Date: 6/29/18 5:56 pm From: <adamus7...> Subject: [obol] Jefferson county birding
As Courtney Jett from Bend mentioned in her post yesterday, on Wednesday she assisted with the Wizard Falls BBS route west of Sisters, the first time I'd done that particular route. In addition to the great species she mentioned us encountering, doing the route for just 6 hours brought my Jefferson County list from almost 0 to around 60. Then, thanks to "Recent Visits" postings on eBird as well as information in the online ECAS County Birding Guide, It took only the rest of that day plus Thursday morning (birding alone) to hit my goal of 100 county ticks, which is how some birders get to know better a county's geography, landscape diversity, and avian habitat relationships - not to mention having fun just watching the birds. I stayed in Madras and mainly birded Haystack Reservoir, the Ogden rest stop, Rimrock Springs WMA (seasonal pond was nearly dry by now), and Lithgow Spring on Gray Butte. Notable was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher observed at length at Lithgow Spring. Of minor note were a pair of Western Grebes on Haystack and a couple of Clark's Nutcrackers at Rimrock Springs. My observations can be found in the 33 lists, some partial, that I submitted to eBird on my smartphone as I observed. While en route to Sisters from Corvallis on Tuesday, I also covered four "Project 2020" squares in eastern Marion County that had little or no prior coverage, doing 4 five-minute point counts at dispersed but accessible locations within each.