provided by:

Priscilla Sokolowski

Eugene, OR

Photos from personal trips  AND trips with

“Birds of Oregon and General Science” (BOGS)


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BOGS (Birds of Oregon and General Science)

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  • BIRD WALK; Oct 14; 9:30am-Noon
    Donna has arranged to lead a bird walk on Oct 14 at the OREGON COUNTRY FAIR site.
    Here is her announcement:
    • BOGS Walk for Thurs Oct 14, will be at the Oregon Country Fair Site in Veneta.
      Once again, Donna Albino, was able to get the permission needed, (through her sister-in- law, Diane Albino) to access this magical place! There has not been a Fair on site since 2019, the OCF's 50th anniversary!
      Not sure what the bird action will be, but at the very least, it's a very enjoyable walk in the countryside at this glorious time of year. ...
      Fingers crossed for pleasant weather!
    Driving directions will be provided via email to BOGS members and newer members who have contacted Doris or Priscilla in recent months about getting on our email list. Masks will be required.
  • OCTOBER 28:
    BOGS will have a birdwalk at KIRK POND on Oct. 28; 9-11:30am
    Priscilla,d Dan and Barbara Gleason may co-lead the walk. If Dan and Barbara are unavailable, Priscilla will lead the walk.
    Kirk Pond is below Fern Ridge dam, on Clear Lake Rd.
    There is a parking lot there and that is where we will meet at 9am.
    While it looks like Steve may be able to return to leading bird walks in December, that timeline is not yet certain.
    Please consider volunteering to make yourself the "point person" for a BOGS bird walk!
    (Scroll further down this page for a complete list of all our favorite birding locations) Much of the value in BOGS bird walks lies in enjoying being outdoors, watching birds, getting some exercise, and doing some socializing with others while sharing this common-interest activity.
    Do not worry about not being able to identify all the birds. We have quite a few participants who can identify most, if not all, of the birds we see and everyone helps out when we find ourselves challenged. Just volunteer and then BE THERE. People will be happy just to have you there, even if you do a minimum of formal "leading". One thing that is appreciated is helping to spread the word when a cool bird has been found. Sometimes small groups are so involved in socializing (I confess I am guilty of this myself) that they don't hear when another neat bird has been found, so it helps to have someone bring their attention to the action.
    Priscilla intends to coordinate two raptor runs each month November through March this year. There may even be three raptor runs offered in some months. Some of these will not be on Thursdays, and some may be on Saturdays; and it is possible that some of these will happen with very little advance notice. In those cases there will be email announcements at least one day in advance, (usually two or more days in advance) as well as posting the trips here on this website.
    The intentions here are to offer a greater number of trips so as to spread out the attendees over more trips with resulting smaller number of cars on the trips; and also to allow getting out while especially interesting "target birds" are still in the area. Prairie Falcons and Goshawks for example are especially mobile and quick to show up and then disappear in a few days time. We also have some folks who have been unable to attend BOGS events because they have a conflict on Thursdays.
  • TENTATIVE date: First raptor run, SATURDAY Nov 6.
    This will very likely be a local trip beginning near the Eugene airport. Our starting point will depend on the most recent raptors reported in the area. This may include Awbrey Ln, and most likely Merriman Rd, Bond, Starlight Ln in Alvadore, possibly Kirk Pond or Shore Lane County Park, the Camas Country Bakery on Purkerson Rd and a few roads further north from there.
    If no one has volunteered to lead a bird walk
    on a 2nd, 4th or 5th Thursday, we can follow a tradition Jody Fairchild set up a half-dozen years ago for Summer birding. What was done was for those wanting to go birding, to meet at the Campbell Center 10 minutes before 9am and decide where they want to go; leaving the Center a few minutes after 9 a.m. (if the Center is open someone can leave a note with the desk clerk so they can communicate the chosen destination to any late arrivals, or folks who call them to inquire about the location of the bird walk.

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Co-Vid Information: PLEASE NOTE:
We assume you will be fully vaccinated and ask that if you are not, then please do not attend these bird walks or raptor runs until you have been vaccinated.
I will not be updating this website with the latest Co-Vid restrictions or guidelines. There are plenty of places you can get that information.
With the rapidly increasing number of cases of the DELTA VARIANT, it would be wise to maintain social distancing of 6 - 10 feet, and if not doing so, wearing masks is then all the more important.

