[birding] Benton American Redstart

Robinson, Douglas - FW douglas.robinson at oregonstate.edu
Sat Jun 9 10:33:12 PDT 2012

Actually, when I heard it, it was singing only 3, sometimes just 2, kissy sibilant notes per song. It did not vary from that for the 10 min I was there. Nothing chattery about it to my ear.

It seemed to be moving toward the south away from Camp Adair Rd so might be worth checking wetter places south.


On Jun 9, 2012, at 10:08 AM, "Joel Geier" <joel.geier at peak.org> wrote:

> Doug must have thought that I needed some exercise this morning! I was
> cleaning house for the impending arrival of some in-laws, when I decided
> to take a break and check my e-mail around 8:45. This was a little too
> close to home to pass up, so I grabbed boots and got over there.
> There are actually three hunter check stations along the south side of
> Camp Adair Rd, but the two toward the west end seemed more likely in
> terms of habitat (and also conveniently closer to our house) so I
> figured I'd just try those. I probably should have checked tapes before
> I left the house since this is not a species that I tend to remember
> from year to year, but just figured I'd listen for something that
> sounded unusual.
> The westernmost check station (as you come into the "S" curves just east
> of Hwy 99W) had nothing out of the ordinary, so I continued east to the
> second check station (paved parking lot with port-a-potty, east of the
> skeet range). 
> Still nothing out of the ordinary singing there, so I walked about 50
> yards farther along to where there is standing water with ash trees and
> willows growing out of it (this is the upstream end of the pond which is
> on the west side of headquarters, on the north side of the road).
> There I heard a chattery song that I probably would have written off as
> a badly-heard Wilson's or Yellow Warbler, if not for Doug's report. It
> was a string of sharp staccato notes all on one pitch, then dropping on
> the last note. I thought of the phrase, "I'll-have-syrup-with-my-cakes,
> then" (thinking about a pancake breakfast I guess). I heard this about
> five times, over the course of about ten minutes. The bird was staying
> 20-30 ft back in cover.
> After returning home and listened to a few recordings of American
> Redstart, this sounds about right. I'll be interested to know if that
> was approximately the right location. By the time I got back here it was
> 9:30 so that probably explains why the bird -- if it was the right one
> -- wasn't singing as much as at 6:30 AM. It does look a bit like
> American Redstart habitat.
> Now back to scrubbing toilets ...
> Happy birding,
> Joel
> On Sat, 2012-06-09 at 06:27 -0700, W. Douglas Robinson wrote:
>> Along Camp Adair Road at the check station pull off at EE Wilson.  Young male singing often.
>> Enjoy!!
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