Date: 10/31/20 5:35 pm From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...> Subject: [obol] Coos 'N Curry of Late
Terry Wahl reports his first TROPICAL KINGBIRD and PALM WARBLER of the year at the family ranch near Cape Blanco, Curry on 10/30/20.
This AM at Floras Lake, Curry there was a large swirling mass of gulls when I arrived around 0815, several thousand strong. Birds kept coming in off the ocean and the size of the flock kept growing- it was amazing. Most birds were in the middle and south end of the lake so hard to ID from the parking area. I walked out to the windsurf place and was able to make out mostly CA Gulls (80-90%) but also some Westerns and Herring. Most gulls were adults. I did not have my scope with me unfortunately- this is a great time of year to check large flocks like this for Lesser-black Backs.
Other birds of note included a flock of five HORNED LARKS on the NW end of the lake right where the short grass meets the beachgrass. If I had remembered my scope I could have gotten a subspecies ID easily, they were pretty cooperative but it was blowing 15-20 so they were a bit skiddish but kept landing in the same general area. One LAPLAND LONGSPUR further north near the river along the trail to the river, I almost stepped on it on the way back.
Back in Coos at Lower Fourmile Creek (south of Bandon right south of the Wildlife Safari place) I had an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK flying around near the BLM parking area there. It ended up flying right by me headed up the road to the north there. Always a good bird in Coos!
Later this PM, I headed over to the Eastside portion of Coos Bay. Off 1st St there is an old road/trail that connects with the Millicoma Marsh trail mostly used by dog walkers (like me). They put a new sewer line through here this summer and opened up the overgrown trail. The kack habitat is awesome- better than Millicoma. I have seen several rarities here over the years including a singing adult male redstart in June this year. Anyhow, it has great overwinter Orange-crowned Warbler habitat and of course there was one there this afternoon. Also along the trail, a NORTHERN SHRIKE flew in and landed atop a Douglas-fir while Pip and I were walking there around 4:30 PM.
Another awesome sunny day- the number of which left are few (rain forecasted from Tuesday on for about a week here). I hear we are headed for a La Nina winter which means a 60% chance of more than average precip. After a couple very dry winters it will be back to the soggy normal it sounds like.
Happy Halloween- check out that full blue moon! Tim Rodenkirk Coos Bay