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This is due to the surging case numbers of the Delta Variant in Lane County.

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I think most of you would agree that BOGS has served you well for as long as you've been going on bird walks and attending the informative and entertaining presentations. How many years have you been benefitting from the efforts of the volunteers who have kept this organization going?

BOGS very likely serves different needs for different people. For some of us, the social aspect, the sharing of a common interest and sense of community that creates might be as important as enjoying the birds on our walks. Others may meet their social needs through strong family and community connections, so enjoying being out in nature and enjoying the birds is the service provided by BOGS, or what means the most to them.

BOGS as an organization was founded in 1992, after originating from Floyd Weitzel's Senior Birding Classes taught through Lane Community College. BOGS has an interesting history, which you can read *** HERE: ***
Delta Ponds (north)
June 24, 2021

BOGS must be providing something important to its members for it to continue almost THIRTY YEARS on the efforts of a few unpaid volunteers.

Does BOGS still provide enough to you for you to make a little effort to keep it going? We aren't asking for money, or blood donations, we're asking you to to consider giving some of your time. Most of what needs to be done could be done by a few volunteers working for perhaps a term or two at a time.

Would you consider leading a bird walk once in a while? Steve’s recovery from surgery may take a couple months. October 14 and 28 and beyond, remain unscheduled.
Please consider volunteering to make yourself the "point person" for a BOGS bird walk!
(Scroll further down this page for a complete list of all our favorite birding locations) Much of the value in BOGS bird walks lies in the enjoyment of being outdoors, watching birds, getting some exercise, and doing some socializing with others while sharing this common-interest activity.

Do not worry about not being able to identify all the birds. We have quite a few participants who can identify most, if not all, of the birds we see and everyone helps out when we find ourselves challenged. Just volunteer and then BE THERE. People will be happy just to have you there, even if you do a minimum of formal "leading". One thing that is appreciated is helping to spread the word when a cool bird has been found. Sometimes small groups are so involved in socializing (I confess I am guilty of this myself) that they don't hear when another neat bird has been found, so it helps to have someone bring their attention to the action.

Doris has indicated her desire to step down at the end of Fall term. She has been serving us as treasurer since 2012 and for many of those years she has been doing all the work of scheduling our speakers for the indoor presentations. I think that particular job could be broken up into two parts done by different people; one or two people making "cold calls" to potential speakers (whether new or former speakers) to assess their interest/willingness to make a presentation to us and forward the names of those so willing to another person who would then make the arrangements to schedule them for a particular date.

Please give some thought to helping this organization continue serving the senior community by providing enjoyable outings watching birds and entertaining,informative presentations.
With a few of you volunteering each term to help contact speakers and arrange their speaking date, your commitments do not have to be for extended periods of time.

Several of us are talking about having a meeting soon to discuss strategies to keep BOGS going. We will probably meet outdoors at some place like the covered pavilion at Alton Baker Park. If you would like to participate in this meeting please Contact Doris via email, or write to Priscilla at:

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In a normal year, 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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Below I have included a list compiled by both Doris and myself, of all the places Steve Barron has taken us, as well as a few additional places we have gone only during previous Summers.

Here is a list of places BOGS has gone birding in the past

  1. Delta Ponds at the Valley River Center Bike Bridge
  2. North Delta Ponds area - with parking on Goodpasture Island Road.
  3. Fern Ridge Reservoir at the end of Royal Ave. (park on road unless you have a permit from Fish and Wildlife),
  4. Perkins Peninsula off West 11th, with the Cantrell Rd. addition
  5. Kirk Pond, at the base of Fern Ridge Dam and nearby park area.
  6. Mt. Pisgah arboretum, note parking permits very important here, day passes can be purchased at the parking area.
  7. Golden Gardens, take Barger Dr. off 99, then right at Golden Gardens St., (just past Beltline) to end of road.
  8. EWEB Wetlands, west side of EWEB building off Roosevelt, between Beltline and Bertelson.
  9. Millrace bicycle path in Springfield.
  10. Dorris Ranch
  11. Clearwater Landing
  12. Alton Baker Park - walking from Campbell Center.
  13. East Alton Baker Park, access by walking south on utility road east of Auzen Stadium and east of BMX track
  14. Skinner’s Butte - walking from Campbell Center.
  15. Heron Park, at Aspen and D street in Springfield
  16. Checkermallow Access to Meadowlark Prairie: (on Royal Ave, east of Greenhill Rd).
  17. Halsey Raptor run, a car tour through areas northeast of Eugene.
  18. Stewart Pond, off Bertelson on Stewart Rd.
  19. Hileman County Park, 2.5 miles north of Beltline turn right on E Beacon. At junction turn left on Hileman Ln
  20. Elijah Bristow State Park, off Hywy 58, between Trent and Dexter
  21. Zumwalt County Park, Vista Dr., Veneta
  22. Riverbend Hospital. The south end of the building has trails in a shady, very nice area for hot weather.

