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7/17/18 1:16 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Smew in Prineville again
7/17/18 4:33 am <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Vote - 3 photos from central Oregon birders
7/16/18 10:11 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> Re: [COBOL] Annual ECAS Picnic
7/16/18 10:09 pm <plbirder...> [COBOL] Hatfield Lake
7/16/18 9:58 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> Re: [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Sunday 7/14/18
7/16/18 9:54 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Sunday 7/14/18
7/16/18 9:35 pm sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...> [COBOL] Annual ECAS Picnic
7/16/18 10:10 am Mike <gardenbug99...> [COBOL] Quail
7/15/18 8:48 pm <plbirder...> [COBOL] More Notes from Hatfield
7/15/18 7:56 pm <plbirder...> [COBOL] Another odd Duck
7/15/18 7:05 am <duckjockey...> Re: [COBOL] Wow here, too
7/14/18 10:14 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] plan for ECAS Wednesday Birding July17
7/14/18 10:02 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> Re: [COBOL] Wow here, too
7/14/18 9:55 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] July 18! Re: plan for ECAS Wednesday Birding
7/14/18 7:14 pm <duckjockey...> [COBOL] Wow here, too
7/14/18 7:59 am Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] WOW!
7/13/18 9:10 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] birding Whiskey Springs
7/13/18 10:16 am <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Forwarding - [obol] Come out on the ocean with us!
7/12/18 7:41 pm <duckjockey...> [COBOL] Cliff swallows
7/11/18 6:30 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Wednesday birding around Sunriver - no rares
7/11/18 2:28 pm Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Fledgling
7/11/18 1:01 pm Black-Tanski <blacktanski...> [COBOL] Bird word game
7/11/18 10:09 am Mike <gardenbug99...> [COBOL] Redmond Ponds
7/10/18 6:35 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Shorebirds Redmond ponds
7/10/18 9:36 am Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] mountain bluebird flocks?
7/9/18 2:38 pm jake schas <yellowlegs...> [COBOL] more condor info...
7/8/18 9:13 pm <duckjockey...> [COBOL] Clockwork
7/8/18 7:03 pm Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> [COBOL] Fwd: California Condor - Medicine Bow Peak, Albany Co
7/8/18 3:17 pm Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] Mountain or Western Blues?
7/8/18 8:50 am Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> [COBOL] Off Topic - Help with ECAS Conservation Project
7/8/18 8:49 am Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] Shevlin Park Tree Swallows?
7/7/18 10:31 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding on July 11
7/7/18 8:00 pm <plbirder...> [COBOL] Prineville Wetlands Today
7/7/18 7:52 pm <plbirder...> [COBOL] Hatfield Shorebirds
7/7/18 12:09 pm Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> [COBOL] Hosmer Lake Birding by Kayak Field Trip
7/6/18 11:22 pm Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7...> [COBOL] Your handling of the Courtney Kelly Jett posting
7/6/18 5:32 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Crook American? Golden Plover
7/6/18 3:05 pm C Lowe <cashwlowe...> [COBOL] American Golden-Plover at CRWC
7/6/18 9:02 am sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...> [COBOL] Annual Picnic
7/5/18 4:13 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] CR Wetlands Marbled Godwit
7/5/18 12:57 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Summit Prairie BBS
7/5/18 12:46 pm Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
7/5/18 12:25 pm Don Sutherland <buffbellie...> [COBOL] Magical morning at Whisky Springs - I can top Tom's Bear
7/5/18 10:15 am Mary Webster <webster_mary...> Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
7/5/18 9:16 am Nicole Weprin <nweprin...> Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
7/5/18 8:40 am Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
7/4/18 10:05 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Hatfield Shorebirds
7/4/18 5:36 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, Tumalo Res, and Hatfield, ECAS Wednesday
7/4/18 4:22 pm Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Re: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook),
7/4/18 10:09 am Jim Moodie <jmoodie...> Re: [COBOL] [obol] Re: Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.), thanks to Jake Schas
7/4/18 2:05 am <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Redmond pond birds
7/2/18 10:14 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Fwd: [obol] Catbird at Smith Rock State Park
7/2/18 7:45 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Tum Res, take 2
7/2/18 6:04 pm <wolfies.hound...> Re: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs addendum
7/2/18 5:01 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Whiskey Springs addendum
7/2/18 4:50 pm Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] Mystery bird in care
7/2/18 3:28 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Tumalo Reservoir
7/2/18 11:01 am George Wuerthner <gwuerthner...> [COBOL] ravens and rosy finches capturing butterflies on glaciers
7/2/18 7:57 am David Vick <or.naturalist...> Re: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs
7/1/18 8:28 pm <jmeredit...> Re: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook), Spotted Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler at Aspen Springs (Wheeler)
7/1/18 7:10 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Whiskey Springs
7/1/18 6:28 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Plan for birding ECAS Wednesday, on July 4
7/1/18 6:20 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Notables from Hatfield and Tumalo Res this pm
7/1/18 11:16 am Charles Gates <cgates326...> Re: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook), Spotted Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler at Aspen Springs (Wheeler)
7/1/18 10:27 am Joel Geier <joel.geier...> [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook), Spotted Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler at Aspen Springs (Wheeler)
6/29/18 12:40 pm Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...> Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
6/28/18 9:27 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Brown-headed Cowbird discussion
6/28/18 9:08 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Hatfield Lake, a little change, Redmond, Lark Sparrow
6/28/18 8:03 pm <carolbikes...> [COBOL] Juvenile Northern Saw-whet Owl
6/28/18 7:53 pm Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
6/28/18 7:35 pm Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
6/28/18 6:00 pm Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...> [COBOL] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
6/28/18 12:21 pm Louise & Jerry Pascoe <jlpascoe...> Re: [COBOL] Quail broods
6/28/18 12:09 pm Jean Vertefeuille-Cutler <aantara...> [COBOL] Quail broods
6/28/18 7:00 am <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] First quail brood
6/27/18 12:54 am <jmeredit...> Re: [COBOL] Local RBA: Possible Acorn Woodpecker in Shevlin Park
6/26/18 10:37 am Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] locating a birder
6/25/18 5:07 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Local RBA: Possible Acorn Woodpecker in Shevlin Park
6/25/18 12:08 pm Stephen Shunk <steve...> [COBOL] Sisters area woodpecker update
6/24/18 11:07 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding, June 27
6/24/18 9:22 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Fwd: Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding, June 27
6/24/18 6:56 pm Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> [COBOL] Your COBOL Administrator Forwarding a Request
6/24/18 6:22 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Crossbills etc with fledglings
6/24/18 4:18 pm Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Oh, and one more--
6/24/18 3:49 pm Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Trout Creek Bird Tour
6/24/18 10:08 am Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Finally Fledged!
6/23/18 5:13 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Prineville Bird Club Field Trip Today
6/23/18 10:26 am M Gonzalez <towhee...> [COBOL] Whiff on Least Flycatcher
6/21/18 7:03 am Chuck Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Least Flycatcher yes
6/20/18 9:15 pm Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> [COBOL] Wednesday birding
6/20/18 3:35 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Wednesday birders visited Green Ridge springs
6/20/18 1:52 pm Joel Geier <joel.geier...> [COBOL] Santiam Pass road-shoulder hazard warning
6/20/18 1:24 pm sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...> [COBOL] June Birders' Night, tomorrow, Thursday June 21st
6/20/18 1:24 pm Joel Geier <joel.geier...> [COBOL] Tricolored Blackbirds along O'Neil Highway, Crook Co.
6/19/18 4:07 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Tundra Swans Still Here
6/19/18 2:38 pm Black-Tanski <blacktanski...> Re: [COBOL] dead finches
6/19/18 1:38 pm <duckjockey...> [COBOL] Disease spread at feeders
6/19/18 12:12 pm Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> [COBOL] Tumalo Res Least FC
6/19/18 10:49 am Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] dead finches
6/19/18 6:59 am <jmeredit...> Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?
6/18/18 11:19 pm Mary Webster <webster_mary...> Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?
6/18/18 11:18 pm Black-Tanski <blacktanski...> Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?
6/18/18 3:03 pm Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Dead finches?
 
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Date: 7/17/18 1:16 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Smew in Prineville again
Many of you know that a Smew (normally found in Europe and parts of the
orient) turned up at the Prineville Sewer Ponds last week. The bird had
leg bands and is mostly likely part of someone's exotic duck collection
so it doesn't count as a wild bird.  The bird was gone an hour later.

Thanks to June and Norm McAtee, the Smew was refound today a short
distance from the original sighting.  You can see some old and new picks
at https://flic.kr/s/aHskEpV3c9.   The exact location is not open to the
public (unless you want to pay the $40 greens fees) however, you may be
able to see it from Crestview Road just west of the Meadow Lakes Golf
Course.  Again, not countable for most life lists, but a cool bird anyway.

--
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
Prineville Bird Club
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/birding-locations
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Date: 7/17/18 4:33 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Vote - 3 photos from central Oregon birders
The OBA - Oregon Birding Association, has a monthly photo contest. You
do not have to be a member to vote on the monthly photographs. This
month there are 3 from "us" here in COBOL land, ECAS land.

http://orbirds.org/photocontestrules.html

Jim Moodie - Close one of a Calliope Hummingbird. Amazing, do check it
out!

David Sowards-Emmerd - David was inside the car on a Wednesday trip
photographing the Bobolink while it sang. See the nape patch elevated!

Kevin Smith - a photo of 2 American Dippers, offering of food. You have
to see it to appreciate it.

Nice work from our locals, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 7/16/18 10:11 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Annual ECAS Picnic
I strongly advise people to use insect repellant if going to the annual picnic. The last time I birded Shevlin Park three weeks ago I pulled three deer ticks off me, including one that had attached between my toes. Be safe, people!



Tom Crabtree



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Subject: [COBOL] Annual ECAS Picnic



Just a reminder for our annual ECAS picnic this Thursday, July 19th.



No Birders's night in July. Instead on July 19 the Annual ECAS Potluck Picnic will be held. Join ECAS members at Shevlin Park, Aspen picnic shelter, for a fun get-together starting at 5 pm and lasting until dusk. Bring a dish to share, your own plate and utensils and beverage. Beer and wine is acceptable in the park for this event. Birding may take place!




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Date: 7/16/18 10:09 pm
From: <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Lake
Stopped by quickly after work.

Red-necked Phalarope 7
Greater Yellowlegs. 1 juvenile
Long-billed Dowitcher 4+
Peeps, similar numbers to yesterday.
Franklin's Gull 1 still present.
California Gull 1 juvenile still present.
Redhead 8

Peter Low.
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 7/16/18 9:58 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Sunday 7/14/18
I should have put Saturday 7/14/18

Peter Low.

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Subject: [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Sunday 7/14/18

Hi all,
I birded the flats from the Kiosk Ponds first, here's some highlights:

Semipalmated Plover 4
Greater Yellowlegs 26, including 1 first fall Juvenile.
Long-billed Dowitcher 56
Least Sandpiper 75
Western Sandpiper 150
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
Wilson's Phalarope 2
Spotted Sandpiper several pairs, nest with 4 eggs 7/8/18
Caspian Tern 2
Hooded Merganser brood of 12

Round Swamp

Greater Yellowlegs 9
Dowitcher small number distant
Wood Duck 18

Flats West end of Reservoir

Greater Yellowlegs 10
Long-billed dDowitcher 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Western Sandpiper 420
Least Sandpiper 180
Barrow's Goldeneye brood of 12
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Ring-billed and California Gull 400+
Western Grebe 136, 227 0n 7/8/18
Clarke's Grebe 2, 5 on 7/8/18

Birds seen on 7/8/18

Horned Grebe 1 breeding plumage. Reservoir Camp ground
Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Dam
Franklin's Gull 1 1st Summer South Shore.

Peter Low.
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 7/16/18 9:54 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Sunday 7/14/18
Hi all,
I birded the flats from the Kiosk Ponds first, here's some highlights:

Semipalmated Plover 4
Greater Yellowlegs 26, including 1 first fall Juvenile.
Long-billed Dowitcher 56
Least Sandpiper 75
Western Sandpiper 150
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
Wilson's Phalarope 2
Spotted Sandpiper several pairs, nest with 4 eggs 7/8/18
Caspian Tern 2
Hooded Merganser brood of 12

Round Swamp

Greater Yellowlegs 9
Dowitcher small number distant
Wood Duck 18

Flats West end of Reservoir

Greater Yellowlegs 10
Long-billed dDowitcher 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Western Sandpiper 420
Least Sandpiper 180
Barrow's Goldeneye brood of 12
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Ring-billed and California Gull 400+
Western Grebe 136, 227 0n 7/8/18
Clarke's Grebe 2, 5 on 7/8/18

Birds seen on 7/8/18

Horned Grebe 1 breeding plumage. Reservoir Camp ground
Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Dam
Franklin's Gull 1 1st Summer South Shore.

Peter Low.
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 7/16/18 9:35 pm
From: sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...>
Subject: [COBOL] Annual ECAS Picnic
Just a reminder for our annual ECAS picnic this Thursday, July 19th.

No Birders's night in July. Instead on July 19 the Annual ECAS Potluck
Picnic will be held. Join ECAS members at Shevlin Park, Aspen picnic
shelter, for a fun get-together starting at 5 pm and lasting until dusk.
Bring a dish to share, your own plate and utensils and beverage. Beer and
wine is acceptable in the park for this event. Birding may take place!

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Date: 7/16/18 10:10 am
From: Mike <gardenbug99...>
Subject: [COBOL] Quail
We had our first quail broods at Eagle Crest yesterday. Seven half grown with five adults. Late in evening had a brood of two walnuts and an adult female. Latest ever for first broods and way below average. Lots of adults of both sexes around and many paired.
Mike Golden
Eagle Crest
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Date: 7/15/18 8:48 pm
From: <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] More Notes from Hatfield
Hi all, spent the afternoon walking the Ponds at Hatfield. Here's a few highlights from 1st Pond:

Franklin's Gull 1 first Summer bird in molt.
California Gull 2 juvenile's
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 10
Western Sandpiper 70
Least Sandpiper 75
Wilson's Phalarope 1 male
Cinnamon Teal 7
Hooded Merganser 1
Redhead 1 female
Northern Pintail 1 m
Am Wigeon1
N. Shoveler 1
Gadwall saw a female with fresh brood of 11, she attacked and drove off vigeriously One of the Tundra Swans when it approached too close.
American Kestrel 2 fledgelings with parents.

2nd Pond

Lots of Ruddy Ducks, Coots, at least 2 broods of buffleheads, 2 Am Wigeon1 Inc eclipsemale, c8 Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Hooded Merganser, 3-4 Wood Duck, 11 Eared Grebe and 3 Pied-billed Grebe.

Peter Low.
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 7/15/18 7:56 pm
From: <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Another odd Duck
Hi Chuck and all,
Saw an odd Ruddy Duck this afternoon at Hatfield 2nd Pond. The Bird was an adult male with all Black head, with no White checks. Thought at first it might be a melanistic form, but remembered South American birds had Black heads.
If it's One of the above, obviously needs more investigation, maybe it came from the same place as the Smew!

Peter Low.
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Date: 7/15/18 7:05 am
From: <duckjockey...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Wow here, too
Should have mentioned it, of course…

We live just south of Eagle Crest Resort above the Deschutes.

Michael

> On Jul 14, 2018, at 10:02 PM, Tom Crabtree <tc...> wrote:
>
> Where are you located, Michael?
>
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> They did not all come at once, and they were not all on the deck, but we had
> a pretty good variety today, and they were all visible from the deck.
>
> 3 Northern Flickers
> 8 Rock Pigeons (first time)
> 4 Scrub Jays
> 2 Stellars Jays
> 12 House Finches
> 2 Robins
> 6 Mtn Chickadees
> 4 Black Headed Grosbeaks
> 18 to 20 Hummers (Annas and Rufous)
> 4 Collared Doves
> 10 Mourning Doves
> 2 Mallards
> 1 Great Blue Heron
> 3 Red-tailed Hawks
> 1 Kestrel
> 1 Osprey
> 3 Turkey Vultures
> 75 to 80 Cliff Swallows
> 8 to 10 Tree Swallows
> 2 Common Nighthawks
> 1 House Sparrow
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> Michael Allender
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Date: 7/14/18 10:14 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] plan for ECAS Wednesday Birding July17
Green Ridge again, and we will finish with a stop at Calliope Crossing.
On Green Ridge we might try some different birding spots this time after
Whiskey Springs or Thorn springs. For the springs, being very still
helps to see more birds, so wear long sleeves or insect repellent to
avoid frequent swatting. Since weather is going to be HOT, we
should/could be back in Sisters around 1 pm.

Carpooling
Bend 7 a.m. from Nancy P's Bakery, 1054 NW Milwaukee and go to Village
Greens in Sisters.
Redmond, 7:15 Starbucks Nolan Center, 126 at Rimrock. Go to Village
Greens in Sisters.
Anyone else, Village Greens at 7:40 a.m.

There could be tree sap and lots of ants on the ground at the springs so
bring an old towel or low chair if you like. Good birding, Judy
Meredith, <jmeredit...>






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Date: 7/14/18 10:02 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Wow here, too
Where are you located, Michael?

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Subject: [COBOL] Wow here, too

They did not all come at once, and they were not all on the deck, but we had
a pretty good variety today, and they were all visible from the deck.

3 Northern Flickers
8 Rock Pigeons (first time)
4 Scrub Jays
2 Stellars Jays
12 House Finches
2 Robins
6 Mtn Chickadees
4 Black Headed Grosbeaks
18 to 20 Hummers (Annas and Rufous)
4 Collared Doves
10 Mourning Doves
2 Mallards
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Red-tailed Hawks
1 Kestrel
1 Osprey
3 Turkey Vultures
75 to 80 Cliff Swallows
8 to 10 Tree Swallows
2 Common Nighthawks
1 House Sparrow

Michael Allender

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Date: 7/14/18 9:55 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] July 18! Re: plan for ECAS Wednesday Birding
Correction, Wednesday July 18.
Also I must have fat fingered the list last week. I confess that we did
NOT see Am. Pipit. Judy


On 07-14-2018 21:35, <jmeredit...> wrote:
> Green Ridge again, and we will finish with a stop at Calliope
> Crossing. On Green Ridge we might try some different birding spots
> this time after Whiskey Springs or Thorn springs. For the springs,
> being very still helps to see more birds, so wear long sleeves or
> insect repellent to avoid frequent swatting. Since weather is going to
> be HOT, we should/could be back in Sisters around 1 pm.
>
> Carpooling
> Bend 7 a.m. from Nancy P's Bakery, 1054 NW Milwaukee and go to Village
> Greens in Sisters.
> Redmond, 7:15 Starbucks Nolan Center, 126 at Rimrock. Go to Village
> Greens in Sisters.
> Anyone else, Village Greens. We will leave from there about 7:40 a.m.
>
> There could be tree sap and lots of ants on the ground at the springs
> so bring an old towel or low chair if you like. Good birding, Judy
> Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 7/14/18 7:14 pm
From: <duckjockey...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wow here, too
They did not all come at once, and they were not all on the deck, but we had a pretty good variety today, and they were all visible from the deck.

