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Audubon Society of Corvallis

December 2004 VOL. 34 #4

available before and after the program to sign copies of the

General Meeting book.
December 16, Thursday, 7:30-9:00 PM Harry Nehls has been watching birds in the Willamette
Valley since 1949. He lectures and writes about birds for
Birds of the Willamette Valley Region the Audubon Society of Portland and serves as the Secre-
A presentation by Harry Nehls tary of the Oregon Records Committee. Harry is the com-
piler of the weekly Oregon rare bird report and is a subre-
Corvallis Public Library gional editor for American Birds. According to Nehls,
Beginning at 7:30 PM in the public meeting room of the “Over 800,000 people in the Willamette Valley area watch
Corvallis/Benton County Public Library, at Sixth and or feed birds. Here’s a compact guide to the local birds.
Monroe, in downtown Corvallis. As usual, the meeting will Bird watching is fun. It is easy to get started, inexpensive,
be preceded by a social period, with refreshments, begin- healthy and is a great way to enjoy nature.” This is Nehls’s
ning at 7:00. Note that the library’s parking garage is third book on birding.
locked at 9 PM.
The Willamette Valley Future Programs at General Meetings
region has to be one of the Jan 20 Paulo Boute, Brazilian nature guide. Birds
most beautiful parts of our of the Pantanal and Mato Grosso regions of
country. With a lush green Brazil.
valley with lots of ponds Feb 17 Katie Dugger, OSU faculty member. Either
and lakes surrounded by ev- her work on Adelie penguins in the Antarctic
ergreen forests, this area is (probably) or her studies of overwintering
blessed with an abundant warblers in Puerto Rico.
variety of bird life. Harry Mar 17 Bob Brister, Outreach Coordinator for the
Nehls, renowned Portland Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Wild
author and birding expert, Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness.
will provide a 35 minute Apr 21 Dave Mellinger, OSU faculty and Corvallis
slide show on the birds of Audubon member. Topic to be announced.
the Willamette Valley re- New book, May 19 Dick Bauer, local wildlife photographer. The
gion. Most of the photo- Birds of the Galapagos Islands.
graphs come from Harry’s Willamette Valley
new book, Birds of the Wil- Region
lamette Valley Region. Il- In This Issue:
lustrated with full page color photographs of the birds, this
pocket-sized book presents information on over 200 spe- Field trips 27
cies of birds seen in the area. It also provides helpful Corvallis Christmas Bird Count 27
information for beginning birders on attracting and feeding Brazil Birding trip offered 27
birds, binocular selection, finding and identifying birds, Conservation news 30
and local habitats. It is expected to be quite popular with Wildlife photos 31
beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Harry will be

Chat Editor Needed in Morro Bay Winter
Spring 2005 Bird Festival
The Chat issue of May, 2005 will be my last as editor. January 14-17, 2005
There is no other reason for this other than I feel it’s time MORRO BAY, CALIFORNIA — Migrate to one of the
for a change, I’ve been at it since the summer of 1998. I’m country’s pre-eminent birding spots and join the Morro
announcing this now to give us time to search for a replace- Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) for the 8th Annual Morro
ment. I hope there to be a couple months of transition for Bay Winter Bird Festival. Morro Bay — located on
the new editor so that I may show this person the ropes. California’s scenic Central Coast — is an important stop
I’ve taken on so many other ASC tasks beyond Chat on the Pacific Flyway, and is recognized worldwide for its
editing that I decided to actually do those other things more diversity of both resident and wintering birds. At last
properly. Publicity functions, bird classes and field trip year’s festival, 213 species of birds were identified!
leading will quickly occupy the time vacuum left by drop- The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is sponsored by
ping The Chat editing. MCAS and gives you the chance to join local and national
It has been rewarding. The Chat is the hub of all ASC birding experts on a variety of field trips and workshops.
activity. As editor, I have been privy to all the goings on Field trip group sizes are limited to maximize spotting and
regarding local conservation, field trips, programs. I have identification opportunities. The Festival also offers work-
had regular relationships with other Oregon Audubon chap- shops aimed at sharpening your birding skills, as well as
ter members, Audubon members in other states, National evening programs with outstanding speakers.
Audubon and local conservation groups. The Chat editor is For more information about the Festival, check out
a vital role in the community and lead me to many connec- our website at, where you can
tions, friendships and has looked very good on my resumé. request that your name be added to the mailing list for our
2005 brochure, due out in October. Registration deadline is
Here is an outline for the tasks in which December 31, 2004 and early sign-ups are encouraged as
the editor is responsible: the most popular events fill up quickly.
1-year commitment with option to renew
Duration: May 2005 - May 2006 (training can start a
month or two in advance)
Approx. 2 hours a week Northern Flicker
Basic responsibilities Red-shafted Flicker
• There are 10 issues, September through May, which This subspecies of the Northern Flicker is found in
require timely deadlines Oregon and
• The summer issue comes out at the editor’s discre- throughout the west.
• Collect articles (almost all by e-mail), photos and It is characterized by
artwork submitted by Audubon members or other salmon-colored
members of the community underwings and a
• The editor is not required to write articles (unless by red mustache
choice). Most articles end up coming from ASC stripe, labelled
board members or committee chairs here.

