[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Chestnut-collared Longspur east of Peoria

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Thu Mar 14 10:42:34 PDT 2019

From: Roy Gerig <roygerig at gmail.com> 
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:40:58 -0700 
Subject: [obol] Blueberry Hill (Linn Co) Chestnut-collared Longspur 3/13/19 

11 AM: thanks to Fats Domino for the reference. This is along Blueberry 
Ln or Rd. Down the hill from the original blueberry farm around here, 
hence the name. I had stopped where tire marks said others had stopped for 
the SNOW BUNTING that I did see briefly, I stopped and got out to pee in 
the field (if this part is offensive, cover your eyes and ears) and saw 
movement out of the side of my vision. When I could look more closely only 
20 feet away I could see nothing until the invisible straw-colored bird on 
the ground moved again 
I have not seen many birds as cryptic as this, in the dead vegetation. 
First winter female, every field mark or lack of any became obvious during 
the 30 minutes I watched it and took photos I will post those to ebird 
sometime today, or tomorrow morning. Rachel Friese (I hope the name is 
right) stopped then and she got to see it. I heard a kittle call once. It 
spread its tail twice and showed mostly whitish tail feathers with a dark 
triangle at the end. This bird is so nondescript you would not believe it 
unless you've seen it 

There were 75 or so PIPITS around and a half dozen HORNED LARKS, and I saw 
a white bird land with a few of them and never saw it again, SNOW BUNTING. 
The CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR ignored the other birds in the area, until 
it must have moved and could not be located again by any of the four 
birders that were there by that time, around noon 

This bird is so invisible that it might not be re-found as it does not move 
much and you won't see it unless it does 

Everything you've heard is true 

Roy Gerig Salem OR

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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