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StraitsThe Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca except as noted. Western interior valleysThe most common usage is for the Willamette, Umpqua and Rogue River valleys of western Oregon, including the Columbia River lowlands from Troutdale, OR, roughly to Kelso, WA, and the region of southwestern Washington around Chehalis except as noted. How to Read the CBC Trend Boxes The data shown in the CBC Trend boxes have been provided by the National Biological Service and represent all counts conducted in the region in the period 1959-88.
11 Red-Necked Grebe: Podiceps Grisegena The Red-necked Grebe is uncommon to occasional at most coastal locales, but forms rafts of scores of birds at some locations in some years. It is locally common on the Washington coast, but can be quite hard to find away from favored areas. It is most often seen in the lower parts of estuaries and in protected waters such as the lee side of islands and sheltered coves on the open coast, but is also seen on the open ocean. It is most often seen singly or in small groups of two to five birds.
It is occasional off southern Vancouver Island in winter. Wahl et al. (1993) consider the species rare off British Columbia and Washington. One bird was seen over the north spit at Coos Bay, OR, during a storm on the 1974 CBC. It is common in offshore Oregon at least into mid-November, as birds have been blown ashore in numbers at that time. Page 16 Order Pelecaniformes Family Pelecanidae American White Pelican: Pelecanus Erythrorhynchos This species is rare in winter in the Klamath Basin and Malheur NWR, OR, and in southern Idaho when water remains open.