Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
Curry County, Oregon

Port Orford Christmas Bird Count December 30, 2000
By Jim Rogers


WEATHER: Partly cloudy, S. breeze 0-5 mph, temp. High 40's. Thin haze along coast 
but no fog. A beautiful day.

OBSERVATIONS: The total of 140 species ties our record established in 1998. 
On that count we tallied 15,237 individuals.

Only 2 Harlequin Ducks. were found compared to 10 on our first count in 1979 
and 20 in 1980. Last year and 1998 we didn't find any. Their numbers have clearly
fallen off.

We've had an over-wintering Osprey since 1996. These summer nesting residents 
usually head for southern California and Mexico in September.

Barred Owls first showed up in Curry County in the early 90's and have been found on 
the CBC the last two years.

The Acorn Woodpecker in the Grassy Knob Road snag patch was a welcome find. Five of 
them were found there on the 1981 CBC, but none had been seen since.

A Say's Phoebe, which thankfully remained for the CBC at the Wahl ranch on lower 
Elk River, was the first we've, tallied on the CBC since 1981. They rarely winter 
north of southern California.

A couple of Horned Larks in the New River area were far short of the amazing 24 
found there last year, but these two years in a row for this species mark the 
first records for the P.O. CBC. At one time they nested very sparsely in sand 
along the coast but dune stabilization apparently lead to their abandoning 
this prospect. We rarely see them on the coast and almost never in winter.

A Northern Mockingbird along Willow Creek near Denmark was a welcome find.  
Often one of these hardy Californians can be found visiting Curry County 
in the winter, usually in Brookings, but they don't nest here.

The European Starling population seems to fluctuate wildly. In 1980 and 81 the 
population exceeded 6000, but then dropped into the hundreds until 97 (4757).

A rare Loggerhead Shrike on the Sixes estuary, first seen there on November 19, 
remained for the second P.O. CBC record. They are very rarely seen in western Oregon.

And last, but least, a lone Brown-headed Cowbird on the Wahl ranch missed the 
September migration to southern California, as did 6 of them last year.



REGION 1: Langlois/Floras Lake/New River/Blacklock	  
REGION 2: Floras Creek/White Mtn./the NE Quarter
REGION 3: Cape Blanco/Sixes River
REGION 4: Elk River/Grassy Knob
REGION 5: Port Orford/Rocky Point 
	
