[birding] Corvallis CBC Preliminary Results

Marcia F. Cutler marciafcutler at comcast.net
Tue Dec 30 21:34:11 PST 2008


The Corvallis CBC was held today, Dec. 30th under a variable sky but without
a single drop of rain or snow.  A total of 127 species were seen today,
tying the record set 2 years ago.  New to the count were PYRRHULOXIA (yes,
it did show up today!) and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (a count week bird last
year).  A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found for the second year in a row (3d time
overall) on private property.  Several other birds uncommon to the count
have shown up now for 3 straight years including REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and BLACK PHOEBE.

 

Birds in decline appear to be RUFFED GROUSE - seen 33 (out of 48) times but
not this count and very infrequently in the past decade, and RING-NECKED
PHEASANT - seen on every count before last year when it was a count week
bird and missed, so far, for this count.

 

Other good birds were GREEN HERON, WESTERN GULL, BARRED OWL, ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER and SWAMP SPARROW.  GRAY JAY is a count week bird.

 

Besides Ring-necked Pheasant, the worst misses were Mountain Quail and
Northern Pygmy Owl.

 

I'd like to thank everyone who participated.

 

Marcia F. Cutler

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