Date: 5/29/19 5:07 pm From: Roy Gerig <roygerig...> Subject: [obol] (Philomath SP) Wandering Tattlers are inland again
The last time I saw one inland was with Bill Tice and Don Albright in Mitch Ratzlaff's water feature with a rock in his nicely manicured lawn in Dallas OR, that was 15-20 years ago. The 2 WATAs at PPP were there this morning, on the rocks by water in cell 1A. Suzanne a student of his said Doug Robinson came up from a bio blitz in Lane just to see them a couple days ago when she texted him, grousing all the way that they'll be gone by the time I get there. No need for his pessimism, they have stayed 3-4 days now
On the way out I met Will Wright (it was unknown to me he just got back from a trip and had not heard about the Tattlers). He asked what I had seen. I said, Nothing much, a couple of Wandering Tattlers were near the north end, no big deal. He looked at me, thinking I had finally gone crazy, and I looked at him thinking we are not communicating here. I was sure he'd seen them, or knew about them, but he hadn't. When he explained that he had heard nothing about it till just then, I think we had a good laugh.
There aren't many inland WATA sightings in Oregon, or anywhere, I would think
Then I went east to Belts Rd south of Brownsville. It was noon and everything quiet, I detected no Grasshopper or Vesper Sparrows. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was in the area, otherwise mostly just a few SAVANNAH SPARROWS and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS