Date: 11/18/18 9:12 pm From: Bill Tice <ticebill7...> Subject: [obol] A 2nd Tufted Duck?
Hi All, I spent some time the past two days searching for a looking at the Hood River Tufted Duck. Yesterday I spent about an hour in the early pm without success. The raft of scaup were south of the hook, fairly far out. This morning the raft was along the north side of the hook in the river. I was lucky and picked it out in 30 seconds or so, and took pics, some of which were best approached as a burst because I could not be sure he was in the frame, and you never knew when he was going to dive. Russ Morgan arrived shortly afterward and I suspect he will post some pics. Now that I am home and looking through some 100 + pics, I think there is a second bird, which has a shorter tuft. I'd appreciated some feedback here, but at this point is looks good for a young bird. If this is a 2nd bird, it might be the first time in Oregon when 2 tufted dux were found in the same flock? https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50042808
I left Russ and went to look for a Harris Sparrow around the corner and walked around the sewage treatment plant, without success. At least I was blessed with some aroma therapy. When I got back to my car Russ had left me a note that there was now a long-tailed duck in the scaup raft. By the time I got back to the raft, Russ explained they all took off and some were now again at the west end of the hook. I scanned both rafts without success. I birded elsewhere and returned there shortly after 4, mainly to look for the long tailed duck. I did not refind it, but did refind the reported Red-necked Grebe some 200 yards out into the river.
Otherwise, the day before I refound the Swamp Sparrow at the Discovery Center in Wasco Co. As Ken Chamberlain explained, he was quite cooperative, and I found him pretty viewable for a swamp sparrow. Here are a couple pics