Date: 7/27/20 5:04 am
From: Teresa Hertzel <teresa.hertzel...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Oregon Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

Lesser Yellowlegs (1 Hood River)
Bonaparte's Gull (1 Union)
Snowy Egret (3 Multnomah)
Green Heron (2 Hood River)
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted x Red-shafted) (1 Linn)
Least Flycatcher (1 Baker)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (1 Benton)
Evening Grosbeak (type 1) (2 Deschutes)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (1 Klamath)
Red Crossbill (Douglas-fir or type 4) (1 Baker)
Red Crossbill (Western Hemlock or type 3) (1 Deschutes)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (1 Marion)
Vesper Sparrow (1 Lane)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Deschutes)

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 05:39 by Joshua Meyers
- Hood River mouth, Hood River, Oregon
- Map:,-121.5063858&ll=45.7152892,-121.5063858
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Feeding next to GRYE. Shorter, straighter bill. Noticeably
smaller in size."

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 08:25 by Dave Trochlell
- La Grande Sewage Ponds, Union, Oregon
- Map:,-118.0295563&ll=45.2869651,-118.0295563
- Checklist:
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Description: This was a small, petite gull (much smaller than
nearby RBGU) in basic plumage. It had gray and white upperparts, black
primaries with small, white "mirrors", white head and neck with a
smudgy-gray, circular "ear spot", white underparts, a white tail with a
faint, gray terminal band, and a thin, black bill. The bird may have been
an adult in basic plumage with retained immature characteristics (e.g. dark
tail band). Rare in July. Three distant photos."

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 11:57 by Dena Turner
- Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area, Multnomah, Oregon
- Map:,-122.7456&ll=45.6203,-122.7456
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photo"

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 06:55 by Ken Vanderkamp
- Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area, Multnomah, Oregon
- Map:,-122.7456&ll=45.6203,-122.7456
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing."

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 07:21 by Jenny Jones
- Smith and Bybee Lakes--Wetland Interlakes Trail, Multnomah, Oregon
- Map:,-122.7266407&ll=45.616676,-122.7266407
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Black bill with yellow lores, black legs and yellow feet,
fancy frilly feathers around neck and back of head. Made a brief appearance
in the pond beyond the Bybee blind."

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 05:39 by Joshua Meyers
- Hood River mouth, Hood River, Oregon
- Map:,-121.5063858&ll=45.7152892,-121.5063858
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing. Brief view but unmistakable identity as I flushed
a small heron with gray back from vegetation along bank."

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2020 09:15 by Jeff Hayes
- Hood River mouth, Hood River, Oregon
- Map:,-121.5063858&ll=45.7152892,-121.5063858
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing adult. Flew from east to west side of Nichols

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted x Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus luteus x
cafer) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 09:32 by Jeff Harding
- Griggs Oak-Fir Woodland (Motorless), Linn, Oregon
- Map:,-122.8402308&ll=44.6108645,-122.8402308
- Checklist:
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male with red nape crescent and red malar"

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 14:05 by Sean Cozart
- Daly Creek WHMA -- Powder River Access, Baker, Oregon
- Map:,-117.1723427&ll=44.7457929,-117.1723427
- Checklist:
- Comments: "#241 year bird. Probably continuing. While heading back, I
heard a series of five faint but distinct "che-beck" calls, approximately
behind the cottonwoods, likely visible from Eagle Creek where it might've
been flycatching in that opening but since that side of the river does not
public access, I didn't push my luck in tracking down the bird and
obtaining a photo/audio. But approximately the same area the previous
breeding pair(s) were spotted. Very familiar with species from my early
years in Montana and which they were common at the Missouri River
headwaters, which is nearly identical habitat to Daly Creek WHMA."

White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 09:11 by Caleb Centanni
- Herbert Farm and Natural Area, Benton, Oregon
- Map:,-123.2947755&ll=44.5198988,-123.2947755
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Should get recordings next time. Typical single nasal notes
with none of Interior West's thrilling or rattling. Oregon White Oak
habitat also fairly distinctive."

