Date: 11/28/18 5:27 am From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] Re: Eastern Bluebird thoughts
Wait until next April 1, when I tell you the number of Eastern Oregon counties where I've seen Eastern Bluebirds... ;-)
Paul Sullivan ----------------
Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebird thoughts Date: Tue Nov 27 2018 19:39 pm From: llsdirons AT msn.com
... As others have asked, how many of us have ever paid much attention to bluebirds and made sure that every Western Bluebird we assumed were seeing was one? I've never looked twice in an effort to spot an Eastern among the many Westerns I see each year. Frankly,it has not been a potential vagrant that was really on my radar. Shawneen says she has always looked for them, but I think she and Bob Archer are in the minority among the whole of the Oregon birding community. I've never heard anyone speak aloud about looking for Eastern Bluebirds in Oregon or include this species in their predictions of the next 10 new birds that will appear in Oregon. We've surely considered a lot of other possibilities.
On Nov 27, 2018, at 1:19 PM, Bob Archer <rabican1...> wrote:
Must admit they have been on my radar. A few yrs ago I chased a bluebird around the eastern side of Mt Hood NF thinking I had a dull female. But was not.
Bob Archer ------------------------ On Nov 27, 2018, at 1:14 PM, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:
I started checking my bluebirds a couple of years ago. I don't bird much in e Oregon.
Not yet routinely checking my meadowlarks, though I do know Eastern's song.
---------- Subject: Re: Eastern Bluebird thoughts Date: Tue Nov 27 2018 15:11 pm From: whoffman AT peak.org
Here's a thought for everyone: When was the last time (before this week) that you saw bluebirds anywhere in the Northwest, and took time to check and make sure they were not Easterns? It would not surprise me much to now have a scattering of Easterns found across E. Washington and/or NE Oregon.