3 Northern Flickers
8 Rock Pigeons (first time)
4 Scrub Jays
2 Stellars Jays
12 House Finches
2 Robins
6 Mtn Chickadees
4 Black Headed Grosbeaks
18 to 20 Hummers (Annas and Rufous)
4 Collared Doves
10 Mourning Doves
2 Mallards
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Red-tailed Hawks
1 Kestrel
1 Osprey
3 Turkey Vultures
75 to 80 Cliff Swallows
8 to 10 Tree Swallows
2 Common Nighthawks
1 House Sparrow

Michael Allender

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Date: 7/14/18 7:59 am
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] WOW!
What a morning we are having!  Kids from every species on deck being
fed.  One almost being fed by another species adult!

11 Northern Flickers (red shafted)

12 Rock Pigeons

 6 Scrub Jays

 5 Western Bluebirds (and four more in the box-second batch)

 5 House Finches

 3 Ash-throated

 4-5 Hummers

 2 Rufous

 3 Anna's

 3 Collared Doves

 1 Cormorant fly-over

 Crows busy in the distance

BUSY DAY on our deck!

99 degrees yesterday and 11% humidity

Kevin


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Date: 7/13/18 9:10 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] birding Whiskey Springs
Nice birds today, highest numbers were Purple and Cassin's Finch and
Western Tanagers. Both vireo species, 5 warblers, etc. I was there in
the heat of the day when it can be slow but on this hot day the birds
visited steadily.

SIGNS at WHISKEY SPRINGS
We as birders have a responsibility. We have been granted permission to
bird on the PRIVATE PROPERTY of Whiskey Springs. The road is public but
the land surrounding it is private. The owner expects responsible
behavior, respect for the plants and wildness of the place in exchange
for our privilege of birding there. People have trampled it, loved it to
death. Someone has even CUT VEGETATION presumably in order to get a
clear view or unobstructed photo of birds. It is very obvious where we
are to stay back, away from the vegetation. The owner has placed 4 signs
and used branches and logs as barriers. We won't have the close views we
have had in the past and we will miss some skulking birds but please do
as the owner asks so that all of us can continue to enjoy the delight of
sitting with the birds at Whiskey Springs. Thank you, Judy Meredith,
<jmeredit...>

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Date: 7/13/18 10:16 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Forwarding - [obol] Come out on the ocean with us!
Not central oregon birds.

It may sound commercial, but as far as I know, all the guides are
volunteers, unpaid, and the outfit does not make a profit. They have
great guides. Website at the end for details or to register. Judy,
<jmeredit...>

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [obol] Come out on the ocean with us!
Date: 07-13-2018 08:11
From: Timothy Shelmerdine <tim.oregonpelagictours...>
To: <obol...>
Reply-To: <tim.oregonpelagictours...>

Greetings, all! 
This post is about seeing great birds on the ocean off of Oregon.  If
not interested, please delete.
OREGON PELAGIC TOURS has another fun fall season lined up.  Late summer
and fall are the best times to see a wide variety of seabirds rarely (if
ever) seen from shore. Most trips will see 3-4 species of shearwaters,
1-2 species of albatross, up to 3 jaeger species, marine mammals, and
much more. 
All trips have spots open, except for the OBA Garibaldi pelagic
scheduled on September 29.  Due to that trip's popularity, we are
offering a second trip on Sunday, September 30. 
We have trips from 8-12 hours in length, and the usual 5 hour trip out
of Charleston, offered as part of the Shorebird Festival. 
Trip dates are 8/12, 8/25, 9/15, 9/23, 9/29, 9/30, 10/7, 10/27, and
12/8. 
Please go to the OREGON PELAGIC TOURS website at
www.oregonpelagictours.com [1] for more information and to sign up. 

Tim--

Tim Shelmerdine
Oregon Pelagic Tours


Links:
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Date: 7/12/18 7:41 pm
From: <duckjockey...>
Subject: [COBOL] Cliff swallows
This evening we saw cliff swallows (which nest on the cliffs below our deck) engaging in behavior we have not seen before. There were far more of them than we have seen in past years, maybe 60-70, and they were all flocked together in the top of a juniper below our deck. Most were juveniles, and whenever they were in the tree all were constantly preening or pecking at the foliage. One even tried to eat a juniper berry. The juveniles were also begging and trying to land on the adults, occasionally managing to grab hold of an adults wing and pull it down, hanging there. On some unknown cue they would frequently fly off, chittering excitedly, and whirl around a few times before returning to the same tree.

It will be interesting to see if they stay here much longer or disappear quickly. Our hummingbirds, which also like to perch in that same tree, didn’t seem to enjoy them as much as we did.

Michael
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Date: 7/11/18 6:30 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wednesday birding around Sunriver - no rares
Sunriver proper including Lake Penhollow, the marsh west of the nature
center, marina area and to the end past the airport, finishing at Harper
bridge and off Lunar Drive. Several common birds were not found, i.e not
even a GB Heron or Harrier. Curiously, no Red-shouldered Hawk. Seems
like no reports this year around Cent Or? We went off into willows in a
few places hoping for the pipe dream Northern Waterthrush which did not
materialize of course. Quite a few species of birds were in small groups
with begging fledglings following adults. Thanks to Evan for ebirding.

Report mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle - nest at Harper fledged, young bird loud and all were active
Unidentified Accipiter
Red-tailed Hawk
Sora - called unsolicited from the marsh from Harper bridge
Killdeer - Lake Penhollow
Spotted Sandpiper - Lake Penhollow
Least Sandpiper - about 20 - Lake Penhollow
Mourning Dove
Williamson's Sapsucker - adult male + 2 young birds
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee - family group
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire - recent fledglings w adults around
American Robin
American Pipit
Nashville Warbler - Willows at Harper Bridge
Yellow Warbler - Willows at Harper Bridge
Common Yellowthroat - several locations
Chipping Sparrow - small fam groups
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak - willows at Harper bridge
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Total number of species seen: 45
Birders today, Karen Clarke, Jean Tuomi, David Soward-Emmerd, Evan
Thomas, Mark Neudorfer, Michael Thomas, Peter Perry and Toni Morozumi,
Judy Meredith. Next week Whiskey Springs etc. Good birding, Judy,
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Date: 7/11/18 2:28 pm
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fledgling
We have just started getting Scrub-Jay fledglings on our deck.  Funny
little critters. Do all the things that fledglings do. Beg for food,
flutter their wings, fly, well NOT very well.  This little one climbed
to the top of our world and took off--- like rock! Wings just haven't
got feathers long enough to lift off.  Down it went at least to a soft
landing  Grow a bit, then come back for our peanuts.

Kevin Smith

Here is my link to this young one.
https://www.kevinsmithnaturephotos.com/Quick-Shots/i-tbZjNjX/A


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Date: 7/11/18 1:01 pm
From: Black-Tanski <blacktanski...>
Subject: [COBOL] Bird word game
So Deb and I kayaked a high lake today, where we saw lots of juvenile bird
activity, including mallard, bufflehead and ring-necked duck broods at
various stages of development. As we paddled, we found ourselves applying
one word descriptions to several, but not all, of the bird species
encountered. These included:

Canada goose 5 "relaxed"
Mallard 12
Ring-necked duck 24
Bufflehead 20 "precocious" (fluffy babies were diving like the pros!)
Pied billed grebe 4 "primitive"
Tree swallow 20 "graceful"
Yellow-headed blackbird 15 "regal"
Red-winged blackbird 6 "iconic"
Common yellowthroat 1 (heard)
Marsh wren 3
American robin 2


Kevin 3

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Date: 7/11/18 10:09 am
From: Mike <gardenbug99...>
Subject: [COBOL] Redmond Ponds
Visited Redmond Ponds this morning about 7:00am. Pond filling fast. Notable shore birds were one Greater Yellowlegs five Least Sandpipers, one Spottie and about 25 Killdeer. Five Bald Eagles either perched or aloft, two adults and three juveniles. One Swainsons Hawk. Only ducks were several mallard grown broods and a pair of L. Scaup.

Canada Goose 7
Mallard 40+/-
L. Scaup 2
Pied-bill Grebe 2
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 5, 2adult, 2 juv
Swainsons Hawk 1
Redtail Hawk 2
Kestral 1
California Quail 17, two broods
Killdeer 22
Greater Yellow-legs 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 5
E.C. Dove 3
M. Dove 2
Says Phoebe 1
BB Magpie 4
Raven 6
NRW Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 7
Mt. Bluebird 6, a family group
Starling 75+/-
A. Robin 4
Brewers Blackbird 25

Also of note this morning, had the first large group of Pinon Jays that we have seen in our yard at Eagle Crest for at least a year. Estimate 70. I hear them on Cline Butte most mornings on my dog walk, but only one or two.

Mike Golden
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Date: 7/10/18 6:35 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Shorebirds Redmond ponds
First, I missed a good look at a flying shorebird about the same size as
Brewer's Blackbird. If I had to give a name, I would say Solitary
Sandpiper based on the size and the rump and tail pattern in flight. It
flew off from near where some Leasts were around the puddles at the SW
corner of the 4th diked pond. It flew over toward the main pond but even
though I did a 2nd loop around that, no sign of the bird. The only water
or wet ground in the diked ponds is at that 4th one.

Main pond
6 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Long-billed Dowitchers
18 Leasts
Spotties and Killdeer, no other species of shorebird seen there this
a.m.

Kestrels must have fledged around there as I saw at least 10 individuals
today around the main pond and fields to the east. Western Kingbird was
feeding a beaten dragonfly to a young kingbird. Nothing new. We are soon
going to run out of shorebird habitat at the main pond, based on how
much water is rushing into it now.

Good birding, Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>


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Date: 7/10/18 9:36 am
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] mountain bluebird flocks?
I have looked at ebird and see only paired mountain bluebirds. If anyone
sees larger flocks of mountains, please let me know.

Thanks!

Elise Wolf
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Sisters, OR
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Date: 7/9/18 2:38 pm
From: jake schas <yellowlegs...>
Subject: [COBOL] more condor info...
Greetings, Here is more info on the condor in Wyoming, from a facebook post.
jake


Posts
<https://www.facebook.com/CondorCliffs/?ref=nf&hc_ref=ARRK0scff_5FuxeeOOhC3HRdbp_5CJBW7iVFj2xzrX60_7RaM5_EVosQ-c_tvFVigqo>
[https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-1/c62.17.217.217/s50x50/228425_194536327258216_7885683_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=1904e062a72ba37718fb5e44eaa5f963&oe=5BE0E554]

Greetings! We have been receiving some exciting reports and photos of a condor on the move. With a wingspan of 9.5 feet, it is no surprise that condors can cover great distances and condor T2, know to us biologists as 832, made it all the way to the Snowy Mountains outside of Laramie, Wyoming! That's approximately 440 miles to the northeast (as the condor flies) from the Vermilion Cliffs release site. This youngster is on the move! Condor 832 was hatched and reared in 2016 at the Portland Zoo, and in March of 2018 she took her first flight into the wilds of the Vermilion Cliffs.

She is not the first condor to wander into Wyoming. In the early days of the program a condor made it all the way to Flaming Gorge, Wyoming before heading back to the release site in northern Arizona.

By all accounts 832 appears to be healthy and alert. We are currently monitoring her whereabouts and will keep you all posted on the details of her trip as they unfold. In the meantime, if you should encounter her or any other condor in the wild, please enjoy by keeping a safe distance between yourself and the bird. Please respect wildlife and keep them wild by never approaching or feeding wild animals.


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Date: 7/8/18 9:13 pm
From: <duckjockey...>
Subject: [COBOL] Clockwork
I’m amazed at how punctual some birds can be. Every evening I sit in the hot tub, with a hummer feeder nearby, watching as 12-14 birds vie for a spot. I have four feeders, and I estimate the total number of hummers to be 20 or more, mostly rufous and Anna’s. And then at 9:05, the tree and cliff swallows call it a day, and almost immediately a nighthawk appears and the hummers vanish. Five minutes later a couple of bats appear. I’m wondering if their schedule (while they’re here) will follow the shortening days.

It’s fun while it lasts!

Michael
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Date: 7/8/18 7:03 pm
From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fwd: California Condor - Medicine Bow Peak, Albany Co
Jake Schas sent this to me and asked if this is an appropriate post. It is way out of COBOL territory but really interesting. Jake is correct that maybe a few dedicated CO birders might make the trek to WY to see a Condor. Very interesting none the less. I’ve decided to pass it on.

Tom

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble - Roger Tory Peterson

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>
>
> From: Wyoming's Birder List <WYOBIRDS...> on behalf of Donald Jones <dwilbertjones...>
> Sent: Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:28 PM
> To: <WYOBIRDS...>
> Subject: California Condor - Medicine Bow Peak, Albany Co
>
> Hi all,
>
> I haven't seen word of this astonishing find on Wyobirds yet, so I thought
> I would share for anyone interested. Late yesterday afternoon, a visiting
> birder photographed and reported to eBird an immature CALIFORNIA CONDOR
> perched just below Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Range. This morning,
> Libby Megna and Paul Dougherty re-found the bird and showed it to me as I
> raced up the trail around 1:30 in the afternoon. It was quite tame,
> seemingly unconcerned by the dozen plus hikers summiting the peak only 40
> or 50 feet away. In the time I watched, it appeared healthy, preening,
> walking around, and stretching its wings from time to time. It has an
> identification tag on each wing (number T2) and the wire from a GPS
> transmitter was visible as well. I plan to do some searching online and see
> if I can find any information on this bird's past, and if I do I'll share
> that here.
>
> For anyone considering a possible chase, I would caution that it is roughly
> a 3mi hike with more than 2000' of elevation gain on a very rocky and, in
> places, snowy trail to reach the top of Medicine Bow. The road in to Lewis
> Lake and Sugarloaf isn't open yet, but you can park at the highway and walk
> 1mi along the road to the trailhead. It didn't appear that this bird had
> moved much since yesterday, but for its own sake I hope that it isn't there
> for too much longer. Fingers crossed that it's just digesting a big meal
> and will happily take to the skies again soon!
>
> I took several photos of the condor, which can be seen on my eBird
> checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47076167.
>
> Don Jones
> Laramie, WY

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Date: 7/8/18 3:17 pm
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] Mountain or Western Blues?
Could I bother you all to ID some more birds? I have a crew of bluebirds,
not sure if Western or Mountain, the juvee pics on BNA seemed to look
really similar. Picture on my facebook page - Native Bird Care of Sisters,
fb.

Also, can I release 2 American Goldfinch with a crew of Siskins and
Lesser's? (Yep, I am a super worry wart for my babies. Work so hard to get
them this healthy and ready, release is so darn stressful.)

Thanks.
Elise Wolf
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Date: 7/8/18 8:50 am
From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
Subject: [COBOL] Off Topic - Help with ECAS Conservation Project
I need some volunteers to help with Lakeview BLM project. I volunteered us
(ECAS) to go out and survey all the guzzlers (manmade watering) in the
Lakeview BLM district. They do not have the manpower or time to do this.
These wildlife guzzlers are used by both birds and mammals. Some are set up
specifically for birds. I go out and inspect the guzzler to see if it is in
good working order and clean it too.



On Tuesday I want to go out to the Ft. Rock area and take care of 8
guzzlers. There will be many opportunities to help with this project besides
this outing. There are about 100 guzzlers to inspect. Many are in the far
reaches of this BLM district. If you are interested in helping with this
project please contact me OFF LIST. It is beautiful country out there and
you will get to places where very few people venture.



Regards,



Tom


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Date: 7/8/18 8:49 am
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] Shevlin Park Tree Swallows?
Hi All,

Would the tree swallows that nest up at COCC (of which I have a juvee) move
toward Shevlin Park? Has anyone birded Shevlin lately, seen them?

I would like to get this one back to its natal flock.

Thanks.

Elise Wolf
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Date: 7/7/18 10:31 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding on July 11
Birding the south part of Deschutes county, starting around Sunriver.
While birding usual spots around Sunriver, Three Rivers, Huntington Rd,
Rosland etc we will also explore for access points to hope/try for
Northern Waterthrush, a pipe dream in Deschutes county, but a worthy
cause and fun to think about. We won't make it to high lakes area this
trip. Should be back to Bend by 1 pm. Since we may wander around wet
willows, footgear for that and maybe mosquito repellent will be
helpful.

Carpooling
Bend, 7 a.m. Nancy P.s Bakery at 1054 NW Milwaukee and go to River Woods
Store, off Baker exit S. Hwy 97.
South Bend, 7:20 a.m. River Woods Store, back area of the parking lot
Redmond, 6:30 at Starbuck, Nolan Center, and go to River Woods Store.
Sisters, 6:30 at Village Greens and go to River Woods Store.
Sunriver, 7:40 Lake Penhollow which will be our first stop for birds.

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>


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Date: 7/7/18 8:00 pm
From: <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Prineville Wetlands Today
The American Golden Plover was a no show, walked to the last pool. Shorebird numbers very low.

Greater Yellowlegs 7
Western Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 22
Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer

Also saw:

Say's Phoebe 1
Western kingbird 1
Bullock's Oriole 1

Peter Low.
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 7/7/18 7:52 pm
From: <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Shorebirds
Hi, checked out Hatfield 1st Pond yesterday Friday 7/6/18 some birds still present from Wednesday but peep numbers certainly higher.

Short-billed Dowitcher. 1
Long-billed Dowitcher4
Lesser Yellowlegs. 1
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper. 2
Western and Least Sandpiper 306+ counted, probably more in vegetation.
Wilson's Phalarope 2
Spotted Sandpiper
Killdeer

Saturday 7/7/18

Short-billed Dowitcher. 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 6
Greater Yellowlegs 9
Peeps, appeared to be less birds today, may be 200? and mostly Least Sandpipers.
Wilson's Phalarope 2

Could not locate Semipalmated Sandpipers seen yesterday.

Peter Low.
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 7/7/18 12:09 pm
From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hosmer Lake Birding by Kayak Field Trip
There is one spot left on the July 12 Hosmer Lake Birding by Kayak field
trip lead by Diane Burgess.



