Date: 7/23/19 9:22 am
From: Thomas Love <tlove...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Y-b cuckoo at Grand Island - NO
I finally tried for the Grand Island YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO last Friday morning. Walked the trail to the river, playing tape frequently, no Cuckoo. Generally quite quiet, all the regulars, RED-EYED VIREO only nearer the river. I ran out of time and did not try the greenway area where the bird had been reported latter June. I was out of the country in latter June and probably waited too long to get down there on return.

I raise this to ask if anyone else besides Paul tried for this bird since its original discovery? The western population is threatened or even endangered and under review: Dave Marshall's account in BOGR sums up the situation clearly.

Grand Island State Park, on the south/upstream end of the island, in southeasternmost Yamhill County, is the second largest (but less disturbed) contiguous mature bottomland riparian forest in the valley. It is likely the best habitat in the valley for Cuckoos. I have tried periodically with tapes there over the last two decades.

Does anyone have a sense of how many Willamette Valley sightings there have been over the last decade? I recall several sightings at mouth of Sandy River in recent years, also one years ago at the Willow Bar on Sauvie Is.


From: Paul Sullivan [<paultsullivan...>]
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2019 21:00
To: <obol...>; YamhillBirds; <YamhillBirders...>
Cc: Thomas Love
Subject: Y-b cuckoo at Grand Island - NO

Ed McVicker and Bob Lockett reported a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO at the Greenway on the south end of Grand Island on June 25.
Location: N 45 06 08.6, W 123 01 08.4 The bird was found the next day by Don Berg. Others looked in the following days, but did not find it.

I was away in Lake county June 25-29, so today was my first chance to try to find it.
I arrived at the white gate on Upper Island Rd at 6:30 and was surprised to find it locked – the first time I’ve seen that, ever. A man opened the gate at 6:50 and I proceeded to the Greenway.

I was in position with my scope, cooler, and chair by 7:08 and stayed until 11:15. I moved over to the parking lot, then down to the river straight below (south) of the parking lot until 12:30. I did not use playback . I did NOT find a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Species seen:

2 Lazuli Bunting – on way to gate
1 B-h Grosbeak – female on nest north of gate

At Greenway
1 Osprey
2 Bald Eagle
3 Red-tailed Hawk
5 Gt Blue Heron
5 Turkey Vulture
6 Calif Quail
3 Mourning Dove
2 Kingfisher
3 R-b Sapsucker
3 Downy Woodpecker
4 Flickers – courtship
9 W Wood-pewee – one on nest
3 CA Scrub Jay
1 Cassin’s Vireo
4 B-c Chickadee
3 W-b Nuthatch
5 Bewick’s Wren
16 Swainson’s Thrush
4 Robin
10 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
7 C Yellowthroat
8 Spotted Towhee
23 Song Sparrow
6 W-c Sparrow
7 B-h Grosbeak
1 Purple Finch
1 Am Goldfinch
12 B-h Cowbird
3 Bullock’s Oriole

Paul Sullivan

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