Date: 11/22/19 5:48 pm
From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...>
Subject: [obol] Brant & Buntings
This morning I counted 84 brant along the HMSC estuary trail at Yaquina Bay including 3 birds with green color bands and one with a black color band. Green bands are birds that were banded on the Coleville River Delta on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska and black is from the Hooper Bay in western Alaska.

I went out to the Yaquina Bay North Jetty to look for the reported snow buntings. I found them in the dunes where they have been previously reported, but the flock size has increased to 24! The skittish buntings flew out to the jetty near the surf line and stayed awhile before returning to the dunes. They did this twice while I was there. I observed and photographed (attached) two snow buntings picking up and carrying around grass sprigs as if they were collecting nesting material. Calm, sunny weather this late in November makes everyone a little giddy.

At South Beach State Park a merlin exploded the sanderling flock I was viewing and narrowly missed striking one after a long chase.

Roy Lowe

Waldport, OR

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