BOGS (Birds of Oregon and General Science)
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BOGS NEWS: WEEKLY BIRD WALKS CONTINUE THIS WINTER
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
FALL TERM POTLUCK
POTLUCK Dec. 5.
Doris wrote the following letter to the membership (edited slightly for the website version):
"We have missed the opportunity to socialize together this Fall since we decided to not try to schedule speakers during the proposed construction at the Center. This Thursday will give us a good chance to renew friendships and get connected again.
If you plan to attend the potluck (beginning at about 11 a.m.), please let us know so we can set up enough tables and chairs!
WRITE TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the potluck, please bring your own place setting, cup, utensils and a dish to share.
We hope to see you at 10 on Thursday.
Non-members welcome. An opportunity to meet and get acquainted with members.
Meet in the main meeting room in the Celeste Campbell Center at 1st and High streets.
Before the Potluck, (10am - 11am) we have a special treat with Steve Barron presenting some information on how he established a solar panel on his garage roof to keep his new hybrid Suburu charged and ready to go and cut drastically both his gasoline and EWEB usage. We invite all to come to hear this. This is a good opportunity to tell your family and friends during the holidays about some details of this important new, clean technology.
For those not interested in staying for the potluck, feel free to leave after the talk and before the potluck begins.
Come with your questions to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to reduce our individual carbon footprint
from someone who has used this technology, and who is not a salesperson!
UPCOMING RAPTOR RUN
RAPTOR RUN: I am scheduling this for Dec 12 with Dec 19 as a backup date in case of a very poor weather
expectation for the 12th. Watch this site and Dori's Tues Dec 10 email for the final word on this.
9am-2pm or 3pm
This will be a "birding-by-car" type trip up into Linn County, where we will drive the back roads of the grass seed farms and enjoy the numerous Hawks and Eagles which spend their winters there.
When we find interesting birds we will set up spotting scopes and spend some time enjoying the birds.
The trip will run from 9am until 2 or 3pm, with a lunch break in Albany.
Rough-legged Hawks, Short-eared Owls and Northern Shrikes have been showing up especially in Benton county,
(mostly around Finley NWR) and to some extent at and north of Fern Ridge Reservoir. The numbers of raptors observed so far
in Linn County continue to slowly increase. Actually not many birders have been filing checklists from that area, so there may be
more raptors up there than are seen currently in eBird.org. (as of Nov 29). Several of us will do one or two scouting trips
before Dec 10 to assess the situation and finalize the route.
We WILL have lunch in Albany.
A set amount of time - perhaps 1hr 20minutes - will be alloted for folks to get lunch, after while we will re-group and head back out to the fields for more raptor hunting.
Send comments or restaurant suggestions to me at: EMAIL: email@example.com
NOTE: Novak's Hungarian Restaurant is still closed for repairs after a fire last Spring.
Several places I have found online include some vegetarian options:
Casetta Di Pasta
Brick & Mortar
Possibly Sweet Red Bistro (European)
Also, Sizzler has an "all-you-can-eat" salad bar.
PREPARATION for RAPTOR RUN
I have an online Raptor Tutorial which features primarily species we are likely to encounter
during the Winter in the southern Willamette Valley. People who used it last year were very pleased with it, so take some time going through it
and your raptor identification skills will give you more satisfaction in December.
This TUTORIAL can be found at: CLICK HERE
WINTER RAPTOR ARRIVALS:
Winter Raptor and Migrant Arrivals. (updated Nov 29, 2019)
A frequently updated table showing arrivals of wintering Raptors and other Winter Migrants of Interest, listed by date; and including some field notes and photos. Keep track of what's showing up in Lane and Linn counties as we move into the Winter Birding Season! I try to update this page about twice a week, so check back often to see what's arriving in our area!
VIDEOS WEB PAGE: Otters, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Swifts ...
Most recent videos, Nov 21: River Otters playing at Hileman County Park; Nov 14, River Otter preening on log and River Otter chomping and chomping on a fish at Delta Ponds; videos from Nov 7 Finley trip: Rough-legged Hawk hovering; Tundra Swans at McFadden Marsh at Finley; 2500 Cackling Geese winding and circling down to land in McFadden Marsh.
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
Three November Birding Trip SLIDESHOWS
Five OCTOBER BOGS bird walk slide shows
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
Original Home Page
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.