[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Gyrfalcon rumors, early migrant swallows, and what's in a name?

clearwater at peak.org clearwater at peak.org
Mon Mar 4 07:56:56 PST 2019

To add to these reports from the statewide list (OBOL), Rana Foster mentioned seeing 6 Violet-green Swallows east of Peoria on Saturday, 2 Mar. 

From: "Jeff Fleischer" 
Subject: [obol] Linn Co. Gyrfalcon update 
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2019 23:15:53 -0800 

Hi everyone, 
I received a personal message from someone this evening that the Gyrfalcon was relocated this afternoon in the Cartney/Malpass/Isom Rd area which is SE a few miles of where I originally found it. Best way to quickly get to this area is by taking Cartney Rd east off of Peoria Rd or Cartney Rd west off of Hwy 99E. This is in the general vicinity of the bird that I found in February 2017. I apologize for the late posting, I did not read my emails all this evening until now. I know it can’t be proven but I wonder out loud if this is one and the same bird that has enjoyed spending the last two winters in this general area :). Interesting to note that I did not find any waterfowl in this general area when I conducted my raptor survey through there the other day. Because of that, I had speculated to some folks that I talked with where I originally found it that the bird might be flying over to Benton County to hunt, guess I was wrong about that! Keep searching everyone, hopefully mo 
re can relocate it tomorrow!! 

Jeff Fleischer 

From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren at gmail.com> 
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2019 08:08:15 -0800 
Subject: [obol] Report from Malpass and Cartney 

31 degrees, forcast for tomorrow morning 21. A white clover field on the 
south side of Cartney has 100s of pipits,robins,Killdeer, starlings, 1 
BbPlover. 2 Horned Larks on lsom Rd. This the biggest concentration of 
birds l've seen since beginning to look yesterday. There were no doubt 
sheep here earlier in the winter. 

From: "Jeff Fleischer" <dmarc-noreply at freelists.org> (Redacted sender "raptorrunner97321" for DMARC) 
Subject: [obol] Linn Gyr hunt 
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2019 09:06:18 -0800 


Just wanted to add that make sure you extend your search along Malpass Rd all the way north to at least Lake Creek Dr today. The February 2017 gyr was found on Malpass Rd south of Lake Creek Dr about half a mile, it was perched on the SW corner of the fence line along that road. Good hunting! 

Jeff Fleischer 

From: <tom at barbless.com> 
Subject: [obol] Re: Linn Gyr hunt 
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2019 18:32:57 -0800 

Despite bumping into many birders, I am unaware of anyone finding the GYRF 
today. For anyone chasing tomorrow, a variety of swallows are on the 
Willamette at the SW corner of Irish Bend loop. 


Another local pickup pulled up on me at Cartney Road. Concerned I was lost, 
I filled him in on the chase, and he thought it was cool. Then I challenged 
him. why does "Cartney Road" go to "McCartney Park". Other than his family 
bought their land in 1910 from the McCartney's, he too has wondered why the 
road is only Cartney. The town of Peoria was also founded on McCartney land. 


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