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White-headed Woodpecker

  On The Trail (of Nesting Bluebirds)....
by Jack Simons

As we have reported in the past, the weather has much to do with breeding birds whether they are raptors or waterfowl or perching birds. Regardless if it is a clutch of young, down-clad baby pheasants or a clutch of baby Western Bluebirds safely tucked away in their wooden nurseries, it can be the weather that determines their fate. Although only the first half totals are in, we are pleased to report that is looks like a really good year for the bluebirds on the Pendleton Bird Club's bluebird trail.

Sharon and I have made five trips up to the bluebird trail along Albee Road this year starting on May 18th and then every two weeks thereafter. Having monitored the trail since 2009, we knew after our first trip this year that this might be a special year (or at least a special first hatch). We counted a total of 124 eggs laid that first week. Compare that to the total first week egg count from May 11th, 2013 when we only counted 52 eggs (see table on Page 2).

The difference? Our past winter/spring was warmer than usual and we had only a moderate amount of precipitation which likely resulted in an early start for grasses and flowering plants. Since many insects depend upon these plants for survival, this year's breeding bluebirds were.... (See full story.)

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Bird of The Month...
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

 by June Whitten

About 4 inches long, the Golden-crowned Kinglet is a very small songbird. Not only is it tiny, it is very active and tends to stay high in pine or spruce trees. The Latin name means generally a prince, so named because of the golden crown. It is hard to write about the Golden-crowned Kinglet, without comparing it to its cousin, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, which is also a prince (Regulus calendula). The calendula refers to the Ruby-crowned Kinglet's loud vocalization, which seems quite remarkable for such a tiny bird. The Golden-crowned Kinglet has more of what a person would expect from a tiny songbird. Their call is a series of high-pitched notes while their song is a series of three 'tsee' notes that accelerates to a trill. The call and especially the song are so high-pitched many people cannot hear these tones.

Golden-crowned Kinglets may be tiny, but they are tough, often spending time in snow zones in winter. They are common all across Canada, the United States, and central America. Some do move to warmer areas in winter, and it is not uncommon to see them in Umatilla County in the lower elevations during....(See full story.)  

 



To view Kristen's Powerpoint Presentation  on "Dragonflies & Damselflies" presented at the February Bird Club meeting, please click here: http://www.startlogic.com.pendletonbirders.org/PDF Files/dragonfly and damselfly powerpoint.pdf


    

   

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From July 22 to July 28:

R  Semipalmated Sandpiper, 7/20
R  Black-bellied Plover, 7/23


Total species sighted this year: 239



    
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Posted: July 28, 2014  



Calendar of Events

         
 
 October Bird Club Meeting

7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2014

Program to be announced.

Location to be announced.





 
         
 

 

 


 
         
 
 
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