Date: 10/10/18 5:00 pm From: Mike Patterson <celata...> Subject: [obol] The hunt for errant sulids and other news
It seemed unlikely that I was going to find the sulid David Bailey reported yesterday by hanging out in Gearhart, so I opted for the South Jetty of the Columbia River. I did not find it, but there are thousands of pelicans and cormorants out on East Sand Island, too far away for detailed work, but scopable from parking lot D. Someone with a boat might have better luck.
I had several other interesting encounters at SJCR, however. There were 6 HORNED LARKS, which looked like Streak-backed Larks to my eye on the river beach along with AMERICAN PIPITS. A single PACIFIC- GOLDEN PLOVER, ID'd by call, flew over the flats.
I flushed 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS near the big pond and a MYSTERY LONGSPUR hanging out with SAVANNAH SPARROWS near the back ponds. I'm pretty sure the singleton said "kittle" (two separate times), but I lost track of it and could not confirm.
Another one that got away was a bird that flew across the main road as I was heading south right about where the shrubbery opens up so you can see Trestle Bay. It was the size of a shrike and flew like a shrike, but had no white on the wings or tail. Best guess was SAGE THRASHER.
I went out to Brownsmead on Sunday and Tuesday to play songs at the bushes around the grange, but no NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES. I even tried the recording I made from the individual that over-wintered last season. Nada.
At least 3 and maybe 4 CLAY-COLORED SPARROW reports over the last couple weeks.