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OUR MISSION: Encouraging residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the birds, wildlife and habitats found along the Central Oregon Coast
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Thursday, October 16, 7pm ~ Amelia O'Connor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife presents "Seabird Monitoring in Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve." During the past summer, Amelia and 19 volunteers monitored six different cormorant colonies and Sea Lion Caves in order to estimate breeding productivity for Brandt's, Pelagic, and Double-crested Cormorants and the abundance of breeding Pigeon Guillemots and Rhinoceros Auklets. The data from this citizen science project will contribute to a baseline for Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and provide an indicator for forage fish abundance within the reserve.  This 3rd Thursday of the month Yaquina Birders & Naturalists meeting starts at 7 PM at the Meeting Room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 North Coast Highway [HWY 101]) in north Newport.  Cost: free. Everyone is welcome!  For more info, call 541-265-2965.

Saturday, October 18, 9am ~ "Birding Field Trip at Siletz Bay." Dick Demarest and Mark Elliott will lead this Yaquina Birders and Naturalists field trip.  Meet at Mo's Restaurant (860 SW 51st Street) in the Taft District of Lincoln City.  Wintering birds are showing up in late October including ducks, geese, grebes and loons.  Gulls will be abundant and resident songbirds will be sought out in the brushy habitat around the bay.  Siletz Bay is also an excellent area to look for Bald Eagles.  The field trip is free and open to the public.  Dress or bring clothes for variable weather.  For more information call 541-961-1307.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 4, 6, 10, 13 ~ ASLC Birding Basics. You will learn how birds behave so it will be easier to find, watch, and identify the species you are seeing. Bird identification, adaptations, and habitat will be introduced. You will have access to bird guides and binoculars and will learn how to use them. The final day of class will be a field trip to identify birds in the area. The classes are held at OCCC, Room 208 in Lincoln City. Tuition: $25. Material Fee: $5, Paid to instructor at first class. Instructors: Caren Willoughby, Laura Doyle, Patty Sorensen, Mark Elliott.

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Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.

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MPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320

photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle
 

The 2014 Fall North American Migration Count (NAMC)
by Dawn V

The 2014 Fall North American Migration Count (NAMC) took place the weekend of September 20-21. Here in Lincoln County, we once again had a fantastic count! 
 
RESULTS:
• 125 species, 6 other taxa; plus 23 count week species
(4 from Golden Princess repositioning cruise)
• 3 field parties, plus the local Yaquina Bay field trip and a Newport
pelagic trip
• 5 field volunteers, plus 22 on the local field trip, and 30 from pelagic
• 4 feeder/yard counters (2 also did field counting)
    Note: Complete results are here.
 
Thanks to all of our volunteers: Brian Fowler (field counted just about the entire south county!), Patty and Rick Sorensen (Devil's Lake), Laimons Osis and Range Bayer (Laimons lead the Yaquina Bay field trip, Range got the results to me), Brandon Wagner and Bob Archer (both were on the Pelagic trip and assisted in getting the results to me), Jody Picconi and Karin Donoyan counted birds in their yards and feeders. Also thanks to the Golden Princess cruise ship birders (Judy Meredith especially) for 5 special count week species, and to my hubby for spending a tireless two days counting birds in two counties with me (he also bought me a special chest monopod so I could actually use my binoculars and count some birds ;o)

NAMCpixs
 
Some highlights from the Pelagic trip (as reported by Brandon Wagner):
-4 Shearwaters species (Sooty, Pink-footed, Bullers and Flesh-footed)
-Laysan and Black-footed Albatross
-a couple South-polar Skua
-a few Long-tailed Jaegers
-Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, Sabine's Gulls, Northern Fulmars...
 
Some highlights from land:
Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins and Brown Creepers reappeared, after being noticeably absent last year. We missed Black Scoters but picked up a pair of Harlequin Ducks. Our Peregrines were nowhere to be seen, but otherwise had decent raptor presence.  No Black Phoebes this time, but Brian did get two Scrub Jays (Jody also had them as count week). None of us found any Bushtits, but I've seen them everywhere since - but not until count week was officially over! Several found American Pipits (Brian's was the largest flock). 
 
My personal highlight - while walking in Cutler City Wetlands, a Pileated Woodpecker flew screaming through the treetops above us chasing two Eurasian Collared Doves. It lasted several minutes as they careered around the canopy in bright flashes of color and noise - what a treat!
 
I am hoping we can get more involvement next spring, and again next fall - bring in some more beginners, teaming them up with some more experienced birders to really make this a special fall and spring event. The Spring NAMC is always the second weekend in May, while the Fall count is always the third weekend in September. Everyone from beginner to expert is welcome to join the fun!
 
dawn v
Lincoln City/Nelscott
dvillabirds.blogspot.com
tillamookbirder.com