Date: 12/6/18 9:26 am From: Larry S. Goodhew <lsg...> Subject: [obol] Buntings
On Tuesday we decided to do a bit of chasing. A stop for the Tufted Duck, but no luck, then on to the Eastern Bluebirds. Took a bit of time to decide where to look. Both birds were hunting around the pond. only noon so went to sunset beach for the Buntings. Found a feeding flock about a half mile north of the road to the beach. They were feeding on the beach grass just above the sand. The wind was to strong to photograph or use the glass out side of the car. A Raven put the flock up and the McKay's was seen well in flight. The flock landed in the same area and again fed on the grass seed. this was about 3:20 pm. Again the flock was up and went over the dunes to the east and did not return. Went for gas and returned about 4:40. There was a flock feeding in the same area, this time we did not see any that we thought might be a McKay's. Maybe there are two flocks. Wed. am we tried for the Magnolia Warbler and found it very soon in the evergreen trees at the edge of the parking lot. We were on a roll so headed for the Bean Goose, Found other birders looking, one said he had seen it a bit earlier. After a short time he found it sleeping behind another Goose. It did put is head up and then stood up and flapped its wings so all got good looks, and even a few photos. Headed up to Hood River to try again for the Tufted . The raft of Scaup were at the west end of the Hook and about 100 ft off shore, The raft had fewer birds then before, and after 40 min. all we could find extra were one Redhead and one Ring-necked Duck. So on home but 5 out of 6 birds was a good trip.