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Midwinter Survey Turns up 26 Eagles

By Darrel Whipple

Looking for a little white dot on a forested hillside...

Pretty soon you get good at that, especially if you are lucky to be counting eagles with Steve Hemenway of Castle Rock.

Steve and I conducted WHAS's Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey on Monday, February 5, 2018, from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. The survey covers two latitude-longitude blocks along the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers, originally assigned to WHAS as part of a nationwide study of eagle populations that ran from 1979 to 1989, coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation.

But, what the heck! Why quit a perfectly good survey? Right?

So, here I am with my umpteenth Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey on the same .............. 120-mile vehicle route, which basically covers the territory between Longview and the I-5 bridge over the Cowlitz in the morning, and the area from the Port of Kalama to Longview in the afternoon.

Despite the lackluster smelt run that is just barely waking up the sea lions on the docks at Astoria, and not yet appearing in the Cowlitz, we sighted a survey record of 26 Bald Eagles. We had 21 adults and five sub-adults. (The north block yielded 17 eagles and the south block had nine.)

That's a welcome result considering that our 1979 survey turned up just one eagle -- one adult near the I-5 bridge over the Cowlitz.

In addition to the 26 eagles, we checked off 43 other bird species, including 12 Red-tailed Hawks, a Cooper's Hawk, Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Western Meadowlark and Horned Grebe. We found only one Great Blue Heron: what's up with that?

Spring 2018 Whistler is online

The Spring 2018 Whistler is available now.

 

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Read more of its content: 

  • Annual Banquet Set for March 23
  • Program: Up in the Wild Gifford Pinchot: Butterflies, Bigfoot, and What We Leave Behind with Robert Michael Pyle
  • 2018 Election for WHAS Board of Directors
  • Membership Form
  • NW Birding Events
  • Christmas Bird Count Results
  • Conservation Update
  • WHAS Celebrates One Year with the Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Report on Climate Lobby Day
  • Midwinter Survey turns up 26 Eagles
  • Prevent Mining at Mount St. Helens
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

 

Winter 2017 Whistler is online

The Winter 2017 Whistler is available now.

 

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Read more of its content: 

  • Darrel Whipple Given Top Conservation Award
  • Membership Form
  • NW Birding Events
  • Local Christmas Bird Count (CBC) times and locations
  • Conservation Update
  • Vaux Swifts in Rainier Oregon
  • New Birding Website for Long Beach Peninsula
  • WHAS Officer Nominations 2018
  • Update on Natural Resource Center Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Pollution into the Green River
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

Video of Vaux's Swifts in Rainier Oregon

Below is a video of Vaux's Swifts going into the Chimney at Carpet One in Rainier, Oregon.  The short film was taken on September 1st by Juni Roberts. More information is available here

 

 

Fall 2017 Whistler is online

The Fall 2017 Whistler is available now.

 

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Read more of its content: 

  • Long Island Field Trip Enjoyed Beautiful Day
  • Christmas Bird Counts 2017 dates
  • The Okanogan in June
  • Help map monarchs and milkweed you see
  • Milkweed in SW Washington and NW Oregon
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? Musings on the Breeding Bird Survey
  • Action Alert:  Stop the Mount St. Helens Mine
  • Watching the eclipse projected onto an easel through my spotting scope
  • Update: Marbled Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy
  • Talking Points for a Letter to the U.S. Forest Service
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

 

Vaux's Swifts migration is on!

The Carpet One Chimney in Rainier, OR is busy with Vaux's Swifts every night. Sunday night Linda Jennings counted 521. Check it out, best place to watch is from the steps of the city hall.

Date -- Sunday, August 27, 2017
Observer -- Linda Jennings
Site location -- Rainier Carpet One
Observation Start Time -- 7:30:00 PM
Observation End Time -- 8:38:00 PM
First Sighting: Time -- 7:32:00 PM
First Bird In: 8:16:00 PM
Last Bird In: 8:26:00 PM

Time of Sunset -- 7:59:00 PM

TOTAL COUNT -- 521

Summer 2017 Whistler is online

The Summer 2017 Whistler is available now.

 

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Read more of its content: 

  • WHAS Summer Picnic Invitation
  • Board Notes
  • Membership Form
  • NW Birding Events
  • Brown Canyon Field Trip Report
  • Puget Sound's Great blue herons provide summertime watching
  • New WHSRN Site dedicated at Willapa Bay, Washington
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

 

 

 

 

Some Birds seen on the Oregon Coast

Townsend's Warbler by Dane Osis
Townsend's Warbler by Dane Osis

This year-round bird was found during a morning bird walk at Fort Stevens State Park on the north Oregon Coast.

Whimbrel by John Green
Whimbrel by John Green

Two Whimbrels were seen on the beach at Gearhart.  This is a sure sign that the spring shorebird migration is about to begin.

Snowy Plovers by Dane Osis
Snowy Plovers by Dane Osis

This pair of snowy plovers may be anticipating nesting on the Geahart Spit at the mouth of the Necanicum River.  The banded bird is the male. These birds have been observed at this location since last December.

White-crowned Sparrow by John Green
White-crowned Sparrow by John Green

This White-crowned Sparrow is establishing its territory and hoping to attract a mate with his song.

 

Tundra Swans and Canvasback Ducks near Svensen OR

Tundra Swans - Image John Green

These photos were taken on March 4, 2017 near Svensen, Oregon, a small community off OR30 and show an abundance of Tundra Swans and Canvasback ducks.  The quiet of the morning allowed John and Margaret Green to hear the lovely sounds of the swans feeding.  They saw a plethora of waterfowl including Snow Geese and Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal.  A few Greater Yellow Legs searched for breakfast.  Eagles were in the tree tops.

Tundra Swans and Canvasback Ducks - Image John Green

 

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