BOGS (Birds of Oregon and General Science)
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UPCOMING BIRD WALKS
Jan. 13 (2nd Thursday). Steve will lead.
Destination and details will be announced here and by email to BOGS members.
Bird walks typically end around 11:30
THIRD RAPTOR RUN: Linn County
I had been intending to schedule the 3rd raptor run for Thursday, Dec 6, but until the weather improves, I'm not going to set a date for this trip.
Rain is in the forecast for this entire week, with the chance of rain still up as high as 55% on Thursday.
The predicted temperature is above 45 by a few degrees, but if it is raining at temperatures below 50, it can feel extremely cold up in Linn County where there are virtually no wind-breaks.
Once a final decision is made for the day of this Raptor Run, there will be an email from Doris
the day before (or two days before) to let you know.
(or you can come to this site and look at this space on this page). The email from Doris will include links to the two maps (same maps as for the Dec 16 trip) as well as a link to a file containing driving instructions. (these instructions will have only a small alteration from the previous version, specifically, how to get out of the downtown area and how to get onto I-5 northbound).
When we do go, we will spend the morning driving roads in Linn County, between Harrisburg and Halsey.
We drove this route on Dec. 16, for our 2nd Raptor Run of this Winter. We drove some of these areas
in 2018 when Steve and I co-led a Raptor Run. One of the areas newere for us contains two eBird "Hotspots"
which I have followed online past years.
They came to my attention as I realized some of the very very few Goshawk, Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon sightings each year
often show up for a day or two in these areas (more so than in adjacent areas).
They're seen for a day or two then they are never seen again.
Sometimes Prairie Falcons are found in a few other places miles apart from day to day,
but Goshawks and Gyrfalcons seem to be "here and then gone", all in one day or two.
These roads don't have too much traffic and have enough space to pull to the side of the road. And they can potentially be hot! The Malpass hotspot was very active on our recent Dec. 16 Raptor Run trip.
WINTER RAPTOR RUNS
Priscilla intends to coordinate two raptor runs each month November through March this year. 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.
"WhatsApp" App Birding Groups
These groups in our area (all over Oregon) originated in Spring 2021. Prior to the formation of these groups, the two main means of communicating bird sightings were OBOL (Oregon Birdrs Online- which is an email listserve) and eBird.org. Neither of those methods are as instantaneous as the WhatsApp App. There was some "political" history to the formation of these groups as well, but it is probably still controversial for some people so I won't discuss it here.
This App allows real-time messaging to a group of people all at once. The advantage is that there is virtually no delay from sending a message to the others getting it. In contrast posts to eBird.org may be delayed several hours in some cases especially if an uncommon bird is reported. The WhatsApp app is free. Download it from the "google playstore" for android, or where-ever iPhone people get Apps. Once the app is downloaded, one has to click an active link to join any of the WhatsApp groups. If you want the link, write to me and I'll tell you who to write to. They change the link for joining now and then to avoid spammers getting in and posting.
The most interesting group for our area is the "Lane County RBA" group. (RBA means Rare Bird Alert). There are no special requirements for joining. Each group has guidelines mostly pertaining to inclusivity and no hate speech. The RBA type groups ask members to limit their posts to information specific to a rare bird being seen; i.e.; the location, time and any tips for finding the bird. There are "OPEN" bird chat groups as well (such as "Lane County OPEN Birdchat" for Lane County), and in those groups any kind of discussion pertaining to birds can be posted freely.
WINTER TERM: NO INDOOR PRESENTATIONS
The Campbell Center is limiting room occupancy during Winter term to only 25 people due to the Co-Vid pandemic. Our attendance for indoor presentations has always been larger than that, so Doris has suggested we hold off on returning to indoor presentations and see how things develop for Spring term:
"We are watching and waiting for an opportunity to restart indoor meetings, and we will need some reorganization after we get going."
SLIDESHOWS FOR 2021 Spring/Summer BIRD WALKS
For convenience, I have always posted links to recent slideshows added to the website further down on (this) home page. There is a much more complete listing of BOGS bird walk slideshows and trip reports on this website, going back to 2013. I am putting a link to that immediately below, but it can also be accessed directly from the black menu bar at the top of this page. Simply click on the "BOGS-LINKS" item in that black menu bar. The listings on that page are chronological with most recent at the top. (The link below takes you to that same page)
The further back in time you go on this website, the more pages you will find which need repair. On some pages the entire slideshow is missing. On other pages all the formatting is gone - font types, sizes and colors are wrong as well as text boxes and background colors. It took me a very very long time to figure out why these things were happening. I'm happy to say, I have finally found the sources of ALL these types of problems and will be restoring the pages - a few at a time. My repair work will be directed at the most recent material first. I think all of 2021, 2020 and 2019 are already repaired but some work needs to be done yet on pages from 2018 and even more so for the years preceding 2018. UPDATE: Dec.2021: I recently fixed most of July-Dec of 2018.
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT BOGS - (during NORMAL TIMES)
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
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:
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
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.