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2008 Christmas Bird Count

Due to snow and icy conditions, the Corvallis CBC, originally scheduled for December 17th , was postponed to December 30th . The weather was much improved, there was some fog and a few places were flooded, but participants were thankful that there was not a single drop of rain or snow. Thirty-six participants and nine feeder-watching parties found a total of 127 species, tying the record set 2 years ago. New to the count were PYRRHULOXIA (yes, it did show up) and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (a count week bird last year). LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found for the second year in a row (3d time overall) on private property. Several other birds uncommon to the count have shown up now for 3 straight years including REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and BLACK PHOEBE.

Birds in decline appear to be RUFFED GROUSE seen 33 (out of 48) times but not this count and very infrequently in the past decade, and RING-NECKED PHEASANT seen on every count before last year when it was a count week bird and missed on this count.

Other good birds were GREEN HERON, WESTERN GULL, BARRED OWL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and SWAMP SPARROW. GRAY JAY and LEAST SANDPIPER were count week birds.

Besides Ring-necked Pheasant, the worst misses were Mountain Quail and Northern Pygmy Owl. A Palm Warbler seen in Peoria as late as December 14th eluded watchers until after count week was over, when it then reappeared. An immature Ferruginous Hawk was also seen on December 14th at Finley, but with the postponement of the count, did not make the list.

Id like to thank everyone who participated.

2008 Christmas Bird Count Results

 
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