Monday, December 26, 2011

Sightings in Chiloquin

Check out the birds seen in Chiloquin from Wes Stone

 I've had several birders ask me what I've seen in Chiloquin recently,
and my answer has been: "Not much, because I haven't really been out."
I decided to rectify that situation today, and here's my new answer:

Date: December 26, 2011
Location: Chiloquin, Klamath County, Oregon

Low temperature: 26 F - High temperature: 35 F
Percentage of sky covered by clouds: 80%
Precipitation: none

I did an abbreviated version of my old walking route to see what was
up. A variety of waterfowl were taking advantage of the unfrozen water
on the Williamson. I added a new species to my town list (I'd never
seen a Green-winged Teal here before, really?) and also saw a nice
drake Mallard x Northern Pintail (second bird from the right here: , too bad it was all
the way across the river and backlit). Large flocks of Red-winged
Blackbirds and Cedar Waxwings were surprising.

Total number of species seen: 46

Canada Goose 26
American Wigeon 21
Mallard 22
Green-Winged Teal 3 [1 male, 2 females on Williamson R. New to my
count list.]
Ring-necked Duck 4
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 71
Common Goldeneye 18
Hooded Merganser 12
Ruddy Duck 1
California Quail 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 2
Rock Pigeon 14
Eurasian Collared-Dove 55
Mourning Dove 26
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
White-headed Woodpecker 1 [Female near High School]
Northern Flicker 4
Steller's Jay 7
Western Scrub-Jay 5
Black-billed Magpie 13
Common Raven 2
Mountain Chickadee 21
Bushtit 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Pygmy Nuthatch 26
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 14
European Starling 45
Cedar Waxwing 45 [Large flock near city park.]
Spotted Towhee 4
Song Sparrow 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 18 [includes 2 "Slate-colored Juncos" plus a partial
Red-winged Blackbird 298 [A couple of huge flocks, south side of town
along river and near
the Big Gym.]
House Finch 29
Pine Siskin 5
Lesser Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 56

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from Klamath Basin Birding Trail

See recent sightings at Klamath Basin Refuges
Happy Birding!