Date: 6/28/18 7:35 pm From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Subject: Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
Count me in for Friday, July 6th.
Don't hesitate to continue to look for a better more qualified/ likable
assistant for the day who won't also be looking for photo-opts.
West Linn, Oregon
On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <ckjannabirds...>
> Wednesday June 27, I joined with Paul Adamus as he ran my/his Wizard Falls
> BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) route for me, thanks Paul!
> This was our first day meeting eachother, and we enjoyed this day birding
> Paul did the official 3-min. BBS counts, while I merely leisurely enjoyed
> birding and eBirding :-)
> We encountered total of 62 species,
> including our best-ever views of poorwills, roosting and flying,
> and a close-up Great Gray Owl! — first time I have ever randomly
> encountered one! (Location: Sensitive.)
> Also, Wild Turkey and Peregrine Falcon and White-headed Woodpecker were
> new Jefferson county birds for me.
> I include our complete bird list, of June 27, at bottom of this post.
> * But first, to ask: *
> Is any birder willing to help assist me in this next week, running the Elk
> Lake BBS route? along Cascades Lakes Hwy in Deschutes Co.
> (Warning: we may need to do two separate trip days, since I haven’t yet
> scouted the 50 route stops, so if we go overtime as learning the route,
> would need to redo another day.)
> It needs to be run before July 7, on good weather day.
> If I don’t find someone to help assist me, I won’t do the route, and no
> data will be submitted for 2018.
> This spring I signed up for 3 BBS routes: Wizard Falls, Elk Lake, Davis
> May 27, 2018, I attempted to run my first BBS, Wizard Falls, but I failed,
> determined the BBS protocol is too difficult (for me) to do alone by
> myself, I would need help, an Assistant, and I don’t have one,
> so I gave back my routes, I told BBS coordinator Paul Adamus that I can’t
> do them.
> So, this week, Paul decided to run one of my abandoned routes for me,
> Wizard Falls, invited me along to join him, to demonstrate/inspire me to
> rethink how fun a BBS can actually be!
> The 50 stops with 3-min birding at each stop is a long day, but this part
> I can do, and enjoy,
> but the 25-mile route is supposed to be done in “4 or 5” hours, (with
> maximum time allotment of 6.5 hours, if adverse weather), any time beyond
> which and they don’t use the data:
> and my attempt May 27, took me ca. 9.5 hours.
> June 27, Paul and I were able to do it under 6-hours, (would have been
> 5.25 hours if we hadn’t mistakenly birded 9 stops that weren’t the right
> stops! - to redo).
> Alone, however, I am not capable of doing a route under this tight
> protocol. Keeping to a tight schedule is not one of my gifts, or joys.
> I need an Assistant who enjoys schedule/order/protocol, as I enjoy
> Also, I’m terrible at multitasking —
> while identifying and counting birds, timing counts, driving and paying
> attention to mileage and where are stop points, and watching weather and
> tallying cars, and filling out forms, ... is so much mental energy for me,
> and probably I move too slow/relaxed ...
> May 27, I backed off a road into a ditch, vehicle fell over almost on its
> side, cradled by two trees. I was extremely lucky that people were nearby
> camping for Memorial Day weekend, and 3 fellow forestlovers quick freely
> offered and helped tow me out with 2 large trucks, I am so so grateful to
> them, (and, to feel more hopeful about humanity’s spontaneous/natural
> But this is not an experience I want to duplicate; driving forest roads
> alone while multitasking, is not safe.
> It’s all too much for me, to do by myself.
> And anyway, 5+ hours of car birding is only enjoyable for me, with good
> June 27, I did really enjoy doing the Wizard Falls route with Paul, and it
> did inspire excitement in me to do the Elk Lake route after all,
> if I can find someone to help me.
> I need an Assistant to do the driving and time management, keep me on
> and enjoy quiet birding alongside me as I do my counts.
> BBS route starts birding at 4:50am.
> There are 50, 3-min. bird count stops, at 0.5-mile intervals; if we plan
> for only 3-min. between counts to get back into vehicle and drive to next
> spot and out of vehicle, and without any breaks, or follow-up on other
> birds, the route would take 5 hours (300-min.), to give an idea of how to
> During car drives between stops, I need to fill out forms/eBird.
> An Assistant can’t point out or ID birds for me, during my 3-min. counts.
> If desired, I am willing to say aloud what I am hearing/seeing as I count.
> Please let me know ASAP if this sounds like a doable and fun day (or two),
> if you wish to join and help me.
> Good weather dependent, my poss available days are:
> Saturday June 30
> Sunday July 1
> Monday July 2 (need to be home by 3p)
> Wednesday-Saturday July 4-7
> BBS data has a 40-year-history as very important for habitat Conservation,
> etc. Its data is more useful than a CBC’s, because of more scientifically
> rigorous protocol.
