Date: 12/23/18 9:41 am From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> Subject: [obol] Re: Moldycoma Marsh - Coos Bay
I saw a flock of 200+ Westerns in winter at Coos Bay a couple of times in the 1970s-1980s. Not lately.
> On Dec 23, 2018, at 9:38 AM, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> wrote:
> The Harris's Sparrow still at seed along with Swamp and the other usuals. C Yellowthroat calling nearby at pond.
> Along north dike the tide was right and a nice shorebird flock was feeding right below me. 300-400 Dunlin, 45 BB Plover, 24 Western Sands and only 3 Leasties. Good year for Westerns here- John Sullivan found a flock of like 39 in the Coos count. I know some of the older Coos Bay CBCs show thousands for Westerns. Not sure how many other CBCs did the same in the 70s and 80s before folks figured out how rare they are in winter. Would be interesting to check that out? It would artificially make it sound like numbers of Westerns have dropped precariously in the last 30+ years during winter in OR?
> Tim R
> Coos Bay