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Red-breasted Marganser
 

First Bird of the Year Sightings
by Jack Simons

Thirty-four Pendleton Bird Club members reported their "first bird of the year" sightings on January 1st, continuing a tradition that goes back...well, about three years! As expected, we had the usual 'outliers' (club members who vacated Pendleton's bone chilling cold for warmer climates) which stacked the deck to include some unusual first bird sightings. 

For instance, Dave Herr was visiting family in sunny Florida where, "sitting on a balcony enjoying my morning coffee," he reported a Fish Crow. Not to be outdone, Neal Hinds topped the list of outliers with two different sightings in two states: "My first bird of the year was a Snowy Egret in Mississippi. For Louisiana it was a Turkey Vulture. I birded both states today and had a total of 41 species." After Neal's transcontinental avian adventure, I received  Tanya Harrison's Pendleton sighting of a "Jakku Vulture" (...seen while watching the new Star Wars movie. You didn't say it had to be real! Afterwards I saw my first real bird, a gull.") Just to be safe and to continue our extremely high standards for reporting accuracy, we will surmise Tanya actually saw a Ring-billed Gull." (See full story.)  

  


2016 Winter Big Day
 by Aaron Skirvin

THE UMATILLA COUNTY Winter Big Day birders were greeted to a chilly, and in some places downright frigid, day of birding. But, that didn't keep 21 birders from taking to the field to look for as many birds as they could find on January 1, 2016. We had good participation from feeder watchers, too, with a total of 11 folks tracking birds in their yards. It was foggy and breezy in the lower country, but the higher elevations in the Blue Mountains were bright, sunny, and frigid. It was minus 17 degrees on Camas Prairie north of Ukiah at 0715 hrs, but "warmed" to coat-shedding (yeah, right!) minus 6 by 1000 hrs. 

The field observers were widely scattered over the county, including Pendleton, Ukiah, Milton-Freewater, upper Walla Walla River, upper Umatilla River, Holdman area, McNary Dam and the Columbia River, and Stanfield Meadows, with most habitats getting at least some coverage. The bird of the day had to be the Red-breasted Sapsucker that Connie Betts saw at Pendleton Community Park. Connie's sighting was only the 7th time this species has been seen in Umatilla County. What a great bird to start the year off with! (See full story.)

    




Birds In Art
 

Bank Swallow

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Seen From
January 26 through February 1

R 131 species reported through February 1st

R  Yellow-headed Blackbird, 1/25
R  Rock Wren, 1/27
R  Red-breasted Merganser, 1/27

R
 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1/28
R  Thayer's Gull, 1/28
R  Black-legged Kittiwake, 1/30
R  Clark's Grebe, 1-30
R  Brown-headed Cowbird, 1/31

Final Number of Species Sighted in 2015: 246


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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Great Horned Owl photo by Tom Munson.



Calendar of Events

         
 

  
February Bird Club Meeting

 
7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tim Blount, Executive Director,
Friends of Malheur NWR

  Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

  
March Bird Club Meeting

 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016

Snowy Owls
by
Kelly Hazen


  Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton



 
         
   
April
Bird Club Meeting

6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016

Potluck at 6:30 p.m. and the Program
will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.


followed by

Program to be Announced

   

 
         
 
 
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