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 <
> 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...
> 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...>
>>> 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
>>> Jeff Gilligan
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