[birding] Peoria Pyrrhuloxia

Snetsinger, Thomas Thomas.Snetsinger at oregonstate.edu
Wed Nov 12 13:48:37 PST 2008

GREAT FIND! Thanks for finding and getting the word out about the Pyrrhuloxia! I left Peoria around 115 pm and the bird was last seen probably 30 minutes before that. There were a half dozen birders combing the area when I left, and hopefully they, and those that follow, will be able to relocate the bird. In a careful binocular study from 15', I could see no signs of the wear one might expect to see from a formerly-caged bird. There was a little red in the tail, primaries, and crest (most obvious in the tail when it flared it). The bill struck me as duskier-colored bill than I expected, suggesting, I think, a young bird. 
Tom Snetsinger


From: list-bounces at midvalleybirding.org on behalf of M & R Campbell
Sent: Wed 11/12/2008 12:16 PM
To: Midvalley birding; obol
Subject: [birding] Peoria Pyrrhuloxia

The Pyrr has been relocated in a scrubby area about one block south of our house (two blocks north of the church).  At this moment, seven birders all more reliable than I am have it surrounded.  This bird is probably as likely to be found along Main Street as anywhere else.  (It's probably been in town for awhile without being noticed.)  Birders are welcome to park in front of our shop, or down at the Church, or down by the park at the other end of town.  
Our neighbor with the dump trucks would appreciate it if you didn't look at his house with your binocs, or rile up his dogs.  He's not as mean as he looks, but he looks pretty mean.
I'll throw some seed around in the scrub.
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