Portland did not see a White Christmas this year, but Sarah and I compensated by finding a snow bunting on Christmas Day.
After brunching at her grandparents' house, we drove to the north side of the Portland Airport.
We pulled into a small parking area, rolled down our windows, and watched the Snow Bunting (possibly a Snow x McKay's Bunting hybrid) eat weed seeds for several minutes. Easiest bird chase ever! The bunting is in the lower right corner of the photo.
Two days later, we woke at 5:30 am and drove to the Willamette Valley town of Dallas, Oregon to assist their Christmas Bird Count.
With the help of a semi-local birder, Sarah and I drove our Subaru around our assigned sectors, which consisted of upland fields,
and a few streams with nice bridges.
We found a friendly donkey and 53 species of birds. Of these species, two-thirds were songbirds.
Our songbird success pushed the overall count total above 100 species, a nice feat considering the stormy weather and relatively low number of participants.