[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Baskett Slough area shrike, Silver Falls Pygmy-Owls

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Sun Jan 27 04:52:56 PST 2019

From: John Pendleton <johnpend1 at gmail.com> 
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 12:20:39 -0800 

I saw a Northern Shrike on Smithfield Road east of the Livermore Road intersection yesterday, January 25. 

John Pendleton 
SW Portland 

From: Roy Gerig <roygerig at gmail.com> 
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 17:18:04 -0800 
Subject: [obol] Silver Falls Pygmy Owls, above the gloom in Salem 

I was thinking of Jerry Garcia playing Dear Mr Fantasy take us out of this 
gloom, when a birder from Beaverton called early this morning and said she 
wanted to see a PYGMY OWL or Great Gray. Above and out this gloom we did 
not find any Great Gray Owl but we tooted out the same PYGMY OWL I saw 
several days ago, then a mile down the road we got a scope on another NPYO 
in a less than than 10 year old clearcut. For several minutes it turned 
its head back and forth to look at us so we could see both of its sets of 
'The gloom' is the thick fog Salem is trapped in. From above the fog at 
Silver Creek Falls you could see the fog blanketing the Valley very well, 
and see almost to the ocean on the far side. We got us out of the gloom by 
getting above it into the warming sun where we found DIPPERS and PYGMY OWLS 

We found a class 3 to early 4 large snag (on a scale from 1 (dead tree) to 
5 (rotting and crumbling big old tall stump) with a promising looking 
freshly used very large cavity in it for something the size of a Great 
Gray, 40 feet up off the ground 

Their first cousin the Spotted Owl will use cavities like that, or just 
shelves in big old trees or witches brooms or leaning tree chimneys for 
home, anything for shelter from weather above and view from predators, and 
I assume Great Grays do too. I will check that snag again, to try to see 
whatever it is that uses it 

Roy Gerig Salem OR 

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