Date: 5/9/19 10:49 am From: Phil Pickering <philliplc...> Subject: [obol] major passerine flight Immonen Rd clear cut
Early this morning I ran into an impressive passerine flight moving
N/NE over the south-facing section of a clear cutridge off S Immonen
Road SE of Siletz Bay. The L-shapedridge crest is best accessed from
the first gate (2440) on thesouth side of Immonen just past milepost
2, and walking theuphill forest road keeping to the left at the forks.
The ridgeruns up to 900+ feet elevation just 2 miles from the
ocean,and has a broad south-facing saddle at about 850 ft whichmost of
the birds were passing through/over. InterestinglyTownsend's Warbler
was by far the most numerous speciesin the flight.
The flight may have been birds that were pushed to or over the ocean
by overnight east-component winds compressingnumbers. It rivaled
(bettered in terms of diversity) anythingI have seen at Cascade Head
over many years of trying to catch this type of movement there.
Difficult to capture or convey but definitely one of those moving
experiences thattranscends finding rare birds.