Millport Slough birding

Our mission is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds,
other wildlife, and habitats found on the Central Oregon Coast.

IN THE NEWS

LOCAL

Naturalist Presentation ~ OSU Extension Lincoln County (Newport) ~ Thursday, January 17th 7:00pm Let's welcome the New Year by featuring YOUR favorite photographs from 2018. More info...

Bird Watching Clinic ~ Siletz Bay: The Bayhouse Restaurant to Fleet Street in Cutler City ~ Friday January 18th 9-11am Siletz Bay is home to thousands of waterfowl during winter months. We will scan the bay from the parking lot and watch for small birds in the edge trees. From there we will walk Fleet Street to the south edge of Cutler City looking for wintering songbirds. More info...

Yaquina Birders and Naturalists Guided Walk ~ Lower Yaquina Bay ~ Saturday, January 19th 9:30-11am Join Rachel and Steve Holzman to search for ducks, sparrows, and maybe a lingering Northern Shrike at the LNG Facility near Sally's Bend. More info...

REGIONAL

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 from the OBOL (Oregon Birders Online).

If you are interested in signing up to receive Oregon bird sightings reported to OBOL, click here.

eBird includes reports of birds seen locally and around the world. For recent reports and places to bird in Lincoln County, click here. For Tillamook County, click here.

Want to know the status of bird migrations? Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

NATIONAL

Did you know that, in a legal opinion issued December 2017, the current administration abruptly reversed decades of government policy on the implementation and enforcement of the Migratory Birds Treaty Act (MBTA)?

Oregon has joined seven other states challenging attempts to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the MBTA. Read about the states' challenge and National Audubon's efforts at www.audubon.org/news/ ...

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

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

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

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
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

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

It's a Wrap - 2018 Christmas Bird Count Report

All three of our local Christmas Bird Counts are in the books. Considered the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world and led by the National Audubon Society, Christmas Bird Count results provide critical data on bird population trends. Volunteers braved our coastal winter weather to tally as many species and individual birds as they could from sunup to sundown in three locations: Tillamook Bay, Lincoln City, and Yaquina Bay. You can't beat the field hardiness of birders on the CBC!

Christmas Bird Count gathering
After every CBC comes the Countdown!

Tillamook Bay CBC

Tillamook Bay count participants celebrated its 55th consecutive year on Saturday, December 15th. Compiler James Billstine divided the 15 mile diameter circle into ten sectors, assigning teams of volunteers to cover each. We wrapped up the day with a countdown gathering at Parkside Restaurant in Garibaldi.

Birding with the cows in Tillamook
Early morning birding in Tillamook

Lincoln City CBC

The sixth annual Lincoln City count, held on Sunday, December 16th, started with an early breakfast at Sambo's Restaurant in Lincoln City. 38 field participants on nine teams covered the 15-mile diameter circle, with 5 more people contributing backyard feeder counts. Participants gathered at Connie Hansen Tea Room for the countdown party, where we enjoyed hot chili, desserts, and beverages provided by Lincoln City Audubon members. Prizes included:

Most Birds: Sector 3 (Devil's Lake) tallied 67 species for the day.
Best Bird: Sector 4 team for what we later learned was a Melanistic Mutant Pheasant. Unfortunately, this is a bird that is usually raised on game farms and cannot be counted as a wild bird. But it was a beautiful bird (see photo).
Oddest Bird: Sector 1 team won this prize for a lone Western Sandpiper seen at Camp Westwind.
Distance Traveled was won by Madie Cowen who was visiting from southern California.
Best Story prize was captured by Sector 2 North, who narrowly missed a falling tree when hiking up The Knoll.

We tallied a total of 121 species, including three BARRED OWLS, each seen by a different team. WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, BLACK PHOEBE, and a flock of 20 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were also special finds on the day.

Melanistic Mutant Pheasant
Melanistic Mutant Pheasant found on a ridge off of NF 1726 east of Lincoln City

Barred Owl at Devil's Lake SP Campground
Barred Owl at Devil's Lake SP Campground

Yaquina Bay CBC

Almost 50 volunteers participated in the 46th Yaquina Bay CBC on Saturday, December 30th, including 37 birders on field teams and 12 more conducting feeder/yard counts. Preliminary tally sits at 141 species for the day! Rain was intermittent but overall the weather was in our favor and teams spent their time outside until the last light of the day.

Highlights of the day included MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and NORTHERN SHRIKE. Other species of note were RED CROSSBILL, PALM WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW, SORA (2 different ones), MARBLED GODWIT, and SNOW BUNTING.

We wrapped up the day with hot chili and desserts provided by Yaquina Birders and Naturalists volunteers.

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