[birding] Fwd: R-b Nuthatch/Evening Grosbeaks, prob. Dusky Fly at LSNA, Detroit loons & neotropicals

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Wed Sep 16 11:40:39 PDT 2015

Hi all,

Yesterday's statewide list had more postings than usual for the
mid-Willamette Valley, so to save time I'll just post them as a medley

The main topics were:

1. Discussion of  Red-breasted Nuthatch numbers which led to mention of
Evening Grosbeaks,
2. An Emidonax flycatcher (probably a Dusky Flycatcher) at Luckiamute
State Natural Area, and
3. Pacific Loon, Common Loons at Detroit Reservoir plus W. Wood-Pewees,
Yellow Warblers and other migrants

Happy reading,

From: "Carol" <imcaroling at comcast.net>
Subject: [obol] Large Numbers of Nuthatches at Feeders
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:11:42 -0700

We also have had a large number of Nuthatches at our sunflower feeder
starting about a month ago, along with many other seed eating birds. Our
feeder is emptied in 2 days compared to other years where I fill it
about once a week.   There was a question on the Mid Valley Nature site
a couple of months back about the lack of green cones on Douglas Fir
trees this year.  I’ve read that during a 5 to 7 year period there can
be years of heavy cones, light cones, and even a year with total crop
failure.  This looks like one of those crop failure years, at least in
the Albany area.  We have not had the typical yearly Crashing of the
Cones on roof tops and metal sheds when the Douglas Squirrels gnaw the
green cones from the top portions of the trees.  I wonder what other
trees may be having a low seed year, and could this be the reason for
the heavy usage of feeders by Nuthatches and other seed eating birds.
Carol Hiler
N. Albany

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:24:52 -0700
Subject: [obol] Re: Large Numbers of Nuthatches at Feeders
From: Jamie Boulton <bluespark59 at gmail.com>

Yes, I think you are right. We've had lots of Red-breasted Nuthatches
visiting our sunflower seed feeder, more than last year for sure. Last
night there was a Downy Woodpecker feeding there too! I didn't think
ate sunflower seeds.
Jamie Boulton
North Albany

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:58:22 -0700
Subject: [obol] Re: Large Numbers of Nuthatches at Feeders
From: Brandon Green <brandon.green18 at gmail.com>

This might mean larger-than-usual numbers of Pine Siskins, Evening
Grosbeaks, Red Crossbills, etc. in the Valley this winter.

Msg: #23 in digest
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:14:47 -0700
Subject: [obol] Evening Grosbeaks, nuthatches, etc.
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis at gmail.com>

Here in Corvallis, Oscar and I also noted a few unusual flyover EVENING
GROSBEAKS in recent days, and a good number of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
large flocks of CEDAR WAXWINGS are around our residence (I scanned the
waxings for Bohemians, even before reading about Matt's BOWA, and I'm
Let's see what shows up next.



From: Bill Tice <watice at msn.com>
Subject: [obol] A Fall Empid
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:28:18 +0000

Hi All,
I birded this morning around Polk County some, spending time walking at
Luckiamute Landing.  A small flock of chickadees and others held an
empid.  I don't think it was a "western" type as the bill was not wide
enough and the head was not "peaked" or dark in color.  The head was
roundish and the eye-ring not tear-drop shaped.  The head was grayish,
and the wing extension short, giving it a long tailed appearance.  There
was a light color to the underside of the base of the bill.  The first
thing I noted was the outer tail feathers were whitish, which 30 years
ago used to make it a Dusky.  It stayed mid story for the 5 minutes I
observed it.  I did not detect any yellowish on the belly, more grayish
tones and the back pale greenish.  I realize some of this is how one can
describe a bird and its colors, but this is the best I can do.  Am
pretty confident it was not a Pac Slope FC.  Any ideas?


From: Roy Gerig <roygerig at hotmail.com>
Subject: [obol] Detroit Lake Loons 9/15/2015
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:09:30 +0000

Just above the Detroit Dam at 10 this morning I saw a PACIFIC LOON in
the distance.  Later a COMMON LOON upstream from there.  Then from
Detroit Flats I saw a young, pale COMMON LOON on the half-dry lake
below.  Not much else, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, male and female, lateish (I
never taught, or got good at, English so I don't know if that is how
you'd spell it), and 5 or so WESTERN TANAGERS, with 2 W WOOD PEWEES and
a Lincoln's with some White-crowneds and a couple GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROWS.  I have taken a new tack, instead of capitalizing every bird
species mentioned in a narrative post (for ease of reading from a
birders perspective), I will cap only those that may be of some
interest, in time or location.  Now that I am doing it this way, I think
everyone should.
Roy Gerig, Salem OR

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