[birding] Northern Shrike on Mary's Peak

Joel Geier jgeier at attglobal.net
Tue Oct 17 17:30:13 PDT 2006

Hello All,

I decided to take my "office" to Mary's Peak today. Below are the 
results, most notably the NORTHERN SHRIKE at the summit.

Also of interest was a flock of about 80 SAVANNAH SPARROWS using a 
cornfield along Decker Rd. just west of the former Inavale School.

Happy birding,

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Census Count: Mary's Peak, Benton County, Oregon on October 17, 
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 23:49:43 GMT
From: jgeier at attglobal.net
To: jgeier at attglobal.net

This report was mailed for Joel Geier by http://birdnotes.net

Date: October 17, 2006
Location: Mary's Peak, Benton County, Oregon
Low temperature: 45 degrees fahrenheit High temperature: 55 degrees 
Wind direction: SW
Prevailing wind speed: 1-5 km/h gusting to: 6-11 km/h
Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 50%
Precipitation: haze or fog

Birds seen on drive up to summit parking lot at 9 AM, then hanging
around parking area until 1 PM (working in van part of the time),
with two hikes up to the summit and back.

Birds seen (in taxonomic order):

Sharp-shinned Hawk                  1
Merlin                              1 [1]
Northern Pygmy-Owl                  1 [2]
Northern Flicker                    2
Northern Shrike                     1 [3]
Steller's Jay                       3
Common Raven                        4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee          10
Red-breasted Nuthatch               6
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet             20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet                5
Western Bluebird                    6 [4]
Varied Thrush                      35 [5]
American Pipit                      2 [6]
Yellow-rumped Warbler               5 [7]
Dark-eyed Junco                     1


[1]  Cruising around near West Spur Rd. gate area.
[2]  Calling as it made the rounds past the parking area aroudn noon.
[3]  At summit at 9:30 AM, gone later in the day. Adult or HY bird
      coming into adult plumage, still some vermiculations visible on
      breast. Narrow black mask with pale supercilium edging, mask
      narrower just behind eye, clear hook on bill, pale gray back.
      Did not see hunting but it could have been after grasshoppers
      which were still numerous around the summit.
[4]  Foraging on gravel of trail/road, as well as making sallies out
      from firs to snatch flying insects.
[5]  Numerous all along road up to parking lot.
[6]  Flew over parking area.
[7]  Foraging with bluebirds on gravel trail above parking area,
      appeared to be Audubon's form but not a great view.

Total number of species seen: 17

Joel Geier
jgeier at attglobal.net

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