Date: 10/20/19 10:06 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Nolan's extraOregon rarities
The reference to Utsira benifting from the Yellow-browned Warbler reminds
me of the Canadian movie Rare Birds. William
Hurt plays a restrantur that is going broke until a friend comes up with a
scheme to lure birders from around the world to the isolated village with a
fictitious report of a duck thought to be extinct. A fun movie even for
non birders.

David Vick

On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 9:14 PM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...>

> I expect LeConte's Sparrow , like Chestnut-collared Longspur, is passing
> through Oregon every year at this time and automatically undetected. The
> Columbia River at McNary Dam is the same elevation as the lowlands of
> Finley NWR, with rainfall under 10 inches a year. November days can be mild
> and sunny when the westside is gloomy.
> The Yellow-browed Warbler is a prized vagrant to listers across
> western Europe, straying from Siberia as the one on Vancouver Island must
> have. It is the official bird species of the municipality of Utsira,
> Norway's smallest( down to 195 residents and falling yearly by a handful).
> This island is an hour and a half ferry ride from the mainland(Haugesund)
> and this weekend, the ones just passed, and perhaps the next few, as many
> as 200 ardent listers will run through the yards of local residents chasing
> vagrants. It's not hard to imagine the economic impact, and understand the
> tolerance shown by residents. Not that twitchers are the biggest spenders.
> Many sleep in their cars between foot chases.lpn
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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