What a difference one day makes this time of year. Yesterday the Silverton CBC was held on a blustery cloudy day with frequent showers and all day misting/precipitation in the higher elevations. Today, Sunday, the local weather was mostly clear, calm and mild. Almost ideal conditions.
We had 18 participants broken out into 8 sectors. Actually, despite the marginal weather, it was a very good time, due to the hardy, talented and joyful folks we had helping out. Visiting around a good breakfast to start and after the count in the evening, a wonderful hot chili dinner hosted by Grant and Stacy Canterbury, made for a very pleasant day.
Most of the upland birds were staying under cover and low profile, not to be seen. 9100 individual birds of 83 species were counted, both numbers at the low end of our long term range (1985-2018). A few highlights were EURASIAN WIGEON (3), RUFFED GROUSE, PEREGRINE FALCON, CEDAR WAXWING (38), WESTERN MEADOWLARK (22). A few disappointments were a count history low of CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE (5), and VARIED THRUSH (5) and unfortunately a count history high of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (141).
Some unexpected misses were LESSER SCAUP, PILEATED WOODPECKER, HERMIT THRUSH (CW), and PINE SISKIN (3 years in a row).