Secondary responsibilities
(most are delegated to other volunteers) Yellow-Shafted Flicker
• Proof reading This subspecies is
• Layout of text, photos and artwork rarely found in
• Submission of art to the printing company Oregon.
• Submission of Chat articles to the ASC Web master
• Submission of the electronic form of The Chat It has yellow
• Fran Gates leads the work party who prepares The underwings, a red
Chat for mailing nape and a black
mustache stripe
Don Boucher, 753-7689,

Field Trip Schedule Brazil Trip Offered
Dec 11 Saturday local morning birding 7:30 AM Paulo Boute ( will be
Dec 12 Avery Park, 4-5 PM leading a two-week birding trip next September for Corval-
Jan 8 Saturday local morning birding 7:30 AM lis Audubon, covering some of the most diverse habitat in
Jan 9 Willamette Park, 4-5 PM the world—the Pantanal and Mato Grosso of Brazil. Date
Feb 12 Saturday local morning birding 7:30 AM are tentatively set for September 18, 2005. Paulo will be the
Feb 13 Jackson-Frazier Wetland, 4-5 PM speaker at the January meeting, January 20, 2005. For
those who are considering the trip, this is an excellent
Sunday Afternoon Field Trips opportunity to learn more.
in Corvallis Paulo is looking for a group of at least ten, and at
Local, one-hour trips just before sunset when bird activity present about a dozen have expressed interest or are plan-
is high. Ideal for non-morning people who want to get out ning to go. We have had a few dropouts, so there may well
birding. Corvallis parks and other spots have great birds. be room. A maximum trip size has not yet been determined.
Bring binoculars and rain gear. Leader: Don Boucher For more information, contact Chris Mathews, 754-1172,
(753-7689, or

Dec 12 Avery Park, 4-5 PM, meet at the Rose

Jan 9 Willamette Park, 4-5 PM, meet at the Christmas Bird Count
Goodnight Ave. Picnic Shelter Corvallis: Tuesday, December 21
Feb 13 Jackson-Frazier Wetland, 4-5 PM. In Everybody is invited to join us for the 43rd Corvallis
northeast Corvallis, take Conifer Blvd. and Christmas Bird Count. Whether you are a beginner or
go north on Lancaster Street. The Parking experienced CBCer, every set of eyes and ears is needed to
lot is at the end of Lancaster St. help tally all the birds within a 7.5 mile radius of the
Corvallis airport. The Christmas Bird Count is an orga-
Second Saturday Field Trips nized, continent-wide, survey that documents every bird
Each month on the second Saturday, I lead a morning field seen on a given day from sunrise to sunset. Since the turn of
trip. The next one will be on December 11. We meet at the 20th century, the Christmas Bird Count has contributed
Avery Park Rose garden parking area at 7:30 AM to to the knowledge base of wintering birds in North America.
carpool. This field trip is helpful for beginners and new This has aided conservation efforts as well as documented
birders to Oregon. Depending on the habitat season, we good bird watching sites.
rotate these trips locally in the Willamette Valley. The count is an all-day event open to anyone wishing to
participate. This is an excellent opportunity for novice bird
Spring Trips 2005 watchers to join with seasoned veterans and learn more
In the spring of 2005 we have four weekend trips planned: about identifying and finding the local avifauna. Half-day
participants and home feeder-watchers are also welcome.
Mar18-20 Bandon coast Participants need to pay a fee of $5.00 to cover National
Apr 15-17 Klamath Basin Audubon’s costs of printing the results. As in the past, the
May 6-8, Rogue Valley - with a Special Shakespeare Corvallis count circle will be divided into 13 units, with a
play “Millionaire of Naples” team of 3-6 individuals assigned to each section. Team
May 19-22 Malheur NWR leaders for each section will make arrangements with the
rest of the group for a meeting place and time (usually
The Rogue Valley and Malheur trips require a $50 deposit between 7:00 and 7:30 AM) the morning of the count.
by February 28, 2005 payable to Fred Ramsey 3550 NW Participants should bring cold- and wet-weather gear, bin-
Glen Ridge Pl Corvallis OR 97330. oculars and snacks for the day. A notepad and pencil, field
Contact Paula Vanderheul via email guides and a thermos with something hot are always good
or phone 541-752-0470 for the details of the weekend trips ideas as well.
and sign-up. If you are interested in participating or would like
further information, please contact me at 752-4313 or e-
mail me at
-Marcia Cutler