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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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NOTE: Click on the "BOGS-LINKS" menu item on the black menu bar at top of the page for the most complete listing of BOGS slideshows and trip reports dating back to 2013.
In the list below,the more recent additions are nearer to top; but not precisely in chronological order. Also the following list only goes back about two years

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Kirk Pond
July 22, 2021

Northern Flicker - photo by Priscilla

Perkins Peninsula
July 8, 2021

Cedar Waxwing - photo by Don Laufer

Delta Ponds (north)
June 24, 2021

Kingfisher - photo by Don Laufer

Heron Park (east Alton Baker)
June 10, 2021

Great Blue Heron - photo by Priscilla

Clearwater Landing
May 27, 2021

Cedar Waxwings in nest - photo by Chris Kilpatrick

Mt Pisgah Arboretum
May 13, 2021

Western Tanager - photo by Priscilla

Jasper Millrace Path
April 29, 2021

Green Heron - photo by Priscilla

Fern Ridge Royal
April 22, 2021

Marsh Wren- photo by Don Laufer

Great Horned Owl fledglings!
Mar.26, 2021

Young GHO Fledgling-photo by Priscilla

NON-BOGS: SIX Winter Raptor Trips
Nov. 2020 - Mar. 2021

Burrowing Owl & Rough-legged Hawk
Linn County-photos by Priscilla
Birding trips were done from separate cars using two-way-radio communcations

BOGS Raptor Run #4
Feb. 27, 2020

Burrowing Owl - photo by Don Laufer

BOGS Checkermallow
Jan 23, 2020

BOGS Group - photo by Priscilla

BOGS Raptor Run #3
Jan. 16, 2020

Say's Phobe - photo by Priscilla

Non-bogs Williamson's Sapsucker in Eugene
Jan 9, 2020

Williamson's Sapsucker - photo by Priscilla

BOGS Stewart Pond
Jan 9, 2020

Western Meadowlark - photo by Priscilla

Non-bogs Oakridge Christmas Bird Count
Jan 9, 2020

Great Gray Owl - photo by Don Laufer

Raptor Run #2
Dec 19, 2019 - Linn County

Bald Eagle - photo by Priscilla

Faptor Run #1,
Dec 12, 2019 - Linn County

American Kestrel - photo by Priscilla

Three November Birding Trip SLIDESHOWS
Nov 7 (Finley); Nov 14 (Delta Ponds); Nov 21 (Hileman County Park);

Swan (Don Laufer); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Priscilla Sokolowski); Red-breasted Sapsucker (Priscilla Sokolowski)

Five OCTOBER BOGS bird walk slide shows
Oct 3; 10; 17; 24; 31, 2019

Western Bluebirds, (Don Laufer); Green Island Ferry remnants, (Priscilla Sokolowski); Fox Sparrow, (Don Laufer); Anna's Hummingbird, (Greg Hyde); Townsend's Warbler, (Don Laufer)

Four SEPTEMBER BOGS bird walk slide shows
Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

Yellow Warbler (Don Laufer); Western Tanager (Steve Barron); Flower (Don Laufer); Chorus Frog (Priscilla Sokolowski)

Five AUGUST BOGS bird walk slide shows
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019

Western Kingbird; Greater Yellowlegs; California Quail;

Western Wood Pewee; Black-headed Grosbeak
- photos by Priscilla and Don

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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