The 21st Airlie-Albany CBC was conducted last Saturday (Jan. 5). 43 birders covering 18 sectors together found 121 species, not a record but somewhat better than average. Of note were a Say's Phoebe, Prairie Falcon, 2 Swamp Sparrows, Sooty Grouse in 2 sectors, 7 gull species among 600+ gulls nearly all at Coffin Butte landfill, and 6 owl species.
The 15-mile diameter count circle includes Ankeny refuge, E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Luckiamute State Natural Area, and areas west of the Willamette River from north Corvallis to almost Monmouth.
Notable species found some years but missed during this year's count were Green Heron, Northern Shrike, Pine Siskin, Spotted Sandpiper, Canvasback, and Ring-necked Pheasant. Golden-crowned Sparrow numbers dropped from 934 last year to 549 this. Raptor numbers were up slightly, and numbers of American Robin and Yellow-rumped Warbler were much higher than last year.