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"Who Am I?"
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Eastern Kingbird
 

Feathers
by Jenny Barnett

feathers. they define birds. They provide warmth, protection from weather, camouflage for hiding, and color and ornament for attracting mates. They give birds the ability to fly.

Feathers are diverse and fascinating structures, engineering marvels in many ways. They are light, strong, and flexible. There are several types of feathers each with a different role. Contour feathers (which cover the body), flight, and tail feathers have a form called "crow quill". The bare part, called the "quill", sits in a socket in the skin. The main part, the "vane", consists of structures called barbs and barbules that attach to one another, locking the thin material into a solid yet flexible unit. Regular preening by birds keeps the feather together. ...

  Down feathers lack hooklets, so the feathers are fluffy. They lie beneath the contour feathers, next to the skin, where they provide insulation. Large species living in cold climates, such as eiders and swans....(See full story)


Bird of the Month...Bushtit
 by June Whitten

these very small songbirds are rare in Umatilla County. A small population was discovered in June, 2014 by Aaron Skirvin near the bottom of Tower Burn (FS Road #55). In this same vicinity, Dave Herr found and photographed Bushtits in June, 2015. The group of Wednesday Women birders heard them both years, but failed to locate them.

Bushtits are very small; about 4-1/2 inches, very active, and usually travel in small groups. They like brushy habitat, often oak or juniper, near streams. They are most often in flocks that are very active, moving constantly through the trees and brush, and chatter constantly in high-pitched notes. Their activity is mostly due to feeding on small insects, spiders and aphids.  

Bushtits make an interesting gourd-shaped, hanging-basket nest. Materials, such as moss, lichen, leaves, cocoons and grasses, are wove around and supported by twigs, and.... (See full story...)

 




Birds In Art

Redpolls

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Jul 28 Through Aug 3:

R Sorry, no new sightings last week



Total species sighted so far in 2015: 230

Birders: Kindly note a new species was reported for Umatilla County on Jan 2, 2015: Black-headed Gull. This is species #314 sighted and reported in Umatilla County.

And in 2014, Bird Club members reported 262 species in Umatilla County –– a new County Year record for the Club! 



    
   Way To Go Club Members!

View 2015 Umatilla County Composite List


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Shorebirds (2 of 2):

Posted: August 3, 2015



Calendar of Events

         
 

October Bird Club Meeting

 7:00 p.m., Thurs., October 8, 2015

Update on Burrowing Owls at the Umatilla Chemical Depot

Presented by: Mike Gregg

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 

November Bird Club Meeting

 6:30 p.m.. Thurs., November 12, 2015

Potluck at 6:30

followed by

Bird and Wildlife Photography

Presented by: Bill Peal

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 

 
         
   
 
 
 
         
 
 
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