Date: 12/5/18 7:12 am
From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Most Undercover Rarity?
The Wood Sandpiper at Royal Avenue? John Sullivan discovered it, and
opined he may have looked at it repeatedly over a two week period leading
up to it's ID. Given the location, 100 different birders may have looked at
it before human recognition set in.

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 7:05 AM Nicholas Mrvelj <nickmrvelj...> wrote:

> 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
> mind.
>
> Good Birding,
> -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
>> <acontrer56...>
>> Eugene, Oregon
>>
>> www.alanlcontreras.com
>>
>>
>> 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! :)
>>
>> Hendrik
>>
>> 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 Alaska.
>>>
>>> Maybe not the MOST undercover rarity, but I wouldn't be surprised if
>>> they have been going unreported.
>>>
>>> Brodie
>>> Portland
>>>
>>> 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
>>>>
>>>> Bend
>>>>
>>>
>>
>> --
>> __________________________
>> Hendrik G. Herlyn
>> Corvallis, OR
>>
>>
>> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder*
>>
>>
>>

 
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