Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
Curry County, Oregon

Port Orford Christmas Bird Count December 26, 1999
By Jim Rogers

	The last Port Orford Christmas Bird Count of the 20th century found 131 
species spending the winter in our area -- our third highest tally, down from the 
record 140 species  located last year.  Total numbers of birds were also down to 
10,000 from last year's total of 15,000.  Fewer individuals of most species were 
seen this year.  The notable good thing regarding this otherwise disturbing fact 
was a reduction from the 3045 European Starlings tallied last year to a "mere" 
857 this year.  They seem to have been partially replaced by Red-winged and 
Brewer's blackbirds, whose numbers ncreased from 303 in 1998 to 1006 in '99.

	The most numerous species this year was American Robin with a total of 
1368 tallied, very similar to the 1570 counted last year.  The Floras Creek area 
east of Hwy. 101 wasn't surveyed this year which accounts for the drop in Robin 
numbers.

	Species seeing a significant reduction in numbers include raptors (24 in 
'99 vs. 48 in '98), Coots (29 in '99 vs. 194 in '98), Snipe (55 in '99 vs. 158 in 
'98), Killdeer (97 in '99 vs. 1805 in '98), alcids (11 in '99 vs. 182 in '98 -- 
possibly a result of extremely poor visibility due to coastal fog in '99), Fox 
sparrows (53 in '99 vs. 290 in '98), Golden-crowned Sparrows (37 in '99 vs. 
110 in '98), White-crowned Sparrows (196 in '99 vs. 325 in '98) and Song 
Sparrows (281 in '99 vs. 376 in '98).

	Perhaps the mild weather during December '99 resulted in many of these 
birds remaining in cooler climes. At least it made for a very pleasant CBC.

	Some of the more noteworthy birds seen were an Eared Grebe on Floras 
Lake, 3 Clark's Grebes in Port Orford, a Eurasian Wigeon in the pastures west of 
Langlois, a Redhead on Floras Lake, an Oldsquaw in Port Orford, 2 Rhinoceros 
Auklets off Cape Blanco, and new highs of 29 Black Phoebes, and 24 Horned 
larks, the latter which were seen in the Floras Lake/New River area.



REGION 1: Langlois/Floras Lake/New River/Blacklock	  
REGION 2: Floras Creek/Grouslous Mtn. (not covered)
REGION 3: Cape Blanco/Sixes River
REGION 4: Elk River (Owling at Grassy Knob)
REGION 5: Port Orford/Rocky Point 
	
