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Sandhill Crane (WDFW Image)

 

Wahkiakum CBC Results

Sanderlings (Image: USFWS)

On Thursday December 30, 19 volunteers participated in the thirteenth Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count. The Wahkiakum Count straddles the Lower Columbia River, including the Julia B. Hansen and Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuges and the towns of Brownsmead, Knappa & Westport in Oregon and Cathlamet, Puget Island and Skamokawa on the Washington side. Weather was clear with a mild east wind, with a low near 28 degrees F and a high near 40.

The final species count is 114 plus two additional count week species, which is six species above average and one short of the record for this count circle.

Two species were new to the Wahkiakum CBC: a Redhead was at Little Island and a flock of nderlings, long overdue for this count circle, were on Grassy Island. A Black Phoebe was on Little Island, and a Northern Mockingbird was seen on Puget Island. Other species uncommon in this count circle included White-winged Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, and Savannah Sparrow.

Read more: Wahkiakum CBC Results

Cowlitz Columbia CBC Results

Greater Yellowlegs (Photo: USFWS)Br-r-r it was cold for our 30th Annual Cowlitz Columbia Christmas Bird Count, but there was no wind or rain (What a difference that makes!).

19 field observers and 4 feeder watchers enjoyed discovering 100 Species and 14,528 individual birds. We also had 6 additional species, we managed to miss on count day, reported within the count week,. The temperature ranged from 19° to 37°. We had a scrumptious potluck afterwards.

Thank you to all that helped.

We had a large number of all-time high counts - they are marked by HC. Low counts are marked with a LC. Seen in count week = CW.  NC = Means new to our count.

Plan now for the 31th Annual 3CBC on January 1, 2012. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Here is the list of 1/1/2011 sightings:

Read more: Cowlitz Columbia CBC Results

Leadbetter CBC Results

White-throated Sparrow (Photo: Dr. Thomas G. Barnes/USFWS)Update: Some photos added.
For the Leadbetter Point Christmas Bird Count (CBC), on December 18, 2010, we noted 100 species, plus three species for Count Week.  Number of individuals: 36,784.  Temps: low 34F, high 44F.  Winds: generally brisk (5 to 10 mph) and often to at least 20 mph. Cloud cover 90% to 100%, rain about 60% of the day; some periods without rain, but at times Some 2011 Participants (Photo: L. Brandt)heavy gusts and rainfall, and a few blasts of sleet and hail; 0.9 inches total precipitation.  Wind and rain hampered views of water birds, and significantly decreased our ability to detect passerines.  At least it wasn't raining all the time!

Our number of participants, 40 (36 field observers, divided among 5 sectors; plus 4 at feeders), was the highest

Read more: Leadbetter CBC Results

A Fascinating Hunting Behavior

Andrew Emlen of Skomokawa observed a fascinating behavior last December.  Here are the details as described by Andrew: A female Northern Harrier landed on a duck (possibly a wigeon, of which there were others nearby) in the pond opposite Hornstra Beach in the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge. The Harrier was belly-deep in the water as the duck struggled.

Read more: A Fascinating Hunting Behavior

2009 Christmas Bird Count Results from Leadbetter Point

Golden-crowned Sparrow (U.S. FWS)For the Leadbetter Point Christmas Bird Count (CBC), on December 19, 2009, we noted 91 species, including one species new and another species with the highest number during our 35+ years of doing the Count.

Number of individuals: 29,508.  Temps: low 38F, high 54F.  Winds: 0 to 10 mph. Cloud cover 90% to 100%, light rain or mist at nearly all times, 95% of day, 0.5 inches total.  Low fog hampered views of water birds, and shortened visibility significantly.  At least the wind wasn't blowing!  Many very low counts or groups of species missing which are noted nearly every year: scoters, loons, grebes, cormorants, finches.

Our number of participants, 37, was the highest ever for our count. Our CBC circle

Read more: 2009 Christmas Bird Count Results from Leadbetter Point

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