Date: 7/29/19 6:04 pm
From: Charles Gates <cgates326...>
Subject: [obol] Lake Abert Shorebird Survey
Today I ran the Lake Abert Shorebird Survey.  Like always, I ebirded
every species, not just the shorebirds.  The main goal is to document
the number of Wilson's Phalaropes using Lake Abert as a stopover.  This
is pretty early in the season so few Wilson's Phalaropes were around. 
Later in the season, hundreds of thousands will show up (hopefully). 
The only abundant shorebirds were American Avocet and Black-necked
Stilt.  Almost all of the phalaropes were on the south end of the lake
while the bulk of the stilts and avocets were on the north end.

Gulls were concentrated on both ends with a few in the middle. Large
concentrations were seen on the opposite shore (west) but too far away
to identify to species.  Franklin's Gulls were abundant but outnumbered
by Ring-billed Gull.  Chukar were heard at two locations but, though we
tried at the usual spots, NO BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS were found along
the lake (This is usually the best place in the state to reliably find
this species).

You can see a small portion of the avocets in these photos -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58546845

The count totals are below.

24 Canada Goose -- (1),(4),(11)
8 Mallard -- (11)
15 Chukar -- (6)
2782 Eared Grebe -- (3),(4),(5),(7),(8)
1 Mourning Dove -- (6)
10 Sandhill Crane -- (1)
438 Black-necked Stilt -- (7),(11)
8444 American Avocet -- (1),(2),(3),(5),(7),(11),(12)
9 Semipalmated Plover -- (1)
6 Western Sandpiper -- (12)
2 peep sp. -- (1)
1084 Wilson's Phalarope -- (1),(2),(7),(11)
5 Red-necked Phalarope -- (2)
2 Greater Yellowlegs -- (11)
17 Willet -- (1),(2),(3),(11)
1225 Franklin's Gull -- (1),(2),(11)
4694 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(7),(8),(9),(10),(11)
1272 California Gull -- (1),(2),(3),(5),(8),(9),(11)
10000 gull sp. -- (9),(11)
10 White-faced Ibis -- (3),(5)
1 Red-tailed Hawk -- (7)
1 Say's Phoebe -- (5)
2 Common Raven -- (8)
2 Rock Wren -- (6)
40 Yellow-headed Blackbird -- (2),(3)
2 Western Meadowlark -- (1)
55 Red-winged Blackbird -- (2),(3),(4),(5)
205 Brewer's Blackbird -- (6),(7)

--
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Mark Twain

Chuck Gates
Prineville Bird Club
Crooked River Wetlands Volunteer
541-280-4957
Powell Butte,
Central Oregon Oregon Birding Site Guide
http://www.ecaudubon.org/birding-locations
Oregon County Checklists
http://www.ecaudubon.org/county-checklists


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