Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

A little over 30 people listened intently to bird sounds from Diana Wales’s back deck as Matt Hunter wrote down the species we were hearing. After about 5-10 minutes, Matt began pointing out the more noticeable birds that all could hear. After about 30 minutes we had tallied about 30 species and we moved to Diana’s driveway, where house and outbuildings were not blocking our hearing. Here we added another 5 species or so and got to watch 5 Western Tanagers in the top of a Douglas-fir! The intensity of the concentration and interest in this group of folks was awesome! Following is a link to Matt’s eBird list for this event, which includes an additional 8 species heard during the hour after the event.



Species Count
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 4
California Quail (Callipepla californica) 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 5
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) 1
Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni) 1
Cassin’s Vireo (Vireo cassinii) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 3
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) 1
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 1
Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 3
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 10
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 6
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) 3