> I am excited to contribute, but
> only willing to run the Elk Lake route if I find help.
> Courtney Jett
> Bend, Oregon
> https://m.facebook.com/tat.pand?fref=nf >
> eBird Checklist Summary for: Jun 27, 2018
> Wizard Falls BBS route—stops 1-50 (Jack Lake, Rd 1234, Rd 1230, Rd 1260,
> Rd 12, Rd 14)
> — route completed in 5-hr 59-min, beginning 4:50am.
> Mostly sunny, up to ~ 68-degrees.
> Full Moon today.
> The Wizard Falls BBS route tours from east flanks of Three-fingered Jack
> east to Metolius River of Camp Sherman, in Jefferson Co.
> Number of Species: 62-63
> 3 Wild Turkey --
> 7 Turkey Vulture --
> 1 Red-tailed Hawk --
> 2 Spotted Sandpiper --
> 1 Mourning Dove --
> 1 Great Gray Owl --
> 2 Common Poorwill --
> 3 Vaux's Swift --
> 1 Lewis's Woodpecker --
> 3 Williamson's Sapsucker --
> 12 sapsucker sp. --
> 4 Hairy Woodpecker --
> 9 White-headed Woodpecker --
> 38 Northern Flicker --
> 1 Pileated Woodpecker --
> 12 woodpecker sp. --
> 1 American Kestrel --
> 1 Peregrine Falcon --
> 18 Olive-sided Flycatcher --
> 39 Western Wood-Pewee --
> 1 Willow Flycatcher --
> 11 Hammond's Flycatcher --
> 16 Dusky Flycatcher --
> 15 Hammond's/Dusky Flycatcher --
> 2 Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (Western Flycatcher) --
> 4 Empidonax sp. --
> 1 flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) -- prob
> 8 Cassin's Vireo --
> 9 Warbling Vireo --
> 25 Steller's Jay --
> 3 Clark's Nutcracker --
> 4 Common Raven -- fledglings seen
> 2 Tree Swallow --
> 62 Mountain Chickadee -- fledglings seen
> 3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee --
> 2 chickadee sp. -- (prob MOCH fledglings)
> 87 Red-breasted Nuthatch --
> 11 White-breasted Nuthatch --
> 16 Pygmy Nuthatch --
> 2 nuthatch sp. --
> 20 Brown Creeper --
> 52 House Wren -- fledglings heard
> 3 Pacific Wren --
> 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet --
> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet --
> 6 Townsend's Solitaire --
> 17 Hermit Thrush --
> 15 American Robin --
> 3 Nashville Warbler --
> 50 MacGillivray's Warbler --
> 4 Common Yellowthroat --
> 5 Yellow Warbler --
> 122 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (all seen, Audubon's) --
> 1 Townsend's/Hermit Warbler --
> 20 warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) --
> 44 Chipping Sparrow --
> 59 Fox Sparrow (all sounded Thick-billed) --
> 79 Dark-eyed Junco (all seen, Oregon) --
> 16 White-crowned Sparrow --
> 7 Song Sparrow --
> 10 Green-tailed Towhee --
> 7 Spotted Towhee --
> 28 sparrow sp. -- mostly “chuncos”
> 67 Western Tanager --
> 6 Black-headed Grosbeak --
> 6 Lazuli Bunting --
> 1 Brown-headed Cowbird --
> 2 Purple Finch --
> 14 Cassin's Finch --
> 2 Purple/Cassin's Finch --
> 6 Red Crossbill (Ponderosa Pine or type 2) --
> 1 Pine Siskin --
> 2 finch sp. --
> 74 passerine sp. --
> 1 bird sp. -- (sounded like PUFI pik call)
> This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
> Note: these numbers are Courtney’s eBird reports tallied, which are her
> counts, and include what more Paul noted aloud, and include encounters
> between 3-min. counts;
> these are NOT Paul’s official BBS counts.
> Note: other species encountered May 27 but not June 27:
> 1 Mallard -
> 11 Sooty Grouse -
> 1 Gray Jay -
> 1 Western Bluebird -
> 1 Mountain Bluebird -
> 3 Hermit Warbler -
> 7 Wilson’s Warbler -
> 3 Brewer’s Blackbirds -
> And astonishingly,(considering so much creek and river), some species NOT
> encountered on either date:
> Bald Eagle
> Common Nighthawk
> Belted Kingfisher
> American Dipper
> Courtney Kelly Jett, Bend Oregon
> Sent from a phone that is all brevity, no wit
> Sent from a phone low on wits, high on bits