[Tweeters] Accipiter ID Assistance

Tony tvarela at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 22 12:10:47 PST 2014


Thanks for your response Joyce. And thanks to the many tweets that shared their knowledge. There were several advanced birders and experts that agreed with your COHA suggestions.



- Regards

Tony Varela
South Puget Sound, WA
tvarela at hotmail dot com
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> On Nov 22, 2014, at 12:00 PM,Joyce Volmut <joyce.volmut at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:47:04 -0800

> From: Joyce Volmut <joyce.volmut at gmail.com>

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Accipiter ID Assistance

> To: Tony <tvarela at hotmail.com>

> Cc: "tweeters at u.washington.edu" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

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> Cooper's hawk, Larger flatfish head, rounded tail feathers also streaking gradually fades to white. immature sharpies more heavily streaked that continues through the belly atea

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> Sent from my iPad

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>> On Nov 20, 2014, at 4:08 PM, Tony <tvarela at hotmail.com> wrote:

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>> Greetings Tweets, I saw this raptor this morning at Nisqually NWR and am looking for confirmation of ID. Thanks.

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>> https://flic.kr/p/q8rx6P

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>> - Regards

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>> Tony Varela

>> South Puget Sound, WA

>> tvarela at hotmail dot com

>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony-v

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> Message: 7

> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:36:41 -0500

> From: "Terry Little" <terry at crossoverchurch.info>

> Subject: [Tweeters] N Hawk Owl - Brewster

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> Hello,

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> I must confess I have a weakness for N Hawk Owls.So I made the trek to

> Brewster today to see one of my favorite birds. Along the way, there were a

> few nice birds as well.

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> At Steamboat Rock on Banks Lake was a flock of 26 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS

> mixed in with the larger flocks of Common and Hooded Mergansers. A gorgeous

> GOLDEN EAGLE circled overhead.

>

> I arrived in the Hawk Owl area a little after noon and quickly found a

> Merlin perched on a pole. After making a few loops around N Star and

> Blossom Rds, I ran into Barry McKenzie from Oregon. Just a few minutes

> later, the owl showed up on a power pole in front of one of the houses on

> Blossom Rd. We got great looks through the snow and even heard the owl

> vocalize a few times, a first for me. Soon, our friend flew to a tree

> behind the house and hung out there for nearly 45 minutes. Sometimes, it

> could be pretty hidden in the tree.

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> A few minutes later, Michael Hobbs showed up and we continued to watch the

> owl in the same tree behind the house. It was attacked three times by a

> Northern Shrike. After Michael left, the snow picked up and the owl

> relocated to the orchard across the road and hunted from pole to pole till

> I left at 2pm. Got to watch the N Hawk Owl for nearly an hour and a half.

>

> On my way home, a Prairie Falcon flew across the highway near Creston. At

> dusk, there were 5 Great Horned Owls and one Short eared Owl between

> Davenport and Reardan.

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> So, two eagles, a harrier, 2 buteos, 3 owls, and 3 falcons. Fun day.

>

> Blessings

> Terry Little

> Mead, Wa

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> Message: 8

> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:11:19 -0800

> From: Blair Bernson <blair at washingtonadvisorygroup.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Back from the Okanogan - Bird and Snow Reports

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> This adds to the report of the Northern Hawk Owl

> on the Brewster Flats yesterday including birds

> from today and our trip home over a VERY snowy

> Highway 2.

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> First yesterday's Hawk Owl. As reported we saw

> this bird after a call from Tom Mansfield who

> located it after maybe an hour of searching. It

> was on a telephone pole on N. Star Road not far

> from the intersection with Blossom Lane - west of

> Old Highway 97. We spent more than 5 hours

> looking thoroughly through the entire area before

> this success. Our efforts included at least 6

> visits to the exact spot Tom found the bird. I

> see that Terry Little had the bird again today -

> so hopefully it remains and many others will see

> it as well. We did not see it early this morning

> on a return to the area after a night in Pateros.

> We did however find Michael Hobbs and that proved

> a valuable find as well.

>

> The weather yesterday was cool but beautiful.

> Today not so much - early clearing turned to

> clouds then ice rain then snow with temperatures

> getting into the mid 20's. We birded Bridgeport

> State Park - no Saw Whet Owls but a lovely young

> Merlin. Then to the Wells Wildlife area on

> Bridgeport Hill Road. No Sharp Tailed Grouse but

> a number of Rough Legged Hawks. Timing is

> everything. We spent at least 20 minutes at the

> turnoff that goes down to a Quail feeding station

> and a stream reclamation project. Some hawks, a

> Flicker, starlings and some house finches were

> it. 30 minutes later I got a text from Michael

> that he had two flocks of Goldfinches there which

> each included at least one Common Redpoll. We

> returned and quickly found one of the flocks.

> VERY jumpy but at least one CORE included.

>

> In steadily declining weather we then birded on

> the Waterville Plateau hoping especially for

> Hungarian Partridge and maybe some early

> arrivals. No such luck - again lots of both Red

> Tailed and Rough Legged Hawks and Kestrels.

> Another text from Michael who had an American Tree

> Sparrow respond to a recording at a small woodlot

> at 13th and Heritage Roads (L Street) about 5

> miles from Mansfield. We had elected to go to

> Withrow instead of the Mansfield area so did a

> u-turn and found the woodlot with further coaching

> from Michael. Whereas his recording immediately

> produced the ATSP, ours produced a large flock of

> House FInches. We found the sparrow in the flock

> but could not get a photo at distance - it did not

> come out at all - and then the flock dispersed.

> We remained and tried a number of times in vain to

> get the bird to respond. We then went away for 10

> minutes and returning we tried again and it came

> in close for a good photo op. At least good under

> the now pretty awful weather conditions - colder

> and heavier snow fall.

>

> We decided it was time to head home and being very

> low on gas changed route to go back to 97 instead

> of carrying on to Waterville. Now the snow was

> falling fairly hard making birding a challenge.

> Again lots of hawks and perhaps as a precursor to

> the weeks ahead - many flocks of Horned Larks - at

> least 75 birds in all maybe more.

>

> The drive back on Hwy and especially over the pass

> was daunting. Chains (or all wheel drive)

> required. Heavy snow - poor visibility and timid

> and/or poor drivers were challenges. There were a

> number of spin outs and cars in ditches off the

> side of the road. I finally passed everyone and

> then had clear sailing with no issues (I have all

> wheel drive). Snow turned to rain about 10 miles

> down from the summit but the summit really did

> require attention and care.

>

> We are planning a trip back to the Okanogan for

> several days in Late December. It would be nice

> if some more of the "winter" birds arrived ... and

> if Tom and Michael are up there as well.

>

> --

> Blair Bernson

> Edmonds

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> Message: 9

> Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:12:51 +0000 (UTC)

> From: D Richardson <d.lrichardson at yahoo.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE

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> The TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE flew into the Nestuuca NWR this morning Friday 11/21, about 8:00 AM. I located it grazing in the field below the covered overlook at the refuge which is on hwy 101 about 6 miles south of Pacific City, OR. Drive into the refuge and wind up the short way to the top where there is a parking lot and viewing point. Through the rain and wind I scoped the 400 + Canada and Cackling Geese and there it was about 100 yards from the entrance road, bright orange legs, dark head, a bill that is dark at the base, orange in the middle and dark at the tip. Except that it lacks the white at the bill base its body coloration is quite like the White-fronted Goose. The white flank line seemed more noticeable as well as the white under the rump. The leucistic goose was also nearby. I initially thought it was a swan signet, its entire body white and head and neck gray. But I saw the white chin patch and realized it was a Canada/Cackler goose. I think it a Cackler but I !

> wonder if it is truly leucistic or instead a Cackler hybrid/white domestic cross?

> Good luck, Dave Richardson

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> Message: 10

> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:42:36 -0800

> From: Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Northern Hawk Owl Pics

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> Here's some pics of the N. Hawk Owl from today.

