Date: 12/24/17 9:40 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [COBOL] Antone CBC on December 18th
Working my way backward through this week's counts now that I'm back home ...
The Antone Christmas Bird Count took place on Monday, December 18th. This count is near Dayville, Oregon and straddles the county line between Grant & Wheeler counties. We enjoyed good weather and mostly good road conditions, with temperatures up to 44 F in the afternoon.
Highlights include two separate Northern Goshawks (both adults), a Loggerhead Shrike that allowed excellent views as it hunted insects by making repeated flights down to the ground from a post, and an adult Harris's Sparrow.
Townsend's Solitaires were seen in good numbers. One sang its "whisper song" from a juniper right behind the Thomas Condon Visitor Center as we were getting started. American Robins were abundant, especially around fields and pastures in the bottomlands along the South Fork John Day River and Rock Creek.
No Steller's Jays, Golden-crowned Kinglets, American Goldfinches, or Lesser Goldfinches were found.
Volunteers included Tom Winters, Mardi Jensen, Laurie & Dave Robinson, Pat Grediagin, Jeff Picton, and Martha Geier. We were especially to have a team from the school in Monument this year, as Roger Long brought along three of his students. Hopefully after hiking up and down the hills and canyons they weren't too tired for basketball practice in the afternoon!
Here's the whole list:
Canada Goose 96 Mallard 24 Northern Pintail 3 New species for count Hooded Merganser 10 Common Merganser 1 Common Goldeneye 4 Great Blue Heron 2 Bald Eagle 12 Good numbers, regular here in calving season Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 5 NORTHERN GOSHAWK 2 adults, found on opposite sides of circle. Golden Eagle 3 American Kestrel 5 PRAIRIE FALCON 2 found in two sectors Belted Kingfisher 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 5 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE 1 s. of Picture Gorge. Northern Shrike 2 Black-billed Magpie 62 Common Raven 46 Black-capped Chickadee 11 within one of record high for this count Mountain Chickadee 15 Bushtit 25 Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 Canyon Wren 9 typical numbers for this count Pacific Wren 1 American Dipper 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 Townsend's Solitaire 64 good numbers. American Robin 3068 high numbers this year European Starling 262 record high count Spotted Towhee 1 Song Sparrow 22 White-crowned Sparrow 7 HARRIS'S SPARROW 1 adult along river just above Picture Gorge. Dark-eyed Junco 192 all seen well were "Oregon" form House Finch 2 RED CROSSBILL 6 high up in Frank Creek area EVENING GROSBEAK 1 Antone Ranch, rare for this count.