Date: 12/5/18 9:55 am
From: Tristen Hynes <tristen.hynes16...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Sunset Beach Bunting Hunting 12-4-18
Very nice Photo, Nels. I would be confident to call that a first winter
female Mckays. I will be chasing next Sunday, look forward to getting a
look at this bird.

Tristen Hynes

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On Wed, 5 Dec 2018, 8:51 am Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7...> wrote:

> I had the privilege and distinct pleasure yesterday (12-4) of birding with
> Ruth Morton and Hal Busch. We birded (driving in their vehicle and on
> foot) from the Del Rey beach access, north to within view of the wreck of
> the Peter Iredale, a total of 7.9 miles. We encountered the bunting flock
> (36 birds in the flock, which included at least 2 Lapland Longspurs and the
> putative McKay's Bunting) at a distance of 1.3 miles north of the Sunset
> Beach access road, resting and feeding on the foredune. We parked well
> back from the flock and proceeded cautiously on foot and quickly identified
> the pale bunting (putative McKay's) and got good scope and bino views. I
> took 200+ photos of the bunting flock over the course of a couple of
> hours.
> Attached is a photo showing two birds (extreme left and extreme right)
> that seem to fit descriptions I've read about McKay's. They show lots of
> white and minimal black in the tail, with black in the wings limited to the
> wing tips. I'd be interested in comments from more experienced birders as
> to their thoughts about these two birds.
> Above is the link to a piece on McKay's Bunting written by Jason Rogers
> which I found very informative. This article has some great
> photos, including one of a female, with colors and feathers somewhat
> similar to the bird we've been seeing here in Oregon.
> As an aside, we saw close to 2,000 Dunlin, hundreds of Sanderlings,
> several Lapland Longspurs, a Perigrine and a female N. Harrier and what
> appears in my photos as a juvenile plover (Black-bellied or golden??), but
> haven't had time to study the photos just yet.
> I'll post my eBird report later when I get through reviewing the rest of
> my photos.
> Good Birding,
> Nels Nelson
> Hillsboro
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