Date: 12/23/18 8:28 am
From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Port Orford CBC results 12/22/2018 + RED FOX SPARROW
Thanks Wayne, that was totally what I was thinking. I routinely confute
"Spotted Owl "with Barred in my speech, to the frequent alarm of listeners,
as in "You kill XYs for a living , don't you?" In my mind l was thinking

On Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 8:02 AM Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...> wrote:

> Actually it is Thick-billed and Slate-colored that breed in Oregon.
> Wayne
> On 12/23/2018 10:35:37 AM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:
> For all those for whom the eyes glaze over when the conversation enters
> the subspecies zone--all major Fox Sparrow subspecies groups occur annually
> in Oregon, two of them breed here(Thick-billed, Sooty). They are easily
> told appart visually. Any dorsal or profile view in Courtney's photos make
> it obvious why the super species bears the name "fox", a question thousands
> of birders have surely pondered if they put it on their life list via
> "Sooty".
> I've only seen one other Red("true?")Fox Sparrow, and chased two
> more. My first was also at a Rodenkirk seed patch(Millicoma) and not found
> by Tim, but Ann and Dan Heyerly who had the good sense to come down to Coos
> Bay a full day early for that count. The calender was kind to compilers
> this year, allowing seperate weekends for Oregon's big three, the counts
> that have had 150 species or better. As Tim pointed out, Port Orford could
> hit that mark as well given slightly more talent in the field on count day.
> Port Orford also got it's own weekend this year. Nobody saw a Gadwall on
> count day, nobody heard a Bushtit. You dear reader could have been the
> innocent observer that tipped the scales and set a new record species count
> of 147.
> What is my biggest regret about yesterday? That my team dipped on
> Bewick's Wren? Or that we also dipped on White-throated Sparrow? No, it's
> surely that once the Red was relocated and Courtney began photographing it,
> l availed myself of a long abandoned stretch of Hwy 101 to maintain
> hydration equilibrium that heavy coffee consumption so often challenges.
> At this point the Red Fox vocalized. Hearing is more real than seeing. Of
> course there is Xenocanto, but live music is supposed to be best.
> Especially when heard at a Red Church pop up.lpn
> On Dec 23, 2018 6:28 AM, "Tim Rodenkirk" <timrodenkirk...> wrote:
> 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?
> Tim
> On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 11:13 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <
> <ckjannabirds...> wrote:
>> 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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