Wednesday, November 28, 2018

McKay's Bunting



Similar in appearance to a Snow Bunting, but has a very pale rump; mantle has thin black streaks on white background but no cinnamon color; not much black in tail. May be a first-winter female.
Mike Patterson reported 2 days earlier on OBOL that he had seen an "interestingly pale bunting"; Steve Warner and I re-located lightest bird in a flock of about 60 Snow Buntings, on Gearhart beach, 1 mile south of Del Rey beach access.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Snow Bunting Flock



Please see https://cannonbeachbirder.blogspot.com/2018/11/mckays-bunting.html for photos and description of McKay's Bunting.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Magnolia Warbler



Magnolia Warbler, at Ona Beach State Park, 11/3/18.
Oregon Lifer #406

About 15 birders showed up to look for the bird, including Russ Morgan who originally found it the day before. We saw it briefly at 11:15am in the birch tree where it was seen several times the day before. Then at 2:45pm when only 3 other birders were there, it appeared again, associating with a Townsend's Warbler, up high in the same birch tree, and I was able to get some photos.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Seaside Cove



Odd looking sea duck at Seaside Cove - there seems to be too much white on the face for a White-winged Scoter.(Still image above, animated GIF below.)

Here is the bird as it opens up and flaps its wings. The white areas on underwing and top of wings look right for White-winged Scoter. (Still image above, animated GIF below.)

Another look at the bird floating on the water. (Still image above, animated GIF below.)

The Cove is a popular spot for surfers, especially when the surf is like it was today, with the east wind.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Red-shouldered Hawk



Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk, with streaks on all of chest and underside; black tail with narrow white bands. It was calling extensively, with 5 or 6 repeated squeals each time, as it moved through thick stand of trees south of the sewage ponds. Eventually it silently flew into some dense, deciduous trees near NW sewage pond.
Pale crescent across outer primaries can be seen in photo of bird taking off. "All plumages show distinctive pale translucent crescent across outer primaries (by far the most important field mark to watch for on a flying bird)." - Sibley

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lapland Longspur



Lapland Longspurs appear around this time of year at the South Jetty of the Columbia River. I counted 27 in a flock today.

When the birds land, they practically disappear into the vegetation. They also have a habit of secretly moving away from the point where they touch down as soon as they land, making it hard to re-find them.

The 27 tiny black dots just above the jetty rocks are a flock of Lapland Longspurs.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Common Murre



Common Murre fledgling sitting near the water's edge at Del Rey Beach, north of Gearhart.