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Priscilla Sokolowski

Eugene, OR

Photos from personal trips  AND trips with

“Birds of Oregon and General Science” (BOGS)


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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
(Campbell Center is at bottom right (at 2nd & High streets)

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Steve Barron will lead this Bird Walk
DESTINATION: Hendrick's Park
We've not done a bird walk at Hendrick's Park and Steve says there are plenty of birds to be seen.

We will carpool from our new meeting area at the west end of Skinner Butte Park, leaving at 9 a.m.
Steve will have maps available for those who would like directions to Hendrick's Park.
For those wishing to drive there directly, go to the east end of 19th St., turn right on Fairmount and go a short distance to Summit, where you should make a left turn. At the top of the hill you will see the picnic shelter, formerly known as the F.M. Wilkens Shelter. There are three close parking areas. For the largest one, turn right and pass the shelter and then turn right again at the next street. The entrance is close on the right.

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.

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Sept 26 BIRD WALKS: Steve Barron will lead this bird walk.
Destinations will be announced by Doris Wimber's usual Tuesday emails as well as here on this website.

Oct 3: No one has stepped forward yet to lead this bird walk.
(Priscilla will lead if no one else does)

Oct 10: Donna Albino has arranged for us to have a birding tour of Green Island!
This site is managed by the McKenzie Land Trust. We are fortunate and thankful to Donna for working this out for us! This land sits at the confluence of the Mckenzie and Willamette river and was privately owned until 2003. The Land Trust has opened up dikes to allow the rivers to flow more freely and sculpt the borders of this large parcel. They have also done a great deal of planting in some sections as well as other measures to enhance the habitat for wildlife.
From the Mckenize Land Trust Website
"Located at the confluence of the McKenzie and the Willamette Rivers, Green Island contains some of the least altered fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley and provides essential habitat for numerous species. At more than 1,000 acres, Green Island offers an opportunity to make an impact on a landscape level."
Please see the website for a lot more details about Green Island!

Steve will lead walks on: Oct. 24
Nov. 14

No leader yet assigned:
Oct. 17
Oct. 31
Nov. 7
Nov. 21
Nov. 28: HOLIDAY: THANKSGIVING DAY - no bird walk

POTLUCK Dec. 5. Time to enjoy good conversation, food & friendship & watcha DVD about birds!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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From September through May, We have presentations by speakers on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, (and bird walks on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays of the months from Sept - May). The presentations during the academic year cover a wide range of science-related topics. Presentations and bird walks during those months run from 9-11am
*(The exception to the 9am starting time for presentations is the end-of-term Potluck, which begins at 10am and runs until Noon)

Bird Walks
From September through May, our bird walks are led by Steve Barron. We meet inside the Campbell Center before 9am to arrange car-pooling and drive to our destinations. Once there, we usually walk for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, and get back to Campbell Center around 11:30. Some destinations are further away, such as Finley Refuge and Elijah Bristow Park, so our return might be Noon or even as late as 1:00pm. Usually at least some people want to get back earlier so they arrange to ride together in one (or two) car(s). Trips with later return times are always announced as such ahead of time.

BIRDING RESOURCES - other group bird walks, Oregon online Birding site guides etc

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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:
XENO-CANTO Bird recordings
Here is an example recording from This is a recording of several Short-eared Owls harassing a Northern Harrier. The owls are doing a lot of their "barking" calls. The Harrier can be heard at 0.55 seconds and there-after.

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:
McCaulay Library

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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
An online version of a Presentation made for BOGS by Priscilla Sokolowski
on June 20, 2019
A tutorial consisting of many screenshots of the various pages of the website, illustrating how to do various kinds of searches to find where birds are being seen; where to go looking for particular species (anywhere in the world); what is being seen recently (anywhere you want to know about); and more ...

How to REGISTER an account at and submit your birding checklists!
An online annotated tutorial made for BOGS by Priscilla Sokolowski

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(both BOGS and non-BOGS)
Most recent additions are nearer to top; ie; not in chronological order

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Green Heron eating Lamprey larvae (ammocoetes)
July 2, 2019; 9am

Lamprey Larvae - photo by Priscilla Sokolowski

Summer Annual Birding at Finley Wildlife Refuge
July 25, 2019

Acorn Woodpecker
Photo by Priscilla

BOGS Summer Birding
Whilamut Area (east Alton Baker)
July 18, 2019

American Goldfinch
Photo by Don Laufer

Rasor Park and Riverbend Trails
July 4 & July 11, 2019

Lesser Goldfinch
photo by Don Laufer

Summer Birding: Fern Ridge Reservoir - Royal Ave
June 27, 2019

Western Bluebird
photo by Don Laufer

BOG 32nd St. Millrace
June 13, 2019

Green Heron
photo by Priscilla_

Delta Ponds along River - led by Steve Barron
May 30, 2019

photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
May 23, 2019

Very young Robin
photo by Priscilla

Birds of Eugene area; Swallow Pond; Fisher Unit & Skinner Butte
May 4-7, 2019

Raven with stolen egg
Photo by Priscilla

BOBS Fern Ridge Royal, led by Floyd Weitzel
May 9, 2019

Marsh Wren Singing
photo by Priscilla

BOGS Dorris Ranch
w/ arborist Alby Thoumsin
May 2, 2019

Heritage Big Leaf Maple Tree

Fisher Unit, Perkins Peninsula, Warren Slough, Fern Ridge Royal
Spring Migration, April 27 & 28, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird & Yellow-headed Blackbird
- photos by Priscilla

BOGS Golden Gardens Bird Walk led by Donna Albino
April 25, 2019

Warbling Vireo
photo by Priscilla

Skinner Butte Warbler Migration
April 15 and April 19, 2019

Cassin's Vireo
photo by Priscilla

BOGS Checkermallow (Meadowlark Prairie)
April 11, 2019

Barn Swallow
photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Skinner Butte,
Mar. 28, 2019

