Date: 10/9/19 1:05 pm From: Beverly Hallberg <bhallbergskloot...> Subject: [obol] Tropical Kingbird - Manzanita-Nehalem - yard bird this am
On this, my birthday morning around 7 am, I went out into my backyard which backs up to the Nehalem Bay State Park thinking I would listen for Varied Thrush calls. Instead I was greeted with the calls of a Tropical Kingbird! It was in the trees of the park on the margin of dunes area where we live. I have had flycatchers here before - mostly in migration but sometimes a Black Phoebe hangs out back here. I was in my slippers with binoculars and could hear and see it, but did not have my phone or camera with me. The call was distinctive to Tropical Kingbirds - not a Couch's! - 2 quick high-pitched "pips" followed by the more typical trilling call which I've heard before in Nehalem. This pattern of sounds repeated twice as it moved through the trees east to west. I ran back inside to get my phone to record it but it did not repeat again and I lost sight of it as it moved farther into the park forest. Later I went down to the park to try to refind it, but was unsuccessful.