If you are interested check it out at the link below



https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=43403923303



Regards,



Tom


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Date: 7/6/18 11:22 pm
From: Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7...>
Subject: [COBOL] Your handling of the Courtney Kelly Jett posting
Hi Tom,

I don't think I've ever personally met you before (or for that matter,
Courtney Kelly Jett), even though I've spent a fair amount of time birding
in Central Oregon over the past 5+ years. I'm 81 years young and started
birding in Oregon in 1961 when I made my first trip to Malheur NWR with my
college Ornithology class in late May of 1961.

I may not have all the facts, but on the surface, it seems to me your
response to Ms. Jett was quite harsh. I was not in the least offended by
her post. In fact, I appreciated the sense of humor she injected into her
post, along with the list of birds they saw.

I realize COBOL has rules and guidelines, but for goodness sake, this is a
*HOBBY*, not some protocol like that which must be rigidly followed to the
letter to avoid the melt down of a nuclear reactor. It seems to me if
a bit more flexibility and compassion were applied to the rules, this
entire incident with Ms. Jett could have been avoided.

I've seen postings on COBOL from other birders in the Bend area that by
your rules might be considered more off-base than hers (e.g. a recent post
about plugging or screening vent pipes on toilets to keep ducks and other
birds from getting trapped or dying in the toilet) that never drew any
response. BTW, the post about saving birds from getting stuck in a toilet
did not offend me. In fact, I appreciated it.

It seems to me we ought to be more encouraging to younger birders
(especially gals) rather than putting them down and taking the joy of
birding away from them, just for the sake of 'the rules'.

I encourage you to re-consider your decision and try and find some middle
ground to heal hurt feelings and avoid similar misunderstandings in
the future.

Sincerely,

Nels Nelson
Hillsboro, OR
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Date: 7/6/18 5:32 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Crook American? Golden Plover
Today, I got two reports of a golden plover at the Crooked River
Wetlands <https://www.cityofprineville.com/wetlands> in Prineville
(Crook County).  Ron Halvorson and Cash Lowe independently came across
this bird while walking the wetlands this morning.  I'm not sure who got
there first and they will probably be happy to share the honors.  I
arrived close to noon and took some photos.  I also spent some time
looking at this bird through my scope.  The primaries seem to extend
well past the tail and show extensively past the secondaries.  There is
some golden flecking but not as much as I think would be present in
Pacific GP, especially in the head.  American is expected more often
inland.  For these reasons, I think this bird is an American
Golden-plover.  You can see my photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHskE5ZQjq
and let me know if I'm wrong.  I've seen very few golden plovers in my
day so I'm ready to be corrected.  A couple of heavy weight Oregon
birders have agreed that this is American but the ID is not easy.

Here's a teaser photo

asdfasd

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Date: 7/6/18 3:05 pm
From: C Lowe <cashwlowe...>
Subject: [COBOL] American Golden-Plover at CRWC
Just returned from a morning at Crooked River Wetlands Complex and found a American Golden-Plover.
Cash Lowe

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Date: 7/6/18 9:02 am
From: sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...>
Subject: [COBOL] Annual Picnic
This month there will be no Birders' Night. Instead we are having our
Annual Picnic.
No Birders's night in July. Instead on July 19 the Annual ECAS Potluck
Picnic will be held. Join ECAS members at Shevlin Park, Aspen picnic
shelter, for a fun get-together starting at 5 pm and lasting until dusk.
Bring a dish to share, your own plate and utensils and beverage. Beer and
wine is acceptable in the park for this event. Birding may take place!

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Date: 7/5/18 4:13 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] CR Wetlands Marbled Godwit
Had a Marbled Godwit today at the Crooked River Wetlands.

Other highlights included about a dozen Tricolored Blackbirds, a Greater
Yellowlegs, coot babies and a million YH Blackbird babies.

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Date: 7/5/18 12:57 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Summit Prairie BBS
I ran the Summit Prairie Breeding Bird Survey on Friday with my son, Nate.
The weather was cooperative (sunny & mild) but species numbers were down.
This was the 33rd time I have run this route, and there have been a lot of
changes over the years. Although in the early 80s I often ran this route in
early July, now with the climate situation, the last week of June is even
too late. I missed Black-headed Grosbeak for only the 2nd time since 1988.
Other big misses were Killdeer (1st time), Belted Kingfisher, Williamson's &
Red-naped Sapsuckers, Barn Swallow, Western Bluebird, Townsend's Warbler and
Pine Siskin. Best finds were Black-backed Woodpeckers (3rd record),
Ash-throated Flycatcher (3rd record), Common Yellowthroat (9th) and American
Goldfinch (8th). The species total of 61 was the lowest ever for the route,
but the number of individuals, 647, was the most since 2004.



The prairie was dry so we only found 2 Sandhill Cranes (compared to 20 last
year) and no Long-billed Curlews or Wilson's Phalaropes. After having Veery
on the route for 17 of the first 19 years, for the 14th year in a row they
have been absent. Hearing them sing was always something I looked forward
to on the route.



Here's a complete list of what we recorded:




California Quail

2


Red-tailed Hawk

3


American Kestrel

6


Sandhill Crane

2


Spotted Sandpiper

1


Wilson's Snipe

25


Mourning Dove

8


Common Nighthawk

4


Calliope Hummingbird

1


Rufous Hummingbird

1


Downy Woodpecker

1


Hairy Woodpecker

3


White-headed Woodpecker

4


Black-backed Woodpecker

3


Northern Flicker

9


Western Wood Pewee

38


Willow Flycatcher

2


Hammond's Flycatcher

3


Dusky Flycatcher

3


Ash-throated Flycatcher

1


Western Kingbird

2


Cassin's Vireo

1


Warbling Vireo

11


Steller's Jay

11


Clark's Nutcracker

2


Black-billed Magpie

25


Common Raven

9


Horned Lark

2


Tree Swallow

4


Violet-green Swallow

1


Cliff Swallow

63


Mountain Chickadee

14


Red-breasted Nuthatch

18


White-breasted Nuthatch

1


Pygmy Nuthatch

7


House Wren

10


Mountain Bluebird

3


Hermit Thrush

10


American Robin

38


European Starling

15


MacGillivray's Warbler

12


Common Yellowthroat

1


Yellow Warbler

11


Yellow-rumped Warbler

5


Green-tailed Towhee

1


Chipping Sparrow

21


Brewer's Sparrow

1


Vesper Sparrow

6


Savannah Sparrow

1


Song Sparrow

18


Lincoln's Sparrow

2


Dark-eyed Junco

10


Western Tanager

38


Lazuli Bunting

6


Red-winged Blackbird

50


Western Meadowlark

7


Brewer's Blackbird

39


Brown-headed Cowbird

3


Cassin's Finch

13


Red Crossbill

31


American Goldfinch

4



TOTAL SPECIES

61



TOTAL INDIVIDUALS

647




Tom Crabtree, Bend






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Date: 7/5/18 12:46 pm
From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
Regarding capping toilets. If folks have been keeping up with various ECAS projects, capping toilets is one of them. We do use the Teton Raptor Center caps. We (me and a few other people) have capped about 80 toilets in the Central Oregon region in the past few years. I am about to order another 25 caps. We work with Deschutes National Forest to get their toilets capped and also other local entities. I am attempting to get Oregon State Parks and Oregon Dept of Transportation in on this too.

So, if you want to help, donate to ECAS. We do the hard work. Not as hard as getting a bird out of a pit toilet but we still got to put our noses up to those vent pipes.

And lastly just to mention birds. This is a good project to help keep birds and other wildlife safe. I know owls go down these pipes but this is the first I have heard of a Wood Duck.

Tom

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble - Roger Tory Peterson

> On Jul 5, 2018, at 9:16 AM, Nicole Weprin <nweprin...> wrote:
>
> It's actually pretty common. The Teton Raptor Center does some good work to both educate folks about the problem and provide ways to mitigate it with their PooPoo Project!
>
> http://tetonraptorcenter.org/our-work/poo-poo-project/
>
>> On Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 09:40 Elise W <ewolf97...> wrote:
>> Not sure if this is ok for posting.
>>
>> We just rescued a wood duck out of the pit toilet at the Jack Lake trail head. It clearly had come down the vent pipe.
>>
>> How common is it for ducks or other birds to do down the vent pipes of outhouse toilets?
>>
>> Very sad. She did not survive.
>>
>> Elise Wolf
>> Native Bird Care
>> Sisters, OR
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Date: 7/5/18 12:25 pm
From: Don Sutherland <buffbellie...>
Subject: [COBOL] Magical morning at Whisky Springs - I can top Tom's Bear
Back in town, decided to head up to Whisky Springs early this AM based on
recent reports. Arrived about 7:30 and after about 90 minutes of enjoying
the usual suspects, (nothing new to report) I stood up to stretch. As I
stood looking at the spring I saw movement across the upper pool and looked
up to see a magnificent Mountain Lion staring around the big tree. He was
behind the branches so my camera would not focus, dang it. I moved two
steps to the left for a better view and he took another step around, looked
at me for about another ten seconds and then disappeared up the hill.
Just magical. My first cougar sighting.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47008842

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Date: 7/5/18 10:15 am
From: Mary Webster <webster_mary...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
Thank you for posting this. I had no idea this was a problem. I submitted a donation to help out.

Mary Webster

From: Nicole Weprin
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:16 AM
To: Elise W
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Subject: Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet

It's actually pretty common. The Teton Raptor Center does some good work to both educate folks about the problem and provide ways to mitigate it with their PooPoo Project!

http://tetonraptorcenter.org/our-work/poo-poo-project/

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 09:40 Elise W <ewolf97...> wrote:
Not sure if this is ok for posting.

We just rescued a wood duck out of the pit toilet at the Jack Lake trail head. It clearly had come down the vent pipe.

How common is it for ducks or other birds to do down the vent pipes of outhouse toilets?

Very sad. She did not survive.

Elise Wolf
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Date: 7/5/18 9:16 am
From: Nicole Weprin <nweprin...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
It's actually pretty common. The Teton Raptor Center does some good work to
both educate folks about the problem and provide ways to mitigate it with
their PooPoo Project!

http://tetonraptorcenter.org/our-work/poo-poo-project/

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 09:40 Elise W <ewolf97...> wrote:

> Not sure if this is ok for posting.
>
> We just rescued a wood duck out of the pit toilet at the Jack Lake trail
> head. It clearly had come down the vent pipe.
>
> How common is it for ducks or other birds to do down the vent pipes of
> outhouse toilets?
>
> Very sad. She did not survive.
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> Elise Wolf
> Native Bird Care
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Date: 7/5/18 8:40 am
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] wood duck in toilet
Not sure if this is ok for posting.

We just rescued a wood duck out of the pit toilet at the Jack Lake trail
head. It clearly had come down the vent pipe.

How common is it for ducks or other birds to do down the vent pipes of
outhouse toilets?

Very sad. She did not survive.

Elise Wolf
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Date: 7/4/18 10:05 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Shorebirds
Hi all, had a fun time this morning with a good showing of Shorebirds at the first Pond. Peeps numbered about 100+ birds first thing but flock broke up shortly after. A Short-billed Dowitcher hung out near the inlet, showed very well, and did a few circuits in flight calling frequently. A Long-billed Dowitcher was present along the Dam, the Two never associated. Single Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs remained well hidden in vegetation also at the Dam. Two Semipalmated Sandpipers seen together in the peep flock. Four Wilson's Phalarope departed early.

Shorebirds and a few other highlights below:

Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Western Sandpiper c85
Least Sandpiper c35
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Phalarope 4
Ring-billed Gull 1
Blue-winged Teal 3 males
Redhead 1 female 2 males
Hooded Merganser 1+
Western Kingbird 1
Pinyon Jay's heard
Savannah Sparrow 1

I visited Tumalo Reservoir mid day, but not nearly as productive, with 7 Western Sandpiper and 21 Least Sandpiper. Some other highlights noted below:

Judy and the wednesday gang
Yellow Warbler 1 still singing
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Red Crossbill
Ring-billed Gull 1

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Date: 7/4/18 5:36 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, Tumalo Res, and Hatfield, ECAS Wednesday
We did some on foot birding today. First trip for Wednesdays to Riley
Ranch. Half of us went on to Tumalo Reservoir where we finished with
seeing Peter Low and hearing about 10 species of shorebirds at Hatfield
so 3 of us went there next. List below will note location for a "good"
bird if it was only seen in one site. PS, for the list from last week,
we will remove Vesper Sparrow but add Wilson's Warbler.

This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan - cont 3 at Hatfield
Gadwall -
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser - Tum Res
Ruddy Duck
Eared Grebe - 10, Hatfield
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs - 2 at Hatfield, poss also 1 Tum Res
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 at Hatfield
Solitary Sandpiper - 1 at Hatfield
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2 at Hatfield
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1 at Hatfield, took long time to get good views
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird - good view Tum Res
Downy Woodpecker - Tum Res
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Riley Ranch
Western Wood-Pewee - Riley Ranch
Unidentified Empidonax - very possible Willow, Tum Res
Ash-throated Flycatcher - Tum Res
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - river Riley Ranch
Bank Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Pygmy Nuthatch
American Dipper - river Riley Ranch
Townsend's Solitaire - pines along river Riley Ranch
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee - adult and a young at Tum Res
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak - lots along
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 1 adult male, Hatfield
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Red Crossbill - Tum Res, using the big cottonwood!
House Sparrow

Total number of species seen: 53
Birders today, new to Bend, Jim Burrows and Susan Chavez, and Joe Leeak.
Rest of us, Kelly Hazen, Marion Davidson, Toni and Peter Morozumi, Mark
Neudorfer, Mike Golden, Sue Bertsch, Howard Horvath, David
Sowards-Emmerd, and Judy Meredith. Next week, the Sunriver area, a
longer day probable. Cheers, Judy, <jmeredit...>

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Date: 7/4/18 4:22 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook),
Hi Chuck, Judy, & All,

Yes, I was referring to the way that the nesting range for Buffleheads
was described in the species account by Rachel White Scheuering in
"Birds of Oregon: A General Reference" (Marshall, Hunter, and Contreras,
OSU Press, 2003), or "BOGR" for short.

That species account mentions nesting sites in various lakes on the east
slope of the Cascades, and along the Little Deschutes River, then
states, "Perhaps the easternmost confirmed breeders were several broods
4 Jul 2001 on Hatfield L. east of Bend (J. Meredith, p.c.)." Then it
goes on to say, "Rare in summer away from breeding locations in the
Cascades."

To avoid confusion, perhaps I should have said, "away from the Cascades
or the east slope of the Cascades," rather than "outside of the
Cascades."

The location in the Ochocos that I mentioned, along with Delintment Lake
in NW Harney County where Nancy Stotz saw a brood this June (I'm not
sure if that report on OBOL made it to COBOL), both belong to the Blue
Mountains ecoregion according to the classification used by BOGR.

Redmond is pretty close to where the BOGR editors drew the boundary
between the Blue Mountains and the "East Cascades Slopes and Foothills"
ecoregions.I guess where you draw that line might be a bit arbitrary.

Happy birding,
Joel

On 07-01-2018, Judy Meredith wrote:

And there are small Bufflehead chicks on the first pond at Hatfield.
Anyone seen them at the back area also? But Joel may call this "the
cascades". I recall having breeding Buffleheads at Hatfield in past
years. Used to be easier to check the back pond when we had driving
access and limited birding time. Anyway, nesting, with chicks to prove
it at both Redmond pond and Hatfield Lake. All the broods seem to be 7
chicks with an adult female, no sign of adult males. Judy,
<jmeredit...>


On 07-01-2018, Charles Gates wrote:
> There are at least two broods of Bufflehead chicks present now on the
> Redmond Sewer Ponds.
>
>
>> At Peterson Creek Reservoir on the NE edge of Big Summit Prairie,
>> Martha
>> spotted two ducks which turned out to be female (or immature?)
>> BUFFLEHEADS. This was interesting because in May of 2001 I watched
the
>> female of a pair fly into a cavity in an old dead snag at this same
>> spot. At the time, this was one of the strongest indications of
>> Buffleheads nesting in Oregon, outside of the Cascades. That snag is
>> no
>> longer standing but perhaps Buffleheads are still using this site.
--
Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Date: 7/4/18 10:09 am
From: Jim Moodie <jmoodie...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] [obol] Re: Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.), thanks to Jake Schas
​As the former moderator of COBOL I'll point out:


a) if you have an issue with the moderator discuss it with her/him directly instead of posting to the entire listserve

b) remember that the moderator is a volunteer position; this person is not elected, paid or otherwise compensated; I, for one, appreciate that Tom stepped forward to replace me or COBOL would have gone extinct. Tom was the only person to step up.

c) COBOL was formed because the email lists to contact birders about rare/interesting bird sightings became unwieldy; the purpose of COBOL has remained the same.

d) there ARE other avenues for musing about topics that don't pertain to COBOL.


Cheers and Happy Independence Day!

Jim


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From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> on behalf of Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 7:51
To: Tom Lawler; <cobol...>; <obol...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.), thanks to Jake Schas

& Tom Lawler, Listserve Moderator,
I wish I could stop receiving these emails from you !!

My post was a list of birds we saw, 2 days ago!

How can you tell me it is inappropriate for the birding listserve and has nothing to do with birds and doesn’t mention birds?!!!

I posted our bird list and thanked Jake for helping me.

I did nothing inappropriate.

If the rest of our birding community doesn’t want me to post anymore onto listserves, I am open to accepting a group consensus.

Otherwise, I don’t understand how you can be our listserve Moderator and send me emails like this —
& every time I post !

Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits

On Jul 4, 2018, at 7:40 AM, Tom Lawler <tjlawler...><mailto:<tjlawler...>> wrote:

Courtney,

I wish I could stop these emails to you about inappropriate posts to COBOL. Your post has nothing to do with recent bird sightings. In fact it does not specifically mention any bird. It gushes over Jake Schas, talks about mice, and mentions another survey you are doing. Please review the COBOL list guidelines (that follow) and attempt to tailor your posts to those guidelines.



Central Oregon Birders Online is a site to report interesting birds that you are observing in the Central Oregon region (typically Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, but surrounding counties are welcome as well). Resident Central Oregon birders are also welcome to post their interesting birding adventures in other Oregon Counties when it relates to a sponsored event. This could be a Birding Blitz, raptor survey, ECAS trip and so on. To see other regional Oregon listserves visit: http://www.orbirds.org/obolguidelines.html

What should be posted on COBOL? Your bird related recent observations of common, uncommon or rare birds in the area. Other subscribers want to know what is being seen in the area; no bird species is too common. Useful tips on identification of bird species is also OK. Please sign your name to your posting so we know who you are. Your email address might give no indication to your real name!

If you have photographs or recordings to share, please post a link to those files on another website rather than post directly to COBOL. Messages have a size limit and some subscribers are on slow connections. Large posts with photos slow down their receiving COBOL messages (and will also get you a warning from the moderator).

