Monday, September 25, 2017

The Benton County Big Sit Happened yesterday, and it was a great success! We ended the day with a total of 81 species, all seen between 5:30am and 8:30pm!We raised about $3,152.

We started the day with a couple of calling Great Horned Owls followed by a lot of birds that we could hear only. As it grew lighter the bird life increased.

On the far side of the lake was a decent amount of mud, that didn't happened to have very many shorebirds on it... However there were some, including a juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher (a pretty good bird for the area). By 9:30 am we were at 60 species and it started to slow down quite a bit. We didn't reach 70 species until about 1:30, but we're not going to complain as we only got to 70 at about 5pm last year!

 Soon after we broke 70 two Western Grebes showed up, we hadn't seen them before this and were quite surprised, as we had scoped the marsh many times previously. We figured the grebes flew in while we weren't looking, it would have been kinda nice to see as it's a rare sight to see a flying grebe...

 The two Western Grebes, species #74.

The rest of the afternoon was pretty slow birding wise, but we had a lot of people stop by and donate. Close to dusk we got our 80th species, a heard only California Quail! Soon after dark we heard a Western Screech-Owl, our last and 81st species for the day.

Over all the weather was quite nice, with a high of about 72 degrees, however in the morning it was pretty cold with the lowest temperature being just above 40 degrees.

Our five best birds were: Short-billed Dowitcher, Western Grebe, Western Screech-Owl, a late Tree Swallow and a late Cliff Swallow. To see a full list of species click here.

A big thank you to everyone who donated or helped in any other way,

The BCBS team.

A Bald Eagle, species #73. Last year we only found 72 species, so this bird broke our previous record.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The 2nd annual Benton County Big Sit is just two days away! Please come and visit us during the sit at the blind at the end of the Homer Campbell Boardwalk in William L. Finley NWR. To donate you can email us at Bentoncountybigsit@gmail.com, or join us on Sunday.

Thanks for your support,

The BCBS team.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

2017 Benton County Big Sit date; September 24!

We are proud to announce the 2nd annual Benton County Big Sit, which will be held September 24, 2017. This year just as last year, the Big Sit will be held at Cabell Marsh hide at William L. Finley NWR, in Benton County, Oregon. We are very excited that we will be counting birds for 15 hours this year!

All of the money we raise will be evenly divided between each of the following organizations:

Friends of the Willamette Valley NWR complex
Friends of Malheur NWR
Corvallis Audubon
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Last year was a huge success! We ended the day with 72 species and $2722 raised for bird conservation!

For photos from that day and complete species list, please see https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34746445

This year our goal is to raise over $3000 for bird conservation. Please help us to reach this goal by donating and sharing about the Big Sit with friends!

If you have any questions or would like a downloadable pledge sheet, please email us by using this email:  bentoncountybigsit@gmail.com

Lastly we are excited to welcome Ben Frueh onto the Big Sit Team!
The BCBS Team