Date: 6/28/18 7:53 pm
From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] [obol] Wizard Falls BBS (Jefferson Co.), and RFH for Elk Lake BBS (Deschutes Co.)
After rereading my reply it felt like it might come off as cocky - I am an
idiot!

I am sure you are going to get a ton of volunteers - so please know I would
genuinely love to run that route with you . . .

Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon


On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 7:34 PM Jack Williamson <
<jack.williamson.jr...> wrote:

> 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.
>
> Jack Williamson
> West Linn, Oregon
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM Courtney Kelly Jett <
> <ckjannabirds...> wrote:
>
>> 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
>> together.
>> 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
>> Lake.
>>
>> 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
>> birdsong/spaciousness.
>>
>> 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
>> goodness!)
>> 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
>> companionship.
>>
>> 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
>> track;
>> 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
>> schedule.
>> 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.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Courtney Jett
>> Bend, Oregon
>> <ckjannabirds...>
>> 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:
>>
>> Osprey
>> Bald Eagle
>> Common Nighthawk
>> hummingbirds
>> 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
>>
>

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