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OR—Lincoln co.—Beaver Creek Rd (44.5216,-124.0684) BAWW state bird for Caleb (01/21/2020)

Owner Caleb Centanni

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  1. Larus sp.

    Number observed: 3
  2. Number observed: 1
  3. Number observed: 3
  4. Number observed: 10
  5. Number observed: 15
  6. Number observed: 7
  7. Number observed: 2
  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 5
  10. Number observed: 4
  11. Number observed: 1

    Details: (Rare): “infrequent” : cont. rarity, 3rd winter here.
    — finally, after 2.5-hr of intense searching, Courtney spotted it in “that conifer!” Douglas fir, with CBCH, black&white streaked bird working side branches (not trunk) of large conifer. I was standing N. side of the pond and looking back across at the BAWW in Dougfir on S. side of pond, fir and alders edging pond, bird in conifer at exact pin point of this log. Sad, only brief poor distant view for Courtney, I’ve only ever had very brief poor views of this species! dang!
    — but thank goodness, just in time, we did find it for Caleb! just before mad rush (not really, we drive safe!) back to Corvallis for noon Wind Ensemble class. (Saw BAWW at 10:39a, to leave Ona Beach at 10:50 to make it back in time!) New Oregon state bird for Caleb! Finally, jinx-bird streak ends. (He looked for this one last year; “was going to look for one in Clatsop co. but the park was closed that day; we looked for that one on Sauvie Island and that was the first day that it wasn’t seen; I’ve also looked for one at least 2-3 times at Malheur.”) — “I’m happy and sad to inform you that I had great views!” — Caleb came rushing to Dougfir and got to see it well, while CKJ walked back around the pond to meet up with, at which time bird disappeared. Caleb’s report of his experience: “Moving from interior licheny branches of Douglas fir (where seen poorly), to more open licheny branches of alders and deciduous shrubs to SW along the edge of Beaver Creek Rd, crawling its way along branches and pecking at lichens with long slightly curved bill. Bird all black and white in plumage, mostly plain white face with large eye in center, supercilium somewhat distinct, also white; almost entire upperside of bird black except for very contrasting white streaking and white wingbars. Underside mostly white with crisp black flank streaks. Utc with black spots. Overall bird had long slender warbler shape, fairly long tail, and notably down-curved bill.
    — We both lost a hair band, in this brambly tangly chase experience ! “It was foraging hairbands off of our braids when we weren’t looking!”
    — “Not to hint too much, but do you have any words of appreciation for the wonderful person who found it for you today?” — “Yes that was thoughtless of me not to include that in the comment, thanks Courtney.” — “Ok I’m ready.” — “And this comment would not be complete without a sincere and resounding thank you to the beautiful woman, fine partner, and golden birding god, who spotted this bird for me.” — “God? Not goddess?” — “Golden birding goddess, sure!”
    — “What I want to know is, where that d**** bird was all morning! Seems like we were looking at that flock all day!” — “I think it’s a tough bird to find.” — “Kind of seems like it. Except people haven’t been having trouble with it the past few days, except for us, but people won’t know we had trouble with it!” — phew! so so glad we got it for you, babe! Yay! — “Thanks, golden birding goddess!” “Now I just need to find a Least FL and no one can make fun of me anymore.” — “Because that’s what all the birders in Oregon are doing.” — “Yep.”

    [comment cont. under “passerine sp.”]

  12. Number observed: 5
  13. passerine sp.

    Number observed: 2

    Details: [BAWW comment, cont.:]
    — “I have this theory. Given that I found it last year on N. side (centered) of pond, and today we found it on S. side (centered) of pond, both spots of which are just N. of where most of the Beaver Creek Rd sightings are (near yellow 25 mph sign), and that mixed flocking birds are flying over the pond to north side of it and back to south, that that is the general area of that bird, prob centered on this pin where we found it today, and just moving with flocks slightly north and slightly south of this pin.” (And maybe sometimes slightly East too, to east side of pond, since it has sometimes been seen near cement structure blocking old road). “And given that that is a good sized area, and so frequently found as it is, I’m not sure it would need to go anywhere else, except around the pond.” “So it’s prob spending its time circling the pond.” — “Except it’s not following the pond exactly, bc it’s seen on the south side of the road too. But it’s following some sort of path through the wetland areas.” — “The other thing, based on plumage, if it’s actually the same bird returning 3 years in a row, it would be an Adult female.”