Hard to believe we are into late November and it was over 60F and sunny today. I saw a (Oregon?) swallowtail butterfly heading north on the beach today at Floras Lake- in late November- wow!
In the AM we did a dog walk at Floras Lake. The highlight was three single LAPLAND LONGSPURS in different areas. Two flyovers and the last with a pipit flock on the beach north of the lake that I watched perched out in the open for quite a while. One Swamp Sparrow. Many Red Crossbills in parking lot area.
Up Bethel Man in the SW corner of Coos the surprise was practically no raptors late AM? A couple kestrel and a harrier? No eagles at all? It was 61F up there with no wind. Did find a SAY'S PHOEBE at the quarry, about the third winter I have found them up there (a barn type area below- this species is almost always found wintering near Barns in very open, pasture type habitat on the south coast). It use to be this species was a regular spring migrant in the county- the only time we would see it. In the last few years I never see them in the spring (although I look hard) and only find wintering birds?
One bird that is late because of the dry, nice weather is Ancient Murrelet. No luck finding one off the sea lion overlook near Cape Arago where they are normally regular by now. If the forecast is correct, we should have lots of wintering bird in by the end of the month. Most years there are reports of Glaucous Gull by now- too nice this year though- soon though!
A few more days of nice weather, been drying my laundry on the line here still (!) but for not much longer, get the snow gear ready.