Field Notes: Randy Campbell saw eight Common Loons, about 24 Horned
Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe, an Eared Grebe and five Western
October 25 through November 22, 2004 Grebes on Foster Reservoir 26 Oct. A Western Grebe showed up on
Due to some looming deadlines I seldom got outside this month, the Willamette River at Randy’s house in Peoria 28 Oct. At the Philomath
but from my office window it looked like typical November weather in sewage ponds, 2 to 3 Horned Grebes were present 28-31 Oct, and 3 to
the Willamette Valley: rain and drizzle alternating with a few bright 5 Eared Grebes 27-31 Oct (N Strycker; J Fontaine; T Snetsinger), with
days early in the period, followed by chilly, foggy weather and several two still there 8 Nov (N Strycker). An Eared Grebe was at the Halsey
hard frosts toward the end of the period. sewage ponds 31 Oct, and five were there 7 Nov (R Campbell). The
Atop Mary’s Peak the weather was reportedly even chillier and Pied-billed Grebe count on Stewart Lake peaked with four there 25
foggier, but that didn’t stop intrepid birdwatchers from enjoying a Oct; a Double-crested Cormorant visited the lake 16 Nov (J Simmons).
remarkable suite of “alpine” or “arctic” birds which are rare to our area, A Green Heron was at Mennonite Village in Albany 18 Nov (D
including Clark’s Nutcrackers, Snow Buntings, and Gray-crowned Miller); this species winters only sparsely in our area. Two Great
Rosy-Finches. Egrets were at Willamette Landing in south Corvallis 26 Oct (Leslie
Abbreviations & Locations: NWR = National Wildlife Refuge;. Dyal). Two Cattle Egrets turned up at Mike Lippsmeyer’s place in se
Baskett Slough (NWR) is near Dallas in Polk Co. Finley NWR is south Polk Co. 10-11 Nov (fide Paul Adamus), a rare sighting for the valley.
of Corvallis. Pioneer Villa is along I-5 near Brownsville. Stewart Lake is Steve Seibel has been seeing White-tailed Kites regularly at the
on the Hewlett-Packard campus in north Corvallis. prairie overlook at Finley, with a peak count of 11 there on 4 Nov. Steve
noticed that the kites take wing and fly west about 45 minutes before
Sightings: sunset every evening. On 27 Nov he found five kites roosting in treetops
On 26 Oct Darrel Faxon noticed flocks of Greater White-fronted along a ridge 3 miles due west of the prairie overlook. Rana Foster saw
Geese flying over his farm on Thornton Creek, in the Coast Range of a pair kiting along the Alsea River near Clements Park 21 Nov.
eastern Lincoln Co. He notes this was very unusual, both for the late Two Bald Eagles flew low over Jamie Simmons’ neighborhood in
date, and for the fact that these geese were all flying north-northeast. nw Corvallis 26 Oct. Two adults were hanging around a nest on the north
A banded juvenile Snow Goose and an adult Ross’s Goose were side of Finley 19 Nov, and two or more of various ages were frequenting
with large flocks of Dusky Canada Geese and Cackling Geese at Peterson Butte in Linn Co. from 20 Nov onward (S Seibel).
Finley 11 Nov and again on 18 Nov; a Greater White-fronted Goose A Sharp-shinned Hawk spent mid-Oct harassing birds at Susan
and 21 Tundra Swans were also there on 11 Nov (Noah Strycker, Nate Holling’s feeder North Albany. Two(a male and a female) made regular
Richardson). I saw six Trumpeter Swans along De Armond Rd. in SE raids at Leslie Dyal’s feeders in Willamette Landing through late Oct,
Polk Co. preying on the goldfinches and House Finches. Leslie wishes they
Wood Ducks were notably absent from Stewart Lake this month would develop more of a taste for House Sparrows, but notes it’s
(Jamie Simmons), while 30 gathered at the Monroe sewage ponds by 19 remarkable to see them visiting this new neighborhood with few trees.
Nov (N Strycker). A male Gadwall was at Stewart Lake 19 Nov (J A Cooper’s Hawk staked out Don & Elizabeth MacDonald’s yard
