Date: 11/22/19 9:03 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Brant & Buntings
Well, since their nesting grounds are still under snow, perhaps they will
take this grass back with them to get an early start on nesting,* Way Up
Bob OBrien

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 5:48 PM Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> wrote:

> 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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