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2C Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Winter is good for bird watching BIRDS OF THE FEATHER PLUMAS AUDUBON SOCIETY The Plumas Audubon Soci- ety sponsored three Christ- mas Bird Counts in Plumas County this winter in Sierra Valley, American Valley and Lake Almanor. More than 35 observers par- ticipated with good reason-- winter is a particularly inter- esting time to watch birds. Birds display different behav- iors in winter that are gener- ally not seen during the breed- ing season. For example, most owl species are usually active on- ly at night. However, when food is in short supply or more difficult to capture, such as when the ground is covered with snow, some owls will hunt during the day. Recently, short-eared owls were seen foraging mid-day in the Sierra Valley, including during the Christmas Bird Count. They were hunting over sunny, snow-covered pasture while a nearby group of long-eared owls were roost- ing in a patch of willows. Other owls, such as spotted and barred owls, are mainly nocturnal, but they will also hunt during the day at times, particularly when their young are growing and food de- mands are high. Another winter bird behav- ior is flocking. One winter-flocking species, the dark-eyed junco, is also known as the "snowbird," be- cause juncos congregate around feeders in winter where they are commonly seen foraging on top of the snow. You have probably seen a junco recently, as they grab your attention when they dart off and flash their outer white tail feathers. The flashy outer tail feathers may be an advan- tage to the snowbirds by dis- tracting or confusing preda- tors in hot pursuit or alerting other juncos to the danger. If you have a lot of juncos at your feeder, you may also have sharp-shinned or Coop- er's hawks, which are forest- dwelling, bird-eating raptors known as accipiters that often hang around busy feeders in winter. Protection from preda- tors may be one reason that birds such as juncos flock in the winter. They are not alone. Juncos are often seen with other winter-flocking species such as mountain chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white- crowned sparrow and golden- crowned sparrow. By staying in larger groups, these species may have a bet- ter chance of surviving an ac- cipiter ambush because there is more potential prey to choose from and more eyes on the lookout for predators. Mixed species flocks may have a better chance of detect- ing a predator because of the different detection abilities of each species. Birds in a flock may also have to watch for predators less frequently, thus providing more foraging opportunity for each individ- ual bird. Furthermore, flocks of birds locate food more effi- ciently than solitary birds, which is important in winter when food is often scarce. Other species that flock in the winter include lesser goldfinch, purple finch and common raven, all of which were seen during the Plumas County Christmas Bird Counts. Small flocks of ravens are often seen congregated along snow-packed roads scaveng- ing road-killed animals. In one recent sighting, a flock of ravens was observed fighting over a banana peel. They must have been hungry. In winter, not only do we see different bird behaviors, we also see different species as well as a higher number of individuals of certain species than seen during the breeding season. For example, numerous raptors were seen during the Christmas bird counts in Plumas County. Bald eagles become fairly common in parts of Sierra and American valleys as well as around Lake Almanor. This winter, bald eagles have been observed in Quincy around the sewage ponds, along Chandler Road and in Thompson Valley. Golden eagles have also been seen in American and Sierra Valleys, but they are less common than bald eagles. Hawks, also known as bu- teos, are the most common wintering raptors in our area. For example, red-tailed hawks can be seen year-round in Plumas County, whereas fer- ruginous and red-shouldered hawks are generally only here in the winter, but they breed nearby in the Central Valley and Nevada's Great Basin. Rough-legged hawks, on the other hand, only breed in the northern arctic, but are fairly common in Plumas County in winter. Rough-legged hawks are unique among raptors in that you can readily identify the difference between adult males and females, as well as the difference between adults and juveniles. Another spectacular raptor that we only see in the winter in Plumas County is the mer- lin. The falcon species only breeds north of the U.S.-Canada border, but is commonly seen in residential areas in this neck of the woods in winter. One was seen in Chester during the Lake Almanor Christmas Bird Count and one was seen in Quincy on the American Valley Christmas Bird Count. Last year, a mer- lin was also seen on the Sierra Valley Christmas Bird Count. Other falcons that can be seen in Plumas County in the winter include American kestrel and prairie falcon, so keep your eyes peeled! The Chester High School wrestling team had much success at the Shasta Cascade League Cham pionships last weekend, Photo submitted Chester crowns three champs Eleven schools competed in Burney for the Shasta Cascade league champi- onships. Chester placed third over- all behind first-place Trini- ty, with 155 points; second- place Modoc with 140.5 points. Chester had 127 points and fourth-place Mt. Shasta had 52 points. Chester crowned three in- dividual champions, Aron McCulloch, at 171 pounds, was the winner by a fall in the finals. Twin Ruffer brothers, both sopho- mores--Dylan 112 pounds and 160 pound Westly, brought home gold, earning all-conference patches. Clayton Buchanan placed second in a closely contest- ed finals match, 6-4, with ri-. val Alex Moreo of Modoc. Tyler Roberts and Matt Staggs also placed second. Danny Hulsey, Matt Rosen- thal and Cameron Leary placed third. Qualification for the Cali- fornia State Tournament in Bakerfield begins with a trip to Tule Lake for the Di- vision 3 and 4 Small School Championships. Chester High will be try- ing to win its third consecu- tive Division 4 title. Only the top four place winners will move on to the North Section Masters Tourna- ment in Redding. College women playing well Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com The Feather River College women's basketball team beat Lassen for the second time this season Feb. 3, by a score of 82-68. Six FRC players scored in double digits. Shanice Mar- tin totaled 13 points and six assists. Gabby Almeida and Lenise Cambell each earned 11 points. Heather Hamilton claimed 10 points, Erica Haedrich compiled 10 points and six steals, and Tara Usko had 10 points and 14 re- bounds. Last Saturday the Golden Eagles lost 76-69 to Butte, the top team in the confer- ence. "We played well, but just couldn't make shots at the end when we were playing the fouling game," said FRC head coach Haley White. Martin scored 12 points for the Golden Eagles, fol- lowed by Gabby Alemida with 11, Cambell with 10 (in- cluding two 3-pointers), and Haedrich with 10. FRC plays at home tonight, Feb. 10, against Siskiyous, beginning at 5:30 p.m. "I feel confident that if we play like we did against Butte, we can beat (Siskiy- ous) and continue to im- prove on our 2-4 conference record," said White. BUSI N ESS: ,&, ,S ER.VI-CE DIRECTORY TAX PREPARATION BARNARD & ASSOCIATES TAX PREPARATION Ken Barnard has been preparing taxes for over 44 years. His business has been in Quincy since 1987. John Breaux has worked in the accounting field for 21 years. He is a certified management accountant and tax professional. 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