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BOGS NEWS: WEEKLY BIRD WALKS THIS YEAR!!
Due to expected noisy remodeling of the Campbell Center, it has been decided that we will not schedule speakers
during Fall or Winter Quarters. This might continue through Spring as well. That is yet to be seen.
No registration fees will be collected during these two or three quarters
We've decided to go birding EVERY WEEK this Fall and Winter. Steve and Priscilla will lead the bird walks, along with anyone else
who wishes to contribute to BOGS in that way.
Because the Campbell Center parking lot will have constuction equipment and workers
using it, we have decided that for the birding trips we will meet before 9am at the PLAYGROUND PARKING LOT on Cheshire Rd
To get there: Drive north on High Street BEYOND the Campbell Center. The road makes a 90 degree curve to the left and changes name to CHESHIRE AVE. Drive less than 1/2 mile and you see on your right, a large parking lot which services a children's playground. We will meet in that parking lot before 9am each week.
Doris will email announcements each week to let us know what our birding destination will be - when that has been decided before-hand
Map showing Playground parking lot,
Campbell Center, and Cheshire Ave
SEPTEMBER 19 BIRD WALK
SEPT 19 BIRD WALK:
We will carpool from our new meeting area at the west end of Skinner Butte Park, leaving at 9 a.m.
There are also a few parking spaces by the shelter and a few more at the main entrance which can be found by taking a left turn in front of the shelter and going uphill and again turn left at the next road.
There are other entrances to the park. One is a lovely winding road going through the park. This entrance can be found where Fairmount goes up hill at about Agate and 20th St., cutting through one corner of Washburne Park. From Agate St, turn left on 20th, go uphill to Fairmount, then right on Fairmount. The large parking lot in Hendrick’s Park will be on your left at the top of the hill.
Steve says there is still some clean-up going on from last winter’s snow/ice storms, but it should be a pleasant walk.
UPCOMING BIRD WALKS
Sept 26 BIRD WALKS:
Steve Barron will lead this bird walk.
Oct 3: No one has stepped forward yet to lead this bird walk.
Oct 10: Donna Albino has arranged for us to have a birding tour of Green Island!
Steve will lead walks on:
No leader yet assigned:
POTLUCK Dec. 5. Time to enjoy good conversation, food & friendship & watcha DVD about birds!
Thursday Aug 29, 2019:
We wrapped up our Summer birding on Aug 29, with a "shorebird-intensive" at Fern Ridge Reservoir. Several uncommon to rare birds had been reported the two days before our visit, including a Red Knot, a Ruff, a Long-billed Curlew, Red-necked Phalaropes, a pair of American Avocets, and Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers. A half-dozen or more very dedicated Eugene birders were on the prowl along with our group, but only a few were successful at finding the Ruff or the Red Knot. Roger Rob found ALL these birds according to his OBOL posting at 1:35pm, as did John Sullivan and a few others later in the afternoon. Of the less common birds, our group found the Phalaropes, the Avocets, and Don snapped a photo of a flying Pectoral Sandpiper, but we saw many other species which haven't been around since last Winter, so it was quite a preview of what is yet to come this Fall and Winter.
After being greeted by several beautiful Lincoln's Sparrows immediately after leaving the parking lot, and hearing the calls of Greater yellowlegs a number of times along the way, we made our way to Pond #5, which is on the left side of Royal while walking towards the observation platform. (Click HERE to see a map with the names of the ponds at Fern Ridge - giving both the names and numbers). When we arrived at the pond, numerous shorebirds and waterfowl were seen. Right up close were both a Greater Yellowlegs and a Lesser Yellowlegs. This was one of those rare opportunities to see both species side-by-side and compare their sizes and features. Western and Lesser Sandpipers presented the same kind of educational moment.
There were large flocks of Western and Lesser Sandpipers. There were small scattered groups of Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail. There were more Greater Yellowlegs along distant shorelines. We ran into Sylvia Maulding, Scott McNeeley and Jim Hardman along the dike and got some updates from each of them about what birds were and were not being found that morning.
It was fun to suddenly find so many shorebirds and Winter waterfowl after a Summer of juvenile songbirds of fields and forest edges. We were fortunate to have both Steve's and Mary Lee's spotting scopes, because the bird-covered mudflats extended a long way out and the field marks of many birds were beyond the range of what binoculars could offer. We arrived around 8:30 and started for home around 10:45, so we had more than two hours out in the field enjoying the birds.
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT BOGS
Is that a (give bird name) that I hear singing?
BIRD SONGS: Online Resources - listen to any bird's songs or calls
If you have a smartphone, there are numerous apps for birding which can play the songs and calls of birds,
but if you don't have one, you can go online and explore the songs and calls of any bird.
Here are two exceptionally good websites for this:
The McCaulay library includes not only recordings of songs and calls, but also has photographs and videos of birds, mammals, reptiles
and amphibians! Here is the "How to" page with instructions for using this website:
CLICK HERE FOR: Winter Raptors: A Mini-Tutorial by Priscilla Sokolowski Meant for those not very familiar with Hawks and other raptors found in the Southern Willamette Valley from November to March, and who want some helpful "look-for-this" kinds of details. This tutorial includes the most common Winter-only species. It does not include some of the year-round hawks such as Cooper's, Sharp-shinned or Red-shouldered Hawks; nor does it include Owls. Some who have worked through this tutorial have found it very helpful and easy to use. Check it out before our Raptor Runs this Winter!
ACCESSING eBird Data to Find Birds
MOST RECENT SLIDESHOWS AND TRIP REPORTS ADDED TO WEBSITE:
(both BOGS and non-BOGS)
Most recent additions are nearer to top; ie; not in chronological order
ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP TO MAINE: "A Birder's Dream; Birding Down East Maine"
ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP TO MAINE: "A Birder's Dream; Birding Down East Maine" - PART 2
Don Laufer: Ruff Park
Raptors: Belts and Diamond Hill area roads,
THE LATEST BIRDS REPORTED to eBIRD in Lane County
Back in February or April, the folks who do the computer programming at Cornell's eBird.org website, re-did much of the website.
While their work made improvements, especially in the ease of use by smartphones, one unfortunate result is that the widgets
by BirdTrax, which use eBird data, no longer function. This will probably be a permanent state of affairs, so I have removed the widgets
from the "Recent Sightings" page of this website. I still have a frame with working links from the eBird.org site,
so plenty of information can still be gleaned that way.
RECENT SIGHTINGS reported to eBIRD for Lane County
RECENT SIGHTINGS reported to eBIRD for Lane County
ALL BOGS TRIP REPORTS & SLIDESHOWS
ALL Non-BOGS SLIDESHOWS from Trips, Festivals, Projects
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About the thumbnail photos:
The rows of thumbnail-sized photos adorning the home page are some of my best photos or else some of my most interesting. Most of them were taken on non-BOGS birding outings. If you click on a thumbnail it will give you a full screen view of the image. Use the back button/arrow on your browser to return to the home page.