Bird viewing related field trips and meetings are also OK to post to COBOL, but please AVOID commercial-based promotions. If you want to post something about a commercial-based event please ask the moderator if it is appropriate It is appropriate to post information about the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival and other birding festivals taking place in the state of Oregon, capture/release of injured birds and so on.

COBOL is for listing bird sightings, not a soapbox to voice your views on cats, conservation, global climate change, religion, politics, political situations and militia takeovers. There are much better sites online for those topics.

Regards,

Tom

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On Jul 3, 2018, at 10:29 PM, Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...><mailto:<ckjannabirds...>> wrote:

Monday, July 2, 2018,
successfully completed the Elk Lake Breeding Bird Survey
— with Jake Schas as assistant — Jake driving route and filling out all paperwork for me, and made oatmeal cookies with fruit bits, yay! thanks!

Thanks so much Jake, for volunteering to help me out to run this route, I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have done it without you.

Hope the “silly mouse” didn’t drive you nuts !!
Mouse squeaking, all our BBS, commenting upon our good working together, (silent only, if I held it by its tail), ate through Jake’s cookie bag!

*

Looking forward to my final 2018 BBS commitment, Davis Lake BBS, at end of week with Tim Shelmerdine, will be our first time meeting, thank you for helping me! (Also thank you to Evan, who also offered :-) )

May we all continue to enjoy birds this summer,
and good birding companionship,
Courtney Jett, Bend


******************************
eBird Checklist Summary for: Jul 2, 2018
Elk Lake BBS route—stops 1-50 (Rd 470, Cascade Lakes Hwy, Rd 40) [with 2010 modifications, stops 1-5]
— route completed in 5 hr 24 min., beginning 4:54am.
(We didn’t do a scouting trip. Some confusion start of route because spots 1-5 were rerouted in 2010.)
“0” mostly sunny clear sky, 47-67-degrees F, with winds 1-3.
Last 15 stops sometimes hearing more winds than birds.
Only a few mosquitos. No snow.

The Elk Lake BBS route tours from north shore of Elk Lake, south to Crane Prairie Reservoir along Cascade Lakes Highway, then east towards Sunriver,
in Deschutes Co.

Number of Species: 47

1 Sooty Grouse --
2 Pied-billed Grebe --
2 Great Blue Heron --
3 Turkey Vulture --
1 Bald Eagle --
1 Spotted Sandpiper --
2 Common Nighthawk --
1 hummingbird sp. --
3 sapsucker sp. --
14 Hairy Woodpecker --
1 Black-backed Woodpecker --
16 Northern Flicker --
20 Olive-sided Flycatcher --
26 Western Wood-Pewee --
2 Willow Flycatcher --
1 Hammond's Flycatcher --
4 Dusky Flycatcher --
2 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher --
4 Empidonax sp. --
1 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) --
4 Gray Jay --
8 Steller's Jay --
2 Clark's Nutcracker --
16 Common Raven --
13 Tree Swallow --
126 Mountain Chickadee -- fledglings heard
62 Red-breasted Nuthatch --
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Interior West) --
2 Pygmy Nuthatch --
5 Brown Creeper --
11 Golden-crowned Kinglet --
6 Mountain Bluebird --
1 Townsend's Solitaire --
44 Hermit Thrush --
25 American Robin --
1 Varied Thrush --
2 Common Yellowthroat --
161 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- all seen, Audubon’s
1 Black-throated Gray/Townsend's Warbler -- prob BTGW song?
1 Townsend's/Hermit Warbler --
25 Chipping Sparrow --
85 Dark-eyed Junco --
3 Green-tailed Towhee --
10 sparrow sp. -- mostly “chuncos”
27 Western Tanager --
1 Red-winged Blackbird --
1 Brown-headed Cowbird --
13 Brewer's Blackbird --
3 Evening Grosbeak --
3 Cassin's Finch --
1 Purple/Cassin's Finch --
5 Red Crossbill --
13 Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) --
15 Pine Siskin --
5 finch sp. -- mostly “caskins”
62 passerine sp. --

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
Note: these numbers are Courtney’s eBird reports tallied, and include some encounters between 3-min. counts;
these are NOT official BBS counts.

Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
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Date: 7/4/18 2:05 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Redmond pond birds
Only birded the main pond. Nicest birds were a few WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS
back and forth over the pond the whole 45 minutes that I was there.
Also, an adult male Northern Harrier came out of the junipers from the
south and flew over the pond. I don't recall seeing a Harrier there too
often. Also, single Buffleheads, females, flew out from the junipers to
the south and landed at the edge of the pond. I wonder if there are
still broods to come from some cavities in that area?

I did not see the Redhead tonight but most of the ducks had their heads
tucked.

Peeps, 6 Leasts, 9 Westerns and a lot of Killdeer and a few Spotties
were around the edges. No other notable birds. Judy,
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Date: 7/2/18 10:14 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fwd: [obol] Catbird at Smith Rock State Park
David Vick, did you retire too soon! Judy

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [obol] Catbird at Smith Rock State Park
Date: 07-02-2018 22:08
From: Linda Gilbert <oregonjunco...>
To: OBOL <obol...>
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I'm assuming that they are not regularly seen here but I haven't birded
the area. My friend Cynthia Stockwell spotted a catbird along the
Crooked River in shrubby habitat "right below Monkey Face" on June 27th.
She's quite familiar with them from upstate New York.
Linda Gilbert
Eugene
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Date: 7/2/18 7:45 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Tum Res, take 2
This evening,
More peeps, mostly Leasts, but I didn't walk out to scope them. Still 4
Western Sands. One Greater Yellowlegs was on the near north shoreline
this pm. Nothing else of note unless you want to practice swallow ID and
try to identify them by giss etc. There are 50 - 60 or more way out
there and 5 or 6 species.

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 7/2/18 6:04 pm
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs addendum
I'll add to Tom's addendum. I rode my bike up the 11 road on Saturday morning and the Tortoiseshells were EVERYWHERE! Some bounced off my bike helmet! I found it interesting to note when I read about them that they have a "taste for feces" because I saw them on what I was assuming was coyote poop at various points along my route.

Sue Tank

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> On Jul 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM, Tom Crabtree <tc...> wrote:
>
> I forgot to mention that towards the end of my stay yesterday at Whiskey Springs, a bunch of butterflies started showing up. First a few, then hundreds. Jim Anderson identified them as California Tortoiseshells (if it doesn’t have feathers, I don’t have a clue what it is). On my way down the hill the numbers kept increasing. By the time I reached the paved road they were so thick I had to slow to 25 miles an hour to avoid a butterfly massacre. There were tens of thousands of them over the next couple of miles. I have never seen a butterfly migration like this before. It was quite impressive!
>
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Date: 7/2/18 5:01 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs addendum
I forgot to mention that towards the end of my stay yesterday at Whiskey
Springs, a bunch of butterflies started showing up. First a few, then
hundreds. Jim Anderson identified them as California Tortoiseshells (if it
doesn't have feathers, I don't have a clue what it is). On my way down the
hill the numbers kept increasing. By the time I reached the paved road they
were so thick I had to slow to 25 miles an hour to avoid a butterfly
massacre. There were tens of thousands of them over the next couple of
miles. I have never seen a butterfly migration like this before. It was
quite impressive!



Tom Crabtree, Bend


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Date: 7/2/18 4:50 pm
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] Mystery bird in care
Hi All,

We have a mystery bird in care out here and would love to know what she is.
She is smaller than a fledgling robin, but looks very thrushee. Makes a
beautiful trill call. Found out on a logging road in the back woods of La
Pine.

See either my blog (nativebirdcare.org) or my facebook page for pics
(https://www.facebook.com/native.bird.care/?ref=bookmarks)


Not a Hermit from what I can tell (no white throat). Thanks for the help!

Elise Wolf
Native Bird Care
Sisters, OR
541-728-8208

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Date: 7/2/18 3:28 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Tumalo Reservoir
Made another visit to the res, prompted by my ground squirrel relocation
program. Number 11 has been moved. The new homes are either at Shevlin
Park or Tumalo Res.

20 Least Sandpipers seen
4 Western Sandpipers seen. Their bills looked so long and droopy that I
had to watch for a while to be sure they weren't early Dunlin.
No Yellowlegs. No Che-bek. No geese, gulls, raptors. One coyote.

Because one Golden-mantled GS and 2 Least Chipmunks are under my bird
feeder right now, I am guessing that another visit to Tumalo Res may
happen this evening.

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 7/2/18 11:01 am
From: George Wuerthner <gwuerthner...>
Subject: [COBOL] ravens and rosy finches capturing butterflies on glaciers
Yesterday I was up on Middle Sister's glaciers at around 9300 feet where I
saw ravens and a rosy finch hopping around capturing the orange
tortoiseshell butterflies that were resting on the snowfields or perhaps
too cold to fly. .

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Date: 7/2/18 7:57 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs
Wow! I would have loved to have seen that action. I want you to know Tom
that if I had stayed I would have definitely kept you between me and the
bear! Athena certainly earns her keep.

David

On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 7:10 PM Tom Crabtree <tc...> wrote:

> I birded Whiskey Springs this morning. David Vick had the 7-9 shift and I
> had the 9-11:30 shift. He can add what he saw. I know from his comments
> that there was definitely a turnover of birds. Things were very active
> till 9:30am, then they slowed a bit. Things went from "frenetic" to
> "active." Long about 11, things slowed. Bird activity was constant until
> then.
>
>
>
> The "highlight" depending on one's viewpoint was a large male Black Bear
> that came through at about 10:45. He was, I would guess, 300+ pounds and
> had brown fur. He came from the road and was crashing through the branches
> and went between the large firs and the Ponderosa Pine up towards the
> spring. He paused, wondering (I assume) whether it was safe to go to the
> spring. I made some noise and Athena barked 4 or 5 times and the bear
> continued up the slope. That definitely got the adrenaline pumping. He
> wasn't aggressive (typical of Black Bears) and seemed equally distressed by
> our appearance as we were of his. Just a cautionary note if you go up
> there, if you see one, talk loudly and let them know you are around.
>
>
>
> In non-mammalian news, here are the birds I saw:
>
>
>
> Rufous Hummingbird 3
>
> Calliope Hummingbird 2
>
> Williamson's Sapsucker 2
>
> Northern Flicker 1
>
> Dusky Flycatcher 1
>
> Cassin's Vireo 4
>
> Warbling Vireo 4
>
> Steller's Jay 12
>
> Common Raven 1
>
> Mountain Chickadee 15
>
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
>
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
>
> Hermit Thrush 5
>
> American Robin 7
>
> Nashville Warbler 1
>
> MacGillivray's Warbler 3
>
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 34
>
> Black-throated Gray Warbler 8
>
> Hermit Warbler 3
>
> Chipping Sparrow 9
>
> Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) 8
>
> Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 16
>
> Green-tailed Towhee 1
>
> Western Tanager 9
>
> Purple Finch 7
>
> Cassin's Finch 10
>
>
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46923145
>
>
>
> And in the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, "Let's Be careful
> out there."
>
>
>
> Tom Crabtree, Bend
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Date: 7/1/18 8:28 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook), Spotted Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler at Aspen Springs (Wheeler)
And there are small Bufflehead chicks on the first pond at Hatfield.
Anyone seen them at the back area also? But Joel may call this "the
cascades". I recall having breeding Buffleheads at Hatfield in past
years. Used to be easier to check the back pond when we had driving
access and limited birding time. Anyway, nesting, with chicks to prove
it at both Redmond pond and Hatfield Lake. All the broods seem to be 7
chicks with an adult female, no sign of adult males. Judy,
<jmeredit...>


On 07-01-2018 11:16, Charles Gates wrote:
> There are at least two broods of Bufflehead chicks present now on the
> Redmond Sewer Ponds.
>
>
>> At Peterson Creek Reservoir on the NE edge of Big Summit Prairie,
>> Martha
>> spotted two ducks which turned out to be female (or immature?)
>> BUFFLEHEADS. This was interesting because in May of 2001 I watched the
>> female of a pair fly into a cavity in an old dead snag at this same
>> spot. At the time, this was one of the strongest indications of
>> Buffleheads nesting in Oregon, outside of the Cascades. That snag is
>> no
>> longer standing but perhaps Buffleheads are still using this site.
>>
>>
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Joel
>>
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Date: 7/1/18 7:10 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Whiskey Springs
I birded Whiskey Springs this morning. David Vick had the 7-9 shift and I
had the 9-11:30 shift. He can add what he saw. I know from his comments
that there was definitely a turnover of birds. Things were very active till
9:30am, then they slowed a bit. Things went from "frenetic" to "active."
Long about 11, things slowed. Bird activity was constant until then.



The "highlight" depending on one's viewpoint was a large male Black Bear
that came through at about 10:45. He was, I would guess, 300+ pounds and
had brown fur. He came from the road and was crashing through the branches
and went between the large firs and the Ponderosa Pine up towards the
spring. He paused, wondering (I assume) whether it was safe to go to the
spring. I made some noise and Athena barked 4 or 5 times and the bear
continued up the slope. That definitely got the adrenaline pumping. He
wasn't aggressive (typical of Black Bears) and seemed equally distressed by
our appearance as we were of his. Just a cautionary note if you go up
there, if you see one, talk loudly and let them know you are around.



In non-mammalian news, here are the birds I saw:



Rufous Hummingbird 3

Calliope Hummingbird 2

Williamson's Sapsucker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Dusky Flycatcher 1

Cassin's Vireo 4

Warbling Vireo 4

Steller's Jay 12

Common Raven 1

Mountain Chickadee 15

Red-breasted Nuthatch 8

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Hermit Thrush 5

American Robin 7

Nashville Warbler 1

MacGillivray's Warbler 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 34

Black-throated Gray Warbler 8

Hermit Warbler 3

Chipping Sparrow 9

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) 8

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 16

Green-tailed Towhee 1

Western Tanager 9

Purple Finch 7

Cassin's Finch 10



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46923145



And in the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus, "Let's Be careful out
there."



Tom Crabtree, Bend




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Date: 7/1/18 6:28 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Plan for birding ECAS Wednesday, on July 4
We will bird the morning only. I suspect the group will be small since
it is a holiday and likely a family day for many. We will do some
walking, not sure how many birds will be about, but walk maybe 3 miles.

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve on NW end of Bend has been open now for less
than a year. There are trails and viewpoints along the Deschutes river
and rimrock above the river.
https://www.bendparksandrec.org/park/riley-ranch-nature-reserve/

When we gather on Wednesday, we can decide if we also want to bird
another location as we will have some time after the trails. A Black
Phoebe was reported weeks ago upstream from Riley Ranch. I am not sure
if anyone followed up to see whether it lingered. We could look for it
or go to Sawyer or Tumalo State Park or Tumalo Reservoir. We are
birding only a half day though.

Carpooling
Bend, 7 a.m. Nancy P's Bakery and go to trailhead for Riley Ranch
Redmond, 6:45 at Starbucks Nolan Center and go to trailhead for Riley
Ranch
Sisters, 6:30 at Village Greens and go to trailhead for Riley Ranch
anyone else, meet at trailhead/parking lot at about 7:20 a.m.

Good birding, Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>

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Date: 7/1/18 6:20 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Notables from Hatfield and Tumalo Res this pm
Tumalo Reservoir
It is pretty shallow and good for shorebirds, now they just need to
arrive.
Nesting Spotted Sandpipers had 2 fluffy young with them.
5 Greater Yellowlegs stood in the water for a long time, in a close
group. Far south end.
20 or so Bank Swallows were nice, mostly on the ground around the
shoreline.
Lots of garter snakes on the wet mud.

Hatfield
First pond only.
Westerns and Leasts, total 15 birds.
No Yellowlegs today.
Had 18 Pinyon Jays flying around loosely and calling around the
entrance. Perhaps they are getting into their noisier and bigger flocks
that seem to appear later in the summer.
3 Tundra Swans continue.

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 7/1/18 11:16 am
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook), Spotted Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler at Aspen Springs (Wheeler)
There are at least two broods of Bufflehead chicks present now on the
Redmond Sewer Ponds.


> At Peterson Creek Reservoir on the NE edge of Big Summit Prairie, Martha
> spotted two ducks which turned out to be female (or immature?)
> BUFFLEHEADS. This was interesting because in May of 2001 I watched the
> female of a pair fly into a cavity in an old dead snag at this same
> spot. At the time, this was one of the strongest indications of
> Buffleheads nesting in Oregon, outside of the Cascades. That snag is no
> longer standing but perhaps Buffleheads are still using this site.
>
>
>
> Good birding,
> Joel
>

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Date: 7/1/18 10:27 am
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [COBOL] Ochoco Mtns: Buffleheads at historic nesting site (Crook), Spotted Towhee and Orange-crowned Warbler at Aspen Springs (Wheeler)
Hi all,

My daughter Martha and I ran the Barnhouse Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
route in the southeast corner of Wheeler County yesterday morning (June
30th), then (after hiking a bit into an approximately 5-yr-old burn at
the top end of the Black Canyon Wilderness), we took a leisurely drive
via Forest Road 30 over to Big Summit Prairie, stopping at a few
interesting patches of habitat along the way, before wrapping up a long
day with an owl survey on private land north of Prineville.

The Barnhouse BBS route went smoothly with no flat tires and no major
surprises. It seems to be a good year for CASSIN'S FINCHES and RED
CROSSBILLS (at least two types heard) in the northeastern Ochocos.

As usual there were a few unseen warblers singing Hermit Warbler type
songs, which we recorded as "unknown Hermit/Townsend's Warbler sp."
since the only ones I've ever seen well in that area turned out to be
hybrids but I suppose there must be a few real Hermit Warblers along
with the predominant Townsend's.

Toward the end of the route (south side of Spanish Peak) I heard a
"WESTERN" FLYCATCHER sing briefly, but did not hear the male position
note. I've encountered birds giving Cordilleran-type male position notes
a couple of times along this route, but you can also find birds giving
Pacific-slope-type notes along the north slope of the Ochocos.

Along the Owl Creek Trail leading into the Black Canyon Wilderness (from
"Boeing Field" just north of the Wolf Mountain Lookout), we found an
abundance of nesting BLUEBIRDS (both Mountain and Western feeding young
in cavities), NUTHATCHES (both Red-breasted and White-breasted feeding
young in cavities - we encountered Pygmy earlier in the day but not in
the burn), plus an assortment of woodpeckers/sapsuckers. The wildflower
bloom in that whole part of the Ochocos is spectacular, including in the
burn.

After a siesta back in camp, on our way west along FR 30 we hiked down
into Aspen Springs which is still on the Wheeler side of the zigzagging
county line. In addition to expected riparian species such as
MacGillivray's Warbler and Lincoln's Sparrow, I heard a SPOTTED TOWHEE
call several times, and also heard an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER singing.
Both of these species are surprising rare as nesting species in that
part of the Ochocos, but with the lush riparian streamside growth in
this aspen grove, it made some sense to find them there.

