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Spotted Sandpiper

  Study Surprise: Many Bird Species
Exposed to Eye Disease
by Jack Simons

 A paper recently published in the online scientific journal PLOS-ONE shows that a parasite previously thought to infect only a few species of feeder birds is actually infecting a wide range of species. Fortunately, most do not show signs of the disease.

Andre Dhondt, Director of Bird Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, described the results "as shocking". More than half of the bird species tested have been exposed to the bacterium responsible for House Finch eye disease.

The latest findings show that the organism, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, "is much more widespread than we thought although in most species there are no signs of conjunctivitis," Dhondt explained. Species testing positive for exposure to the bacteria include feeder favorites Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch and Tufted Titmouse. However exposure was also detected in Wood Thrush, a forest species....(See full story.)

 


Walks With Ani
 by Anita Crawford

October started off with the migration of the Osprey. The whole family left at once this year. Usually the female leaves with her male offspring a few weeks into September, followed by her mate and daughters in early October. With the late hatching of the young this year and the late fledging of the two young ones, I guess they all decided to leave on the same day.  

 It has been a very quiet month for bird sightings along the river. The songbirds left last month followed by a glimpse or two of migrating birds. A lone American Coot came in for a day. It swam around near a group of Mallards and took off the following morning. Just this week, a few Mallards seem to have paired off for the upcoming cold weather. We have 15 or 20 female Common Mergansers but no sign of any males yet. Earlier in the month I got to enjoy a week of migrating Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few White-crowned Sparrows 

 The Oregon Juncos have taken up residence over the last few weeks. Daily, I see cats hiding amongst the shrubs ready to pounce on the unsuspecting birds. I wish cats had to wear bells on their collars...(See full story.)
 


    
Long-billed Curlew

   

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Oct 14 to Oct 20:

R
 Surf Scoter, 10/14
R  Northern Pygmy-Owl, 10/18
R  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 10/18
R  Purple Finch, 10/19

Total species sighted this year: 249



    
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Posted: October 20, 2014  



Calendar of Events

         
 
November Bird Club Meeting

6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014
Potluck Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Followed by

"Raptor Rescue and Rehabilitation"

Presented by
Lynn Tompkins, Director of
Blue Mountain Wildlife


Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton


December
Bird Club Meeting

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


"Annual Bird Club Raffle
and Fund Raiser"


Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 
         
   
 

   

 
         
 
 
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