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Checklist S32307093

 
Location
Depoe Bay--Ludson Pl. area, Lincoln County, Oregon, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
50 minute(s)
Distance:
0.4 mile(s)
Observers:
Hendrik Herlyn
Species
27 species (+2 other taxa) total
3
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)

feeding in the gutter along Hwy 101!

0

Interestingly, I don't recall seeing any in the neighborhood.

1
15
3
5
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
1
1
4
8
9
6
12
1
6
5
1
250

several sizable flocks migrating over, going south

5
4
1
8
5
1
3
8
2
3
1

Hatch-year female. I was able to relocate the odd female-type tanager discovered on Lusdon Pl. by Adrian and Chris Hinkle the day before in a mixed chickadee flock at the end of Ludson Pl. Yellowish below, with yellow-green back and darker olive-gray wings, no discernible wing bars. Thick, pale bill with obvious orange tones. Overall impression similar to Western Tanager female, but quite compact and round-headed ("cuter"). Didn't seem as green as I expected a Scarlet to be, and the bill seemed too orange, but an extensive online review of photos showed that both traits may well be within the range of variation for Scarlet Tanager, especially a HY bird. Only got a brief look before the bird flew; when it took off, I paid special attention to the underwings, which appeared white, but the looks were very brief and I can't be 100% sure there was no yellow. Structure and bill size not at all consistent with Summer Tanager; wings and overall "jizz" point against Western, despite the overall coloration. Final ID pending, in part subject to a more in-depth analysis of photos taken by Hinkles and Will Wright the day before (I was unable to obtain any photos today).
Additional notes: Photos have been posted by Adrian and Christopher Hinkle (see their eBird lists from yesterday). Feedback from several experienced observers in California and from the eastern US indicates that the bird in question is well within the range of what immat. female Scarlet Tanagers can look like. Most people who reviewed the photos agreed that they have never seen a Western Tanager look like this (for a detailed discussion, see recent posts on OBOL). At this point, there is little doubt that this was anything but a Scarlet Tanager.
A report of this sighting will be submitted to the OBRC.

15
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes