Date: 12/30/18 7:43 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Influxes
The gullwad west of Junction City has been mostly ringbills in recent weeks. Sometimes there are hundreds of Mews there, especially in late winter when the fields are really wet. Other times there are very few. It has been one of the most consistent places to look at gulls in Lane Co for some years now.


Alan Contreras
<acontrer56...>
Eugene, Oregon

www.alanlcontreras.com

http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/edge-of-awe


> On Dec 30, 2018, at 7:23 PM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:
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> The Mew Gull flock has been a fixture of that neighborhood west of Jct City for awhile. I saw them at Thanksgiving 9 or 10 years ago, in the company of Black-bellief Plover, rather than larger gulls. I think that association has pertained at times this winter and well.
> Very divided opinion on Varied Thrush just now, some observers remarking on high numbers, at least as many Oregon birders commenting on a dearth. Lars
>
> On Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 1:33 PM Jerry Tangren <kloshewoods...> <mailto:<kloshewoods...> wrote:
> Varied thrush numbers are way up. Some are always expected, but the elevated numbers add to the pattern exhibited by rarer species.
>
> Hypothesis: the warm blob in the northeastern Pacific Ocean contributed to elevated breeding success of birds in the taiga this summer.
>
> Question then, where are the Nelson’s sparrows?
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> —Jerry Tangren
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> From: <obol-bounce...> <mailto:<obol-bounce...> on behalf of Bill Tice <ticebill7...> <mailto:<ticebill7...>>
> Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2018 1:17 PM
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> Subject: [obol] Influxes
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> Hi All, Alan Contreras and maybe others have commented on this winter being a bumper year for swamp sparrows. I’d like to add that it appears to be one for Harris sparrows as well, and probably cattle egrets. In the 90s it seemed we could count on seeing them in coastal areas each November. Another candidate is/was palm warbler. There were 5-6 individuals in Benton Co alone, plus the few other ones inland, and apparently quite a number on the coast. Coastal numbers may be normal, but with reports of larger flocks numbers seem high. Any others?
>
> While looking for the indigestable egret I noticed a few hundred mew Gulls in a large Gull flock nearby. I was just not adventurous to count them. Caleb may not have mentioned that we had 100 Mews on the Dallas CBC, which I believe is an all time high. This may be an oversight of mine, but I am not used to seeing so many Mews in winter.
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