Date: 12/29/18 6:37 pm From: Craig Tumer <craig...> Subject: [obol] A second SWAMP SPARROW in The =?UTF-8?Q?Dalles? (and other Wasc? =?UTF-8?Q?o County birds)?Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 19:36:13 -0700
I spent my day in Wasco County, starting in Tygh Valley and birding to Maupin, Rock Creek Reservoir, Pine Hollow Reservoir, Dufur, and The Dalles. Before heading back to Portland, I birded at a couple of spots along the river in The Dalles. I was very surprised when a Swamp Sparrow responded to my pishing by briefly teeing up in a weedy ticket along the riverfront trail between Taylor Lake and the river. The spot I saw this bird is just shy of a mile from the pond at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center where a Swamp Sparrow has been reported by many observers for over a month. Joe Blowers reported the Discovery Center SWSP to eBird yesterday morning, so either that bird has moved, or The Dalles is currently hosting two Swamp Sparrows. If it hadn't been so late in the day, I would have gone to the Discovery Center pond to see if I could find a Swamp Sparrow there. I wasn't able to get a photo of the Swamp Sparrow, but I have an audio file of its chip notes that I'll include in my eBird checklist.
Other highlights for me included 34 Lewis's Woodpeckers scattered along much of my route; 5 Rough-legged Hawks (southwest of Wamic and along Dufur Gap Road); approximately 100 Tricolored Blackbirds and 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird among a large blackbird/starling /House Sparrow flock along Oak Springs Road; and 2 Virginia Rails at the small marsh next to the Bargeway Pub in The Dalles (the Sora would not call while I was there). Happy New YearCraig TumerPortland