Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
Curry County, Oregon

Port Orford Christmas Bird Count December 29, 2001
By Jim Rogers


WEATHER: Light rain until 7 am; partly cloudy with occasional sun and occasional drizzle, no wind.  Slightly hazy but good visibility.  Temp. 46 degrees at 5 am, 52 degrees at 1 pm.

OBSERVATIONS: The total of 140 species ties our record established in 1998 and repeated in 2000.  A Say's phoebe seen the day before and the day after the count couldn't be located on count day to provide us with a new record.  We could probably find another 10 species if we had someone to take a good sea birder out to the reef and could pick up another "super birder" to join Tim, Don and Terry.  Access through private land to get to the Grouslous and White Mountain area is difficult if not impossible to obtain.

The Harlequin Duck flock that had been seen at Rocky Point for the past decades seems to have disappeared.  We haven't seen any there for the past 4 years after having recorded as many as 20 there in 1980.  We only found 2 this year and they were at Blacklock (good job Al and Joan).  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.

The Gyrfalcon located by Don Munson at the end of Cape Blanco was a first for the Port Orford CBC.  This was presumably the same one first observed on October 21 near Floras Lake by Tim Rodenkirk et al.

Amazing numbers of Herring Gulls (1505) were wintering at the mouth of Sixes River as well as lesser numbers elsewhere along the coast for a total of 1588 from Port Orford to New River.  One can normally find a dozen or two along this stretch in winter.

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

The Acorn Weedpeckers were again found in the Grassy Knob Road snag patch.  Five were found on the 1981 CBC, but none had been seen until last year.  Good job Sharyn!

Twice as many Brown-headed Cowbirds (2) spent the winter in North Curry as did last year.


REGION 1: Langlois/Floras Lake/New River/Blacklock	  
REGION 2: Floras Creek/White Mtn./the NE Quarter - NOT COVERED
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	   	 28	 12 	  1 	  47	
Pacific Loon			  4 		 37 	    	  8	  49 
Common Loon			  2		  3	  3	  2   	  10 
(loon sp.)			  6   	  	  	  1  	  	   7 
Pied-billed Grebe		  7 	  	   	  3	    	  10 
Horned Grebe			  1			   	   	   1 
Red-necked Grebe		   		  2	     	  	   2 
Eared Grebe			  1	   	   	   	  4	   5
Western Grebe			 16	   	  3	     	 36 	  55 
Clark's Grebe			  1	   	   	   	  1	   2
Brown Pelican			   		   		  1	   1
Double-crstd. Cormorant		   	   	  1	  1  	  4 	   6 
Brandt's Cormorant		   	  	 52			  52
Pelagic Cormorant		 12  		 58 		 39	 109 
(cormorant sp.)			  	   	 67	   	   	  67
American Bittern		   	   	   	   	  1	   1
Great Blue Heron		  4  	       	  2 	  7 	   	  13 
Great Egret			  3 			  1		   4
Gr. White-fronted Goose		   	   	   	  1	   	   1
Canada Goose			140 		  9   	 10	 13 	 172 
Wood Duck					 	    	  5	   5 
Green-winged Teal		 14 		     	    		  14  
Mallard				 28 	 	 24	 16	  8    	 119 
Northern Pintail		107 		 12	   		  53
Northern Shoveler		  2					   2
Gadwell				  2	   	   	   	   	   2
American Wigeon			 20  			   		  20 
Ring-necked Duck		 22	   	   	   	   	  22
Greater Scaup			380 		   	   	   	 380
Lesser Scaup			  6  				  	   6
Harlequin Duck			  2		   			   2
Black scoter			 30 			  4		  30
Surf Scoter			 24		 23 	 42	  8	  97 
White-winged Scoter		 16 		 78	   	  	  94 
Bufflehead			 40 		 16 	 37 	 12 	 105	
Hooded Merganser		  3  		   	 13  	    	  16 
Common Merganser		 14 	  	 48 	 30	 	  92 
Red-breasted Merganser		   		 22	 21	 	  43 
Osprey				  2      				   2
White-tailed Kite		  1		  2	    		   3
Bald Eagle			 		  	  2		   2
Northern Harrier		  4 		  2	  2	  1	   9 
Sharp-shinned Hawk		   	   	    	  1 	  1 	   2
Red-shouldered hawk		  5	   	   	  1 	  1  	   7
Rough-legged Hawk		  1		   	   		   1
Red-tailed Hawk			  5	    	  4	  4	  3	  14 
American Kestrel		    	   	  4   	  4	  1	  14 
Merlin				  1		    	   	  	   1
Peregrine Falcon		  2  		  4	  2	   	   8 
Gyrfalcon			   		  1	   	   	   1 
Blue Grouse					   	  1		   1
California Quail		  1 	   	 15	 63  	 36	 115 
Virginia Rail			  2 		 40 	  1	  2	  45 
Sora				   		   	   	  1	   1
American Coot			  4		   	  	   	   4
Black-bellied Plover		 11		   	   	   	  11
Semi-palmated Plover		  1					   1
Killdeer			 35	   	  	   	  	  35 
Black Oystercatcher				  4		 10	  14
Black Turnstone			  		   		 17	  17 
Surfbird					  		 15 	  15 
Sanderling			 11 		 	 30	  	  41 
Western Sandpiper		106   			   		 106
Least Sandpiper			 43 		  3	 40	  	  86
Dunlin				600					 600
Common Snipe			 20 	  	 42	  4 	     	  66 
Mew Gull			200  		 11 	 10	  6	 227
Ring-billed Gull		 		  	  1 		   1 
California Gull			 40 		592	  6	    	 638 
Herring Gull			 50 	       1505	 33	   	1588 
Thayer’s Gull			 50 		  7	  2	   	  59 
Western Gull			111	 	205	 90	 55	 461 
Glaucous-winged Gull		120 	  	144 	 38	  6  	 308
Black-leg Kittiwake		  1		 	   		   1
(gull sp.)			150		200	 50 	 50	 450
Common Murre			  4	  	325 	   	  2	 331
Marbled Murrelet						  3	   3
Ancient Murrelet		  		  2		   	   2
Rhinocerous Auklet		  2				   	   2
Mourning Dove							 43	  43
Barn Owl			  1			   		   1
Western Screech Owl				  4	  1		   5
Great-horned Owl				   	   	  1	   1
Northern Pygmy Owl					  1	  	   1
Saw-whet Owl					  	  1		   1
Barred Owl						  1		   1
Anna's Hummingbird		  1		  2	  3	 17	  23
Belted Kingfisher		  2		   	  7	   	   9
Acorn Weedpecker				   	  2		   2
Red-breasted Sapsucker				   	  1		   1
Downy Woodpecker		  5			  5		  10
Hairy Woodpecker		  1		  2	  3	  2	   8
Northern Flicker	 	 20	   	  8	 23	 23	  74
Pileated Woodpecker		   		   	  2	  2	   4
Black Phoebe			 16	   	  5	 13	  1	  35
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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