Date: 12/28/18 9:05 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Oakridge CBC quick summary
Any day with dippers is a good day.

Astonishing to have so few Pacific Wrens. What were thrush numbers like?

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

> On Dec 28, 2018, at 9:01 PM, <clearwater...> wrote:
> Ten volunteers on today's Oakridge CBC enjoyed uncommonly pleasant weather and reasonably good access, though forest roads above 2500 ft or so had upward of 4 inches of snow.
> We wound up with 60 species which is around average for recent years, considering that we spent no effort on nocturnal owling (though two parties found Northern Pygmy-Owls).
> Grouse, doves, kinglets, chickadees, nuthatches, creepers, thrushes and corvids on the other hand were well represented. "Kettles" of 20+ Common Ravens were seen by two separate parties, at widely separated locations, leaving us with the thought that our total of 85 for the circle might be reasonable.
> Raptors were surprisingly scarce, even though the day started auspiciously with a Red-shouldered Hawk perched high in a tree right outside our morning meeting place at the Lion Mountain Bakery. Beyond that, we found only one accipiter, 7 Red-tailed Hawks, and 5 Bald Eagles.
> Finches were also scarce -- just 13 House Finches and 3 American Goldfinches, plus count-week Lesser Goldfinches. No siskins, no crossbills, etc.
> We found one Marsh Wren but Pacific Wren numbers were surprisingly low (just 4 detected, despite many hours in suitable forest habitat), and we didn't find a single Bewick's Wren (never easy on this count, but still we usually expect to find a few).
> On the bright side, 13 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS turned up on High Prairie, and three teams recorded a total of 6 AMERICAN DIPPERS.
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

Join us on Facebook!