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FWD: Varied Bunting in Oasis

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  • Koonce, Sandy
    The message below was posted to County Birds today. Sandy Sandy Koonce Department of Mathematics University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373 Date: 5/28/13 2:59
    Message 1 of 3 , May 28 4:01 PM
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      The message below was posted to County Birds today.

      Sandy


      Sandy Koonce
      Department of Mathematics
      University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373


      Date: 5/28/13 2:59 pm
      From: Peter <peter_colasanti...>
      Subject: [CB] Varied Bunting(s) at Oasis, Mono
      Hi All,

      I was staking out the bird bath at Oasis at 10:50 AM Tuesday (today). Oddly, it was mostly attended by Cassin's Finchs and Pine Siskins and a couple fem Lazuli Buntings, then something interesting happened. A male Varied Bunting took a perch, back to me, waiting maybe 15 seconds for its turn. Shortly after it dropped down, another appeared, fairly warm brown uniformly distributed, which appeared to be the missus. I believe I had also seen the male flyby about an hour earlier just west of the bath.
      To get to the bird bath, take a left from Rt. 168 where it T's into 222 at the Oasis Ranch gate. Go left/west 500' exactly. There's a powerline entering the ranch there from across the road and it is strung a long a little dike. Over the fence just to the right is a seep of irrigation water surrounded by weeds where they bath. If you park your truck nest to the fence and put a chair in the back, it's pretty comfy. I stuck around for a while longer hoping to get a picture, but it didn't show itself soon and VABU's aren't that photogenic.

      Peter Colasanti
      presently in Big Pine
    • John Sterling
      Todd Easterla and fritz Steurer are heading there now and should get there before dusk. No wind in eastern Mohave today but howling wind in western Mohave.
      Message 2 of 3 , May 28 5:24 PM
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        Todd Easterla and fritz Steurer are heading there now and should get there before dusk. No wind in eastern Mohave today but howling wind in western Mohave. Highlights today were a female orchard oriole at kelso and singing adult male rose breasted grosbeak at chet Huffman park in baker. Also a least tern at zyzzyx. And a zone tailed hawk last night at mid hills campground and a pair today at the intersection of cedar canyon and black canyon roads which is north of the campground and may be a second pair. All with Todd, fritz and my daughter Lydia. Amy patten was with us at kelso.


        Sent from my iPad

        John Sterling
        530 908-3836
        26 Palm Ave
        Woodland, CA 95695

        On May 28, 2013, at 4:01 PM, "Koonce, Sandy" <sandy_koonce@...> wrote:

        > The message below was posted to County Birds today.
        >
        > Sandy
        >
        > Sandy Koonce
        > Department of Mathematics
        > University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373
        >
        > Date: 5/28/13 2:59 pm
        > From: Peter <peter_colasanti...>
        > Subject: [CB] Varied Bunting(s) at Oasis, Mono
        > Hi All,
        >
        > I was staking out the bird bath at Oasis at 10:50 AM Tuesday (today). Oddly, it was mostly attended by Cassin's Finchs and Pine Siskins and a couple fem Lazuli Buntings, then something interesting happened. A male Varied Bunting took a perch, back to me, waiting maybe 15 seconds for its turn. Shortly after it dropped down, another appeared, fairly warm brown uniformly distributed, which appeared to be the missus. I believe I had also seen the male flyby about an hour earlier just west of the bath.
        > To get to the bird bath, take a left from Rt. 168 where it T's into 222 at the Oasis Ranch gate. Go left/west 500' exactly. There's a powerline entering the ranch there from across the road and it is strung a long a little dike. Over the fence just to the right is a seep of irrigation water surrounded by weeds where they bath. If you park your truck nest to the fence and put a chair in the back, it's pretty comfy. I stuck around for a while longer hoping to get a picture, but it didn't show itself soon and VABU's aren't that photogenic.
        >
        > Peter Colasanti
        > presently in Big Pine
        >
        >


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      • Todd Easterla
        Just got home. Fritz Stuerer and I tried for the Varied Bunting from 6:45PM until dusk with NO luck. We did encounter a first Summer Indigo Bunting and several
        Message 3 of 3 , May 29 2:22 AM
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          Just got home.



          Fritz Stuerer and I tried for the Varied Bunting from 6:45PM until dusk with NO luck. We did encounter a first Summer Indigo Bunting and several Lazuli Buntings but that was all in the bunting department. Maybe the bird will be seen in the A.M and someone will be able to get the word out faster this time.



          Good luck!


          Todd Easterla

          Rancho Cordova, Ca.



          From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of John Sterling
          Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:24 PM
          To: Koonce, Sandy
          Cc: calbirds@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] FWD: Varied Bunting in Oasis





          Todd Easterla and fritz Steurer are heading there now and should get there before dusk. No wind in eastern Mohave today but howling wind in western Mohave. Highlights today were a female orchard oriole at kelso and singing adult male rose breasted grosbeak at chet Huffman park in baker. Also a least tern at zyzzyx. And a zone tailed hawk last night at mid hills campground and a pair today at the intersection of cedar canyon and black canyon roads which is north of the campground and may be a second pair. All with Todd, fritz and my daughter Lydia. Amy patten was with us at kelso.

          Sent from my iPad

          John Sterling
          530 908-3836
          26 Palm Ave
          Woodland, CA 95695

          On May 28, 2013, at 4:01 PM, "Koonce, Sandy" <sandy_koonce@... <mailto:sandy_koonce%40redlands.edu> > wrote:

          > The message below was posted to County Birds today.
          >
          > Sandy
          >
          > Sandy Koonce
          > Department of Mathematics
          > University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373
          >
          > Date: 5/28/13 2:59 pm
          > From: Peter <peter_colasanti...>
          > Subject: [CB] Varied Bunting(s) at Oasis, Mono
          > Hi All,
          >
          > I was staking out the bird bath at Oasis at 10:50 AM Tuesday (today). Oddly, it was mostly attended by Cassin's Finchs and Pine Siskins and a couple fem Lazuli Buntings, then something interesting happened. A male Varied Bunting took a perch, back to me, waiting maybe 15 seconds for its turn. Shortly after it dropped down, another appeared, fairly warm brown uniformly distributed, which appeared to be the missus. I believe I had also seen the male flyby about an hour earlier just west of the bath.
          > To get to the bird bath, take a left from Rt. 168 where it T's into 222 at the Oasis Ranch gate. Go left/west 500' exactly. There's a powerline entering the ranch there from across the road and it is strung a long a little dike. Over the fence just to the right is a seep of irrigation water surrounded by weeds where they bath. If you park your truck nest to the fence and put a chair in the back, it's pretty comfy. I stuck around for a while longer hoping to get a picture, but it didn't show itself soon and VABU's aren't that photogenic.
          >
          > Peter Colasanti
          > presently in Big Pine
          >
          >

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