News Blue Mountain Eagle Wednesday, January 6, 2016 A3 Two new species spotted during Christmas Bird Count Swans, bluebird make the list for the 35th John Day event By Tom Winters For the Blue Mountain Eagle On Saturday, Dec. 19, members of the Grant Coun- ty Bird Club performed their 35th John Day Christmas Bird Count. Although the weather looked bad in the morning, and probably was why so many birders did not show up, the day turned out not too bad. The count numbers were down, mostly due to lack of participants, but also because the weather forced the birds and the birders to seek cover now and then. Two new species were recorded for the count: trum- peter swan and western blue- bird. All told, 58 species were found and 3,489 individual birds counted. Participants were Mike Bohannon, Susan Church, Hugo Cobos, Randy Hennen, Clarence and Mar- ilyn O’Leary and Tom Win- ters, with Dennis Flippence, Anne Frost, Cecil Gagnon, Eva Harris and Nita Van Voorhis keeping track of their yard birds. Birds seen: Canada goose (347), trumpeter swan (2), tundra swan (11), wood duck (20), mallard (86), hooded merganser (21), common merganser (34), wild turkey (65), California quail (617), great blue heron (10), bald A black-capped chickadee was spotted at Holliday State Park in Mt. Vernon. This year’s John Day Christmas Bird Count marks the first time trumpeter swans were located on the count day. Two trumpeter swans, in the photo, were spotted by Bear Valley resident Tom Winters last week near Happy Valley Road in Mt. Vernon. Contributed photos/Tom Winters This varied thrush was photographed last week at Holliday State Park in Mt. Vernon by avid birdwatcher Tom Winters of Bear Valley. eagle (7), northern harrier (6), sharp-shinned hawk (2), Cooper’s hawk (10), northern goshawk (1), red-tailed hawk (43), rough-legged hawk (1), golden eagle (1), American kestrel (12), American coot (3), rock pigeon (24), Eur- asian collared-dove (339), mourning dove (24), barn owl (1), great horned owl (4), belted king¿sher (3), downy woodpecker (3), hairy wood- pecker (1), northern Àicker (18), Steller’s jay (14), west- ern scrub jay (12), Clark’s nutcracker (1), black-billed magpie (90), American crow (1), common raven (104), black-capped chickadee (35), mountain chickadee (11), brown creeper (1), Ameri- can dipper (2), ruby-crowned kinglet (2), western bluebird (1), mountain bluebird (1), Townsend’s solitaire (55), American robin (136), var- ied thrush (2), European star- ling (627), cedar waxwing (1), spotted towhee (2), song (the three days preceding and following the count) include red-breasted, white-breasted and pygmy nuthatches and fox sparrow. The John Day count was one of almost 2,500 Christ- mas Bird Counts throughout A white-crowned Canada, the United States, sparrow at Holliday State Latin America, Bermuda and Park, photographed last Paci¿c ,slands. Last year, week by Tom Winters of there were well over 72,000 Bear Valley. participants, most of them out in the ¿eld, but many count- sparrow (19), white-crowned ing birds at home. Almost 25 sparrow (37), golden-crowned percent of Canadian counters sparrow (3), dark-eyed junco were feeder-watchers, while — Oregon (382), slate-colored only 10 percent were in the junco (3), house ¿nch (38), United States and 5 percent pine siskin (38), lesser gold- in Latin America. Might have ¿nch (15), American gold- something to do with the lati- ¿nch (4), evening grosbeak tude? (5), and house sparrow (131). The Portland Christmas Species not seen on the count Bird Count had 375 partici- day but during the count week pants, the highest number of birders after Edmonton, Alber- ta. Last year, 655 species were found in the United States. One of the coastal Texas counts re- corded 234 species, and the highest count in Oregon was Yaquina Bay with 151 species. A count in Ecuador had the highest count of all with 529 species. This year marks the 116th Christmas Bird Count. The ¿rst counts, held in 1900 from Toronto, Ontario, to Pa- ci¿c Grove, California, found only 90 species. There were only 25 counts and a total of 27 participants. Tom Winters is the stand-in president of the Grant County Bird Club. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, with a potluck. Meeting place varies. For more information, call Win- ters at 541-542-2006. TOWN Continued from Page A1 The Monument Senior Center is the site of the town’s Tuesday senior meals, as well as the gathering spot for meetings, family gatherings and other functions. Contributed photos The 2015-16 Monument School student body and staff gathered for a group photo. 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FRI-SUN (12:45) (4:10) 7:10 MON-THURS (12:45) (3:45) 7:10 $9 Adult, $7 Senior (60+), Youth The park in the heart of Monument is the scene for family gatherings and community events, such as the annual Monument Jubilee on the Fourth of July. Jordan said they have a new sewer project underway, funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture grant money. Crews are also putting in a chlorination building for the irrigation system. Monument is notewor- thy for being incorporated twice — once in 1905 and, for unknown reasons, again in 1947. City council meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Wednes- day of the month at City Hall. For more information, call Monument City Hall at 541- 934-2025. A MAN WAKES UP in the morning after sleeping on... an advertised bed, in advertised pajamas. He will bathe in an ADVERTISED TUB, shave with an ADVERTISED RAZOR, have a breakfast of ADVERTISED JUICE, cereal and toast, toasted in an ADVERTISED TOASTER, put on ADVERTISED CLOTHES and glance at his ADVERTISED WATCH. 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Monument School, with an enrollment of 62 students in grades K-12, boasts state- of-the-art science and com- puter labs and an ag building with a strong and active FFA. Other educational programs include Ethos, a nonprofit that offers music lessons, and a grant from the Gorge Community Foundation, which provides art classes. The Monument Flying Ti- gers is a travel club that has been to China and Thailand in past years. Despite the distance from larger towns — or maybe be- cause of it — many people in Monument are longtime residents who enjoy living there. “Let me tell you, this is an exceptional community,” said Monument School sec- retary Jennie Mund. “,f there is a need, you would be sur- prised at the people who ral- ly to help. ... ,t’s small, and it’s home.” City recorder Dorothy Jordan said one longtime resident recently told her the best thing about living in Monument is “it’s not on the way to anywhere.” Jordan, who has lived in Monument for five years and has been the city recorder for two-and-a-half, said she per- sonally likes the slower pace and being closer to nature. “The people who come here want to come here,” she said. Monument, with a pop- ulation of about 125, is governed by a City Coun- cil of five: President Carrie Ussery, and Councilors Pat McCary, Steve Ussery, Bill Turner and Phil Merricks. City staff include Public Works Director Mike Scha- fer, City Recorder Jordan, Finance Manager Robert Yu- kawa and Maintenance As- sistant Cinimon Derowitsch. The community is cur- rently without a mayor.