[Tweeters] RE: [PortlandAreaBirds] Digest for portland-area-birds@googlegroups.com - 3 updates in 2 topics

Randy Hill re_hill at q.com
Fri Apr 14 20:53:30 PDT 2017


I returned to Vancouver Lake this afternoon to see if the Clark’s Grebes that Lyn found yesterday were still around. They were, and at least a third as well in a more distant group that also included a Red-necked Grebe. And as I was ready to leave the breeding Horned Grebe turned up for another view. Along Old Lower River Road the Greater Yellowlegs count was at least 36, plus a single Lesser Yellowlegs.



Randy Hill

Ridgefield



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<http://groups.google.com/group/portland-area-birds/t/7bad941f6028069d?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Clark County Vesper Sparrow


"Randy Hill" <re_hill at q.com>: Apr 13 09:34PM -0700

Checking out a few locations along Lower River Road this morning searching
for 10 black-hooded gulls (likely Bonaparte's) seen by Dan Friesz, including
Frenchman's Bar Park and around Vancouver Lake, a few notables were another
flock of American White Pelicans flying toward Portland and Vaux's Swifts at
five different spots. I had work to do at the Ridgefield NWR shop and
didn't get away from there until nearly 4pm. On the way out I was flushing
big bunches of Savannah Sparrows along the gravel road and noticed one with
white outer tail feathers. After several tries I had a look at it perched
on a fence as it started pouring down rain, and verified it was a VESPER
SPARROW. Photos of a wet bird on ebird when they clear. A bit of a rarity
locally, probably on its way to Fort Lewis. Also had a Red-shouldered Hawk
calling from the west, getting late for a "non-breeder". We were very close
to verifying the first nest record for WA back in 2014; maybe this will be
the year.



Randy Hill

Ridgefield


"Randy Hill" <re_hill at q.com>: Apr 13 10:43PM -0700

Sorry, I forgot to mention that the Vesper Sparrow seen on Bachelor Island
is in a closed area of the refuge. Birds seen out there are known to
venture over to the River S or Carty Units that have public access.



Randy Hill

Ridgefield



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Checking out a few locations along Lower River Road this morning searching
for 10 black-hooded gulls (likely Bonaparte's) seen by Dan Friesz, including
Frenchman's Bar Park and around Vancouver Lake, a few notables were another
flock of American White Pelicans flying toward Portland and Vaux's Swifts at
five different spots. I had work to do at the Ridgefield NWR shop and
didn't get away from there until nearly 4pm. On the way out I was flushing
big bunches of Savannah Sparrows along the gravel road and noticed one with
white outer tail feathers. After several tries I had a look at it perched
on a fence as it started pouring down rain, and verified it was a VESPER
SPARROW. Photos of a wet bird on ebird when they clear. A bit of a rarity
locally, probably on its way to Fort Lewis. Also had a Red-shouldered Hawk
calling from the west, getting late for a "non-breeder". We were very close
to verifying the first nest record for WA back in 2014; maybe this will be
the year.



Randy Hill

Ridgefield

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<http://groups.google.com/group/portland-area-birds/t/a5253356cd54e2a8?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Vancouver Lake - Clark's Grebes ...


Lyn Topinka <pointers at pacifier.com>: Apr 13 08:17PM -0700

touring the Lowlands we stopped at the flushing channel to check for the breeding plumaged Horned Grebe (spotted by Randy H this week) ... no Horned Grebe but we did have TWO Clark's Grebes !!!

Greater Yellowlegs are still abundant, one Lesser Yellowlegs at the end of the road, some Snow Geese mixed in with the Cacklers, and Common Yellowthroats singing everywhere !!!

Lyn






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