Date: 12/23/18 7:27 pm From: <clearwater...> Subject: [obol] Hart Mountain CBC results from Dec 19th
Ten volunteers on Wednesday's Hart Mountain CBC were blissfully mostly out of the loop on intractable budget discussions and irresolvable egrets.
Instead we went out in some fine winter weather -- lots of sunshine, mild temperatures and light to moderate breezes. Joelle Fournier picked up an early-morning Barn Owl and logged a feeder count. Pat Grediagin and Jeff Picton hiked Degarmo Canyon from top to bottom. Clay Crofton hiked Rock Creek from Hot Springs Campground down to headquarters. Craig Miller, Jamie Mason and Clarence Story ventured out to Blue Sky. Barbara Dolan, my daughter Martha and I patrolled the Warner Wetlands and hiked a couple of routes on the east side of Hart Lake.
Altogether we found 41 species, plus at least three more for count week. Most birds were down in the Warner Valley where water levels are looking better this winter. Higher up birds were harder to find, though Clay found a flock of American Tree Sparrows along Rock Creek, the Degarmo team picked up lots of robins and solitaires and later a Marsh Wren at Warner Pond, and the Blue Sky team picked up a Bewick's Wren and a Pacific Wren along with more typical birds for this isolated patch of mixed-conifer forest. One oddity this year was a nearly complete lack of finches, except for a lonely House Finch that we found flycatching around the edges of a hay stack.
Here are some provisional tallies:
Canada Goose 23 Hart Lake Tundra Swan 2 Flagstaff Lake Green-winged Teal 1 Warner Wetlands Ring-necked Duck / Scaup sp. 12 Hart Lake (didn't stay still long enough for ID). Common Merganser 4 Hart Lake Bald Eagle 2 (1 ad., 1 imm.) Northern Harrier 9 Red-tailed Hawk 5 Rough-legged Hawk 5 Golden Eagle 4 Greater Sage-Grouse cw California Gull cw Flagstaff Lake Herring Gull cw Flagstaff Lake Eurasian Collared-Dove 5 Barn Owl 1 Great Horned Owl 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 6 American Kestrel 4 Prairie Falcon 1 Horned Lark 1 Steller's Jay 2 Black-billed Magpie 6 Common Raven 11 Mountain Chickadee 24 Bushtit 18 Rock Creek White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Blue Sky Pygmy Nuthatch 1 Blue Sky Brown Creeper 1 Blue Sky Canyon Wren 2 Degarmo and escarpment above Hart Lake Bewick's Wren 2 Blue Sky and seep above Hart Lake Pacific Wren 2 Blue Sky and seep above Hart Lake Marsh Wren 1 Warner Pond Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 in old orchard Townsend's Solitaire 67 American Robin 107 Northern Shrike 3 Loggerhead Shrike 3 shrike sp. 1 European Starling 5 American Tree Sparrow 5 Rock Creek nw. of headquarters Song Sparrow 11 mainly in Warner Wetlands White-crowned Sparrow 2 separate birds, both immature. Oregon Junco 37 Slate-colored/Cassiar Junco 2 females at feeder House Finch 1 flycatching around a haystack
All in all, a good count. Joel Geier
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