Down at New River, Coos today saw my first county SNOWY EGRET since 2013 when we still had overwintering birds (remember those?). This species was actually reliably seen every winter from 1977-2013 in the Empire area of Coos Bay. The peak number was 11 during the winter of 88/89. One bird continued from 2007-2013. Anyhow best spot for a migrant anymore is on Redmon pond on south jetty Bandon where Roger Robb had one in Aug this year and where they have been seen several times in recent years (but not by me).
One flyover calling Lapland Longspur also- this is peak month for this migrant on south coast.
Large flocks of Aleutian Cacklers headed south over ocean. Several smaller flocks headed north also probably from staging area at the McKenzie Ranch west of Langlois Curry/Coos where birds often stage especially in spring. A few overwinter in this area also in recent years.
No sign of any Gyr but did see a dark Peregrine, a Merlin and RS Hawks. Mostly head down counting plants today : ) No rain after 0830 and plenty of sun- a fine day on the south coast!