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10/21/17 9:52 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] First Street today
10/21/17 9:26 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Hatfield Lake And Alfalfa Birds
10/21/17 9:17 pm Mary Ann Kruse <junehog9...> [COBOL] Vaux's swift southbound migration data
10/21/17 6:06 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Prineville Bird Club Field Trip Results
10/21/17 5:36 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Green Ridge 2017 summary
10/19/17 6:15 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Fwd: [obol] advice on scoping in rain
10/19/17 1:26 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] I need ECAS photos
10/19/17 10:52 am David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] No Green Ridge hawk watch this weekend
10/18/17 5:19 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] ECAS Wednesday birding, Mayfield pond, Alfalfa, Houston Lake, Prineville sewer ponds
10/17/17 9:48 am Tom Crabtree <tc...> Re: [COBOL] My Patch Today
10/16/17 9:34 pm sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...> [COBOL] 2018 Birders' Nights input
10/16/17 6:52 pm Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] let me know if you are going to Wickiup
10/16/17 6:17 pm Cindy Zalunardo <cindybirdzalunardo...> [COBOL] FOS Rough-legged Hawk Powell Butte (Crook County)
10/16/17 6:01 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] My Patch Today
10/16/17 1:28 pm Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] anyone going to La Pine area or through it?
10/16/17 11:28 am David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Big day on Green Ridge
10/15/17 9:47 pm sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...> [COBOL] Thursday October 19th is ECAS Birders" Night
10/15/17 9:31 pm <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] Post correction
10/15/17 7:40 pm <wolfies.hound...> Re: [COBOL] Interesting late afternoon
10/15/17 6:36 pm <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] Interesting late afternoon
10/15/17 1:33 pm eggnog88 <eggnog88...> [COBOL] Madras yard birds
10/15/17 12:06 pm jake schas <yellowlegs...> [COBOL] camp polk meadow 10-15-17
10/15/17 9:40 am <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Plan for ECAS Wednesday Birding Oct 18th
10/14/17 7:59 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Green Ridge today
10/14/17 2:11 pm Kristen Tackmier <tack...> [COBOL] Wild turkeys
10/13/17 9:05 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Black Butte Ranch
10/13/17 9:00 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Today
10/13/17 8:40 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Invasion
10/12/17 10:32 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Bend Area Highlights
10/12/17 5:43 pm jake schas <yellowlegs...> [COBOL] YES and NO...10-12-17
10/12/17 3:34 pm JOHN GERKE <JOHNGERKE...> [COBOL] Heart of Oregon birding trip 10/12/2017
10/12/17 12:57 pm Joel Geier <joel.geier...> [COBOL] Antone CBC scheduled for Monday, December 18th
10/12/17 12:51 pm Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] loon
10/12/17 11:16 am Mike Ogle <mogle...> [COBOL] BY anomalie
10/12/17 11:15 am <garrett...> <garrett...> [COBOL] fence markers for sage-grouse
10/12/17 11:01 am Webb, Barbara S -FS <bswebb...> [COBOL] Owl in soccer net
10/12/17 8:25 am Steven McMasters <smcmasters...> [COBOL] Suttle Lake - Oct. 11, 2017
10/12/17 6:34 am Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] poorwill
10/11/17 8:11 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] WW Scoter Retraction
10/11/17 7:06 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Crook Birds Today
10/11/17 2:58 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] ECAS Wednesday Birders did Dry River Canyon, east of Bend
10/11/17 1:28 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] White-winged Scoter Ochoco Reservoir
10/10/17 10:35 pm Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] anyone going to the coast?
10/10/17 8:25 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Least Flycatcher in Crook County ?????????????
10/10/17 10:36 am JOHN GERKE <JOHNGERKE...> Re: [COBOL] Going Away Party for Steve Dougill Nov 3.
10/10/17 7:51 am jake schas <yellowlegs...> [COBOL] addition to my Monday yard birds....
10/9/17 11:26 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Jefferson Lapland Longspur
10/9/17 7:36 pm Marilyn MILLER <goosemiller...> [COBOL] Going Away Party for Steve Dougill Nov 3.
10/9/17 6:36 pm Mike Ogle <mogle...> [COBOL] bend pine nurscery park
10/9/17 5:39 pm jake schas <yellowlegs...> [COBOL] white-throated sparrows in sisters..10-9-17
10/9/17 3:48 pm John <jreuland...> [COBOL] Lake Abert Surveys
10/9/17 12:02 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Typo on Green Ridge Sat. Report, 117 not 177 raptors, thanks Judy
10/9/17 11:52 am David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Help on bird band reporting
10/9/17 11:14 am Kristen Tackmier <tack...> [COBOL] A busy weekend
10/9/17 9:18 am David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Sunday on Green Ridge with a first
10/8/17 6:25 pm Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...> [COBOL] Wickiup Sabine's Gull and Grebes
10/8/17 4:27 pm eggnog88 <eggnog88...> [COBOL] rose-breasted grosbeak in Madras
10/7/17 8:38 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Green Ridge today
10/7/17 10:15 am <jmeredit...> [COBOL] plan for Wednesday, Oct 11th
10/6/17 10:13 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Ryan's Meadow Dillon Falls
10/6/17 10:03 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Black Phoebe No
10/6/17 9:59 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> Re: [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds
10/6/17 8:55 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> Re: [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds
10/6/17 12:37 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Palm Warbler Report (1 week old)
10/6/17 10:49 am Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds
10/6/17 7:41 am <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] Sapsucker sighting
10/5/17 10:20 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Fireman's Bond White Blackbird
10/5/17 5:36 pm sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...> [COBOL] October ECAS Birders' Night Thursday October 19th, 2017
10/5/17 10:30 am Elise W <ewolf97...> [COBOL] simple window solutions
10/4/17 8:28 pm Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Anna's
10/4/17 7:56 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Today on Green Ridge
10/4/17 7:39 pm JOHN GERKE <johngerke...> Re: [COBOL] Still here!
10/4/17 7:14 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] ECAS north coast trip, 3 days
10/4/17 6:57 pm jake schas <yellowlegs...> [COBOL] Of Elderberries and White-throated Sparrows..10-4-17
10/4/17 4:55 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Powell Butte Purple Finch and others
10/4/17 7:38 am <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] Still here!
10/3/17 7:21 am Kris Falco <krisfalco...> [COBOL] Whisky Springs
10/2/17 7:02 pm Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...> [COBOL] Sunriver Marina Black Phoebe
10/2/17 6:48 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Invite to Green Ridge hawk watch Wed.
10/2/17 2:09 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] RBA -- Black Phoebe
10/2/17 9:30 am David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Green Ridge Harlan's & Goshawk
10/1/17 8:27 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Fwd: Green Ridge birds at Hawk watch, excludes raptors.
10/1/17 7:31 pm Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...> [COBOL] Hatfield Eurasian Wigeon and Other Birds
9/30/17 9:44 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Today's Green Ridge raptor migration
9/30/17 7:45 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] 20+ species of passerines at and near Green Ridge during hawk monitoring
9/30/17 7:24 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Plan ECAS Wednesday Birding, Oct 4th
9/29/17 5:44 pm Cindy Zalunardo <cindybirdzalunardo...> [COBOL] Pacific Loon continues at Redmond Sewer Pond
9/28/17 9:07 pm M Gonzalez <towhee...> [COBOL] Band-tailed Pigeon, Crook County
9/28/17 9:59 am Mike <gardenbug99...> [COBOL] New Fall Migrants
9/27/17 4:39 pm Mike <gardenbug99...> [COBOL] Wednesday Birders
9/27/17 3:12 pm Don Sutherland <buffbellie...> [COBOL] Pacific Loon
9/27/17 8:15 am Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] More!
9/27/17 7:29 am Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] FOS
9/26/17 7:45 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Hatfield Lake
9/26/17 6:16 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Redmond Sewer Pond Loon
9/26/17 1:59 pm Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] Bird Changes this week
9/26/17 1:08 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Redmond Sewage Pond Pacific Loon
9/25/17 10:39 pm PETER LOW <plbirder...> [COBOL] Last Weeks Birds News
9/25/17 2:03 pm Gonzalez, Mark <mgonzale...> [COBOL] Crooked River Wetlands Complex
9/25/17 1:21 pm David Vick <or.naturalist...> [COBOL] Sunday's Green Ridge Raptors / BWHA
9/24/17 9:34 pm Craig Miller <gismiller...> [COBOL] Lake County Raptors
9/24/17 7:53 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] plan for Wednesday Birding on Sept 27
9/24/17 1:03 pm Kathleen <ktmartin...> [COBOL] SE Bend yard birds
9/24/17 9:39 am Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> [COBOL] Great trip and more
9/24/17 9:34 am <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] Hangers on
9/24/17 6:43 am Cindy Brougher Zalunardo <cindybirdzalunardo...> [COBOL] Yardbird: Cacklers in Powell Butte
9/23/17 7:21 pm KIM BODDIE <kcboddie...> [COBOL] Green Ridge Sat 9-23
9/22/17 9:38 pm <jmeredit...> [COBOL] Steens report, ECAS Wednesday Birders
9/22/17 5:04 pm Charles Gates <cgates326...> [COBOL] Crook Birds
9/22/17 9:41 am Tom Crabtree <tc...> [COBOL] FOS Varied Thrush
9/21/17 11:00 am Mike <gardenbug99...> [COBOL] Fall Yard Birds
9/21/17 8:13 am <wolfies.hound...> [COBOL] Yard notes on a chilly morning
 
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Date: 10/21/17 9:52 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] First Street today
I birded the First Street trail today between rain showers this afternoon.
The highlights were an immature White-crowned Sparrow in a mixed flock of
White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows and a Dipper. Here's the complete
list:



Mallard 20

California Quail 10

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1

Steller's Jay 6

California Scrub-Jay 25

Common Raven 2

Mountain Chickadee 1

Pygmy Nuthatch 3

American Dipper 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Townsend's Solitaire 1

Hermit Thrush 2

American Robin 10

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 6

White-crowned Sparrow 7

Golden-crowned Sparrow 10

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Lesser Goldfinch 1



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40056063



Tom Crabtree, Bend




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Date: 10/21/17 9:26 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Lake And Alfalfa Birds

Hi all,
I visited Hatfield this morning and walked to the back Ponds. Highlights below:

1st Pond

Tundra Swan 2
Dunlin 2 was 3 yesterday.
Long-billed Dowitcher 15, 16 yesterday.
American Pipit 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

2nd Pond

Surf Scoter 2
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 18
Eared Grebe 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
Golden-crowned Sparrow 10+
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Spotted Towhee 1
Fox Sparrow 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15+
Marsh Wren 8
Wilson's Snipe 1

Alfalfa this afternoon 60 Snow Geese flew over, and about 400 American Pipit were in the field at end of County Line Road.
Also in the area were 52 Pronghorn Antelope.

Yard Birds

Merlin perched briefly.
Fox Sparrow had 3 all week, today 4 birds present, along with 6 or more Golden-crowned Sparrow. Fox Sparrows include 2 Sooty the other 2 maybe altvegan's subspecies, look like dull version of a Red with less prominent Gray streaking on mantle, Browner streaking on underparts rather than Rufous, but has a bright Rufous tail and rump? Also One Dark eyed Junco Cassier type.
Four Fox Sparrows is first for the yard.

Peter Low Bend Oregon.



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Date: 10/21/17 9:17 pm
From: Mary Ann Kruse <junehog9...>
Subject: [COBOL] Vaux's swift southbound migration data
This has been the our most unusual and productive migration ever, ever. Here’s the bottom line on the last three.

Southbound 2015 121 individuals made 499 observations documenting 1,049,750 migrating Vaux’s Swifts.

Southbound 2016 110 individuals made 594 observations documenting 1,139,987 migrating Vaux’s Swifts.

Southbound 2017 164 individuals made 661 observations documenting 1,236,940 migrating Vaux’s Swifts.

We keep getting better and working harder at this and apparently the wee birds are to be doing a good job of avoiding mass extinction.


M.A. Kruse
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Date: 10/21/17 6:06 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Prineville Bird Club Field Trip Results
A few hardy souls braved the rain this morning and attended the
Prineville Bird Club field trip.  Actually, the weather was pretty
good.   I was joined by Jim Van Vlack, Sue Brittain, Larry Dreshler, and
George and Darlene Uhden.  We started at the Prineville Sewer Ponds,
took the scenic route north of Prineville and ended up at Ochoco
Reservoir.  After Ochoco, Larry and I decided to head out to Prineville
Reservoir.  The day's highlights included WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, GREATER
SCAUP, SURF SCOTER, FERRUGINOUS HAWK, MERLIN, VARIED THRUSH and FOX
SPARROW.  The full list is below.


