Date: 5/7/18 3:23 pm From: <jmeredit...> Subject: [COBOL] LOCAL RBA: GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE. Sage Grouse Millican Valley, Pumice Springs a
First a reminder, Tick Season is probably in full swing. Check yourselves after being in the brush and grasses.
Our extra "Wednesday" birding trip went today for Sage Grouse. Dismay was the word of the morning as a blanket of fog covered the valley including the lek area but eventually we could see 4 birds displaying, more fog arrived and then 2 birds visible for a while. Viewing them was great, but no match for the SEVEN of them, all males, nibbling on sage tips along the roadside several miles away. We watched them for a while from the car and enjoyed seeing the plumes, the detail on the feathers of the back and tail etc. Near there, we slowed for flocks of blackbirds, Horned Larks etc and had a glimpse of a Grackle. We birded a bit hoping for another look and finally, a GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE appeared from same area, landed briefly on a building and then flew off to the north, higher and higher, and out of sight. Probably can't be chased. Probably in Alfalfa by now.
This a.m. many birds were singing, Sage Thrashers dominating. Coopers Hawk at Pumice Springs is perhaps making birds more flighty, but it sure is a good spot to study Red Crossbills, Cassin's Finches, Bluebirds, etc. Thanks to Courtney for ebirding today.
This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net Sage Grouse - 4 at the lek, 7 on roadside in sage, feeding, all males Turkey Vulture Osprey - 2 along Hwy 20 assoc w nests Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk American Kestrel Prairie Falcon Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove - outnumber EUCD out there! Lewis' Woodpecker - 4 or more Williamson's Sapsucker - in small lodgepoles on the way to Pumice Sprg Northern Flicker Gray Flycatcher Say's Phoebe Loggerhead Shrike - 2 Pinyon Jay - many birds, up to 6 in a group, mostly singles, 2s, etc Clark's Nutcracker - 6 or 8 Pumice Springs Common Raven Horned Lark Tree Swallow Violet-green Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Barn Swallow Red-breasted Nuthatch Pygmy Nuthatch - prob heard Western Bluebird Mountain Bluebird Townsend's Solitaire American Robin Sage Thrasher European Starling Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-throated Gray Warbler Green-tailed Towhee Chipping Sparrow Brewer's Sparrow Sagebrush Sparrow Savannah Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Western Meadowlark GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE Brewer's Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Cassin's Finch House Finch Red Crossbill
Total number of species seen: 48 If I missed some birds, Courtney will have them on her ebird list. She tipped us off to Black-throated Gray etc with her good ears. Birders: Tom Penpraze, Courtney Jett, David Vick, Mike Golden, Judy. Lovely time in the desert once the sunshine was dominant! Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...> _______________________________________________ COBOL mailing list <COBOL...> https://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/cobol
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