Evening Grosbeak (type 1) (Coccothraustes vespertinus (type 1)) (8)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 10:40 by Caleb Centanni
- Deschutes—Corral Lake--east shore (44.0629,-121.7326) SPSA in old-growth
mountain hemlocks (6260 ft.), Deschutes, Oregon
- Map:,-121.732609&ll=44.062933,-121.732609
- Checklist:
- Comments: "made recording 11:40a to check sonogram , Caleb says prob type

Evening Grosbeak (type 1) (Coccothraustes vespertinus (type 1)) (2)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 07:47 by Caleb Centanni
- Deschutes—Green Lakes--east shore trail (old-growth mountain hemlock
forest), Deschutes, Oregon
- Map:,-121.72771&ll=44.087332,-121.72771
- Checklist:
- Comments: "ho , Caleb says type 1, — we didn’t get recordings of this
flyover, but I did record others on other checklists of this trip to check
sonogram to confirm"

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) (3)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 09:21 by dave haupt
- Crater Lake NP--Garfield Peak Trail, Klamath, Oregon
- Map:,-122.1217489&ll=42.9106118,-122.1217489
- Checklist:
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "One or two seen along trail about 2/3 the way to the top. A
single bird seen 40 m below summit as trail loops back to the west.
Foraged at my feet for what appeared to be grasshopper-sized insects. Very
tame juvenile."

Red Crossbill (Douglas-fir or type 4) (Loxia curvirostra (type 4)) (8)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 08:48 by Sean Cozart
- Blue Creek Trail -- Old NF-100 Segment, Baker, Oregon
- Map:,-117.1899608&ll=45.0243935,-117.1899608
- Checklist:
- Comments: "No recording. Heard first and recognized the call was higher
and wispier than the normal pip pip of Type 2. Later found them feeding on
a Doug Fir."

Red Crossbill (Western Hemlock or type 3) (Loxia curvirostra (type 3)) (9)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 09:03 by Caleb Centanni
- Broken Top Trail 10 (to Green Lakes), Deschutes, Oregon
- Map:,-121.710337&ll=44.058965,-121.710337
- Checklist:
- Comments: "two groups, of five and four birds, flyover, made recordings
of, Caleb thinks prob type 3 but need to check sonograms . Both groups
singing as flew over us, our only singing crossbills on this 3-day trip
(Fall Creek/Green Lakes/Corral Lake/Soda Creek). This stretch of trail had
some lodgepole pine with cones, in addition to the mountain hemlocks. —
— Five crossbills flying north toward Broken Top toward rocky ridge west of
Broken Top. Forest open here, mix of mostly Mountain Hemlock with some
younger brown cones, some older brown ones, cone crop score 3-4 overall.
Lodgepole Pine, some brown and open cones on larger trees, mixed with
occasional closed new cones. Whitebark Pines present upslope, can’t assess
cone crop from here.
— — Note: All trees at Green Lakes and Corral Lake with cones now are
mountain hemlocks. (up to 6580 ft.) Hemlock cones are almost entirely open
brown cones, but we did eventually find one hemlock nearish-by Green Lakes
with closed new purply cones. No other conifers up there have cones.
(Caleb did a lot of scanning of trees, a hundred scans, looking for
conifers with cones.)
None of the whitebark pines we saw here have cones, though there are more
of those upslope that potentially could.
So presumably the crossbills up here are prob eating mountain hemlock
cones; (or, just flyovers passing over on route to other tree patches we
didn’t see.)
— On 3rd day we finally found
a couple subalpine fir trees with new cones 2-3 miles east of Green Lakes
near Crater Creek,
and along Broken Top Trail 10 and Soda Creek Trail also many lodgepole
pines with both open and new closed cones. —

— Note 2 : Fall Creek Trail and Green Lakes and Corral Lake are virtually
entirely just mountain hemlock trees, only a small percentage of subalpine
fir mixed in. And so cool, there are some really big mountain hemlock trees
up here! ancient forest! Many trees 300-500-700-1000-plus years old! Caleb
says this species grows really slow, up here especially, so these are very
old forests, poss as old as whenever the last lava eruption was. And lots
of great big snag trees for poss owls. In the small patches of big forest
maybe 70% of the trees 31-in. or more across. “Unlogged old-growth mountain
hemlock forest. Complex structure mixed with forest openings. Small younger
elements of subalpine fir and whitebark pine.”"

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 09:20 by M. Shane Pruett
- Fairview Wetlands, Marion, Oregon
- Map:,-123.004434&ll=44.895153,-123.004434
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Feeding back in the vegetation in the SW area of remaining

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2020 08:48 by Joshua Little
- Willamette National Forest, Oakridge US-OR 43.79145, -122.43605, Lane,
- Map:,-122.436053&ll=43.791455,-122.436053
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Popped up on the fence while I was watching the swallows,
clear eye ring + white in our tail feathers in flight. Could this be a
breeding location?"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 24, 2020 by Central Oregon Historical Records
- Between Butler Mrkt and 8th, Deschutes, Oregon
- Map:,-121.2925559&ll=44.0753563,-121.2925559
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Observer and Photographer - Mary Garrison"


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