[Tweeters] White Wagtail - Bonneville Dam?

citybylight citybylight at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 30 12:52:52 PDT 2010



Has anybody acted or heard more on this situation? I am sitting at the edge of my seat here at the Walla Walla VA wanting to fly down the gorge and investigate...



Kevin Black

Walla Walla University

College Place, WA




> From: lpatters at ix.netcom.com

> To: jmeredit at bendnet.com

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Fw: [OBOL] White Wagtail - Bonneville Dam?

> Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:47:01 -0700

> CC: tweeters at u.washington.edu

>

> Hope someone local will follow up on this. You never know till you

> know.

>

> Would be a very yummy find.

>

> Larry Schwitters

> Issaquah

> On Apr 30, 2010, at 9:10 AM, judy wrote:

>

> > Forwarded

> > --------------------------------------------------

> > From: "Thomas Love" <tlove at linfield.edu>

> > Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 7:26 AM

> > To: <obol at oregonbirds.org>

> > Subject: [OBOL] White Wagtail - Bonneville Dam?

> >

> >> I know, weird... But on a class fieldtrip Th afternoon, 29 April,

> >> as we drove in the entrance frontage road about 3:00 for a tour of

> >> the Washington side of Bonneville Dam, about halfway from the

> >> turnoff from Hwy. 14 back east to the entrance check station, on

> >> the left in the wide, low grass strip, a very gray and black slim

> >> bird suddenly flushed from about 20 feet away (I was driving)

> >> directly away to the left. It flushed from the grass in a quick

> >> bound. My immediate thought was Loggerhead Shrike, given the mix

> >> of colors and the season/location, but immediately it was clear it

> >> was not only slimmer and smaller but also behaviorally all wrong,

> >> and of course the habitat was highly improbable. I couldn't stop,

> >> and besides the bird had flown and would have taken more time than

> >> I could have stolen from the trip to pursue it.

> >>

> >> I've been turning this over and over in my mind ever since, and

> >> though I'm somewhat hesitant even to report such a brief sighting,

> >> there are so few candidates for what this bird might have been that

> >> I thought it might be worth running up the flagpole. Maybe Wilson

> >> or someone can get up there today to check this.

> >>

> >> Weather conditions: sun break between heavy showers, light from SW

> >> (behind and left, I was looking north). Single bird, flushed

> >> rather explosively from short mown grass strip as described above.

> >>

> >> Description: slim, sparrow-sized (6-8 inches?) lone bird,

> >> primarily black tail, gray back, wings mix of black/gray/white but

> >> the overall impression was very black on tail and gray on back.

> >> Seemed slim for a sparrow. Window was up so did not hear

> >> vocalization if there was one.

> >>

> >> I kept trying to make this into a McCown's Longspur (equally odd),

> >> given the color scheme, but it really was a shrike combination of

> >> colors, and the tail wasn't longspur-like. The overall jizz is

> >> wagtail. I can't think of another candidate that comes even

> >> close. I have seen White Wagtail in Alaska, and am familiar with

> >> several wagtail species in SE Asia.

> >>

> >> Could someone please forward this to Tweeters?

> >>

> >> Tom Love

> >> tlove AT linfield DOT edu

> >> 503-936-3172 cell

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