[birding] Summer Tanager report of non-success

Joel Geier jgeier at attglobal.net
Thu Jul 27 16:31:49 PDT 2006

Hello again,

Not sure if anyone else who looked has posted (I should probably switch 
from digest mode to continuous to find out what else has been posted), 
but anyway ...

Daughter Martha (age 7) & I spent some time walking around the east of 
country club neighborhood yesterday morning. On one of the side streets, 
Rich Hoyer found us, so we proceeded as a significantly augmented 
birding team. For those of you who might not know Rich, he's a Corvallis 
native and top-notch professional birding guide, now based in Arizona 
but apparently he was back here prior to leading his annual Oregon tour.

We did not turn up the Summer Tanager though we did semi-accidentally 
run across half of the couple who had reported the bird, and she invited 
us to try birding her backyard. Rich spun off an impressive repertoire 
of southwestern owl calls, which you'd think might register with a bird 
from those parts. We saw a nice variety of birds including Western 
Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak (Rich noted they must migrate through 
areas where they would encounter those owls), but the red bird did not 

Prior to meeting Rich, Martha and I walked the paths at Oak Lawn 
Cemetery which was very birdy, particularly in the lower stretches. 
Twice we met a flock of about fifteen Bushtits that were bravely making 
their way from tree to isolated tree, across the vast (from a Bushtit 
point of view) open areas of the cemetery. Martha also got a close-up 
view of a Brown Creeper on the trunk of a nice big Doug-fir, just inside 
the fence at the golf course.

Happy birding,

Joel Geier
jgeier at attglobal.net

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