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2014 Wahkiakum CBC Results

December 30, 2014, was the Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count. The count circle straddles the lower Columbia River, including Puget Island, Cathlamet, Skamokawa, and the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge in Washington and Westport, Nicolai Mountain, Brownsmead, Knappa and the Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

The day dawned clear and 28 degrees F, with a light east wind. Twenty-five volunteers found 120 species plus two additional count week species, equaling our highest previous total. The most abundant species in the circle, for the third straight year, was Cackling Goose, with over 16,000 found. This was a new high count for this species.

We had high counts for ten other species, most notably Double-crested Cormorant, European Starling, and Horned Lark. Whites Island is our local breeding area for the endangered (and recently federally listed) “Streaked” Horned Lark, and the count of 45 more than doubled our previous high count. New to the count this year was a Barrow’s Goldeneye found by Mike Passmore on the Wahkiakum ferry trip to Westport. A Redhead was in Net Rack Slough. The Northern Mockingbird that was at 80 North Welcome Slough on Puget Island on last year’s count spent the entire year there and was seen on this one as well.

Other species that have been expanding their range northward, Black Phoebe and Red-shouldered Hawk, continue to remain established here. Seven Trumpeter Swans flew over the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge. We missed Virginia Rail for the first time in the Wahkiakum CBC’s seventeen years. The Snowy Egret reported on Sunday was not relocated. Thanks to all volunteers!

Local Christmas Bird Counts Overview

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is citizen-science at its best and this year's will be the 114th. You can help with this effort, whether you have ever gone bird watching or not. You will have the opportunity to meet new people with interests in birds, or spend time with friends from previous years. Again this year WHAS sponsors the following CBC's:

  • Leadbetter CBC on Saturday Dec 21th: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before December 10th
    Count Circle areas include the Pacific Ocean beaches on the Long Beach Peninsula, Willapa Bay’s east shore mid-point on the peninsula to the tip of Leadbettter point on the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and the west side of the bay from the Naselle River north to Bay Center, WA.
  • Wahkiakum CBC on Sunday Dec 29th: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Count Circle include portions of the Skamokawa, Puget Island, Cathlamet, and Brownsmead areas.
  • Cowlitz Coweeman Columbia CBC on Wednesday January 1st: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Count circle areas include East Oregon, West Oregon, South Washington, East Washington, West Washington, and North Washington

This is your chance to help collect the information which will direct decisions in the future, decisions which will affect how much natural beauty, including birds, remains for future generations.

Bring your binoculars if you have some, boots, warm clothes and a lunch, and join us for a day outside, looking closely at some of Nature's most interesting creatures, sharing the day with people who have similar interests.

Local Christmas Bird Counts Results

Leadbetter CBC 2012

Image: Suzy Whittey - Male Summer Tanager

By Suzy Whittey

This was the Christmas bird count that almost did not happen.  When I discovered in mid-November that no one was organizing the Leadbetter CBC that I had participated in for years, I volunteered for the job.  I could not imagine a Christmas without counting birds.  I also, could not imagine the job, or I might not have tackled it.

Continue reading to see the results for Cowlitz-Columbia and Wahkiakum County circles.

Read more: Local Christmas Bird Counts Results

Local Christmas Bird Counts Overview

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is citizen-science at its best. You can help with this effort, whether you have ever gone bird watching or not. You will have the opportunity to meet new people with interests in birds, or spend time with friends from previous years. Again this year WHAS sponsors the following CBC's:

  • Leadbetter CBC on Saturday Dec 15th: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Wahkiakum CBC on Friday Dec 28th: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Cowlitz Coweeman Columbia CBC on Tuesday January 1st: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is your chance to help collect the information which will direct decisions in the future, decisions which will affect how much natural beauty, including birds, remains for future generations.

Bring your binoculars if you have some, boots, warm clothes and a lunch, and join us for a day outside, looking closely at some of Nature's most interesting creatures, sharing the day with people who have similar interests.

30th Cowlitz Columbia CBC Results

On January 1, 2012 the 30th 3CBC was held as part of Audubon's 112th Christmas Bird Count. Twenty-Two field observers and 3 feeder watchers joined and spent the sunny day finding 17,771 birds and a record 105 species. The temperature ranged from 36° to 48°. This was the nicest day we have had in many years.

We had several high counts: 139 Great Blue Heron, 558 Tundra Swan, 60 Trumpeter Swan, 165 Mourning Dove, 105 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 3 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 21 Anna’s Hummingbird, 16 Northern Harrier, 47 Red-tailed Hawk, 20 Bald Eagle, 33 American kestrel, 60 Northern Flicker, 123 Western Scrub Jay, 8 Brown Creeper, 19 Marsh Wren, 18 Bewick’s Wren, 472 American Robin, 15 Lincoln’s Sparrow, 6 White-throated Sparrow, and 71 American Gold Finch.

Seen during count week:  3 Ruddy Duck, 1 Brown Pelican, 1 Oregon Dark-eyed Junko (Pied), and 1 Evening Grosbeak. New to the count this year: 21 Black-bellied Plover and 3 Thayer’s Gull.

Thank you all for a great job and a great potluck. Hope to see you all next year on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013.