Simmons). American Wigeons and Northern Shovelers were regular in n. Corvallis 20 Nov by perching in a cherry tree, but eventually tired of
there throughout the period, with high counts of 14 and 15, respectively waiting for the juncos and sparrows to return. Don saw an adult Red-
(J Simmons). shouldered Hawk along the path through the Witham Oaks area 9 Nov;
Noah Strycker saw quite an assortment of ducks at the Philomath later in the day he and Elizabeth saw the bird perched near the LDS
sewage ponds 27 Oct, including a Gadwall, American Wigeons, church along Harrison Blvd. They saw the bird in the same area again 20
Mallards, 200 Northern Shovelers, 2 Northern Pintails, a Green- Nov.
winged Teal, 2 Redheads, 50 Ring-necked Ducks, 20 Lesser Scaup, An albinistic Red-tailed Hawk, with several pure-white flight
10 Buffleheads, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. The most unusual duck that feathers in each wing, was under attack by a female American Kestrel
Noah saw there was a female-plumaged Surf Scoter, which remained 1.9 miles s of Monroe 10 Nov (S Seibel). A possible immature light-
for the next day but left by 29 Oct (Joe Fontaine; Tom Snetsinger). morph Ferruginous Hawk was north of the Finley entrance 17 Nov
A Canvasback was at the Philomath sewage ponds 28-29 Oct (J (Arch McCallum).
Fontaine; T Snetsinger). A pair were at Stewart Lake 1 Nov, and 1 to 2 A Rough-legged Hawk was north of Blueberry Rd 29 Oct (R
were noted intermittently through then end of the period (J Simmons). Campbell), and two were in the same area 9 Nov (Jeff Fleischer, R
The Ring-necked Duck flock on Stewart Lake reached a high Campbell). One was at the prairie overlook at Finley 30 Oct (S Seibel)
count of 100 on 26 Oct (J Simmons). About a dozen Lesser Scaup were and again 18 Nov (N Strycker). I saw another along De Armond Rd. in n.
at Foster Reservoir 26 Oct (Randy Campbell). An imm. female showed Benton Co. 17 Nov. Steve Seibel comments that numbers of this species
up at Stewart Lake 1 Nov, followed by a male 8 Nov and two males 17 seem lower than usual, so far this fall.
Nov (J Simmons). A Greater Scaup was at the Philomath sewage ponds Merlin sightings around Corvallis included one near Lewisburg
28 Oct (J Fontaine). 26 Oct (P Adamus), one at Bald Hill Park 31 Oct (Bill Proebsting), a
A female Harlequin Duck at the Philomath sewage ponds 28 Oct dark bird in sw Corvallis 3 Nov (Hendrik Herlyn), one in nw Corvallis
(J Fontaine) was the first or second record in Benton County, despite that 13 Nov and a female “Taiga” type on the HP campus 17 Nov (J
this species nests on streams in the Cascades and winters on the coast. Simmons).
Two Surf Scoters were above Sweet Home 26 Oct, one on Foster Ilene Samowitz reported a gray-morph Gyrfalcon along Coville
Reservoir and one just below the dam (R Campbell). A female Buffle- Rd at Baskett Slough NWR 12 Nov. A Peregrine Falcon at the prairie
head seen by Jim Anderson 28 Oct was the first one noted at Stewart overlook at Finley 30 Oct harassed two of the kites, and another soared
Lake this fall (fide J Simmons). over sw. Corvallis 29 Oct (S Seibel). Both an adult and a juvenile were
About a dozen Barrow’s Goldeneyes were just below Foster Dam near Peoria 13 Nov (Randy and Mary Campbell).
26 Oct, and a female was at the Halsey sewage ponds 7 Nov (R 500 Sandhill Cranes flew s. over Bill and Sarah Thackaberry’s
Campbell). Don Miller noted Hooded Mergansers in Adair Park 19 farm n. of Lebanon 27 Oct. 18 more flew s. over Pat Waldron’s place e.
Nov. of Scio 31 Oct.
On 18 Nov I saw a Ruffed Grouse fly off the trail through the woods Randy Campbell saw 14 Black-bellied Plovers in a plowed field
at Luckiamute Landing. Noah Strycker, Nate Richardson, and Rasmus along Blueberry Rd 29 Oct, three at Halsey sewage ponds 31 Oct, and 74
Haahr had a similar view of a Blue Grouse on Mary’s Peak 28 Oct. along American Drive 21 Nov, in what seems to be a good season for

