Date: 4/27/19 7:31 pm From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> Subject: [obol] Re: Coos Birding Trip- SE Coos 4/27/19
On Sat, Apr 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
> We did the monthly Cape Arago Audubon birding trip to SE Coos- Mt Bolivar
> and Eden Valley up high. Why during the shorebird migration? Because most
> of the shorebirds moving north don’t stop and for less experienced birders
> seeing shorebirds zip by on the wing isn’t to exciting.
> So we left Coos Bay at 0500 and didn’t arrive at Bolivar until about 0730
> AM. The only stop was at Powers park. When we got out of our vehicles in
> Powers (to use restroom) a Barred Owl was calling. Shortly thereafter an
> adult Bald Eagle flew out of the same general location as the owl to chase
> two Osprey over the pond- cool start to the day!
> Up at Mt Bolivar is was blowing good by the time we arrived. We didn’t see
> many birds but saw a Townsend’s Solitaire pair down low along a road cut
> bank where they appeared to be nesting. Have seen them nest in similar
> habitat before.
> Down then to Eden Valley where we scored on CALLIOPE HUMMER- our target
> bird. There is about a two week window for this species in the county which
> is why we were up there a bit early for other migrants but perfect for
> Calliopes. We had a male and female in one meadow and another male later in
> another old clearcut that was pretty open with lots of flowering manzanita.
> Both males displaying. Also saw Rufous Hummers but more Calliope than
> Other birds of interest were great looks at both Dusky Fly and Hammond’s
> Fly. Both species singing and calling so we got to hear the similar songs
> but very different call notes of these species- Hammond’s in older, dense
> forest and Dusky’s in open clearcuts. Lotsa MacGillivrays and
> Orange-crowned Warblers in the brushy meadows. Migrant sparrows up high
> included Golden-crowned and Lincolns.
> Down low it was really windy on way back but saw about 20 Vaux’s Swifts
> over the SF Coquille on the national forest far away from any chimneys : )
> Fun day and sunny and warm with not much wind until we got back down to
> the coast late PM where it was a howling.
> Merry migration!
> Tim R
> Coos Bay