[midvalleybirds] strange goings-on among oak birds

Lars Norgren larspernorgren at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 10:00:16 PST 2019

QWashington Dept. Of F&W (I  don't know its official name) describes
considerable non-forest habitat for the blue grouse group, sage brush and
grass,etc.. on Memorial Day a few years back l heard two Sooty Grouse
hooting from the Fitten Green parking lot west of Corvallis. A closed
canopy of oaks, with taller,scattered grand firs . They were very close to
the cars. A species probably living in every count circle in western
Oregon, but almost never detected.
        The same statement can be made with greater certainty of Ruffed
Grouse. They live in riparian zones as well as forested uplands. One or
more is perhaps 100m from me right now as l drink coffee at home. I saw two
land in the yard a month ago at this time of day. I have seen them along
the driveway , a quarter mile long, in every month of the year. I have
probably made that drive 20,000 times in daylight since we moved in, but
see the Ruffed Grouse at most half a dozen times a year. The driveway forms
an arc from the mailbox to the house. When she rode the school bus home my
daughter would walk the chord of that arc and see a Ruffed Grouse, whom she
named Cocoa.
      I 'm at a loss what strategy will get either grouse detected
predictably on CBCs.lpn

On Jan 8, 2019 9:18 AM, <adamus7 at comcast.net> wrote:

Perhaps equally odd was the discovery during the CBC of a Sooty Grouse "in
an island of mostly oaks with a couple of Doug firs, which was in the midst
of one of the OSU fields to the west of Soap Creek Road", not far from Pam
and Randy's sighting of a misplaced (?) Acorn Woodpecker.  The grouse was
detected "hooting" distinctively by Mary Garrard and Bev Clark.  That's only
the second time the species has been found in the 21 years of the
Airlie-Albany CBC despite miles of hiking and biking in McDonald and Dunn
Forests during the CBC every year.

Paul Adamus

-----Original Message-----
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<birding-bounces at midvalleybirding.org> On Behalf Of Pam and Randy Comeleo
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 10:27 PM
To: mid-valley-nature at googlegroups.com; birding at midvalleybirding.org
Subject: [midvalleybirds] Dunn Forest Acorn Woodpecker

This afternoon, after a quick detour to see the Harris's Sparrow, which
hopped into view at around 3:10 pm after a pleasantly sparrow-y 10 minute
wait, we headed out to more typical Comeleo habitat, Dunn "Forest".  Just
before the intersection of the 100 and 110 roads I stopped dead in my tracks
when I heard a bird call that twisted my brain in a knot because it seemed
so out-of-place. It was an ACORN WOODPECKER.

Not a rare bird, but an odd location for this species - at least in our
relatively brief experience. In 20 years of frequent hikes at Dunn we have
never heard or seen one there. I soon located the clown-faced wonder high
atop a tall, spindly, oak and was able to point it out to Randy before it
flew across the 110 towards the 100. I relocated it again along the 100 rd
at the top of another oak where we left it to ponder its options.

Too bad we didn't find it during the CBC on Saturday.


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