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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/

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> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM, Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com>

> wrote:

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>> Wow. Just spent the last hour watching him in the orchard across from the

>> house in Brewster. Amazing bird. Watched him hunt, catch and eat a

>> mouse/rat? He basically ignored me the whole time. About 10 mins ago he

>> flew right toward me and past me at knee level. If I had lifted my right

>> hand six inches I would have touched him. Definitely not afraid of

>> people. He's working that field across from the house.

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>> Sent from my iPhone

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> --

> Loren Mooney

> Seattle, Washington

> Mooney Images <http://www.mooneyimages.com>

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> Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:05:07 -0800

> From: Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Fwd: Northern Hawk Owl Pics

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> Hi tweets,

>

> I shared this with another reader but I think several folks are going to go

> see the owl, so I thought I should share it with everyone...

>

> I was lucky enough to see him right by the road when I first drove up.

> He's using those rows as a runway and the braces as unobstructed perches.

> As long as there's still food there, he's found Hawk Owl heaven. The

> trick is to look at which direction he's looking and then walk to the end

> of that row in front of him. He'll come to you. If he hops over to

> another row, he'll generally keep working that next row in the same

> direction, so just change rows.

>

> When he moves down the row he'll drop down to knee level and fly several

> feet near the ground, then swoop up to another brace. He'll generally

> move about 6 -12 braces, so if you want pictures you can position yourself

> and just wait for the shot he gives you. He may also hop over to the

> orchard, but he quickly goes back to the braces. He's hunting, so he'll

> perch and look around for 5-10 mins, then move. He'll move quicker than

> that in the orchard.

>

> I was alone, quiet and slow, so that may have helped. (If you're with a

> group, you'll probably just want to stand back by the road). Leave the

> bright clothes at home. I was in camo pants with a drab green rain coat

> and my camera gear is in a camo rain cover and big enough to hide my face.

> With my coat's hood, the camera on a tripod and my drab clothes I probably

> just looked like something non-human. He checked me out once after he

> finished his meal (the tilted head shot) and after that he ignored me the

> rest of the hour. Basically treated me like a deer or bush. He

> practically landed on me two times and almost touched me once as he flew

> by. He is definitely not shy.

>

> After I got some insurance shots I rang the bell at the house across the

> street and asked for permission to go onto the property to take pics. He

> said he didn't own it, but it was no problem to walk the property for bird

> pics and he's really nice. He's got feeders set up at his house so he's

> attracting a lot of birds there. I saw a large flock of quail so the owl

> may be feeding on more than just rodents, and that may be why he's also

> spending time in that tree over by the house, although not while I was

> there.

>

> The home owner didn't know the owl was there. I showed him the owl, told

> him how rare it is and got him excited about it. I did have one other

> neighbor come up to me and check me out. He thought I was a hunter with

> the camo, but then was okay when he saw I had a camera, not a gun. (It's a

> big lens). I showed him some pictures on the camera and got him excited

> about the owl a little too, hopefully. I think there's going to be quite

> a few people over there in coming days and the locals may get annoyed

> soon. Hopefully at least those two locals will have some patience.

>

> I still have more pics to post when I have a chance. I went a little nuts

> with the shutter. :) Have fun if you trek over there. If you do go, send

> me a note and let me know how it goes. It's warming up today and the snow

> is melting, so the roads are probably going to be good soon.

>

> Loren

>

>

>

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> From: Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com>

> Date: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

> Subject: Northern Hawk Owl Pics

> To: "Tweeters at u.washington.edu" <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>

>

> Here's some pics of the N. Hawk Owl from today.

>

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/loren-mooney/

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> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM, Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com>

> wrote:

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>> Wow. Just spent the last hour watching him in the orchard across from the

>> house in Brewster. Amazing bird. Watched him hunt, catch and eat a

>> mouse/rat? He basically ignored me the whole time. About 10 mins ago he

>> flew right toward me and past me at knee level. If I had lifted my right

>> hand six inches I would have touched him. Definitely not afraid of

>> people. He's working that field across from the house.

>>

>> Sent from my iPhone

>

>

>

>

> --

> Loren Mooney

> Seattle, Washington

> Mooney Images <http://www.mooneyimages.com>

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> --

> Loren Mooney

> Seattle, Washington

> Mooney Images <http://www.mooneyimages.com>

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