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VOLUME 39 ISSUE 4                                                                                                    February-March 2011

                                      EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE
 FEBRUARY                                The Eurasian Collared Dove originated         The doves are usually resident, frequent
 8—Board Meeting—7:30pm,              from Asia. It was introduced to the Ba-        villages and towns, and readily come to
   230 SE South, Pullman              hama Islands in 1975, spread to Florida,       feeders for seed. They are larger bodied
 16—Program—WSU Raptor                and is expanding its range across the          than the native Mourning Dove, and have
   Club and Election of Offi-         USA. By 2000, populations were estab-          a distinctly different call, sounding like
   cers                               lished in many eastern and midwestern          koo-kooo, koo with the accent on the sec-
                                      states well into the Great
                                      Plains region. In 2010,
 1—Board Meeting—7:30pm,              nesting records and sight-
   Fiske Room                         ings are being reported
 16—Program—Gray-                     throughout Washington
   crowned Rosy Finches               and Idaho.
   and Installation of Officers          The scientific name,
 APRIL                                Streptopeleia decaocto, lit-
                                      erally means a collar
 5—Board Meeting—7:30pm,
                                      (streptos) dove (peleia). In
   Fiske Room
                                      Greek mythology, Decaocto
 21—Program—T.B.A.                    was an overworked, under-
                                      paid servant girl. The gods
                                      heard her prayers for help
                                      and changed her into a
                                      dove so she could escape
Interim President: Tom Weber, 509-    her misery. The dove’s call still echoes the   ond beat. The male often makes a display
                                      mournful cries of her former life.             koo sounding like ―mair‖. Their mating
Vice President: Vacant                   This species originates in Asia. They       display flight is similar to that of the
Interim Secretary: Diane Weber,
                                      occur in the middle east, and are a sum-       Mourning Dove.
509-334-3817, cat-                    mer visitor in Iran. Throughout the              The dove is pale buff above with a                  1900’s, and especially since 1930, these       prominent black neck band. It is most of-
Treasurer: Lavon Frazier, 509-595-    doves have expanded their range north-         ten confused with the Ringed Turtle Dove
1913,    west into Europe and even occur above the      where these two species occur together.
                                      Arctic Circle in Norway.                       The squared off tail
Board Members: Marie Dymkoski,                                                                                 (continued on page 4)
509-595-1650, Marie-; Becky Phillips,
Jim Storms, 509-635-1272,
                                      FROM THE PREZ                                  board members Becky Phillips and Marie
                                                                                     Dymkowski; treasurer Lavon Frazier;
                                        Another successful Christmas Bird            membership chairman Ron Force; and
Field Trips: Terry Gray, 208-882-     Count has been completed. The chapter          newsletter editor Tim Hillebrand. Lavon,
                                      wishes to thank all participants and           Becky and Ron began serving the chapter
Membership: Ron Force, 208-874-       feeder watchers for making it so. As we        in September; Marie in November; and
3207,              begin another year of service, I would like    Tim during this past month. Thank you
Newsletter: Tim Hillebrand, 805-      to thank the many volunteers that made         for your commitment to the chapter. You
518-9612,            this past year a success. At times, we         have helped us immensely. BUT, there is
                                      have been very short handed – especially       still a need for others to commit. Nomina-
Programs/Website: Tom Weber, 509-
334-3817,       when it comes to officers – but members        tions and election of officers will be held at
                                      have continued to come forward to donate       our February meeting. I have agreed to
Publicity: Diane Weber, 509-334-
                                      their talent. We especially welcome new        serve as president but we really need indi-
                                                                                                                (continued on page 3)
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                                                             guides. Dr. Johnson is
  PROGRAMS                                                   Emeritus Professor of Zool-
                                                             ogy at Washington State
    February 16—WSU Raptor Club—The WSU Rap-
                                                             University, and also served
 tor Club will be present with many of their feathered
                                                             as director and curator of
 friends to teach us about raptors, their circumstances
                                                             the Conner Museum of
                                  for being at the clinic
                                                             Natural History for 35
                                  and the mission of
                                                             years at Washington State.
                                  the Club.
                                                               The program is open to everyone.
                                  This program is al-
                                  ways well attended
                                  and will be held in             Program meetings are held at the 1912
                                  the Great Room at              Building, FISKE ROOM, 3rd and Adams
                                  the 1912 Center. Be                   St, Moscow ID, at 7:30 pm
                                  sure to bring the fam-
                                  ily to admire (and
                                  perhaps hold) one of
                                  these beautiful birds.         The book, Birds of Southeastern Washington by We-
                                  The program is open             ber and Larrison (1977), has been updated through
                                  to everyone.                   1984. The new book consists of two parts, A Review
                                                                    of Birds of Washington (Wahl et al. 2005) and
   March16—Biology, Ecology, and Classification of               Supplement to Birds of Southeastern Washing-
 North American Rosy-Finches—Dr. Richard Johnson                  ton. The book written by John Weber is published
 will present a program on the distinctive aspects of both          and distributed by Buteo Books (800-722-2460,
 breeding and winter biology and ecology of rosy-finches  It is 109 pages and
 in North America. His presentation will cover the possi-                           sells for $22.00
 ble effects of global warming and discuss the competing
 evidence for their classification as one, two, three, or        For those interested in a copy of Weber and Larrison
 four species in this continent. He will also discuss the              (1977), it will be reissued in early 2011.
 several distinctive subspecies not often treated in field

