Date: 6/6/20 9:56 am From: Antonya Pickard <eco.outdoordiva...> Subject: [obol] DICKCISSEL at Bayocean Spit
Yesterday, zipped out to the Coast for a much-needed get-away for the day! Hiking with two exuberant dogs always makes birding a challenge, so I didn't take my bins (always wish I had, when I didn't). Saw a bird that I wasn't sure about at the time, but now pretty sure it was DICKCISSEL. Saw rufous and high contrast streaking on the back body when it flew, but perched could only see front of the bird. It was sparrow sized (had flushed with a White-crowned sparrow), but had bright yellow on the breast with black v collar that was more indistinct than in Sibleys (reminded me of Meadowlark). Bright yellow breast faded to light grey and white undertail coverts. Face was streaky with a supercillium stripe, but I coludn't see clearly enough to say more. about head markings. It also perched very erect and forehead looked steeply angled as if it were raising its crown feathers. Location was on Bay side of the spit about half way to the Jetty from the parking lot, maybe a bit more -along where there are sandy beaches and a few scrubby trees along the Bay-side of the road. This was mid afternoon yesterday (FRIDAY), tide was pretty high, but going out.
-- Antonya Pickard NE Portland 503-739-5460 mobile