Greater White-fronted Goose Barnes Butte Road
Canada Goose Multiple Locations
Gadwall Barnes Butte Reservoir
American Wigeon Ochoco Reservoir
Mallard Multiple Locations
Northern Shoveler Prineville Sewer Ponds
Green-winged Teal Prineville Sewer Ponds
Ring-necked Duck Prineville Sewer Ponds
Greater Scaup Ochoco Reservoir
Lesser Scaup Prineville Sewer Ponds
Surf Scoter Ochoco Reservoir
Common Goldeneye Prineville Sewer Ponds
Common Merganser Ochoco Reservoir
Ruddy Duck Barnes Butte Reservoir
Common Loon Prineville Reservoir
Western Grebe Ochoco Reservoir and Prineville Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant Prineville Sewer Ponds
Great Blue Heron Prineville Sewer Ponds and Ochoco Reservoir
Bald Eagle Barnes Butte Road
Northern Harrier North of Prineville
Red-tailed Hawk Multiple Locations
Ferruginous Hawk Barnes Butte Road
American Kestrel Multiple Locations
Merlin Elliott Lane
American Coot Multiple Locations
Killdeer Ochoco Reservoir and Prineville Sewer Ponds
Least Sandpiper Ochoco Reservoir
Long-billed Dowitcher Crooked River Wetlands
Wilson's Snipe Elliott Lane
Eurasian Collared Dove Multiple Locations
Mourning Dove Multiple Locations
Belted Kingfisher Prineville Sewer Ponds
Northern Flicker Multiple Locations
California Scrub-Jay Multiple Locations
Black-billed Magpie Multiple Locations
American Crow Multiple Locations
Common Raven Multiple Locations
Mountain Bluebird Prineville Reservoir
Townsend's Solitaire Prineville Reservoir
Hermit Thrush Prineville Reservoir
American Robin Multiple Locations
Varied Thrush Ochoco Reservoir
European Starling Multiple Locations
Yellow-rumped Warbler Prineville Reservoir
Fox Sparrow Prineville Reservoir
Golden-crowned Sparrow Grimes Road
White-crowned Sparrow Grimes and Barnes Butte Roads
Dark-eyed Junco Prineville Reservoir
Red-winged Blackbird Barnes Butte Road
Brewer's Blackbird Multiple Locations
House Finch Barnes Butte Road
House Sparrow Multiple Locations

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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
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!birding-locations/clvb
Oregon County Checklists
http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!county-checklists/c1s34

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Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!birding-locations/clvb
Oregon County Checklists
http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!county-checklists/c1s34


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Date: 10/21/17 5:36 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge 2017 summary
In 4 weekends of hawk watching this fall East Cascades Audubon Society
volunteers tallied a total of 1381 migrating raptors. Each day consisted
of 7 hours of observing from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for a total of 56
hours of observation time. In addition, ECAS's Wednesday Morning Birders
visited the site for 5 hours on 10/4 and counted 24 birds. The people
total was 106 which included multiple days for observers, counter, frequent
flyers (you know who you are) and a bunch of great visitors.

Daily totals:

9/23 147
9/24 166
9/30 223
10/1 183
10/7 117
10/8 87
10/14 181
10/15 277

Species totals:

245 Turkey Vulture
11 Osprey
78 Bald Eagle
6 Northern Harrier
484 Sharp-shinned Hawk
210 Cooper's Hawk
5 Northern Goshawk
166 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Ferruginous Hawk (a first for this site)
1 Rough-legged Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk (possibly 2 more placed under unidentified
buteos)
40 Golden Eagle
2 American Kestrel
54 Merlin
4 Peregrine Falcon
1 Prairie Falcon
48 Unid. Accipiter
3 Unid. Buteo
1 Unid. Falcon
20 Unid. Raptor

This citizen science project would not be possible without the enthusiastic
participation of ECAS volunteers. A special thank you to Sisters Ranger
District Biologist Monty Gregg for his ongoing support. Peter Low, who so
freely shares his considerable skills and knowledge with others, continues
to be the driving force behind this project.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/19/17 6:15 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fwd: [obol] advice on scoping in rain
For those who read COBOL but not always OBOL, here is a gem from today,
perfect for the weather coming our way. Would work for snowflake season
also! I am breaking a COBOL rule with an attachment. I have looked at
it and didn't seem to incur any viral damage. Judy Meredith,
<jmeredit...>

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Subject: [obol] advice on scoping in rain
Date: 10-19-2017 16:08
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
To: OBOL <obol...>
Reply-To: <acontrer56...>

It’s here. And we are all about to be reminded of the imperfection of
the slide-out “sun shields” on larger scopes. The problem is that they
are not very long and they are a tube. Rain hits the bottom of the short
tube and splashes your lens.

My workaround is to use a sheet of heavy plastic (clear lamination
sheets “cooked” with nothing inside are great but anything fairly stiff
will do) held in a half-tube position by multiple rubber bands. No
splashing. Use 3-4 rubber bands to avoid sliding or blowing loose.

Not perfect and catches the wind a little but better than the slide-out
shades and vastly better than nothing.





Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

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Date: 10/19/17 1:26 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] I need ECAS photos
The ECAS Annual Event is only about three weeks away.  i'm going to do a
slide show featuring our projects and events.  I need more photos for
this slide show.  If you have participated in an ECAS project or event
this year and you snapped some photos, please consider sending them to
me for inclusion in slide show.

Caveats:

* If you've already sent me photos, don't resend.
* If you posted your photos on the ECAS Facebook Page, don't send
them.  I'll pick them off the page and seek your permission to use them.
* I have plenty of bird photos so I really just need people shots.

Examples:

* Photos from Eagle Festival, Hawk Watch, Sage Grouse Project, capping
outhouse vents, Kestrel Box Project, Winter Raptor Surveys, Birder's
Night, Wednesday Birders, Birding By Ear, ECAS Field Trips, Old MIll
Walks, DH Woodpecker Festival, Bluebird Boxes, Camp Polk Surveys,
Lake Abert Surveys, Summer Lake Surveys, Vaux's Swift
surveys......the list goes on.

Anyway, by sending me photos, you will have agreed to give me permission
to show them.  I hope many of you have some shots because I have very few.

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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
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!birding-locations/clvb
Oregon County Checklists
http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!county-checklists/c1s34


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Date: 10/19/17 10:52 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] No Green Ridge hawk watch this weekend
The weather forecast for Camp Sherman calls for wet followed by more wet,
100% chance of rain on Sat. and 70% chance on Sun. so the option for our
optional weekend is a no go. Thanks to all of our participants it has been
another great season. Season summary to follow.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/18/17 5:19 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] ECAS Wednesday birding, Mayfield pond, Alfalfa, Houston Lake, Prineville sewer ponds
Birded about 8 hours. Beautiful day. Looks like swallows are gone now,
none seen today. The 100 or so American Pipits, with many Savannah
Sparrows accompanying them, used a grassy field along Horsell where we
had unsatisfying looks. Prairie Falcon in the area. Many geese, of 4
species, of which the 100 Cackling Geese was a high number for any of us
in one location in central Oregon. We did re-locate the Fox Sparrows
under the trestle near the clubhouse at Brasada including one Red sub sp
that all birders saw and Milt got a few photos. I sprinkled birdseed in
a bare area under the trestle so hopefully anyone wanting to find them
can get good views. Thanks to Milt for doing ebird all day. Let him know
<miltvine...> if you want him to share the ebird lists with you.
Below is the list of the species seen today, Alfalfa area first in
Deschutes county and the rest in Crook county. Thanks also to Chuck and
Don for keeping in touch on what they were finding in the area.

This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net
Greater White-fronted Goose, 3 Johnson Ranch Rd, and 34 Houston
Snow Goose, 3 east of Houston with Canada and Cackling
Canada Goose, many hundred today
Cackling Goose, 100 Houston, 1 Prineville ponds
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler, hundreds Prineville sewer ponds
Northern Pintail, 4 or 5 only, Johnson Ranch Rd pond
Green-Winged Teal, Johnson Ranch Rd and Prineville sewer ponds
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe, Mayfield and Brasada pond
Double-crested Cormorant, 5 at Prinville
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle, 2 Johnson Ranch Rd, perhaps several Houston
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk, 1, Williams Rd, Powell Butte
Golden Eagle, 1, Mayfield
American Kestrel
Prairie Falcon, 2
American Coot
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe, 2 or more east of Houston, field with Snowy Cackling
Rock Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Belted Kingfisher, Houston and Prineville
Northern Flicker
Shrike species, got away. Johnson Ranch rd
Western Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow, only in Bend
Common Raven
Marsh Wren, Mafield pond
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
American Robin
European Starling
American Pipit, 100 along Horsell, grassy field
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 locations both around Alfalfa
Savannah Sparrow, dozens around Horsell etc
Fox Sparrow,4 or more birds Brasada, one RED
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird, couple along Horsell
Blackbird species, a few distant flocks
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
American Goldfinch, 1 with house finches and sparrows, county line
Alfalfa
House Sparrow
Total number of species seen: 50
Birders today: Shana Freed a current OSU Systematics student, Dave Rein,
Milt Vine, Jan Rising, Sue Bertsch, Diane Burgess, Sherrie Pierce,
Howard Horvath, Scott Ahlf and Judy Meredith. Good birding, Judy,
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Date: 10/17/17 9:48 am
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] My Patch Today
Chuck, that looks like the zaboria subspecies of Fox Sparrow which is the western form of the Red Fox Sparrow. Nice find!



Tom Crabtree, Bend



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My wife and I had to go to Bend today so we decided to take the scenic route through Alfalfa. We first started at Brasada Ranch near our home and found 4 Fox Sparrows under the trestle by the lodge. Three were Sooty Fox Sparrows. One was more boldly patterned and seemed to be very red. I got some poor photos posted on eBird

( <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39959284> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39959284) before it flew. This bird may have been a "Red" Fox Sparrow. There was a juvenile Pied-billed Grebe on the pond near the trestle. We then found our FOS Rough-legged Hawk near Horsell Road in Alfalfa ( <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39960968> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39960968).



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Chuck Gates

541-280-4957

Powell Butte,

Central Oregon

Oregon Birding Site Guide

<http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!birding-locations/clvb> http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!birding-locations/clvb

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Date: 10/16/17 9:34 pm
From: sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...>
Subject: [COBOL] 2018 Birders' Nights input
Hello fellow ECAS members. I'm currently putting together the 2018
Birders' Nights. If you would like to do a presentation about wild birds or
things that matter to wild birds, or know of someone who might be, please
contact me. Thanks, Sue Bertsch, ECAS Birders' Nights Facilitator
559-940-0427

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Date: 10/16/17 6:52 pm
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] let me know if you are going to Wickiup
Hi,

Have a western grebe, want him to go to Wickiup.

If you are going, please let me know!

Thanks!

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

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Date: 10/16/17 6:17 pm
From: Cindy Zalunardo <cindybirdzalunardo...>
Subject: [COBOL] FOS Rough-legged Hawk Powell Butte (Crook County)
I was on my pond sitting in my kayak watching orange-crowned warblers and ruby-crowned kinglets work the willows when the rough-legged hawk flew over: what a delightful surprise!

Cindy Zalunardo
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Date: 10/16/17 6:01 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] My Patch Today
My wife and I had to go to Bend today so we decided to take the scenic
route through Alfalfa.  We first started at Brasada Ranch near our home
and found 4 Fox Sparrows under the trestle by the lodge.  Three were
Sooty Fox Sparrows.  One was more boldly patterned and seemed to be very
red.  I got some poor photos posted on eBird
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39959284) before it flew.  This
bird may have been a "Red" Fox Sparrow. There was a juvenile Pied-billed
Grebe on the pond near the trestle.  We then found our FOS Rough-legged
Hawk near Horsell Road in Alfalfa
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39960968).

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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
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
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Date: 10/16/17 1:28 pm
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] anyone going to La Pine area or through it?
I am trying to get a grebe from someone in La Pine who refuses to pick it
up ("that's what he pays taxes for").

If anyone is going through that way by chance today or tomorrow.

Let me know. I have new stitches in my face and cannot do it.

But would happily care for the bird if it could just get to Bend.


Elise Wolf
Native Bird Care
Sisters, OR
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Date: 10/16/17 11:28 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Big day on Green Ridge
After Saturday's excitement Sunday morning started off disappointingly slow
with 4 raptors in the first hour. We had 14 birds the second hour, 33 in
the third. 50 raptors passed through from 1 till 2 dropping to 39 from 2
till 3. Then things exploded with raptors in the sky continuously for
about 1.5 hours putting observers and counter through their paces as we
joyously scambled to sort, identify, track and count ending the day with
277 south bound birds. It was as if someone had opened the flood gates for
the sharpies. There was either no wind or 1-3 mph winds from the NE.
After much thought and informed discussion I have concluded that there are
just too many variables to consistently make accurate predictions of when a
big push will occur. As we all know, so much of birding consist of
serendipity so the more we get out, the more serendipitous moments we will
experience.

14 Bald Eagle (many more observed that went back and forth)
1 Northern Harrier
142 Sharp-shinned Hawk
42 Cooper's Hawk
1 Northern Goshawk (one seen north bound again, possibly our resident)
43 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Rough-legged Hawk
1 Golden Eagle (beautiful close encounter, cruising low and close on
the west side)
11 Merlin
15 Unid. Accipiter
5 Unid. Raptor

This may have been the last day of our hawk watching season depending on
next weekend's forecast. Either way, I will post on Thursday if we are a
go or not.

