Date: 11/24/18 8:46 pm From: David Irons <llsdirons...> Subject: [obol] Re: Request: post yes/no in YB loon search
The one Western does have an exceptionally short bill.
From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> on behalf of Bob Archer <rabican1...>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2018 3:49 AM
Subject: [obol] Re: Request: post yes/no in YB loon search
I had a fun day looking for the loon, I parked at the Nehalem Bay SP boat launch and hiked down the bay side of park while tide was still low enough to make it a beach walk in most places. Scanned the entire river and the jetty area plus the ocean with no luck. I did wander up the ocean beach a bit to check out the large flock of Leasts resting in the upper beach. I put the number at 200. Looked at each Least for any odd ones, manged to find two Western. Also had a Black-bellied Plover still mostly in breeding plumage. After ocean beach I cut back to the inner jetty area and did my best (high tide) to scan river back up to parking lot. So I covered entire river twice and tried to pace myself at a slow enough rate to account for a diving loon. No luck. My ebird list with some photos:
Maybe Alan is thinking of the North Fork. The South Fork is by far the longest river in the Coast Range, rising near Cochran in Tillamook County and flowing due east into Washington Co.before turning north at Timber and flowing north into Columbia Co, through downtown Vernonia. It turns west and spends a lot of time in Clatsop Co. before turning south at Jewell. By the time it gets to Hwy 26 at Elsie it is flowing southeast.
Folks might check tide tables for when the bird was seen. This can be a potent predictor of many different channel birds. Tides change almost an hour a day.
On Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 2:57 PM John Pendleton <johnpend1...><mailto:<johnpend1...> wrote:
Very briefly checked Lake Lytle, no luck
Heavy rain always fills the rivers with gunk. A lot of estuary birds move onto the ocean or even lakes when that happens. Many come back after a day or so if the water clears. The Nehalem is small so should clear fairly quickly.
I think James Billstine's hints on locations to scope from are good: Hwy. 101 pullouts and the Park boat launch are excellent in addition to Kelly's. There are a lot of boats on the bay now fishing and crabbing I presume and Kelly's was hopping with business yesterday. The loon seems to favor the waters near and across from Kelly's marina with a possibility on a quiet day like today that he'll ride up river a bit towards the park boat launch with the incoming tide and then go back again when the tide recedes. I don't think he's gone deep into the bay so far - and there is active duck hunting going on from Bayside Gardens and Tohl Rd. pushing all the waterfowl far from shore (except a few hardy Bufflehead) and into the reedy areas around Nehalem Point. The loon is big, he's dark and when at the surface quite noticable. I think I caught him sleeping yesterday around 11:30 just south of Kelly's on the far shore after someone else had seen him across from Kelly's earlier in the morning. Hard to id if he doesn't lift up his head - maybe he was recovering from our terrific thunder, lightning, wind and rain yesterday. Today is a good day for weather and wind. Good luck. And be sure to watch for the Black Turnstones on the rocks and logs at Kelly's. I saw 22 there yesterday.
On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 7:08 AM Tom McNamara <tmcmac67...><mailto:<tmcmac67...>> wrote:
Unless I miss my guess, there may be a few birders packing postprandial Thanksgiving pounds around Nehalem Bay today. If possible, can you please post to OBOL ASAP if you find the bird and Specific location and time. Thanks! good luck everyone. Tom