Date: 2/5/18 6:18 am From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] Re: Troutdale Harris's Sparrow - Sunday
What really happened.
I arrived at the location where Sundial Rd meets the dike along the Columbia River about 9:45, parked and walked east on the paved bike trail. I met birders who were walking out with smiles on their faces. They had just seen the HARRIS'S SPARROW, with lots of Golden-crowned Sparrows, a White-crowned, etc. Another birders was still down there. I got boots and birdseed and walked in.
I found no birds or birders at first. Finally, I met Beverly Hallberg who showed me where the bird had been seen. Thanks, Beverly. It's at the east end of Company Lake. 45.560947.-122.399135 I put down seed at 11 AM, went to my car for a snack, came back and set up watch.
Other birders came and went all day. I stayed until 4:15 PM. We never saw a Golden-crowned Sparrow or any other bird of the Zonotrichia genus. Lots of Song Sparrows and Juncos.
About 30 dog-walkers with 45 dogs passed the spot, spaced about 15 minutes apart for the 6 hours, flushing the birds each time. It would be prudent for birders to place seed OFF the main trail on a side trail that goes west among the blackberries at that location. Bring a camp stool and a lunch.
From: Paul Sullivan [mailto:<paultsullivan...>] Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2018 7:45 PM To: <obol...> Subject: Troutdale Harris's Sparrow - maybe
After spending 6 hours watching the seed at the Harris's Sparrow spot north of the Troutdale airport. I heard a little ruckus down in the blackberries. I tip-toed over and looked down at the noise.
Tucked in a sheltered nook in the berry patch was a couple couches, a small coffee table with a bowl of popcorn on it, and a tiny TV with the Superbowl on. There were fox, song, Lincoln, golden-crowned sparrows, and a towhee, partying. Being birds, they were rooting for the Eagles. I got a glimpse of one bird, sitting on the floor at the other end of the couch, a shy gal, half hidden. Might have been the Harris's.