Date: 4/28/19 8:19 pm
From: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Loon in a tree at New River Nature Center/Coos Migration
Any chance it could have been a booby? Some Booby species are tree perch
regularly in trees. Cormorants do as well. Are you familiar with Pacific
Loon? I can only imagine a loon belly-flopped on a very wide branch. They
would not be able to perch on a branch like a swallow or kingfisher.


David C. Bailey
Seaside, Oregon

On Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 15:57 larspernorgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:

> 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

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