Date: 12/27/18 4:23 pm
From: <clearwater...>
Subject: [obol] Bewick's Wrens (was Hart Mountain CBC)
That total of 73 Bewick's Wrens in Union County last winter wasn't quite highest in the state, but it was competitive with western Oregon counts.

Three counts in western Oregon had higher totals: Airlie-Albany with 103, Eugene with 106, and Portland with 227 (and of course, legions of volunteers).

From: "Lars Norgren" <larspernorgren...>
To: "Alan Contreras" <acontrer56...>
Cc: "clearwater" <clearwater...>, "obol" <obol...>
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:03:51 PM
Subject: Re: [obol] Re: Hart Mountain CBC addenda and informal Adel CBC results

Last year's LaGrande CBC total for BEWR may well be the highest count in the state. Lot's of killer habitat, with Catbirds and Calliope Hummers in summer as well.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 3:59 PM Alan Contreras < <acontrer56...> wrote:

This is particularly noteworthy when the first record of Bewick’s Wren in Union County was in 1979 and even the second edition of Birds of NE Oregon in 1992 considered it extremely rare, with breeding unproven.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon


On Dec 27, 2018, at 3:50 PM, <clearwater...> wrote:

Looks like we had three more species for the Hart Mtn after the last (and only) yard list came in: California Quail, Northern Flicker, and American Goldfinch.

The same yard yielded another Bewick's Wren to bring the total for the count to 3. To put that in perspective: Last winter only two counts in Oregon east of the Cascades yielded more than two Bewick's Wrens: Klamath Falls with 10 and Union County with a jaw-dropping total of 73. If you omit those two counts, the total for the other 19 CBCs in that region was just 7 Bewick's Wrens.

Also, on Dec 20th just for fun, a few of us (Pat Grediagin, Jeff Picton, Martha and I) noted birds while we made modest detours through the old Adel CBC circle, on our way to Sheldon NWR. Sightings in a total of about 2.5 hours of effort (almost entirely birding by car) included:

Swan sp. 50+ on Crump Lake (most likely Tundra Swans)
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Northern Harrier 5
Rough-legged Hawk 3
Golden Eagle 1 imm
American Kestrel 4
Northern Flicker 3
Northern Shrike 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Black-billed Magpie 18
Common Raven 16
American Dipper 1 on Deep Creek west of Adel
Townsend's Solitaire 4
American Robin 60
Song Sparrow 2
Oregon Junco 1

The Dipper was found thanks to a nail that caused Pat and Jeff to make a quick detour over Warner Pass to Lakeview for tire repair.

Opportunities for brush birds were limited by a bridge construction project in downtown Adel and a crack-sealing project along Coleman Valley Rd.

A stop to call for Juniper Titmouse on the way home along Deep Creek west of Adel on 22 Dec yielded "count-week" Mountain Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Steller Jay, and a small flock of Red Crossbills, but no titmice. We missed scrub-jays entirely.

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis


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