Date: 7/2/18 7:57 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs
Wow! I would have loved to have seen that action. I want you to know Tom
that if I had stayed I would have definitely kept you between me and the
bear! Athena certainly earns her keep.

David

On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 7:10 PM Tom Crabtree <tc...> wrote:

> I birded Whiskey Springs this morning. David Vick had the 7-9 shift and I
> had the 9-11:30 shift. He can add what he saw. I know from his comments
> that there was definitely a turnover of birds. Things were very active
> till 9:30am, then they slowed a bit. Things went from "frenetic" to
> "active." Long about 11, things slowed. Bird activity was constant until
> then.
>
>
>
> The "highlight" depending on one's viewpoint was a large male Black Bear
> that came through at about 10:45. He was, I would guess, 300+ pounds and
> had brown fur. He came from the road and was crashing through the branches
> and went between the large firs and the Ponderosa Pine up towards the
> spring. He paused, wondering (I assume) whether it was safe to go to the
> spring. I made some noise and Athena barked 4 or 5 times and the bear
> continued up the slope. That definitely got the adrenaline pumping. He
> wasn't aggressive (typical of Black Bears) and seemed equally distressed by
> our appearance as we were of his. Just a cautionary note if you go up
> there, if you see one, talk loudly and let them know you are around.
>
>
>
> In non-mammalian news, here are the birds I saw:
>
>
>
> Rufous Hummingbird 3
>
> Calliope Hummingbird 2
>
> Williamson's Sapsucker 2
>
> Northern Flicker 1
>
> Dusky Flycatcher 1
>
> Cassin's Vireo 4
>
> Warbling Vireo 4
>
> Steller's Jay 12
>
> Common Raven 1
>
> Mountain Chickadee 15
>
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
>
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
>
> Hermit Thrush 5
>
> American Robin 7
>
> Nashville Warbler 1
>
> MacGillivray's Warbler 3
>
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 34
>
> Black-throated Gray Warbler 8
>
> Hermit Warbler 3
>
> Chipping Sparrow 9
>
> Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) 8
>
> Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 16
>
> Green-tailed Towhee 1
>
> Western Tanager 9
>
> Purple Finch 7
>
> Cassin's Finch 10
>
>
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46923145
>
>
>
> And in the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, "Let's Be careful
> out there."
>
>
>
> Tom Crabtree, Bend
>
>
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