Date: 7/1/19 11:13 am From: Nathaniel Wander <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nathaniel_wander for DMARC) Subject: [obol] Sitting in the catbird seat
People in the southeastern US, where Gray Catbirds breed, believe that the male does not sing while it's mate is on the nest. Hence, the ageing expression: "sitting in the catbird seat," which is supposed to describe a poker player with a good hand who was giving nothing away.
The phrase gained national currency when used by the Mississippi-born Red Barber, who broadcast for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 'forties & early 'fifties, then for the Yankees through '66. If the Dodgers were up by two runs late in the game, no outs, a man on second and their best spot hitter at the plate, Barber was fond of saying they were "sitting in the catbird seat." All they needed was to 'bring the game home.' not to talk about it.
Lovely as this all is, I've never been able to confirm or deny whether Gray Catbirds really do stop singing when their mates are sitting. Also, colorful as he was, Red Barber could bring a backwater regional phrase into the national speech because baseball was the national sport and radio the medium where we followed it. Growing up in that era, I still can't stand to watch baseball on TV.
Nathaniel WanderPortland, OR
“Butlower pay and higher rent’s another kind of violence, the violence of silenceand of greed.
“It’sthe violence of feeling your irrelevance revealing every way in which you neverwill be freed.”
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From: "Michelle & Kim Kathol" <kakathol...>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:43:59 -0700
Subject: [obol] Lark sparrows Redmond
fledglings at the back sewer ponds.
A total of 11 birds present.
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Subject: [obol] Red-eyed Vireo, Lane County
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 11:00:21 -0700
This morning I found a singing RED-EYED VIREO at Finn Rock Reach, a McKenzie
River Trust property that straddles the McKenzie River for a couple miles
just downstream from Blue River.
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From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 12:38:23 -0700
Subject: [obol] Coos Dux/Catbird 6/29-30/19
The Millicoma Marsh catbird was singing away again early AM. Day 19. I
haven’t seen a second bird but why would this bird still be around if there
wasn’t one? Lots of dense elderberry, willow and blackberry near where it
sings so a female on a nest could easily go unnoticed. I was out there at
1030 on Friday and there was no catbird to be found.
In Coquille on 6/22 I observed 6 A Wigeon and 3 GW Teal on a pond a 1/2
mile from town along Hwy 42S. There were 7 wigeon there yesterday (6 males,
1 female) and a lone male GW Teal. Not sure what the status on these birds
are but they are certainly rare this time of year in Coos with only a
single GW breeding record and nada wigeon-wise.
At N Spit Coos Bay this AM there were 8 Gadwall with broods- no other duck
sp. with young.
Yesterday (Saturday) AM was 38F in Eden Valley near Mt Bolivar in SE end of
county- no nighthawks at dawn as per normal- to cold! Could not find Rock
Wren this year on south side of Bolivar summit, we had found them there
about every other year the last decade. All the usual specialty breeders
up there- Nashville Warblers, Townsend’s Solitaires, Dusky Flys, etc. Did
hear both Mt Quail and Sooty Grouse still calling- but only a few.
Audubon’s Warblers breeding in the open forest on Bolivar as usual. Many
peewees, OS Flys, Hermit Thrushes, and female/young Rufous/Allen’s Hummers.
Down toward Powers near SF Coquille chats are abundant, Willow Flys here
and there, oodles of Lazuli Buntings.
Of forgot I saw pair of Bullock’s Orioles in Sturdivant Park, Coquille
where they are likely breeding again.
Merry July all!
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From: Teresa Hertzel <teresa.hertzel...>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 13:47:47 -0700
Subject: [obol] June 30 eBird Oregon RBA
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From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan...>
Subject: [obol] Birding trip to Lakeview area, June 25-29
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 16:15:56 -0700
I just returned from leading a birding trip to the Lakeview area, June
25-29. We had 15 participants. Thanks to Jan Laird for organizing it.
June 25 travel to Lakeview:
Ruby Apsler and I heard a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH where Crescent Creek passes
under the Crescent Cutoff Rd.
In Lakeview we saw a CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY.
We started a Goose Lake State Park. We found multiple CLARK'S GREBES on the
lake, a confiding MARSH WREN on a fence, nesting RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS in
a weeping willow in the campground, and a pair of CEDAR WAXWINGS building a
At the Lakeview swimming pool park we found another nesting RED-BREASTED
SAPSUCKER in a weeping willow and a nesting BULLOCK'S ORIOLE.
