Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
Curry County, Oregon

Port Orford Christmas Bird Count December 27, 1997
by Jim Rogers

	Excellent weather on December 27th contributed to the second 
highest species total on the annual KAS Port Orford CBC.  Our local (Coos 
& Curry County) crew managed to find 127 species of birds, second only to 
our record total of 136 found with the help of a contingent of Willamette 
Valley birders.  Some of the more noteworthy sightings were several Brown 
Pelicans who should be in sunny Mexico by now, a Turkey Vulture (ditto),
and an Osprey (possibly the same individual who wintered here last year.
We were astounded to see the huge increase in the European Starling
population, from 256 last year to 4,757 this year.  Think I'll look up
Colin's Starling Stroganoff recipe.

	It's clear that we need more local birders to adequately cover the
15 mile diameter count circle.  Ideally, we should have a crew of  at
least a dozen local people who collectively are adept at identifying, at
a glance, most of the birds normally found here in the winter.  If 
there's sufficient interest, I'd like to begin helpng a group of 
dedicated folks learn to identify the local birds.  Perhaps an evening
meeting followed by a field trip once a month would work.

REGION 1: Coastal Ranches
REGION 2: Langlois/Floras Creek/Floras Lake/New River/White Mountain
REGION 3: Cape Blanco/Lower Sixes River
REGION 4: Elk River
REGION 5: Port Orford/Rocky Point	
 
