The first species of the year was Cackling Goose, observed in a flock over our old apartment on New Year’s Day. The last species we added to the list was White-throated Sparrow, seen at Sarah’s grandparents’ house on Christmas Day.
I found a total of 214 species in five states, while Sarah found 208 in three states.
There were 16 species, such as American White Pelican and Golden Eagle, which we saw only in Montana or Washington.
I found one species in Texas, a Great-tailed Grackle at the DFW Airport.
Our life birds for the year were Trumpeter Swan, Ancient Murrelet and Cassin’s Auklet.
For this year’s project, we are compiling bird lists for each county that we visit in Oregon. This way, we will document which and how many species we find in different parts of the state. Stay tuned for results!