Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Aug 31, 2020 07:45 by Ellen Cantor
- East Davis Lake Campground, Crescent, Oregon, US (43.588, -121.854),
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-121.8540215&<ll...>,-121.8540215 - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73055948 - Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photo Juv. Solitary Sandpiper. Bright white belly without
barring on sides (as opposed to a Yellowlegs), greenish yellow rather than
the bright yellow legs of a Yellowlegs, prominent eye-ring with a little
white band going from the front of the eye-ring to the bill, shorter tail
projection than Yellowlegs. Plus the base of the bill has a slightly
greenish cast . It also struck me as smaller and daintier than a Gr
Yellowlegs, about the size of a Lesser Y. But it was by itself, so size
can be tricky in that case. When it flew, I saw the dark center tail
feathers with the darkly barred outer white ones."
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1)
- Reported Aug 31, 2020 11:00 by Dave Trochlell
- North Powder Pond, Baker, Oregon
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-117.930166&<ll...>,-117.930166 - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73054737 - Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "After some research, I determined that this small buteo was
probably a juvenile BWHA, and that identification was confirmed by
Hawkwatch International's Mike Shaw. The body confirmation, pale
secondaries, tail banding, and flight characteristics all pointed to it
being a Broad-winged. This likely represents a first eBird record for Baker
County. Two photos."
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 31, 2020 07:40 by Ken Vanderkamp
- Sauvie Island--Oak Island (Multnomah Co.), Multnomah, Oregon
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-122.8207541&<ll...>,-122.8207541 - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73049505 - Comments: "I saw a male. A female was reported a few days ago so there
must be two birds present.
Extensive red crown coming down to a white forehead. White extending down
sides of face to
broaden out into a large white throat area. Black breast area with streaks
White wing patches seen while perched. This bird gave me extensive views
while perched and
then preening. It was found at the beginning or the Oak Island trail in
the oak woods between
the first gate and the first big access point to Sturgeon Lake."
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Aug 29, 2020 11:12 by Caleb Centanni
- Goose Lake SP--“Vagrant Woods” (41.9940,-120.3204) BLBW in cottonwood and
willow, NOPA in hawthorn, Lake, Oregon
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&<q...>,-120.320424&<ll...>,-120.320424 - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73055675 - Comments: "(Rare): “unreported”:
Blackburnian warbler female type, seen by both of us for 5-minutes. We both
feel confident about the ID.
We both looked through a handful of app warbler options to confirm we both
agree this bird, yes matches Sibley and also photos.
Ruled out all regular Oregon birds, also ruled out Bay-breasted, Blackpoll,
Cape May, Cerulean. Not a NOPA (was one reported here yesterday).
Courtney several times to mind recalled Yellow-throated WA, (and briefly
BAWW except for yellow) as initially looking at it through cottonwood and
willow leaves, and YTWA also ruled out, but perh. indicates some similarity
to. (Prob structurally, mb bc bill size on these 3 species is similarly
larger than most other warblers.)
Description of our bird found today:
Underside with upper breast and throat yellowish, not bright yellow but
dull yellowish “with tinge of orange, like a translucent citrus color.”
When Caleb saw it in sunlight, breast/throat color was midway between
yellow and orange, indicating for him it has to be Blackburnian or
(Bay-breasted ruled out by back pattern and flank streaks and front
Midway belly down to utc all white. Flanks streaked up to sides of breast
with dull but consistently visible dark streaking, sometimes appearing
faint like OCWA streaks, sometimes darker almost blackish.
Throat yellowish without malar/chin line. Solid yellowish throat.
Strikingly conspicuously paler supercilium, broader than on OCWA.
Caleb noted gray eyeline marking underside of supercilium.
Two bright white broad wing bars, one broader than other.
Back streaked with two racing conspicuously lighter broader streaks,
contrasting with also a thin darker streak like on flanks, as well as some
yellowish under streaks similar to flank streak color.
We didn’t notice tail pattern well enough, but with some white undertail
elements, — no inconsistency at all with BLBW.
Caleb noticed a structural shape to body slightly different than used to in
Oregon warblers, esp tail appearing fairly short compared to body; (not
sure where wings land compared to tail).
Courtney noticed flight feathers and primaries solidly dark, no light
Bird found at 11:10am exactly at this ebird checklist pin, near campground
entrance off main road, ~ 100-yd east of CG pay station. BLBW up in
cottonwood tree and then moved lower to willows. Spotted by Courtney, and
then we both worked equally hard to see bird again and again through leaves
as it moved around, to gather together and agree upon field marks and to
narrow down and easily agree on identification.
Lifer! Yay! Happy to find an excellent bird, to make up for dipping on NOPA.
Our 2nd great Oregon bird found together that we both get credit for
equally! (after OROR). 3rd if we count Courtney’s YTWA which Caleb and
Colby helped ID. (4th if we had better been able to ID our prob SCTA ...)
Note: we stayed at this spot a full hour after BLBW disappeared, hoping to
relocate it for documentation. I did record 2 call notes might be it? (or
maybe I just recorded an OCWA). The BLBW was not refound and half of the
mixed flock it was perhaps with, moved on.
This is an underbirded hotspot at great time of year, so surely anyone who
comes looking to chase it, if you don’t find it, you’ll find something else
good. Lot of habitat here, half of it thick with fruit (wild cherries,
rosehips, orchard apples), and cottonwood trees too, and sprinklers
watering the CG through day.
“If you had asked me, did I think I would ever see a Common Crane and a
Blackburnian WA in the same day ... that’s hella cool!”"