Date: 1/2/18 8:22 pm From: Paul Adamus <adamus7...> Subject: [obol] Results of Airlie-Albany CBC on 12/31
Enjoying cool, calm, and clear weather on Sunday, 36 birders covering 16 sectors participated in the Airlie-Albany CBC and together found 126 species, a new record for this count. The species count has surpassed that of the Corvallis CBC in 5 of the 20 years since this CBC began, and has exceeded that of the Salem and Dallas CBCs in all years during the same period. Of note were an Osprey, Turkey Vulture, and Say's Phoebe, as well as high numbers for Hooded Merganser (102), Virginia Rail (19), Wild Turkey (204), Black Phoebe (18), and Eurasian Collared Dove (299). Seven owl species were found. The 15-mile diameter count circle includes Ankeny refuge, E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, and areas west of the Willamette River from north Corvallis to almost Monmouth.
Missed species of note were Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shrike, and Long-billed Dowitcher. In addition, Western Meadowlark (1), Ring-necked Pheasant (1), Savannah Sparrow (2) - all grassland-associated species - were almost missed, and observations of Townsend's Warbler (3), Yellow-rumped Warbler (65), and Dunlin (71) were atypically low.
The efforts of a few long-time participants deserve particular credit. Lisa Millbank and Don Boucher hiked McDonald State Forest for a total of 5 hours while owling before and after daylight, as well as bicycle-birding for 9 hours in between. At dusk, Paul Sullivan and Jeff Fleischer expertly identified and tallied 6 species of gulls among the 700+ individuals flying rapidly into a roost at Waverly Pond in Albany. Bob Hansen kayaked Thornton Lake alone for 2 frigid foggy hours as the day began.
Please keep this CBC in mind next time, as we always welcome new participants as well as our veterans!