Date: 2/22/21 2:54 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: unusual meadowlark behavior
Interesting about the Fox Sparrows. We have more with the ice than ever
before in 45 years.. All Sooty, as usual.
Varied Thrushes are down though.
Bob OBrien Carver OR
PS Just ran across this

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 2:49 PM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...>

> I was going to say the same thing as Tim. When l do CBCs on the south
> coast it's expected behaviour. The foraging fields are small compared to
> breeding season, tall trees often looming over them. In the town of
> Coquille there's a tiesely 5 acres on the south bank of the Coquille River
> and 10 acres of vacant lot on the north bank that the city fathers
> fantasize industrializing. Meadowlarks go back and forth all day, over an
> unbroken line of trees on each bank. Coming or going they show a fondness
> for the bare twigs at the very top.
> Only 3 Meadowlarks in that flock this CBC. That's an order of
> magnitude below all past years. Hopefully the missing Meadowlarks were
> alive and well at some more northerly, snowfree location along with the
> absent Fox Sparrows, Hermit and Varied Thrushes.
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...>
> Date: 2/22/21 2:28 PM (GMT-08:00)
> To: <baro...>
> Cc: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>, OBOL Birders Online <
> <obol...>
> Subject: [obol] Re: unusual meadowlark behavior
> I actually see this behavior fairly regularly, trees full of
> singing/calling meadowlarks is not unusual when there are trees next to
> open meadow areas- at least on the south coast...
> Tim
> On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 12:38 PM Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:
>> they do this exactly at my son's house in Eagle Creek on spring migration.
>> Small flock lands in top of huge maples.
>> Flies around, goes to the ground, etc.
>> Bob OBrien Carver OR
>> On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 12:22 PM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
>> wrote:
>>> While birding with former Sisters, Oregon birder, Sally Johnsen today,
>>> we saw a flock of mid-sized birds fly in from about 150 feet and land near
>>> the top of some huge Fremont cottonwoods on The Tubac Golf Course, in
>>> Arizona. I said what the heck are those. Sally said Starlings - which was
>>> reasonable, but when we got our binculars on them, they were a flock of
>>> about 15 meadowlarks. (Both Eastern and Western occur in the area.) I
>>> have never seen meadowlarks flying high, landing and appearing content high
>>> in a tree. The leaves on the cottonwoods are still small, though growing
>>> rapidly, giving us clear looks at the birds.
>>> I think this is another example of not assuming that a reported bird
>>> that is acting in a way that one doesn’t expect to have been a
>>> mis-identification
>>> Jeff Gilligan
>>> *******
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