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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
IN THE NEWS:

LOCAL

Saturday, July 8,  9-11am - Buell County Park and Mill Creek Park in Polk County. Enjoy a hot day along beautiful Mill Creek while looking for flycatchers, warblers, birds of prey and possibly a Western Tanager.  Located 35 miles east of Lincoln City off Hwy 22, turn left at Mill Creek Road. In a half mile turn right into Buell County Park. No prior birding experience is required and binoculars and guidebooks will be provided. Call 541-992-9720 if more information is needed.

REGIONAL

Catch up what's happening at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by clicking here.

JIGSAW PUZZLE ENTHUSIASTS
For those who enjoy playing with jigsaw puzzles, we've got a fun one for you to tackle this month. Good luck!!

Click here to read Klamath Basin Audubon Society's newsletter, The Grebe.

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.

NATIONAL

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

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

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


photo © ernie rose- great horned owl

Osprey, Osprey hovering high
Like a 'copter in the sky
Diving, diving, oh so fast!
Here comes dinner. Yum, at last.

Written by Patty Sorensen

Well, so much for my literary talent. 
Maybe I’ll stick to researching birds I love.
 

osprey

This month it is the remarkable OSPREY which builds nests in various locations around towns. An easy nest to view is in the ballfield right next to the Lincoln City Dairy Queen and Community Center. This is one of four birders have noted in the area. They prefer high, stable locations near or in sight of a body of water which provides access to fish.  The majority of their food source is fish. They are quite adaptable to urban settings as seen at this site. Games of baseball take place day and night and the osprey seem to ignore it all.

It is hard to imagine how such a large raptor can fish. They are more than 24 inches in length with a wingspan of 71 inches. That is just short of 6 feet! Their keen eyesight allows them to locate fish swimming below them. To catch them, they hover above until the perfect moment then they dive very fast into the water and quickly reappear. They can dive up to about 3 feet down! Sometimes the fish appears to be too large to swallow but these birds are masters at getting them in their talons tightly to take back to their nests.  They have actually adapted so they can put two talons in front of the fish and one behind which allows them to hold on securely! AND, they carry their prey with their heads in front for a more aerodynamic flight.  Remarkable!

The female of this species is noticeably larger than the male. Their light underside color with brown wingtips, brown breast band, black face mask, bill, and legs make them easy to spot. Eagles, in contrast, are dark. You may actually see eagles trying to steal fish from them. Osprey have a hook type beak which allows them to tear up their prey, just like the eagles.

Ospreys usually mate for life. Five months of each year is spent rearing their young. The female lays up to 4 eggs which hatch in about 39 days. The babies then spend about 9 weeks growing and being served fish before they fledge from the nest. Next they spend time learning to catch their own fish and strengthening their wings before they migrate south for the winter. Ospreys are actually found on all of our continents but Antarctica.  Their lifespan is 7-10 years. 
Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website for live video cams, sounds, videos, etc.  Their call is quite distinctive and easy to recognize.   

ospsrey with fish