Date: 4/28/19 8:32 pm
From: Rebecca Hartman <rhartman...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Loon in a tree at New River Nature Center/Coos Migration
I hadn't thought of that and am not familiar enough with Boobies to know,
but I'll take a look and see if that is a possibility. It wasn't on that
limb for long, but if it's not possible for any length of time, there has
to be another explanation rather than a loon. Thanks!

On Sun, Apr 28, 2019 at 8:18 PM David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon...>

> 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
> 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

Dr. Rebecca Hartman
Associate Professor of History
History Department
Eastern Oregon University

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