[birding] Fwd: Livermore Rd. longspurs, Keizer shrike, Salem Sabine's Gull

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Tue Apr 3 08:57:30 PDT 2018

This is the same location where Nancy Stotz previously reported Lapland
Longspurs. A follow-up report by other birders later yesterday suggested
that as many as 15 might be there. The area to look is 1.3 to 1.5 miles
s. of the north end of Livermore Rd. 

The land on both sides of Livermore Rd is private. Please be aware of
farm equipment and, if you stop to scan for birds, make sure to pull
over to the side so the operators can get past you.

This is one of the more important known nesting areas for the  endemic
"Streaked" Horned Larks in the Willamette Valley (listed as Threatened
under the Endangered Species Act, and probably really should be listed
as "Endangered"; the Center for Biological Diversity has recently filed
a lawsuit to that effect).

The males have already begun to stake out territories at several
locations right along this road. Eventual nests could well be within a
few feet of the edge of the road. So please drive slowly on Livermore
Rd. at all times of the year. If you see larks, please minimize
disturbance by watching from your car, rather than trying to approach
them on foot.


From: Roy Gerig <roygerig at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:36:43 -0700
Subject: [obol] Livermore Road (Polk County) 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS 4/2/18,

I saw 5, maybe 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS along Livermore Road north of Baskett
Slough NWR at 0930 this morning.  I'd just seen about 3 HORNED LARKS
then 2 more birds I thought were HOLAs, and stopped then saw 5 LAPLAND
LONGSPURS immediately across the road, they stayed at the roadside about
a minute in good view, then disappeared into the growing perennial grass
in rows, while I got a glimpse of the two birds on the other side which
may have HOLAs or LALOs.

Two of the LONGSPURS that I saw well were in breeding, one in transition
and two may have been not quite adult as I do not know if LALO shows
delayed plumage maturity into its second year but I think it does, so
that in this 2nd year of its life it may not be ready for the high cost
of courtship, in its youth it would likely be unsuccessful anyway and
lacking adult plumage it can easily avoid the hassle.

Longspurs have been seen along this gravel road  quite a few times in
the past 35 years that I have birded it, never more than two birds maybe
three that I know

I saw about 8 HORNED LARKS within a mile north and south, and north a
half mile I think I saw a female type Tricolored Blackbird, but not
enough to go on unless someone else can confirm it

The location for LALOs is 1.3 miles from the north end, or about 3 miles
from the south end of Livermore

Roy Gerig Salem OR

Subject: [obol] Re: Livermore Road (Polk County) 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS
From: Bob Archer <rabican1 at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:44:10 -0700

I will check when I get home, but I think longspurs wear into their
summer plumage aspect.  All the beautiful colors are there in winter,
just covered by the tips of the feathers.  

Bob Archer
Could be wrong in Portland

From: Jim Kopitzke <james.kopitzke63 at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:47:26 +0000
Subject: [obol] Continuing Salem area rarities

Both the Kiezer Rapids Northern Shrike and the Stone Quarry Sabine's
Gull were present today. The Shrike took some work, but finally popped
up in the willows about 1130.

The gull was resting on the water when I arrived about 1215. It flew

Jim Kopitzke

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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