Posted by: atowhee | December 10, 2022


There is at least one bird almost as old as I am…Wisdom the Laysan Albatross, Click here and wonder.

Lincoln City needs help on their Dec. 18 CBC. Click here for contact info on that and dozens of other upcoming counts in Oregon.\

More scouting today–big, mixed flock of sparrows in garden behind the Campbell’s snack factory–included a White-throated Sparrow. Area #1 almost always has lots of ducks and geese. Last year we had thirteen species of same, and Cacklers were our most numerous species at 2866. Blue Gill Lake also has hundreds of overnighting gulls so I have to arrive before dawn when they begin to scatter to their various dining venues. Starling remains our most numerous land bird–over 670 last year. Based on the one flock at Campbell’s today, that number will be easy to reach again. Hopefully we can revive our species count this year. 2019–72. 2020–65. 2022–63. Record for area–82 in 2017. Each annual area total has been above 60 since 2011.

Morning moon–that’s how this wet and windy Saturday began.

At dawn there were passing Glaucous-winged Gulls, off to their usual early breakfast.

A tiny fraction of the starlings outside the Campbell’s food plant:

Two young sparrows in Campbell plant’s garden; golden-crowned on left, white-crowned on right:

One sliver of the BUSHTIT flock in BUSH along Mill Creek, east of Hawthorn:

Mill Creek–full of water and trash:

Robin ‘s nest from last summer:

SALEM CBC AREA #1, Marion, Oregon, US
Dec 10, 2022
Checklist Comments:     Hawthorn between Mission and State
21 species

Cackling Goose  150
Canada Goose  3
Northern Shoveler  5
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  50
Green-winged Teal  20
Bufflehead  1
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck  1
American Coot  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Bushtit  20
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  300
Dark-eyed Junco  15
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Golden-crowned Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Spotted Towhee  1

Kansas has biggest oil spill of the week–click here.

Beavers moving into the tundra, click here.


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