Fueled by an ample supply of oatmeal cookies from Jake Schas, the lucky
observers were Peter Low, Judy Meredith, David Braunschweiger, Nancy &
Satch Esperancilla and Simon Kofler. Ron Beyerinck stopped by for awhile
as did John Goodell of Northwest Avian Resources with friend Renee and
daughter Mia.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/15/17 9:47 pm
From: sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...>
Subject: [COBOL] Thursday October 19th is ECAS Birders" Night
Just a reminder: Our October Birders' Night will be this Thursday, October
19th

*Birding Brazil with Marilynne and John Keyser*

Marilynne and John Keyser have been traveling the world in search of birds
since their retirement and move to Oregon in 2001. They have been to many
countries, often with Fieldguides, Inc. out of Austin, Texas, and
occasionally on private trips with friends or on their own. They have made
several trips to Brazil, birding the Pantanal, the central plateau, and the
Atlantic forests of the southeast. Their presentation will feature not
only the spectacular birds, but also the habitats and the large mammals of
Brazil’s temperate part of the country.

Birders' Night will start at 6:30 pm October 19th at the Environmental
Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend OR, 97703. Our social half hour begins at
6:30, followed by announcements, and then the presentation. We will enjoy
flavorful coffee donated by Strictly Organic Coffee and delicious treats
provided by Nancy Merrick. Hope to see everyone there for a great evening!

Sue Bertsch, ECAS Birders' Night Facilitator, 559-940-0427
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Date: 10/15/17 9:31 pm
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] Post correction
I meant red-naped and red-breasted sapsuckers, one of each. And probably just an adult red-breasted as opposed to a male. Mea culpa, Steve Shunk! :>).

Sue Tank

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Date: 10/15/17 7:40 pm
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Interesting late afternoon
Ok ok! My bad 🤗

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> On Oct 15, 2017, at 6:35 PM, <wolfies.hound...> wrote:
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> Pulled into the driveway about 4:30 pm this afternoon, returning from a trip to Valley. I had to stand still for a few minutes after I got out of the van as an Anna's hummingbird flew by me on it's way to the feeder. I waited until it had had it's fill before I moved to get stuff out of the van. As I moved to do THAT I heard some "suspicious" noises emanating from the ash tree at the edge of the driveway. Grabbed my binocs to find a male red-breasted sapsucker AND a male red-breasted sapsucker working the trunk pretty much in tandem, "squeaking" off and on as they went (Steve Shunk: I swear they were NOT intergrades!! Both very distinctive.) My husband said they've been around all weekend; he first saw them in the Japanese maple a short distance south of the ash, same tree where I'd recently seen the male Williamson's sapsucker. Last year there was a sapsucker (red-naped x red-breasted? I could never get a good enough look to be sure) in the ash tree. And now these two. What was even MORE interesting (the hummingbird hung around a bit in the ash tree as well) was what appeared to me to be a female Nashville warbler working the sap wells! It would flit forward from the closest branch, put it's beak into a weeping well, pull back, and repeat. Perfect view of the complete white eye ring. And what interesting behavior to observe.
>
> In addition to those players, there were a dozen turkeys off to the side of the driveway, a couple of Clark's nutcrackers calling nearby, a white-headed woodpecker at the hanging drinker, and a lesser goldfinch at the thistle.
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> Sue Tank
> About 10 miles N of Sisters
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Date: 10/15/17 6:36 pm
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] Interesting late afternoon
Pulled into the driveway about 4:30 pm this afternoon, returning from a trip to Valley. I had to stand still for a few minutes after I got out of the van as an Anna's hummingbird flew by me on it's way to the feeder. I waited until it had had it's fill before I moved to get stuff out of the van. As I moved to do THAT I heard some "suspicious" noises emanating from the ash tree at the edge of the driveway. Grabbed my binocs to find a male red-breasted sapsucker AND a male red-breasted sapsucker working the trunk pretty much in tandem, "squeaking" off and on as they went (Steve Shunk: I swear they were NOT intergrades!! Both very distinctive.) My husband said they've been around all weekend; he first saw them in the Japanese maple a short distance south of the ash, same tree where I'd recently seen the male Williamson's sapsucker. Last year there was a sapsucker (red-naped x red-breasted? I could never get a good enough look to be sure) in the ash tree. And now these
two. What was even MORE interesting (the hummingbird hung around a bit in the ash tree as well) was what appeared to me to be a female Nashville warbler working the sap wells! It would flit forward from the closest branch, put it's beak into a weeping well, pull back, and repeat. Perfect view of the complete white eye ring. And what interesting behavior to observe.

In addition to those players, there were a dozen turkeys off to the side of the driveway, a couple of Clark's nutcrackers calling nearby, a white-headed woodpecker at the hanging drinker, and a lesser goldfinch at the thistle.

Sue Tank
About 10 miles N of Sisters


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Date: 10/15/17 1:33 pm
From: eggnog88 <eggnog88...>
Subject: [COBOL] Madras yard birds
The feeders and bird baths have been very busy this week. Today, the pine siskin numbers have dwindled to a countable 6 or so. Where the last week there were so many and they moved around so much, I had a hard time counting them. I could get maybe 14 but there were definitely more hiding in the trees.

The rest of the group includes: juncos, towhees, golden-crowned & white-crowned sparrows, many robins, a flicker or 2, 3 cedar waxwings, a couple of scrub jays, a townsend’s solitaire, a house finch, a varied thrush, a lesser goldfinch, and what may have been an immature Harris’s sparrow, but I didn’t get a long enough look to confirm.

Happy birding!
Stacy S.
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Date: 10/15/17 12:06 pm
From: jake schas <yellowlegs...>
Subject: [COBOL] camp polk meadow 10-15-17


Greetings,

Spent a quick hour or so at Camp Polk this morning. Only visited the Hindman Springs and the Pondo Springs areas. Nice bird numbers. Varied Thrush were all over the place. The Marsh Wren and the female Wood Duck at the H. Springs pond was a nice way to end the morning. 2 Flocks of Cedar Waxwings were in the area. Golden-crowned Sparrows were in the weed beds. The Cooper's Hawk was all about having the quail for brunch. It was every so wanting the quail.


30 species


Wood Duck 1 female

Cooper's Hawk 1

Virginia Rail 3

Hairy Woodpecker 4

White-headed Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 2

Steller's Jay 5

California Scrub-Jay 4

Common Raven 8

Mountain Chickadee 12

Red-breasted Nuthatch 35

Pygmy Nuthatch 26

Brown Creeper 2

Pacific Wren 2

Marsh Wren 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 13

Townsend's Solitaire 6

Hermit Thrush 4

American Robin 125

Varied Thrush 28

Cedar Waxwing 60

Yellow-rumped Warbler 45

Dark-eyed Junco 12

California Quail 34

White-crowned Sparrow 4

Golden-crowned Sparrow 67

Song Sparrow 2

Spotted Towhee 7

House Finch 1

Red Crossbill 10


Other creatures:

least chipmunk 1

Golden-mantel Ground Squirrel 2


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Date: 10/15/17 9:40 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Plan for ECAS Wednesday Birding Oct 18th
Alfalfa, Houston Lake, Prineville. Group can decide which spots around
Prineville to bird. It is going to be a really nice day and it might be
tempting to stay out longer to bird, so bring food etc.

Carpooling
Bend, 8 a.m. Nancy P's Bakery, 1054 NW Milwaukee and go to the Bend WBU
area to meet the group.
Sisters, Village Greens at 7:30 and go to Bend WBU, NE parking area of
the lot to meet the group.
Redmond, 7:30 Starbucks Nolan Center and go to Bend to WBU NE parking
area, to meet the group.

Anyone else, about 8:20 NE corner of the WBU area parking lot.

We will start out along Alfalfa Market Rd, Johnson Rd, etc. Wintering
raptors, blackbird and sparrow flocks etc on the agenda out there, and
waterfowl etc around Houston Lakes and Prineville. Judy Meredith,
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Date: 10/14/17 7:59 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge today
Saturday turned into a bigger day than previously thought as I
inadvertently dropped 2 columns from the running total (my apologies to
paid staff). We ended up with 181 raptors despite the fact that the entire
day lacked winds of any significance. The site had a couple of inches of
fresh snow that preserved the evidence that a black bear had utilized "our"
trail. The morning saw many small flocks of Varied Thrush flying over the
ridge from east to west. Despite the fact that temperatures never made it
out of the 30's it was a comfortable day in the full sun. This weekend has
traditionally produced the project's largest numbers and may be our last
for the season so haul your carcass on up if you want catch some raptors in
migration this Sunday.

2 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
3 Bald Eagle
1 Northern Harrier (possibly 2)
90 Sharp-shinned Hawk (approaching pest levels)
23 Cooper's Hawk
30 Red-tailed Hawk
6 Golden Eagle (did not count the last 2 as a tightly bonded pair has
been on site for past 3 weeks)
1 American Kestel (the only one of the survey)
10 Merlin
10 Unid. Accipiter
4 Unid. Raptor

Today's observers included Peter Low, Kim Boodie, Bob Wilkinson, David
Braunschweiger, Nancy & Satch Esperancilla, Cindy Zarlando
and visitors Tim Turner, Linda & Rick Hickman.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/14/17 2:11 pm
From: Kristen Tackmier <tack...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wild turkeys
About a dozen Wild Turkeys crossed over our neighbor's yard this morning. First time I've ever seen them here in Aspen Lakes. The Hermit Thrush still seems to want to visit the front yard and Anna's Hummingbirds returned to the nectar feeder once I replaced the frozen sugar water with the liquid variety. A dozen Pinyon Jays also did a flyover early afternoon today.
Another lovely and birdy fall day.
Kristen Tackmier

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Date: 10/13/17 9:05 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Black Butte Ranch

On October 8th there was a single Snow Goose and Two Cackling Geese out in the pastures behind the Lodge in the Canada flock.
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Date: 10/13/17 9:00 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wickiup Reservoir Today

Most of the day consisted of Rain and Snow, so visibility wasn't the best.

North Wickiup Boat Ramp

Horned Grebe 2
Eared Grebe 10
Common Loon 38
Snow Goose 4

Scoping from the Dam near Tower

Red-necked Grebe 2
Common Loon 8
Common Merganser 65
Western Grebe 173
Bonaparte's Gull 1
California Gull 8
Ring-billed Gull 5+
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Killdeer 6
American Pipit 40

Kiosk Ponds and Hike out on Flats

Fox Sparrow 2 sooty
Golden-crowned Sparrow 23
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 1
American Pipit 35
Horned Lark 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20+
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Common Loon 165
Surf Scoter 1
Clarke's Grebe 1
California Gull 11
Ring-billed Gull no count
Ruddy Duck 5

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.

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Date: 10/13/17 8:40 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Invasion
The rains today brought a surprise to my yard in NW Bend today. I had 10
Varied Thrush in the yard at one time this afternoon. I had 5 more in the
neighborhood. This is the most I have ever had here.



Tom Crabtree


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Date: 10/12/17 10:32 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Bend Area Highlights
Hi all, Sawyer Park this afternoon had the following:

Purple Finch 2
Hammond's Flycatcher 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Downy Woodpecker 1 Pacific Subspecies.
Merlin 1

Hatfield Lake 1st Pond

Red-necked Phalarope 1
Least Sandpiper 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 15
American Pipit 15
Tundra Swan still present

2nd Pond

Surf Scoter 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Sora 1
Virginia Rail 2

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.



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Date: 10/12/17 5:43 pm
From: jake schas <yellowlegs...>
Subject: [COBOL] YES and NO...10-12-17
Greetings,

Yes to having the White-throated Sparrows (3) still and no to any Harris's Sparrows.


Had many inquiries about the sparrows. Bring in some snow and maybe the Harris's will come back.


jake

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Date: 10/12/17 3:34 pm
From: JOHN GERKE <JOHNGERKE...>
Subject: [COBOL] Heart of Oregon birding trip 10/12/2017
ECAS volunteers led a group of Heart of Oregon youths and a couple of their leaders, Justin Berl and Dave (sorry, Dave, I didn't catch your last name) to the Crooked River wetlands and sewer ponds in Prineville this morning, which was a chilly and windy one but without any rain, thankfully. HOO supplied two vans of enthusiastic folks for a morning of discovery.

Birds observed:

Greater White-fronted Geese
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Bufflehead
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Falcon sp. (chasing a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds)
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitchers
Rock Dove
Western Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
American Goldfinch

Twenty-seven species in all.

The ECAS volunteers were Judy Meredith, Cindy Zalunardo, Anne and John Gerke

John Gerke


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Date: 10/12/17 12:57 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [COBOL] Antone CBC scheduled for Monday, December 18th
Hi all,

The Antone Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will happen on Monday, December
18th. This count straddles the Grant/Wheeler County line between
Dayville and Mitchell. The circle includes Picture Gorge along the South
Fork John Day River, most of the Sheep Rock Unit of John Day Fossil Beds
National Monument, and rugged canyonlands along Rock Creek and the
Mountain Creek valleys.

We can always use more volunteers for this highly scenic but also very
rural count. Please contact me if you're interested. If you'd like to
make this a longer trip, you might also consider volunteering for the
John Day CBC on Saturday, December 16th (organized by Tom Winters).

