Date: 10/31/18 11:40 am
From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Eared Grebe - Willapa Bay (nearby WA)
Owens Lake(RIP) was a very important staging area for them. It's loss
makes Mono Lake all the more crucial.

On Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 11:09 AM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:

> They are found by the 1000's (10,000s?) on Mono Lake at the
> California/Nevada border in migrations
> I one time found one on the casting pond at Westmoreland Manor/Park in
> 'downtown' Portland. That was a surprise.
> Bob OBrien
> On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 10:05 AM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
> wrote:
>> > On Oct 30, 2018, at 1:32 PM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Horned Grebes are regular on bays and the ocean in winter. Eared are
>> outnumbered by maybe two orders of magnitude. Eared Grebes' flight muscles
>> atrophy in winter making them temporarily flightless! They winter in a
>> select few places such as the Salton Sea. The biggest numbers I've seen in
>> western Oregon were at the Philomarh lagoons, this time of year. Are there
>> ever any lingering for the Christmas Count?
>> >
>> I think they are misidentified often, especially when Horned Grebes are
>> in a “messy” plumage. When I have seen them on the northern Oregon coast
>> it has usually been on sewage ponds, such as the ones at Nehalem.
>> Jeff Gilligan
>> (BTW: I got a new Willapa yard bird yesterday: White-throated Sparrow.)
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