by Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers has been birding and compiling bird count records in Curry County for over 30 years. He regularly shares his observations with KAS members in the Bird Notes column of the Storm Petrel.
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Late Fall 2016-Early Winter 2017
Sept. 11 – Tim Rodenkirk spotted a rare Virginia’s Warbler at Pistol River.
Oct. 6 – Mick Bressler found 2 Pacific-golden Plovers and a Tropical Kingbird in Gold Beach.
Oct. 8 – Terry Wahl reports that the overwintering Northern Mockingbird has returned to downtown Langlois. A week later Jeff Gilligan found one at Valley Flora on Floras Creek.
Oct. 8 – Alan Contreras found 2 Tri-colored Blackbirds in the Gold Beach area.Oct. 10 – Mick Bressler located a Say’s Phoebe in the Gold Beach area.
Oct. 17 – Terry Wahl saw 2 Rough-legged Hawks on the family ranch in the Elk River estuary.
Oct. 19 – Todd Confer observed an Osprey at the 12th Street boat ramp in Port Orford.
Oct. 20 – Terry Wahl found an Indigo Bunting and a Chestnut-collared Longspur on the Wahl Elk River ranch.
Oct. 22 – Rick McKenzie and Tim Rodenkirk tallied approximately 20,000 Cackling Geese on the New River pasture lands.
Oct. 23 – Tim Palmer and Ann V. spotted a pair of Peregrine Falcons on the Port Orford Heads.
Oct. 24 – Tim Rodenkirk found 2 Lapland Longspurs, the first of the season, in the Floras Lake area.
Oct. 24 – Terry Wahl spotted a Tropical Kingbird on the Wahl Elk River ranch.
Oct. 26 – Terry Wahl found a first fall male Indigo Bunting in the Cape Blanco area.
Oct. 29 – Tim Rodenkirk spotted the first Swamp Sparrow of the season in the Floras Lake wetlands.
Oct. 29 – Tim Rodenkirk saw 2 Lapland Longspurs in the Floras Lake area, and a Tropical Kingbird on the Sixes River estuary across the river from the Hughes House.
Oct. 30 – Sara Lovendahl observed a pair of Wood Ducks checking out nesting boxes on Garrison Lake.
Oct. 31 – Mick Bressler saw 2 Short-eared Owls along Jerry’s Flat Road near Gold Beach.
First week November- John and Sara Lovendahl heard 2 pair of Common Loons wailing on Garrison Lake. They also noted that a pair of Western Grebes that had been on the lake appeared to have left.
Nov. 3 – Terry Wahl observed a Yellow-headed Blackbird in the Cape Blanco area.
Nov. 6 – Terry Wahl and Jeff Gilligan birded a pond inland from Pistol River and found Canada, Cackling, Snow and White-fronted Geese with a Golden Eagle trying unsuccessfully to catch one. There were also Western Bluebirds hunting from weed tops and massive numbers of California Gulls were migrating overhead.
Nov. 7 – Terry spotted a tardy Barn Swallow hanging around the ranch barn.
Nov. 10 – Terry found a Snow Goose on the family Elk River ranch.
Nov. 11 – John and Sara Lovendahl tallied 19 Green-winged Teal on the lake for one day only.
Nov. 12 – Tim Rodenkirk reports the return of the overwintering Say’s Phoebe by the Blue Silos in the Floras Lake area.
Nov. 16 – Vicki Buck found 30 Red Phalaropes in a small pond north of Floras Lake.
Nov. 17 – Jeff Gilligan found a second Northern Mockingbird in the northern county, this one hanging out around the house by the Valley Flora farm.
Nov. 23 – Tim R. reports the Red Phalarope fallout is still occurring. He visited Floras Lake and tallied 110 flying by and landing in small puddles with who knows how many flying by over the ocean. No doubt the flooded ranch land was full of them. These pelagic birds sometimes blow ashore in severe winter storms. In the past I’ve seen them in the ponds at the Elk River Hatchery.
Nov. 25 – Jim & Carrie Rogers counted over 300 Bonaparte’s Gulls seeking shelter from the Thanksgiving storm in the Driftwood school playground.
Dec. 1 – I spotted a Turkey Vulture roosting on top of a utility pole along Elk River road about 2 miles from 101.
Dec. 5 – Carrie Rogers observed 2 Turkey Vultures cruising south along 101 north of Port O.
Dec. 15 – Sheila Chambers in Brookings was visited by a Clay-colored Sparrow, which, as she observed, should be in Texas.
Dec. 17 – Ann Vileisis found a Barred Owl on Coast Guard Hill in Port Orford.
Dec. 29 – Diane Cavaness discovered, hanging out with a big flock of Canada Geese at Pistol River were 4 White-fronted Geese and a Snow Goose.
Jan. 4 – Port Orford Christmas Bird Count. Despite very nice weather, a rather low 122 species was recorded. Very few thrushes and blackbirds were in the area. Both Northern Mockingbirds in the Langlois area were found.
Jan. 14 – Sheila in Brookings reports that her overwintering Clay-colored Sparrow is still visiting her feeder.
Jan. 16 – Ann Vileisis reported 9 Black oystercatchers down at the surf-line on Battle Rock beach.
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