Happy pre-winter birding,
Joel


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Camp Adair area north of Corvallis



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Date: 10/12/17 12:51 pm
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] loon
Great question from someone on why I am not able to just take the loon I
have in care down to Hatfield or Wickiup. First, this loon has a prolapsed
cloaca, so its not going anywhere till that is fixed.

Birds that come down in fairly good weather, as we are having, due so most
often because of something wrong. Mainly, this is being underweight and not
in the physical capacity to fly any longer. Thus they hunt down what looks
like the closest 'lake' or 'river' and land, winding up on wet pavement or
in this case a large swath of dark solar panels that look pretty lake-like,
esp at night when they are flying.

'My bird' weighs 5 lbs....that's the bottom of the range, and he is a male.
His keel is prominent. Light weight, thin keel, indicates that he was not
able to put on enough weight for his migration. NO worries, we will worm
him which is often why (plus he's a young bird, and likely didn't get the
best habitat choices).

He will not be able to put on that much weight on a lake here I wouldn't
think since snow is just around the corner and the waters and night temps
are now frigid. But if I am wrong about that, please chime in.

So, why not take him to somewhere close to his destination? That's where
these guys are going. No major physical challenge of getting over the snowy
cascades, preservation of the reserves he does have, and a good place to
continue his healing process.

I know the crazy bird lady makes odd choices. But, birders do too as they
cruise all over looking for these wonderful beings. So if you are going,
have room in the car for a tub. Call me.

All birds count.

Elise Wolf

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Date: 10/12/17 11:16 am
From: Mike Ogle <mogle...>
Subject: [COBOL] BY anomalie
Lots of birds moving through but my hummers are still around. I did have
strange critter show up at the nyjer seeds. It was in with AM. Goldfinches
and lesser. Acted like a Lesser and looked like one also. Its coloring was
quite different though, a charcoal gray back with the normal lesser markings
but no olive. The yellowish brown chest was completely striped and quite
dark. Its beak was definitely a finch and it was the same size as the
lesser. It was not a pine siskin. I will try for a pic if it returns. Any
ideas?


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Date: 10/12/17 11:15 am
From: <garrett...> <garrett...>
Subject: [COBOL] fence markers for sage-grouse
ECAS is helping the Prineville BLM place markers on fences in order to lessen the chances of a grouse collision.

We will do more fence marking this Sat Oct 14.

We will meet at the Wilco Farm Store parking lot at 2717 NE Hwy 20 at 0930 in east Bend.

We will return to the Wilco Store lot by 4 PM.

Please bring leather gloves, wear long sleeves, and long pants.

We will go rain or shine! No pets.

Bring lunch and beverage and a cloth shopping bag to carry markers.

Call or email Stu Garrett 541 389 6981 for questions.


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Date: 10/12/17 11:01 am
From: Webb, Barbara S -FS <bswebb...>
Subject: [COBOL] Owl in soccer net
Not sure if this was the same incident Mike Ogle referred to, but in mid-August a great horned owl was caught in a soccer net at the park. Someone called the FS office here and a few of our bio techs went over to free it. It was still pretty upset after being freed.
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Date: 10/12/17 8:25 am
From: Steven McMasters <smcmasters...>
Subject: [COBOL] Suttle Lake - Oct. 11, 2017
There was a male SURF SCOTER and a RED NECKED GREBE at Suttle Lake on
Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Steve McMasters
San Luis Obispo, CA

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Date: 10/12/17 6:34 am
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] poorwill
Will contact Liz, but would agree with Gregor.

Poorwill must be kept at a temp appropriate for torpor, from what I have
read (and I will review that today) it is temp that puts them into torpor
(around 40 degrees is my recollection, but will look it up). If she is
physiologically 'awake' and not in torpor, she is starving and will perish.
So temp is pretty critical from what I understand. However, I am not sure
it is bad for them to be kept out of torpor or not. That's a good question.

They must be hand-fed (sorry!), several times a day if they are awake. This
is the tricky part. Their mouths have a joint half way down (it can be
confused with injury, its not). The Cage/Duerre Baby Birds book (NWRA) has
the best care protocol for these birds and describe how to feed. Important
not to force mouth open with fingers, but to pry it, and pry from behind
this joint. The flesh of the bill is not hard, but fleshy like ours and
fragile, so have to keep adapting.

At minimum, I would wake her during the day and feed. This way she is kept
alive until a long term solution is found. I would start with waxworms as
they provide fats and moisture, with app CA to compensate for the ph:ca
imbalance in them. Then crickets are best over mealworms.

I have some contacts who may know about winter care. It could be a long
rehab.

One idea is to contact the author of the goatsucker chapter in Duerr's book
(I will emial her today for that).

Elise Wolf
Native Bird Care
Sisters, OR
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Date: 10/11/17 8:11 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] WW Scoter Retraction
Lew Rems is retracting his White-winged Scoter sighting today at Ochoco
Reservoir.  Photos show a female/Immature type SURF SCOTER.

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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
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Central Oregon
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Date: 10/11/17 7:06 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Crook Birds Today
I went to Prineville to look for the White-winged Scoter reported by Lew
Rems at Ochoco Reservoir.  It was not present at the dam when I got
there and I did not find it anywhere on the lake (much of the lake is
unviewable due to the lack of public access).  I did find an immature
SURF SCOTER about 1/4 mile east of where Lew found his WW Scoter.  I was
joined by Mark Gonzalez and Mark located a RED-NECKED GREBE just off the
county park camping area. There was a mass of birds on the east end that
included a flock of peeps and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.  After leaving the
lake, I found 2 BARN SWALLOWS at the Prineville Sewer Ponds and a
FERRUGINOUS HAWK just below my house in Powell Butte.

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Mark Twain

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Date: 10/11/17 2:58 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] ECAS Wednesday Birders did Dry River Canyon, east of Bend
We went east and had a nice morning with birds active in the sunshine.
There were flocks moving low in the rabbitbrush in several places,
mostly Yellow-rumps, sparrows and bluebirds. The area where Hooker Creek
has an operation was birdy as usual, presumably due to the water that
spills near where trucks leave the site. Around time to head back it
became cold, cloudy and windy and the bird activity stopped. Although
they were requested for the morning and an instigator promoted them,
Pinyon Jays weren't found until we got back to Bend when one carload
pulled over and watched them in a large Ponderosa pine near 9th and
Greenwood. Next week, Alfalfa, Houston Lake, Prineville area.

This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net
Red-tailed Hawk, around east side of Bend
American Kestrel, 1, east side of Bend
Rock Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove, one on the BLM sign at MP 18
Western Scrub-Jay
Pinyon Jay, flock of more than 20, 9th and Greenwood
Clark's Nutcracker, about 10 around the Canyon
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee, nice flock at trailhead
Rock Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet, one for sure, flashing crown
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, several, one flashing red crown
Western Bluebird, flock in brush near gravel piles
Mountain Bluebirds, near Hooker Creek rock crushing site
Townsend's Solitaire, singing in many places
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing, small flock in town near Pinyon Jays
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 40 or more all told, flocks
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer's Blackbird, a single male in the canyon
Total number of species seen: 24

Birders today: Bernie and Louise Martell, Mark Newberger, Steve Dyer,
Clay Crofton, Scott Ahlf, Evan Thomas, Sue Bertsch, and Judy Meredith.
Good birding, Judy, <jmeredit...>

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Date: 10/11/17 1:28 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] White-winged Scoter Ochoco Reservoir
Lew Rems just called with an adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at the dam
on Ochoco Reservoir.

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Mark Twain

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Date: 10/10/17 10:35 pm
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] anyone going to the coast?
Looking for a ride for a loon. She's heading to the coast and needs to
hitch a ride. (She landed at the solar farm east of Bend).

Next couple days. No later.

Thanks!

Elise Wolf
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Date: 10/10/17 8:25 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Least Flycatcher in Crook County ?????????????
Lots of excitement at my house in Powell Butte today.  This afternoon, I
noticed a VARIED THRUSH in the yard so I grabbed my camera to get some
shots.  Staying very still allowed me to get close views as it foraged
in my yard and drank at my feeder.  At one point, it was joined by a
second Varied Thrush.  I then noticed some finch activity in my crab
apple tree and photographed one of the three PURPLE FINCHES munching on
crab apples.  The curved culmen and blurry sides seen well on these
birds brought me to that ID.  This is not an easy bird to find in Crook
County.

Then the real fun started.  I was busy watching the Yellow-rumped
Warblers, Spotted Towhees, White-crowned Sparrows, Juncos, flickers and
a few others when a flycatcher flew into my poplar. I grabbed the camera
and fired off some feeble attempts but got nothing but silhouettes.  The
bird flew out and I thought it was gone.  I went back to the photogenic
Varied Thrushes.  A few minutes later, the flycatcher returned.  I
watched and photographed it for about ten minutes.  It's really late for
any empid so I wanted to get good photos for documentation.  The bird
had a short bill, what looked like short wing extensions and a short
tail.  At not time did it flick the tail up or pull it down but the tail
would move slightly when the bird was at rest.  I started thinking about
the possibility of LEAST FLYCATCHER but I didn't have the field marks
for that bird memorized.  I left it after 10 minutes and what I thought
was a good sampling of photos.  When I analyzed them on the computer, I
still see a short bill and short tail but the wing extentions look short
in some photos and longer in others.  I'll let others see the photos and
give their opinions.  Fun time for sure.

Photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39816467

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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
541-280-4957
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Central Oregon
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Date: 10/10/17 10:36 am
From: JOHN GERKE <JOHNGERKE...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Going Away Party for Steve Dougill Nov 3.
Anne and I plan to be there - thanks for doing the event.

John
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Sent: Monday, October 9, 2017 7:36 PM
To: cobol
Subject: [COBOL] Going Away Party for Steve Dougill Nov 3.



To all friends of Steve;

Steve will be stopping by Bend for 3 or 4 days on his way to parts unknown (South America and China are rumored for starters...). He is hoping to be able to be able to say a proper good-bye to all his Central Oregon birding buddies while in town.

We (Craig & Marilyn Miller) will be hosting an informal farewell party for Steve from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 at our home east of Bend. We figure we can reach all of Steve's friends via COBOL. We will be serving pizza. Please bring your own drinks.

If you can make it, please RSVP (just reply to this e-mail) so we can send you directions and plan accordingly.

Cheers,

Craig & Marilyn Miller
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Date: 10/10/17 7:51 am
From: jake schas <yellowlegs...>
Subject: [COBOL] addition to my Monday yard birds....
Greetings, a sharp observing birder noticed I might have forgotten a twittee bird yesterday.

I should of had 6 Mountain Chickadees as well.


jake

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Date: 10/9/17 11:26 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Jefferson Lapland Longspur
Hi all, after a rainy blustery night on Green Ridge I awoke to a deathly stillness, several Varied Thrushes called from the Woods, as I walked a side road firmed by a light frost a Goshawk called loudly, it was very close and a juvenile female. Standing back at camp, the sun just clearing the Trees and hands warming around a hot cup of Tea, the distinct rattle and then a few tew notes sounded from a Lapland Longspur passing overhead. It was nearly time to go count Hawks.

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.
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Date: 10/9/17 7:36 pm
From: Marilyn MILLER <goosemiller...>
Subject: [COBOL] Going Away Party for Steve Dougill Nov 3.


To all friends of Steve;

Steve will be stopping by Bend for 3 or 4 days on his way to parts unknown (South America and China are rumored for starters...). He is hoping to be able to be able to say a proper good-bye to all his Central Oregon birding buddies while in town.

We (Craig & Marilyn Miller) will be hosting an informal farewell party for Steve from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 at our home east of Bend. We figure we can reach all of Steve's friends via COBOL. We will be serving pizza. Please bring your own drinks.

If you can make it, please RSVP (just reply to this e-mail) so we can send you directions and plan accordingly.

Cheers,

Craig & Marilyn Miller
<Goosemiller...>




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Date: 10/9/17 6:36 pm
From: Mike Ogle <mogle...>
Subject: [COBOL] bend pine nurscery park
Go to the south end in the pines and find all 3 nuthatches, W bluebirds,
downy wp, W.sapsucker and a little seep in the SW corner of the path which
all the birds come too. Talking to a landscape fellow, they had to free a
barn owl from the soccer nets (take that for what it is worth). I would
like to see barn own nest boxes put in the structures on the property, there
lots of rodents.


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Date: 10/9/17 5:39 pm
From: jake schas <yellowlegs...>
Subject: [COBOL] white-throated sparrows in sisters..10-9-17
Greetings, I have 2 White-throated Sparrows at my place in Sisters now--5:38 pm.


jake


Other birds seen between 4:30 and 5:30p are:


juncos 12

spotted towhees 4

scrub jays 6-12

varied thrush 1 heard it only

white-crowned sparrow--have adult birds now 23

golden-crowned sparrow--have adult birds now17

california quail 85 or more

collared dove 34

pygmy nuthatch 12

red-breasted nuthatch 20

hermit thrush 3

robin 2

flicker 1

great horned owls last night 3


other creatures around this week:

least chipmunk 2

california ground squirrel 1

douglas squirrel 1 not had them in my yard before

western gray squirrel 3 was 4 but it did not make it across the road yesterday

bat (sp) 1

raccooons 5 a whole family

striped skunk none yet mid October is when they come through

mule deer 12 or more--I have a sanctuary yard.


