Date: 4/29/19 3:30 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Coos shorebirds
Birding has unique moments. Mine include 45 male Western Tanagers in the apple tree at Malheur HQ on a stormy morning many years ago. Also the time a Flammulated Owl, harassed by magpies at HQ, dove into a ground squirrel hole by the parking lot. I think perhaps Sheran was there for that one.


Alan Contreras
<acontrer56...>
Eugene, Oregon

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> On Apr 29, 2019, at 3:21 PM, DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage...> wrote:
>
> "I love getting lifers and finding rare birds, but nothing in birding surpasses days like yesterday."
>
> That's what I was thinking to myself all morning. This was as rare as a rare bird......
>
> If it was Cape May, 1000 people would have been there....yet we were alone, until a co worker saw it. I'm glad others are experiencing this!
>
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten
>
>
> On 4/29/2019 2:51 PM, David Irons wrote:
>> I hadn’t read Dave Lauten’s post before writing my own. As he describes, the experience of witnessing the spring shorebird migration touches the soul and evokes the full gamut of joyous emotions. When you know where these birds are coming from and where they are headed and understand the physiological miracle that allows them to make this incredible annual journey you can only stand in awe. I love getting lifers and finding rare birds, but nothing in birding surpasses days like yesterday.
>>
>> Dave Irons
>> Beaverton, OR
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Apr 29, 2019, at 2:16 PM, Jim Moodie <jmoodie...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Ah, Dave...thanks for giving me another reason to retire! And here I was just thrilled to hear about 200 Western Sandpipers whizzing by me up at Wickiup Reservoir (Deschutes County) last summer. I want to experience spring shorebird migration on the coast firsthand...some day.
>>>
>>> Thanks to everyone sharing these natural historical moments. Many of us live vicariously through you.
>>>
>>> Happy migration and cheers!
>>> Jim
>>>
>>> Dr. Jim Moodie
>>> Science Department
>>> COCC
>>>
>>> Spring Term Office Hours:
>>> Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Science Center 287
>>> Thursday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Science Center 287
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> On Behalf Of DJ Lauten and KACastelein
>>> Sent: Monday, April 29, 2019 1:51 PM
>>> To: OBOL <obol...>
>>> Subject: [obol] Coos shorebirds
>>>
>>> It has been one of the best weekends for shorebird migration in a long time, and today was the cream of the crop. We were at New River all morning and had spectacular numbers of mostly peeps moving north up the river and beach. At one point we had 20,000 on the mudflats. Our count for the day without including Bandon Marsh was 77,000. Bandon Marsh appeared to have about 15-20,000 birds this afternoon - we did not stay long or do a real count there. This certainly was our second best day in 23 years out there. We are both gobsmacked and bewildered. We giggled, laughed, and had tears of joy. Truly one of nature's amazing events. There are birds all over Bandon......flying over homes, thru backyards......just awesome.
>>>
>>> If I post some videos we took I will let you know.
>>>
>>>
>>> cheers
>>>
>>> Dave Lauten and Kathy Castelein
>>>
>>> Bandon OR
>>>
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