                   BIRDING ON THE WEB
                                                                                       Treasurer’s Report— 12/31/10
  The Great Backyard Bird Count              about Birds includes a link to Cor-
will be held February 18-21, 2011. And       nell Lab’s Online Bird Guide, where     Assets
what is the GBBC? It’s an annual four-       you can read about species of birds,    Checking Balance 10/31/10 $2,942.82
day event that engages bird watchers of      look at photos, watch videos, and       Dues                         $795.00
                                                                                     Donations                    $187.95
all ages in counting birds to create a       listen to bird songs. It includes a     NAS Grant                  $3,000.00
real-time snapshot of where the birds        Building Skills section for beginning   Printing & mailing         ($564.01)
are across North America. Anyone can         birders. In FAQ’s, you can find an-     Insurance                  ($307.00)
participate, from beginners to experts. It   swers to questions such as: where       Chamber of Commerce        ($110.00)
takes as little as 15 minutes on one day,    do I count birds? How long should I     NAS Grant expenses       ($3,287.35)
or you can count for as long as you like     count? What do I do if I cannot iden-
                                                                                     Checking Balance 12/31/10      $2,657.41
each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and   tify some of the birds I see? In the
easy—and it helps birds. Participants        section Submit Your Bird List, you      Certificate of Deposit         $5,200.56
count birds anywhere they wish during        can print a checklist of birds for
the four-day period; they tally the high-    your town or zip code. These are        Liabilities
                                                                                     Grant Funds                    ($240.37)
est number of birds of each species seen     just a few of the many features on
together at any one time; and to report      the website. Take a visit and ex-       Total Assets:                  $7,617.60
their counts, they fill out an online        plore the wealth of information
checklist at the Great Backyard Bird         there.                                    Membership Report—12/31/10
Count website. As the count progresses,         The GBBC is a project of the Cor-
anyone with Internet access can explore      nell Lab of Ornithology, National       National & Palouse Audubon           421
what is being reported from their own        Audubon Society, and Bird Studies       Palouse Audubon (paid total)          90
                                                                                     Palouse Audubon (only)                35
town or anywhere in the United States        Canada. If you have a favorite bird     National Audubon (only)              337
and Canada.                                  website that you would like to          Total Membership                     456
   This website is loaded with informa-      share, send it to Diane Weber, cat-
tion to help participants and to inform                    PAS Membership Year—Sept 1 to Aug 31
birders in general. The Section Learn
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PREZ      (continued from page 1)                                                    RESEARCH GRANTS AVAILABLE
viduals to serve as vice-president or secretary. The admini-
stration of the chapter is pretty much by committee, so indi-                       Palouse Audubon Society has established
vidual duties are not overly extensive or time consuming.
                                                                                  two grants in the amount of $500 each in
What’s more, we have a good time during our gatherings.
Think about it and give me a call. We would love to hear                          support of research fulfilling the chapter’s
from you.                                                                         mission statement. One grant is available
                                                Tom Weber                         for a graduate student at Washington State
                                                                                  University; the other for a graduate stu-
                                                                                  dent at the University of Idaho.
  February 19—Backyard Bird Count Field Trip
with Terry Gray. Meet at North Main Rosauer’s in Mos-
                                                                                    Applications must be received by April 15.
cow at 8:00 a.m. We will check out local Moscow and Pull-                         Awards will be announced at the May Pa-
man area hotspots in search of birds. This will be an all                         louse Audubon Program Meeting. There are
day trip but anyone can leave anytime during this trip.                           no restrictions on how the grant money is
All birds observed can be posted toward the 14th Annual
Great Backyard Bird Count.                                                        to be used; however, in order for Palouse
  Contact Terry Gray ( for additional                           Audubon to share in the activities sup-
information.                                                                      ported by the grant and to let the students
  March 19—Harrison and the Chain-of-Lakes with
                                                                                  share some of their findings, we strongly
Terry Gray. This trip will concentrate on waterfowl in the
Harrison and Chain-of-Lakes area. Last year we found a                            encourage that the recipient present a pro-
Tufted Duck and many other ducks, swans and geese.                                gram on their research results at a future
This is an all-day trip so bring plenty of water, food and                        program meeting. The grant application is
warm clothing. Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at
                                                                                  available at:
the North Main Rosauer’s in Moscow to carpool.
  Contact Terry Gray ( for additional
    14th ANNUAL OTHELLO SANDHILL CRANE                                                              business.htm
           FESTIVAL—MARCH 25, 26, 27
Lectures, bus tour departures and other Festival activities
                                                                                    Contact Tom Weber, 230 SE South St,
take place at Othello High School. Information is available                       Pullman WA 99163-2329, (509) 334-3817,
                                                                         for additional in-
                or by calling 509-488-2802.                                       formation or questions.