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Date: 10/9/17 3:48 pm
From: John <jreuland...>
Subject: [COBOL] Lake Abert Surveys
The 2017 Lake Abert survey season ended on Sunday 10/8 (unless someone
randomly does a survey and sends me the results) Kara Jakse and I did the
final survey on Sunday. The lake still looks pretty good :

lots of shovelers, gulls (including a few Franklin's), and avocets

three species of geese (Canada, GWF, and Cackling)

small duck numbers (mallards, widgeons, and ruddy's) - just as well because
there were a few hunters out gunning for ducks

1 marbled godwit

9 decoys (Canada goose and mallard)



Here are the highlights for the 2017 season:



5 volunteers did 11 surveys:

1 in April

4 in July

3 in August

1 each in September and October.



Peak birds:

Phalaropes 97,500 on July 29

Avocets 9,485 on Aug 26

Eared Grebes 5,575 on July 29

Geese 11,991 on Jul 29

Gulls 4,347 on Jul 29

Stilts 301 on 8/26

Shovelers 10,445 on 9/15



Unusual Birds:

2 lesser scaup on 4/15

1 clark's grebe and 5 pintails on 8/6

3 Virginia rails and 2 western grebes on 8/13

1 Herring gull on 8/26

2 sandhill cranes on 9/16

1 cackling goose, 3 GWF geese, and 1 marbled godwit on 10/8



The lake was well used this year - far more birds than any year since 2013.
Great to see it look a little more like a lake.




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Date: 10/9/17 12:02 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Typo on Green Ridge Sat. Report, 117 not 177 raptors, thanks Judy

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Date: 10/9/17 11:52 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Help on bird band reporting
I recovered a White-crowned Sparrow with a red colored leg band. It is not
a federal band so I can't enter anything on reportband.gov or any USGS
websites. I looked on both sites for MAPS but they have nothing on
reporting. The band has the numbers 19030, 1641 (No dashes). In addition
it has tiny upper case letters in two different locations ABRE, OPEI.
Assistance on where I can report would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/9/17 11:14 am
From: Kristen Tackmier <tack...>
Subject: [COBOL] A busy weekend
There was an impressive number of birds that showed up in our yard in Aspen Lakes this weekend. In addition to the usual Lesser Goldfinches, Oregon Juncos, Northern Flickers, and American Robins, we noted the following visitors: Evening Grosbeaks, Varied Thrushes, White-breasted, Red-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, Anna's Hummingbirds, Stellers Jays, Townsend's Solitaire, a female Purple Finch, and, very briefly, a Sharpie.
On Sunday we were treated to a dozen + Pinyon Jays. And today a FOS Hermit Thrush.
Kris Tackmier

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Date: 10/9/17 9:18 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Sunday on Green Ridge with a first
Hawk watchers were more comfortable than on Saturday due to the lack of
drizzle and significant winds (but it was sure cool to observe raptors
flying through Saturday morning's persistent rainbow). The majority of
birds moved through high overhead mid afternoon as they had to rely on
thermals. A first for ECAS's Green Ridge Raptor Survey occurred when Peter
observed a south bound Ferruginous Hawk in the morning. After having 11
Merlins scream past us on Saturday we didn't observe a single falcon on
Sunday. Some of us left five minutes before five but Bob W. and David B.
stuck with it to get the 3 last accipiters of the day and a pair of Golden
Eagles that couldn't be counted because they headed north ending the day
with 86 raptors.

1 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
6 Bald Eagle
1 Northern Harrier
27 Sharp-shinned Hawk
18 Cooper's Hawk
2 Northern Goshawk
17 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Golden Eagle
1 Ferruginous Hawk
5 Unid. Accipiter
1 Unid. Buteo (possible Broad-winged)
3 Unid. Raptor

Portland was well represented on Saturday but it was Eugene's turn on
Sunday whose participants included Peter Low, Kim Boodie,
Jake Schas, Mike Golden, Nancy & Satch Esperancilla, David Braunschweiger,
Cindy Zarlando, Cynthia Stockwell, Jrnie Thomas,
Linda Gilbert, Dan Willis, Simon Kolfer, Bob Wilkenson and Gary & Laura
Nicholson.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/8/17 6:25 pm
From: Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wickiup Sabine's Gull and Grebes
Hi all,

I spent a few hours birding around Wickiup this afternoon. I watched a
juvenile Sabine's Gull fly over the open water visible from a south side
pullout. Checklist here for location:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39728007

I also found a red-necked, horned, couple eared and several Western grebes
along with common loons from the dam.

I checked out the Crane Prairie and Rock Creek Campgrounds - lots of
distant waterfowl and a fly-over merlin, but otherwise pretty quiet.

Matt Cahill
Bend

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Date: 10/8/17 4:27 pm
From: eggnog88 <eggnog88...>
Subject: [COBOL] rose-breasted grosbeak in Madras
About 4pm, shortly after adding a second feeder with black oil sunflower seeds in our SE Madras backyard, an immature male rose-breasted grosbeak showed up! More brown like a female, but had just a little vee and trail of red on his breast, definite red flash under the wing close to the body, and the obvious white wing spots. Never seen one before and had to look it up. Unfortunately, the phone pics are horribly pixilated at the zoom level to even see it.

Probably would have missed him if I hadn’t been so entertained by the mountain chickadee grabbing seeds and flying off to stash them in juniper tree trunks around the house. Also have had a mix of golden-crowned sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, chipping sparrows, spotted towhees, juncos, cedar waxwings, flickers, scrub jays, and the thirstiest robins. They really like the shallow tray of water more than the deeper bird bath and I have had to refill them twice daily all week!

Happy sunny Sunday!
Stacy S.
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Date: 10/7/17 8:38 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge today
A hardy crew of weekend warriors hung it out through a wet morning and cold
day as 18-24 mph winds from the west pushed 177 raptors through on Sunday.
It started off very slow but peaked from 1:00 - 2:00 with 46 birds, a great
day for Eagles and Merlins.

0 Turkey Vultures
1 Osprey
22 Bald Eagle
1 Northern Harrier
41 Sharp-shinned Hawk
21 Cooper's Hawk
5 Red-tailed Hawk
12 Golden Eagle
11 Merlin
1 Peregrine
1 Unid. Accipiter
1 Unid. Raptor

Today's participants included Peter Low, Kim Boodie, Nancy & Satch
Esperancilla, Tom Crabtree, Evan Thomas, Mike Bogar, Ryan Shaffer, Michael
Thomas, Nancy Lynn, Rick Sany, Colin Watson, Renee Fowler plus a couple of
folks from Salem just passing by.
We enjoyed the very good company of USFS exchange intern from Austria,
Simon Kofler. Looking forward to better conditions and more birds tomorrow,

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/7/17 10:15 am
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] plan for Wednesday, Oct 11th
Time changed for our starts, from now through winter it is 8 a.m.

Half day birding. We will walk 2 to 4 miles in the Dry River Canyon for
scenery and birds. Targets are Pinyon Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, Prairie
Falcon, Townsend's Solitaire, etc. There is a trail but it is rocky and
uneven in some places. Dress warmly because it is cool until the
sunshine reaches into the canyon.

Carpooling
Bend, Nancy P's Bakery at 1054 NW Milwaukee at 8 a.m.

Redmond, Starbucks at Nolan Center at 7:30 and go to the parking area
near Wild Birds Unlimited at Hwy 20/27th St.

Sisters, Village Greens at 7:30 and go to Wild birds Unlimited parking
area at Hwy 20/27th st.

Anyone else, meet at the parking lot, at the NE section near WBU and
Barnes and Noble section at about 8:20.

Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 10/6/17 10:13 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Ryan's Meadow Dillon Falls
There was One Great White Egret at the Meadow late afternoon yesterday and 9 Wilson's Snipe among others.

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.
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Date: 10/6/17 10:03 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Black Phoebe No
Hi all, Wednesday 10/4/17 I looked for the Black Phoebe at Sun River after work for short while. I did not find it, but there was a Yellow-shafted Flicker adult male close by.

Peter Low Bend Oregon.
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Date: 10/6/17 9:59 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds
Hi Tom and all, generally speaking, our largest counts occur on West or South Westerly winds in conjunction with cloud cover. Under these conditions thermals are few if any, so the birds use the next best option, which is riding the updrafts along a North to South ridge. On those warm sunny days with variable winds I think the birds prefer to use thermals, and so are moving on a broader front and not concentrated on the ridge. From memory, flights have always been poor on winds out of the North.
I remember one year, on the Saturday birds were very few, and with Sundays weather Forecast exactly the same I made the decision to skip it and Bird some Where else. Turns out that Sunday was a big day! So, you just never know!

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.

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To: "COBOL" <COBOL...>
Sent: Friday, October 6, 2017 10:49:04 AM
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds



David Vick pointed out how slow the Hawk Watch was on Wednesday when there were no winds. In peoples’ experience, what is the birding like with various wind directions? It appears last weekend had good numbers, but birds were high when the wind was out of the west. I am guessing that south or southwest winds would tend to slow things down. What is birding like in North, NW or pure West winds?



Thanks,



Tom Crabtree

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Date: 10/6/17 8:55 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds
Tom forms an interesting question. My guess is you could ask 10 people
and they would give you 10 different answers. In general I would say,
if there is little wind (nice day) you will likely see few birds.
Moderate winds from the west are often pretty productive. I don't know
that there is a sustained trend that can be seen with winds from the
north south or east (although, winds from the south seem to me to
provide little incentive to migrate).

To be frank, going up there twice a year for many years doesn't really
give me a good enough perspective to offer a very useful comment.
However, we have over 10 years of raptor vs. wind direction and speed
data. Perhaps it's time to have someone look for the correlation
between wind and raptor numbers by looking at the data. Any volunteers?



On 10/6/2017 10:49 AM, Tom Crabtree wrote:
>
> David Vick pointed out how slow the Hawk Watch was on Wednesday when
> there were no winds. In peoples experience, what is the birding like
> with various wind directions? It appears last weekend had good
> numbers, but birds were high when the wind was out of the west. I am
> guessing that south or southwest winds would tend to slow things
> down. What is birding like in North, NW or pure West winds?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tom Crabtree
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Date: 10/6/17 12:37 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Palm Warbler Report (1 week old)
Looks like this sailed under the radar.  There was a Palm Warbler
photographed at the Sheridan Burn on 9/30.

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39489193

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Date: 10/6/17 10:49 am
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge Winds
David Vick pointed out how slow the Hawk Watch was on Wednesday when there
were no winds. In peoples' experience, what is the birding like with
various wind directions? It appears last weekend had good numbers, but
birds were high when the wind was out of the west. I am guessing that south
or southwest winds would tend to slow things down. What is birding like in
North, NW or pure West winds?



Thanks,



Tom Crabtree


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Date: 10/6/17 7:41 am
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] Sapsucker sighting
Yesterday morning, while passing by the still fully-leafed out maple at the SW corner of our garage, I heard some tapping that needed investigating. Crept around to where I could see through the branches and found a male Williamson's Sapsucker working away on the trunk. They ARE out this general direction: I often hear them drumming to the west of us in the spring. But the only time I've seen any in the yard is in the fall and only irregularly. Sometimes it's a male, sometimes a female, working the aspen trees along the edge of the driveway. So this was definitely a treat!

Sue Tank
10 Miles N of Sisters

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Date: 10/5/17 10:20 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fireman's Bond White Blackbird
Spend enough time checking out blackbird flocks and you are bound to
find some strange ones.  A leucistic Brewer's Blackbird was feeding with
other BBBs and Starlings at Fireman's Pond in Redmond.  Photos of this
bird at https://www.flickr.com/photos/124095129@N06/.

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Date: 10/5/17 5:36 pm
From: sue bertsch <lindasuebertsch...>
Subject: [COBOL] October ECAS Birders' Night Thursday October 19th, 2017
Greetings ECAS members and friends. Our October Birders' Night will be

*Birding Brazil with Marilynne and John Keyser*

Marilynne and John Keyser have been traveling the world in search of birds
since their retirement and move to Oregon in 2001. They have been to many
countries, often with Fieldguides, Inc. out of Austin, Texas, and
occasionally on private trips with friends or on their own. They have made
several trips to Brazil, birding the Pantanal, the central plateau, and the
Atlantic forests of the southeast. Their presentation will feature not
only the spectacular birds, but also the habitats and the large mammals of
Brazil’s temperate part of the country.

Birders' Night will start at 6:30 pm October 19th at the Environmental
Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend OR, 97703. Our social half hour begins at
6:30, followed by announcements, and then the presentation. We will enjoy
flavorful coffee donated by Strictly Organic Coffee and delicious treats
provided by Nancy Merrick. Hope to see everyone there for a great evening!

Sue Bertsch, ECAS Birders' Night Facilitator, 559-940-0427

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Date: 10/5/17 10:30 am
From: Elise W <ewolf97...>
Subject: [COBOL] simple window solutions
Getting a few window injured birds now from the migration.

So I posted 3 of my favorite solutions on my blog.
www.nativebirdcare.org/blog

They are all EXCELLENT at preserving a view out. They are also economical.
All can be made by hand with little cost or handyperson skills. (these are
not stickers!)