these birds in Linn Co. Randy also saw a Greater Yellowlegs, a few crowned Sparrows, and several White-throated Sparrows. Three
Least Sandpipers, about 90 Dunlin, and 30 dowitchers at the Pioneer White-throated Sparrows were in Peoria 28 Oct (R Campbell), and at
Villa sewage ponds 26 Oct. least 3 visited Jamie Simmons’ nw Corvallis yard throughout the period.
Mourning Doves seem to disappear from our area, but sometimes A Lapland Longspur joined the Horned Larks and pipits at
large flocks can be found in bottom lands. On 18 Nov, on one of my rare Creek Dr x Harmon Rd near Halsey 4 Nov (N Strycker, N Richardson).
forays out of the office, I encountered at least 40 feeding in brushy swales Sylvia Maulding and Paul Sherrell found two Snow Buntings atop
along the path through the woods at Luckimute Landing. Mary’s Peak 29 Oct. At least one was seen regularly by many observers
Leslie Dyal was hearing a Barn Owl regularly at Willamette through 21 Nov. A flock of nine Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were on
Landing as of 1 Nov. Mike Lippsmeyer had a remarkable concentration Mary’s Peak 28 Oct (N Strycker, R Haahr, N Richardson); smaller
of eight milling about over his barn in se. Polk Co. 22 Nov. A Northern numbers were seen regularly by many observers through 21 Nov. In the
Pygmy-Owl on Mary’s Peak gets honors as our most-reported owl this Cascades, a flock of 8 White-winged Crossbills were at Cone Peak in
month, being observed by many birders who went looking for alpine the 13 Nov (R & M Campbell).
vagrants. Single Short-eared Owls were seen along Blueberry Rd. 29 At 10 PM on 9 Nov, Barbara Thompson heard a tapping on the
Oct, 4 & 9 Nov (R Campbell; N Strycker). door. When the Thompsons opened the door, in flew a Pine Siskin. As it
The count of Burrowing Owls wintering in the Peoria-Halsey area was dark they let the bird spend the night in a spare room, and released
reached four by 5 Nov, including birds along Blueberry, Fayetteville, it outside in the morning. It flew off and seemed to be OK. However,
Potter, and Creek roads (R Campbell). On 25 Nov Deb Savageau found observing the bird’s lethargic behavior later in the day, Barbara believes
a dead female Burrowing Owl along Smith Rd. in Linn Co., which it was sick.
appeared to have been shot. A few days later, Randy Campbell found a Pam Vorachek had an unusual white bird with black primaries
dead Barn Owl along the same road with what may have been a gunshot show up with a flock of Pine Siskins in late Nov. The bird flocks with
wound. the siskins and is the same size and shape, so Pam thinks it must be an
Jim Fairchild spotted a Lewis’s Woodpecker along Oak Creek Dr aberrant siskin — likely an albinistic bird.
20 Nov. Four Acorn Woodpeckers (adults and two young from this
year) continued at Stewart Lake; on 18 Nov HP birders determined that Coastal Notes
two are males and two area females (J Simmons). The Adair Park colony Wintering Brants began to arrive along the coast, as Phil Pickering
was still active as of 19 Nov (D Miller). saw 35 off Boiler Bay 15 Nov and 130 there 18 Nov.
A female Anna’s Hummingbird fed on Susan Holling’s late- Phil also saw a couple of very unusual sea ducks while counting
blooming pineapple sage in North Albany 22 Oct. A female visited Bill loon and scoter flocks during a sea-watch at Boiler Bay 18 Nov; he
and Lena Proebsting’s garden along Oak Creek 14 Nov. Andrea Foster described one as an obvious male Steller’s Eider, while the other was
has seen both a female and a male regularly, often “singing” from a pine likely a female King Eider.
