Date: 4/28/19 3:57 pm From: larspernorgren <larspernorgren...> Subject: [obol] Re: Loon in a tree at New River Nature Center/Coos Migration
I would think it impossible for a loon to perch in any tree, or acheive flight from any place but a long stretch of water. Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone -------- Original message --------From: Rebecca Hartman <rhartman...> Date: 4/28/19 3:23 PM (GMT-08:00) To: OBOL <obol...> Subject: [obol] Loon in a tree at New River Nature Center/Coos Migration
Wednesday through Saturday I had a fantastic few days around Bandon, experiencing my first migration at the coast. I want to thank Phil Pickering for mentioning the forecast and Jeff Gilligan and Dave Lauten for recommending Bandon and China Creek.
I was awed by the constant stream of Pacific Loons and Aleutian Cacklers determined to push their way north. I sat on the beach while flocks of Western Sandpipers, with Dunlins and Semi-Palmated Plovers (and a few mystery birds) zipped past, sometimes surrounding me, the tiny sound of their fluttering wings and peeping calls washing over me. I watched the sun rise at Bandon Marsh and marveled at the thousands of birds coming and going over the course of nearly three hours. I learned the importance of tide tables! And I couldn’t complain when two Peregrine Falcons made a lightening strike into the birds at Haystack Rock, disrupting my close-up study of Black Turnstones, a bird I had never seen before.From others' posts, nothing I saw was out of the ordinary, but it was all incredibly special to me.
But I’m bothered and curious about the loon. I’m hoping someone can help me understand what I saw. On Friday afternoon, I visited the New River Nature Center, where the last part of the road down to the river is closed to vehicles because of the Snowy Plovers. As I walked that last bit of road, a bird flushed from one of the pines and flew about 20 feet, into the pines on the other side of the road. It turned out to be a Pacific Loon. It perched on a horizontal limb, facing away from me and keeping an eye on me. I watched it for a bit, then tried to slowly reach for my phone to get a picture, but when I did, it flew again. I decided not to try to locate it again, because I thought only injury or some sort of stress would explain its presence in a tree. Why would a loon be in a pine tree? This was maybe a few hundred yards from the river.Rebecca H.Eugene