Red-breasted Nuthatch
photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Finley Wildlife Refuge,
Mar. 14, 2019

Western Bluebird
photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Alton Baker Park
Feb. 14, 2019

Great Blue Heron on nest
photo by Don Laufer

Raptor Run #2
Jan. 31, 2019

Sub-adult Bald Eagle,
3rd year, 2nd basic plumage_

BOGS Heron Park along millrace
Jan. 24, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird
Photo by Priscilla

BOGS Delta Ponds along bike path
Jan 10, 2019_

Downy Woodpecker
Photo by Priscilla

BOGS Meadowlark Prairie (Checkermallow) TRIP REPORT, Nov 8, 2018
Nov. 8, 2018_

Rough-legged Hawk
photo by Priscilla

BOGS Meadowlark Prairie (Checkermallow) SLIDESHOW,
Date: Nov 8, 2018

Belted Kingfisher
photo by Don Laufer

Kirk Pond - led by Floyd Weitzel_
Oct 25, 2018

Great Egret
photo by Don Laufer

Clearwater Landing_
Oct 11, 2018

Spotted Towhee
photo by Don Laufer

Fern Ridge (Royal)
Sept 27, 2018

American Pipit
photo by Priscilla

BOGS first Fall bird walk. Delta Ponds along the river
Sept 13, 2018


ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP TO MAINE: "A Birder's Dream; Birding Down East Maine"
Aug 19-24, 2018
This first page is a slideshow to Monday's Machias Seal Island (10 miles out to Sea) where Atlantic Puffins were very approachable
Jody took some fantastic photographs there!
There are also links to the rest of our trip for Tues-Thurs. but you can access that page separately (see below).

Atlantic Puffin
photo by Jody Fairchild

ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP TO MAINE: "A Birder's Dream; Birding Down East Maine" - PART 2
Aug 19-24, 2018

This webpage has everything else after the Puffin Boat trip we did on Monday.
It ends with another boat trip out to Head Harbor Passage where tides range 16 feet and whales and gulls congregate to feed on shrimp and krill caught up in massive currents and upwelling waters.

Minke Whale

ANNUAL SLIDESHOW, Best Photos, Sept 2017 to Sept 2018
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Alton Baker Park,
Aug 30, 2018

MINK!-photo by Priscilla

BOGS Zumwalt County Park
Aug 2, 2018

Western Grebe with babies riding on her back
photo by Priscilla

BOGS Fern Ridge Royal
July 26, 2018

Juvenile Robin
photo by Priscilla

Riverbend Hospital Trails
July 12, 2018

Baby Robin calling for food
photo by Priscilla

Kirk Park (below Fern Ridge dam)
July 5, 2018

Violet Green Swallow - photo by Don Laufer
River Otter
photo by Priscilla

East Alton Baker Park (Whilamut Natural Area)
June 28, 2018

Brown Creeper - photo by Priscilla

Mt Pisgah Arboretum - First Summer 2018 Bird Walk. The action was HOT!!
June 14, 2018

Male Bullock's Oriole feeding young. Photo by Don Laufer

LAKEVIEW 3-day Birding Trip
May 22-24, 2018

(TWO PHOTO SETS!! One by Priscilla and one by Don Laufer)

Black-crowned Night Heron, photo by Priscilla

BOGS Perkins Peninsula
May 10, 2018

Acorn Wooddpecker - photo by Priscilla

BOGS Golden Gardens; trip report and photos by Don Laufer
April 26, 2018

Killdeer; photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Skinner Butte
April 12, 2018

Black-throated Gray Warbler. Photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Walterville Reservoir
Mar. 29, 2018

Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Photo by Don Laufer

Red Foxes Slideshow!
March 15, 2018

Red Fox

TRIP REPORT: BOGS Delta Ponds along river
Mar. 8, 2018

Anna's Hummingbird

MAP: Steve's Hand Drawn Map
Route of Raptor Run we drove Jan 25, 2018

Thumbnail view of Map

BOGS Heron Park bird walk
Feb 8, 2018

Mallard and Bufflehead

Don Laufer: Ruff Park
Fox Sparrow & Pileated Woodpecker
Jan 19, 2018


Fox Sparrow & Pileated Woodpecker
Fox Sparrow scratching for grubs
Pileated Woodpecker Slow-Motion

Jennifer, Janet, LaRue and I visited D-Hill Owls
Feb 9, 2018

Short-eared Owl

Don Laufer's Short-eared Owls at Diamond Hill_
Feb 5, 2018

Short-eared Owl

Exploring locations for Short-eared Owls and revisiting Diamond Hill Wetlands
Feb 3, 2018

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owls at Diamond Hill
Jan 27, 2018

Short-eared Owl

Raptors: Belts and Diamond Hill area roads,
Jan 26, 2018

Red-tailed Hawk

VIDEO: Dunlin Flock in flight
VIDEO: Second video Dunlin Flock in flight

BOGS Raptor Run,
Jan 25, 2018

American Bald Eagle

Steve's hand drawn Raptor Run Route Map, (coming ...)

Raptor Route Drive-Check with Steve
Jan 16, 2018

Juvenile Tundra Swan

Raptor Route Research Trip
Jan 16, 2018

Short-eared Owl

Raptor Run Computer Drawn Maps

BOGS Finley Refuge
Jan 11, 2018

American Kestrel

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Back in February or April, the folks who do the computer programming at Cornell's 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 site, so plenty of information can still be gleaned that way.

RECENT SIGHTINGS reported to eBIRD for Lane County

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Jan 2013 - Present

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.

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