in her Timberhill yard. Large numbers of the regular wintering loon and grebe species
A very late “Western” Flycatcher was in sw. Corvallis 5 Nov (H have now shown up in coastal waters, and large movements of shearwa-
Herlyn); Pacific-slope would be the expected species here in the breed- ters continued through the month.
ing season, but this time of year all bets are off, so a stray Cordilleran On 30 Oct, Tom Love spotted a Black-vented Shearwater among
Flycatcher must be considered equally likely. the more numerous Sooty Shearwaters and Short-tailed Shearwaters
A Say’s Phoebe was se. of Ward Butte in Linn Co. 27-28 Oct off Boiler Bay. A Manx Shearwater (possibly two, or else the same bird
(Marcia Cutler, Sylvia Maulding). A Loggerhead Shrike was east of seen flying southbound, then northbound) was off Boiler Bay 18 Nov (P
Ward Butte 26 Oct (R Campbell). Northern Shrikes were seen along Pickering).
Bruce Rd. 7 Nov (N Richardson fide N Strycker) and along Decker Rd. Brown Pelicans seem to be staying around in numbers again this
17 Nov (Diane Horgan, Jill Hubbard). fall. Amy Schoener saw six at Seal Rock 6 Nov, and also saw some at
Three Clark’s Nutcrackers were still atop Mary’s Peak 29 Oct (S Cape Blanco 17 Nov. 80 were headed north past Boiler Bay 20 Nov (P
Maulding, Paul Sherrell). One was there 31 Oct (N Strycker). On 5 Nov Pickering).
Andrea Foster watched over 200 American Crows fly west high over A Rock Sandpiper was at Seal Rock 21 Nov (T Shelmerdine).
the Timberhill area, presumably flying to roost. Southward movement of Red Phalaropes was still going strong off
About 50 Horned Larks were in the Halsey-Peoria area 4 Nov, Boiler Bay as of 18 Nov (P Pickering) A Tufted Puffin flew past
and two were on Mary’s Peak 11 Nov N Strycker, N Richardson). Yaquina Head 21 Nov (Dan & Anne Heyerly).
Sylvia Maulding came across a surprising Rock Wren in a junk Andrew Orahoske found a Tropical Kingbird at Otter Rock 24
pile along Manning Rd. near Ward Butte 28 Oct. A Winter Wren was Oct. A Palm Warbler was along the creek by the Hatfield Marine
heard at Stewart Lake 10 Nov, an unusual location (J Simmons). A Science Center parking lot 27 Oct (Mike Patterson); both a juvenile and
Marsh Wren was at the Philomath Sewage Ponds 8 Nov (N Strycker), adult were there 29 Oct (Steve Shunk, Dawn Grafe, Michele Michaud).
and one was at Luckiamute Landing 18 Nov. An American Dipper was At least one was still there 21 Nov (D & A Heyerly).
singing along the North Fork Alsea River 21 Nov (Tim Shelmerdine).
Two Western Bluebirds were at the Philomath Sewage Ponds 27 Next month
Oct (N Strycker). Two more bluebirds and a Hermit Thrush were in We can look forward to Christmas Bird Counts! Please send me
Lewisburg 26 Oct (P Adamus). Varied Thrushes continued to show up, your sightings for next month by Dec 27:
including one at Stewart Lake 31 Oct (J Simmons) and at least five in the
bottom lands at Luckiamute Landing 18 Nov. Joel Geier, 38566 Hwy 99W, Corvallis, OR 97330-9320
Five American Pipits were at the Philomath sewage ponds 27 Telephone: (541) 745-5821 or 745-5020
Oct, 150 were in fields near Peoria 4 Nov, and one flew over Mary’s e-mail:
Peak 11 Nov (N Strycker). Cedar Waxwings were last seen at Stewart
Lake 5 Nov (J Simmons). Male and female Townsend’s Warblers
visited Bill & Lena Proebsting’s yard along Oak Creek 6-7 Nov.
Ten Savannah Sparrows and a Lincoln’s Sparrow were at the
Philomath sewage ponds 27 Oct (N Strycker). The sparrow flock in Don
& Elizabeth MacDonald’s yard includes Fox Sparrows, Golden-