At Peterson Creek Reservoir on the NE edge of Big Summit Prairie, Martha
spotted two ducks which turned out to be female (or immature?)
BUFFLEHEADS. This was interesting because in May of 2001 I watched the
female of a pair fly into a cavity in an old dead snag at this same
spot. At the time, this was one of the strongest indications of
Buffleheads nesting in Oregon, outside of the Cascades. That snag is no
longer standing but perhaps Buffleheads are still using this site.

In ranchlands north of Prineville we had a sad encounter with a large
WESTERN RATTLESNAKE. I saw a big snake stretched out as if heading out
from the shoulder of the road. I just barely managed to swerve in time
to avoid it. I couldn't tell if it was a gopher snake or a rattlesnake
but figured I should go back to shoo it of the road ... though I had a
bad feeling since another car was following close behind me and they
might not have seen it in time.

Sure enough, when we turned around and went back, we found it coiled in
a defensive position as if hurt. It shook its rattles as I approached,
though it didn't seem to be able to move its head. I found a 6-ft-long
juniper branch on the side of the road and used that to nudge it gently
over the fog line. But it looked like the front part of its head was
badly injured, and unable to move on its own.

It was one of the fattest rattlesnakes that I've ever seen in Oregon --
about 3 ft long but it was about as thick as my wrist, over the main
part of its body (the head was only about half that thickness). We
wondered if it had just eaten a big meal, but now I'm wondering if it
might have been pregnant. I didn't count the rattles closely as I was
more focused on trying to move the snake to safety without getting
bitten, but it had at least 6 rattles, maybe 7. Most of the rattlesnakes
I've ever seen in Oregon have just had 2-3 rattles or just a single
button, so I'm guessing this was a fairly old one.

Good birding,
Joel

--
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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Date: 6/29/18 12:40 pm
From: Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
Grateful for offers from Jack, Jake, and Lars :-)
And, flattering, encouraging note from Paul !

I am going to run the Elk Lake route with Jake Schas, he can be available 2 days if we need the extra day, and I feel better about having that extra-day cushion; also, he has run BBS routes before; and, it has been a few years since an opportunity for us to get out and bird together, so I look forward to reconnecting with such a good one of our local birding community.

However, I’m also really touched by Jack W.’s (who I haven’t yet met)
“so please know I would genuinely love to run that route with you . . . “
— so if Jake S. and I get the Elk Lake BBS run, before Friday, and all is well,
— then, Jack W., if you still wish to, on Friday: I had given it up as not possible all to do in one week, but maybe it is? I do still have also the Davis Lake BBS, we could attempt ... still along that same Cascade Lakes Hwy, 30-miles south of Elk Lake. Davis Lake (just SW of Wickiup Res.) is split half between Deschutes, half Klamath counties, and the route is in Klamath Co., looks like much of it prob was burned in fire some years ago.
Let me know, Jack, offline, if that option also sounds like something you’d love to do;
or okay if not so much: we can also meet and Bird sometime that isn’t a BBS : I have often read listserve posts from you, also some Jack & Jill blogs, I will enjoy getting to finally meet you, sometime if not Friday, & I do really appreciate your willingness to help me :-)

Thanks for help ! Jack, Jake, Lars, Paul !
May we all enjoy birds this summer,
Courtney Jett, Bend

Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits

> On Jun 29, 2018, at 9:13 AM, <adamus7...> <adamus7...> wrote:
>
> Birding Friends,
>
> Two aspects of the recent OBOL discussion centered on (1) how to encourage and support more young (and/or new) birders, (2) how to strengthen the sense of “community” among Oregon birders.
>
> As Courtney Jett posted yesterday when describing the BBS route she and I ran, one way to encourage new-ish birders is by more-established birders volunteering to help simply with logistics and protocols. In her case, she needed someone to accompany her when doing BBS routes this time of year. There may be other young/new birders like her. I actually found her to be mostly better than me in calling out species of birds and separating singing individuals when a multitude are singing simultaneously at the height of the early-morning din. Amazing for someone who just started birding a few years ago and besides, she is congenial company and enthusiastic about birding.
>
> Some birders like to bird alone, some prefer to bird with one or two other birders, others prefer to participate in or lead organized tours. Many of us do a little of each, depending on how sociable we feel at the moment, how much we want to learn from others, what are our birding goals (if any), and other factors. I sense a need for better ways for birders to ask, on an impromptu basis, who’s available to go birding with. A couple of times in the past I’ve done that via OBOL because so many birders read it daily, allowing for quick response if anyone’s interested in joining up with me. But it felt a bit awkward because I view OBOL as being more for information-sharing. Might OBA (or other) create a website where someone looking for a birding buddy on a particular day in a particular region could ask, perhaps anonymously, and then be connected immediately with experienced birders who’ve been favorably reviewed in the past, sort of like an Air B&B? I know there’s an international web site for that sort of thing (www.birdingpal.org) but not sure it would fit all our needs, like the situation Courtney faced where she just needed an assistant willing to do a BBS route with her. Anyways, it might be one small step towards further enhancing the connections and sense of community among Oregon birders, and especially between newer and more-established birders. Ideas, anyone?
>
> Paul Adamus
> Corvallis

> On Jun 28, 2018, at 7:52 PM, Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> wrote:
>
> After rereading my reply it felt like it might come off as cocky - I am an idiot!
>
> I am sure you are going to get a ton of volunteers - so please know I would genuinely love to run that route with you . . .
>
> Jack Williamson
> West Linn, Oregon
>
>
>> On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 7:34 PM Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> wrote:
>> Count me in for Friday, July 6th.
>>
>> Don't hesitate to continue to look for a better more qualified/ likable assistant for the day who won't also be looking for photo-opts.
>>
>> Jack Williamson
>> West Linn, Oregon
>>
>>
>>> On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...> wrote:
>>> Wednesday June 27, I joined with Paul Adamus as he ran my/his Wizard Falls BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) route for me, thanks Paul!
>>> This was our first day meeting eachother, and we enjoyed this day birding together.
>>> Paul did the official 3-min. BBS counts, while I merely leisurely enjoyed birding and eBirding :-)
>>>
>>> We encountered total of 62 species,
>>> including our best-ever views of poorwills, roosting and flying,
>>> and a close-up Great Gray Owl! — first time I have ever randomly encountered one! (Location: Sensitive.)
>>> Also, Wild Turkey and Peregrine Falcon and White-headed Woodpecker were new Jefferson county birds for me.
>>>
>>> I include our complete bird list, of June 27, at bottom of this post.
>>>
>>> * But first, to ask: *
>>>
>>> Is any birder willing to help assist me in this next week, running the Elk Lake BBS route? along Cascades Lakes Hwy in Deschutes Co.
>>>
>>> (Warning: we may need to do two separate trip days, since I haven’t yet scouted the 50 route stops, so if we go overtime as learning the route, would need to redo another day.)
>>> It needs to be run before July 7, on good weather day.
>>>
>>> If I don’t find someone to help assist me, I won’t do the route, and no data will be submitted for 2018.
>>>
>>> This spring I signed up for 3 BBS routes: Wizard Falls, Elk Lake, Davis Lake.
>>>
>>> May 27, 2018, I attempted to run my first BBS, Wizard Falls, but I failed,
>>> determined the BBS protocol is too difficult (for me) to do alone by myself, I would need help, an Assistant, and I don’t have one,
>>> so I gave back my routes, I told BBS coordinator Paul Adamus that I can’t do them.
>>>
>>> So, this week, Paul decided to run one of my abandoned routes for me, Wizard Falls, invited me along to join him, to demonstrate/inspire me to rethink how fun a BBS can actually be!
>>>
>>> The 50 stops with 3-min birding at each stop is a long day, but this part I can do, and enjoy,
>>>
>>> but the 25-mile route is supposed to be done in “4 or 5” hours, (with maximum time allotment of 6.5 hours, if adverse weather), any time beyond which and they don’t use the data:
>>> and my attempt May 27, took me ca. 9.5 hours.
>>>
>>> June 27, Paul and I were able to do it under 6-hours, (would have been 5.25 hours if we hadn’t mistakenly birded 9 stops that weren’t the right stops! - to redo).
>>>
>>> Alone, however, I am not capable of doing a route under this tight protocol. Keeping to a tight schedule is not one of my gifts, or joys.
>>> I need an Assistant who enjoys schedule/order/protocol, as I enjoy birdsong/spaciousness.
>>>
>>> Also, I’m terrible at multitasking —
>>> while identifying and counting birds, timing counts, driving and paying attention to mileage and where are stop points, and watching weather and tallying cars, and filling out forms, ... is so much mental energy for me, and probably I move too slow/relaxed ...
>>> May 27, I backed off a road into a ditch, vehicle fell over almost on its side, cradled by two trees. I was extremely lucky that people were nearby camping for Memorial Day weekend, and 3 fellow forestlovers quick freely offered and helped tow me out with 2 large trucks, I am so so grateful to them, (and, to feel more hopeful about humanity’s spontaneous/natural goodness!)
>>> But this is not an experience I want to duplicate; driving forest roads alone while multitasking, is not safe.
>>> It’s all too much for me, to do by myself.
>>>
>>> And anyway, 5+ hours of car birding is only enjoyable for me, with good companionship.
>>>
>>> June 27, I did really enjoy doing the Wizard Falls route with Paul, and it did inspire excitement in me to do the Elk Lake route after all,
>>> if I can find someone to help me.
>>>
>>> I need an Assistant to do the driving and time management, keep me on track;
>>> and enjoy quiet birding alongside me as I do my counts.
>>>
>>> BBS route starts birding at 4:50am.
>>>
>>> There are 50, 3-min. bird count stops, at 0.5-mile intervals; if we plan for only 3-min. between counts to get back into vehicle and drive to next spot and out of vehicle, and without any breaks, or follow-up on other birds, the route would take 5 hours (300-min.), to give an idea of how to schedule.
>>> During car drives between stops, I need to fill out forms/eBird.
>>>
>>> An Assistant can’t point out or ID birds for me, during my 3-min. counts.
>>> If desired, I am willing to say aloud what I am hearing/seeing as I count.
>>>
>>> Please let me know ASAP if this sounds like a doable and fun day (or two), if you wish to join and help me.
>>>
>>> Good weather dependent, my poss available days are:
>>> Saturday June 30
>>> Sunday July 1
>>> Monday July 2 (need to be home by 3p)
>>> Wednesday-Saturday July 4-7
>>>
>>> BBS data has a 40-year-history as very important for habitat Conservation, etc. Its data is more useful than a CBC’s, because of more scientifically rigorous protocol.
>>>
>>> I am excited to contribute, but
>>> only willing to run the Elk Lake route if I find help.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Courtney Jett
>>> Bend, Oregon
>>> <ckjannabirds...>
>>> https://m.facebook.com/tat.pand?fref=nf
>>>
>>>
>>> **************************
>>> eBird Checklist Summary for: Jun 27, 2018
>>> Wizard Falls BBS route—stops 1-50 (Jack Lake, Rd 1234, Rd 1230, Rd 1260, Rd 12, Rd 14)
>>> — route completed in 5-hr 59-min, beginning 4:50am.
>>> Mostly sunny, up to ~ 68-degrees.
>>> Full Moon today.
>>>
>>> The Wizard Falls BBS route tours from east flanks of Three-fingered Jack east to Metolius River of Camp Sherman, in Jefferson Co.
>>>
>>> Number of Species: 62-63
>>>
>>> 3 Wild Turkey --
>>> 7 Turkey Vulture --
>>> 1 Red-tailed Hawk --
>>> 2 Spotted Sandpiper --
>>> 1 Mourning Dove --
>>> 1 Great Gray Owl --
>>> 2 Common Poorwill --
>>> 3 Vaux's Swift --
>>> 1 Lewis's Woodpecker --
>>> 3 Williamson's Sapsucker --
>>> 12 sapsucker sp. --
>>> 4 Hairy Woodpecker --
>>> 9 White-headed Woodpecker --
>>> 38 Northern Flicker --
>>> 1 Pileated Woodpecker --
>>> 12 woodpecker sp. --
>>> 1 American Kestrel --
>>> 1 Peregrine Falcon --
>>> 18 Olive-sided Flycatcher --
>>> 39 Western Wood-Pewee --
>>> 1 Willow Flycatcher --
>>> 11 Hammond's Flycatcher --
>>> 16 Dusky Flycatcher --
>>> 15 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher --
>>> 2 Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher) --
>>> 4 Empidonax sp. --
>>> 1 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) -- prob
>>> 8 Cassin's Vireo --
>>> 9 Warbling Vireo --
>>> 25 Steller's Jay --
>>> 3 Clark's Nutcracker --
>>> 4 Common Raven -- fledglings seen
>>> 2 Tree Swallow --
>>> 62 Mountain Chickadee -- fledglings seen
>>> 3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee --
>>> 2 chickadee sp. -- (prob MOCH fledglings)
>>> 87 Red-breasted Nuthatch --
>>> 11 White-breasted Nuthatch --
>>> 16 Pygmy Nuthatch --
>>> 2 nuthatch sp. --
>>> 20 Brown Creeper --
>>> 52 House Wren -- fledglings heard
>>> 3 Pacific Wren --
>>> 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet --
>>> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet --
>>> 6 Townsend's Solitaire --
>>> 17 Hermit Thrush --
>>> 15 American Robin --
>>> 3 Nashville Warbler --
>>> 50 MacGillivray's Warbler --
>>> 4 Common Yellowthroat --
>>> 5 Yellow Warbler --
>>> 122 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (all seen, Audubon's) --
>>> 1 Townsend's/Hermit Warbler --
>>> 20 warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) --
>>> 44 Chipping Sparrow --
>>> 59 Fox Sparrow (all sounded Thick-billed) --
>>> 79 Dark-eyed Junco (all seen, Oregon) --
>>> 16 White-crowned Sparrow --
>>> 7 Song Sparrow --
>>> 10 Green-tailed Towhee --
>>> 7 Spotted Towhee --
>>> 28 sparrow sp. -- mostly “chuncos”
>>> 67 Western Tanager --
>>> 6 Black-headed Grosbeak --
>>> 6 Lazuli Bunting --
>>> 1 Brown-headed Cowbird --
>>> 2 Purple Finch --
>>> 14 Cassin's Finch --
>>> 2 Purple/Cassin's Finch --
>>> 6 Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) --
>>> 1 Pine Siskin --
>>> 2 finch sp. --
>>> 74 passerine sp. --
>>> 1 bird sp. -- (sounded like PUFI pik call)
>>>
>>> This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
>>> Note: these numbers are Courtney’s eBird reports tallied, which are her counts, and include what more Paul noted aloud, and include encounters between 3-min. counts;
>>> these are NOT Paul’s official BBS counts.
>>>
>>> Note: other species encountered May 27 but not June 27:
>>>
>>> 1 Mallard -
>>> 11 Sooty Grouse -
>>> 1 Gray Jay -
>>> 1 Western Bluebird -
>>> 1 Mountain Bluebird -
>>> 3 Hermit Warbler -
>>> 7 Wilson’s Warbler -
>>> 3 Brewer’s Blackbirds -
>>>
>>> And astonishingly,(considering so much creek and river), some species NOT encountered on either date:
>>>
>>> Osprey
>>> Bald Eagle
>>> Common Nighthawk
>>> hummingbirds
>>> Belted Kingfisher
>>> American Dipper
>>>
>>> Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
>>> Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
>>> Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits

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Date: 6/28/18 9:27 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Brown-headed Cowbird discussion
Yesterday, ECAS Wednesday birders talked a bit during our birding as we
kept seeing cowbirds. Milt Vine recalled reading info that conflicted
with the generally accepted story. See the link, discussion by the
esteemed Dennis Paulson. Cheers, Judy, <jmeredit...>

Milt sent:
To follow up on the topic of the origination of Brown-headed Cowbird
nest
parasitism that we were discussing at one of the stops yesterday, check
out
this 2015 article written by a Washington homeboy, Dennis Paulson. He
does
not support the "Buffalo Theory" for Brown-headed Cowbird nest
parasitism
development.

https://www.birdnote.org/blog/2015/05/cowbird-story-revisited
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Date: 6/28/18 9:08 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Lake, a little change, Redmond, Lark Sparrow
I hung out there at Hatfield this pm for a couple of hours. I only
birded the first pond. With a few OBOL posts yesterday about shorebirds,
i thought I would check Redmond and Hatfield.
None seen at Redmond. I did feel joy with a Lark Sparrow though. I
missed it each time last year.

Hatfied
2 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Least Sandpiper.
I suppose there could have been more but even these just strolled about
or preened in vegetation most of the time I watched. SO many Killdeer
around that it makes size comparisons with other species easy.

Continuing Tundra Swans, 3 at front pond
1 Blue-winged Teal
10 Eared Grebes, apparently on their nests on the weedy areas.
No Emperor with the many Canadas
Lots of Bank Swallows.

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 6/28/18 8:03 pm
From: <carolbikes...>
Subject: [COBOL] Juvenile Northern Saw-whet Owl
Saw a juvenile Northern Saw-whet owl in a Ponderosa Pine tree on our property east of Sisters.

Carol Moorehead

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Date: 6/28/18 7:53 pm
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
After rereading my reply it felt like it might come off as cocky - I am an
idiot!

I am sure you are going to get a ton of volunteers - so please know I would
genuinely love to run that route with you . . .

Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon


On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 7:34 PM Jack Williamson <
<jack.williamson.jr...> wrote:

> Count me in for Friday, July 6th.
>
> Don't hesitate to continue to look for a better more qualified/ likable
> assistant for the day who won't also be looking for photo-opts.
>
> Jack Williamson
> West Linn, Oregon
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <
> <ckjannabirds...> wrote:
>
>> Wednesday June 27, I joined with Paul Adamus as he ran my/his Wizard
>> Falls BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) route for me, thanks Paul!
>> This was our first day meeting eachother, and we enjoyed this day birding
>> together.
>> Paul did the official 3-min. BBS counts, while I merely leisurely enjoyed
>> birding and eBirding :-)
>>
>> We encountered total of 62 species,
>> including our best-ever views of poorwills, roosting and flying,
>> and a close-up Great Gray Owl! — first time I have ever randomly
>> encountered one! (Location: Sensitive.)
>> Also, Wild Turkey and Peregrine Falcon and White-headed Woodpecker were
>> new Jefferson county birds for me.
>>
>> I include our complete bird list, of June 27, at bottom of this post.
>>
>> * But first, to ask: *
>>
>> Is any birder willing to help assist me in this next week, running the
>> Elk Lake BBS route? along Cascades Lakes Hwy in Deschutes Co.
>>
>> (Warning: we may need to do two separate trip days, since I haven’t yet
>> scouted the 50 route stops, so if we go overtime as learning the route,
>> would need to redo another day.)
>> It needs to be run before July 7, on good weather day.
>>
>> If I don’t find someone to help assist me, I won’t do the route, and no
>> data will be submitted for 2018.
>>
>> This spring I signed up for 3 BBS routes: Wizard Falls, Elk Lake, Davis
>> Lake.
>>
>> May 27, 2018, I attempted to run my first BBS, Wizard Falls, but I
>> failed,
>> determined the BBS protocol is too difficult (for me) to do alone by
>> myself, I would need help, an Assistant, and I don’t have one,
>> so I gave back my routes, I told BBS coordinator Paul Adamus that I can’t
>> do them.
>>
>> So, this week, Paul decided to run one of my abandoned routes for me,
>> Wizard Falls, invited me along to join him, to demonstrate/inspire me to
>> rethink how fun a BBS can actually be!
>>
>> The 50 stops with 3-min birding at each stop is a long day, but this part
>> I can do, and enjoy,
>>
>> but the 25-mile route is supposed to be done in “4 or 5” hours, (with
>> maximum time allotment of 6.5 hours, if adverse weather), any time beyond
>> which and they don’t use the data:
>> and my attempt May 27, took me ca. 9.5 hours.
>>
>> June 27, Paul and I were able to do it under 6-hours, (would have been
>> 5.25 hours if we hadn’t mistakenly birded 9 stops that weren’t the right
>> stops! - to redo).
>>
>> Alone, however, I am not capable of doing a route under this tight
>> protocol. Keeping to a tight schedule is not one of my gifts, or joys.
>> I need an Assistant who enjoys schedule/order/protocol, as I enjoy
>> birdsong/spaciousness.
>>
>> Also, I’m terrible at multitasking —
>> while identifying and counting birds, timing counts, driving and paying
>> attention to mileage and where are stop points, and watching weather and
>> tallying cars, and filling out forms, ... is so much mental energy for me,
>> and probably I move too slow/relaxed ...
>> May 27, I backed off a road into a ditch, vehicle fell over almost on its
>> side, cradled by two trees. I was extremely lucky that people were nearby
>> camping for Memorial Day weekend, and 3 fellow forestlovers quick freely
>> offered and helped tow me out with 2 large trucks, I am so so grateful to
>> them, (and, to feel more hopeful about humanity’s spontaneous/natural
>> goodness!)
>> But this is not an experience I want to duplicate; driving forest roads
>> alone while multitasking, is not safe.
>> It’s all too much for me, to do by myself.
>>
>> And anyway, 5+ hours of car birding is only enjoyable for me, with good
>> companionship.
>>
>> June 27, I did really enjoy doing the Wizard Falls route with Paul, and
>> it did inspire excitement in me to do the Elk Lake route after all,
>> if I can find someone to help me.
>>
>> I need an Assistant to do the driving and time management, keep me on
>> track;
>> and enjoy quiet birding alongside me as I do my counts.
>>
>> BBS route starts birding at 4:50am.
>>
>> There are 50, 3-min. bird count stops, at 0.5-mile intervals; if we plan
>> for only 3-min. between counts to get back into vehicle and drive to next
>> spot and out of vehicle, and without any breaks, or follow-up on other
>> birds, the route would take 5 hours (300-min.), to give an idea of how to
>> schedule.
>> During car drives between stops, I need to fill out forms/eBird.
>>
>> An Assistant can’t point out or ID birds for me, during my 3-min. counts.
>> If desired, I am willing to say aloud what I am hearing/seeing as I count.
>>
>> Please let me know ASAP if this sounds like a doable and fun day (or
>> two), if you wish to join and help me.
>>
>> Good weather dependent, my poss available days are:
>> Saturday June 30
>> Sunday July 1
>> Monday July 2 (need to be home by 3p)
>> Wednesday-Saturday July 4-7
>>
>> BBS data has a 40-year-history as very important for habitat
>> Conservation, etc. Its data is more useful than a CBC’s, because of more
>> scientifically rigorous protocol.
>>
>> I am excited to contribute, but
>> only willing to run the Elk Lake route if I find help.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Courtney Jett
>> Bend, Oregon
>> <ckjannabirds...>
>> https://m.facebook.com/tat.pand?fref=nf
>>
>>
>> **************************
>> eBird Checklist Summary for: Jun 27, 2018
>> Wizard Falls BBS route—stops 1-50 (Jack Lake, Rd 1234, Rd 1230, Rd 1260,
>> Rd 12, Rd 14)
>> — route completed in 5-hr 59-min, beginning 4:50am.
>> Mostly sunny, up to ~ 68-degrees.
>> Full Moon today.
>>
>> The Wizard Falls BBS route tours from east flanks of Three-fingered Jack
>> east to Metolius River of Camp Sherman, in Jefferson Co.
>>
>> Number of Species: 62-63
>>
>> 3 Wild Turkey --
>> 7 Turkey Vulture --
>> 1 Red-tailed Hawk --
>> 2 Spotted Sandpiper --
>> 1 Mourning Dove --
>> 1 Great Gray Owl --
>> 2 Common Poorwill --
>> 3 Vaux's Swift --
>> 1 Lewis's Woodpecker --
>> 3 Williamson's Sapsucker --
>> 12 sapsucker sp. --
>> 4 Hairy Woodpecker --
>> 9 White-headed Woodpecker --
>> 38 Northern Flicker --
>> 1 Pileated Woodpecker --
>> 12 woodpecker sp. --
>> 1 American Kestrel --
>> 1 Peregrine Falcon --
>> 18 Olive-sided Flycatcher --
>> 39 Western Wood-Pewee --
>> 1 Willow Flycatcher --
>> 11 Hammond's Flycatcher --
>> 16 Dusky Flycatcher --
>> 15 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher --
>> 2 Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher) --
>> 4 Empidonax sp. --
>> 1 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) -- prob
>> 8 Cassin's Vireo --
>> 9 Warbling Vireo --
>> 25 Steller's Jay --
>> 3 Clark's Nutcracker --
>> 4 Common Raven -- fledglings seen
>> 2 Tree Swallow --
>> 62 Mountain Chickadee -- fledglings seen
>> 3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee --
>> 2 chickadee sp. -- (prob MOCH fledglings)
>> 87 Red-breasted Nuthatch --
>> 11 White-breasted Nuthatch --
>> 16 Pygmy Nuthatch --
>> 2 nuthatch sp. --
>> 20 Brown Creeper --
>> 52 House Wren -- fledglings heard
>> 3 Pacific Wren --
>> 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet --
>> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet --
>> 6 Townsend's Solitaire --
>> 17 Hermit Thrush --
>> 15 American Robin --
>> 3 Nashville Warbler --
>> 50 MacGillivray's Warbler --
>> 4 Common Yellowthroat --
>> 5 Yellow Warbler --
>> 122 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (all seen, Audubon's) --
>> 1 Townsend's/Hermit Warbler --
>> 20 warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) --
>> 44 Chipping Sparrow --
>> 59 Fox Sparrow (all sounded Thick-billed) --
>> 79 Dark-eyed Junco (all seen, Oregon) --
>> 16 White-crowned Sparrow --
>> 7 Song Sparrow --
>> 10 Green-tailed Towhee --
>> 7 Spotted Towhee --
>> 28 sparrow sp. -- mostly “chuncos”
>> 67 Western Tanager --
>> 6 Black-headed Grosbeak --
>> 6 Lazuli Bunting --
>> 1 Brown-headed Cowbird --
>> 2 Purple Finch --
>> 14 Cassin's Finch --
>> 2 Purple/Cassin's Finch --
>> 6 Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) --
>> 1 Pine Siskin --
>> 2 finch sp. --
>> 74 passerine sp. --
>> 1 bird sp. -- (sounded like PUFI pik call)
>>
>> This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
>> Note: these numbers are Courtney’s eBird reports tallied, which are her
>> counts, and include what more Paul noted aloud, and include encounters
>> between 3-min. counts;
>> these are NOT Paul’s official BBS counts.
>>
>> Note: other species encountered May 27 but not June 27:
>>
>> 1 Mallard -
>> 11 Sooty Grouse -
>> 1 Gray Jay -
>> 1 Western Bluebird -
>> 1 Mountain Bluebird -
>> 3 Hermit Warbler -
>> 7 Wilson’s Warbler -
>> 3 Brewer’s Blackbirds -
>>
>> And astonishingly,(considering so much creek and river), some species NOT
>> encountered on either date:
>>
>> Osprey
>> Bald Eagle
>> Common Nighthawk
>> hummingbirds
>> Belted Kingfisher
>> American Dipper
>>
>> Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
>> Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
>> Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits
>>
>

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Date: 6/28/18 7:35 pm
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
Count me in for Friday, July 6th.

Don't hesitate to continue to look for a better more qualified/ likable
assistant for the day who won't also be looking for photo-opts.

Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon


On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...>
wrote:

> Wednesday June 27, I joined with Paul Adamus as he ran my/his Wizard Falls
> BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) route for me, thanks Paul!
> This was our first day meeting eachother, and we enjoyed this day birding
> together.
> Paul did the official 3-min. BBS counts, while I merely leisurely enjoyed
> birding and eBirding :-)
>
> We encountered total of 62 species,
> including our best-ever views of poorwills, roosting and flying,
> and a close-up Great Gray Owl! — first time I have ever randomly
> encountered one! (Location: Sensitive.)
> Also, Wild Turkey and Peregrine Falcon and White-headed Woodpecker were
> new Jefferson county birds for me.
>
> I include our complete bird list, of June 27, at bottom of this post.
>
> * But first, to ask: *
>
> Is any birder willing to help assist me in this next week, running the Elk
> Lake BBS route? along Cascades Lakes Hwy in Deschutes Co.
>
> (Warning: we may need to do two separate trip days, since I haven’t yet
> scouted the 50 route stops, so if we go overtime as learning the route,
> would need to redo another day.)
> It needs to be run before July 7, on good weather day.
>
> If I don’t find someone to help assist me, I won’t do the route, and no
> data will be submitted for 2018.
>
> This spring I signed up for 3 BBS routes: Wizard Falls, Elk Lake, Davis
> Lake.
>
> May 27, 2018, I attempted to run my first BBS, Wizard Falls, but I failed,
> determined the BBS protocol is too difficult (for me) to do alone by
> myself, I would need help, an Assistant, and I don’t have one,
> so I gave back my routes, I told BBS coordinator Paul Adamus that I can’t
> do them.
>
> So, this week, Paul decided to run one of my abandoned routes for me,
> Wizard Falls, invited me along to join him, to demonstrate/inspire me to
> rethink how fun a BBS can actually be!
>
> The 50 stops with 3-min birding at each stop is a long day, but this part
> I can do, and enjoy,
>
> but the 25-mile route is supposed to be done in “4 or 5” hours, (with
> maximum time allotment of 6.5 hours, if adverse weather), any time beyond
> which and they don’t use the data:
> and my attempt May 27, took me ca. 9.5 hours.
>
> June 27, Paul and I were able to do it under 6-hours, (would have been
> 5.25 hours if we hadn’t mistakenly birded 9 stops that weren’t the right
> stops! - to redo).
>
> Alone, however, I am not capable of doing a route under this tight
> protocol. Keeping to a tight schedule is not one of my gifts, or joys.
> I need an Assistant who enjoys schedule/order/protocol, as I enjoy
> birdsong/spaciousness.
>
> Also, I’m terrible at multitasking —
> while identifying and counting birds, timing counts, driving and paying
> attention to mileage and where are stop points, and watching weather and
> tallying cars, and filling out forms, ... is so much mental energy for me,
> and probably I move too slow/relaxed ...
> May 27, I backed off a road into a ditch, vehicle fell over almost on its
> side, cradled by two trees. I was extremely lucky that people were nearby
> camping for Memorial Day weekend, and 3 fellow forestlovers quick freely
> offered and helped tow me out with 2 large trucks, I am so so grateful to
> them, (and, to feel more hopeful about humanity’s spontaneous/natural
> goodness!)
> But this is not an experience I want to duplicate; driving forest roads
> alone while multitasking, is not safe.
> It’s all too much for me, to do by myself.
>
> And anyway, 5+ hours of car birding is only enjoyable for me, with good
> companionship.
>
> June 27, I did really enjoy doing the Wizard Falls route with Paul, and it
> did inspire excitement in me to do the Elk Lake route after all,
> if I can find someone to help me.
>
> I need an Assistant to do the driving and time management, keep me on
> track;
> and enjoy quiet birding alongside me as I do my counts.
>
> BBS route starts birding at 4:50am.
>
> There are 50, 3-min. bird count stops, at 0.5-mile intervals; if we plan
> for only 3-min. between counts to get back into vehicle and drive to next
> spot and out of vehicle, and without any breaks, or follow-up on other
> birds, the route would take 5 hours (300-min.), to give an idea of how to
> schedule.
> During car drives between stops, I need to fill out forms/eBird.
>
> An Assistant can’t point out or ID birds for me, during my 3-min. counts.
> If desired, I am willing to say aloud what I am hearing/seeing as I count.
>
> Please let me know ASAP if this sounds like a doable and fun day (or two),
> if you wish to join and help me.
>
> Good weather dependent, my poss available days are:
> Saturday June 30
> Sunday July 1
> Monday July 2 (need to be home by 3p)
> Wednesday-Saturday July 4-7
>
> BBS data has a 40-year-history as very important for habitat Conservation,
> etc. Its data is more useful than a CBC’s, because of more scientifically
> rigorous protocol.
>
> I am excited to contribute, but
> only willing to run the Elk Lake route if I find help.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Courtney Jett
> Bend, Oregon
> <ckjannabirds...>
> https://m.facebook.com/tat.pand?fref=nf
>
>
> **************************
> eBird Checklist Summary for: Jun 27, 2018
> Wizard Falls BBS route—stops 1-50 (Jack Lake, Rd 1234, Rd 1230, Rd 1260,
> Rd 12, Rd 14)
> — route completed in 5-hr 59-min, beginning 4:50am.
> Mostly sunny, up to ~ 68-degrees.
> Full Moon today.
>
> The Wizard Falls BBS route tours from east flanks of Three-fingered Jack
> east to Metolius River of Camp Sherman, in Jefferson Co.
>
> Number of Species: 62-63
>
> 3 Wild Turkey --
> 7 Turkey Vulture --
> 1 Red-tailed Hawk --
> 2 Spotted Sandpiper --
> 1 Mourning Dove --
> 1 Great Gray Owl --
> 2 Common Poorwill --
> 3 Vaux's Swift --
> 1 Lewis's Woodpecker --
> 3 Williamson's Sapsucker --
> 12 sapsucker sp. --
> 4 Hairy Woodpecker --
> 9 White-headed Woodpecker --
> 38 Northern Flicker --
> 1 Pileated Woodpecker --
> 12 woodpecker sp. --
> 1 American Kestrel --
> 1 Peregrine Falcon --
> 18 Olive-sided Flycatcher --
> 39 Western Wood-Pewee --
> 1 Willow Flycatcher --
> 11 Hammond's Flycatcher --
> 16 Dusky Flycatcher --
> 15 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher --
> 2 Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher) --
> 4 Empidonax sp. --
> 1 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) -- prob
> 8 Cassin's Vireo --
> 9 Warbling Vireo --
> 25 Steller's Jay --
> 3 Clark's Nutcracker --
> 4 Common Raven -- fledglings seen
> 2 Tree Swallow --
> 62 Mountain Chickadee -- fledglings seen
> 3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee --
> 2 chickadee sp. -- (prob MOCH fledglings)
> 87 Red-breasted Nuthatch --
> 11 White-breasted Nuthatch --
> 16 Pygmy Nuthatch --
> 2 nuthatch sp. --
> 20 Brown Creeper --
> 52 House Wren -- fledglings heard
> 3 Pacific Wren --
> 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet --
> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet --
> 6 Townsend's Solitaire --
> 17 Hermit Thrush --
> 15 American Robin --
> 3 Nashville Warbler --
> 50 MacGillivray's Warbler --
> 4 Common Yellowthroat --
> 5 Yellow Warbler --
> 122 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (all seen, Audubon's) --
> 1 Townsend's/Hermit Warbler --
> 20 warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) --
> 44 Chipping Sparrow --
> 59 Fox Sparrow (all sounded Thick-billed) --
> 79 Dark-eyed Junco (all seen, Oregon) --
> 16 White-crowned Sparrow --
> 7 Song Sparrow --
> 10 Green-tailed Towhee --
> 7 Spotted Towhee --
> 28 sparrow sp. -- mostly “chuncos”
> 67 Western Tanager --
> 6 Black-headed Grosbeak --
> 6 Lazuli Bunting --
> 1 Brown-headed Cowbird --
> 2 Purple Finch --
> 14 Cassin's Finch --
> 2 Purple/Cassin's Finch --
> 6 Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) --
> 1 Pine Siskin --
> 2 finch sp. --
> 74 passerine sp. --
> 1 bird sp. -- (sounded like PUFI pik call)
>
> This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
> Note: these numbers are Courtney’s eBird reports tallied, which are her
> counts, and include what more Paul noted aloud, and include encounters
> between 3-min. counts;
> these are NOT Paul’s official BBS counts.
>
> Note: other species encountered May 27 but not June 27:
>
> 1 Mallard -
> 11 Sooty Grouse -
> 1 Gray Jay -
> 1 Western Bluebird -
> 1 Mountain Bluebird -
> 3 Hermit Warbler -
> 7 Wilson’s Warbler -
> 3 Brewer’s Blackbirds -
>
> And astonishingly,(considering so much creek and river), some species NOT
> encountered on either date:
>
> Osprey
> Bald Eagle
> Common Nighthawk
> hummingbirds
> Belted Kingfisher
> American Dipper
>
> Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
> Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
> Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits
>

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Date: 6/28/18 6:00 pm
From: Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
Wednesday June 27, I joined with Paul Adamus as he ran my/his Wizard Falls BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) route for me, thanks Paul!
This was our first day meeting eachother, and we enjoyed this day birding together.
Paul did the official 3-min. BBS counts, while I merely leisurely enjoyed birding and eBirding :-)

We encountered total of 62 species,
including our best-ever views of poorwills, roosting and flying,
and a close-up Great Gray Owl! — first time I have ever randomly encountered one! (Location: Sensitive.)
Also, Wild Turkey and Peregrine Falcon and White-headed Woodpecker were new Jefferson county birds for me.

I include our complete bird list, of June 27, at bottom of this post.

* But first, to ask: *

Is any birder willing to help assist me in this next week, running the Elk Lake BBS route? along Cascades Lakes Hwy in Deschutes Co.

