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American White Pelican

First Birds of 2015?
by Jack Simons

Last year I encouraged bird club members to share their first bird sighting of the year with me, and we had some dandy observations, including from as far away as New Hampshire (Paul Daniello), Florida (Dave Herr) and Antarctica (Noah Strycker). Hoping for a repeat performance on January 1st of this year, club members emailed their sightings from near and far.

First to spot and report her sighting in 2015 was Lorna Waltz who watched an American Goldfinch as it munched on sunflower chips at her Pendleton feeder. However, Lorna also reported, "a very large salmon crossing the Umatilla River with several jumps" which surely has to go down as a new record in the "Flying Fish" category – way to go Lorna!

Once again, yours truly "stacked the deck" by watching mallards landing on our front pond as the December 31st evening sun set. But, like last year, when I opened the curtain the next morning to see "my mallards" the only thing there was a sheet of ice – rats! Foiled again! Figuring maybe a Red-tailed Hawk might be standing guard in a tall cottonwood above the pond, I gazed skyward and spotted a dove – Mourning or Eurasian Collared, I thought. Then a slight turn of his body revealed a white rump and a longish bill – Mr. Northern Flicker was apparently...(See full story.) 

   


Inching Our Way to 100 Birds
by Aaron Skirvin

This year was the Pendleton Bird Club's 7th annual Umatilla County Winter Birding Big Day (Winter Big Day). The results of the January 1, 2015, event are now "in the book" and we set a new record for the highest total species!

The Winter Big Day is held each year on January 1 and covers all of Umatilla County. Birders tally only species, not the number of individual birds of each species. Twenty birders in 13 groups participated this year, and we had good coverage of the county. At least 8 birders checked their feeders, too. One of our goals since the inception of the Umatilla County Winter Big Day is to find 100 or more species on January 1. We haven't met that goal, yet, but this year we found a record 91 species, surpassing the previous high of 89 on January 1, 2013.

The turnout was great and included the following field observers: Neal Hinds (Ukiah, McNary area and Columbia River); Jack Simons (Umatilla River between Mission and Pendleton); June Whitten and Marilyn Cripe (Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Alkali Canyon Road, Echo Meadows, and Columbia River); Joann Bechtel (Rieth Road; Dan and Ruth Baum (Tutuilla Flat, Umatilla River, Cayuse, Thorn Hollow); Jeff Fredson (Weston Mountain); George Ruby (Mission and Umatilla River upstream to Kiwanis Cabin); Connie Betts (Pendleton Community Park); Sherry and Robert Sallee (Couse Creek, Dry Creek, farmlands southeast of Milton-Freewater and south up the Walla Walla River to Harris Park); Paul Daniello (Umatilla Reservation); and Aaron Skirvin, Diana LaSarge and Jean Reiher (Hwy 395 south of Pendleton, south part of Alkali Canyon Road, Battle Mt., and Ukiah). Feeder/yard watchers were Connie Betts (SW Pendleton), Val and Dave Motanic (Tutuilla Flat), Dan Baum (Pendleton), Sherry and Robert Sallee (3 miles S of Milton-Freewater), George Ruby (Mission), Jack Simons (Mission), Nancy and Lyle Brown (Hermiston), and June Whitten (Pendleton). (See full story.)

 


   

 
  Canada Goose

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Jan 20 to Jan 26:

R Clark's Grebe, 1/25


Total species sighted so far in 2015: 131

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

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Posted: January 26, 2015



Calendar of Events

         
 
February Bird Club Meeting

 
7:00 p.m., Thursday,
February 12, 2015


Vaux's Swift in the
Pacific Northwest


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

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton


March
Bird Club Meeting

 
7:00 p.m., Thursday,
March 12, 2015


The 7th Annual Humongous
ID Challenge


Created By Jack Simons

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 
         
 


 
 


 
 
         
 
 
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