The Threat of Alaskan Wolves in Oregon
The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Department (ODF&W) de-
Arctic Drilling Ensues cided to extend the public comment period for their Wolf
The Arctic Wilderness campaign is working to keep the Management Plan. The draft plan, minority reports, and
coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge off-limits to oil and gas specific proposed administrative rule language may be
drilling. Between now and January 2005, when Congress found at the Oregon wolf main webpage,
reconvenes, the Bush Administration and drilling propo- wolves/main.htm . Comments should be received by Feb-
nents in Congress will increase their calls for allowing ruary 4, 2005 and may be submitted by mail to:
drilling in the coastal plain. Contact your Senators Ron
Wyden and Gordon Smith and urge them to oppose oil and ODFW Information and Education Division
gas drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National 3406 Cherry Avenue NE * Salem , OR 97303-4924
Wildlife Refuge. You can call the U.S. Capitol Switch- or Fax: 503-947-6009 , or by E-mail:
board at 202-224-3121, or contact them through their U.S.
Senate Web sites, and . Here’s a sample message you can
“Hi, my name is _____, and I’m calling from _______,
Oregon. I urge you to oppose oil and gas drilling in the Western Canada Goose
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I don’t want to see one of
America’s last wild places ruined for a minuscule amount Sightings:
of oil.” report black neck collars
My thesis project has to with finding out just how seden-
tary our Humboldt Bay breeding Canada geese are. The
Spotted Owl Doing Badly thesis title is Density dependent dispersal and mechanisms
No Change in Listing Status of molt migration in Western Canada Geese.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has decided to retain the Information to date suggests that approx. 20% of our
threatened listing for the northern spotted owl, even in the birds leave Humboldt Bay, California, moving as far as
face of falling populations and their displacement by barred Alberta and British Columbia. The majority of the dispers-
owls. A decreased rate of owl habitat loss on federal lands ers (79%) were less than 3 years of age (nonbreeders), but
was cited as a bit of good news, but the Service avoided entire families (parents and juveniles) have also been docu-
endangered uplistings in regions such as the Olympic Pen- mented in these movements. Many of these birds do not
insula and the Oregon Coast Range, where spotted owls are return. We are hoping to retrieve more information this
particularly imperiled. year. We will use program MARK to estimate probability
of movement and site fidelity.
We have been marking birds here in Arcata (Humboldt
Ominous Omnibus County, CA) with black neck bands (3 white letters) in the
The Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed out of Congress last 6 summers. Our population estimate last month was
with several harmful riders. These allow roadbuilding and (~2800 birds). The founders were originally transplanted
logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, and exempts here from Reno, NV between 1987-1998. Please report
the Tongass from the roadless rule. However, Gordon sightings to or call
Smith failed to have included his amendment to suspend 707.826.3582.
public involvement or judicial review of management ac-
tivities in the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project area. Thanks to Kevin Dawson
the many who contacted the Senate on this important Waterfowl Ecology Research Group
Oregon issue! Department of Wildlife
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521