However, for those who want simplicity, two of these are professionally
manufactured and look great on a home whose owners want to preserve a
certain look and an expensive view.

My website has a lot more options.

Every bird counts.

Elise Wolf
Native Bird Care
www.nativebirdcare.org
Sisters, OR
541-728-8208

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Date: 10/4/17 8:28 pm
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Anna's
Anna's are still here at Crooked River Ranch, both male and female.

Kevin Smith


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Date: 10/4/17 7:56 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Today on Green Ridge
If I had just one adjective to describe the Wednesday Morning Birders hawk
watching today it would be SLOW. In addition there were very, very few
raptors (just kidding gang). We almost had more birders ((14) than birds
(23). The weather was quite decent but the winds, or lack there of, were
not conducive to pushing birds through. We could of had fair numbers if we
counted all the red tails and baldies that weren't interested in heading
south. However, the compensation was the great company with the exception
of one individual but be it far below me to mention Evan Thomas by name.
(Sorry man. I know that was a cheap shot but I just couldn't resist.)

7 Turkey Vulture
3 Bald Eagle
3 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Cooper's Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Merlin
1 Unid. Accipiter
2 Unid. Raptor

Today's birders: Susan Groszkiewicz, Denise Fawberg, Sue Bertsch, Diane
Burgess, Evan Thomas, Kim Boddie, Scott Ahlf, Kara Jakse, Mike Golden, Jan
Rising, Gilah Tenenbaun, Joel Tinsley, Don Sutherland and Loren Smith.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/4/17 7:39 pm
From: JOHN GERKE <johngerke...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Still here!
Seven miles NE of Sisters, we still have at least two female Anna's hummers.

Sent from my iPad - John


> On Oct 4, 2017, at 7:38 AM, "<wolfies.hound...>" <wolfies.hound...> wrote:
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> Sitting at the kitchen island, sipping tea, working on my Ipad, when I glance up and look west out the window over the kitchen sink. There, in it's reflection, I can see my hanging flower basket on the deck behind me with still blooming Million Bells, and working the flowers, a hummingbird!!! All I saw was it's silhouette, so no ID on it. Just last night I took down my nearly empty feeder with a sigh, figuring since I hadn't seen or heard any hummingbirds in the past couple of weeks they surely had left the yard. I suppose they could be working the feeder during the day when I'm at work, but even on the weekend when I've been home, working in the yard, I haven't seen or heard any recently. Until today. So I JUMPED up, high-tailed it out to the garage, grabbed up the clean, but empty feeder, made up some food and quickly re-hung the feeder. Phew! Now I will go out and water the baskets (I have one at each end of the house) to keep those blossoms open a wee bit longer
fo
> r those that are lingering.
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> Sue Tank
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Date: 10/4/17 7:14 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] ECAS north coast trip, 3 days
Upcoming trip on Wednesday, Thurs, Friday October 25,26,27 with mostly
Clatsop county. We will focus on exploring prime spots recommended by
locals for fall and winter. Seasonal recommendations for Clatsop county
can be seen on the ECAS website for birding locations. We will also
engage in a chase or 2 if rare birds are reported in the area while we
are birding. We will do a seawatch from the south jetty of the Columbia,
walk some beaches and wetlands, check boat basins, etc.

Details later to participants. For now, I need to know if you intend to
participate because I have to get motel rooms held and make plans for
carpooling etc. I have heard from about 6 people so far who wish to join
the trip. We will start out early a.m. Wednesday and return around
darkness on Friday. Let me know if questions or you wish to join us.
Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 10/4/17 6:57 pm
From: jake schas <yellowlegs...>
Subject: [COBOL] Of Elderberries and White-throated Sparrows..10-4-17
Greetings,
Found a White-throated Sparrow in the Cascade Cottage village in Sisters. This is the housing behind (south) of Les Schwab.
The Elderberries are in my yard. This afternoon I found the following birds eating the berries:

Hermit Thrush 3

Juncos 4

Golden-crown Sparrows 5

Pine Siskins 2

Downy Woodpecker 1

Robins 1



Lots of Hermit Thrushes passing through the Sisters area. The Townsend Solitaires are all over and noisy.



Have had 4 Great Horned Owls hooting, squawking and squeaking to all hours of the night and mornings for the past week or so.



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Date: 10/4/17 4:55 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Powell Butte Purple Finch and others
This afternoon I had a female Purple Finch at my crab apple tree.  I
took some photos for eBird if you want to take a look. Seems like I blow
this ID every so often. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39554979
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39554979>

Earlier today, I saw a Fox Sparrow and this afternoon I saw 2. These are
probably the same birds that have been hanging out here for a while.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39552044

I took the dog to the Powell Butte Cemetery today and saw Varied Thrush
and Hermit Thrush. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39551936

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Mark Twain

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Date: 10/4/17 7:38 am
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] Still here!
Sitting at the kitchen island, sipping tea, working on my Ipad, when I glance up and look west out the window over the kitchen sink. There, in it's reflection, I can see my hanging flower basket on the deck behind me with still blooming Million Bells, and working the flowers, a hummingbird!!! All I saw was it's silhouette, so no ID on it. Just last night I took down my nearly empty feeder with a sigh, figuring since I hadn't seen or heard any hummingbirds in the past couple of weeks they surely had left the yard. I suppose they could be working the feeder during the day when I'm at work, but even on the weekend when I've been home, working in the yard, I haven't seen or heard any recently. Until today. So I JUMPED up, high-tailed it out to the garage, grabbed up the clean, but empty feeder, made up some food and quickly re-hung the feeder. Phew! Now I will go out and water the baskets (I have one at each end of the house) to keep those blossoms open a wee bit longer fo
r those that are lingering.

Sue Tank
About 10 miles N of Sisters

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Date: 10/3/17 7:21 am
From: Kris Falco <krisfalco...>
Subject: [COBOL] Whisky Springs
Monday at Whisky Springs:
1 Hermit Thrush
4 Varied Thrush, together in group
5 Fox Sparrow, together in group
2 Junco
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
Not many birds, but beautiful ones.
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Date: 10/2/17 7:02 pm
From: Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...>
Subject: [COBOL] Sunriver Marina Black Phoebe
The black phoebe at the Sunriver Marina was still there this evening,
coming out after the rains had passed. I watched it move between the dock
and the large golden willows on the other shore.

Thanks Tom for the Show-Me heads-up.

Matt Cahill
Bend

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Date: 10/2/17 6:48 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Invite to Green Ridge hawk watch Wed.
Greetings All,

Judy Meredith already posted on COBAL about ECAS's Wednesday Morning
Birders going up to Green Ridge on the 4th but I thought I'd extend the
invitation to the OBAL crowd. After all, it is peak migration. If you are
not meeting up with the WMB group or haven't been up to the site before you
can meet me and/or Kim Boodie at Indian Ford Campground at 9:00. The road
up from there consists of 9 miles of pavement followed by 9 miles of gravel
that can be navigated by any passenger car. We plan on making this a full
data collection day so if there any experienced hawk watchers that want to
hang for the afternoon your assistance would be appreciated (I'm just the
data recorder). See East Cascades Audubon Society's web site for details.
The weather forecast looks promising but be sure to dress in layers and
bring a lawn chair.

Rock on Tom Petty wherever you are.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/2/17 2:09 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] RBA -- Black Phoebe
I just received an Ebird report of a Black Phoebe at the Sunriver Marina
this morning about 8:00. There was one at that location last year on
September 17 & 18. There have been several sightings from Eastern Oregon
this fall.



Tom Crabtree

Currently in Jefferson City, MO


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Date: 10/2/17 9:30 am
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge Harlan's & Goshawk
Sunday was another exciting day of hawk watching for ECAS's survey. Even
though our total of 183 birds was less than Saturday's total of 223 we had
20 more raptors due to having 75 TV on Sat. vs. 15 TV on Sun. In the
morning we had a hunting Goshawk cruise right through the trees that
couldn't be counted as it continued due north until it was out of sight.
In the afternoon Judy alerted us to an even closer encounter as a Goshawk
flashed past us so fast we initially thought it was a Peregrine. During
that same 3:00 to 4:00 time frame Peter spotted a light morph Harlan's
going right overhead that gave us all a good look. Despite the forecast we
never had a drop of rain and strong westerly winds produced a fairly steady
stream birds for the day. Temperatures remained in the chilly mid to upper
40's.

1 Osprey
10 Bald Eagle
80 Sharp-shinned Hawk
37 Cooper's Hawk
1 Northern Goshawk
16 Red-tailed Hawk
10 Golden Eagle
5 Merlin
6 Unid. accipiter
2 Unid. raptor (the only group I'm confident in identifying!)
15 Turkey Vulture

Our observers were the ever dedicated Peter Low, Judy Meredith, Kim Boodie,
Leanna Taylor, David Braunschweiger and Bob Wilkinson.
We enjoyed the company of visitors Stella Dean, Jim Ott, Susan Primak and
Kim's friend Sparky.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 10/1/17 8:27 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fwd: Green Ridge birds at Hawk watch, excludes raptors.
Warmer today and a lot of fun at the hawk watch site. Wednesday should
be terrific, even warmer. List below is of non-raptors. Watch for David
to send out the raptor tally.

This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net
Greater White-fronted Goose - only one flock today
Sooty Grouse, 1 heard, someone saw them on the way to the site.
Wilson's Snipe, 1, heading west
Band-tailed Pigeon, 2 or more flocks, flying through the trees.
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Mountain Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
Total number of species seen: 22
Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 10/1/17 7:31 pm
From: Matt Cahill <matt.c.cahill...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Eurasian Wigeon and Other Birds
Hi all,

I birded Hatfield until the dusk was too dim and the sunset too lovely to
keep going. A molting male Eurasian wigeon was in the first pond among many
American wigeons and other dabblers and a lone tundra swan. There were a
least a couple male teal, mallards, and pintails with full fresh breeding
colors. A merlin was calling from the junipers near the entrance, too.

Only shorebirds I found were a dozen dowitchers, a half dozen killdeer,
three leasts and two snipe.

Good birding,

Matt

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Date: 9/30/17 9:44 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Today's Green Ridge raptor migration
Strong westerly winds with temperatures staying in the upper 40's made for
a chilly day of hawk watching and 223 birds moving through at high speeds
mostly overhead.

1 Osprey (nice last bird of the day)
16 Bald Eagle
57 Sharp-shinned Hawk
29 Cooper's Hawk
22 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Golden Eagle
11 Merlin
5 Unid. Accipiter
4 Unid. Raptors
75 Turkey Vultures

Today's observers: Peter Low, Kim Boodie, Judy Meredith, Nancy & Satch
Esperancilla, David B, Erik Jensen and some new blood provided by Jamie
Mason. Hope to see a good turn out of you Wednesday Morning Birders.
Looks like we will have nice fall weather.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 9/30/17 7:45 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] 20+ species of passerines at and near Green Ridge during hawk monitoring
Of course David Vick, the coordinator for ECAS Hawk Count will post the
raptors. This list below includes some of the other birds seen.
This report was mailed for Judy Meredith by http://birdnotes.net

Greater White-fronted Goose - many strings of 10 to 75 birds passed over
us.
Band-tailed Pigeon, 3 together
Williamson's Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow, 2 small flocks
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin
Grouse species clucked at us, not seen. Occasionally Sooty Grouse are
around Whiskey Springs, Green Ridge in many places. Ruffed is a
possiblity lower down.

Total number of species seen: 20
Good birding, Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 9/30/17 7:24 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Plan ECAS Wednesday Birding, Oct 4th
All day, Green Ridge for the Raptor Migration Count. This will be an
official count day with David Vick, Kim Boddie and possibly also Erik
Jensen to help with spotting, identification and recording. This is a
great way to learn how to identify raptors in flight, not the same as a
perched bird. Helps to have many spotters. Bonus birds, good numbers of
passerines are still going through and visible from the hawk site. Bring
a lightweight chair, scope if you have it, your own personal supplies
for bathroom needs as there is no porta-potty this year. Being exposed
enough to see raptors coming from a distance means you will be at higher
elevation and feel some wind so wear layers including wind pants, fleece
plus a windbreaker, cap, gloves etc. If you can stay warm you will want
to stay for the whole show! It is about 1/4 mile on a trail to the site.

If you don't plan to stay for the full day, carpool accordingly. Here is
the link from the ECAS site with explanation, directions, etc.

http://www.ecaudubon.org/green-ridge---raptor-migration

Carpooling
Bend, 7 a.m. from Nancy P's Bakery, and go to Village Greens to meet the
group.
Redmond, 7:15 Starbucks, Nolan Center and go to Village Greens to meet
the group.
Sisters, 7:40 at Village Greens.

I won't make this one but wish I could be there. I expect an out of town
experienced birder to join the Bend people carpooling from Nancy P's.
THE FOLLOWING WEEK, our start time moves to 8 a.m. Judy Meredith,
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Date: 9/29/17 5:44 pm
From: Cindy Zalunardo <cindybirdzalunardo...>
Subject: [COBOL] Pacific Loon continues at Redmond Sewer Pond
What an elegant bird, still in breeding plumage! Also fun to watch pipits, savannah sparrows, two greater yellow legs, two ruddy ducks and oodles of pied-billed grebes ( many still with striped faces) up close from the car, submerging like submarines. I forgot to mentioned the much-ignored coots.

