:
> -------- Forwarded Message -------- > From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> > To: MidValley Birds <birding...> > Subject: [birding] Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches continuing on Marys Peak > Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:44:18 -0800 > > > Hi all, > > Mike Lippsmeyer reports that at least 5 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES were > still in the summit area of Marys Peak on Saturday, January 6th. > > Good birding, > Joel > >