photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle
Saturday, October 11th, 9-11am ~ join ASLC field leader Mark Elliott for birding at Whalen Island and Clay Myers State Park Natural Area. Clay Myers Natural Area at Whalen Island is a birding hot spot. Our birding experts say that Whalen Island is THE place for October coastal birding! Beginning birders are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for those who don’t have their own, and carpooling is usually an option.
Directions: from the south - from Lincoln City travel north on Hwy 101 about 15 miles to Pacific City turnoff. Turn left and travel about 2.8 miles to a stop sign with a Shell station on right. Turn left, travel over bridge and turn right onto Cape Kiwanda Dr. Passing the Pelican Pub on lefthand side, travel about 4.6 additional miles to launch site. You’ll come to a 4-way stop. Continue north to and through Tierra del Mar. About 1.5 miles after Tierra del Mar, you will turn left at brown sign reading “Whalen Island Clay Myers.” Park in parking lot next to restrooms. From the North: In Tillamook, travel about 10.5 miles south on Hwy 101 to the turn off. Turn right onto Sand Lake Rd toward Cape Kiwanda/Pacific City and travel an additional 4.3 miles to a stop sign. At the stop sign, turn left towards Pacific City/Sand Lake and travel 3.4 miles to brown sign reading “Whalen Island / Clay Myers.” Turn right and park in the parking lot next to restrooms. If you pass through Tierra del Mar, you have gone too far! Have questions? Call 541-992-9720.
Tuesday, October 14, 5:00pm ~ (ASLC) Board Meeting in Aces at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Open to the public.
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MPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching,
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
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320
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!
• 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
• 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)
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!