Date: 12/2/18 7:39 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Clatsop County Bunting
Is anybody putting out seed for these buntings? Supposed to be cold and dry all week.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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www.alanlcontreras.com



> On Dec 2, 2018, at 7:32 PM, Nicholas Mrvelj <nickmrvelj...> wrote:
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> Hello all,
>
> I had the good luck of running into the putative McKay’s Bunting this morning alongside Zack Schlanger and Matt Cahill. We came across Audrey Addison, Eric Carlson, and Courtney Kelly Jett already on the birds. This was just north of the Sunset Beach Access, perhaps by a mile or so. My driving skills weren’t the subtlest pulling up, and the birds flushed immediately upon our arrival, fortunately touching back down a short while later in nearly the same spot. The sun was to our back, and within a few moments we picked out the pale Bunting from the flock of 20 odd Snow Buntings. Most of us started firing off photos as quickly as possible. My observations of the bird were mostly through the viewfinder, as I felt documenting it was paramount to prolonged looks through binoculars or a spotting scope. The birds flushed after a minute or so, and began a continuous cycle of cat and mouse, eventually joined by 30+ more SNBU. They relocated between us and the sun, and started heading toward the dune grass, where they were extremely difficult to view. We approached slowly, and they flushed a few more times before settling back on the beach. I was able to capture a few more photos and some awful handheld video before the flock flushed again. Chase as we might, we were never able to get close to the flock again with the sun to our back, or really in any close, lengthy fashion, before eventually losing it as they flew out over the surf and headed south.
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> I was not able to capture any flight shots or discern any crucial details about the retrices in flight. It was an entertaining and enthralling twitch, with the odd experience of sporadically pursuing the flock in a car at speed as it flew on in front of us, often doubling back multiple times.
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> Here’s a link to my eBird checklist:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50377382
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> I know that Eric and Audrey got a few photos of the subject bird as well that are a little bit more illuminating than mine.
>
> What a doozie of an ID!
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> Good Birding,
> Nick Mrvelj
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