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Growing a Bird-friendly Yard
by Marilyn Cripe and Jenny Barnett

What does it take to attract birds to your yard? Many of us put out bird feeders but we can attract more birds and a greater variety of birds by providing all the elements birds need: food, cover and water. Seed offered in a feeder provides one type of food, but plantings of flowers, shrubs, and trees provide a variety of foods, as well as cover. Birds use cover for hiding from predators or nesting. The plants provide direct sources of food, like nectar and berries, as well as attracting insects, another important bird food. Birds need water for drinking and bathing and it can be provided in a bird bath, fountain feature, or pond. Even in town, a yard with trees, shrubs, and flowers will have more birds than a yard with just lawn. Provide a bird house and you might have a pair move in and raise a family.

Two Bird Club members, Marilyn and Gene Cripe, know first-hand how plants can attract birds to a yard and provide pleasure to the owners. Several years ago Marilyn wrote an article on her bird garden for the Newsletter (an excerpt is republished here). One morning in June I visited the Cripe's home to see the garden myself. The Cripe home is in the country near McKay Creek, so they attract species we might not find in town, but after 30 minutes in the garden I counted over 20 species of birds. House wrens were nesting in boxes House Sparrow-proofed by Gene, and they scolded us as we...(See full story)

   


Field Sightings...May to June, 2015
 by Dave Herr

Summer is just a few days away and most of the spring migrants have arrived. Many species are now nesting and juvenile birds have started to show up. Birding has been great this spring, read on to find out what folks have been seeing.

May 18, Connie Betts (Connie) reports that she had Lesser Goldfinches visiting her feeder just about every day and she suspects they were nesting nearby. On May 25, Connie had a Townsend's Solitaire in her yard near the Pendleton Community Park and a little later a female Black-chinned Hummingbird was taking nesting material Connie had provided.

May 20, the WWW Birders, June Whitten (June), Diana Dillenburg (Diana D.) and Jean Reiher (Jean) went to Memorial Marsh, McNary, Hat Rock, Warehouse Beach and returned home via Cold Springs. They had been searching for Blue-winged Teal for several weeks and were surprised to find one at Warehouse Beach. They were also surprised at the number of Soras calling at Memorial Marsh and one even came out to investigate the group...(See full story...)

 




Birds In Art

Peregrine Falcon

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

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Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Jun 23 through June 29:

R Sorry no new sightings last week



Total species sighted so far in 2015: 225

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: June 28, 2015



Calendar of Events

         
 

Bird Club Picnic

 The Annual Bird Club Picnic will be held at Indian Lake Campground on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The picnic will be held in site #1 in the campground. This is the site next to the campground host.

Indian Lake is located at the summit
of the Blue Mountains about 20 miles
SE of Pilot Rock.
 

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lan on leaving Pendleton at 6:30 a.m. for a field trip prior to the picnic.
Meet at the NE corner of the Pendleton Safeway parking lot at 6:30 and we will carpool from there.

 
OR, if you don’t participate in the field trip, meet at Indian Lake Campground at noon for the picnic.
 

October Bird Club Meeting

 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015

Update on Burrowing Owls at the Umatilla Chemical Depot

Presented by Mike Gregg

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 

 
         
   

 

 
 


 
 
         
 
 
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