[birding] possible scissor-tailed flycatcher in Benton County

Joel Geier clearwater at peak.org
Wed Jul 25 16:05:10 PDT 2007

P.S. For all you county listers, Thornton Lake is in Benton County. Of
course the bird could be in Linn County by now.

One of the other WV ephemeral reports from recent years was near the
Santiam Rest Stop (where I-5 crosses the Santiam River between from Linn
to Marion County), so not all that far from this location. Maybe
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers like to hang out on the dotted lines between
counties. ;)

On Wed, 2007-07-25 at 15:53 -0700, Joel Geier wrote:
> Hi Rich & All,
> Definitely sounds worth checking out. There have been some past reports
> in the WV that could not be tracked down, usually about this time of
> year. Sibley says to beware of escaped Whydahs but I have no idea what
> those look like.
> There is another pretty good young birder in that neighborhood, Katie
> Higinbotham. If we are lucky, either she or her mom (Annette) will see
> the bird. I will try to get ahold of them. 
> Thornton Lake is on the north side of Hwy 20 and a couple of blocks
> back, as you come into the first set of traffic lights on the west edge
> of North Albany.
> Joel
> On Wed, 2007-07-25 at 15:27 -0700, rich armstrong wrote:
> > 1. there was a 12-year old boy named tristan on 1 of paula
> > vanderhuel's field trips to finley.
> > 2. he is definitely a decent birder for an inexperienced 12-year old.
> > 3. he called me today because he thinks he has a scissor-tailed
> > flycatcher on thornton lake in northeast albany.
> > 4. he described it as mourning dove size with a barn swallow tail and
> > red under the wings. he says he looked up pictures on the internet.
> > 5. he lives at 1007 n jones road (off nw albany road) and the lake is
> > seen from his back yard.
> > 6. he saw the bird at 1230 today perched on a snag (also saw it
> > yesterday), but said he was not seeing it now.
> > 7. we have some errands to do, but will likely get over there about
> > 630.
> > 8. i have no idea what to expect, but in case this is real i wanted to
> > alert all who might want to check.
> > Rich Armstrong
> > 541-753-1978
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