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"Who Am I?" illustration.
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Bird of The Month: Redhead
by June Whitten

The Redhead is a fairly common duck in Umatilla County. The males are conspicuous with their rusty-red heads and necks, grayish sides, black around the chest and tail, and a bluish bill with a black tip. The females are mostly mottled brown but also have the bluish bill and yellow eyes. 

Redheads nest in perennial marshes, wetlands, and ponds in the prairie region of the northern US and southern Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and central Alaska. After the mating period, the males leave the breeding areas, usually flying north to larger bodies of water. Here, they undergo a molt which leaves them flightless for about 30 days.  

The females, of course, remain to make nests and lay eggs. The nest is usually concealed in rushes or marsh grass over shallow water. Now, the hens do one of three things. They make their nest and lay and incubate their eggs themselves. Or, they may lay some eggs in their nest and lay a few in the nests of other female Redheads or other species of ducks. And, the third option, called "brood parasitism", is to lay all of their eggs in the nests of other ducks, letting  the other hens incubate the eggs and....(See full story.)  " 

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Field Sightings: February – March
by Dave Herr, Field Sightings Editor

Several years ago Aaron Skirvin compiled a list of migrant species that could be expected to arrive back in the county during mid-April to mid-May. This list is re-published in this newsletter so check it out. Although it is fun to go birding anytime of the year, this list adds an additional incentive to get out and see which newly arrived spring species you can find. Please send all of your bird sightings, including any new arrivals you find, to me, Dave Herr, at dsherr@mac.com or call 541-276-6413. (See full story.) 

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Birds In Art
  Dunlin
"Who Am I?" Answer:
Barn Owl
 

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Mar 17 to Mar 23:

R Ross's Goose, 3/16
R Cinnamon Teal, 3/20
R Black-necked Stilt, 3/20
R Tree Swallow, 3/20
R Turkey Vulture, 3/22


Total species sighted so far in 2015: 154

Birders: Kindly note a new species was reported for Umatilla County on Jan 2, 2015: Black-headed Gull. This is species #314 sighted and reported 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: March 16, 2015



Calendar of Events

         
 
April Bird Club Meeting

 6:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 9, 2015


** Potluck Dinner at 6:30 **

Hummingbird
Banding
in Idaho

Presented By: Carl Rudeen

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 


May Bird Club Meeting

 7:00 p.m., Thursday,
May 14, 2015


Hummingbirds
as Pollinators


Presented By: Barbara Clark

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 

 
         
 
 

 

 
 


 
 
         
 
 
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