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Around Tillamook (03/09/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on March 10, 2014

There were 2 Rock Sandpipers half way out the jetty at Barview County Park. And this was low tide! Not normally when I go looking for them.



This first cycle Glaucous Gull was at the helipad at the Tillamook airport.


Also at the helipad were many Herring Gulls and a 1st cycle Thayer’s. This Herring looks like a 2nd cycle bird.


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Yet another AZ trip (01/10-12/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on January 15, 2014

On my the 3rd attempt, I finally succeeded getting my ABA Sinaloa Wren at Tubac. The bird near its presumed nest site at the powerline cut about 0.5mi south of the Tubac DeAnza trailhead (or about the same distance north of Clark Crossing). Other highlights include Black-chinned Sparrow, Elegant Trogon and 3-4 Rufous-capped Warblers at Florida Canyon. The rest of the trip (including Patagonia and the San Rafael Valley) was rather anemic, but lots of year (and therefore beer birds) were had.

2 well-seen Bobcats were the non-avian highlight in Patagonia.


That’s all I could muster. Several birds were constantly visible from the “video-camera-oak-grove” a few hundred yards above the dam. That doesn’t mean that you are going to get good shots though …


Embarrassingly enough, I couldn’t get a better shot of a pretty close bobcat along Blue Haven Rd in Patagonia.


Of course, Vermilion Flycatcher are quite a bit more cooperating …


And one of the Reid Park Western Bluebirds is as well … I missed the Pine Warbler. And here the rest of the pretty sorry bunch: A Black-chinned Sparrow to the left, and a female Elegant Trogon to the right …

BlackChinnedSparrow   ElegantTrogon

Nevertheless, it was fun …

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Rusty Blackbird (Hillsboro library, 12/15/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on December 15, 2013

I feel fortunate that this high-caliber bird is sticking around the library only 5 min from my house.

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San Blas, Mexico, over Thanksgiving (11/24-11/30/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on December 4, 2013

Mike Fleming and I did a 7-day birding trip to San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico, over Thanksgiving. There were lots of highlights and learnings, as usual. Here just a few pictures:


Lesser Nighthawk


Bare-throated Tiger-heron


Tail pattern of a Squirrel Cuckoo


Rosy Thrush-Tanager, my trip bird. This bird is dedicated to my friend Dimitri who is going through a real bad time right now. Get better, Dimitri!!!


Mangrove Yellow Warbler


Happy Wren


Dusky-capped Flycatcher

The trip report is here: Enjoy!

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One more AZ trip (11/08-11/10/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on November 12, 2013

One last AZ trip this year to cache in on the winter species yielded 102 species. Here the highlights:

  • 35+ Mountain Plovers, 1 Chestnut-collared and TWO McCown’s Longspur at Pretzer & Tweedy in the Santa Cruz Flats. 4 Crested Caracaras were north of Baumgartner & Picacho Blvd.
  • The reliable dagetti Red-breasted Sapsucker at Whitehouse Picnic Area in Madera Canyon
  • The seemingly wintering Louisiana Waterthrush in Tubac
  • Baird’s Sparrow, a White-tailed Kite, more Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspur and many Grasshopper Sparrows in the San Rafael Valley
  • A consolation price Black-and-white Warbler at Tumacacori (the Green Kingfisher and Tennessee Warbler did not show for me)
  • A Snow Goose at Amado STP
  • 2 (long-staying) Brown Pelicans at Tempe Town Lake

This trip thankfully pushed me over the 400 mark for the year. :-)



A Grasshopper Sparrow warming itself up at sunrise in the San Rafael Valley.

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Grass pipers! Another weekend in Ocean Shores/Westport, WA (9/7 – 9/8/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on September 10, 2013

It took a lot of a luck to run into the Upland Sandpiper at Damon Point near the spit. The bird was first reported about 2mi further at the Game Range. It was very antsy, flushing early and calling a lot. The photo is that bad that you can hardly recognize the species …


A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was near the tip as well.

At the Game Range small numbers of Lapland Longspurs have arrived. A Pacific Golden-Plover was mixed in with 1000s of Western Sandpipers.

On Sunday morning, after seeing an adult Elegant Tern feeding a young in the fog at Westport in the harbor, I headed over to Midway Beach and then Grayland SP. About 3/4mi south of trail 5 was Bob Sundstrom’s juvie Buff-breasted Sandpiper.


A seawatch at Twin Harbors SP yielded 2 Parasitic Jaegers and 1000s of Sooty Shearwaters. One small white-bodied tubenose was on the water far out and had to be left unid’ed.

The final stop was the outgoing tide at Bottle Beach and it was anemic. Dan noted a couple of peregrines off shore. We followed them for a while and watched one of them pick off a Common Tern.

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