(Warning: we may need to do two separate trip days, since I haven’t yet scouted the 50 route stops, so if we go overtime as learning the route, would need to redo another day.)
It needs to be run before July 7, on good weather day.

If I don’t find someone to help assist me, I won’t do the route, and no data will be submitted for 2018.

This spring I signed up for 3 BBS routes: Wizard Falls, Elk Lake, Davis Lake.

May 27, 2018, I attempted to run my first BBS, Wizard Falls, but I failed,
determined the BBS protocol is too difficult (for me) to do alone by myself, I would need help, an Assistant, and I don’t have one,
so I gave back my routes, I told BBS coordinator Paul Adamus that I can’t do them.

So, this week, Paul decided to run one of my abandoned routes for me, Wizard Falls, invited me along to join him, to demonstrate/inspire me to rethink how fun a BBS can actually be!

The 50 stops with 3-min birding at each stop is a long day, but this part I can do, and enjoy,

but the 25-mile route is supposed to be done in “4 or 5” hours, (with maximum time allotment of 6.5 hours, if adverse weather), any time beyond which and they don’t use the data:
and my attempt May 27, took me ca. 9.5 hours.

June 27, Paul and I were able to do it under 6-hours, (would have been 5.25 hours if we hadn’t mistakenly birded 9 stops that weren’t the right stops! - to redo).

Alone, however, I am not capable of doing a route under this tight protocol. Keeping to a tight schedule is not one of my gifts, or joys.
I need an Assistant who enjoys schedule/order/protocol, as I enjoy birdsong/spaciousness.

Also, I’m terrible at multitasking —
while identifying and counting birds, timing counts, driving and paying attention to mileage and where are stop points, and watching weather and tallying cars, and filling out forms, ... is so much mental energy for me, and probably I move too slow/relaxed ...
May 27, I backed off a road into a ditch, vehicle fell over almost on its side, cradled by two trees. I was extremely lucky that people were nearby camping for Memorial Day weekend, and 3 fellow forestlovers quick freely offered and helped tow me out with 2 large trucks, I am so so grateful to them, (and, to feel more hopeful about humanity’s spontaneous/natural goodness!)
But this is not an experience I want to duplicate; driving forest roads alone while multitasking, is not safe.
It’s all too much for me, to do by myself.

And anyway, 5+ hours of car birding is only enjoyable for me, with good companionship.

June 27, I did really enjoy doing the Wizard Falls route with Paul, and it did inspire excitement in me to do the Elk Lake route after all,
if I can find someone to help me.

I need an Assistant to do the driving and time management, keep me on track;
and enjoy quiet birding alongside me as I do my counts.

BBS route starts birding at 4:50am.

There are 50, 3-min. bird count stops, at 0.5-mile intervals; if we plan for only 3-min. between counts to get back into vehicle and drive to next spot and out of vehicle, and without any breaks, or follow-up on other birds, the route would take 5 hours (300-min.), to give an idea of how to schedule.
During car drives between stops, I need to fill out forms/eBird.

An Assistant can’t point out or ID birds for me, during my 3-min. counts.
If desired, I am willing to say aloud what I am hearing/seeing as I count.

Please let me know ASAP if this sounds like a doable and fun day (or two), if you wish to join and help me.

Good weather dependent, my poss available days are:
Saturday June 30
Sunday July 1
Monday July 2 (need to be home by 3p)
Wednesday-Saturday July 4-7

BBS data has a 40-year-history as very important for habitat Conservation, etc. Its data is more useful than a CBC’s, because of more scientifically rigorous protocol.

I am excited to contribute, but
only willing to run the Elk Lake route if I find help.

Thanks!

Courtney Jett
Bend, Oregon
<ckjannabirds...>
https://m.facebook.com/tat.pand?fref=nf


**************************
eBird Checklist Summary for: Jun 27, 2018
Wizard Falls BBS route—stops 1-50 (Jack Lake, Rd 1234, Rd 1230, Rd 1260, Rd 12, Rd 14)
— route completed in 5-hr 59-min, beginning 4:50am.
Mostly sunny, up to ~ 68-degrees.
Full Moon today.

The Wizard Falls BBS route tours from east flanks of Three-fingered Jack east to Metolius River of Camp Sherman, in Jefferson Co.

Number of Species: 62-63

3 Wild Turkey --
7 Turkey Vulture --
1 Red-tailed Hawk --
2 Spotted Sandpiper --
1 Mourning Dove --
1 Great Gray Owl --
2 Common Poorwill --
3 Vaux's Swift --
1 Lewis's Woodpecker --
3 Williamson's Sapsucker --
12 sapsucker sp. --
4 Hairy Woodpecker --
9 White-headed Woodpecker --
38 Northern Flicker --
1 Pileated Woodpecker --
12 woodpecker sp. --
1 American Kestrel --
1 Peregrine Falcon --
18 Olive-sided Flycatcher --
39 Western Wood-Pewee --
1 Willow Flycatcher --
11 Hammond's Flycatcher --
16 Dusky Flycatcher --
15 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher --
2 Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher) --
4 Empidonax sp. --
1 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) -- prob
8 Cassin's Vireo --
9 Warbling Vireo --
25 Steller's Jay --
3 Clark's Nutcracker --
4 Common Raven -- fledglings seen
2 Tree Swallow --
62 Mountain Chickadee -- fledglings seen
3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee --
2 chickadee sp. -- (prob MOCH fledglings)
87 Red-breasted Nuthatch --
11 White-breasted Nuthatch --
16 Pygmy Nuthatch --
2 nuthatch sp. --
20 Brown Creeper --
52 House Wren -- fledglings heard
3 Pacific Wren --
4 Golden-crowned Kinglet --
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet --
6 Townsend's Solitaire --
17 Hermit Thrush --
15 American Robin --
3 Nashville Warbler --
50 MacGillivray's Warbler --
4 Common Yellowthroat --
5 Yellow Warbler --
122 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (all seen, Audubon's) --
1 Townsend's/Hermit Warbler --
20 warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) --
44 Chipping Sparrow --
59 Fox Sparrow (all sounded Thick-billed) --
79 Dark-eyed Junco (all seen, Oregon) --
16 White-crowned Sparrow --
7 Song Sparrow --
10 Green-tailed Towhee --
7 Spotted Towhee --
28 sparrow sp. -- mostly “chuncos”
67 Western Tanager --
6 Black-headed Grosbeak --
6 Lazuli Bunting --
1 Brown-headed Cowbird --
2 Purple Finch --
14 Cassin's Finch --
2 Purple/Cassin's Finch --
6 Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) --
1 Pine Siskin --
2 finch sp. --
74 passerine sp. --
1 bird sp. -- (sounded like PUFI pik call)

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
Note: these numbers are Courtney’s eBird reports tallied, which are her counts, and include what more Paul noted aloud, and include encounters between 3-min. counts;
these are NOT Paul’s official BBS counts.

Note: other species encountered May 27 but not June 27:

1 Mallard -
11 Sooty Grouse -
1 Gray Jay -
1 Western Bluebird -
1 Mountain Bluebird -
3 Hermit Warbler -
7 Wilson’s Warbler -
3 Brewer’s Blackbirds -

And astonishingly,(considering so much creek and river), some species NOT encountered on either date:

Osprey
Bald Eagle
Common Nighthawk
hummingbirds
Belted Kingfisher
American Dipper

Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits
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Date: 6/28/18 12:21 pm
From: Louise & Jerry Pascoe <jlpascoe...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Quail broods
Historically there has been twenty something Quail visit our feeder, and
produce a dozen chicks each year. This year we only have six adult Quail
which had four chicks. Only one chick still survives.

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Subject: [COBOL] Quail broods

We also had our first two separate broods in the yard. One with three chicks
and one with four.
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Date: 6/28/18 12:09 pm
From: Jean Vertefeuille-Cutler <aantara...>
Subject: [COBOL] Quail broods
We also had our first two separate broods in the yard. One with three chicks and one with four.
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Date: 6/28/18 7:00 am
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] First quail brood
We had our first California quail brood (s) on Sunday, June 24th. 15+ with one female and two males. Had to have been only a day or two old. Cotton balls with legs! They were seen again on Monday.

Sue Tank
10 miles N of Sisters

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Date: 6/27/18 12:54 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Local RBA: Possible Acorn Woodpecker in Shevlin Park


I walked a slow loop through that area today and had no Acorn
Woodpecker. Many Lewis's around and even nests active where we had
Lewis's on WP festival almost 4 weeks ago. It was a busy place with
people today in that area, with a bus load of kids around the creek plus
attendants and also "cougar camp" across to the north side. But 20
species of birds were busy even around mid day sunshine. So sorry to
report, no Acorn today. Maybe someone else will find it....Good birding,
Judy, <jmeredit...>

On 06-25-2018 17:07, Tom Crabtree wrote:

> A person familiar with Acorn Woodpeckers from California reports seeing one briefly in Shevlin Park where it flew down from the ridge near Shevlin Commons into the park proper yesterday around 9:30 a.m. It is definitely worth checking out.
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Date: 6/26/18 10:37 am
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] locating a birder
I am trying to find the local ornithologist, David Dobkin.  The contact
info I have for him is too old.  Does anyone know David and how to
contact him?

Thank,

Kevin Smith


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Date: 6/25/18 5:07 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Local RBA: Possible Acorn Woodpecker in Shevlin Park
A person familiar with Acorn Woodpeckers from California reports seeing one
briefly in Shevlin Park where it flew down from the ridge near Shevlin
Commons into the park proper yesterday around 9:30 a.m. It is definitely
worth checking out.



Tom Crabtree, Bend


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Date: 6/25/18 12:08 pm
From: Stephen Shunk <steve...>
Subject: [COBOL] Sisters area woodpecker update
All,
Yesterday, Sue Tank and I birded at Camp Polk (briefly) and along Indian
Ford Ck. Most of the known nests are still pretty active. I am still
analyzing my sapsucker photos, so positive IDs are not complete yet. Many
of the nests below seem to have up to 2 weeks before fledging; adults
are feeding
from entrance but still fully entering cavity to clean, most young not
visible at entrance. Here is a summary:

Camp Polk: The White-headed (WHWO) nest in the juniper along Camp Polk
Rd--Hindman Spring area--may have fledged. The adults were still active 2
weeks ago, but the nest was quiet then, usually meaning incubation or very
small nestlings. I would have given them at least 2 more weeks, but the
nest was quiet yesterday. It is possible the nest was depredated by a
rodent.

Calliope Crossing: Still several active nests here, listed in order going
upstream from #1.
(1) 'Reddish' Sapsucker (ReSA) nest inside cattle lease and next to aspen
exclosure; this may be a hybrid (SAPX) mated to a Red-breasted (RBSA), or
it may be 2 SAPX. Frequent visits by both adults; nestling(s) audible and
up to 2 weeks to go before fledging.
(2) 1st Downy (DOWO) nest, high in an aspen snag; both adults visiting
frequently, nestling(s) audible and at most a week left before fledging.
(3) Flicker (NOFL) nest that was tucked in here appears to have fledged. At
least 1 fledgling seen following an adult around and lots of vocalizing.
Since a troupe of fledglings was not seen, there may still be some to
fledge.
(4) Williamson's (WISA) nest in aspen has active adults and audible
nestlings. Under 2 weeks to go before fledging.
(5) 2nd DOWO nest in a spindly lone aspen snag, entrance below eye level.
Male seen visiting frequently and nestling(s) audible. At most 1 week to go.
(6) 2nd ReSA nest is still active with both adults visiting and audible
nestling(s); this nest appears to be a SAPX mated to a RBSA. At least a
week to go before fledging.
(7) 3rd ReSA nest is the only one I have seen this year with a 'pure'
Red-naped Sapsucker (RNSA). The female RNSA is mated to a RBSA; the nenest
st is active and audible, and there are several other cavity nesters very
close by. As several above, up to 2 weeks left before fledging.

Indian Ford Creek, 305 Rd (6/24): This is across the highway from Indian
Ford CG, FR 300 to the end of FR 305, where it ends at a dispersed campsite
along the creek (which was occupied yesteday); the nest contains 2 likely
RBSA, one of which is the leucistic bird seen and reported by others. It's
harder to hear nestling(s) due to tree distance, nest height, and creek
noise, but begging sounds are audible and both adults are still visiting
frequently. Probably 1-2 weeks to go.

I'll be out and about repeatedly over the next couple weeks and will report
when I can. Timing is still very good for woodpecker viewing at the nest
sites, so get out there!
Steve Shunk



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Date: 6/24/18 11:07 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding, June 27
Destinations Gray Butte, Rimrock Springs, Crooked River Grasslands.
For much of the day we will be birding in areas with limited shade so
dress accordingly, bring sunscreen etc. Expect to walk 2 to 3 miles max.
Half day birding. It will quiet down in the heat after noon. Expect to
return to Terrebonne by 1 pm.

Carpooling
Bend, 7 a.m. Nancy P's Bakery at 1054 NW Milwaukee and go to Terrebonne
to Thriftway.
Sisters, 7 a.m. at Village Greens restroom and go to Terrebonne to
Thriftway.
Redmond, probably simplest to carpool from Terrebonne at Thriftway about
7:45

To read about these areas and the birds to expect, go the the birding
locations section of the ECAS website and select the data for Jefferson
County. http://www.ecaudubon.org/birding-locations

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 6/24/18 9:22 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fwd: Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding, June 27
Didn't see it make the list. Sorry if you get 2 messages from me for
Wednesday plan. Judy

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Subject: Plan for ECAS Wednesday birding, June 27
Date: 06-24-2018 17:06
From: <jmeredit...>
To: Cobol <cobol...>

Destinations Gray Butte, Rimrock Springs, Crooked River Grasslands.
For much of the day we will be birding in areas with limited shade so
dress accordingly, bring sunscreen etc. Expect to walk 2 to 3 miles max.
Half day birding. It will quiet down in the heat after noon. Expect to
return to Terrebonne by 1 pm.

Carpooling
Bend, 7 a.m. Nancy P's Bakery at 1054 NW Milwaukee and go to Terrebonne
to Thriftway.
Sisters, 7 a.m. at Village Greens restroom and go to Terrebonne to
Thriftway.
Redmond, probably simplest to carpool from Terrebonne at Thriftway about
7:45

To read about these areas and the birds to expect, go the the birding
locations section of the ECAS website and select the data for Jefferson
County. http://www.ecaudubon.org/birding-locations

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 6/24/18 6:56 pm
From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
Subject: [COBOL] Your COBOL Administrator Forwarding a Request
COBOL Subscribers,

I’ve decided this is a worthwhile request to pass on to COBOL subscribers. Not only that she asked nicely! I forwarded her note instead of her sending it directly to the list. This way you know it is not just SPAM. Teresa Wicks is asking for birders to help her with her PhD dissertation. It sounds like an interesting project and would be nice to help her out. If you would like to help her out please do. Otherwise you can just ignore this. The note she sent me follows.

Tom
COBOL Administrator


I am reaching out to birders across Oregon to participate in an online questionnaire for my dissertation. I am studying ecoliteracy and motivation in participants in avian community science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count. Would it be okay for me to send my recruitment email (included below) to the COBOL listserv members?

Dear Oregon Birder,
As part of my dissertation research in the Environmental Science department at Oregon State University, I am seeking Oregon Birders, 18 and older, and who participate in bird-related Citizen Science projects to participate in my research study titled, “Understanding eco-literacy among Oregon avian Citizen Science participants: Can birds teach participants about fire?.” You are receiving this email because you subscribe to one or more bird listservs in Oregon, participate in a local Audubon Chapter, and/or are part of the Oregon Birders Association. The purpose of this study is to examine ecological knowledge in bird Citizen Science participants.
Participation in this study requires a time commitment of 20-30 minutes to complete an online confidential questionnaire.
There is an optional confidential focus group that will require at least 60 minutes to participate in an online ranking and sorting project focused on science attitudes, identity, and ecoliteracy. If you are interested please provide your contact information to <Teresa.Wicks...>
At the conclusion of this study any data you provide will be de-identified and will not be used for any future research.
The Principal Investigator for this project is my advisor, Dr. SueAnn Bottoms, a faculty member at Oregon State University. She can be reached at 541-737-8262. If you are interested in participating in this research project, please contact Teresa Wicks at <Teresa.wicks...>
Cheers,

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Date: 6/24/18 6:22 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Crossbills etc with fledglings
First that I have noticed them in my yard for over a month, but I had a
red and a yellow colored Red Crossbill at the sunflower seed feeder
today. They brought food to a begging, brown striped bird waiting on a
nearby tree limb.

Also Pygmy Nuts feeding young, going back and forth at the sunflower
feeder.

I have been overrun this year with Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. My
have-a-heart trap is at work in the yard. Today I relocated a 4th one to
a nearby park. I haven't seen a Cooper's Hawk around the neighborhood
this summer to aid in ground squirrel control.

Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 6/24/18 4:18 pm
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Oh, and one more--
DANG!   I forgot the best siting of the day on our way to Trout Creek, a
South American CONDOR seen perched in a tree on Glass Street near its
intersection with Birch Ln near the airport runway.  It was acting a
little lethargic and was easily photographed.

Kevin


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Date: 6/24/18 3:49 pm
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Trout Creek Bird Tour
On a beautiful day thirteen of us traveled to Trout Creek north of
Madras by way of Agency Plains in search of good birds (well good and
not so good)(but MOSTLY good).  The best finds were a nest of Swainson's
Hawks and fledgling Great Horned Owls near the OSU Ag Station.  Just
before actually dropping into the canyon at Trout Creek Matt spotted an
out-of-season American Pipit.  As we neared the BLM campground it became
obvious that there was a fire in the area.  To accentuate that problem
we were told by a carload of people on their way out that the campground
was "Being Evacuated!!"  Well, we got there and had a wonderful time
watching Ospreys, Golden Eagles, nesting Bullock's Orioles, and more. 
Oh, and fire fighting equipment (such as bucket-hauling 'choppers' and
low flying large jet retardant planes.  Matt wouldn't allow me to claim
Whirly-birds and Gas Hawks on our e-bird list.  Aww-SHUCKS!

Thanks to Matt Cahill and his great ears we were able to tick 51 species
of birds on our trip.

Birders today were Kevin Smith, Matt Cahill, Kara Jakse, Marilou Smith,
Laverda Gallagher, Patty Meehan, Toni Morisumi and Friend, John & Lynn
Brune, Nancy Boever, Kathy Persinger, and Ray Pokorny.