Up Bullard Canyon we encountered lots of wind that hampered birding but we
found another pair of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS gathering food for nestlings,
and many GREEN-TAILRED TOWHEES, a life bird for several people, and a
top-down view of a LAZULI BUNTING at a stream.
At the Lakeview sewage ponds we found some waterfowl and a SPOTTED
We headed east on Hwy 140. At 20.1 miles from Hwy 395 we walked in on a
loop of dirt road on the north side of the highway. We found 2 JUNIPER
TITMICE busily gathering food and dashing back and forth. It was impossible
to discern where they were depositing the food. Another mile east we
visited White Rock Spring and found ASH-THROATED and GRAY FLYCATHERS,
CHIPPING and BREWER'S SPARROWS, more GREEN-TAILED TOWHEES.
At Adel we found milkshakes.
Heading north, we found AMERICAN BITTERN, CASPIAN and FORSTER'S TERNS and
many FRANKLIN'S GULLS on Crump Lake, LONG-BILLED CURLEWS south of Plush,
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in Plush, CLARK'S GREBES on Hart Lake, BLACK-CROWNED
NIGH-HERONS at Warner Wetlands.
Up at Hart Mt NWR I told folks to be on the lookout for SAGE GROUSE, and
Larry Miller spotted one.
After dinner I visited the Lakeview sewage ponds and found 60 COMMON
NIGHTHAWKS and 6 WILSON'S PHALAROPES.
We began at Chandler Wayside north of Lakeview, where we found another
GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH nesting, PYGMY NUTHATCHES
nesting, HOUSE WREN. At the fresh water pool just south of Lake Abert we
found an OSPREY. On Lake Abert we found a modest number of EARED GREBES and
distant phalaropes, a LONG-BLLED CURLEW, hundreds of WILLETS, AMERICAN
AVOCETS, and gulls. At the cabin on the NW corner of the lake we found a
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE family.
Back in Lakeview after supper some of us got a treat at the sewage ponds.
We found a tiny young SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the dike road. Its parent called
anxiously and eventually the dad settled down in the vegetation and got the
little chick to come to him and crawl under him.
We headed north. South of Paisley we found a pair of SANDHILL CRANES with
two COLTS out in a field. Along the Chewaucan River at Paisley we found two
GREAT-HORNED OWLS and two HOODED MERGANSERS.
We stopped 6.4 miles south of Fort Rock to try for SAGEBRUSH SPARROW and
found one elusive bird, plus a show-of SAGE THRASHER and a HORNED LARK. At
Fort Rock State Park we found WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS and a PRAIRIE FALCON.
At Cabin Lake we spent 2-3 PM and found a wealth of birds.
Red Crossbills - many birds, many colors
Cassin's Finches - many bright males, drab females
White-headed Woodpecker - 1 at water
Lewis' Woodpecker - 1 brief stop atop a P. pine
Pinyon Jay - several
Clark's Nutcracker - many
Green-tailed Towhee - bathing
We ended the trip with 123 species.
On our way home the first traveler came through a hail storm above Detroit.
Those of us who came later saw the temperature at 58 degrees up there and 78
Good birding everyone,
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From: Diane Pettey <d.koastie69...>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 18:24:17 -0700
Subject: [obol] On topic chickadees, off topic, binoculars for sale
On topic, a family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees spent an hour in my
backyard. Bathing, eating sand? and generally entertaining me during my
yard work. At least four juveniles.
And for those of you familiar with it: "Mike's Nest Box" has a family of
at least three Chestnut-backed Chickadeelets about to fledge. It's an
uplifting, joyfilled sight that Mike would have thoroughly enjoyed.
Off topic, I have a pair of Vortex Viper HD 8x42 binoculars for sale.
Serious inquiries only and please only email me, not OBOL list.
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From: Owen Schmidt <oschmidt...>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 19:25:26 -0700
Subject: [obol] No Birders Night July/August in Portland
…….. it’s summertime. It’s Daylight Savings Time. It’s gorgeous weather. We are suspending Birders Night for July and August.
Next Birders Night is September 3rd, the first Tuesday of the month. Portland Audubon House, 5151 NW Cornell Road, 7:00 pm.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
End of obol Digest V8 #195