Date: 6/15/20 6:33 pm
From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
Subject: [obol] Re: The saga of the Veery and the Wood Thrush (long)
Hilarious David! Yeah those Klamath County birders are few but we need to
keep an eye on them ; )


On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 6:22 PM David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon...>

> Absolutely Tim! I am very envious if this Twitch! Wasn't it Kevin Spencer
> that found the Kentucky Warbler east of there in the Winema/Fremont
> National Forest many years ago? I twitch that singing male for my life and
> only observation of the species. I had a great experience on the way home
> when I stopped for some owling. While doing my best imitation of a Great
> Gray Owl, some large owl came straight at me and knocked of my backwards
> facing ball cap and my glasses. There were talon Mark's on the plastic size
> strip of the cap. I would probably be blind were it not for being
> nearsighted and wearing glasses. It was dark and happened so fast that I
> was not able to determine the species of owl that I had offened...
> On Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 17:49 Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> wrote:
>> Hi David,
>> I also prefer to find my own rarities and have NOT chased many “lifers”
>> or state birds recently found by others in the last decade. Most of my
>> chasing is on the south coast these days.
>> Anyhow, upon hearing the description of where this bird was and knowing
>> that it promised a most enjoyable hike, I was compelled to go down. I have
>> always wanted to see the Klamath Gorge. It is spectacular! We saw people
>> backpacking in on our way out. I count myself lucky to have seen such
>> beauty.
>> Of course another big draw was to bird with friends I don’t see often
>> which included the two “finders” and Dave Haupt, all excellent birders and
>> just fun people to hang with. I went down Saturday afternoon, camped in the
>> Cascades at a remarkably beautiful non-campground location and picked up
>> Frank Mayer at 0430 in KFalls. We met Kevin and Dave and Paul and Courtney
>> and Caleb at 0530 at the rim and began or journey.
>> The wildflowers on the walk down were spectacular! We saw cool birds like
>> gnatcatchers and many singing Nashville Warblers etc. etc. just hiking
>> down. The river bottom is a paradise and the only spot in the county for YB
>> Chat and Wrentit (the latter we missed). There is a ton of history down
>> below and an old pioneer route that went through the area. It was utterly
>> spectacular Wood Thrush or not.
>> I really pick my chases anymore but this was a fun one, I would have been
>> smiling ear to ear whether or not the Wood Thrush was there or not. I also
>> sometimes forget that one of the perks of chasing is visiting with folks I
>> rarely see but enjoy visiting with very much.
>> Anyhow happy trails and happy birding- still looking for that mind
>> bending rarity in my neck iof the woods!
>> Tim Rodenkirk
>> Coos Bay

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