February Photo Contest WinnerBald Eagle and Green-winged Teal. Ankeny NWR. February 3.
Photographer: Jim Leonard
Among the Sea Birds
by William L. Finley
About forty miles south of the mouth of the Columbia River and two miles out from the entrance of Netarts Bay are three large rocks. These are the homes of countless numbers of sea-birds, and as the bird life there had never been disturbed to any extent, we determined, if possible, to make a tirp to the rocks and ascertain what species were breeding ...
When we reached the top-most point of Shag Rock, an interesting sight presented itself; looking down the rocky slope up which we had come, we counted hundreds of nests of Brandt cormorant scattered over the entire length every few feet apart.
To the north was a large slope of about 150 yards covered with a rich growth of yellow-flowered weeds, among which many gulls had placed their nests. The whole distance was perforated with the burrows of petrels and puffins.
The south side was a sheer precipice and hudnreds of feet below the waves dashed against the granite foundation. But their sound was lost in the ceaseless cries of great numbers of sea-fowl that we had aroused by our presence. They crowded about in the air, circling over and darting past our heads, watching every move we made. It gave us a weird feeling and we felt like getting out of the disputed territory.
The Condor, May-June 1902.
2018 OBA Annual Meeting
The 2018 Oregon Birding Association Annual Meeting will be September 28-30 in Garibaldi, Tillamook County.
On Saturday, September 29, Dr. Pepper Trail will speak on “Fighting Crime with Feathers: The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist.”
Finding Birds in OregonBirding Washington County
Birding Oregon Website
Malheur Friends Website
Birding by Ecoregion
Species OccurrenceSpring Migration Phenology
Northwest Field Notes
North American Migration Count
Local Status Guides
Guidelines for Viewing Greater Sage-grouse Leks in Oregon
High Count CBC Numbers
Alan Contreras, with help from Matt Hunter, prepared this table of all-time Oregon CBC high counts, based on data from the National Audubon/Cornell database.
Oregon Fund for Ornithology
New grants have been awarded! Click below to read about them.
Oregon Birding Association. PO Box 675. Lincoln City OR 97367-0675. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org