[Tweeters] White Wagtail - Bonneville Dam?
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...
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
> Would be a very yummy find.
> Larry Schwitters
> 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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