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"Who Am I?" illustration.
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Early Bird
by Aaron Skirvin

SPRING BIRD MIGRATION is well underway in Umatilla County, but we still have a month and half to go before the last spring migrants arrive. In a "normal" year, we would expect spring migration to wind down by the second week of June, but, this year, even though we're still in the early stages of migration, an interesting pattern is beginning to emerge.

Attribute it to a very mild winter and warm, early spring or the severe drought to the south of us, but for whatever reason(s) some birds are showing up in Umatilla County and neighboring Morrow County much earlier than normal. For example, Connie Betts saw a male Lazuli Bunting at the feeders in her Pendleton yard on April 15, at least 10 days earlier than usual. The male Calliope Hummingbird that arrived in Sherry and Robert Sallee's yard on March 27 was 12 days earlier than last year's early arrival on April 8. More surprising was the Sallee's first sighting of a female Black-chinned Hummingbird on April 9, almost a month earlier than female Black-chins typically arrive in Umatilla County.  

We usually expect to see the first Osprey during the last week of March, but Connie Betts found one at McKay Reservoir on March 3. Neil Holcomb reported seeing a very early Black-headed Grosbeak at the Umatilla NWR (located between Irrigon and Boardman) on April 4. We usually don't see this species until May. Three marbled Godwits, a rare spring and fall migrant through Umatilla County, were photographed by Neal Hinds at Warehouse Beach Recreation Area on April 17, 10 days earlier than the previous early record....(See full story).    

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New Newsletter Editor
 by Aaron Skirvin

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that Club member Jenny Barnett has graciously volunteered to assume the mantle of Newsletter Editor for the Kakya Taymut.

Jenny starts her editorship next month, May 2015. The editor's position has been vacant since Barbara Clark left in September 2013. Thank you, Jenny, for volunteering your valuable time, which is already taken as a mother, wife, musician, birder and professional biologist among other pursuits, to help the Bird Club.

Welcome aboard, Jenny, and the newsletter team (Dave Herr, June Whitten, Anita Crawford, Connie Betts, Jack Simons and Aaron Skirvin) looks forward to working under your guidance to publish the monthly newsletter.

Please feel free to contact Jenny at pdtgrouse@wtechlink.us to welcome her as editor, and we know she would appreciate hearing your ideas for newsletter articles.

 



Birds In Art


"Who Am I?" Answer
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Black-capped Chickadee
  Golden-crowned Sparrow

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Apr 14 to Apr 20:

R Gray Jay, 4/4
R Black-chinned Hummingbird, 4/9
R Forster's Tern, 4/16
R Marbled Godwit, 4/17
R Blue-winged Teal, 4/18
R Lesser Yellowlegs, 4/18
R Western Kingbird, 4/18
R Ruffed Grouse, 4/19
R Nashville Warbler, 4/19


Total species sighted so far in 2015: 180

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: April 14, 2015



Calendar of Events

         
 
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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