Date: 12/23/18 6:29 am
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Port Orford CBC results 12/22/2018 + RED FOX SPARROW
I had a hand in that one- I had been putting seed down for about the last
month in what I thought was a good location on the south end of Langlois- I
haven’t had time to actually bird it- glad the seeding paid off! Got us a
Harris’s Sparrow on the Coos count too.

They have been talking about split the fox sparrows for yrs- maybe in 2019?


On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 11:13 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...>

> Tim sent his email too soon!
> — “and last but not least” —
> In addition to our ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
> and many other good birds today,
> Lars Norgren found me a new (someday) *Life Bird* :
> a sweet solstice gift :-)
> thanks Lars !
> ***
> Unfortunately I don’t seem able to look this subspecies up in ebird
> species bar charts?
> How Rare is it, in Oregon?
> Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend, Oregon
> Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
> Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits
> On Dec 22, 2018, at 9:52 PM, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> wrote:
> Well today certainly ranks as one of the highest species tallies ever on
> this small (people-wise) count. There we 17 today which I believe would be
> a few above average ( I recently inherited this count from Jim Rogers who
> started it about 40 year ago- talk about longevity for CBC compilers!!).
> The weather was predicted to be rain and wind after 10AM. Observers were
> ready for "pirate" birding weather, but hey, the dark skies at dawn lent to
> sunshine and above 50F temps with no rain until 4PM when most were already
> headed to the most awesomely, comfortable countdown dinner with the wood
> stove fired-up and homemade dinner treats ready for all (thanks everyone-
> especially Ann and Tim and Carrie)!
> A total of 144 species were observed- the record only being 145 for this
> count- we were close! If this tiny count every had 20 participants
> including a few more experienced birders and good CBC weather, it might
> break 150 one day? The count circle habitat is totally unique- nothing like
> it in Oregon. See what I am talking about in the following bird highlights
> from today/s CBC:
> Unusual bird highlights- in no particular order other than what was
> reported to me during our countdown:
> Rock Pigeon (!)- hah, funny a rare bird in Port Orford- may it long be
> rare!
> Cedar Waxwing (seen in PO and Langlois- tough on the coast most winters)
> a female ROSE-BREASTED-GROSBEAK (probably a first count record, great
> find Lars and Courtney) - in Langlois the circle hotspot outside of the
> private ranch lands
> Clay-colored Sparrow (coming to Jim and Carrie Roger's feeder)
> Brant- just one, rare down this far south
> SANDHILL CRANE- on a ranch west of Langlois- great find Terry!
> Cinnamon Teal (yet another Terry find)
> BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE- one we have all wondered about but few have seen in
> Curry. Only one sighting in Oct. and one in Nov. Today Jim Roger's just
> happened to bump into a local rancher whose land is not open to public
> access. The bird has been here for months! Was also there today- amazing!
> The bird of the count although it is tough to choose between all the great
> ones- most out-of-towners would say, yawn ho-hum, south coasters are
> thinking bird of their year/decade even!
> 2- Snow Geese
> 1- Trumpeter Swan (very rare in Curry)
> 1- Harris's Sparrow
> 1- Dusky Fly (we all know about this bird I think...)
> 2- OC Warblers (use to be rare but have more knowledgeable birders to find
> them)
> 4- Red Phalarope- seen by very experienced sea watchers which actually sat
> down on the ocean in front of them. I wonder how many counts in OR will
> have this species this year?
> -One Selasphorus (Rufous/Allens) female looking sp. in Langlois at a
> house with 30+ Anna's at the feeders.
> 1- Golden Eagle- rare on the ocean plane- seen well by me.
> Other regulars:
> -Ancient Murrelet in harbor for close up photos! Also Marbled Murrelet
> which is actually harder this time of year.
> -An Osprey and a Rough-legged Hawk
> -5 species of owls- gorgeous full solstice moon up atop Grassy Knob where
> I started owning at 0200.
> -one Say's Phoebe (two around though)
> -The usual Acorn Woodies- two today but I say 4 yesterday
> -many Western Bluebirds
> -No red crossbills
> -one flock of siskins
> -four Swamp Sparrow's (weather was crappy as per Sedge Wren site- there
> should be double digit numbers at Cape Blanco marsh)
> 5- Sora (Cape Blanco marsh where there are likely hundreds of rails).
> Play a SORA tape this time of year and hear surround sound Sora and tens of
> Virginia's in background!! It was blowing 20 mph plus and 30Fs and I still
> got 5 Sora around dawn,
> 3- Merlin seen just by me one of which I saw grab a Anna's hummer out of
> mid-air, there were two Anna's up about 20' one second, then only one the
> following second!
> -Oh, and last but not least, *36 *Palm Warblers- Terry found 33 on his
> ranch and a neighbors ranch- he said the largest flock was like 17 Palms!
> Merry CBCing!
> Tim

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