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Date: 6/24/18 10:08 am
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Finally Fledged!
Empty nest syndrome! Our last eaglet FINALLY vacated the premises.  And
the nest is a SHAMBLES!  The adults will have to do some heavy
reconstruction next season.  At least this chick actually LIFTED off the
nest on its own rather than tripping or falling off the nest.  Here is
the link to the fledging on u-tube.

https://youtu.be/aT_RewHQWRc

Kevin Smith


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Date: 6/23/18 5:13 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Prineville Bird Club Field Trip Today
The Prineville Bird Club took their monthly field trip to the top of the
Ochoco Mountains today.  We visited Ochoco Reservoir, FR 27 (Summit
Road), the Hash Rock Burn and back to Prineville.  Our best birds were:

Northern Pygmy-owl, Dusky Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Brown Creeper,
Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee and Lazuli Bunting

The full list is below (some species were seen by only a few members)

1 Canada Goose
2 Gadwall
3 California Quail
4 Western Grebe
5 White Pelican
6 Double-crested Cormorant
7 Turkey Vulture
8 Osprey
9 Red-tailed Hawk
10 American Kestrel
11 Spotted Sandpiper
12 Eurasian Collared Dove
13 Northern Pygmy-Owl
14 Anna's Hummingbird
15 Williamson's Sapsucker
16 Hairy Woodpecker
17 Northern Flicker
18 Dusky Flycatcher
19 Western Kingbird
20 Gray Jay
21 Steller's Jay
22 California Scrub-Jay
23 Black-billed Magpie
24 American Crow
25 Common Raven
26 Tree Swallow
27 N. Rough-winged Swallow
28 Cliff Swallow
29 Barn Swallow
30 Mountain Chickadee
31 Red-breasted Nuthatch
32 White-breasted Nuthatch
33 Brown Creeper
34 House Wren
35 Mountain Bluebird
36 Hermit Thrush
37 American Robin
38 European Starling
39 Yellow Warbler
40 Yellow-rumped Warbler
41 Townsend's Warbler
42 Western Tanager
43 Chipping Sparrow
44 Dark-eyed Junco
45 Song Sparrow
46 Green-tailed Towhee
47 Lazuli Bunting
48 Red-winged Blackbird
49 Brewer's Blackbird
50 Brown-headed Cowbird
51 Cassin's Finch
52 House Sparrow

--
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
Prineville Bird Club
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon Oregon Birding Site Guide
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Date: 6/23/18 10:26 am
From: M Gonzalez <towhee...>
Subject: [COBOL] Whiff on Least Flycatcher
Greetings COBOLers,

After a week in Minnesota listening to numerous Least Flycatchers (plus Alder, Yellow-bellied, and Acadian), I visited Tumalo Reservoir this morning (6/23) looking for the Peter Low-find-du-jour. Ran into Stephan S. and Don from Portland. No sight nor sound of Least Flycatcher.

Did observe a Greater Yellowleg, which seems out of place for the end of June.

Good birding,

Mark

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Mark Gonzalez
Bend, Oregon
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Date: 6/21/18 7:03 am
From: Chuck Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Least Flycatcher yes
Jeff Nordstrom found the Least Flycatcher this morning. It was singing in the junipers just before crossing the bridge. We both got a clear look at the bird.

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Date: 6/20/18 9:15 pm
From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wednesday birding
COBOLites,



I ventured from McMinnville today to join the Wednesday Birders at Sisters.
I got to town early enough to look for PINYON JAYS and found them on
McKinney Butte Rd, N of the high school, right across the street from the
Sisters Christian Church. A fire hydrant marks the spot. Some of the
houses over the fence to the west must have feeders that are attracting the
birds.



I joined the Wednesday Birders outing which Judy has already reported.



About 2 PM I went to the outlet of Tumalo Reservoir. It was the doldrum
time of day. I stayed an hour and heard no "che-BEK! From the Least
Flycatcher. Then a rain storm drove me to move on.



I got to Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman by 4 PM and was given permission
to sit on the back deck of cabin 10 to look for the Gray Catbird. A light
rain was falling. I sat under the eve of the roof for 35 minutes and heard
no Catbird. Finally, I walked past cabins 6 & 7 to check out the locations
Tom Crabtree described. On my way back, a wet CATBIRD appeared in the
bushes just east of the steps to cabin 10's deck.



I declared victory and headed home.



Thanks for a good day.



Paul Sullivan





From: COBOL [mailto:<cobol-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Tom
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Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2018 11:08 PM
To: 'COBOL' <COBOL...>
Subject: [COBOL] Lake Creek Lodge



I birded Jefferson County today. I stopped in at Lake Creek Lodge around
1:30pm. I went into the office to ask permission to bird and was given
consent by the very helpful staff person. He indicated that someone was in
Cabin 10 (where the Catbirds have been seen most regularly). He suggested
that I stand in front of Cabin 6 and look back in the direction of Cabin 10.
Within a minute one of the birds popped up. It briefly sang from the top of
a wild rose on the other side of a creek and then flew towards me where it
sang from a bush before it headed east down the Willow Bridge Trail. It
spent some time singing from a Ponderosa Pine near the first picnic table
along the trail. The bird repeated this route several times in the 45
minutes I was there. It also spent some time in the row of bushes between
Cabin 10 and the creek and as I left it was near the main bridge by the
office.



Everyone I encountered at the Lodge was extremely friendly. It was extremely
relaxing birding in this delightful location. For a list of what I saw at
Lake Creek Lodge check out this eBird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46599091



Tom Crabtree, Bend


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Date: 6/20/18 3:35 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wednesday birders visited Green Ridge springs
Always difficult to leave Whiskey Springs but we eventually got to Bear
and Thorn Springs today. Our group was a perfect size and a nice mix of
birders to enjoy being tucked away together with the birds.
We didn't have "all" of our warblers but we had excellent and repeated
views of Black-throated Gray. Hermit and Townsend's - like warblers did
not stay in view long enough for checking field marks carefully. Both
Cassin's and Warbling Vireos were present and Warbling did some fun
fluttering over the water basin a number of times, showing us how it is
done. Both hummingbirds also hovered around the spill-over area of the
tub. Multiple Purple and Cassin's Finches kept us on our toes trying to
ID them and some probably were best left as un-identified. Some
impressive photographers were in the group so perhaps some mysteries
will be solved later.

Thanks to Evan for ebirding today. Thanks to Bob W at Timber Services
for allowing birding at Whiskey. If you don't know how to find these
springs, the ECAS website has all the answers. ecaudubon.org In the
non-bird department, several bull Elk left Whiskey area as we
approached, Sherrie found a blue staining mushroom, a bitter bolete, at
Bear Springs, and we had a blue Bi-colored Cluster Lily or a Brodiaea at
Thorn Springs. Well, also a bunch of knapweed there which needs work of
many hands at some point. Next week, Gray Butte, Rimrock Springs,
Crooked River Grasslands.

This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net
Turkey Vulture
Unidentified Accipiter
Red-tailed Hawk
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Village Greens in Sisters
Mourning Dove
Calliope Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Williamson's Sapsucker - Bear Springs
Western Wood-Pewee
Cassin's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee - some with barely a white supercillium so recently
fledged perhaps
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Nashville Warbler - only briefly seen by 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
+Townsend's Warbler - briefly seen by a few
+Hermit Warbler - briefly seen by most
+++ The above two should probably be recorded as HETOs
MacGillivray's Warbler
Western Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Cassin's Finch
Pine Siskin
Total number of species seen: 30
Birders today: Paul Sullivan, Denise Fainberg, Mary Shivell, Dave Rein,
Mark Newdorfer, Evan Thomas, Sherrie Pierce, Jan Landau, Peter and Toni
Morozumi, Judy Meredith. Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 6/20/18 1:52 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [COBOL] Santiam Pass road-shoulder hazard warning
Hi again all,

Since birders are prone to pulling over to the side of the road quickly
when we see something interesting, thought I should put out a warning on
the current conditions along U.S. Hwy 20 in the Santiam Pass area
(particularly right in the pass and on the east side of the pass).

Monday evening when my daughter Martha and I were on our way over the
pass, we noticed a guy standing by a pickup that was pulled over on the
eastbound shoulder. As we passed, we could see that his front right
wheel was down in a 3-ft deep gully. So we looped back to help. As I
started to pull over, I had to pick the spot carefully since there were
several more gullies in the shoulder.

The poor guy (named Matt) said that he'd just bought the truck for about
$500 (a 1990 compact Chevy pickup) over in Eugene and was driving back
to Redmond when it overheated. He pulled over quickly and next thing he
knew, he hit the gully. Luckily he wasn't hurt and his truck seemed to
be OK, except it was high-centered on the edge of the gully. He was kind
of down on his luck in a number of ways, having just moved up to Redmond
from Arlington, Texas, and definitely couldn't afford to call a tow
truck.

I found a scissors jack in the rental vehicle that we were driving, and
luckily we were able to get it under the frame and start jacking up the
corner of the truck that was hanging over the gully, back-filling under
the tire with pumice gravel as we raised it up, plus backfilled the
gully behind where he'd gone over it with the other front wheel.

Neither of us had a shovel but Martha reminded me that we had a
hand-trowel along in case we needed to dig a cat-hole while camping ...
plus I had a plastic bag along for trash. It took a while with those
pathetic tools, but finally we got Matt out of there and on his way.
Matt was extremely appreciative and gave me a bottle of Walmart bottled
water which came in handy later during our trip.

I noticed there are quite a few similar gullies along the highway this
year. It would be easy to break an axle or worse if you hit one while
pulling off the road at any kind of speed. So definitely watch out if
you're birding up there and watching for woodpeckers in the burn as you
drive by.

I'll be contacting ODOT about this situation too but it could take them
a while to fix the problem.

Safe birding,
Joel


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Date: 6/20/18 1:24 pm
From: sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...>
Subject: [COBOL] June Birders' Night, tomorrow, Thursday June 21st
*Just a reminder: *Join us on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm at the
Environmental Center at 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend OR 97701, for a
presentation about:

* The American Kestrel Partnership*

American Kestrels have been declining in many places across North America
since at least the 1960's. The Peregrine Fund launched the American Kestrel
Partnership to bring professional and citizen scientists together in
helping to uncover the mystery of the decline. Dr. Sarah Schulwitz,
Director of the American Kestrel Partnership will discuss what we do and
don't know about kestrel declines and how AKP's partners, such as Don
McCartney and his extraordinary team, are contributing to a continental
effort to help this charismatic little falcon.

Birders' Night begins at 6:30 pm with a social half hour followed by
announcements and then the presentation. Delicious refreshments will be
provided by Nancy Merrick paired with beverages donated by Strictly Organic
Coffee.Hope to see you there.

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Date: 6/20/18 1:24 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [COBOL] Tricolored Blackbirds along O'Neil Highway, Crook Co.
I haven't seen this mentioned on COBOL lately though might have missed a
report on this traditional spot. Anyway ...

Tuesday morning while driving back from some bird surveys in the
Ochocos, my daughter Martha and I took the O'Neil Highway over to U.S.
Hwy 97. About 4 or 5 miles west of O'Neil, in the area where the Crooked
River comes close to the road with lots of wetland vegetation, willows
etc., we kept the windows rolled down as we did a moderately slow
drive-by. We heard and saw lots of Red-winged Blackbirds close to the
road, but in a couple of spots we could hear TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS
growling away, farther back in the marshes.


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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Date: 6/19/18 4:07 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Tundra Swans Still Here
Tundra Swans are still being seen at Hatfield Lake.  I can find only one
clear record of Tundra Swan in Central Oregon between June 15 (a record
in 1975 on the Little Deschutes that is probably a mis-identifide
Trumpeter Swan) and October 1 (a bird near Lower Bridge on 9/9/01) .  It
may be that there have been a few birds summer here in the past and no
one reported them to COBOL but the lack of records still illustrates how
unusual this event is.  A common bird at a very uncommon time.

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Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
Prineville Bird Club
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Powell Butte,
Central Oregon Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/birding-locations
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Date: 6/19/18 2:38 pm
From: Black-Tanski <blacktanski...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] dead finches
There was an interesting line drawn to feeder hygiene, and this may have
been the source of the problem given the circumstances reported originally
by Kevin "1". While this is an incredibly important dialog, it's not a neat
fit with respect to my own observations. I was referring to a broader,
overall absence of finches in the 'hood (not just our yard) over many
months. I cannot help but wonder if other population dynamics may be at
work. That said, I heard finches singing away in the Parr Lumber warehouse
today, so I can attest to at least a few around in Larkspur. Thank you for
your important post, and the incredibly important work you do.

Kevin "3"

On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 10:49 AM, Elise W <ewolf97...> wrote:

> Judy is right. Take down all feeders. Soak in a 10% bleach solution. Wash
> again with soap and water to get bleach film off, then rinse 4 times. Dry
> completely.
>
> Leave down for a couple days to get sick birds moved off.
>
> Wash bird baths too. Never use wood. Or if you do soak the you know out of
> it.
>
> Diseases: house finch disease is conjunctivitis, affecting the eyes.
> However, it can make them just be ill without obvious eye crustiness. These
> birds starve to death, and you will see an otherwise "healthy" bird simply
> sitting at the feeder, often in the lower tray. his is more likely than
> salmonella with the finches (yes Goldfinches are getting this now, super
> sad). Pine siskins tend to be more vulnerable to salmonella, but that can
> affect any bird as well. As can, coccidia, giardia, respiratory illness,
> parasites, etc.
>
> If this was a family, then they could all be seriously affected by
> parasites (mites, internal). bust most likely house finch disease.
>
> If you get me a bird, I will assess.
>
>
> Elise Wolf
> Native Bird Care
> Sisters, OR
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Date: 6/19/18 1:38 pm
From: <duckjockey...>
Subject: [COBOL] Disease spread at feeders
Birds spreading disease at feeders has been a mostly hidden, or under reported problem for a long time. Salmonella, aspergillosis, conjunctivitis, and avian pox are four of the worst offenders, but there are more. Sanitation is certainly one line of defense, but is seldom practiced. Just keeping a feeder filled is as much as most people are willing to do.

The most common way these diseases are transmitted from one bird to another is a sick bird eating at a feeder, defecating on seeds that have been dropped (whether in a tray or on the ground), and then other birds eating those seeds. Birds like chickadees, which take one seed away from the feeder and consume it there, are less commonly affected. House finches, gold finches, lessor goldfinches, grosbeaks and other species that stay at a feeder for lengthy periods while eating, are more susceptible.

It is somewhat helpful to never use a tray feeder where seeds commonly come into contact with feces, but then there is the problem of the seeds on the ground under the feeder. The longer they stay on the ground, the more likely they will be contaminated with pathogens from the feces of sick birds. At our home quail and jays remove the seeds nearly as quickly as they’re dropped, which may help, but a perfect solution is elusive.

Where possible, one could try putting a wire ‘cage’ on the ground under the feeder, made of 1/2” hardware cloth and perhaps 2 inches tall. The dropped seeds and feces will fall through this screen, but the birds can’t get to it. The accumulated mess would then need to be picked up and disposed of on a regular basis. This isn’t something that would work for a lot of situations, but it might for some.

Below is a good site that discusses diseases at bird feeders and suggested remedies.

Michael

https://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/fact_sheets/coping_with_diseases_at_birdfeeders.jsp <https://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/fact_sheets/coping_with_diseases_at_birdfeeders.jsp>


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Date: 6/19/18 12:12 pm
From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
Subject: [COBOL] Tumalo Res Least FC
Kara Jakse and I went to Tumalo Res this morning and easily found the Least Flycatcher. It was quite vocal. Got some good photos and will post to the ECAS FB Page later today.

Lifer for both of us.

Tom

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble - Roger Tory Peterson
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Date: 6/19/18 10:49 am
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] dead finches
Judy is right. Take down all feeders. Soak in a 10% bleach solution. Wash
again with soap and water to get bleach film off, then rinse 4 times. Dry
completely.

Leave down for a couple days to get sick birds moved off.

Wash bird baths too. Never use wood. Or if you do soak the you know out of
it.

Diseases: house finch disease is conjunctivitis, affecting the eyes.
However, it can make them just be ill without obvious eye crustiness. These
birds starve to death, and you will see an otherwise "healthy" bird simply
sitting at the feeder, often in the lower tray. his is more likely than
salmonella with the finches (yes Goldfinches are getting this now, super
sad). Pine siskins tend to be more vulnerable to salmonella, but that can
affect any bird as well. As can, coccidia, giardia, respiratory illness,
parasites, etc.

If this was a family, then they could all be seriously affected by
parasites (mites, internal). bust most likely house finch disease.

If you get me a bird, I will assess.


Elise Wolf
Native Bird Care
Sisters, OR
541-728-8208

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Date: 6/19/18 6:59 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?


"My" House Finches are OK. She should call ODFW and see if they will
take one of the dead birds for testing.

And, just in case it is salmonella, she should take down all feeders and
water features and clean with a weak bleach solution and hold off on
feeding for a while. Some diseases around feeders are contagious,
rampant among siskins and finches especially. Details here.

http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2013/02/if-youre-seeing-sick-or-dying-pine-siskins.html


Or google for more info.

I hope she figures it out and gets things fixed. Judy,
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On 06-18-2018 23:17, Black-Tanski wrote:

> Was just thinking today that I have not seen a house finch for quite awhile in mid-town Bend. We miss(ed) their song.
>
> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> wrote:
>
>> One of my birders here at Crooked River Ranch has found a number of dead House Finches in her yard. On examination they appear to be starved. No obvious damage to the body, no broken neck (from windows). They all look emaciated. Anyone else seeing the same?
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Date: 6/18/18 11:19 pm
From: Mary Webster <webster_mary...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?
I haven’t had any house finches in months in SW Bend.

Mary Webster

From: Black-Tanski
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2018 11:17 PM
To: Kevin Smith
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Subject: Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?

Was just thinking today that I have not seen a house finch for quite awhile in mid-town Bend. We miss(ed) their song.

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> wrote:

One of my birders here at Crooked River Ranch has found a number of dead House Finches in her yard. On examination they appear to be starved. No obvious damage to the body, no broken neck (from windows). They all look emaciated. Anyone else seeing the same?

Kevin Smith

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Date: 6/18/18 11:18 pm
From: Black-Tanski <blacktanski...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Dead finches?
Was just thinking today that I have not seen a house finch for quite awhile
in mid-town Bend. We miss(ed) their song.

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> One of my birders here at Crooked River Ranch has found a number of dead
> House Finches in her yard. On examination they appear to be starved. No
> obvious damage to the body, no broken neck (from windows). They all look
> emaciated. Anyone else seeing the same?
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Date: 6/18/18 3:03 pm
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Dead finches?
One of my birders here at Crooked River Ranch has found a number of dead
House Finches in her yard.  On examination they appear to be starved. 
No obvious damage to the body, no broken neck (from windows).  They all
look emaciated.  Anyone else seeing the same?

Kevin Smith


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