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   The count done on December 18, 2010 was the 39th            Goose, Northern Pintail, Barred Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl
consecutive year this count has been done. Weather con-        and Steller’s Jay.
sisted of a snowstorm starting about 8 AM that was al-            Idaho Count Participants: (7 participants in 4 parties)
most a white-out at times. After depositing two to three       Jerry Cebula, Matt Dresser, Kas Dumroese, Terry Gray,
inches of new snow the afternoon was cloudy, but pro-          David Holick, Paul Holick, Sarah Walker. Feeder Watchers:
duced significantly more birds. Having been a partici-         Tom Besser, Deborah Dumroese, Christine Gray, Bettie
pant in all of these counts, I never cease to be amazed        Hoff
by the results in spite of weather conditions.                   Washington Count Participants: (19 participants in 6 par-
   This year produced 60 species, plus 3 races with            ties) George Ball, Kelly Cassidy, Peggy Chevalier, Doug
11,937 individual birds (second highest individual total).     Flansburg, Tom Hardy, Rebecca Craft, Marty O'Malley,
Specific highlights of this count included Northern            John Kramer, Kelly Van Ness, Bruce Frazier, Lavon Fra-
Shoveler as a new count species. For the second time           zier, Grant Norton, Alex Hammond, Tom Weber, Clare
Western Bluebirds were counted with a flock of six be-         Wiser, Sharon Wiser, Marie Dymkosli, Heidi Keen, Mike
ing a species record. Other species setting record highs       Werner. Feeder Watchers: Becky Phillips, Barbara
included California Quail, Cooper’s Hawk, Eurasian             Hammond, Nancy Spitzer, Ken Spitzer, Judy Hendrix
Collared Dove (90) with two parties each reporting large         Thank you to everyone for participating in our 39th an-
flocks, Northern Red-shafted Flicker plus a Yellow-            nual count.
shafted Flicker, and Dark-eyed Junco. Tying previous                                                       Dave Holick
record highs were Sharp-shinned Hawk and Red-tailed                                                    Count coordinator
Harlan’s Hawk (3). Count week included a Cackling

            Cackling Goose CW                  Eurasian Collared Dove 90             Golden-crowned Kinglet 20
              Canada Goose 251                         Barn Owl 5                      Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
                 Mallard 1138                     Great-horned Owl 27                    Western Bluebird 6
           Northern Pintail CW                      Barred Owl CW                       Townsend's Solitaire 7
             Northern Shoveler 1              Northern Pygmy-Owl CW                      American Robin 106
             Gray Partridge 126                    Belted Kingfisher 3                     Varied Thrush 2
          Ring-necked Pheasant 205                Downy Woodpecker 6                   European Starling 3293
               Wild Turkey 40                      Hairy Woodpecker 1                  Bohemian Waxwing 638
            California Quail 1484               (Red-shafted) Flicker 146                Cedar Waxwing 139
             Great Blue Heron 8                (Yellow-shafted) Flicker 1                 Song Sparrow 65
                 Bald Eagle 1                       Northern Shrike 4                White-crowned Sparrow 32
             Northern. Harrier 3                 Black-billed Magpie 332            Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco 1146
           Sharp-shinned Hawk 9                     Steller’s Jay CW                  Dark-eyed (Slate) Junco 12
              Cooper's Hawk 11                      American Crow 13                 Dark-eyed (Oregon (form) 19
            Northern Goshawk 1                     Common Raven 55                     Red-winged Blackbird 40
             Accipiter (species) 2                  Horned Lark 203                  Gray-crowned Rosy Finch 4
            Red-tailed Hawk 187               Black-capped Chickadee 136                   Cassin's Finch 1
         Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) 3            Mountain Chickadee 10                    House Finch 422
           Rough-legged Hawk 19                Red-breasted Nuthatch 44                    Red Crossbill 17
               Buteo (species) 6              White-breasted Nuthatch 1                     Pine Siskin 46
             American Kestrel 36                   Pygmy Nuthatch 25                   American Goldfinch 203
               Wilson's Snipe 2                      Brown Creeper 2                    Evening Grosbeak 17
               Rock Pigeon 140                       Bewick's Wren 1                     House Sparrow 601
             Mourning Dove 321                        Marsh Wren 1                          60 SPECIES