 
REGION				 1	 2	 3	 4	 5	total 
 
Red-throated Loon		  6	   	 65	  1 	   	  72	
Pacific Loon			 30 		 55 	  2 	  2	  89 
Common Loon			  		  1	  1	  3   	   5 
(loon sp.)			170   	  	  	 20  	  	 190 
Pied-billed Grebe		 15 	  	   	  3	  4 	  22 
Horned Grebe			  1			   	  1	   2 
Red-necked Grebe		   		 	 12  	  	  12 
Western Grebe			  4 	   	  9	  7  	 14 	  34 
Northern Fulmar					  5			   5
(shearwater sp.)			  2				   2
Double-crstd. Cormorant		  3	   	  3	  4  	 14 	  24 
Brandt's Cormorant		 49	  	 26			  75
Pelagic Cormorant		   		100 		  8	 108 
Great Blue Heron		  4  	  1    	  4 	  5 	  2	  16 
Great Egret			   			  1		   1
Tundra Swan			  7			  		   7
Canada Goose			 54 		  8   	 34	  	  96 
Wood Duck					 	  3 	 	   3 
Green-winged Teal		  		 24  	  2 		  26  
Mallard				  8 	 	 44	 21	 24    	  96 
Northern Pintail		 52 		 	  1		  53
Northern Shoveler		  4					   4
American Wigeon			  2  			   		   2 
Redhead				  3 					   3
Ring-necked Duck		  		 	   	  1 	   1 
Greater Scaup			 62 		   	   	   	  62
Lesser Scaup			 41  				  	  41
Harlequin Duck					  2			   2
Black scoter			  			  4		   4
Surf Scoter			 46		 15 	 10	 	  71 
White-winged Scoter		  6 		 59	  8	  	  73 
(scoter species)		 20		  	  	 26 	  46 
Bufflehead			 38 		 71 	 51 	 53 	 213	
Hooded Merganser		    		  2	 15  	  3 	  20 
Common Merganser		 26 	 11	 10 	 20	 	  67 
Red-breasted Merganser		   		  1		 	   1 
Osprey				  1      				   1
White-tailed Kite		  1		  2	  1 		   4
Bald Eagle			 		  	  1		   1
Northern Harrier		  4 		  2	  1	  	   7 
Sharp-shinned Hawk		   	  2	  1 	  1 	  1 	   5
Red-shouldered hawk		  3	   	   	  1 	   	   4
Rough-legged Hawk				  2	  1		   3
Red-tailed Hawk			  5	  1 	  9	  8	  	  23 
American Kestrel		  3 	   	  2   	  5		   7 
Merlin				  2		  1 	   	  	   3
Peregrine Falcon		  4  		  1	  3	  2	  10 
Blue Grouse					  1			   1
California Quail		  3 	  2	  2	 12  	 29	  48 
Mountain Quail				  6				   6
Virginia Rail			  1 		 20 	  	  5	  26 
American Coot			  4		   	  	  1	   5
Killdeer			 16	   	 15	119  	  	 150 
Black Oystercatcher						  3	   3
Greater Yellowlegs		  		  1			   1
Spotted Sandpiper					  1		   1
Black Turnstone			  		 22 		 12	  34 
Surfbird					  		 10 	  10 
Sanderling			  		 18	150	 73	 241 
Western Sandpiper		   			  4		   4
Least Sandpiper			  2 			 	 23	  25
Common Snipe			 58 	 1	 31	 24 	  4  	 118 
Mew Gull			 26  		  5 	  2	  2	  35 
Ring-billed Gull		 		  	  1 		   1 
California Gull			  		 52	 20	  6 	  78 
Herring Gull			  		171	 	  2 	 223 
Thayer’s Gull			  		  4	  	  2	   6 
Western Gull			 29	 	 80	 82	111	 302 
Glaucous-winged Gull		100 	  	 42 	 15	  6  	 163
Black-leg Kittiwake		118		500	  5		 623
(gull sp.)			307		300	 23 	 50	 680
Common Murre			  8	  	510 	 40 	  3	 561
Pigeon Guillemot				  1			   1
Marbled Murrelet						  1	   1
Ancient Murrelet		 11				  2	  13
Cassin's Auklet							  1	   1
Mourning Dove							 10	  10
Barn Owl						  2		   2
Western Screech Owl				  2	  3		   5
Great-horned Owl				  1	  1		   2
Northern Pygmy Owl					  1	  	   1
Saw-whet Owl					  1	  2		   3
Barred Owl						  3		   3
Anna's Hummingbird		  1		  2	  3	  4	  10
Belted Kingfisher		  3		  2	  6	  2	  13
Acorn Weedpecker				  1			   1
Red-breasted Sapsucker				  1	  1		   2
Downy Woodpecker		  1			  7		   8
Hairy Woodpecker		  3			  1	  1	   5
Northern Flicker	 	 13	  3	  7	 10	 24	  57
Pileated Woodpecker		  3		  1	  7	  1	  12
Black Phoebe			 14	  3	  3	  9	  3	  32
Say's Phoebe						  1	 	   1
Horned Lark			  2					   2
Steller's Jay			 25	 15	 71	102	 37	 250
W. Scrub-jay					  2			   2
American Crow			285	  6	  5	105	 45	 446
Common Raven			 61	  5	 23	 90	  3	 182
Black-capped Chickadee		  9		 19	  2	 45	  75
Mountain Chickadee						  3	   3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee	120		102	 33	100	 355
Bushtit							 15	 	  15
Red-breasted Nuthatch		 13		  8	  3	 34	  58
Brown Creeper						  1		   1
Bewick's Wren			  4		  1	  2		   7
Winter Wren			  7 		 15	 21	 16	  59
Marsh Wren			 21		 53	 15	  5	  94
American Dipper						  3		   3
Golden-crowned Kinglet	 	 59		 26	 47	102	 234
Ruby-crowned Kinglet		 50		 81	 78	 85	 294
Western Bluebird				  1	  2		   3
Hermit Thrush			 13		  5	  2	 16	  36
American Robin			358	 60	206	366	203 	1193
Varied Thrush			 19	  1	 28	 64	 30	 142
Wrentit				 52		 20	 11	 14	  97
Northern Mockingbird			  1				   1
American Pipit			 18		  1			  19
Northern Shrike					  1			   1
Loggerhead Shrike				  1			   1
European Starling		1760		220	2520	 19	4519
Hutton's Vireo					  2			   2
Yellow-rumped Warbler		 61		 20	 15	 71	 167
Townsend's Warbler				  2		  6	   8
Palm Warbler			  1			  4		   5
Spotted Towhee			 12			 12	 32	  56
Savannah Sparrow		 12			  4		  16
Fox Sparrow			  9		 12	 55	 22	  98
Song Sparrow			108	  1	 74	 80	 55	 318
Lincoln's Sparrow		  6			  3	  1	  10
Swamp Sparrow			  2					   2
White-throated Sparrow		  1					   1
Golden-crowned Sparrow					 22	 16	  38
White-crowned Sparrow		 50	 30	 64	 73	 49	 266
Dark-eyed Junco			164	 10	217	175	228	 794
Red-winged Blackbird		181		  7	 39	 21	 248
Western Meadowlark		  3		 23	 66		  92
Brewer's Blackbird		208		 10	 50	 37	 305
Brown-headed Cowbird					  1		   1
Purple Finch			  1					   1
House Finch			 11		  4	 37	 21	  73
Red Crossbill			 90		 17			 107
Pine Siskin			154		415	362	114	1045
House Sparrow			  2			  1	 14	  17

 
Total Species:	   140 
Total Individuals: 16,906 
 
Species seen Count Week, but not Count Day: 
	Clark's Grebe, Brown Pelican, Greater White-fronted Goose, 
	Cooper's Hawk Wild Turkey, Black-bellied Plover.

Mammals: River Otter, Red Fox, Blacktail Deer, Gray Whale, California Sea Lion,
	 Harbor Seal, Brush Rabbit, Chickaree, Chipmunk.

Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
P.O. Box 1265
Port Orford, OR 97465

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