REGION				 1	 2	 3	 4	 5	Total 

Red-throated Loon		  1		 53		 26	 79 
Pacific Loon					 18		  2	 20 
Common Loon				  1	 13		  1	 15 
(loon sp.)					137		 13	150 
Pied-billed Grebe			  6			  9	 15 
Horned Grebe			  2	  1			  2	  5 
Red-necked Grebe				  1		  5	  6 
Eared Grebe			  1		  1		  4	  6 
Western Grebe			  1	  4	  8		 31	 44 
Northern Fulmar					  2		  1	  3 
shearwater sp.					  2			  2 
Brown Pelican				  4	  4		  3	 11 
Double-crstd. Cormorant				  3		  2	  5 
Brandt's Cormorant				 14		  1	 15 
Pelagic Cormorant				163		  7	170 
(cormorant species)				 70		  8	 78 
Great Blue Heron		  5	  4	  3	  1	  2	 15 
Great Egret			  5		  3			  8 
Tundra Swan			 63	  8				 71 
Snow Goose			  6					  6 
Canada Goose			 62	102	 28			192 
Wood Duck			  2					  2 
Green-winged Teal		116					116 
Mallard				 37		 23	  7	 35	102 
Pintail				104	 50	  9			163 
Shoveler			  6					  6 
American Wigeon			 20					 20 
Canvasback				  2				  2 
Ring-necked Duck		 39			  2	  5	 46 
Greater Scaup					  2			  2 
Lesser Scaup				  2				  2 
Harlequin Duck					  6		 12	 18 
Black Scoter					  4			  4 
Surf Scoter				  1	 57		  7	 65 
White-winged Scoter			  1	 31		 12	 44 
(scoter species)				 12		  5	 17 
Bufflehead			 45	 13	 25	 12	 65	160 
Hooded Merganser		  5	  1	  3	  8	  1	 18 
Common Merganser		 12			  8		 20 
Red-breasted Merganser				 10			 10 
Ruddy Duck			  3	  6				  9 
Turkey Vulture				  1				  1 
Osprey								  1	  1 
Black-shouldered kite		  1	  1	  1	  1		  4 
Bald Eagle			  1		  1	  1		  3 
Northern Harrier		  3	  2	  2			  7 
Sharp-shinned Hawk		  1					  1 
Cooper’s Hawk					  1			  1 
Red-shouldered hawk		  3	  2			  1	  6 
Red-tailed Hawk			  9	  8	  5	  1	  3	 26 
Golden Eagle			  1					  1 
American Kestrel		  7	  1	  4			 12 
Merlin					  1	  2	  1		  4 
Peregrine Falcon		  4		  2	  2	  3	  7 
Wild Turkey					  8			  8 
California Quail			 27	 12	  8	 11	 58 
Virginia Rail			  9		 53		  8	 70 
Sora				  1		  5			  6 
American Coot			 71	210			 12	293 
Black-bellied Plover		 14					 14 
Killdeer			 23	 20		 37		 80 
Black Oystercatcher				  1		  3	  4 
Black Turnstone			  7	 43	 10		  7	 67 
Surfbird							  3	  3 
Sanderling			 88	 12			  8	108 
Least Sandpiper			 48			 15		 63 
Dunlin				 47					 47 
Long-billed dowitcher			  5				  5 
Common Snipe			  6	  9	  6			 21 
Bonaparte’s Gull				  1			  1 
Mew Gull			  1		  6		 13	 20 
Ring-billed Gull					 75		 75 
California Gull					 23		  2	 25 
Herring Gull					  9	  1	  1	 11 
Thayer’s Gull			  1				  2	  3 
Western Gull					191	 10	 63	264 
(w X gw gull)					  1	  1	 12	 14 
Glaucous-winged Gull				 13	  1	 21	 35 
Black-legged Kittiwake						  1	  1 
(gull sp.)				 30	125		 28	183 
Common Murre					193			193 
Mourning Dove							 15	 15 
Great-horned Owl		  4					  4 
Anna's Hummingbird		  2	  1	  2	 	  3	  8 
Belted Kingfisher		  3	  1	  2	  5	  2	 13 
Red-breasted Sapsucker		  1					  1 
Downy Woodpecker		  3	  2	  1		  1	  7 
Hairy Woodpecker			  1			  4	  5 
Northern Flicker		 15	  5	  8	  9	  9	 46 
Pileated Woodpecker		  1		  1	  1		  3 
Black Phoebe			  8	  3	  2	  7		 20 
Steller's Jay			  5	  9	  3	 28	 28	 73 
American Crow			 72	 63		 25		160 
Common Raven			 38	  3	  9	  2	  7	 59 
Black-capped Chickadee		  8	 12	  2	 20	  3	 45 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee	 18	 14	  7	 40	 63	142 
Bushtit							  6	  5	 11 
Red-breasted Nuthatch		  6		  3		  1	 10 
Bewick’s Wren			  2	  5		  1	  2	 10 
Winter Wren			 11		  5	  4	 18	 38 
Marsh Wren			  9	  1	 23	  2	 13	 38 
American Dipper						  2		  2 
Golden-crowned Kinglet		 28		 21	 40	 31	120 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet		 60	 37	 25	 40	 34	196 
Western Bluebird		  9					  9 
Hermit Thrush			  3	  1	  2	  2	  8	 16 
American Robin			 35	183	 29	120	 17	384 
Varied Thrush			 15	  6		  8	  5	 34 
Wrentit				  5	 13	  6	  7	 20	 51 
American Pipit			  5					  5 
European Starling		899	2502	 50	1300	  6	4757 
Hutton’s Vireo			  7			  1		  8 
Yellow-rumped Warbler		 26	 30	 10	  2	 19	 87 
Townsend's Warbler		  9	  4	  9	  2	  6	 30 
Spotted  (Rufous-sided) Towhee	  5	  4	  3	  8	 13	 33 
Savannah Sparrow		  1	  				  1 
Fox Sparrow			 32	  5	 18	 40	 32	127 
Song Sparrow			 47	 11	 90	 24	 62	234 
Lincoln’s Sparrow		  3		  3	  1	 	  7 
White-throated Sparrow  					  1	  1 
Golden-crowned Sparrow		 10		  2		  2	 12 
White-crowned Sparrow		 38	 20	 32	 28	 30	148 
Dark-eyed Junco			 39	 35	 52	150	135	411 
Lapland Longspur				  3			  3 
Red-winged Blackbird		 14				  1	 15 
Western Meadowlark		 64		  6			 70 
Brewer's Blackbird		 20			 30	 33	 83 
House Finch			 22	  3	  2	 20	 11	 58 
Red Crossbill			 15					 15 
Pine Siskin				 17				 17 
American Goldfinch		  1					  1 
House Sparrow			  7	 10			  1	 18 


Total species:  127
Total Individuals:  11,130
 
Species seen Count Week, but not on count day: Palm Warbler
 

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

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