Date: 11/16/18 9:23 pm From: Nolan Clements <nolanclements...> Subject: [obol] Lincoln County Birds 11/16/18
After attending my 8 a.m. chemistry lecture at OSU, I jetted over to the coast to meet up with Russ Morgan and Courtney Kelly Jett. We met at Devil's Punchbowl (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49986359), where Russ and Courtney had already relocated the continuing ROCK SANDPIPER on the north side of the point associating with about 40 Surfbirds and a dozen Black Turnstones. Three Marbled Murrelets, one Cassin's Auklet, and one Rhinoceros Auklet were present offshore, along with a smattering of Harlequin Ducks, Red-necked Grebes, Common Murres, and other assorted ocean birds.
Continuing south, we stopped at Ona Beach State Park to try our luck with the Black-and-white and Magnolia Warblers. With a 10+ degree temperature drop, in addition to thick fog, at Ona Beach ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49986257), our efforts were not extensive and unsuccessful, however, two birders who were leaving when we arrived mentioned seeing the Magnolia 30 minutes before our arrival. In addition to the regular species, a White-throated Sparrow was found foraging high in the birch trees by the parking lot. With limited light left, we crossed the highway and birded the Beaver Creek area ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49986254). Highlights there included a Black Phoebe and two Great Egrets.
Overall, a beautiful day on the coast! Thanks Russ and Courtney for the fun time! They can add anything I forgot to mention.