Photos by Susan Brown
In early November, ASC members Todd and Susan Brown spent several days at the coast camping just south of the town
of Yachats. They encountered this Black Bear cub in a thick Spruce/Pine forest near the beach. Fortunately, the mother
wasn’t to be seen and they quickly moved on.

Suggested Bird Names for Bird Groups

A paddling of ducks A knee-slapper of laughing gulls
A Dan of quail A barber of redpolls
A cord of wood ducks A schnozzola of grosbeaks
A litter of catbirds A dash of bitterns
A string of kites A decoration of buntings
An asylum of loons An internet of chats
A rattle of kingfishers A zipper of flycatchers
A heraldry of kingbirds A road crew of shovelers
A Vatican of cardinals A fishing line of knots
A race of swifts A tank of petrel
A ball of waxwings A pantry of nightjars
A scoop of pelicans A crutch of limpkins
A gulp of swallows A stampede of cowbirds
A hanky of mourning doves A gallery of canvasbacks
A donkey of pintails
A splattering of starlings Submissions from Bob Burrell of North Carolina, Lisa
Millbank and Don Boucher

Contributors to The Chat

Harry Nehls, Paula Vanderheul, Joel Geier, Marcia Cutler,
Jim Fairchild, Susan Brown and Kevin Dawson
Chat Distribution: Fran Gates, Alberta Pierce, Eleanor
and Ken Kidd, Joan Siegienski and Joe Fontaine

Audubon Society of Corvallis Audubon Society of Corvallis Non-Profit Org P.O. Box 148 U. S. Postage
President: Susan Haig, 1646 NW Crest Pl., Corvallis, 97330,
Corvallis, OR 97339 PAID
753-5068, Permit No. 58
Vice President/Program Chair: Chris Mathews, 3336 SW RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Willamette Ave., Corvallis, 97333, 754-1172, Corvallis, OR
Treasurer: Judy Hays, 6920 NW Cardinal Dr., Corvallis, 97330,
Secretary/Field Trip Coordinator: Paula Vanderheul, 991 NW
Sequoia, Corvallis, 97330, 752-0470,
Historian: Marcia Cutler, 835 NW Merrie Dr., Corvallis, 97330, 752-

Board Members at Large

Hal Batchelder, 24566 Elderberry La., Philomath, 97370, 929-3537,
Renee Bellinger, 2492 SE Powell Pl., Corvallis, 97333, 752-1750,
Elise Elliott-Smith, 1163 NW Polk, Corvallis, 97330, 754-3906,
Karan Fairchild (Fund-raising), 31540 Homestead Rd., Philomath,
97370, 929-4049,
Bill Proebsting, 7350 NW Oak Creek Dr., Corvallis, 97330,
Claudia Regier (Refreshments), 1030 SW Sunset Dr., Corvallis,
97333, 753-0879 Audubon Society of Corvallis
Dave Mellinger (alternate), 3798 NW Jameson Dr., Corvallis, 97330,

Committees and Coordinators

Conservation Chair: Jim Fairchild, 31540 Homestead Rd.,
Philomath, 97370, 929-4049,
Newsletter Editor/Outreach: Don Boucher, 913 NW Tyler Ave.,
Corvallis, 97330, 753-7689,
Hesthavn: Sanctuary Chair Ray Drapek, 3273 SE Hathaway,
Corvallis, 97333, 754-7364,
Bluebird Trail Chair Elsie, Eltzroth, 6980 Cardinal Dr., Corvallis,
97330, 745-7806, Calendar
Refuge Keeper/Sales Table: Gary Gibson, 25071 Evergreen Rd., Dec 9 Board Meeting 7:30 PM at Marcia Cutler's home
Philomath, 97370, 929-3804, Dec 11 Saturday local morning birding 7:30 AM**
Wildlife Watch Chair: Elzy Eltzroth, 6980 Cardinal Dr., Corvallis,
97330, 745-7806,
Dec 12 Sunday afternoon birding 4-5 PM**
Education Chair: Kate Mathews, 3336 SW Willamette Ave., Dec 16 General Meeting 7:30 PM, Corv. Public Library
Corvallis, 97333, 754-1172, Harry Nehls, Birds of the Willamette Valley*
Electronic Communications: Sheridan McCarthy, 2807 NW Dec 21 Corvallis Christmas Bird Count (see page 27)
Morning Glory Dr., Corvallis, 97330, 602-1470, Dec 27 Field Notes deadline Dec 30 Chat deadline for January
Membership Chair Amy Schoener, 24362 Cardwell Hill Dr., Jan 8 Saturday local morning birding 7:30 AM**
Philomath, 97370, 929-4041, Jan 9 Sunday afternoon birding 4-5 PM**
Publicity Chair Bob Smythe, 2758 SW Fairmont Drive, Corvallis, Jan 13 Board Meeting 7:30 PM
97330, 757-6357,
Birdathon Chair: Mary Van Brocklin, Corvallis, 97330, 745-7170,
Jan 20 General Meeting 7:30 PM, Corv. Public Library Paulo Boute, Birding in Brazil*
Chat Distribution: Fran Gates, 2960 NW Bryant Street, Corvallis Jan 24 Field Notes deadline
OR 97330, 757-0036 Jan 27 Chat deadline for February
Chat Email Distribution: Joe Fontaine,
Field Notes Editor: Joel Geier, 38566 Hwy 99W, Corvallis, OR Everybody’s welcome, including nonmembers,
97330, 745-5821 or 745-5020, to any ASC function
* see front page
** see page 27 for field trip descriptions
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