Three owl teams had a tough time finding much beyond 5 GREAT HORNED OWLs, but Keith Phifer came up with the count's only WESTERN-SCREECH-OWL. The Roseburg-Sutherlin CBC once held the national record for Western Screech-Owls with an amazing 55 (yes, fifty-five) detected during the 1992 CBC! No Barn Owls were found, and the count is still waiting for its first Barred Owl!
A single "count first"--1 male TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD--was detected at Chevy's Pond (next to Fords Pond) by Keith Phifer. The bird had been located there a couple weeks earlier by local resident Jim Houseman and apparently it stuck around!
Other rare birds found during the count included an immature male LONG-TAILED DUCK (3rd time), an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (4th time), and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (13th time), all at Umpqua Sand & Gravel by Matt Hunter and Stacy Burleigh. In addition, a total of 12 SNOW GEESE (8th time) were found in two different locations (Barb Taylor, Beth Brown, Peggy Gilbertson, Matt Hunter, Stacy Burleigh), and a SWAMP SPARROW was found by Keith Phifer at Fords Pond.
Record highs for this count included 12 SNOW GOOSE, 4 EURASIAN WIGEON, 47 CANVASBACK, 313 RUDDY DUCK, and 11 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS.
Low numbers for the count (new or tied records) included 1 CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, 1 WESTERN SCREECH-OWL, and 4 PACIFIC WRENS.
Species missed that have been detected on over 30 of 43 years for the count included RING-NECKED PHEASANT (39 yrs), VARIED THRUSH (36 yrs), SPOTTED SANDPIPER (36 yrs) and HAIRY WOODPECKER (34 yrs).
After counting birds all day, we again enjoyed warm soup, chili, bread, salad and treats at the Douglas County Library, shared stories and enjoyed seeing friends. I hope you'll join us next CBC season!
Following are some photos from the day (all photos by Matt Hunter).
|Three Snow Geese near Kruse Farms (2 imm and 1 adult)|
|Long-tailed Duck (immature male) at Umpqua Sand & Gravel|
|Cedar Waxwings on ridge above North Umpqua River|
|Western Bluebird and Cedar Waxwing on ridge above North Umpqua River|
|American White Pelican at Umpqua Sand & Gravel|
|"Gray-headed" Orange-crowned Warbler at Umpqua Sand & Gravel|
|Peregrine Falcon (adult male) at Umpqua Sand & Gravel|
|Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Umpqua Sand & Gravel|
|American Kestrel (male)|
|Black-crowned Night-Heron (immature near South Umpqua River)|