Date: 12/5/18 7:05 am From: Nicholas Mrvelj <nickmrvelj...> Subject: [obol] Re: Most Undercover Rarity?
These are great. To keep the theme going of major rarities dressed up as
expected birds in our area, I’d like to throw in a few. Gray-tailed
Tattler, Zone-tailed Hawk, Common Pochard, and Common Rosefinch all come to
-Nick Mrvelj (PDX)
On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 10:32 PM Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:
> True enough, but a fair number of birders routinely check their plovers
> these days, so at least we have a chance of finding that out in the open,
> as it were.
> Something like Nelson’s Sparrow probably passes through annually, but via
> some marshy ditch at Antelope Reservoir, which gets birded twice a decade.
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
> On Dec 4, 2018, at 10:25 PM, Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> wrote:
> On a similar note, Common Ringed Plover could easily slip through as just
> another Semipalmated Plover. I've been looking, but so far to no avail! :)
> On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 10:11 PM Brodie Cass Talbott <
> <brodietlewis...> wrote:
>> After years of spending the summers in Central Oregon and the winters in
>> Asia, I remember seeing a basic-plumaged Spotted Sandpiper in fall and
>> thinking I'd found a Common Sandpiper.
>> I hadn't, of course, but it made me realize how similar they are, and how
>> easily a Common, coming down the coast in the fall, could be passed off for
>> a Spotted. They are abundant in Asia, and according to Sibley have bred in
>> Maybe not the MOST undercover rarity, but I wouldn't be surprised if they
>> have been going unreported.
>> On Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 14:09 Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> A potentially fun follow-up on rarities might be: thoughts on the most
>>> likely rarity that is already here and we all keep missing it?
>>> I had an enjoyable though frantic trip through northwest Oregon this
>>> weekend to take advantage of all the goodies and the good weather (and skip
>>> some early Bend winter slop). While watching the bluebirds I had to
>>> research field marks, and I've seen thousands and thousands of bluebirds!
>>> I'll admit I can't recall once thinking through what makes an eastern an
>>> eastern while in Oregon. Since females and juveniles might easily pass for
>>> mountains or westerns, I wonder how many eastern bluebirds have flitted
>>> through the state right under our collective nose.
>>> So what else is out there undercover? I did not double-check that the
>>> rock sandpiper I watched in Seaside wasn't a purple sandpiper. Or that
>>> house sparrow flocks didn't contain a Eurasian tree sparrow. What about a
>>> female cowbird with a dull reddish eye? A flicker just a little too gilded?
>>> I don't have a good enough grasp on what has been seen in Oregon over
>>> the years, or what the likely next finds are. But given the whole spread of
>>> ages and plumages to consider, I'm wondering what species isn't on the
>>> state list but is hopping around some park or beach right now, and maybe
>>> has been for years.
>>> Matt Cahill
> Hendrik G. Herlyn
> Corvallis, OR
> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder*