Date: 6/22/19 9:06 am
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Coos Grasshopper Sparrow Adios
Fern Ridge sites are not hayed. Now and then they have intended burns.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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www.alanlcontreras.com



> On Jun 22, 2019, at 8:20 AM, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> wrote:
>
> If you drive the Hwy from Myrtle Point to Powers you follow the valley of the South Fork of the Coquille River. This valley is loaded with ranchlands and there are many ag fields with livestock and other fields used for growing hay.
>
> In Wednesday I happened to hear a Grasshopper Sparrow in one of the few fields that hadn’t be cut already for hay or that was being grazed by livestock. This bird species was definitely not on my radar. On Thursday I decided to verify it and easily taped the bird in. Russ Namitz got to hear it later that day. On Friday I only stopped and listened for a minute but didn't hear it. When I got to the field at 0700 this morning they had cut about a quarter of it and would probably have it completely cut in a few hours. Guess I was lucky to hear the bird when I did- this valley wouldn’t be a particularly good spot for this species to breed because of the livestock and haying.
>
> In the Willamette Valley where this species breeds it must be in areas where the grass is not cut for hay- right?
>
> On a more positive note the singing catbird at Millicoma brightened my day pre-sunup. I wonder if it will find a mate? I watched it sing out in the open for a few minutes. It then flew into some dense elderberry next to me, meowed a few times, then flew back to the willow and continued singing- fun stuff!
>
> Merry summertime,
> Tim Rodenkirk
> Coos Bay
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