Cindy Zalunardo
(541) 280-6179
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Date: 9/28/17 9:07 pm
From: M Gonzalez <towhee...>
Subject: [COBOL] Band-tailed Pigeon, Crook County
Greetings COBOLers,

I found a Band-tailed Pigeon along Crooked River south of Prineville Thursday morning. The bird was observed about 100 yards north (downstream) of the old Stearns Dam. The Dam was removed in 2013, but you can still see the remnant embankments on both banks. Also observed a Prairie Falcon diving on a group of Ravens for an entertaining 10-15 minutes.

Good birding,

Mark

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Bend, Oregon
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Date: 9/28/17 9:59 am
From: Mike <gardenbug99...>
Subject: [COBOL] New Fall Migrants
Main new additions of our usual fall birds were a good supply of Pine Siskins, first here for over a year. Had one Wilson's Warbler that only stayed a short while. Two Towhees are back as well as both WC and GC Sparrows. Also the Solitaires are back and in full voice. One Annas hummer still shows occasionally. Lots of sparrows, L. Goldfinch, quail and H. Finch. Sometimes when all are at the feeders it is quite a cacophony. Also an accipiter around regularly as we have found kill evidence (quail and dove) but no visual. Chickadees too.
Mike Golden
Eagle Crest
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Date: 9/27/17 4:39 pm
From: Mike <gardenbug99...>
Subject: [COBOL] Wednesday Birders
Waited til 7:30 at River Woods store but nobody showed so I was it for Wed. birding.
Can there be a nicer place than Wickiup Reservoir Dam on a cold, clear, windless late September morning? Magnificent! Just enough fog to make it very interesting birding.
Wandered the flats off the dam waiting for fog to clear. A few ducks, a GBH, Killdeer and five Long-billed dowitchers. Only shorebirds all day. Yellowrumps also.
Rising fog at the main dam overlook revealed 120 stunning White Pelicans as well as Common Loons, about 8, along with several ducks, but not much variety
Most numerous bird of the day was Common Merg. Merlin on the road below the dam and may have seen a Goshawk cross ahead of me but never really got close.
Boat ramp at Wickiup was very quiet. Cormorants, RB Gulls and a few duck species. Red-breasted Nuthatch the only non water bird. Varied thrush were very common along most roadways and rustling in the brush. WC and GC sparrows as well as Juncos were plentiful along the roadways. Heard Cross-bills at the boat ramp, but never saw them. No Scoters.
Picked up Western Grebe and Common Goldeneye at boat ramp across from S. Twin Lake. No birds on S. Twin.
Should mention that until I got to S. Twin I never saw another car or person.
Sheep Bridge had no birds, but seven cars of fisherpersons.
One W. Grebe at North Twin Lake. Stopped here for a leisurely lunch. Sorry Judy, know this isn't allowed but couldn't help myself. About a dozen Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels did everything but climb in my lunch box so naturally we shared. Otherwise they threatened bodily harm.
Crane Prairie was very quiet at the resort but did have a fly-over Coopers Hawk
Complete list below.

Canada Goose 1, Wickiup
Gadwall 3, Wickiup
American Wigeon 5 Wickiup
Mallard 25, Wickiup, Crane Prairie
Green-wing Teal 15 Wickiup
Bufflehead 3 Wickiup
Common Golden-eye 5 Wickiup
Common Merganser 75+/- Wickiup, Crane Prairie
Pied-bill Grebe 1 Crane Prairie
Common Loon 8 Wickiup
Western Grebe 11 Wickiup, N. Twin and Crane Prairie
American White Pelican 120 Wickiup
DC Cormorant 11 Wickiup
GBH 3 Wickiup, Crane Prairie
Bald Eagle 6 adult, 1 Juv Wickiup
Coopers Hawk 1 Crane Prairie
Merlin 1 Wickiup
Coot 50 Crane Prairie
Killdeer 1 Wickiup
Long-billed Dowitcher 5 Wickiup
Ring-billed Gull 20 Wickiup, Crane Prairie
N. Flicker 2 Wickiup
Stellars Jay 1 Wickiup
Raven 5 Wickiup
Yellow-rumped Warblers 11 Wickiup
Mt. Chickadee 3 Wickiup
RB Nuthatch 1 Wickiup
Varied Thrush 30+/- everywhere along roads and crossing
WC Sparrow 15 Wickiup
DE Junco 6 Wickiup, Crane Prairie
Brewers Blackbird 12 S. Twin and N. Twin lakes

Mike Golden
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Date: 9/27/17 3:12 pm
From: Don Sutherland <buffbellie...>
Subject: [COBOL] Pacific Loon
The pacific loon is still present at Redmond Sewage Ponds...
Good birding
Don

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Date: 9/27/17 8:15 am
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] More!
They just keep coming.  FOS Yellow-rumped Warbler and Cassin's Finch (male)

Kevin Smith


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Date: 9/27/17 7:29 am
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] FOS
WOW!  Things change fast.  Yesterday I had my first peeping Townsend's
Solitaire. Today it is the third one in to the feeders, but the first is
17 Pine Siskins followed closely by American and Lesser Goldfinches. The
move is on!
Kevin Smith at Crooked River Ranch

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Date: 9/26/17 7:45 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hatfield Lake
I stopped By Hatfield Lake this afternoon 5.00 to 5.30 this is what I saw:

Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 10
Western Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 4

Was a gorgeous day to be out.

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.
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Date: 9/26/17 6:16 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Redmond Sewer Pond Loon
Mark Gonzalez and I found the Pacific Loon reported by Jeff Nordstrom on
the Redmond Sewer Ponds.  I got some very distant and unsatisfying
photos but they are diagnostic.  It is a Pacific Loon in mostly pristine
breeding plumage.  Very beautiful bird.  Jeff reported lots of pipits
around as well.  I didn't see any around the ponds but I found many in
the farmlands around Powell Butte earlier in the day.  Photos of the
loon at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39407678

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Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
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Central Oregon
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Date: 9/26/17 1:59 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] Bird Changes this week
It's definitely getting the feel of fall outside in Central Oregon. I had
my first of the season Oregon Juncos in Bend yesterday, following the FOS
Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Sunday. There has been a buildup of Red-breasted
Nuthatches, Hermit & Varied Thrushes over the last week or so as well.
Today I had my first "bunch" of migrating warblers consisting of 7
Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Grays and 2 Orange-crowneds in the
West Hills. A mostly Yellow-shafted Flicker was an additional surprise.
Downtown the Steller's and California Scrub Jays are putting on quite a show
in the oaks, grabbing acorns then flying off (sometimes several miles) to
store them away for winter. Get out and enjoy the show. Be sure to tell
the Downtown Bend Association how much you enjoy the birds, as in past years
there was some discussion that they wanted to remove the trees because the
acorns were "messy."



Tom Crabtree, Bend


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Date: 9/26/17 1:08 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Redmond Sewage Pond Pacific Loon
Jeff Nordstrom reports a breeding plumaged Pacific Loon on the Redmond
Sewer Ponds.  I'm heading out to have a look.

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Date: 9/25/17 10:39 pm
From: PETER LOW <plbirder...>
Subject: [COBOL] Last Weeks Birds News
Hi all,
I would like to mention a few birding highlights seen this past week, plus some birds to add to this weekend Hawk Watch at Green Ridge. So, this Sunday 9/24/17 I checked Hatfield at dawn before heading up to Green Ridge. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Pectoral Sandpiper on the 1st Pond, a first for the year. Other highlights below:

Long-billed Dowitcher 4
Least Sandpiper 5
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Merlin 1
Northern Harrier 1
American Pipit 60
Savannah Sparrow 100+
Vesper Sparrow 1
Pine Siskin 6

Green Ridge 9/24/17

After seeing Six species of Woodpecker yesterday we added another Two today with a single Downy and c30 Lewis's Woodpeckers passing bye, I think it was 15 in the largest group. Nine Band-tailed Pigeon passed early into the count.
A Black Swift put in a brief appearance, only seen by Two observers as it was screened by Trees on West side. Small groups of Vaux's Swift were seen throughout the day numbering 20 or more, also, Varied Thrushes in small groups moved East to West through the morning. I believe it was around 2.00pm when the juvenile Broad-winged Hawk sailed over, unfortunately very high.

Green Ridge 9/23/17

List of Birds other than Raptors, may be a few missing I forgot to note.

Common Loon 2
Sooty Grouse 2
American Three-toed Woodpecker 1 male
Black-backed Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1 called regularly
White-headed Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker a few moving South
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 4
Stella's Jay
Clarkes Nutcracker
Varied Thrush
Townsend's Solitaire 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper 1
Mountain Chickadee
Pacific Wren 1
Ruby-crowned kinglet 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler few
Hermit Thrush 1
Western Bluebird 5
Cassin's Finches
Purple Finches
Pine Siskin
Red Crossbill
Evening Grosbeak
Fox Sparrow Sooty 6 on way to site.
Dark eyed Junco
Vaux's Swift
Violet-green Swallow.

Stevens Canyon Road Sisters 9/19/17 Varied Thrush 1 first of the season.

Tumble Reservoir 9/20/17

Peregrine 1 imm male 1 adult female.
Greater White-fronted Goose 675 between 8.00-9.30am
Red-necked Phalarope 1
Peeps 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
M. Bluebird 7
Hammond's Flycatcher 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Orange-crowned Warblers
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Merlin 1
Golden Eagle 2 adults
American Pipit 35
Ring-billed Gull 1

Hatfield Lake 9/20/17

Greater White-fronted Goose 1043
Cackling Goose 35
Peregrine 1 imm
Long-billed Dowitcher 15
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Western Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 11
Red-necked Phalarope 3
White-crowned Sparrow c50
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrows
Lincoln's Sparrow 6
Fox Sparrow 2 sooty
Orange-crowned Warbler 14+ many in Tule's
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Marsh Wren 2
Say's Phoebe 1
Virginia Rail 2
Eared Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Lesser Scaup 5 among the multitude of Ducks.

Indian Ford Creek Sisters 9/21/17

Varied Thrush 1
Yellow Warbler 5
Wilson's Warbler 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Am Dipper 2
Great Horned Owl 1

Peter Low
Bend Oregon.

















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Date: 9/25/17 2:03 pm
From: Gonzalez, Mark <mgonzale...>
Subject: [COBOL] Crooked River Wetlands Complex
Greetings COBOLers

I walked the paved loop around the Crooked River Wetlands Complex over the
lunch hour. Had a few fall migrants. Very few shorebirds, and these were
all in pond #8. Some highlights: female purple finch; late W wood-pewee;
Lincoln's Sparrow; American Pipit.

Complete list (27 species)
Canada Goose 25
Mallard 15
Cinnamon Teal 1
N Harrier 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 10
Least Sandpiper 2
Western Sandpiper 5
Long-billed Dowitcher 6
Am Coot 30
Euro Dove 4
M Dove 6
Magpie 5
Raven 30
W Wood-Pewee 1
Marsh Wren 1
Am Pipit 5 or more
Euro Starling 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Savannah Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brewer's Blackbird 50
Purple Finch 1
Am. Goldfinch 10

Good birding,

Mark
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Mark A. Gonzalez, PhD
Riparian/Wetland Ecologist (Soils)
National Riparian Service Team / National Operations Center
Division of Resource Services
Branch of Assessment and Monitoring
Bureau of Land Management
3050 NE Third St
Prineville, OR 97754
541-416-6705 (office)
541-233-3359 (mobile)
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Date: 9/25/17 1:21 pm
From: David Vick <or.naturalist...>
Subject: [COBOL] Sunday's Green Ridge Raptors / BWHA
As predicted by Kim Boodie, the count did pick up on Sunday with a fair
diversity of 87 raptors moving through and 79 Turkey Vultures.
Interestingly, Bonney Butte had 48 raptors and 22 TVs on the same day, with
the same conditions but with 3 more hours of observation. (They run from
8:00 till 6:00 whereas we run from 10:00 till 5:00.) Sunday's observers
were Peter Low, Judy Meredith, Chuck Gates, Satch and Nancy Esperancilla
with three visitors. Birds moved through at a steady rate mainly low on
the east side in the morning. Due to the lack of significant winds the
birds went high overhead on thermals in the afternoon with a couple of
exciting bursts of activity after Peter had left, unfortunately. It was
the second day without a Kestrel. (Bonney Butte has documented a 5.37%
average decrease for this species from 1994 through 2004.)

2 Osprey
6 Bald Eagle
21 Sharp-shinned Hawk
18 Cooper's Hawk
26 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk (light juvenile)
4 Golden Eagles
2 Merlin
2 Peregrine
3 Unid. Accipiter
1 Unid. Buteo (possibly a second BWHA)
1 Unid. Raptor
79 TV

Other birds seen on site included Band-tailed Pigeon, Lewis's, Downy &
Black-backed WP, Purple Finch, Varied Thrush, YR Warbler, Violet-green &
Barn Swallow, Clark's Nutcracker, Black & Vaux's Swift and a bunch of other
prey base species that I didn't pay attention to.

