Date: 10/6/19 8:33 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Newport White-headed Woodpecker
I mean near Manzanita.

On Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 8:24 PM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:

> Hmmm,reminds of the woodpecker I reported to OBOL about 5 years ago. I was
> sitting in my car in the parking lot at the South Jetty of the Columbia,
> facing east, when I saw an obvious, largish, dark woodpecker (not a Lewis)
> leave the dense shore pine woods to the east and fly over the parking lot
> as if heading for Japan. I tried to get a photo but got tangled in my
> seatbelt that was still attached. By the time i got out of the car it had
> passed over the parking lot and made a wide circle back to the woods. I
> made a feeble attempt to find it in the woods (hopeless). Mike Patterson
> replied to my post with the suggestion that it was an immature RB
> Sapsucker, which is certainly possible and likely (except for the
> trajectory) But I see them all the time at my place and believe they have
> more frequent undulations My undulation interpretation is clearly
> dubious. I did not see a white head, but then neither did Chuck Pilo,
> until he viewed his photos.. There is a lesson here. Never, ever wear
> wear a seatbelt, even when driving down the road, You never know when you
> might not have time to remove it fast.
> Also, as I recall from Rare Birds of California, a book I read decades
> ago, there are records (at least 1) from the Monterrey Peninsula, coastal
> and 100's of miles from White-headed Woodpeckers habitat. And, in the
> original Oregon Bird Finding Guide, by the (not so) late but great Joe
> Evanich, there is a record (no details were given) from the area of
> Neakahnie Mountain near Seaside.
> Bob OBrien Carver OR
> On Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 3:52 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
> wrote:
>> The only other coast raced that I know of was one seen by Neal Maine at
>> Fort Stevens State Park years ago.
>> Jeff Gilligan
>> > On Oct 6, 2019, at 2:44 PM, Range Bayer <range.bayer...> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > At about 8 AM this morning at SW Angle and 11th Street where the
>> Prairie Warbler was seen, Chuck Philo saw a bird flying high overhead and
>> straight from the area of the Newport City Hall towards the bayfront. From
>> its altitude, it didn't look like it would have landed at the bayfront. At
>> first, he thought the bird was a flyover Lewis' Woodpecker based on its
>> flying characteristics and somewhat shorter tail. He took 2 photos. He
>> got home and saw from the photos that it was a Whited-headed Woodpecker.
>> >
>> > Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon.
>> >
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