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"Who Am I?" illustration.
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Veery

  Pinyon Jay: Bird of the Month and
New Species for Umatilla County
by Aaron Skirvin and June Whitten

Two immature pinyon jays (Gymnorhinus cyancephalus) were discovered and photographed in Ukiah by Aaron Skirvin and Diana LaSarge on November 2, 2014. Pinyon Jay is not on the Umatilla County bird list because, to our knowledge, this is the first time it has been reported locally. The jays were spotted as they foraged in a yard in the company of 3 or 4 Western Scrub-Jays, a species that is also unusual for Ukiah.

While Pinyon Jays are year-round residents in some pine and juniper habitats of central Oregon, including parts of Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes and northern Lake Counties, this is a new species for Umatilla County. The addition of the Pinyon Jay raises the official Umatilla County bird list to 313 species.

The Pinyon Jay is a bird of the western United States and northern Baja California. Its range extends from central Montana and southwestern South Dakota southward to southeastern Arizona, New Mexico and extreme western Oklahoma. In addition to the population in Central Oregon, this jay is found in the Great Basin from NE California and extreme southern Idaho through Nevada and Utah

The Pinyon Jay was first recorded and collected in 1833 during Prince Maximillian of WiedNeuwied's expedition to western North America (now the western United States). Prince Maximillian was the collector on the expedition, and the first specimen of this jay was collected along the Maria River in northern Montana.  (See full story.)


Umatilla County Christmas Bird Count,
Saturday, January 3, 2015

 

here are the details for the 28th official Umatilla County Christmas Bird Count, which is scheduled for SATURDAY JANUARY 3, 2015. This local count is part of the national 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. If you are interested in the history of the Christmas Bird Count and count data accumulated for the hundreds of counts across the country, please visit Audubon's website (http://www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/).

During our count last year on January 4, 2014, 26 bird counters found 68 species of birds, and  tallied a total of 7,980 individual birds in our circle. The Umatilla County count circle is 15 miles in diameter, with the center located about 7 miles southeast of Pendleton. 

We gladly welcome everyone (from beginning birder to expert) to help count birds on January 3, 2015. Two years ago, the National Audubon Society abolished the unpopular participation fee -- so no fees to pay. In addition, Audubon's printed publication of the Christmas Bird Count (American Birds) will no longer be printed and mailed to participants. Instead, national Audubon will post the results online where birders can access the results of the Christmas Bird Count. (See full story.) 

 


    
Rough-legged Hawk

   

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Dec 16 to Dec 22:

R  Sorry, no new sightings last week.


Total species sighted this year: 260!!!

Birders: Ki
ndly note the significance of the 260th bird species sighted in Umatilla County this year -- this is a new, official Pendleton Bird Club County Year record surpassing the old record of 259 species sighted in 2004. Thanks Aaron, for spotting those two Trumpeter Swans in a harvested corn field east of Echo on December 7th.


    
   Way To Go Club Members!

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Posted: December 15, 2014  



Calendar of Events

         
 
December
Bird Club Meeting

7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 11, 2014

Annual Bird Club Fund Raiser
(see announcement in the Nov. Newsletter)

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton


Umatilla County Winter
Big Day


Midnight to midnight,
Wednesday, January 1, 2015

Count as many bird species as you can on New Year's Day in Umatilla County, then report your species list to Aaron Skirvin at
umatbirder@yahoo.com

 
         
   
Christmas Bird Count


 
Saturday January 3, 2015

Set aside this day to help count birds for the
Christmas Bird Count. For further information
contact: Aaron Skirvin at 541-215-0761 or umatbirder@yahoo.com
 
January
Bird Club Meeting

6:30 p.m., Thursday
, January 8, 2015
Potluck Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Followed by

Update on the Burrowing Owls of the Umatilla Chemical Depot

Presented by Mike Gregg,
US Fish & Wildlife Service

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 
         
   
February
Bird Club Meeting

 7: p.m., Thursday,
February 12, 2015


Vaux's Swift in the Pacific Northwest

Presented by Larry Schwitters, Coordinator,
Vaux's Swift Happenings Project

Location to be announced
 
     
 
 
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