Date: 6/11/18 4:12 pm
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [birding] Ash-throated Flycatcher photos
Most south coast migrant Ash-throateds are in June. Of course they do not
stay around long and are not annual. One I look and listen for this time of
year. Speaking of late arrivals the storm this weekend brought a bunch of
Warbling Vireos into our neighborhood in Coos Bay. Also had a Willow Fly
this AM in the rain on N Spit Coos Bay calling where there were no Willows
this weekend.

Down at Pistol River yesterday the Seasphorus hummers were thick- mostly
feeding on flowering twinberry. I believe they are likely head south and

Tim R
Coos Bay

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 3:43 PM Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:

> Ash-throated has summered both east and west of Eugene a number of times.
> The recent records suggest that we poke around Mt. Pisgah and see if any
> are there this year.
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
> <acontrer56...>
> On Jun 11, 2018, at 3:22 PM, Joel Geier <joel.geier...> wrote:
> Great find, Nancy!
> I wonder if the brush fire in the Timberhill open space area a couple of
> years back, combined with last year's oak-release project in nearby Chip
> Ross Park, might have yielded some suitable habitat for Ash-throated
> Flycatcher.
> Though very rare in the Willamette Valley north of Fern Ridge, there seems
> to be a pattern of occasional migrants showing up in late May/early June.
> On May 22nd last year, Bob Altman and I found a male singing on an
> oak/prairie restoration site near Wren (west of Corvallis). In past years
> we've also had detections of this species on the southwest side of Peterson
> Butte (west of Lebanon) while checking for grassland sparrows in late May.
> The bird near Wren last year didn't seem to find a mate, and eventually
> moved on. For birds this far north of the Umpqua Valley (the northernmost
> area with a significant population west of the Cascades), the odd of
> finding a mate must be very small. But perhaps one of these years, one will
> succeed!
> Speaking of large flycatchers, today I saw three WESTERN KINGBIRDS lined
> up on a wire at a Vesper Sparrow monitoring site in northern Benton County.
> A pair of kingbirds have been there at least since May 30th, and are
> probably nesting. But I was surprised to see a third kingbird (apparently
> also an adult) with them today.
> Happy birding,
> Joel
> On Mon, 2018-06-11 at 11:23 -0700, Nancy Stotz wrote:
> Photos of Ash-throated Flycatcher in NW Corvallis are now available via
> this eBird checklist.
> I also posted a video to Flickr with a horrible video that has a soft
> recording of pip calls given by the bird.
> Hard to hear behind the wind noise and OSFL calling, but they are in there.
> Beware, the bird isn't visible, and the cinematography may give some folks
> sea sickness.
> Photos aren't as nice as Pam Otley's from Newport yesterday, but it is
> interesting that both birds showed up around this most recent storm.
> Nancy Stotz
> Corvallis
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> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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