December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Today I ushered the old year out by participating in the Portland Christmas Bird Count, an annual count of the birds seen in the winter in the United States. The count runs from December 15th to January 5th and different communities throughout the US pull together teams of volunteers to count every individual of every species in a count circle. This year Portland's species count was 126 with some fine rarities for the area including a snow bunting at the airport.

commonloon.jpg

My group found some very nice birds including this common loon and several bald eagles, one even carrying nesting material to its nest. And the coots! It seemed like every inlet and bay was carpeted with at least 100+ coots. The challenge is to scan the crowd as they disappear around the bend and not to miss a single one.

One of the area master birders buzzed through the neighborhood and produced a great report with some very nice photos before heading off to work at 11:30am.

It was a wonderful (albeit cold, but blessedly dry) way to finish up 2011. One of my resolutions is to get out birding more. Here's to hoping you all have your favored equivalent of a very birdy year in 2012.

Posted by Mary at December 31, 2011 09:58 PM | Birding | Technorati links |

Comments

Thanks for your article! I have read through some similar topics free gift codes generator

Posted by: maitrishah at July 19, 2018 07:37 AM

Current yr very great birds inclusive of this common loon and several. The rely runs from december 15th to january fifth and specific groups throughout the usa pull collectively teams of volunteers to be counted each man or woman of every species in a matter circle. Welcome to new yr. I commenced to do my paintings greater powerful and i got great academic overall performance.I used this understanding and abilties in my paintings and a look at. Read More : GST News Updates

Posted by: joseclemmonsz at August 21, 2018 11:06 PM

Count of the bird with start of New Year is sounding pretty interesting for those people who are taking participation. Forget about waste of time and hire dissertation writing services online for your best research projects.

Posted by: Cole Gomez at September 5, 2018 01:46 AM
Post a comment









Remember personal info?




You must preview your comment first before posting.