Date: 12/6/18 4:59 pm From: Roy Gerig <roygerig...> Subject: [obol] December 6, 2018, (Polk) N SHRIKE and BURROWING OWL and no Bean Goose
This is as good as it gets here in the Willamette Valley in December with the rare sun shining. This month with November is my least favorite time of year. Today the sun was shining, the air was not bad, Jack Presley and I looked for the Bean Goose in Finley NWR, no one saw it as of this morning or early PM.
On the way back to Salem we looked for a possible BURROWING OWL, and at the same time we accidentally saw an adult NORTHERN SHRIKE and Shrikes seem to be popping up everywhere lately. Burrowing Owl locations are sensitive, in Western Oregon, as they should be. The BURROWING OWL this afternoon was miles from Baskett Slough NWR. If need be, I'll tell you the location when you contact me, if you can be trusted and I will be the judge of that. That species is so visible and close to farm roads in open areas usually in the ditch where you can hardly help but see it that secrecy about precise location likely does not accomplish much, we should try anyway