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Spotted Sandpiper

  On the Trail: Bluebird Bonanza
by Jack Simons

It was the last day of may when our aged, dusty Ford pickup pulled alongside a weathered bluebird nesting box for the second  time in two weeks. Inside could be heard the chattering of chicks, telling my wife and me that this box was full of baby bluebirds. Our tally sheets showed six eggs had been laid and recorded on May 18th and now two weeks later we heard a chorus of tiny voices calling out through the hole in the cedar box identified simply as Box 12. Was momma inside? How many eggs had hatched? Were there enough insects to support six hungry mouths and for how long?

Over the years we've seen a wide range of "unknowns" that have affected chick survival on Pendleton Bird Club's Bluebird Trail on Albee Road north of Ukiah. Sometimes the reason why chicks fail to survive is obvious, such as a cold, wet spring, while at other times the eggs or chicks simply disappear ¾ did a thief, such as a snake, climb into the box or had a rodent gnawed its way through the entry hole to steal an easy meal? Usually we never know the cause of missing eggs or dead chicks but our tally sheets...(See full story.)

 


CHIMNEY-ROOSTING
VAUX'S SWIFTS IN PENDLETON

 by Aaron Skirvin

DURING ROUND-UP WEEK and last week, hundreds of Vaux's Swifts were using the chimney at the Vert Auditorium as a night roost each night. These swifts are in the process of migrating from their breeding areas in the Pacific Northwest to their wintering areas in Central America. They use chimneys as a safe roosting site during migration.

Just before dark on September 11, Jack Simons estimated that 500 swifts had entered the chimney at Vert. On September 14, Diana LaSarge and I estimated that 520 swifts entered  the chimney. To witness the spectacle of the birds swirling above the chimney before they drop in, the best viewing spot is at the intersection of SW Emigrant Ave. and SW 4th Street. You will need to check it out soon, though. Swift numbers are quickly dwindling as they leave the region and head south.

In an upcoming issue of this newsletter, we will provide a more in-depth article...(See full story.)
 


    
Long-billed Curlew

   

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

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

R
 Surf Scoter, 10/14
R  Northern Pygmy-Owl, 10/18
R  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, 10/18
R  Purple Finch, 10/19

Total species sighted this year: 249



    
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Posted: October 20, 2014  



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

"Raptor Rescue and Rehabilitation"

Presented by
Lynn Tompkins, Director of
Blue Mountain Wildlife


Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 
         
   
 

   

 
         
 
 
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