Date: 12/2/18 6:25 pm
From: Steve Nord <stevernord...>
Subject: [obol] Fernhill Wetlands today and my farewell to Oregon

This morning I made a walk around the trails at Fernhill Wetlands, in
Forest Grove. Nothing new, but some "nice" birds continue. My ebird
checklist is here:

On Fernhill Lake, the CLARK'S GREBE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continue.
Today there was also a flock of 100+ gulls, that also spent some time in
the field on west side of Fernhill Road.

I found 2 SWAMP SPARROWS today, but assume more are out there. I had no
responses to pishing at several of the "usual" locations.

The light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the very far western side of the
field on the west side of Fernhill Road. A scope is required. It has been
hunting on the ground along with some Red-tailed Hawks and Northern

On a non-birding related note:

Sadly, after 1070 walks around Fernhill, amounting to almost 1500 miles of
birding; today was my last visit to amazing Fernhill Wetlands. In a few
days, I will be relocating to a new home, in Tucson AZ. I lived in Tucson
once before, when I was a Park Ranger at Saguaro National Park, in 1993,
just before I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994. I will miss being
part of the wonderful birding community here in Oregon. Thank you all for
allowing me that honor. I hope to bird with some of you again when you get
to AZ.

Good Birding
Steve Nord
Beaverton, OR (for a few more days)

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