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  Where are the Ukiah Bobolinks?
by Aaron Skirvin

Each spring, I look forward to watching the small colony of Bobolinks that spends the breeding season every year in the same wet meadow/pasture on the southwestern edge of the town of Ukiah. There is similar habitat in the vicinity of Ukiah, but this pasture is the only site that Bird Club members know where Bobolinks breed in Umatilla County.

"Our" Bobolinks are punctual, arriving at Ukiah's "Bobolink Field", as it has become known, from their South American wintering areas about May 15, give or take a day or two, every year. Although no one has taken a census of the Bobolinks, the small colony probably has less than 10 pairs of birds. The males are readily visible and audible, perching on weed stalks or singing as they fly over the meadow, from the time they arrive in mid-May until early July. Females are seen infrequently, as they are much more secretive than the males. As far as we know, this annual cycle of Bobolinks nesting in the same "Bobolink Field" has been going on each year for the past 20+ years and probably much longer.

This year, I first looked for Bobolinks on May 14, but did not see any during that visit. On May 20, I saw the first Bobolinks, two males flying over the Bobolink Field and assumed they would soon begin.... (See full story.)

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Walks With Ani....
 by Anita Crawford

As I sit down to write you this afternoon an Osprey chick is flying around in the skies above the Umatilla River.

The first of the two west-side females fledged the nest last Sunday morning. A dear friend and I stood to the south of the nest as the Osprey lifted higher and higher out of the nest. She finally took the first of three flights. It was exciting and amazing to watch.

Her sister took her first flight two days later. I'm not sure which one is out soaring above the river at this moment. Yesterday morning they both were out soaring around the nest in the cool morning air. I stood in awe of their courage and beauty.

The east-side chicks fledged just days after my letter to you last month. It has been fun to watch them learn to fish and dive clumsily into the river and come out empty handed. They both seem to be doing well and adjusting to learning to fish on their own. Occasionally, I will see one sitting in the nest crying out for fish. I take that as not a good day of...(See full story.)  

 


    

   

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Aug 19 to Aug 25:

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Stilt Sandpiper, 8/20


Total species sighted this year: 243



    
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Calendar of Events

         
 
 October Bird Club Meeting

7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Bird and Wildlife Photography"
Presented by Bill Peal

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton



November Bird Club Meeting


6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014

Potluck Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Followed by

(Program to be Announced)

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton
 
         
 

 

 


 
         
 
 
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