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The 2009 Fall Migratory Bird Count for Benton County

The Benton Co. North American Migratory Bird Count was held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 with six field counters and four feeder counters identifying 113 species. The day started off damp with counters running into heavy drizzle during the morning hours. Clearing skies raised hopes for better birding in the afternoon, but strong cold winds may have kept birds down.While the county was birded from north to south, areas west of Bellfountain Rd. were not covered - in other words, little mountain or coastal range birding was done. If you live anywhere west of Philomath, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you during future counts. The worst miss on this count was the CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, which is the common chickadee in those areas. Noteworthy are the debut of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES (five of them!) and a rare (audio) appearance by a RUFFED GROUSE at Peavy Arboretum. Here are some highlights:
  • Redhead - 2 at Philomath Sewage Ponds
  • (PSP)Common Merganser - 6 where the Long Tom meets the Willamette
  • RiverEared Grebe - 2
  • PSPWhite Pelican - at least 33 at Cabell Marsh, Finley NWR (FNWR)
  • Double-crested Cormorant - 1 FNWR
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron - 1 immature FNWR
  • Osprey - 2 (Adair ODF&W pond, Willamette Park)
  • White-tailed Kite - 1 FNWR
  • Bald Eagle - 2
  • Red-shoulder Hawk - 5
  • Merlin -1 EE Wilson (EEW)
  • Peregrine Falcon - 1 FNWR and a possible second one observed during the football game at Reser Stadium
  • Greater Yellowlegs - 7 FNWR EEW
  • Western Sandpiper - 10 FNWR & EEW
  • Least Sandpiper - 9 FNWR & EEW
  • Pectoral Sandpiper - 2 FNWR & PSP
  • Long-billed Dowitchers - 57 FNWR and 1 at PSP
  • Red-necked Phalaropes - 17 PSP and 1 at FNWR
  • Purple Martin - 1 FNWR
  • Cliff Swallow - 3 FNWR
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
  • Swainson's Thrush - 26
  • Wrentit - 4 EEW & FNWR
  • American Pipit - 42 FNWR
  • Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
  • Yellow Warbler - 1
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler - 6
  • Townsend's Warbler - 1
  • Common Yellowthroat - 55
  • Wilson's Warbler - 1
  • Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 EEW
  • Western Tanager - 7
  • Chipping Sparrow - 1
  • Lincoln Sparrow - 19
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow - 16 EEWB
  • lack-headed Grosbeak - 1
  • Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
  • Evening Grosbeak - 7

A probable PRAIRIE FALCON on Rifle Range Rd. However, this was during one of those periods of heavy drizzle and I wasn't able to confirm the ID.Besides missing any Chestnut-backed Chickadees, the House Sparrow was also a no-show.It's absence certainly brought no tears to my eyes!

The North American Migration Count is an event not affiliated with any particular organization and there is no fee to participate. In Oregon, the East Cascades Bird Conservancy [ECBC] coordinates the event. The count has been designed so that it is outside everyone’s house, and not limited to a set of widely-spaced, discrete circles. After all, migratory birds are everywhere and should be of concern to everyone. But you should remember to count all the birds (not just migrants). Participation by ALL birders, irrespective of skill or style, is encouraged. So whether you just count the birds in your yard, visit a favorite spot for an hour or two or spend the entire day birding, I would appreciate a report from you. Please provide a count for each bird seen listed by location (this way, I can amalgamate counts from the same location such as Cabell Marsh, Philomath Sewage Pond, etc.). Also provide the amount of time spent birding and mileage broken down by method of transportation (i.e. foot, car, bicycle, etc.). If possible, please let me know ahead of time if you plan to participate. Also feel free to ask me any questions.

For information contact marciafcutler@comcast.net or 752-4313.

Corvallis Christmas Bird Counts

For a look at the 2009 Christmas Bird Count tally click here

Everybody is invited to join us for the Annual Corvallis Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). Whether you are a beginner or experienced CBCer, every set of eyes and ears is needed to help tally all the birds within a 7.5 mile radius of the Corvallis airport. The Christmas Bird Count is an organized continent-wide, survey which documents every bird seen on a given day from sunrise to sunset. Since the turn of the 20th century, the Christmas Bird Count has contributed to the knowledge base of wintering birds in North America.

The count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for novice bird watchers to join with seasoned veterans and learn more about identifying and finding the local birds. Half-day participants and home feeder-watchers are also welcome. I would like to particularly encourage any one with feeders in the count circle who can spare at least one hour to watch their yard to participate. Some counts, particularly in Canada are mostly made up of feeder watchers. Even Eugene has about 30 feeder watchers compared to the 4-6 Corvallis usually gets, so there is room to grow in this area. Winter feeder watching can be quite rewarding as birds try to expend the least amount of energy to get the most amount of food.

Participants aged 19 and older need to pay a fee of $5.00 to cover National Audubon’s costs of printing the results. As in the past, the Corvallis count circle will be divided into 13 units, with a team of 3-6 individuals assigned to each section. Team leaders for each section will make arrangements with the rest of their group for a meeting place and time (usually between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.) the morning of the count. Participants should bring cold-and wet-weather gear, binoculars and snacks for the day. A notepad and pencil, field guides and a thermos with something hot are always good ideas as well.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact me at 541-752-4313 or e-mail me at marciafcutler@comcast.net

Key to CBC Areas

  • 1A: Oak Creek; NW Corvallis (west of Kings Blvd)
  • 1B: NE Corvallis (east of Kings Blvd)
  • 2: Orleans (Tangent Dr. to Riverside Dr.)
  • 3: Oakville
  • 4: Peoria
  • 4R: Willamette River and Snagboat Bend by Kayak
  • 5: SW Corvallis, Neabeck Hill
  • 6E: S. Corvallis east of 99W to Kiger Is.
  • 6W: S. Corvallis west of 99W to Herbert Ave.
  • 7: Airport
  • 8: Greenberry
  • 9: Finley, Eureka Rd.
  • 10: N. Philomath, West Hills
  • 11: S. Philomath, Evergreen
  • 12: Beaver Cr.
 
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