 
REGION				 1	 2	 3	 4	 5	total 
 
Red-throated Loon		  1		 33	  3 	  1	 38	 
Pacific Loon			 15		  3	   	  4	 22 
Common Loon			  9		  1		  3  	 13 
(loon sp.)			   	  		   	  1	  1 
Pied-billed Grebe		  5	  	  1	  4	  6	 16 
Horned Grebe			  3			  3	  	  6 
Red-necked Grebe		   			   	  1	  1 
Eared Grebe		  	  1					  1 
Western Grebe			  3		 32	  1	 24	 60 
Clark's Grebe			 		 	 	  3	  3
Double-crstd. Cormorant		 12		  1	  9	 12	 34 
Pelagic Cormorant		   		 14		  1	 15 
Great Blue Heron		  3	    	  2	  5	  2	 12 
Great Egret			  1			  3		  4
Black-crowned Night Heron				  1 		  1
Tundra Swan			104			  		104
Greater White-fronted Goose	  8		   	   	  	  8					4 
Canada Goose			 86		 14 		  	100 
Wood Duck					 	  1	 	  1 
Green-winged Teal		 40		  1	  		 41   
Mallard				 24	 	 13	 12	 12    	 61 
Pintail				 34		 	 		 34
Gadwall				  5		   	   		  5
Eurasian Wigeon			  1					  1
American Wigeon			  7			  2		  9 
Redhead				  1					  1
Ring-necked Duck		 65		 	  3	  2	 70 
Greater Scaup			 90		   	  3	   	 93
Lesser Scaup			  2				  1	  3
Oldsquaw							  1	  1 
Black scoter			  2					  2
Surf Scoter			 20		  3	 10	 18	 51 
White-winged Scoter		  2 		 14	  1	  4	 21 
(scoter species)				  4	  	  5	  9 
Bufflehead			 34		 23	 28	 72	157	  
Hooded Merganser		  1  			  8	  3 	 12 
Common Merganser		  1		  4	 47	 	 52 
Red-breasted Merganser		   		  9		 	  9 
White-tailed Kite		  4		  6	   		 10
Bald Eagle			 (2)		  2			  2
Northern Harrier		   		  1	  1	  1	  3 
Sharp-shinned Hawk		   		   	   	  1	  1
Red-shouldered hawk		  3	   	   	   	   	  3
Red-tailed Hawk			  7	   	  5	  7	  2	 21 
American Kestrel		  6	   	  3	  7		 16 
Merlin						  2 	   	  1	  3
Peregrine Falcon		   		  1	  2	  2	  5 
Wild Turkey					  9			  9
California Quail		  3	  		  6 	 16	 25 
Virginia Rail			  5		 33	  1	  3	 42 
Sora				 		  3		   	  3 
American Coot			 21		   	  1	  4	 26
Black-bellied Plover		  1		  	   		  1
Semi-palmated Plover					  4		  4 
Killdeer			 67	   	 28	  2	  	 97 
Greater Yellowlegs		  1		  1			  2
Black Turnstone			  		  6		 14	 20 
Surfbird					  8		  3	  9 
Sanderling			  9		 		 	  9 
Least Sandpiper			  5 			 23		 28
peep sp.			 30	  	  	  	  	 30
dowitcher sp.			  1	  	  	  	  	  1 
Common Snipe			 33		 21	  1	   	 55 
Mew Gull			   		   	 20 	 18	 38 
Ring-billed Gull		 		  2	   		  2 
California Gull			  		425		  	425 
Herring Gull			  3		125	 25	  3	156 
Thayer’s Gull			  2		  4	  3	  1	 10 
Western Gull			 81	 	131	303	139	654 
(w X gw gull)					 25 	  3	   	 28 
Glaucous-winged Gull		 60		178	274	  9	521
Glaucous Gull		  	  1	  	  1  	   	    	  2
(gull sp.)			503		230	  	 97	830
Common Murre			  	  	  2 	  2 	  1	  5
Marbled Murrelet		  		  1		  1	  2 
Rhinocerous Auklet		   		  2			  2	
(Alcid sp.)					  2			  2 
Mourning Dove							  8	  8
Western Screech Owl				  1			  1 
Great-horned Owl		   		 	  2		  2
Northern Pygmy Owl		    			  1		  1
Barred Owl			  		  	  1	  	  1
N. Saw-whet Owl			  	  	  	  3	  	  3
Anna's Hummingbird		  2		   	  1	  7	 10 
Belted Kingfisher		  2	   	  1	  3	  1	  7	 
Downy Woodpecker		  4	   	  1	  3	   	  8 
Hairy Woodpecker		  2		  3	  1	   	  6 
Northern Flicker		 15	   	 12	 10	 10	 47
Pileated Woodpecker				  3	  2	  1	  6 
Black Phoebe			 18	   	  6	  3	  2	 29
Horned Lark			 24				   	 24	 
Steller's Jay			 13	   	  8	 29	 25	 75
American Crow			235	  		 50	  3	288	 
Common Raven			 15		 21	 77	  6	119 
Black-capped Chickadee		 12		  6	 12	 21	 51 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee	 30	   	 13	 27	 24	 94
Bushtit								 10	 10 
Red-breasted Nuthatch		  		  1	  2  	  1	  4 
Brown Creeper			  1			  1		  2
Bewick’s Wren			  3		  1			  4	 
Winter Wren			 13	   	 19	 17	  1	 50 
Marsh Wren			 19		108	  8	  6	141 
American Dipper						  2		  2 
Golden-crowned Kinglet		100	   	 23	 12	  3	138 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet		 23	   	  9	 24	  6	 62
Western Bluebird		  5	   	 11	 16		 32	 
Hermit Thrush			 10	  	 	  3	  9	 22 
American Robin			491	  	281	375	221	1368 
Varied Thrush			 14	  	 11	 15	  4	 44 
Wrentit				  7		   	  1	 10	 18 
American Pipit			  3		  1	 13		 17 
European Starling		221	  	 76	546	 24	857
Hutton's Vireo			   			  1		  1 
Orange-crowned Warbler		  1					  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler		 30	   	  1	  4	 39	 74 
Townsend's Warbler		  3		   	   	  2	  5 
Palm Warbler			  1			   		  1
Spotted Towhee			 11	   	  2	  3	 11	 27 
Savannah Sparrow		  7		   			  7 
Fox Sparrow			 11	   	 13	 15	 14	 53 
Song Sparrow			117	  	103	 36	 25	281 
Lincoln’s Sparrow		  2	   	  2	  4	   	  8 
Swamp Sparrow			  1		   			  1 
Golden-crowned Sparrow		  8	  	 13	 14	  2	 37 
White-crowned Sparrow		120		 12	 41	 23	196 
Dark-eyed Junco			143	 	 33	 53	 77	306
Lapland Longspur		 11					 11 
Red-winged Blackbird		165		193	157	 15	530 
Western Meadowlark		 23		 43	  2	   	 68 
Brewer's Blackbird		 94		167	115	100	476
Brown-headed Cowbird						  6	  6 
House Finch			 37	   	 	 20	 30	 87
Red Crossbill			  		  3	 25	  4	 32	 
Pine Siskin			 40	  	   	 36	  2	 78
American Goldfinch		  1			   	  	  1
House Sparrow			  9	   		   	 12 	 21 
 
 
Total Species:  131 
Total Individuals:  10,036 
 
Species seen Count Week, but not Count Day: 
	Cooper's Hawk, N. Goshawk.

Note:  Almost no birds were seen on the ocean.

Mammals: 1 gray whale, 3 river otters, 1 harbor seal, 2 squirrels, 1 chickaree,
	12 deer.  
 

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

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