DOVES        (continued from page 1)

has a prominent black base. The outer half of the tail is pure white, but the central tail feathers are grayish. The tri-
colored wing pattern of this dove can be seen when in display or when landing. The primaries are blackish, the body
grayish and the central wing whitish. The upper tail is grayish, but the broad white outer band of the tail can be seen.
They usually build a flimsy platform nest of twigs in an evergreen or deciduous tree.
  Eurasian Collared Doves were first reported in Whitman County by Doyle McClure of Colfax in February 2007.
They first showed up on the Pullman-Moscow Christmas Bird Count in 2008—2 individuals. There were 90 reported
during the 2010 Christmas Bird Count, most in groups of 20 or more at elevator sites.
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BIRD FEEDING BASICS (Part 2)                                                                     MEMBERSHIP

  Did you know that over 100 North       several inches off the ground or your         Palouse Audubon Society, PO Box 3606,
                                                                                        Moscow ID 83843-1914, is a chapter of
American bird species supplement         deck and help to keep grain or seeds            the National Audubon Society. Our
their natural diets with birdseed,       and bird droppings from coming in con-        mission is to promote education, conser-
suet, fruit and nectar obtained from     tact with each other. Some feeders             vation, and the restoration of natural
feeders?                                 have covers to keep out snow; others            ecosystems--focusing on birds, other
  Bird feeding can benefit birds and     may have wire mesh to keep out squir-            wildlife, and their habitats--for the
                                                                                         benefit of humanity and the Earth's
also provides great bird watching        rels and large birds                                     biological diversity.
from your own backyard. The obvious      like crows. Ground
time to feed birds is in winter when     feeding      tables                           General membership meetings are held
natural food supplies are scarce;        should be placed in                             at the 1912 Building, FISKE ROOM,
                                                                                        3rd and Adams St, Moscow ID, at 7:30
however, additional species visit        open areas at least
                                                                                         p.m. on the third Wednesday of each
feeders during the spring and fall       10 feet from the                                month, September through May. The
migrations, and also during summer       nearest    tree   or                          board of directors meet at the 1912 Cen-
while nesting.                           shrub to give birds                            ter at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of
  To keep birds coming back to your      a chance to flee predators. Doves, jun-                      each month.
feeders in any season provide them       cos, sparrows, towhees, goldfinches and          The Prairie Owl is published every
with the following three essential       cardinals are all likely to visit ground         other month, August through April.
elements:                                feeders. Avoid using ground feeders if         Material for the Owl should be sent to
  •Variety of quality seed.              cats are likely to pounce from nearby         the editor, Tim Hillebrand, 857 Orchard
  •Fresh water for drinking and          shrubs.                                        Ave., Moscow ID 83843, 805-518-9612,
                                                                                by the 20th of the
                                                                                       month. Subscription problems should be
  •Ample cover, preferably provided        Sunflower-seed tube feeders: If             addressed to the membership chair, Ron
by native plants. Native plants also     you are going to put out just one feeder,      Force, PO Box 3606, Moscow ID 83843-
provide potential nesting sites and a    this is your best choice. Be sure to se-              1914, 208-874-3207, ron-
source of natural food.                  lect a model with metal                 . Visit the Palouse
                                                                                              Audubon Society website at
  Keep in mind bird feeders also pre-    ports around the seed
                                                                              or find
sent potential risks, such as window     dispensers to protect                                      us on Facebook
collisions, predation, and exposure to   the feeder from nib-
disease.                                 bling squirrels and
                                         house sparrows. Hang
  Does feeding birds prevent them        the feeder at least five                        Hopper feeders: Hopper feeders
from migrating on time?                  feet off the ground and try to position it   keep several pounds of mixed seed
  Seasonal changes in the length of      near a window where you can enjoy the        dry and ready for hungry birds. Birds
day, rather than an abundance of         visitors, which are likely to include        hopping on the feeder trigger the
food, determines when birds will be-     chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, gold-       release of seeds. Hopper feeders
gin to migrate. Migration begins in      finches, siskins and purple and house        should be positioned on a pole about
the fall as days shorten (when natu-     finches.                                     five feet off the ground and will draw
ral food is still abundant), and com-                                                 all the species that tube feeders at-
mences again in the spring as days          Suet feeder: Suet is popular with         tract, along with larger birds like
lengthen.                                titmice, chickadees, nuthatches and          jays, grackles, red-winged blackbirds
  Does backyard feeding create a         woodpeckers. Wrens, creepers and war-        and cardinals.
population of "dependent" birds?         blers will also occasionally peck at
  While research in this area is                       suet. While you can hang          Thistle feeders: Especially de-
limited, so far studies suggest that                   suet chunks in a mesh          signed to dispense thistle (nyjer)
backyard feeders are not creating a                    onion bag, you can also        seed, these feeders have tiny holes
population of dependent wintering                      purchase cage feeders.         that make the seed available only to
birds.                                                 Some people like to make       small-beaked finches such as gold-
                                                       their own suet "puddings"      finches, redpolls and pine siskins.
       CHOOSING A FEEDER                 by grinding the suet and adding seeds,       Hang your thistle
  Following are a variety of feeders     and create homemade suet feeders by          feeder from a tree
to accommodate specific types of         packing the mixture into the crevices of     or place it on a five
birds and their diets. Choosing more     large pine cones. Suet feeders can be        -foot pole near
than one will help attract more spe-     hung from trees, from poles near other       other      feeders.
cies and avoid feeder congestion.        feeders, or from a wire stretched be-        Squirrel     baffles
                                         tween trees. Avoid feeding suet when         will help to protect
   Ground feeders: These simple          temperatures rise into the 80-degree         the feeder.
screen-bottomed trays typically sit      range, as it can turn rancid.