David Vick
Terrebonne

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Date: 9/24/17 9:34 pm
From: Craig Miller <gismiller...>
Subject: [COBOL] Lake County Raptors
Hi all,

With all the reports of Broad-winged Hawks on the various raptor counts,
Marilyn and I decided to head down to Fremont Point (on Winter Rim west of
Summer Lake Wildlife Area) in hopes of finding one in Lake County.

Although we did not have the good fortune of finding a Broad-winged Hawk,
we did see more than 50 raptors over 4 hours, all heading south. I am sure
that if we had more eyes, we would have observed more.

Fremont Point is the highest elevation location along Winter Rim with a
clear view along the rim as far as 15 miles to the north. Many raptors
popped right up in front of us as they took the air currents up the rim
(from below) where it curves from west to east (just north of where the
cabin sits). Other raptors stayed below the rim to the east where we
observed them from above. Most stayed west of where we were stationed. The
wind came from the north.

Although the geographic configuration is not theoretically ideal for
predominant west winds (i.e. steep scarp is on the east side, not the
west), this location turned out to be better than I expected for watching
raptors.

A few were so distant that we were unable to identify species, or even
family group. Our list follows:

Turkey Vulture - 7
Osprey - 1
Golden Eagle - 5
Northern Harrier - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 14
Cooper's Hawk - 9
Red-tailed Hawk - 10
American Kestrel - 2
Unidentified raptor - 7

There was a scarcity of non-raptors to distract us including:

Common Raven - 4
Rock Wren - 1
Pine Siskin - 1

Cheers,

Craig Miller
Bend

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Date: 9/24/17 7:53 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] plan for Wednesday Birding on Sept 27
High Lakes this trip, all day. Later in the autumn, Loons and Scoters
and other more unusual waterfowl tend to congregate in the high lakes
during their migration toward the coast. Also, more species of gulls are
possible at this time of year. Walking the line of willows along the
ponds off the dam can be very productive. Scopes are so very helpful for
scanning far out in the water. Look for some visiting birders from out
of town at Nancy P's.

Carpooling, continue with the 7 am. start due to warm weather and bird
activity good in early a.m.
Bend, Nancy P's at 1054 NW Milwaukee at 7 a.m. and go to River Woods
Store, Baker exit.
Redmond, Starbucks in Nolan Center 6:30 a.m.,and go to River Woods
store, Baker exit off S Hwy 97.
Sisters, Village Green Park at 6:30 and go to River Woods store, Baker
Rd exit off 97.
South Bend, River Woods Store 7:20.
LaPine, be at the park and ride at Wickiup Junction 7:45.

Have a good time, perfect weather and good timing for a lot of nice
birds including passerines in those willows. I will miss this one but
will be there in spirit! Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>
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Date: 9/24/17 1:03 pm
From: Kathleen <ktmartin...>
Subject: [COBOL] SE Bend yard birds
The Juncos flew in yesterday. They should be here until the first week of next April. Rufous hummers left on Sept 9, the same day they have left for the last six years in a row. All years before that they left the week of Sept 9. Still have Anna’s hummers fighting over the feeders. The large flock of Lincoln’s sparrows that showed up mid-summer still pass through most days, but have abandoned the feeders for the seeds in my naturalized garden. Two pairs of Pygmy nuthatches both double-clutched in our boxes so we are swarmed with them as the kids learn how to use the suet feeders. Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, Steller’s jays, chickadees, flickers, and an occasional robin take turns in the suet feeders, too. The summer hordes of House sparrows and House finches are gone. The California quail had good chick survival rates this summer, and pass through twice a day. I sure enjoy reading in COBOL what other folks are seeing now in their yards.
Kathleen Martin
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Date: 9/24/17 9:39 am
From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...>
Subject: [COBOL] Great trip and more
OK fellow birders, here it is.  We fled from the smokey skies of central
Oregon to the clear skies of British Columbia (which only came about
with a good dowsing of rain).  In two weeks of wandering around from
Banff to Reifel we were able to breathe.  Not too many birds (only 97
total species in 14 days) but a couple of noteworthy ones.  First a
'life bird' for me with the photo of a Boreal Chickadee at Rampart Creek
Campground in Banff National Park. Searched hard for a Pine Grosbeak to
photo with no luck even seeing one.  The most interesting observation is
the preponderance of Ospreys still in the vicinity of their nest
platforms AND the number of Osprey nest platforms.  Many, MANY more than
we have here in Oregon.  That said they also TOUT their birds and
birding in general up there.  Most if not ALL Chambers list 'Birding' as
the FIRST item in their advertising literature to be followed by Hiking,
Biking, Boating, Fishing, etc (not necessarily in that order).  Very
refreshing.  We should take note from them.

Then we return to find that I-84 is still closed because of the fires.

Well, at least here at home we can take a deep breath w/o smoke.

Kevin & Kei


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Date: 9/24/17 9:34 am
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] Hangers on
As of two days ago there was still a Say's Phoebe on the property.

Last night, 7:45 pm, about .25 miles from the end of my driveway, I nearly ran over a Common Poorwill that had been (unbeknownst to me until it flew up!) on the edge of the gravel road. I'm always looking for them this time of year, hoping to catch one last glimpse before all have headed south.

About 10 minutes ago: a hummingbird at the feeder. From my brief glimpse it appeared to be a female Rufous. I'll keep my eye out for it. And here I thought the hummers had pulled out already! Good thing I left the feeder up...

Sue Tank
About 10 mi N of Sisters, just over the Jefferson Co. line

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Date: 9/24/17 6:43 am
From: Cindy Brougher Zalunardo <cindybirdzalunardo...>
Subject: [COBOL] Yardbird: Cacklers in Powell Butte
A tight clusters of about 40 cacklers spent yesterday loafing on my pond and pasture with a loose flock of about 60 Canadas yesterday. Fun to hear and watch. Also Wilson’s warblers and ruby-crowned kinglets with yellow-rumps in the row of crabapple trees. Still a Say’s phoebe and Anna’s hummingbird remaining.
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Date: 9/23/17 7:21 pm
From: KIM BODDIE <kcboddie...>
Subject: [COBOL] Green Ridge Sat 9-23
Today, the first Green Ridge Hawk Migration Count started off pretty slow. We had temps 48 - 52 degrees, winds 0-5 mph from all directions and skies mostly cloudy. We counted 9 birds between 10 & noon. As soon as Sach and Nancy arrived, things picked up and we had a final count of 147 as shown below which included 11 species including TVs. Raptors were not the only birds making appearances and I recorded 29 additional species which included 2 Common Loons and 5 kinds of woodpeckers. We ended up 13 observers at the site with up to 11 at one time. Even had Chuck, Wayne and Brian from Newport. 10 minutes before we left a juvi Goshawk put on a close in show for us.

Here is our count.

Turkey Vulture 73
Bald Eagle 1
Osprey 4
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 26
Cooper's Hawk 22
Northern Goshawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 7
Golden Eagle 1
Merlin 4
Peregrin Falcon 1
Unid Accipiter 3
Unid Buteo 1 Might have been a Broadwing
Unid Falcon 1

Looking forward to a better day tomorrow. Come join us.

Kim Boddie
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Date: 9/22/17 9:38 pm
From: <jmeredit...>
Subject: [COBOL] Steens report, ECAS Wednesday Birders
Unintentionally, our timing was for maximum September snowfall which
hindered our plans. We could not get past Kiger Gorge, due to snow. So
we did not get to the ideal place to bird for hawk migration and
finches. Still, we had many flocks of lovely Horned Larks flitting and
twittering as they danced on the snow and we all enjoyed them. We
trudged to the overlook at Kiger and watched the clouds alternatively
obscuring and then lifting, and enjoyed a few raptors moving south. Many
finches were around as we neared Lily Lake and Fish Lake. Fox Sparrow at
Fish.

Mentionables, include

Merlin, Barnes Springs trail, at the spring.

Common Nighthawk which I thought was late, but I see that some were
found during OBA last weekend. We had one along the CPR heading to
Benson. It was quite brown but we cannot claim that the white patch was
close to wingtip etc.

OVER 300 Eurasian Collared Doves at the sheep ranch along Greenhouse
Lane. I hope a Peregrine winters there.

We watched the Hegret/Egron at the Narrows. Almost more interesting were
the ~ 30 Greater Yellowlegs fishing for small carp and being successful,
swimming in the shallows and snagging fish. I guess the 2 Baird's at
Benson were unusual for the area but they were seen last weekend also.
Dowitcher numbers doubled today but momentary sunlight was our excuse
for not determining whether any Short-billed were among them.

Lewis's Woodpeckers at P Ranch, Big flock of Turkey Vultures in a kettle
probably heading south on 9-21, big flock of Am. White Pelicans today
doing the same. Enjoyed using the newly opened access for vehicles on
East Canal Road. So good to have more access to good habitat on the
refuge. Thanks to Friends of Malheur if you lobbied for access here.

Birders on our trip, John and Anne Gerke, Jim and Dori Mortensen, Don
Sutherland, Vickie Buck, Mary Shivell, Lisa Wallace, Nikki Thomas,
Claire Weiser, Cindy Zalunardo, and myself, Judy.

Birders next week will probably get to East Rim and good luck to you. I
have not done the list for our trip but if anyone wants it let me know.
Thanks to Vickie Buck and Don Sutherland who ebirded so our birds will
be on those lists. Good birding, Judy Meredith, <jmeredit...>





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Date: 9/22/17 5:04 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [COBOL] Crook Birds
I did some Crook County birding this morning.  I found the following:

Powell Butte near the fire station - 4 Horned Larks - There has been a
flock there all week.  See Kingbird for link to pics.

Powell Butte near the fire station -1 Western Kingbird - Late date for
this species is October 5 by Lew Rems but this is the second latest
record I can find. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39331052

Houston Lake - 1 Say's Phoebe - Only a dozen or so records this late in
September (and at least two records in October).

Prineville Sewer Ponds - 1 Red-necked Phalarope.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39332301

Prineville Sewer Ponds - 1 Spotted Sandpiper - A little late for this
species

Prineville Sewer Ponds - 1 Eared Grebe

Prineville Sewer Ponds - 1 Bank Swallow - These are usually gone by now
but a few are hanging around this year.  Aside from one dubious record
in 1962, this is the latest date for this species. See Phalarope link
for pic.

Prineville Sewer Ponds - 14 Vaux's Swifts

Crooked River Wetlands - Zilch...Nada...Zippo - Only shorebird was a
single Killdeer

My House in Powell Butte - Sooty Fox Sparrow - This is the normal
subspecies for the fall at my house but this seems really early.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39336990

--
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
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon
Oregon Birding Site Guide
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http://www.ecaudubon.org/#!county-checklists/c1s34

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Date: 9/22/17 9:41 am
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [COBOL] FOS Varied Thrush
With a great sense of timing, the season's first Varied Thrush showed up in
my neighborhood on the first day of fall. Also this week I've had returning
Townsend's Solitaires, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Evening Grosbeaks.



Tom Crabtree, Bend


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Date: 9/21/17 11:00 am
From: Mike <gardenbug99...>
Subject: [COBOL] Fall Yard Birds
Here at Eagle Crest we have had a changing of the guard. Lesser Goldfinches are back in good numbers. Had one American a couple of weeks ago, but did not stay around. Still one Anna's Hummer around. The two towhees that were here for a couple of weeks have disappeared. Large numbers of quail still around. Up to 50 in the yard right now. Pinon Jays seemed to have found greener pastures as we have had none for at least six months. Have seen none of the White-crowns or Gold-crowns that others have reported as returned. Mourning Doves are here, but not in the usual numbers. A pair of Great Horned Owls can be heard every morning just at daylight.
On the "Ugh" side, have a regular contingent of at least 50 House Sparrows and the Collared Doves continue to increase.
Mike Golden
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Date: 9/21/17 8:13 am
From: <wolfies.hound...>
Subject: [COBOL] Yard notes on a chilly morning
The white-crowned and golden-crowned sparrows are now here in force and foraging in earnest with the spotted towhees in my yard. The neighborhood "breakfast club" is also back. In addition to the ravens that were around pretty much all summer, juveniles included, the two red-tails are back. They only rarely made appearances this summer. I am assuming there is a nest somewhere in the neighborhood; I just don't know where. One of the red-tails is the same rufous morph that was around all last winter. It is the more vocal of the two, screaming at me as soon as I head out to put the chicken scraps where they can get them. Sometimes I get "talked to" by both the red-tails AND the ravens. The best part about feeding the red-tails is watching them dive from the top of whichever tree they are perched, snag a chicken back with one foot, and fly off to the nearby snag to eat it. Almost as cool as watching the bald eagle do the same!

When I headed out there this morning, also armed with suet and seed for the feeder hanging in a juniper on my way, I saw a half dozen western bluebirds perched in a row on the top wire of the dog yard fencing, one picking off remnant pieces of suet from the empty suet cage. I refilled it; the bluebirds in the interim flew over to one of the nest boxes and continued basking in the sun, softly chattering. Working a nearby tree: a white-breasted nuthatch. AND first thing this morning I heard a Varied Thrush! All in all, a great way to start the day!

Sue Tank
About 10 miles N of Sisters

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