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                               LEAD FISHING TACKLE BAN
   Ginger and I are pleased to inform   and support from others. Individu-        We thank the Commissioners for pro-
you that on December 6, 2010 the        als that pioneered the common loon      viding the forum, for listening to our
Washington Fish and Wildlife Com-       conservation work in Washington         findings, and for your resolution and
mission announced a restriction on      and various organizations and very      final decision in this important conserva-
the use of lead fishing tackle at the   talented scientists within them as-     tion endeavor for Washington. Washing-
13 common loon nesting lakes in         sisted our effort... Among those to     ton has joined in the group of states that
Washington. It has been many            be thanked were the more than 40        are legislating control on the dispersal of
months since we last testified, so we   Audubon groups we presented to          lead fishing tackle. This decision will
had become a little disenchanted        over the years. You and the Palouse     benefit wildlife and humans in the fu-
about what we thought would be the      Audubon Society have always been        ture.
likely outcome. We were so sur-         so supportive of our work, and we         We sincerely thank each of the indi-
prised when we heard the news. We       sincerely enjoyed every time we pre-    viduals mentioned and large numbers of
are still almost ecstatic about the     sented to your organization and got     others for your very generous help and
decision.                               to stay a short time with you. As we    support. While this is a valuable out-
   This outcome was largely based on    look back (one can tend to get a lit-   come for the Washington territorial com-
the observation and mortality re-       tle retrospective after an environ-     mon loons and their chicks, there are
search we conducted from 1996-2010      mental accomplishment has been          still many other waterbodies throughout
on Washington’s common loons,           realized) we regard our moments         Washington where lead exposure to com-
which became Washington Common          with you as some of our favorites.      mon loons and other waterbirds is in-
Loon Reference Records 1881-2010,       Thank you, kindly, for everything.      creasing. In addition, there are a variety
and the initiative to ban the use of    Please make the announcement to         of reasons why the protection status of
lead fishing tackle that we presented   your group for us, and pass on our      the common loon in Washington needs to
to the Washington Fish and Wildlife     thank you wishes to each of them as     be elevated to ―Endangered.‖ Those are
Commission during public hearings       well. Your group has a part in the      our challenges for the future.
in 2009-2010.                           outcome of this decision. We plan to
   During our years of common loon      attempt to make it a statewide ban                    Daniel Poleschook, Jr.
conservation work in Washington we      in the future.                                        Virginia R. Poleschook
had a tremendous amount of help

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